For Project Runway fans…

Watching Project Runway is one of my guilty pleasures. My favorite PR bloggers, Tom and Lorenzo, are normally apolitical, but they surprised me with their activist awareness in an eloquent smackdown of Jason, a contestant who whined last week about the injustice of being a straight guy “in a gay man’s world.” Here is their message to him:

Listen, asshole. When you are barred from marrying, adopting children, serving in the military, visiting your spouse in the hospital, or even joining the f’g Boy Scouts, you get the right to whine about how unfair life is. When packs of gay men go around taunting, beating and even killing straight men, you get to whine about how unfair life is. When political parties use you as both a punching bag and a fundraising tool without ever doing anything to improve your lot in life or even ensuring that you have basic civil rights, you get to whine about how unfair life is. When Tim Gunn points out your piece of shit dress is a piece of shit dress, you thank him for the critique, get back to work, and try to salvage the mess you made.

Spot on. And they were right about the dress, too. It was terrible.


Liz Newcomb is an attorney by day and committed LGBT activist by night and weekend. She has worked as a researcher at the Williams Institute. While in law school at UCLA, she was Articles Editor of the LGBT law journal. Liz lives in West Hollywood with her wife, Lynne. They are one of the 18,000 California same-sex couples who got married during the summer before proposition 8 passed. Liz has lived in California for over 20 years and brings a left coast perspective to AMERICAblog.

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  • Drew2u

    Oh, don’t get me wrong, I agree with the statement and your intent. I just have to stop fast-food-reading and take the time to actually read and digest information ;)

  • Liz Newcomb

    Didn’t mean to mislead. Yes, it was in the blog, albeit a popular blog, and not on the show. Even so, I like it when activism pops up in unexpected places. We should all engage in more of that.

  • Drew2u

    Very astute, but I thought this was something that was said to the contestant, and just a blog commentary.
    While I agree with the statement, it’s not something that’ll make me watch Project Runway. I’m just not that type of gay.

  • Thomas J. Coleman
  • Thomas J. Coleman

    But we haven’t missed out completely. Remember we were all vicariously thrilled by Joe Solmonese’s “Best Dressed for Success in The District” Award (along with my billionaire House of Representin’ Jane Harman) in the august pages the WaPo earlier this year.

    To continue his fabulous haberdasher momentum, Joe needs a Project Runway ensemble designed especially for him. But as with Major Kong at the end of “Dr. Strangelove” we have to ask: “where is Joe Solmonese?”

    On the catwalk, on the catwalk . . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39YUXIKrOFk

    . . . they shake their little tushes on the catwalk

  • nicho

    OT — Judge Walker to rule today on lifting ban on same-sex marriage — expected between 9 and noon PT.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/11/BABD1ESS2R.DTL&tsp=1

  • Keith

    You need to watch Ru Paul’s version

    Lip sync for your life and don’t fuck it up lol.

  • GusII

    He will be designing for Maggie soon. He’s got the whole reverse discrimination meme down.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I would say both.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That was great. I have not watched it in quite awhile, but maybe I will start watching again. I really should. I think Tim Gunn is extremely sexy.

  • http://www.pinkpanthersblog.com/ cowboyneok

    LOVE.IT.

    I haven’t been watching “Project Runway” but DAMN I’ve been MISSING OUT! Politics AND fashion?!!? Where is the damned remote!!!

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