TV: Ending Where It All Began – Danny, Real World New Orleans
There’ve been gay characters and situations on TV since before I was born, but my first “wow, this is real and I am loving it” crush on a gay TV personality was on Danny Roberts from MTV’s first New Orleans edition of The Real World. As I sit down to write my final article for TNG, I can’t think of a better way to wrap things up than to muse on where it all started.
I was a junior in high school and my family didn’t have cable, so in order to watch Real World I’d hang out with my friend Liz. Liz and her friends were all Mormons, and Liz and I thought we were into each other. We gave it our best shot, but really we didn’t stand a chance. Plenty of gay guys had sex with girls in high school, but I doubt many of them did while hanging out with Mormons and watching a TV show featuring adorable, openly gay, too-good-to-be true Southern hunk Danny Roberts.
It took a few more years for me to fully admit my thing for Danny to myself, and then to tell others. There were plenty of signs along the way. But Danny really made things pretty plain.
That’s one of the huge reasons that I love TV so much. It’s how we tell stories about ourselves, and it’s how we try on other lives to see if they fit. We’re lucky – we live in a time when there are so many stories being told every day about how we can lead happy and healthy lives with honesty. If that means we’ve got to put up with season 2 of Bachelor Pad, well, it’s probably worth it.
So thank you to the Dannys of the world, both in front and behind the camera, who have truly made life just a little bit easier for all of us gays watching at home.
And if, like me, you’re frankly more fascinated by one specific Danny in front of the camera, then you’re probably just as psyched about the new about him that hit a couple months ago – Danny Roberts is filming an as-of-yet untitled project right now, and there are leaked shower make-out pics. We may not be around to share with you whatever this turns into, but it’s not too hard to imagine what my coverage of the show would be like: “Danny hot. Writing bad. Over it.”
It’s been a real pleasure counting myself as a TNGer this past year. Thanks to the fantastic group of dedicated people who made this blog a great place to share. More importantly, thanks to you! It’s humbling to think that so many smart people took the time to read what I wrote. If you want to stay in touch, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter (@TopherBurns).
I hope you had some fun, because I sure did. Bye for now!
PS – Did you know that Danny schilled for a gay soft core video series called Boy’s Briefs? Yowza!
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