Beats me
Just a thought from 28 July 2003 about .

AlterNet: Hail the Prada-Worshipping Queer

It's the sort of show that convinces me our entertainment industry makes us all victims of a sort of battered wife syndrome. We expect our television to debase us, empty us, and condescend to us. And, for the most part, we'll all be back for more.

At first glimpse, I couldn't have agreed more with this assessment of Bravo's new show, Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, where five gay men redesign some slobby straight guy's life. I mean, if it was a minyan of heebs going over a goy's finances, I'd be in the street with a picket sign. (And besides, boring!)

Then, the other night, I found myself in the park with the pups for the midnight walk. I bumped into two neighbors with their dogs. Both gay men, older gents, definitely not hipster club types, were discussing the show. And they loved it.

"But doesn't the stereotyping bug you?" I asked.

I can't remember their response verbatim, but the basic gist was: Who cares? It's a funny show. And they really are helping the hapless straight guy. So what's the harm?

I went home and created a season pass.

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “Beats me” that I wrote on 28 July 2003.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “Spread the word” on 27 July 2003. After this, I wrote “Hey buddy, want an mp3?” on 30 July 2003.

Spread the word
It's coming!...
27 July 2003

Hey buddy, want an mp3?
After listening to a particularly frustrating show on "Online Music Piracy" on KQED this morning, I got to thinking about...
30 July 2003

The Fine Print

Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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