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Who Outed Jason Wu? Part Two: Blame it on Ru

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With regard to yesterday's post about who bears responsibility for the outing of fashion designer Jason Wu ... before there was the NYT, or Amanda Lepore, there was the RuPaul doll.

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  1. Yes, before Jason Wu designed the inaugural gown for our new First Lady, he was designing dolls and dresses for the First Lady of Drag, RuPaul.

    Posted by: Wayne | Jan 28, 2009 11:38:36 AM


  2. OK, the guy started his career by designing drag queens' doll. What else left in the closet ?? I think his family would be more proud that he dressed "the first lady" (regardless whom he sleeps with.)

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 28, 2009 11:50:43 AM


  3. Oops.

    I 'outed' Jason Wu five years ago in an interview for Out Front Colorado.

    He said he played with Barbies as a kid and found inspiration for his design by going out to the gay clubs.

    In fairness, I don't think I actually asked him if he was gay but frankly, I didn't think I needed to.

    All this brouhaha just seems weird.

    I refer to him as gay several times and I know he and his management got copies of the paper.

    I've got the original interview reposted up at www.MileHighGayGuy.com.

    Posted by: MileHighGayGuy | Jan 28, 2009 11:53:19 AM


  4. I am looking forward to "Who Outed Jason Wu: Part Three" in which we learn that upon his birth at a Taipei hospital, he swooped out of his mother's womb, looked up at a nurse and said, "Gurrrrrl."

    The nurse then whispered into his mother's ear, "Honey, he's a flamer."

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 28, 2009 12:22:19 PM


  5. This is begining to sound like a promising idea for a reality show--"Who Outed Jason Wu?" Each week could feature a different person making the claim. At the end of the series, the winner could get a designer wardrobe, a Ru Paul doll and a trip to Jason's homeland.

    Posted by: voet | Jan 28, 2009 1:04:19 PM


  6. This is so absurd. As soon a guy asks for a sewing machine for Christmas he is outing himself to the entire world.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jan 28, 2009 1:29:17 PM


  7. And I should care because???

    Posted by: RP | Jan 28, 2009 1:53:20 PM


  8. I respect the work that Andy has done to promote gay rights, but before we get to Part Three, I'd like to ask a few questions...

    Did Andy profile Jason Wu before this controversy began, or did he wait for a negative story to come out?

    When was the last time Andy featured gay Asian-American men in a positive light?

    When was the last time Andy posted homoerotic photographs of Asians or Asian-Americans?

    I understand some people's need to cast gay Asian-Americans and their families as odd, different, non-assimilating, and somehow a threat to "Western" progress, but..

    Asian-Americans voted against Prop 8 in higher percentages than any other racial group. Has Andy discussed this fact as extensively as he is covering this unsourced Jason Wu rumor? Has he discussed it at all?

    Just curious.

    PS: I don't have stats on Taiwanese-American voters, but 60% of Chinese-American voters opposed Prop 8. And in Wu's native Taiwan, about 75% of people believe homosexuality is acceptable. How's that for progress?

    Posted by: justcurious | Jan 28, 2009 2:34:13 PM


  9. Is this a publicity stunt? Because really...who gives a shit about this guy or his personal problems?

    Posted by: paul c | Jan 28, 2009 2:34:35 PM


  10. I respect the work that Andy has done to promote gay rights, but before we get to Part Three, I'd like to ask a few questions...

    Did Andy profile Jason Wu before this controversy began, or did he wait for a negative story to come out?

    When was the last time Andy featured gay Asian-American men in a positive light?

    When was the last time Andy posted homoerotic photographs of Asians or Asian-Americans?

    I understand some people's need to cast gay Asian-Americans and their families as odd, different, non-assimilating, and somehow a threat to "Western" progress, but..

    Asian-Americans voted against Prop 8 in higher percentages than any other racial group. Has Andy discussed this fact as extensively as he is covering this unsourced Jason Wu rumor? Has he discussed it at all?

    Just curious.

    PS: I don't have stats on Taiwanese-American voters, but 60% of Chinese-American voters opposed Prop 8. And in Wu's native Taiwan, about 75% of people believe homosexuality is acceptable. How's that for progress?

    Posted by: justcurious | Jan 28, 2009 2:39:09 PM


  11. @Justcurious -- what you point out about the Taiwanese is interesting, but you can't fault Andy for everything he doesn't cover. Seriously, one person can only do so much.

    If you think there is a gap in what he posts, that's an opportunity for you to pick up the slack and enlighten the rest of us to what you know...whether it's by posting it here or giving Andy a heads up or starting your own blog.

    The more voices out there sharing info with others, the more well-rounded and well-informed we can all be.

    Posted by: paul c | Jan 28, 2009 2:41:22 PM


  12. It was Professor Peacock in the conservatory with the lead pipe.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 28, 2009 2:43:32 PM


  13. Is anyone really so prejudiced that they're against Asian Americans? Do we really still have to list the virtues of the Asian American community on the comments section? I will just never understand the things that people choose to get their panties all in a bunch about.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 28, 2009 2:46:19 PM


  14. Is it wrong of me to just assume that any and all male designers are gay?

    Doesn't everyone know that? If Wu is actually upset about all this, then he's living in a fool's paradise.

    Posted by: Shirley! | Jan 28, 2009 3:01:05 PM


  15. @Milkman: Yes, racism exists. Didn't you know? And it's important to address notions that Jason Wu is imposing his "Eastern views on the rest of us," conforming to "a third world country's bigotry to gays," and not assimilating to "our ways."

