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The A-List: Dallas Recap: “The Higher the Hair…”

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Logo’s buzzworthy reality franchise has packed up the catfights and champagne-fueled crying jags, gay gasps and bitchy quips—not to mention awkwardly staged conversations in half-empty bars and restaurants—and made tracks to Dallas, y’all. If you skipped the premiere of The A-List: Dallas last night, we are here to serve. Queerty has already covered the castmates and scooped the show’s premiere party in the Big Apple last month.

So here’s the skinny about Episode One: It’s not the fabulous train wreck that is the New York series. Depending on your point of view, that’s a very good thing or a depressingly grim development.

If you want to measure by Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise then ALD  falls between Miami and New York,  better than Orange County and the tragic Washington D.C., but not as eye-poppingly surreal as Atlanta or Beverly Hills. (At least, not yet: a teaser for episodes to come promise plenty of slaps, shrieks and swearing).

There is also a lot of Jesus—as in “Praise Him!” There is Bible-quotin’ and prayer-partnerin’. Still with us? Okay, then, keep reading. We’ll break it down by castmate. Cue the stock footage of oil derricks plunging relentlessly into the ground. Pounding the earth, over and over…

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By:           Dan Avery
On:           Oct 11, 2011
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  • 26 Comments
    • Geo
      Geo

      I wouldn’t watch this show if you taped it to a rock and threw it through my window.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SpireaX
      SpireaX

      LOGO is determined to show the most outrageous (and shallow) members of The LGBTQI(whatever) who make up 1% of that populace. It’s like watching “COPS” only gayer, more fabulous, more teeth but not necessarily more class.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adam
      Adam

      Sorry, but until Coulter is off Logo I’ll spend my viewing time (and dollars) elsewhere. Logo as a network is off my TV for now.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • doug105
      doug105

      Looking forward to a new apartment in 3-4 months, on the waiting list.
      should be able to get cable then hopefully they will have HERE! instead of logo.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justin allen
      justin allen

      there is no video clip?
      i can’t find it. disappointing.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael
      Michael

      Smh.Never will understand why logo puts out shows about these narcissistic egomaniac type people.Not flattering nor interesting at all to me anyways.Everyone is not the same in that regard.

      Oh and Levi may not be bad looking but hopefully he is intelligent enough to know that looks always eventually fade.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Will
      Will

      Dan Avery and Queerty:

      Perhaps you haven’t heard but there is a BOYCOTT of The A List Dallas and LOGO going on at the meoment by the LGBT Community because of them showing Ann Coulter and GOProud in a sympathetic light in an upcoming episode. NOT TO MEMTION that there’s a great possivbility that theres a fake hate crime report to drum up publicity.

      No body is watching and nobody cares about the craptastic LOGO. So please respect the BOYCOTT and stop recapping it.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason
      Jason

      I don’t befriend, blow, or fuck gay republicans, and I sure as hell aint gonna bring one into my home, courtesy of this trainwreck of a show. Logo’s totally off the mark on this one.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • xander
      xander

      The way I figure it, I wouldn’t spend time with these folks in meat-space so I won’t watch them on TV.

      For gawd sakes, LOGO, show some real people, get out of the gay ghettos. I’d rather watch a gang of gay accountants, baristas, lawyers, or cops (YUM) than this humourless lot.

      Fine writing on the write-up, Dan Avery, all the same.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TIM
      TIM

      I knew A-List was a joke in NYC… I’ve rarely met any gay guys who are that outrageously over the top… but they can be fun, even if a bit nerve-racking to watch… but I can still support the show…

      However, A-List Dallas, is so beyond rediculous, it’s outright offensive to the gay community.

      They couldn’t possibly have picked a poorer set to represent the Gay Men’s community. I’m all about people having the freedom to be who they are, but the Vapid, Arrogant, Alcohol Abusing, Jesus Freakin’, Hair Caught in the ceiling fan crowd is enough to make you puke.

