Hollywood journalists and celebrity bloggers widely took the statement as confirmation of long-time rumors that the young African-American actress is a lesbian. But instead of universal accolade for her announcement, it again revealed a widespread culture of homophobia in the African-American community. As Allison Samuels of Newsweek and The Daily Beast pointed out , journalists rushed to add Raven to galleries of Black celebrities who have also come out as gay. Is it tougher for Black celebrities to come out as gay than white celebrities Judging by online and social-media responses, the answer is yes.
Brian Graden and Logo, the New Gay TV Channel - Nymag
Bringing gay media out of the closet
The prospect of a television channel entirely devoted to gay programs for gay people may strike some as unnecessary and others as a sign of immoral times. Media giant Viacom thinks there's money in it. Logo, launching on Thursday under the MTV Networks umbrella, is not the first channel to target gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, but it is the most widely available, on cable boxes in 10 million homes. And it is the first time a major U. Janice Crouse, a senior fellow at Concerned Women for America, which describes itself as a conservative Evangelical group of , members, said it was "a sad day for America. Logo's advertisers include travel company Orbitz, carmaker Subaru, mobile phone maker Motorola and Miller Lite beer.
R.I.P., Gay TV: A Not-So-Sad Reality
One reaction has been to bemoan the news and call Logo a traitor for walking out on its community. But given the current state of Logo's programming, the decision just may be a blessing in disguise for the gay rights movement. None of Logo's upcoming series include gay characters in "lead" roles, according to a press release announcing coming programming changes , first revealed by Queerty. Even RuPaul's Drag U is getting a revamp to reach a more mainstream audience. In other words, the new Logo will be a Cuisinart-blended cocktail of Bravo, Lifetime, and Oxygen, with a pink boa as garnish.
The company sent staff members to Tulsa, where DirecTV Charts has a call center, to coach customer service reps on how to deal with complaints. Many cable operators were reluctant to carry the channel. And only three advertisers signed up as charter sponsors - the travel Web site Orbitz, Subaru, and the Paramount film studio, which like MTV, is owned by Viacom Charts. You can't blame them. Cable operators and advertisers typically take a wait-and-see approach to new channels.