Must Find New Way To Fill Back Page

Details Less Gay, But Still Pretty Gay

It’s a sad, sad day in the media world.

Details magazine announced that it will no longer include the “Gay Or…” back page. The four-year old feature caused many a controversy, perhaps none as memorable as their Gay or Asian piece which, as Ad Age‘s Nat Ives points out, hinged on a plethora of stereotypes:

“White T-shirt: V-neck nicely showcases sashimi-smooth chest,” one entry on the page said. “What other men visit salons to get, the Asian gene pool provides for free.” In another spot: “One orders take-out sushi, the other delivers it.”

That is just vile – forgetting Mexicans like that!

Details EIC Daniel Peres promises the mini-scandals had nothing to do with the feature’s demise. It seems his team simply lacks the imagination to come up with more head scratchers: “Pissing people off is never really a problem for me. It had simply run its course. It was getting difficult coming up with good ideas.” Last month’s Gay or Straight sealed the deal.

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  • hisurfer

    They just need better writers! “Gay or Straight” was a clever idea, but the execution was boring. I subscribed to Details by accident (they had an article by Michael Chabon that seduced me into thinking the magazine was better than it was). While I like that it’s casually homo-friendly, the articles are so vapid that I rarely spend more than five minutes flipping through it.

  • NewYorkMoment

    I like the section, too.

  • hells kitchen guy

    I thought it was funny — and not mean spirited.

  • mercuryjv

    Another vote for funny idea, poorly executed.

    I like Details though. I go through once a month and look at all the pretty clothes I wish I could afford. Then I go to Forever 21 and buy a t-shirt for $12.

  • matt123

    They should employ some gay staff to do it. Maybe I am.:)

    Gay on

  • Rt. Rev. Dr. RES

    They could have done a gay and straight bishop in full liturgical regalia dragging our way down the aisle, the thuribles announcing the grand entrance.

    I believe the only difference between both “working the runway” would be the limp wrist action in the benediction… the straight bishop. I would NEVER drop either my beads or pectoral cross in such a venue….

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