      Won’t be watching that Crap Again… and WILL be writing to LOGO… I’m appalled that they think THIS Is a valid representation of the best of the LGBT Community. They personify every stereotype that causes people to retaliate against LGBT folks.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mikeandrewsdantescove
      mikeandrewsdantescove

      I think Levi is the stud of the show. Taylor on the otherhand will be hated. He’s a fan of George W Bush, religion and has an annoying laugh.

      Mike
      http://sfholidays.blogspot.com/

      Oct 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CantBelieveMyEyes
      CantBelieveMyEyes

      UN-FUCKING BELIEVABLE.

      I’VE NEVER SEEN SUCH A BUNCH OF SELF ABSORBED, OFFENSIVE, AND ARROGANT TRASH… PURPORTING TO REPRESENT THE GAY COMMUNITY. I CAN’T BELIEVE ANYONE ENJOYED THAT EPISODE.

      1. ASHLEY: I BOTOX BARBIE WITH HER CLOSER TO THE LORD HAIR, HAD A HUSBAND WHO WAS SURE TO STAY CLEAR OF ANY OF THE GAY GUYS… “EVERYONE NEEDS A GAY”… SHE MAY AS WELL HAVE SAID “EVERYONE NEEDS A NIGGER.” I DON’T THINK SHE COULD BE MORE OFFENSIVE. MAYBE SHE SHOULD PRAY TO JESUS ABOUT THAT.

      2. CHASE. THE RAGING MESS WITH HIS HAIR, THINKING ANYONE COULD POSSIBLY BE INTERESTED IN THAT MESS, WAS A COMPLETE TRAIN WRECK. “HOW CAN ANYONE NOT BE INTERESTING IN ALL THIS?”

      3. JAMES. THE TRUST FUND ALCOHOLIC IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT SPOILED ROTTEN CHILDREN WHO NEVER HAVE TO WORK FOR ANYTHING IN THEIR LIVES TURN INTO. NEXT STOP REHAB… AND HOPEFULLY NOT THE FOREVER 27 CLUB (AKA JOPLIN, MORRIS, AND MOST RECENTLY WINEHOUSE) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_Club IT WOULD BE **REALLLLLLY** BE NICE IF HE USED HIS TIME AND FUNDS TO DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE… MAYBE HIV/AIDS CHARITIES, VOLUNTEERING AT AN ANIMAL SHELTER, ANYTHING. BUT MAKING PEOPLE VOMIT WITH YOUR PERSONA, IS NOT ATTRACTIVE.

      4. LEVI. THE MOST ARROGANT OF THE ALL. A ‘COWBOY’ WHO WAS CLEARLY MADE OUT TO BE A TOTAL AND COMPLETE SLUT. HE AIN’T ALL THAT, AND IF HE WERE A ‘REAL’ COWBOY, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN DOWN IN ARENA, PULLING GATES, WORKING THE ANIMALS OR COMPETING *IN* THE RODEO. NOT PRANCING AROUND, UP IN A PRIVATE BOX LOGO RENTED WITH HIS CLEARASIL, BASE, FOUNDATION, POWDER AND EYESHADOW SMEARED ON HIS FACE.

      5. TAYLOR. THE GAY REPUBLICAN, JESUS PREACHING, DUH!-B’YAH QUOTIN’ GOD FEARING WOMAN OF A MAN, IS CLEARLY SO FUCKED UP IN THE HEAD, CONFUSED AND CONFLICTED IN LIFE, HE CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHICH WAY IS UP.

      6. PHILIP. AN EMBARRASMENT TO THE GAY COMMUNITY, THE BLACK COMMUNITY, THE MALE COMMUNITY. ENOUGH SAID.

      I STILL CANT FUCKING BELIEVE MY EYES. WAS THAT REALLY ON TV LAST NIGHT OR WAS IT A BAD DREAM AFTER THE A-LIST NYC SMACKDOWN.. ER,UH, REUNION?

      WAY TO GO LOGO, MAKE EVERYONE BELIEVE THAT BEING UBER BITCHY, AND HAVING NO SELF-RESPECT, NO DECORUM, NO HUMILITY, NO CLASS, AND NO REASON FOR ANYONE ELSE TO PAY THEM ANY REPECT, IS A BRILLIANT MESSAGE TO SEND OUT TO THE WORLD; ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS SERIES IS IN THE HATE BASED TERRITORY OF THE USA, BUSH LOVIN’ TEXAS.

