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Good Bi, Mike Manning: Real World‘s Formidable Queer Marches On

Last night, on the final episode of The Real World: D.C. — the franchise’s 23rd cycle — we saw bi guy Mike Manning hit the Human Rights Campaign’s annual gala, the one where President Barack Obama gave a doozy of a speech. He got drunk the night before, fought with some cute guy at the bar who he couldn’t make out with, and scored a bloody gash on his face. Well, that about sums up the entire Gay Inc. movement right there.

Oh, we’re being terrible. It was actually a pretty decent send off for the series, one that’s exhausted almost every controversial issue (race, alcoholism, HIV) in the course of twenty three castings. We’re going to have to move on to polygamist cast members to keep things fresh.

But, aww, Mike brought his dad to the National Equality March, and doesn’t Mike just have the best parents evs?

While we wouldn’t say this season of The Real World was the most remarkable, Mike certainly made it enjoyable to watch each week. And, dare we say, we’ll miss the guy.

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  • john


    I thought the ending of the Real World DC show was poorly scripted and rolled out in a quickie rush — no forwarning it was coming – the Great Decession must have cut out the bucks for the bonus vacation trips the cast used to get before the last show — the ending was too rushed and ruined the closing of this chapter.

    If you also watched the following reunion show – it seems like Mr. Mike since returning to Colorado, has gotten off the gay trail and we are back to I like girls again — it was interesting that the commentator did not even question Mike on the status of that ugly dude, Tanner he was involved with. Why was that subject of Tanner not brought up for an update, seems odd to me ????

    All is all – another sweet story of naive young folk getting their wings — but the ending was poorly done and cheapened the series.

  • adman

    He reminds me of a golden retriever. He’s stead fast, loyal, personable and just getting started at digging that hole in the backyard. He’s a cute little baby gay. I must confess, I’d love to see more genuine growing pains as he realizes the scope of the horror involved in actually getting anything done in the gay community. What?

  • leonard

    @john: you are absolutely wrong ok he likes guys more than girls ok.

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