I nominate Squarejaw...

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    May 07, 2009 3:51 AM GMT
    ...to replace Perez Hilton as the de facto gay pundit on cable news shows. If you caught Perez tonight on Larry King, tonight, then you'll know exactly what I mean.

    Squarejaw, on the other hand, is articulate, factual and, well, prettier. Seriously, though, the last thing our community needs is another bumbling caricature representing us in our quest to achieve marriage equality.

    Check out Squarejaw's recent video expose on the Traditional Values Coalition. Wouldn't you rather have Squarejaw debating National Organization for Marriage' Maggie Gallagher than snarky, catty Perez?

    By the way, I don't know Squarejaw personally, and he has no idea I'm posting this. But, Perez Hilton arose from obscure bloggerdom, so why not our own Squarejaw? I say we blast Larry King's blog with links to Squarejaw's blog: http://wakingupnow.com/. It could happen...

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    May 07, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    My blog comment is awaiting moderation...

    http://larrykinglive.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/06/topless-photos-could-cost-miss-ca-her-crown/#comment-150896
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    May 07, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    It isn't like there aren't articulate, intelligent, and sexy gay men out there to talk about these issues (though it would be tough to rival the package deal you get with SquareJaw).

    The media wants Perez Hilton because he is famous, not because he is a good spokesman. So here is what you do Square. Have a fantastic affair with Harrison Ford as he comes out of the closet, get the Shilou Labouf or what ever his name is to be Gore VIdal's play thing for the remainder of his years (Labouf's, not Vidal's) and skyrocket to the top of the celebrity food chain.
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    May 07, 2009 4:45 AM GMT
    I second that nomination and would like to volunteer my services as his official wardrobe malfunctioner.
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    May 07, 2009 4:55 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidIt isn't like there aren't articulate, intelligent, and sexy gay men out there to talk about these issues (though it would be tough to rival the package deal you get with SquareJaw).

    The media wants Perez Hilton because he is famous, not because he is a good spokesman. So here is what you do Square. Have a fantastic affair with Harrison Ford as he comes out of the closet, get the Shilou Labouf or what ever his name is to be Gore VIdal's play thing for the remainder of his years (Labouf's, not Vidal's) and skyrocket to the top of the celebrity food chain.


    LOL - you're dead-on. Perez is brash and controversial, making him a cable news channel's wet dream. Maybe Perez went to pundit school (although, if he did, he probably got a C).

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/fashion/26pundit.html

    Oh, and SJ, be sure to take pics on your way up that food chain. icon_smile.gif
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    May 07, 2009 4:55 AM GMT
    calibro saidI second that nomination and would like to volunteer my services as his official wardrobe malfunctioner.



    dammit you beat me to it.....



    Fine....I will the fluffer.
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    May 07, 2009 5:25 AM GMT
    I can see SquareJaw along side the likes of Sam Harris, Keith Boykin and Darryl Stephens. I would love to see SquareJaw on Bill Maher's Real Time. Where do I sign up?!
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    May 07, 2009 7:01 AM GMT
    calibro saidI second that nomination and would like to volunteer my services as his official wardrobe malfunctioner.


    Bring back the mouse... er bear suit!
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    May 07, 2009 7:30 AM GMT
    Yeah, Squarejaw would be much better than Parez. But the media loves Parez and I'm sure all the bible thumpers like him too because he's making us all look bad. It's really frustrating. I don't want someone like Parez representing me/all of us. I hope some how this guy gets some more attention soon.
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    May 07, 2009 7:42 AM GMT
    Amen brotha!
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    May 07, 2009 7:43 AM GMT
    Only if he wears the bear costume icon_wink.gif
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    May 07, 2009 7:55 AM GMT
    Put Squarejaw in as the blogging man, and put Perez Hilton in... say... McDonalds as the drive through attendant. He'll still have a microphone, so maybe he'll be happy. (Perez I mean)
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    May 07, 2009 7:59 AM GMT
    I've never heard anything good about Perez Hilton...I don't look at his blog, and I've never actually seen a photo of him until i googled it just now. Yikes.

    Yes, I vote for Squarejaw. Intelligence just adds to charm of the bad jokes icon_wink.gif
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    May 07, 2009 8:23 AM GMT
    THANK YOU!
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    May 07, 2009 9:51 AM GMT
    only one problem, after watching the video I don't remember a single word, only his pretty eyes.






    and now I'm starting to wonder how that's a problem.
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    May 07, 2009 9:55 AM GMT
    Broadcasters love Perez Hilton because of his sideshow circus freak appeal. Viewers, especially the straight ones, don't want to watch or listen to a handsome, "normal" gay man with the ability to speak clearly and develop a valid argument. Straight viewers want drama. They want a reason to continue to label homosexuals as bizarre, crass human beings. Perez gives that to them in spades.
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    May 07, 2009 11:24 AM GMT
    he should do his videos in his teddy bear outfit
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    May 07, 2009 11:50 AM GMT
    While I'll be the first to admit Perez is trash, I'll also be the first to give him props for being an OUT gay celebrity not afraid to use his celebrity to speak out on gay issues.