      I’M SURE THAT’LL DO WONDERS FOR ALL THE KID IN IOWA WHO JUST WATCHED ALL THE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ENSURING THEM ‘IT GETS BETTER’

      LOGO SHOULD BE ASHAMED. I HOPE THEY CANCEL THIS SHOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael
      Michael

      WAY TO GO LOGO, MAKE EVERYONE BELIEVE THAT BEING UBER BITCHY, AND HAVING NO SELF-RESPECT, NO DECORUM, NO HUMILITY, NO CLASS, AND NO REASON FOR ANYONE ELSE TO PAY THEM ANY REPECT, IS A BRILLIANT MESSAGE TO SEND OUT TO THE WORLD; ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS SERIES IS IN THE HATE BASED TERRITORY OF THE USA, BUSH LOVIN’ TEXAS.

      Could not possibly agree more very well said including all of your descriptions of each one of them.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CantBelieveMyEyes
      CantBelieveMyEyes

      Michael:

      Thanks, I’m not NORMALLY one to rip people to shreds, but that HAD to be said. This show represents the WORST of the LGBT community, and infact, humans in general. It was worse than many of the Real Housewives Train Wrecks.

      It personifies ALL the WORST stereotypes, and one of the cast members openly SUPPORTS a politcal party that basically wants us Dead and Gone.

      I read (Thankfully) that there is a boycott against LOGO and A-List Dallas for this reason. COUNT ME THE FUCK IN!

      I don’t know who does worse damage to the kids who live across America, who are bullied and in despair; Those who bully them, or those who present this Dreck for America to take offense to. Christ Alighty, with 8 macho brothers, I think I fly around like the tooth fairy, but even THIS was offensive to ME.

      I’m all for people having the freedom to express themselves, but this was totally and completely embarrassing. I can’t believe GLAAD is NOT all over LOGO TV. I sure as hell will be sending my thoughts.

      HONESTLY, is there anyone who truly enjoyed being portrayed to AMERICA and the WORLD Like THAT???? Tell the Truth, please.

      Oct 12, 2011 at 12:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CantBelieveMyEyes
      CantBelieveMyEyes

      UNLESS IT LANDED IN THE TOILET WHERE IT BELONGS

      Oct 12, 2011 at 12:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck
      Chuck

      I will not watch this. What is the current interest by Logo and Bravo with Dallas? I have no interest in red state America. Period. Ann Coulter? Puke. Being set in New York was the only redeeming part of the A List New York. Dallas? What’s next? A-List Strip Mall in Branson? NAFF!

      Oct 12, 2011 at 1:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gay Veteran
      Gay Veteran

      @Chuck: How ignorant are you? You know absolutely nothing about the “red state” . And who passes judgement on an entire state because of the republican voters in that state. Ignorant!

      Oct 12, 2011 at 3:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein
      David Ehrenstein

      Something tells me that when the late Frank Kameny went out ON HIS OWN to fight for our rights (there were no organizations back then and you could be fired for “breathing while gay”) having shows like this was not on his “to do” list.

      It would be nice if there were a show about realy interesting, accomplished, wtty, insightful and polically dedicated LGBTs.

      But LOGO would have no interest in carrying it.

      Oct 12, 2011 at 11:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Edgar
      Edgar

      @SpireaX:

      How is this different from most reality TV shows?

      Oct 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jollysocks
      Jollysocks

      I’ve definitely had my guilty pleasures in watching “A-List: New York” — which is full of egotistical gay drama queens. They’re hot messes, we know that, but it’s reality television (and we all know one or two people who are just like that in our own lives).

      The A-List Dallas needs to be taken off the air. If you thought it was bad enough faking a hate crime for publicity, go and actually watch the show. It’s like one long GoProud meeting taking place in the lobby of Marcus Bachmann’s clinc. It’s extremely uncomfortable to watch, it’s basically Gay Republicans reading the Bible for half the show (in between talking about cock). Taylor — the hate crime “victim” — is not just a character on the show, he’s basically the main character and the show gives him a huge platform to spout off his garbage.

