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Watch: Meredith Vieira Has Gay Panic About Hugs Between 'Hurt Locker' Stars Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner


During Monday morning's Today show Oscar coverage Meredith Vieira pointed out the hugs between Hurt Locker co-stars Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner from the time the film was nominated to Oscar night, and asked if it was something she needed to be "worried" about.

VIEIRA: "You hugged him pretty tight, I must say, in the moment. There was a lot of man lovin' goin' on last night. Do I have reason to be worried?"

MACKIE: Not from me. No reason.

VIEIRA: "Okay, you're fine? Yeah?"

Al Roker expresses astonishment at the line of questioning.


In related news, Renner hugs generously and often.

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  1. I had always liked Meredith but now I just think she's an idiot!

    Posted by: JKM | Mar 9, 2010 9:30:45 AM

  2. Has reporting really come to this? Ever since she joined the Today Show the quality of the show has drastically deteriorated. I am glad I do not watch this show anymore and I would like someone to tell her to 'shut the fuck up' when she asks another dumb question like that.

    Posted by: Craig Mingus | Mar 9, 2010 9:30:53 AM

  3. That was a long hug, but what kind of question is that?

    Posted by: Alco | Mar 9, 2010 9:31:34 AM

  4. This woman is such a bitch. She also called Kristi Yamaguchi a "hoochie" among other horrible on air gaffes.

    Posted by: JC | Mar 9, 2010 9:34:54 AM

  5. Say what? Jesus Christ! Some women can't stand the fact that men can have genuine affection for one another without it being a "gay" thing. She sounds like an insecure teenager fer crying out loud!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 9, 2010 9:35:10 AM

  6. Go Al for at least calling her out on the stupidity of that question. That is some BS

    Posted by: androjai | Mar 9, 2010 9:36:43 AM

  7. You can email the Today Show here:

    I just did. Meredith should be ashamed. What an idiot.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 9, 2010 9:43:41 AM

  8. Obviously, Meredith has some deep-seated issues with man-on-man affection between two straight men. Big shocker. Multiply her homophobia by 200 million, and you've described most of America.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Mar 9, 2010 9:43:41 AM

  9. Okay, she has got to be joking. That or she really a dumb bitch asking dumb question.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Mar 9, 2010 9:45:29 AM

  10. So typical from that gap-toothed, no-talent on-air "talent"...god, get her off the air or send her back to hosting games shows. She's worthless.

    Posted by: B-rod | Mar 9, 2010 9:50:41 AM

  11. I am so glad we are finally paying attention!! I was shocked and pissed off when I heard her stupid question! I thought I was the only one ofended by her question. She is either really really stupid or just a typical homophobe! She needs to apologize for it!

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 9, 2010 9:54:29 AM

  12. Who wouldn't hug Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie? They're both babes.

    Mackie, as I hope Towleroad readers know, played a gay man in "Brother to Brother" -- a marvelous little indie about the Harlem Renaissance that was released a few years back.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 9, 2010 9:57:56 AM

  13. at least the actor gave a stupid question a substantial answer.

    Posted by: amknyc | Mar 9, 2010 10:01:41 AM

  14. What in the hell should Meredith mean when she asked "should I be worried?" -- not like she's dating either of them!!
    I generally like Meredith and don't think she's anti-gay -- I'm hoping it was just a playing question that came out wrong. I have straight friends give me a "hard time" when we hug and its all in good fun -- hopefully that's all she was trying to do. But I LOVED his answer.

    Posted by: northshore | Mar 9, 2010 10:11:18 AM

  15. i think it's not only some straight women and men that have similar homophobic reactions but all too often we do the same in the lgbt world.

    many times you'll have some straight guys do something that demonstrates their affection for one another, and then you'll read on this very site and on so many other, comments that aim to put in doubt their sexuality, as if being gay would be the worst thing... it's sad. so since we're bashing vieira (rightfully so), let's not forget the beams in our own eyes.

    can i just add that anthony mackie is super hot in brother to brother?! you should check it out! his co-star in that movie is equally easy on the eye.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Mar 9, 2010 10:12:43 AM

  16. What a stupid twat. Today should get rid of her. She's an idiot.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 9, 2010 10:16:17 AM

  17. No, you have NO reason to be worried bitch--you UGLY!

    Posted by: rayy | Mar 9, 2010 10:19:45 AM

  18. Not to mention, actors tend to just be more affectionate with their co-workers. It's an intense and intimate experience working on a creative endeavor with someone. The only straight guys I know who hug and kiss me freely are actors/writers/directors.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 9, 2010 10:20:29 AM

  19. Email The Today Show and demand and apology from Ms. Viera at the top of next broadcast. Stay on this.
    NBC makes more homophobic jokes than any other network.
    #1 violator: Jay Leno. This must stop. It will stop if we speak up.

