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Oprah Panel: How Does One Know if Someone is Gay?


Oprah and her panel of experts — Jenny McCarthy, Gayle King, Nate Berkus, and Hugh Jackman — on Friday pondered same-sex marriage and the question, how do you know if someone is gay? They also talk to a lesbian couple in Iowa.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Easy. You ask them.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 4, 2009 1:50:49 PM

  2. Exactly. We asked Hugh and he told us the truth. That he's a straight man in love with his wife.

    Posted by: Dan | May 4, 2009 1:59:00 PM

  3. I do love Oprah.

    Posted by: Rocco | May 4, 2009 2:05:18 PM

  4. Considering the questionable sexuality of this "panel" the better question is how do you know if someone is straight or just pretending to be straight?

    Posted by: SFshawn | May 4, 2009 2:06:34 PM

  5. Do they like fishsticks?

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | May 4, 2009 2:10:55 PM

  6. See how they walk!

    Posted by: Great Gay Store | May 4, 2009 2:12:14 PM

  7. Tell them there's something on their shoe, if the lift from the inside, straight, outside, gay. :rollseyes: I remember hearing that in high school

    Posted by: CJ | May 4, 2009 2:26:42 PM

  8. I saw Gayle and a Gal Pal both wearing white at the Madonna concert a few years ago. Something was very fishy about it. ;)

    Posted by: tanhattan | May 4, 2009 2:33:25 PM

  9. When did Oprah become The View?

    Posted by: crispy | May 4, 2009 2:35:04 PM

  10. Here is the answer:

    The proof is in the pasta.....

    Posted by: Cathy | May 4, 2009 2:39:10 PM

  11. It's funny that Hugh Jackman said (again) that if he says that he's not gay it means there's someone wrong with being gay. I don't really get the logic of what he's saying. Just because you like chocolate ice cream doesn't mean vanilla is bad.

    I think SFshawn has the correct question for this panel. Three of them would say 'no comment'.

    Posted by: David in Houston | May 4, 2009 2:46:59 PM

  12. As someone who has often been an extremely harsh critic of what I perceived as Oprah's inconsistency about gays [I could give examples but they're beside the point], I am thrilled to applaud her for what we see in this segment.

    And also appreciate the message they send about how often the "everybody knows" meme is wrong, and how explicit we need to be for those who don't want to see us. Gayle apparently didn't see the post on Oprah's site after the tsunami show from someone very sorry to hear that Nate's BUSINESS partner had died. And, here, they mention a more recent show in which he described a picture of himself and his new partner and many still didn't get it.

    Bravo for him, too. He is WORSHIPPED by Oprah's millions of viewers, so this one show did a great deal of good just with a few moments of explicit honesty [and the viewed applause of all these straight-identified, much admired public figures].

    Now if we could just get everyone to say "marriage equality" rather than "gay marriage."

    Posted by: Leland Frances | May 4, 2009 2:48:46 PM

  13. That was a great piece. It made me tear up thinking how DARE these folks foist their religion on us and say that gays can't marry because of THEIR religion. It's all religiously based - so get your god (lower case "g") out of my life!

    Posted by: Frank | May 4, 2009 2:54:29 PM

  14. How to tell if a guy is gay? If his dick tastes like shit.

    But seriously, folks, what a panel! I for one don't believe there is a single person on that panel who is not flat out gay (Nate) or has not had plenty of same-sex experiences. (You know Jenny's done it, and would probably admit it if pressed. Hugh is a lying gay man, bless him. Oprah and Gayle, believe what you like.)

    What a bizarre panel! Surprised Hugh wouldn't have avoided it.

    When celebs helpfully say they feel bad saying "no, I'm not gay!" that is sweet, but that doesn't mean they're not actually gay and dodging the issue. A popular TV and sometimes movie actor known for his youthful looks and resemblance to a much bigger star once played gay and gave a very "frank" interview about how he wasn't gay and how he'd proudly admit it if he was; only problem is he had sex with a friend of mine...after making him sign a non-disclosure agreement. Then he later got married and became a father.