      This show isn’t reenforcing stereotypes, it’s creating new ones. Self-hating GOP-loving gays have a show now. Don’t let anyone tell you that conservative politics is just a slice of the show or that things are different in Texas. All Logo did is find the most vile self-hating gay in the entire country and build a show around him and the people he thinks wants to sleep with him.

      Roy Cohn was a better gay than Taylor Garrett.

      Oct 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jamison
      Jamison

      I agree with many of the things said here. These shows and the housewives shows are the worst examples of human beings.

      Unfortunately, that’s what brings in the ratings and the $$.

      The thing people really need to get over is the ‘gay republican’ angle. Many of you are acting like LOGO created this person. Hate to tell you, but they are around. Especially in Texas. It probably wasn’t that hard to find someone like in him in D/FW. I know quite a few. I date one even.
      Is this guy an idiot? Probably. He’s on this show after-all. But not because of his political and religious leanings. They are showing someone who may be different than the ‘norm’ for gays, but there are people out there like him. They aren’t science fiction and I actually have to give the producers credit for finding someone like him to fit into the show.

      I can’t wait for the blogosphere to explode when the next show has a gay Muslim on it.

      And now I have to go shower because I said something nice about this show and I feel extremely dirty.

      Oct 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jamison
      Jamison

      ‘I date one even’ should be ‘I dated one even’ years ago. YEARS.

      Oct 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CantBelieveMyEyes
      CantBelieveMyEyes

      No. 19 · Edgar
      @SpireaX:

      How is this different from most reality TV shows?
      ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

      Edgar, REALLY.. ARE YOU SERIOUS? Let me expound on how it’s different:

      It’s different in that although it’s a reality show, you’d have to compare it to a show that: (Lets call it N-List/DEE-troit)

      Depicted a black family, OK Collection of people, cuz we “know they all look alike, and call each other brother, cuz they don’t be knowing who they daddy is.” They are ALL on welfare, with all the teen girls pregnant, while Bigg MommaJo is selling crack at the back door with her aunt Jamima scarf fallin’ off her head, and her wig on sideways under it… L’ROY, with his purple velvet pimp suit and purple velvet top hat, rolls up in the cadillac, brings out the popeyes fried chicken & bisquits, a big ass watermelon, Grape Kool-Aid, some RC Cola & Moon pies, with all the toddlers runnin around naked except for shitty diapers with their hair all in plaits, stickin straight up. Grandaddy & Uncle Joe are drunk in the corner suckin on a chicken neckbone, just as the Po-Po roll up, sirens blaring, beat the crap out of L’Roy and crack-momma, arrest them, haul them off while CPS snatches all the kids.

      I THINK that would include almost as MANY of the completely faulty, but overwhelming stereotypes about Black people, that were depicted about the LGBT community by LOGO and A-List Dallas.

      Yeah… this one was THAT offensive, just like Black folks would have been offended if B.E.T. did “N-List/DEE-troit.”

      THAT’S how it’s different from OTHER reality shows.

      Don’t know if they could have been any more damaging to the LGBT community if they tried.

      Oct 14, 2011 at 3:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CantBelieveMyEyes
      CantBelieveMyEyes

      oh.. i forgot the most important sterotype for N-List/DEE-troit… they’d have to have pictures of MLK, Malcolm X, OBAMA, and Mahalia Jackson on the wall… and Shaqueeda, & Shaqueesha would have to be by the gas stove with a hot comb, straigtening each others hair, with their $300-rhinestone crusted claw nails… GET the picture here?

      Oct 14, 2011 at 3:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Seaguy
      Seaguy

      I find that the cast of the Dallas version are way more stuck up and have that My S*it don’t stink attitude and being on the show will only make their heads swell more. New York I could deal with that but throw in the religious and Republican crap that seems to be a big part of Dallas and it’s too much for me. My doctor would probably tell me not to watch because it takes my blood pressure up too high.

      Oct 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      @Geo:

      I only clicked this thread in the hope that some commenter would say something awesome and/or hilarious.

      You delivered.

      A+++++. Would click again.

      Oct 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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