During the episode both Fitzgerald and Mike Goldman were shirtless, prompting Fitzgerald to comment that it was a “Good thing Zach wasn’t evicted last week. We’d have been mobbed by now.”
Zach is an openly gay-contestant in the BB house.
The implication, suggests the Behind Big Brother website, is that Fitzgerald implied by association that gay men chase the first bit of male skin they see. Of course that’s a stereotype.
Frankly, we’re racking up a lot of stupid comments lately on our box. Xzibit was stupid last week to suggest Rove was racist. Rove himself made a silly aside about dads not wanting to find out their son was gay on Father’s Day. Grant Denyer was stupid to suggest he felt like he’d had sex with a black man. And Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson was stupid to suggest a lightweight car was a bit of “ginger beer” (rhyming slang for queer in the UK) last year. But homophobic? It’s a bit of a stretch.
Tune into an episode of The Footy Show on any given week and you’re likely to see more stupid comments.
Isaiah Washington, on the other hand, currently deserves the title as TV’s biggest homophobe by referring to TR Knight as a “fa***t.” It was a select and derisive term intended to humiliate, in the same way as racists used to use the “N” word. Despite using the word again at the Golden Globes Isaiah went on to make amends with gay groups (conveniently, as part of his penance). Since being dropped entirely from Grey’s Anatomy he has laughably suggested it is TR Knight who should have been dropped.
He’s even suggested his axing was because, “I was a black man who wasn’t a mush-mouth Negro walking around with his head in his hands all the time. I didn’t speak like I’d just left the plantation and that can be a problem for people sometime.”
What’s more of a problem for me is that Isaiah Washington just doesn’t know when to pipe up. Is anyone actually advising this guy?
Meanwhile, penance for Ryan Fitzgerald for his dumb comment is to please sit on the interchange bench for the rest of the season.