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Andy Cohen Forced to Apologize for Calling One Direction 'Twinks'


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Appearing on the Today Show just hours after Harry Styles and co had performed in front of their thousands of fans who had queued for days to see them, Cohen recalled the moment when he saw the band in the green room.

He said: "This morning, I went into the normal green room that we typically go into. I barged in, there are all these people in front of us. Oh, it's all the leftover One Direction fans. I barged right into a room of twinks: One Direction! Security was not exactly too tight, with all due respect. I barged right in. It was crazy!"

The term "twinks" is said to be a slang word for young gay men and is deemed to be offensive and derogatory.


Taking to his Twitter page after reportedly getting tweets from One Direction fans who were unhappy with his comments, Cohen apologised saying: "Misused word earlier — I just meant they’re cute. #1D” But he has left his tweet from earlier still on his official page.



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  1. "twinks" is offensive?! lol. Well would they rather be called "chicken"? They do look like a bunch of twinks!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Nov 14, 2012 5:55:26 PM

  2. I never even heard the terms "twink" and "bear" to refer to any particular kind of man until just recently when I saw the movie "Role/Play." The main character pointed out another gay couple to his friend and mentioned the "twink" and "bear" combination that they represented. Immediately I knew which was which and what he meant. Movies can be really acculturative when you're trying to learn about another community. But I'm still not sure what terms a straight person is allowed to use to refer to gays/lesbians without being offensive, so I stick to just using the LGBT initials or the general term "gay." However, I'm still not exactly sure what a "nellie queen" is or even if I'm spelling "nellie" correctly!

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 14, 2012 5:55:38 PM

  3. This ex-twink doesn't find the term insulting. However, the woman who made the accusations was offensive. She implied that this is a derogatory term used by older gay men preying on younger (some underage) young men. She dragged up the stereotype of gay vampires preying on the young and claimed the term was associated with that. She is the own using derogatory terms.

    Posted by: James Peron | Nov 14, 2012 6:02:25 PM

  4. @Jaragon. If the person is Between a Teen and a Hunk, they are a Twink. The "W" in tWink comes from betWeen.
    So I've been told.

    Posted by: Edd | Nov 14, 2012 6:09:47 PM

  5. While gay people might not view "twink" as a gay-specific term, I don't think that view is shared by the majority. Regardless, it certainly does have a sexual connotation. Enter the word in a search engine for evidence, which is probably what some straight people did.

    Posted by: alex | Nov 14, 2012 6:40:06 PM


    Posted by: antisaint | Nov 14, 2012 8:24:00 PM

  7. In porn, a twink is a young skinny guy with no muscles to speak of. A muscular twink earns a qualifier, making him a twink muffin. A twink muffin with body hair is an otter. Twenty years of body-building and 120 shots of anabolic steroids later, he's a certified bear. Less muscular bears also qualify as daddies, and the best of these gets described by their fans as DILF, or Daddies I Like To F*ck. In the porn movie in my head, Andy Cohen is a cuddly bear who power-bottoms for a lean-and-mean disciplinarian leather master Anderson Cooper. Any questions?

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Nov 14, 2012 9:17:10 PM

  8. Andy Cohen can call me ANYTHING. He is so freaking hot and adorable. Love him.

    Posted by: Drew | Nov 14, 2012 10:31:27 PM

  9. Sure sure, as we debate if "Twink" is derogatory or not, the real Hostess "Twinkie" factory might be shuttered!
    \\tongue in cheek

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Nov 14, 2012 10:54:01 PM

  10. Let's see, a group of cute young guys who like to grab each others' crotches. Hmmm... Sounds like twinks to me!

    Posted by: MajorTom | Nov 15, 2012 12:20:39 AM

  11. Oh... and TOP TO BOTTOM. I don't associate any of the negative connotations you mention as being typical characteristics of twinks.

    Posted by: MajorTom | Nov 15, 2012 12:23:44 AM

  12. In my book, 'twink' is definitely NOT derogatory. It is highly laudatory.

    Posted by: Twink Magnet | Nov 15, 2012 2:16:36 AM

  13. Well, I didn't know that being called a "twink" was derogatory. Is someone trying to start a fight?

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Nov 15, 2012 3:36:54 AM

  14. Doesn't this just mean that he saw them as twinks, not that they are twinks?

    And this guy is gay, so why would he apologize for seeing them as attractive young guys who lack body hair (that is what a twink is, right?).

    Posted by: Alexx | Nov 15, 2012 4:38:24 AM

  15. I still can't figure out when "tranny" became offensive.

    Whether "twink" is offensive or not, could Andy Cohen just STFU?

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Nov 15, 2012 7:26:27 AM

  16. Not taking twink from me. No sirree bob!

    Twink is as twink does Forrest.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Nov 15, 2012 11:11:46 AM

  17. Considering Andy Cohen is the twinkiest twink that ever lived, I think it's a bit much that he's ragging on One Direction and calling them twinks.

    Andy, honey, you wrote the handbook on twinkiness.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 15, 2012 12:17:10 PM

  18. Since when is "twink" derogatory??? Who's writing this? Where did you go to gay school??

    Signed, A Chickenhawk

    Posted by: Chad Taylor | Nov 15, 2012 2:58:50 PM

  19. @Top to Bottom,

    That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Twink implies younger, thinner, lightly or no body haired men between the ages of 18-24. If you take offense to that, I guess you take offense when a woman is called buxom? How about when a man is called a bear. How about if a person is called a Brave executive? It is a DESCRIPTION. It is only negative to YOU. I know plenty of twinks and I bet if you look at most gay dating web sites, they describe themselves as twinks. Get over yourself. You are pathetic

    Posted by: JohnnyA2 | Nov 15, 2012 3:14:16 PM

  20. "..but it generally also implies that the 'twink' in question is stupid, immature, shallow, and slutty." Uhm, no it doesn't. It JUST implies a guy is young and, as is usually the case, focuses on things that young people focus on. No judgement there. Have at it! Sounds like somebody is internalizing this.

    Posted by: SteveP | Nov 15, 2012 4:12:37 PM

  21. One Direction! Security was not exactly too tight, with all due respect. I barged right in. It was crazy! Great stuff!

    Posted by: One Direction | Nov 30, 2012 12:24:09 PM

  22. Well they are...

    Posted by: Poppins | Dec 10, 2012 7:27:50 PM

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