Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Jay Leno successfully puts his foot in his mouth  

Argh, I meant to post about this earlier. It's a tad late now, but I'll assume that not all of you are aware of it.

Recently, Jay Leno (ahem) had Ryan Phillippe on his show as a guest. Phillippe stated that one of his earliest TV roles was playing a gay teenager on "One Life to Live." Leno's response? Telling Phillippe to look into the camera and give everyone his "gayest look."

Gayest look? Seriously? Leno then went on to make a tired "Brokeback Mountain" reference in saying, "Pretend your lover, Billy Bob, just rode in shirtless from Wyoming." Phillippe looked remarkably uncomfortable and declined.

Little did Leno anticipate, that minor statement caused a huge backlash. "Avenue Q" playwright Jeff Whitty teamed up with Melissa McEwan from Shakesville to create, a site dedicated to people sending in pictures of their "gayest looks," all of which involve flipping off Jay Leno. People from all over the country sent in their pictures, until finally, Leno issued an apology.

"In talking about Ryan's first role, I realize that what I said came out wrong. I certainly didn't mean any malice. I agree it was a dumb thing to say, and I apologize."

Yee-haw! I'm stoked that these people made such an enormous impact. They may still be collecting pictures just for fun over at, so go ahead and send in yours. I took the liberty of taking a picture of me (left), kissing my girlfriend (right) as part of our "gayest look."

(Doesn't get much gayer than this!)

Here's the video that caused such a stir:

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5 comments: to “ Jay Leno successfully puts his foot in his mouth

  • April 3, 2008 at 2:50 AM  

    Agh, I wish that picture had been taken before Leno issued the apology. Oh well. It's still a good picture, regardless of whether or not he gets to see it.

  • April 3, 2008 at 1:14 PM  

    Yeah, me too :( But Melissa from Shakesville e-mailed me back and said she'd add the photo to the website!

  • April 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM  

    Leno really isn't that funny. He also recently made a joke about my home town. Pretty much saying the reason that guy had sex with a picnic table is because none of the women there are attractive. They didn't really take into account the fact that he's married...

  • April 8, 2008 at 1:35 AM  

    i sent one too!! i dont know if its up
    as your friend, and nikki's friend, I would like to say in a totally professional way, your picture is hot. lolz i m not harassing u plz dont worry.

    and to elijah... how nice of him to say that... of course taking the blame off of a man who HAD SEX WITH A PICNIC TABLE to place it on women for not being attractive enough to lure this catch of a man.

  • April 29, 2008 at 1:09 AM  

    Dang! The video is gone. :(