Bil Browning

Any old gay will do?

Filed By Bil Browning | June 22, 2007 12:58 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment
Tags: celebrity gossip, Kathy Griffin, Mario Cantone, Rosie O'Donnell, Ross Matthews, Sherri Sheppard, The View, Whoopi Goldberg

Who are two main names being circulated to replace Rosie O'Donnell on The View? Mario Cantone and Ross Matthews. Yup, apparently gay men equal women now...

Jeremy from Good As You has the story and adds this clip:

So on one hand we're like, "Wow, cool -- gay men given new opportunities." But then on the other, considering this is a show that has always been prided on it's female-centricity, we can't help but think that it's a little offensive for producers to act as if it's just a hop skip and a jump to go from Ladyland to Gaymalevile. So we're a little torn. Is this a positive step (if even true), or would it truly be a 21st century minstrel-like situation?

According to People magazine, former View co-host Debbie Matenopoulos has been advocating for a gay man to replace Rosie. She tells the mag, "It is high time they put a gay man on that panel. They've said 'We can't put a man here.' I disagree. Why does it have to be guys against girls? I have a better time and solve more problems sitting with my gay guy friends than my girlfriends!"

Other names that have been thrown into the hat as possible replacements include Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, and Sherri Shepherd. Personally, I'd like to see it go to either Whoopi or Sherri. I might even start watching again if one of the two of them get the job. Including a gay guy would also get me to watch, but mostly just to see how they handle it.

In other Rosie news, she met Thursday with producers of The Price Is Right, but didn't seem to optimistic about her chances to replace Bob Barker on the classic game show. While Barker has nominated Rosie to take the torch, the executives don't seem to hip on the idea. On her blog, Rosie talks about the meeting by saying in a recent video post:

"I don't know if it's gonna work out. I watched that show the entire 35 years that Bob Barker was on it, and I just think it's a part of American nostalgia, and it's what America needs right now. It would be good for me, but I don't know if it's right for them."

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It's interesting to me how men, gay or straight, don't want to be considered part of the women's camp... because what? Being part of a panel of women makes one a sissy?

Don't go all crazy on me now, from where I sit, as a lesbian woman- If a panel of men on a daytime show were looking to replace a man with a lesbian woman, well, I personally wouldn't feel slighted in the least... see, because for me, being included in a group of men is a good thing.

And all of this because of the way gender- masculinity vs. femininity has become such a contest.

Just sayin'

Honestly, I think that there are enough male talking heads on TV for my taste. Think about all the O'Reilly's, Olbermans, Hannity's and Colmeses, Stephanapolos, Russert, and Gregory on Sunday morning network TV, McLaughlin and Moyers on PBS, Carlson, BLAH BLAH BLAH. there are so many more men that it just seems to me that having an all woman show isn't about men vs. women or excluding men from the public discourse - it's a rejoinder to the androcentricity of the TV in general.

But there also aren't many gay men. maybe we can have more than one news opinion show that isn't hosted by a straight white man? Possible?

I'd really like to see Gayle King on the View, but I know that she's doing a whole bunch of other stuff right now. She was a guest the other day and she was really interesting, a whole lot moreso than Elisabeth. Another great gabber would be RuPaul Charles. I'd watch her on there any day of the week!

"It's interesting to me how men, gay or straight, don't want to be considered part of the women's camp..."
I don't think it has to do with being afraid of being "part of the women's camp" as much as it's a curiosity if The View producers are being stereotypical. "Let's bring on a highly effeminate man and we'll say, 'Hey! He's just like a woman!' After all, aren't all Teh Gays girly?"

As Alex says, I see enough men on TV. I liked The View with Rosie on there because they talked about serious political topics from a woman's perspective. And no matter how much they spin it, a gay guy is still going to have a male perspective.

If they're going for the "inclusive" angle ("We just ran the lesbian off, quick - grab a gay!"), they should add a MTF trans person.