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Saturday, June 4, 2005

'Queer Eye' for the Red Sox.

Living without cable TV in Boston doesn't simply isolate me from most of the chattering class's favorite shows; it also severely limits the number of Red Sox games I can watch at home. (Happily, last night's game was great.) So it's quite possible that everyone else in Red Sox Nation already knows about this coming Tuesday's episode of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" featuring Johnny Damon, Jason Varitek, Kevin Millar, Tim Wakefield, and Doug Mirabelli. I found out from today's Boston Globe review of the episode, which praises the way "the show plays with old stereotypes of sports machismo":

There's something deliciously modern about watching Mirabelli, hand extended delicately for a manicure, razzing Millar about his hair. And about the mix of fear and pride on Wakefield's face when Carson Kressley sits on his lap, pats him encouragingly on the shoulder, and says, "You're so good; you're so comfortable!"

That has always been the best conceit of "Queer Eye": the way it acknowledges its straight protagonists' unease, then watches them evolve.

Or not: Hisses go to pitcher Mike Timlin and sports radio big mouths John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, who according to the article would rather simply stick with unease.

The Fab Five will throw out the first pitch in Sunday's game. ("Sox Prove Good Sports Primping for 'Queer Eye,'" Joanna Weiss, Boston Globe 6.4.05, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 4 June 2005 at 3:49 PM

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