Alex Blaze

T.R. Knight on the cover of The Advocate

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 24, 2007 3:53 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: T.R. Knight, The Advocate

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Have you seen this new cover for The Advocate's Pride issue? T.R. Knight's on the cover and he's labeled as a "hero". Can anyone tell me what he's done to be a hero? I know he was called a nasty word, but haven't we all been?

The accompanying article (the website only gives the first few paragraphs) calls him a "regular guy" in the title, and I have no idea what that's referring to. I know that lots of queers, having been told all our lives that we're "abnormal" and "abominations" and "biological mishaps", really, really want to be labeled as "normal" or "regular". Sure, everyone's abnormal in some way, but every little abnormality out of us is magnified and blamed on our sexual identity in a way that can make the average queer somewhat paranoid about his/her/hir actions and how they'll be interpreted. But calling a white TV star a "regular guy" does nothing to help other, non-TV-star queers feel any more "regular".

But I digress, since what I'm really trying to figure out is what makes him a hero besides being a celebrity. The article indicates that he's polite and he walks his dog. Sure, that makes him a hero to his dog, as it does to mine, but is that enough for a magazine cover? Why not highlight a real activist who is working to make our lives better?

Just sayin'.


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Eric Georgantes | May 24, 2007 5:38 PM

When I first saw the cover, I, too, was confused. I'm still confused.

He doesn't appear to have done anything beyond coming out. I congratulate him for the step, but.. it's disconcerting seeing him called a hero. The trend towards calling undeserving persons a "hero" is an irritating one in general, though. Most notably the invocation of the "heroes of 9/11."

A few could be called "heroes" in their attempts, but the vast majority of the 3,000 dead were "victims of 9/11," and I'm not sure why we rush to use the word "hero."

And I'm hearin' what you're sayin', makes no sense to me either, except that maybe he's supposed to be a hero for being an "out" celebrity? Though, that's pretty lame, and well, so is The Advocate, IMHO.

They're good for about one decent article a month, and then I start to wonder who in the hell their target audience is anyway...

You're assuming the Advocate cares more about highlighting real heroes than selling more magazines with a cute, popular guy on the cover.

I don't like it either. That's why I don't buy the Advocate.

A. J. Lopp | May 24, 2007 8:27 PM

T.R. Knight, though his forthrightness and relative courage is admirable, falls short of being called a hero ... that is, unless we are willing to call Elton John, RuPaul, Rosie, and (gasp!) George Michael heroes also.

Is Eddie Murphy a "hero" for picking up a transvestite on Hollywood Boulevard?

... I think that that would inflate the term just a bit too close to utter meaninglessness.

Jen Jorczak | May 25, 2007 10:26 AM

honestly, I probably wouldn't have thought twice about seeing that on the cover--The Advocate is no different than any other part of American pop culture these days, in that "celebrity" and "fame" go to anyone who appears on TV, in whatever capacity, and you are a "hero" if you can get your picture on the cover of a magazine. Perhaps the reporters and publishers do this because, in a time when fewer people are reading print, anyone who can help them sell magazines IS truly a hero.

Eric Georgantes | May 25, 2007 10:52 AM

His "coming out" was tepid and uninspiring, and he was pushed into it by a scandal. It wasn't like he deserves praise for doing it. Congratulations, sure, because coming out is a big step, but there's no need to call him a "hero."

The Advocate stopped being anything more than a
pop culture, fluff rag a long time ago, and can we talk about the size of the magazine? I've seen pamphlets that are bigger..what a rip-off!
That being said, T.R's a cutie who from what I've
heard is as nice a guy in private as he seems in public.

"Perhaps the reporters and publishers do this because, in a time when fewer people are reading print, anyone who can help them sell magazines IS truly a hero.
Best line so far from the thread... :)

And personally, I'm voting for George Michael as the next "hero." If getting outed by a homophobic comment qualifies you as a hero, surely getting outed f---ing old ugly men in a park and arrested several times for passing out while driving when high should get you something... Oh yeah, that's right. That's called "jail time."