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Is Sports Illustrated Laughing With, Or At Carson Kressley’s U.S. Open Fashion Coverage?

I have no problem with sports and fashion crossing into each other, obviously. But when Sports Illustrated, or any sports website, simply brings in a gay guy to make silly, over-the-top faces and comments about fashion at a sporting even it is actually offensive. This typical stereotyping of gay people is precisely why gay athletes don’t come out and why still, in 2010, most gay people don’t feel they have any mainstream role models to look up to. Would they have had a female stylist making the faces he’s making there? And why is he wearing a crown? Are gay stylists now royalty? (Bravo execs are probably scurrying to write a treatment for that right now.)

—Dave Rubin, of Ben & Dave’s Six Pack, frowns on Sports Illustrated bringing in one-time Queer Eye Carson Kressley to discuss fashion at the U.S. Open [Rubinville]

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  • biguy

    So it isn’t exploiting the stereotype of queeny gay guys being fashion experts when it is on Bravo’s Queer Eye but it is exploitation when it shows up in SI. Got it.

  • SouLKid

    Personally i find the whole idea ridiculous. The fashion coverage that is. This is a sporting event for godsakes, not a Hollywood red carpet event. Over half of those players just want to wear something practical and could care less about what Carson or any fashion ‘expert’ thinks.

  • biguy

    The woman interviewing Venus after she won the other day asked her about her outfits. Apparently Venus designs a different one for each match. These players do happen to get paid money to wear tennis apparel so I think its fair game for the press to comment. The ESPN website periodically runs a column called UniWatch that just talks about sports uniforms too.

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