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Levi Johnston: 'It's Great' to be a Gay Icon


Levi Johnston appears on The Joy Behar Show tonight. In this preview clip, she asks him about his Playgirl portfolio and a gay porn movie with a Levi look-alike. She also asks him how he feels about being objectified by gay men.

Asks Behar: "How does it feel to be a gay icon? You come from a conservative background, right? And Alaska's not the most liberal state, and yet you seem to be very comfortable being a gay icon."

Answers Johnston:"Growing up in Wasilla, it is [conservative]. I've never even seen a gay guy in Wasilla, I don't think. I've seen gay guys, but...once I started doing all these tours and everything, you know, I just...they're people too. It doesn't matter to me. It's just more's great."


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  1. Wow. (sniffle) Levi Johnson thinks I'm human. (sniffle)

    What an asshole.

    Matter of fact, most heteros these days are making me more thankful than ever to be gay.
    The way that they openly debate us and secretly try and hurt us while screaming their heads off about morality is particularly lovely.

    And if they would do this to their own gay children, it would appear that the sky's the limit with them.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 7, 2009 7:51:02 PM

  2. I'm glad that Levi doesn't mind that I stay extra long in the shower and imagine exploring his willing hidie-hole with my fingers and then....

    Makes me feel like less of a dirty old man!

    Posted by: Christopher | Dec 7, 2009 7:56:30 PM

  3. Wait, he is a gay icon now? Did I miss something?

    I mean, god bless him for knocking up Palin's slutty daughter and assisting in making Palin look like the fool she is but he isn't fucking Cher. Well, unless he is. I would support Levi fucking Cher.

    Posted by: John M | Dec 7, 2009 8:13:28 PM

  4. Wow, the comments on here are starting to get as classy as Queerty comments. Why are his comments not a good thing? He says "it doesn't matter to him." I think it's great for it to be a non-issue, as it is with anyone under 30 these days.

    Posted by: earthlingdave | Dec 7, 2009 8:14:00 PM

  5. Oh, Bill - give Levi a little slack. He's an uneducated (while quite charming) rube, and gave a very honest answer. He's actually a very good role model for other young men with similar backgrounds.

    And Kathy Griffin wouldn't have boinked him if he were a genuine homophobe.

    Posted by: Bradster | Dec 7, 2009 8:20:47 PM

  6. Why are we attacking him? He's no 'gay icon' but clearly he doesn't know what that means. These kinds of interviews are amusing but not damaging.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Dec 7, 2009 8:44:51 PM

  7. I love him. Period. Obsessed.

    Posted by: Bizzle | Dec 7, 2009 8:57:30 PM

  8. Once more we are worshiping at the feet of any straight who would deign to acknowledge our existence... who gives a shit what Levi Johnston has to say. Where are our gay leaders? Give me someone I can believe in.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Dec 7, 2009 9:05:34 PM

  9. Levi Johnston's comments may not mean a lot to many here - but to those his age - or who hope to one day be his age - they may mean everything.

    Any voice that counters the blinding irrational ugly hate - is a voice that needs to be heard. He may not be as eloquent as some - or as politically informed - but his matter-of-fact acceptance of his gay fans and homosexuality in general may mean a great deal to those young gays and lesbians living lives of fear and loathing in small towns like Wasilla all across America.

    Posted by: ricky | Dec 7, 2009 9:17:02 PM

  10. Don't care what you all say, I think he's still great. Given how his 15 minutes of fame could have gone (cough Carrie cough), what more could you ask of him?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 7, 2009 9:28:45 PM

  11. He and his friends in Wasilla would be the first to kick our faggoty asses... don't be fooled by his acceptance of our idolatry, he hates us.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Dec 7, 2009 9:37:35 PM

  12. First, we have no proof "he hates us." So i'm taking him at his word for now.

    Second, I have no problem with Levi. He's attractive, taken some risks with all this, and he hasn't attacked anyone yet.

    Regarding Palin, all he's done is tell the truth. I like him. He's not a great interview, but careers have been born on a lot less than this.

    Palin used him to present her "pretty family picture." If he gets something out of all this, good for him.

    Posted by: Jon Brian Blake | Dec 7, 2009 9:46:18 PM

  13. rock on Levi!

