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Single Ladies

Mercado Cubby

Shane Mercado, whose spot-on rendition of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" has earned him over a million views on YouTube, was asked to do the routine for The Bonnie Hunt Show in front of the video backdrop and his story was the subject of a recent CW11 news segment.

Suddenly everyone wants to be a "Single Lady", even Cubby from 96.1 The Beat in Charlotte (above, right). Even the big girls are doing it.

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  1. I don't want to make any comments about the "flaming" thing, other than I personally am right in the middle between butch and, uh, effete. I do want to say that I'm sick of that damn Beyonce Knowles and her blonde weave/lace front and her rapping-singing combo platter. Plus, I doubt that she'll gladly support us. Make money off of us, yes, and have us do her makeup and hair, sure, but I don't expect her to be playing a gig for gay guys anytime soon.

    Posted by: Alex Sarmiento | Nov 21, 2008 2:38:01 PM

  2. yawn...that's all.

    Posted by: Matty | Nov 21, 2008 2:47:15 PM

  3. Commenter Albert already mentioned it, but it was great to hear Anderson Cooper's Towleroad shout out last night on AC360, he also did it last week when he showed a crazy doggie video that was featured here.

    Posted by: Red | Nov 21, 2008 2:58:48 PM

  4. Without people like Shane, the "Gay" world will be so very dull, shame on all of you people who pick on one of our own "Gays" in a time of fighting our civil right such as the Prop 8!

    Posted by: Australiasian | Nov 21, 2008 4:16:07 PM

  5. i would typically not be into a guy like shane, but the dude totally puts it all out there and has a great deal of confidence in himself for which i can only say bravo...and resutantly i find him kinda hot now.


    Posted by: jash | Nov 21, 2008 4:43:32 PM

  6. Go Shane! It takes a lot of strength and guts to be this fabulous and put it all out there like this.

    Posted by: Trasker | Nov 21, 2008 7:47:19 PM

  7. The virulence of the comments on both sides reveals a larger truth, one that many in the LGBT activist community are loathe to admit. Human sexuality is not a "this or that", black or white proposition. Desire/attraction ranges across a spectrum from men who never look at a woman sexually to men who have only the slightest flicker of same sex attraction.

    Of course, if you're an activist, suggesting that the category "gay" is an unreal political construct is heresy. How can you advocate if the only real categories are male and female.

    Much has been written by authors more eloquent than I, that 40 yrs. of activism has greatly improved the lot of the usual suspects, i.e. urban gay ghetto dwellers, affluent educated suburbanites in "blue" state America, and those employed in the stereotypical careers, i.e. designers, florists, the arts etc.

    At the same time men who were more masculine "mainstream" types are being forced by activist P.C. correctness to defend viewpoints, including a love of effeminacy and "fabulosity" they do not share. They retreat even more into the closet, and they are, some studies have indicated, the core audience for gay porn which remains determinedly macho masculine throughout.

    Therefore, before you "we love our swish queen" types get too full of yourselves reflect on the fact that the majority of men with same sex attraction (to whatever degree on the spectrum) will never be "out and proud". Just the way it is folks. Yes, you'll all defend this Stepin Fetchit kid but diss all males who don't march with you in P.C. correctness.

    Posted by: Jack H. | Nov 22, 2008 11:09:00 AM

  8. Not a single comment about Cubby?

    Posted by: Rita | Nov 22, 2008 11:32:17 AM

  9. Jack H: where'd you get that half-digested theory? So "gay" is a construct but male and female are "the only real categories"? Sorry, hon. Read some Butler. You really can't have it both ways any more.

    I haven't read any actual statistics, but I suspect that now the scales have tipped in favor of people being out of the closet. Given the number of same sex couples now on censuses and the number of same sex marriages/CUs/partnerships and the number of people who come out for pride or now political demonstrations, I think MOST gay people now are not on the down low. A few Larry Craigs and Ted Haggards among the far right, but they're now the minority.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Nov 22, 2008 12:18:52 PM

  10. Holy christ. The kid dances along to a Beyonce video. This isn't about politics. It's about entertainment. And as far as I can tell, all Bonnie Hunt did was have him on and praise his talent. So why doesn't everyone calm down and let Shane have his 15 minutes. He can dance his ass off, so he earned them. Though I do want to give him a muffin--so skinny!

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 22, 2008 6:45:48 PM

  11. "Shane is an example of an out and proud gay man comfortable in his own skin."

    @Tom: Has he made a statement to that effect? I don't know anything about him other than the dance videos, and haven't heard any commentary from him except about the routine.

    "...Once these men realized that true acceptance first comes from oneself, most of them stopped the overt femininity (including swishing their hips, crossing personal boundaries of strangers, dressing feminine, and binge drinking). I'm simply citing some studies which are pretty interesting..."
    @IM JUST SAYING: I haven't heard of these studies. I wouldn't accept or reject them without reading the methods. Do you have a link?

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 22, 2008 11:26:17 PM

  12. I think they all our just having fun and not at his or any other Gay man's expense.

    I guess if we need titles to define ourselves, I'm the truck driver type (or electrican-HVAC type).
    Shane reminds me of my lover and its hawt!

    Makes me wish I was there where he is with a fist full of singles! (Keep the minds clean girls.)

    You DO NOT want to see my type trying to do those moves!!!

    I'll stick with the texas two step, thank you.

    Posted by: GaryJ | Nov 24, 2008 12:17:27 AM

  13. good on him! we need not apologize, nor should we judge.

    Posted by: nic | Nov 24, 2008 4:54:25 AM

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