TV: Olive Garden, the new gay ghetto
Robert Gant is best known for playing Michael Novotny‚Äôs HIV positive boyfriend Ben on the American version of Queer as Folk.¬† He‚Äôs very talented, an out and proud actor, and very vocal on GLBT issues.¬† Also, my friend met him once and said that he‚Äôs totally really nice and that his ass looks incredible in jeans.
Whycome is it, then, that I saw him in an Olive Garden commercial yesterday?
Here is a man with an impeccable resume playing both straight and gay characters, he‚Äôs got the piercing blue eyes of a Siberian husky, and yet the man is shilling for unlimited breadsticks?
This isn‚Äôt the first commercial Robert‚Äôs been featured in lately, either.¬† Volkswagen had him a couple years ago, and before that he was the twinkle-toed Good Humor man!
I can‚Äôt really hold the Good Humor thing against him, because that was when he was just getting started (also, he‚Äôs just goddamn adorable in that.¬† Deliver ice cream to me any time, Bobby!).¬† But Volkwagen and (I still can barely say it) Olive Garden are both post-QAF.¬† I understand that the man‚Äôs got bills to pay, but come on!
So what‚Äôs happening here?¬† Is Gant financing a big comeback project?¬† Or can he just not find work because he‚Äôs too gay, too old, or perhaps at this point just too commercial?¬† Whatever the forces keeping Robert Gant from pressing his chiseled features toward those of another man, maintaining electric eye contact whilst they passionately remove each other‚Äôs shirts, I am virulently opposed to them.
We‚Äôve taken enough crap as homosexuals, we should not have to suffer seeing one of our own brought so low.¬† Now that marriage is legal in New York, I‚Äôve been looking for my next fight and I think this might just be it.¬† Damn the gay ghetto, damn ageism, and DAMN Olive Garden!¬† GET ROBERT GANT SOME REAL shirtless WORK!
In the meantime here‚Äôs another fun video he did:
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