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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Queering of Ryan Seacrest

"Ryan Seacrest, the American Idol host—whose recent erratic behavior on the air has prompted chatter—has for years alternated between receiving and delivering homophobic, gay-baiting attacks."

Thaddeus Russell on the Ryan Seacrest persona:
The Idol host, whose erratic behavior this season has intensified the speculation about his personal life, is hounded about his sexuality even outside the show.

At the 2009 Oscars, where Seacrest worked the red carpet for E!, co-host Jay Manuel, the openly gay makeup artist and star of America's Next Top Model, noted Seacrest's unabashed enthusiasm for one actress' gown.

With a smile, Manuel told the audience that "Ryan was loving that dress" then asked his colleague, "fashion's your favorite subject, right, Ryan?"

And when Seacrest served as substitute host on CNN's Larry King Live he received a most unwelcome compliment from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper—himself a public figure of great liminality.

"That's the biggest tie I've ever seen," Cooper said of Seacrest's exaggerated pink neckpiece.

Trapped inside the joke, Seacrest blurted, "your bow is tiny and mine is huge," to which Cooper delivered the fatal queering blow: "I've heard that often." READ MORE

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