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Three strikes for Karamo.

*EYE* personally did not need three strikes to remove Karamo from my (very short) list of people I give a shit about. To be honest, he barely made it to the lower rungs anyway after his stint on the Real World because, while I didn’t care for him at all, he was still a visible gay Black man and you want the best for members of your underrepresented tribe. Until they talk too much.

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*EYE* personally did not need three strikes to remove Karamo from my (very short) list of people I give a shit about. To be honest, he barely made it to the lower rungs anyway after his stint on the Real World because, while I didn’t care for him at all, he was still a visible gay Black man and you want the best for members of your underrepresented tribe.

Until they talk too much.

Strike One: Karamo thinks y’all are lonely sexual deviants who should make Gay Pride celebrations welcoming for midwestern families.

I hope y’all remember how shady this Queerty opinion piece was, where the author paired quotes about Karamo’s puritanical view of what gay life should be with thot pictures he’d posted on Instagram (and has since deleted).

Highlights:

  • The apps are the worst and nobody has ever found a relationship there.
  • Keep your clothes on — a picture doesn’t say anything about your hopes and dreams.
  • There’s too much dick at Gay Pride. What will Rusty & Carole from Oklahoma think?!

Meanwhile, he had the whole outline of his dick in multiple pictures that no longer appear on his IG (but that I’m sure you can find if you care to Google…I do not.)

Strike Two: Sean Spicer is a good guy.

Sean Spicer told America that there were millions of fraudlent votes in the 2016 election.

He said Trump was wiretapped by the Obama administration.

He made up lies about the Holocaust.

He HID IN THE BUSHES so he wouldn’t have to face the press because, unlike Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sean Spicer is a liar who doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to the truth. He’s just a joke of a man with no moral compass looking for money, success, and notoriety at any cost. He is the most average blob of cottage cheese mediocrity, undermining American democracy for months and setting us down this path of lies being the norm.

Karamo says he’s a sweet guy though.

Strike Three: Karamo thinks being paid to be (by far) the weakest link on a makeover show means he’s a warrior for justice.

Isn’t it interesting how Karamo has no problem proclaiming his excitement to engage with Sean Spicer to discuss their different points of view, yet he’s quick to block queer people on Twitter who express a POV counter to his middle-of-the-road approach to fascism?

I just find it mildly hilarious that the LOUDEST WRONGEST one is the least integral to the group. Imagine if LaTavia had grabbed the mic at every Destiny’s Child interview and said “Angela Bassett is overrated” or “McDonald’s Sprite really ain’t all that.” Sir you are the most replaceable so it would behoove you to keep your little common-ground mouth shut. There is no common ground with bigotry. Where do you meet in the middle with a fascist?

Karamo bout to mess around and watch the next season premiere without him and he won’t find out about it until it pops up on Netflix, just like LaTavia sitting at home watching “Say My Name” with Michelle & Farrah.

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Watch: Kids Ask About Gender

“Do you like being called a boy or a girl?”

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Courtney Act is a gift to this world. She’s so good at talking to anyone, and everyone looking to be a queer ambassador should be following her lead. She’s not trying to be Oprah and pull out your deepest trauma. She’s not trying to be Dr. Phil to coach you into realizations with psychobabble. She never comes from a place of preaching, just existing and being authentic.

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Carl Nassib is the NFL’s first active gay player.

Another pride month win for representation!

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Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out of the closet earlier today and his statement almost brought me to tears.

Nothing he said was particularly emotional, but it just took me back to junior high school, having rocks thrown at me, getting into fights on the bus, hearing faggot every day, and seeing no way past the torture of being bullied by jocks who thought it was fun to beat up on the gay kid.

It was just cool to beat up on the gay kid. Whether you were actually homophobic or not didn’t matter — you bullied the gay kid because other guys bullied the gay kid and that’s just how it was. It’s not as cool as it once was. Homophobia still exists, but outright support also exists in a way I didn’t experience, and sometimes that counterbalance is all you need for a homophobe to seethe quietly since he doesn’t have enough peers to feed into the bullying.

I’m trying to picture how I would have felt in junior high if an NFL player came out and his commissioner, coach, and teammates were all behind him. I probably would’ve been bullied anyway, to some extent at least, but I definitely would’ve believed it actually does get better, because I didn’t at the time. Saying “it gets better” doesn’t mean anything to a kid who wants to die because he’s the only gay person he knows, he dreads facing his peers because he doesn’t know if someone will light his homework on fire or hit him with a flagpole, and the only gay people on TV are fictional comic relief. Seeing a gay man in the center of a hypermasculine, heterosexual, aggressive environment means much more. It means not everyone is out to get you and you won’t be tortured forever, because if he can find support in the NFL, you can find support somewhere too.

 

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Casey Frey has a boyfriend.

Watch his coming out video on Theo Von’s podcast. The kids are so blessed!

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I know who Casey Frey is, because I’m online all the time, but I don’t really know who Casey Frey is. I just have a passing recognition of him and I can pick him out of a lineup because every once in awhile, one of his “dancing” videos goes viral.

Back in the days of Vine, Casey amassed a huge following from his awkward dance clips that were oddly charming in that Gen Z way of being earnest and silly at the same time. Now he’s a bonafide Instagram comedian, but I don’t follow him, because I’m pretty dry and subdued, and I don’t think very many people are funny enough to watch over and over (or at all!).

The kids who do follow him had that young man trending for a couple of days in a row because he has a boyfriend now.

I had never put much thought into who Casey Frey sleeps with. I just assumed he was straight because, if he was queer, he would’ve popped up on my social media feeds more often from being shared by the gays in my social networks. The few times I saw his sexuality discussed, it was usually a gay man either alluding to Casey’s queerness or making a light-hearted joke about it and they would immediately be corrected by his fans. So, Casey coming out with a boyfriend made a  big ripple on social media.

I really don’t care. I don’t even know anything about him past what I just Googled.

What I do care about is his coming out video with Theo Von, who some of you Gen X and Millennials may remember from Road Rules.

Not gonna even front: I had a huge crush on Theo growing up. He was a Southern good ol’ boy (my weakness at the time) who was genuinely nice, wasn’t a bigot, and read books. And he had nice arms. I’ve lo-key followed his career as a comedian and I still think he’s genuinely charming but don’t tell anybody I said that because we do not praise straight white men in this household!

Casey went on Theo’s podcast and I want y’all to watch how casually he comes out as bisexual and how everyone reacts to it.

No one cares. Look at that! No one cares!

When I saw that clip yesterday, I surprised myself by how emotional I got. I just remember growing up in the South with Theo’s accent all around me calling me a faggot on a regular basis. Straight guys tortured me for years. I saw a couple of gays on the Real World, Queer as Folk, and Will & Grace, but that was about it for my exposure to queerness in the big bad world. No part of my brain would’ve thought that twenty years later, a male comedian presumed to be straight would be on another straight male comedian’s radio show and casually say he has a boyfriend.

I’m so happy the little gay boys in conservative pockets of the country facing taunts and bullying have clips like this. It doesn’t necessarily affect what’s happening to you in that moment day to day, but it’s gotta be so nice to see that there is a wider world where everyone doesn’t hate you.

As Theo says in the clip, “That’s awesome.”

 

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