Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gay GOP Fund-Raiser Already Creating Waves for "A-List: Dallas"

I have more than a few guilty pleasures and one of them is "The A-List: New York".  For those not in the know, "The A-List" is to Logo what "Real Housewives" is to Bravo except that "The A-List" is even more self-involved and contrived.  And yet I continue to watch every episode.  What's worse is that there is no Logo in our area, so I pay to download episodes of iTunes.  I feel like I should feel guilty, but mostly I feel self-conscious for not really feeling guilty (if that makes sense).  Anywho, Logo is planning the launch of its second "A-List" series: "The A-List: Dallas".  I haven't kept up too much with this new series, though one review that I read indicated that it wasn't too bad so I'm sure I'll give it a try eventually

"The A-List: Dallas" hasn't begun yet and it's already churning up drama related to one of its A-listers.  Taylor Garrett is a Republican fund-raiser who works hard to help people like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry who in turn create trouble for GLBT people.  It's a kind of perverted circle of life.  Things heated up today when it was announced that anti-gay conservative speaker Ann Coulter (and for some reason honorary chair of GOProud's Advisory Board) will be appearing on the show and having lunch of Garrett and a bunch of GOProud leaders and members.  (Incidentally, is it just me or does Ann Coulter look eerily like RHOWD White House crasher Michaele Swalahi?  Maybe it's just me...)

Pretty quickly, an online campaign emerged with the goal of telling Logo to cut Ann Coulter out of "The A-List: Dallas" and reminding them that Ann is "somewhat supportive" of the gay community as Logo's promo materials assert.  The petitioners were also upset that her GLBT record is being held comparable to President Obama's GLBT record, despite the fact that he has signed more pro-GLBT legislation and issued more pro-GLBT executive orders than any previous President of the USA.  The petitioners want Coulter's inaccurate characterization scrubbed from Logo's website and the show footage that includes her scrubbed from the show.  I predict that the petition will go no where.  Personally, I don't care if she's on the show, but I really hate it when Coulter is re-branded as a GLBT ally by her GOProud fans despite her ongoing objection to marriage equality, employment non-discrimination, DADT repeal, etc.  At the very least, I'm hopeful that there will be at least one articulate A-Lister who will counter Garrett's blather about Coulter's gay-friendliness.

Then yesterday, the Taylor Garrett back-story really exploded when he reported on Twitter that someone threw a rock through his window after it was reported that he'd eaten with Coulter and GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia on the show.  Pretty quickly, bloggers like Joe Jervis of JoeMyGod questioned the legitimacy of the rock-attack and urged people to wait for the police report before taking this reported act of vandalism too seriously.  Within hours, the rock posts were deleted from Garrett's Twitter feed and the Huffington Post was hedging its earlier report with the following update:
Garrett has since deleted his claim from his Twitter feed. HuffPost Gay Voices never intended to endorse Garrett's claim, but rather draw attention to the larger issues surrounding the incident. Publicity stunt or not, we also wanted to allow readers to weigh in on what supposedly took place as well as Ann Coulter's upcoming appearance on "The A-List: Dallas" and involvement with the queer "community" in general.
So we either have a case of a publicity stunt gone bad or an actual criminal act that apparently hasn't been reported.  Either way, Logo is getting what it wants on the eve of its new program: free buzz and controversy.  And that's really what it's all about when you're dealing with reality television.


Anonymous said...

Did you know you can watch A-List episodes free on Logo's website? They post new episodes about a week after they air.

Jon said...

Nope. Chalk that up to my stupidity for not checking.

Thanks for the tip, Anonymous! :)