A new addition was made to the categories at last night’s Teen Choice Awards. The award, called Choice Fabulous, goes to the best queer figure in media, although by what criteria that’s judged, I don’t have the first clue. Apparently being gay is category enough on its own that no other measure is needed to unite the gentlemen in question. Nominees included Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Perez Hilton (gossip), Miss J (America’s Next Top Model) and Rex Lee (Entourage), with the award going to Miss J.
While I’m all in favor of positive inclusion of the gay community, I can’t see any reason anyone would want to be included in the same category as Perez Hilton unless they intend to run for Choice Douchebag. In any case, singling them out simply for their sexuality (or the sexuality of their television counterparts, in the case of Urie) isn’t a matter of inclusion. It’s just another way of keeping these men separate when some of them, at least, might reasonably be considered for other categories on the merits of their talent, not their sexuality. The aware was presented as one for “an outstanding gentleman at the crossroads of high fashion, high society and high heels,” which is all well and good, but it’s a ridiculously narrow perspective of just what it means to be gay. For one thing, where are the ladies in this category? Are only men perceived as gay in the media now?
No one expects the Teen Choice Awards to be a pinnacle of class and taste, and I say kudos to them for the effort, but seriously, things like this just pin being gay down as one thing, this flamboyant and unthreatening concoction, more an accessory for socialites than a person.