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  1. HirsuteHeuristics says

    Hmmm. Fascinating? Yes, I’ve always found stereotyping fascinating. Well, at least we’ve gone from being punched to being a punchline. I guess that’s progress.

  2. MDK says

    Oh, relax Hirsute, the audience was mostly unsure and it ended with Kimmel saying “It’s hard to tell, I guess is the point.”

    What’s the big deal?

  3. Not that Rob says

    Wow defensive. No ones telling you how to feel. Just because gays are part of the joke doesn’t make them the punchline. That is progress.

  4. Francis says

    OMG, the older stocky guy beside the cute red head in the third clip was clearly crushing. That guy was cute, the red head.

    I guessed all five right but ultimately the point was achieved anyway. Appearances are just that and judging based on looks will often lead you to being wrong.

  5. HirsuteHeuristics says

    Ahh, not surprised. Participating in comments on Towleroad is always a crap shoot anyway.

    Obviously this wasn’t done to be mean spirited, but stereotyping for whatever reason is wrong and in the wrong hands leads to other problems. My opinion, not yours…so be it.

  6. Pete N SFO says

    I got them all right!

    Yay!!!

    I expected bigger laughs over the GOP lady in Georgia. I think I’m concerned people don’t follow how illogical her thinking is.

  7. Francis says

    I don’t think Jimmy was making a joke of gay people. The segment making a joke of stereotypes so if anything it was a gay positive segment. I think most of us know that’s a fine line and there’s a big difference between those two things, joking about vs making a joke of.

  8. CVP says

    That was dumb. The last couple had the same last name thereby automatically making you assume they are sisters. It would have been better if the interviewees had just said their first name and NOT where they are from.

  9. Lars says

    Lighten up Hirsute. The point is that we all make snap judgments, ALL THE TIME, but that those can sometimes lead us astray. We are evolutionarily wired to do it, not least for survival reasons. Kimmel is merely providing a humorous insight into the reality and its shortcomings. At no point did he make gay people the punchline.

    Are you really just perturbed that the stereotyping phenomenon is being examined by a comedian rather than a respected dilettante like Malcolm Gladwell?

  10. HirsuteHeuristics says

    OK, once again for all you slow types who didn’t get it the first time:

    Ahh, not surprised. Participating in comments on Towleroad is always a crap shoot anyway.

    Obviously this wasn’t done to be mean spirited, but stereotyping for whatever reason is wrong and in the wrong hands leads to other problems. My opinion, not yours…so be it.

    Are we clear now?

  11. Indy says

    Unless someone here in Indianapolis is using his pictures to create fake profiles on Grindr and a4a, Seth (the cute ginger with the older guy) is definitely NOT straight. :-) I have a feeling someone’s daddy was treating them to a spring break in LA. Not judging, but I thought this was pretty funny, especially considering their b!

  12. Indy says

    Unless someone here in Indianapolis is using his pictures to create fake profiles on Grindr and a4a, Seth (the cute ginger with the older guy) is definitely NOT straight. :-) I have a feeling someone’s daddy was treating them to a spring break in LA. Not judging, but I thought this was pretty funny, especially considering their b!

  13. Indy says

    Unless someone here in Indianapolis is using his pictures to create fake profiles on Grindr and a4a, Seth (the cute ginger with the older guy) is definitely NOT straight. :-) I have a feeling someone’s daddy was treating them to a spring break in LA. Not judging, but I thought this was pretty funny, especially considering their body language!

  14. Not that Rob says

    @HirsuteHeuristics

    If you’re just going to complain about ppl’s responses to your comment, then don’t comment. Just like you have an opinion, everyone else has their opinion. You’re doing the same thing you’re complaining about others doing.

  15. Isaak says

    Hirsute, I think you’ll find that the point of the video is EXACTLY the point you’re making. You can’t stereotype, because most the time it’s wrong.

  16. Howard says

    @Hirsute, Commenting on Towleroad is not a crapshoot unless you let it become one. The key is to have your say and then move on to the next story. I never go back and read what anyone has said about my comment. I have my say and then move on. I will never convince my detractors that I am right, and they will never convince me that they are right. The best you can hope for is to agree to disagree. Frankly life is too short to get into arguments with strangers online. Hopefully you will read this and move on, if not…doesn’t matter cuz I’ve already moved on.

  17. misha says

    The two from Indiana were very misleading on purpose. The producers (along with Jimmy) chose to keep their relationship quiet. The reason, the older gentleman is the father of the younger one, who is gay. It was misleading on purpose.

    How do I know this? I work for ABC.

  18. Peter M. says

    @misha If that’s true than why the gay son says that they’re straight (friends)? In a segment that is supposed to be gay-friendly, a gay guy pretending to be straight is a no go, IMO.

  19. HirsuteHeuristics says

    Well, thank you Towleroad commenters for such a marvelous time! What a great place to be where differences are celebrated, opinions are respected and such witty discourse is used! It’s a refreshing break from the regular internet!

  20. DatDude says

    Meh,
    I have a big sense of humor but that audience basically yelling GAYYYY like a slur and Jimmy having to tell them to “geez, settle down everyone” doesn’t exactly come across as gay positive to me.

    I think Jimmy’s materiel is gay friendly but because he’s audience is vague, his gay related humor has the potential to read “Oh kimmel thinks it’s fun to make fun of gays” his jokes would do better for a Bill Maher, OR John Stewart type audience who is more well versed. I for example hated the segment where kids were forced to wear I’m gay shirts to school by their parents as a bit.

  21. andrew says

    I don’t think the audience was “basically yelling gayyyy as a slur”. I think that they were having fun with the bit. I guess like most things it is in the eyes of the beholder.

  22. madkhemist says

    I play the gay or straight game all the time, it’s not a good or bad thing it’s just a thing. The point is you can’t tell by looking.

    Besides it’s something to do while sitting with friend watching people.

  23. Bornnaked says

    If you can’t laugh at yourself you have no right to laugh at others. Equal rights are equal right. That is what we wanted. That includes being punchlines. I actually think this is great. We are mainstream.

  24. HirsuteHeuristics says

    Well, what a bunch of fickle gays you are. It’s funny when your friends call you a homo. It’s funny when a reporter calls two gay dads big homos and it’s published online. It’s hilarious when Jimmy Kimmel invites his nationwide TV audience to guess the homo based on outward appearances.

    When a gay kid who can’t take his classmates calling him a homo kills himself, it’s not funny. When a thug assaults a woman who he thinks is a homo based on her appearance, it’s not funny. When a coach accosts his players with gay epithets, it’s not funny.

    As much as you want, you can’t have your cake it and eat it too.

    I don’t want my coworkers, friends or anyone else for that matter to call me a homo for any reason. I don’t stand for that and I won’t allow it. I really don’t want anyone else to be called a homo for any reason. That’s my opinion. I don’t think it’s ever funny or ever appropriate. I don’t need to lighten up due to that belief.

    You people have quite a lot of nerve to attack someone for having that opinion. Which of course makes you hypocrites. If you want to post your different opinion, in a reasonable manner fine, but you people also have quite a lot of nerve to attack someone for having an opinion that is different than yours. Which of course makes you bullies.

    It’s not surprising- of this is just par for the course with the fickle cake eating homos of Towleroad.

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