    Doug Baron

    Bite back!!

    Posted by: Doug Baron | Mar 9, 2010 10:24:26 AM

  20. I adore Meredith--she's ALWAYS been good on gay issues, and back in her "View" days was a big "Brokeback" fan/proponent. (I think she was one of the few the day after the 2006 Oscars who dared to wonder about homophobia influencing the upset, as opposed to the rest of journalists who just went, "What an upset! Wha-hoo!") Maybe she's had a glass or two of champagne and it came out wrong. Still, somewhat disappointing.

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 9, 2010 10:25:51 AM

  21. i doubt ms viera is homophobic, but rather heterocentric, and a creature of times past. it would not be like the personality i have seen over the years, say the time on the view, to injure or offend ANYONE delibertely. twenty years ago, or STILL on fox, that question would have been okay.

    i will be very surprised once she is made aware of what that comment was conveying, if she does not come forth with a public apology.

    and i am STUNNED to find that al roker had the sensitivity to realize just how offensive that was. he BRISTLED! good on him.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 9, 2010 10:33:58 AM

  22. She's not stupid...she's simply clueless of the message it sends just like MANY others in "show biz" who technically are liberals, "for" gay rights, and have close gay friends. [How long ago was it George Stephanopoulos trying to bait Ewan McGregor about kissing Jim Carrey?]

    Add to her gay baiting Monday morning, Colin Farrell's "joke" about spooning with Locker star Jeremy Renner during the Oscars. Farrell has a gay brother whom he's publicly expressed love for, was in his recent M2M wedding but was clueless about making his little gay joke in front of the most watched TV program in the world outside of the World Cup.

    Sometimes such cluelessness comes in virtually the same breath as CELEBRATING gays. I LUV Sandra Bullock, am confidant she would take on the world for us like her character did for her black adopted son in "Blind Side" but while I was thrilled that she included "sexual orientation" in her moving Oscar acceptance speech as one of those "differences" of no importance she TWICE threw in a reference to her "Ha Ha, we're not really gay" kiss with Meryl Streep. Yep, she's BLIND to the implications of creating and recycling that "joke."

    We all know, at least between female celebs, this lame from the first schtick just seems to be spreading like a virus. And it's Typhoid Mary is Jimmy Kimmel who ran two slight pre-recorded video variations Sunday night on his "affair" with Ben Affleck, this time getting Mrs. Affleck to join in the "gag." The second was during his post Oscar show, which also included a longgggggggg and borrrrrrrrrrrring skit about the "Handsome Man Club" which, while not involving days of location shooting and tens of thousands of dollars to produce like his 2008 "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck" video similarly got several other "straight" male celebs to play along this time. "Nudge nudge we vote that man 'handsome' but that doesn't mean WE'RE gay wink wink."

    Anyone think I'm being too sensitive about the self-metastisizing Kimmel cancer [hey, look at all the eye candy] just rewrite the schticks enough so that the "joke" is that White Kimmel is fucking a Black woman [or Bullock kissing a Black man or Collin spooning with a Black woman (yes, I know about the sex tape) or Viera asking if we need worry that a White ACTRESS was being hugged by that Black actor.

    If Viera was wrong, Kimmel is wrong. And anyone who defends such shit is guilty of the same thing Kimmel and all these stars [many with virtual membership cards in the Gays Are Okay Club] is -- looking at such things through OUR "liberated" eyes.

    The damage such things do is not just reinforcing to straight adults that there's something to laugh at in same sex love [or just sex] but to kids, either who might still be trying to accept that THEY would like to hug Jeremy Renner or sleep with Ben Affleck or discuss how hot Robert Pattinson is with Rob Lowe, Dr. McDreamy, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Lenny Kravitz, Ethan Hawke, et al....or who might think kids like that deserve to be beaten up.

    Posted by: Michael @ | Mar 9, 2010 10:35:42 AM

  23. Appauling. I e-mailed the Today Show.

    Posted by: JNJ | Mar 9, 2010 10:36:34 AM

  24. We've known that Meredith Viera was a homophobic ghoul ever since she disinterred and raped Matthew Sheppard's corpse on 20/20. She should be fired.

    Posted by: Frank | Mar 9, 2010 10:36:35 AM

  25. This is when you know homophobia is real. When you are paid a lot and are in front of the camera...,support for "Brokeback" etc is easy. But in the moment, comments such as hers are nothing but pure unadulterated homophobia.

    UNACCEPTABLE PEOPLE. Don't fool yourself.

    Posted by: John James | Mar 9, 2010 10:40:07 AM

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