    So much for just asking.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | May 4, 2009 3:04:33 PM

  15. "How to tell if a guy is gay? If his dick tastes like shit."

    Only if he's a top Matthew ;)

    Seriously though, did any one else feel a collective moan of disappointment when Nate mentioned he has a new boyfriend? Damn! lol

    Posted by: CJ | May 4, 2009 3:22:11 PM

  16. "Are you gay?" has a multidimensional answer that will never be fully answered:
    AYG today, historically, intend to be, actively , inactively, accidentally, once drunk in college, to get your girlfriend hot, wingmanning your gay roommate at gay bars in return for him wingmanning you in str8 bars, self-identified, elf-identified, outwardly percieved, ex-gay, ex-ex-gay, gay with non-disclosure contract in back pocket, gay but so unpopular no one cares, closeted but uncloseted in cartoon voiceovers, etc..

    Posted by: dean morris | May 4, 2009 3:32:58 PM

  17. Here's my thinking: maybe Jackman is bi (or has at times fooled around with men (viz. DEAN MORRIS's comment) and faithfully married to his wife. For the sake of his marriage and his family, he doesn't want to "put it out there" because most people don't get that bi people can be so and still be monogamous.

    He's not dissing anyone, but he doesn't want his sex life/desires to be a public discussion in our bizarre celebrity culture. I get that.

    And the lesbian couple in Iowa—how great is that! So cute and articulate.

    Posted by: David R. | May 4, 2009 3:48:36 PM

  18. Point is, marriage is for a man and a woman so as to have a whole family unit. If it had been intended otherwise gays could have children naturally. Marriage is not a right it is a commitment between a man and a woman to live together as one and raise a family in that same spirit. Gays can muck it up all they want the truth is the truth!

    Posted by: sarah | May 4, 2009 3:55:02 PM

  19. Somehow, I don't think she asked the question literally. I think she asked the question to point out that the stereotypes (many pointed out right here in these comments) don't often apply. So, um, stop looking for them, silly!

    Posted by: damien | May 4, 2009 4:01:55 PM

  20. Hey, everybody! Say hello to gay blogs trolling troll Sarah. She's back, spreading her "truth" again.

    Sarah, ma petite cunt. The truth is that isn't it time that you accepted the fact that you're dying to enter the Olympics in Muff Diving? Really, thou dost protest too much and in a place that anyone with an IQ above 30 would understand she is wasting her stinky breath.

    So, you're either a closet lesbian, attacking the gay kids to try to kill the pain of your own guilt...or retarded...or BOTH.

    Until then: suck a razor blade.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | May 4, 2009 4:19:23 PM

  21. "Point is, marriage is for a man and a woman so as to have a whole family unit. If it had been intended otherwise gays could have children naturally. Marriage is not a right it is a commitment between a man and a woman to live together as one and raise a family in that same spirit. Gays can muck it up all they want the truth is the truth!"

    By your logic, you bigot, infertile straight couples shouldn't be allowed to get married either.

    Posted by: Paulie | May 4, 2009 4:24:21 PM

  22. How do you know a Jew? This is ridiculous!

    Grow up people - why do still act like children???

    Posted by: GRivera | May 4, 2009 4:27:22 PM

  23. SARAH,

    gays CAN, and often do, have children naturally. if someone were to put a gun to my head and force me to fuck your smelly twat, i could do it, naturally. but, that doesn't mean that i would like it. in fact, i might be throwing up on you all the while.

    Posted by: nic | May 4, 2009 4:35:59 PM

  24. Miss Sarah, how soon we forget that more than 50% of opposite marriages end in divorce nowadays.

    So I really think that it's black-eyed, hooch drinking trailer trash cunts like you and those of your ilk that "muck" and, indeed, mock the institution of marriage.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 4, 2009 4:49:02 PM

  25. I haven't seen the clip yet (can't at work)
    But what kind of pannel is this? A Closeted Lesbian couple, a mom with a autistic child, A "straight" man, and one Out gay man who seems to be the "gay" auhority for Oprah. Some panel.

    Posted by: DairyQueen | May 4, 2009 4:53:16 PM

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