    @Paul: Some good points.

    Posted by: justcurious | Jan 28, 2009 3:19:00 PM


  16. JUSTCURIOUS, I think the "Eastern views" bit was in reply to Bading's lectures about our ignorance of Asian sensitivities. Surely neither Wu nor Bading can genuinely expect the NYT to magically know that it's not kosher for them to mention his bf lest his parental units get deranged.

    Andy has a fairly narrow range of men (boiz?) that he features, much to my chagrin (and that of many others), but it's his blog and surely leaving out Asians, Latinos, Blacks, bears, leatherdaddies, body-modders, trannies, etc. doesn't necessarily mean he's propagating negativity as you suggest - maybe he's just not into them. There's lots of racism about, but Andy Towle has done his fair share of work against it.

    Posted by: weekendretreat | Jan 28, 2009 3:32:22 PM


  17. What about Luke Song of Mr. Song's Millinery in Detroit? He of the fabulous Swarovski crystal-encrusted Aretha Franklin hat? Should he 'come out' now lest his extended Asian family find out sooner rather than later? Does it really even matter whether he's gay or not? Or whether he even has a boyfriend? I think not. Was it perhaps a bit presumptuous of the NYTIMES to assume that Jason Wu's family would not be affected by their casually mentioning his boyfriend? I think yes! What if Jason Wu was Iranian? That oh so flippant aside would have marked Jason Wu as a dead man. And think of the repercussions it would have on his family back home in Tehran. If he was Iranian. All you one-and-only-one-model of gayness adherents need to think about that.

    Posted by: bading | Jan 28, 2009 3:39:58 PM


  18. @Weekend: Have you seen Queerty.com? They show more colored gays... I didn't know that Andy has actively fought against racism. Good for him. What kinds of things has he done?

    @Bading: Do you know for a fact that the NYT outed Jason Wu to his extended family? Has he issued a statement confirming the rumor?

    Posted by: justcurious | Jan 28, 2009 4:00:41 PM


  19. Bading, Hon' put down the crack pipe. You are sounding more and more delusional. I believe you summed up your predicament when you admitted that, "[You] think not."

    It is called an admission against interest and therefore admissible as evidence for the truth of the matter stated.

    In contrast, I operate on the assumption that one has not had a frontal lobotomy and, therefore, it is more than obvious that Mr. Wu is not only a designer of women's fromal wear with limited talent but is also a flaming queen. P.s. And I like my queens flaming, not that every gay man is or need be so. In Mr. Wu's case, however, he is.

    Posted by: rudy | Jan 28, 2009 4:01:58 PM


  20. @Bading - are you just trying to say that reporters should always ask someone in case they are closeted? Should they also check with a straight caucasian interviewee who has a black girlfriend just in case his family aren't down for the brown? Better also find out if they're Catholic and secretly living in sin.

    Your argument seems to be that reporters should do some form of racial/ethnic profiling before deciding what is on the record. Utter nonsense. If Wu didn't want it mentioned, he shouldn't have had his bf around and/or should have asked the reporter not to mention it. He has a right to privacy but he bears responsibility for letting the press into his life.

    Posted by: weekendretreat | Jan 28, 2009 4:02:54 PM


  21. Rudy, sweetie, take your Haldol. Did you miss my statement that said I also think yes?

    Cultural Sensitivity Lecture # 9:

    In the mid-80's, we in the Asian Caucus within Act-Up were very frustrated that AIDS awareness literature was not penetrating the NYC Asian communities more effectively. After dinner at Hop Kee on Mott St., we were comparing the pithy sayings we got on our fortune cookies and BINGO!!! We post-haste ordered fortune cookies with AIDS awareness slogans in them. Needless to say, they were a big hit in the same Asian communitites that resisted the in-your-face, confrontational outreach that we were doing.

    Moral of the story: Honey good, vinegar bad!

    Moral of the story:

    Posted by: Bading | Jan 28, 2009 4:19:15 PM


  22. If you don't want news media to note you have a boyfriend while they are doing a personal profile of you, you make sure your boyfriend and evidence of him are absent from your home when you have the reporter over. Or you meet the reporter elsewhere without your boyfriend. The Times reporter did nothing wrong in writing a standard news profile.

    We spend too long fighting against institutions that actively support and produce the closet. No way should we be engaging in activities that ask them to reimpose it. If someone, particularly a public figure, wants their life to remain hidden, it's their responsibility to hide their life.

    Posted by: MAJeff | Jan 28, 2009 4:29:36 PM


  23. LOL! Voet! Very funny!

    Posted by: anon | Jan 28, 2009 4:50:34 PM


  24. This story, or rather the response to it, is getting more and more surreal. I agree, MAJEFF. The NYTimes was faulted for years for closeting our lives. Now they're treating us--or attempting to--like everyone else, as they should be. If someone wants to be closeted, it's their responsibility, in NYC, to build their own closet.

    What I'm wondering, however, is whether Jason is actually upset about this so-called outing? Beyond the unconfirmed Jezebel bit, has anyone actually seen him pitching a hissy fit, or is it all just conjecture? If it's much ado about nothing, the jokes and attention is probably far more embarrassing than the alleged outing.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 28, 2009 4:59:52 PM


  25. Sorry Bading MORAL of the Story....

    Closets Kill people.

    And if Wu's extended family feels that he has brought shame on the Wu name he should just say FU@K WU!!

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jan 28, 2009 5:03:52 PM


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