What's the difference between "an outrageous caricature of gay men" and "unabashedly over-the-top?" Seems very little to me. Yet you approve the behavior in an actual gay man and disapprove it in a fictitious gay character. That's rather odd.
You're a perpetual critic of all things gay. If you don't appreciate the difference, then maybe you should stick to your natural online habitat of beer-swilling, Right-Wing homophobic redneck sites.
You're a nasty old queen. I criticized no one yet you come out swinging as usual with your insults. I just said I found it odd that you criticize the character Jack's "outrageous caricature of gay men" and find charming Leslie Jordan's "unabashedly over the top" behavior when I see no difference.
OK, I'll spell it out for you. The "Jack" character on W&G was an exaggeration, even though it was played by an actual gay actor. Full of stereotypical nonsense, played for laughs, but reinforcing many straight misconceptions.
Leslie Jordan off-screen can also be a bit campy when he wants, but terribly endearing. And his "Brother Boy" character in "Sordid Lives" was also stretching things a bit, the way it was written.
But in a way that had pathos, something that "Jack" rarely had, who was mostly a buffoon on W&G for comic relief. Not a gay man you could take seriously. I'm sure the actor behind that role isn't really like that, merely working from his script and taking direction. And well aware of the some of the flak he caught for that caricature.
Getting back to Jordan, in real life he is charmingly unashamed of his gay mannerisms. Which he keeps nicely under control, until he wants to draw attention to them. Mostly for a laugh, I suppose, and with a chosen audience. As with his stage act, turning the effect on and off.
Versus "Jack" who was "Just Jack!" virtually everywhere, every hour of the day & night. Not how gay men really are to my experience. Those who act very overt are more like Leslie Jordan, and occasionally give it a rest.
Reminding me of one of my college professors, with whom I became good friends on a nickname basis in private, being only about 2 years older than me. In the classroom and on campus he was Dr. *****, but when we were just hanging out together he was Jerry.
About the most flaming queen I've ever known, who wore kaftans at home (1970s era), makeup & gaudy jewelry. Like he was in half-drag. And could swish around better than anyone I've ever met.
But when he had serious work to do he lost all those mannerisms. How he went on to become Dean of a college himself, and then a Vice-President for Academics at a major NY university system. He was a very efficient administrator, and actually the best classroom educator I've ever had.
He employed the best example of US Army instructional techniques I've ever seen, although he wasn't aware of that until I told him. So that when I later taught high school and college myself, he served as my model.
That's not the depth that the "Jack" character was given, nor that Leslie Jordan actually possesses, either. Which is what sets them apart, and other gay men I know, from a cartoon caricature gay like "Jack".