January 26, 2006, - 2:54 pm

Brokeback Manners: Free Pass for Gay TV Correspondent’s Offensive Behavior

By Debbie Schlussel
Last week’s “Golden Globe Awards” are history. But the behavior on the awards show’s red carpet of “E!” Entertainment Network correspondent and openly gay fashion designer (is there any other kind?) Isaac Mizrahi, isn’t.
Would a straight guy (or woman) get a free pass to engage in the same behavior? You be the judge. On the red carpet, Mizrahi asked and did the following to different actresses:
* “Is it bikini [waxed]? Your body hair? Was it done tonight?”
* “Are you wearing underwear?”
* “I touched Scarlett’s boob! I touched Scarlett’s boob!” (And he, in fact, groped the actress’ breasts.)
* “Come on, you’ve got to have the speech somewhere” (while looking down her dress).

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Brokeback Manners: E!’s Isaac Mizrahi

Yet, despite this behavior, his bosses at E! are defending him (when they’d fire and probably file a police complaint against a straight male who did this), saying they like a person who’s full of surprises.
So do gays get a free pass to do or so the otherwise objectionable? Yes, they do. And they shouldn’t. Truly tasteless.

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6 Responses

If it was another woman, they would give her a pass.
Gay men are treated as women by conservatives, they’re not “manly” enough for the likes of you, so which is it?

jjames on January 26, 2006 at 4:15 pm

Ya know what? I am a lesbian, and I find his behavior a sick example of what’s wrong with the majority of homosexuals. They feel like they’re somehow above reproach. And God forbid if you call them on it. OY VAY – The world may as well have ended. I mean, how DARE anyone disagree with a gay person, in this day and age. It must mean you are a filthy bigoted homophobe!! It’s part of the reason I left that part of the culture a long time ago. I still love women (you gotta be nuts not to!!!), but I have manners about it and don’t feel like I am entitled to anything just because I am gay.

LesbianNeoCon on January 26, 2006 at 4:16 pm

I agree with JJames, flamboyantly gay men like Isaac Mizrahi are thought of as just another one of the girls. If a woman (straight or gay) was pulling the same stunt on guys I’m certain no one would care. That being said, I think he crossed the line a couple times, especially when he groped Scarlett Johahnsson’s breasts.

nicholasedward on January 26, 2006 at 4:28 pm

Mizrahi’s behavior, what little I could take of it before I voted with the remote, was awful. Crude in the extreme. Maybe he thought he was funny. Perhaps a gaggle of flamboyant homosexuals found him funny, but in the main everyone I have spoken to about his performance was disgusted. You’re right. If this had been a straight male, he would have been pilloried.

Soc Et Tuem on January 26, 2006 at 5:00 pm

When I first heard about this I had originally given him a pass because of the reasons others have stated above. But after thinking about it for a minute I realize that all he ended up doing was making the interviewees uncomfortable and that’s pretty shame full.

Clompo on January 26, 2006 at 5:06 pm

Another one of these poor persecuted gay men driven over the edge by an insensitive society. Boo-hoo

KnightoftheImpaler on January 26, 2006 at 6:09 pm

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