    I'm not suggesting I agree with what he says. I just appreciate him speaking out and being visible. You don't see TR Knight or David Geffen or Wanda Sykes out there the way Perez is on pushing gay issues.

    Despite the...insanity of his blog/gossip site/whatever, he's always used his highly trafficked space to promote the gay cause and gay issues with the blunt force of his 'ratings' so to speak. His recent raised media profile on the issue as a result of the pageant debacle is just part of the news cycle. But again I can't fault him for being loud and proud at a time when few of our larger gay voices are being likewise in the face of all the nutburgers in the world. Making cute YouTube videos and parody commercials does not have the same weight as directly engaging the opposing forces in debate.
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    May 07, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
    I think Perez does an excellent job when speaking on television. If you really pay attention he is very respectful and always has his facts straight. Although, yes, he is a big ol' flamer he speaks for our cause non stop.

    I always zone in on how many times his opponents interrupt him, yet he still allows them to finish their thoughts. Then he always throws it in their faces how he allows them to speak and they are continuously interrupting! I think he speaks well, gets his points across clearly, and luckily puts a name to a cause.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't think he should be the poster child for gay rights, but when he is called upon on specific topics, like the Carrie Prejean topic, he does an excellent job of representing himself.
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    May 07, 2009 2:04 PM GMT


    We'd nominate Squarejaw over a Perez any day!!!

    This has nothing to do with looks as we don't care about that. This is all about listenability (is that a word? heh) and CONTENT.

    Squarejaw if they won't broadcast you maybe a Canadian station will!

    Hmmm, "An American Perspective - Intelligent Eye" Yeah, we'd watch that!

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    May 07, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    danielryan saidI think Perez does an excellent job when speaking on television. If you really pay attention he is very respectful and always has his facts straight. Although, yes, he is a big ol' flamer he speaks for our cause non stop.

    I always zone in on how many times his opponents interrupt him, yet he still allows them to finish their thoughts. Then he always throws it in their faces how he allows them to speak and they are continuously interrupting! I think he speaks well, gets his points across clearly, and luckily puts a name to a cause.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't think he should be the poster child for gay rights, but when he is called upon on specific topics, like the Carrie Prejean topic, he does an excellent job of representing himself.


    Wow, now that's an opinion I can't agree with. Mario is a train wreck, plain and simple.

    Regardless of whether or not we want to accept it, Mario "Perez Hilton" Lavandeira does represent the gay community. He is a gay public figure who, unfortunately, never gives up the chance to jump in front of the camera and talk smack about anyone and everyone who doesn't see things his way. This does not help to bring all of us together, nor does it help to advance the "cause" you refer to (whatever that may be).

    Perez has his facts straight? LMAOROFL! Really? Honestly? This guy is a tabloid "reporter" and he has his facts straight? What percentage of gossip does he have to accurately report on to win this award from you? In my world, facts rule, nothing else.

    He sure does do a good job of representing himself. Nobody can argue with that, just as nobody can argue with the fact that you, me, and Joe Blow all do great jobs of representing ourselves. Shit, my dog does a good job of representing himself, as does my fern, my bed, my computer ...
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    May 07, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI'm no fan of Perez. Before this incident, I honestly didn't know who he was.

    But I thought last night on Larry King that he comported himself well.
    He let the odious Maggie Gallagher go on and on until it was his time to speak, and then he reminded her pointedly that he had allowed her to talk.

    One of the worst parts about debating right-wingers is that they've all been instructed to drown out their opponents. It's like they took a course in it. Maybe they have.


    There actually is a course on punditing. I posted a link to it, earlier, but here it is again:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/fashion/26pundit.html

    IMO, Perez came across as whiny and combative, but even so, he wasn't able to effectively counter Gallagher's assertions. Thus, Gallagher came across as the more level-headed and rational party in the debate. Her position was already more defensible, in so much that she was standing up for someone who is being attacked -- fairly or not -- for expressing her personal beliefs. And, they are both right - each of them has the freedom to express their views on the topic, but pejorative language serves only to undermine one's position, no matter how 'right' or 'just' the supported cause. Mounting that personal attack against Perjean on his blog effectively damaged Perez' credibility. When asked about why he called Perjean a 'b' and a 'c', Perez just stammered.

    Now, someone like Squarejaw, or a more well-known subject-matter expert like Anthony Romero, would have been far more capable of debating the merits of the Perjean case, as well as its implications regarding marriage equality.