    Posted by: banshiii | Dec 7, 2009 9:50:29 PM

  14. James in Toronto: "He hates us"?!?! I invite you to produce one shred of empirical evidence to support your claim.

    If anything, Levi seems to be scrupulously honest.

    I adore him because of the extent to which his existence makes a fool of Sarah Palin, who is a threat to all of gay people, our country, and our world. (And he hasn't said all he could say about "Sarah.") It's a bonus that he's a babe as well.

    Posted by: BT | Dec 7, 2009 9:53:09 PM

  15. pick your fights fellas. We have plenty out there... this is not one of em'.

    Posted by: banshiii | Dec 7, 2009 9:53:29 PM

  16. I will go with Banshiii's advice and take the high road... Levi Johnston may be a good guy and I should give him the benefit of the doubt. That is all.

    Posted by: jamesintoronto | Dec 7, 2009 10:05:21 PM

  17. Guess I didn't get the notice he is now a gay "icon."

    Guess it doesn't take much to be an icon these days. Either that or the word is overused.

    Posted by: Tell it like it is | Dec 7, 2009 10:08:55 PM

  18. I think he's sweet, just saying he's okay with gay fans puts him on the wrong side in Wasilla.
    And he has a few (gay fans).
    "gay icon" that's pushing it.

    He does seem overwhelmed by all this.
    Stay sweet Levi.

    Posted by: Rob West | Dec 7, 2009 10:28:08 PM

  19. @jamesintoronto: You're in Canada, where gays have equal protection under the law. What the Hell do you have to complain about?

    Posted by: Yeah? | Dec 7, 2009 11:14:25 PM

  20. OK, he's not exactly Playgirl or gay porn material. I mean he could have worked out at the gym a little more.

    But his novelty is just the fact that he is the father of the grandson of the homophobe Palin.

    And if he says he's cool with gays, I'm cool.

    Will I be looking up to him as a "gay icon"? Absolutely not. But hey, anytime you see someone be cool about gays, especially the 20 something guys, it's a good thing.

    Chill guys. I know there has been a lot of gay bashing around the country, by the police no less, this guy is not the one we should be mad at. It's the homophobes who want to beat us up that we should be fighting.

    Posted by: FunMe | Dec 7, 2009 11:48:15 PM

  21. Honestly, this is the best that you guys have to fight over? No wonder we're considered second class. Most of you don't have enough to fill a thimble.

    Faggots indeed.

    Posted by: Marc C | Dec 8, 2009 12:59:35 AM

  22. Ricky, are you joking? Do you think levi johnston has an impact on his male peers? They look up to him as a role model--someone to be? This level of cluelessness demands that I waste no more time thinking about it...but I can't help it, because if I don't, I'm going to have a fucking stroke. Yes, many young men levi's age (straight young men) look up to him, and have posters of him hanging on their bedroom walls, right next to k fed... Which reminds me of the homer simpson adage never try, because then you'll never fail. As to him being a gay icon, get out of here with this shit... If true, the only thing that requires is a pulse.

    and joy behar's yenta dreck wannabe (technically, she's shikse, but I think she's with some obnoxious, tacky loud mouthed jew yorker).

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 8, 2009 1:28:42 AM

  23. I hope I'm not the only one who finds the idea of middle aged gay men psychoanalyzing levi johnston...pants pissingly funny.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 8, 2009 1:39:47 AM

  24. i generally like joy behar, but i'm offended that she calls him a gay icon. by her standards, any man in the public eye who some would consider attractive is an icon. and that's just stupid. please joy, give us some credit.

    Posted by: richard | Dec 8, 2009 1:50:02 AM

  25. So guys... how about that Afghanistan thing huh? 30,000 troops. That's really going to strain our military... And STILL no end to DADT. Yet. That would be pretty fucked up if we get DADT repealed only because the military needs fodder for a hopeless war...

    Wait a minute!!! Levi Johnston just said something nice and harmless about gay people while having a flat ass and an almost barely noticeably doughy middle! How dare he not look like a Sean Cody model! Homo's assemble! We have some misplaced bitchiness to administer!!!

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 8, 2009 2:40:56 AM

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