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What Crimes Against Decency Did The A-List: New York Commit This Week?

Did I really just stop jerking off to lesbian wrestling for this? Ugh. Alright… so this week marks episode number whatever of She-cat Gutter Heat (aka The A-List: New York – “a show for families”). If you haven’t been watching, Lord please don’t start now. But if you simply must, here’s a quick recap:

Austin and Reichen wanna frug, but Reichen’s boyfriend Rodiney and everyone else are like “Nuh-uh, gurl.” That’s literally all that’s happened over the entirety of this miserable little manshow. Tonight NYC party promoter Robert Maril (aka DJ Executive Realness of 21st Century Life) joins Queerty for the live-blogging badness.

And for the two of you who read this live-blog for “cultural critique” (ha), you may have heard that America’s favorite powerbottom A-Lister Riechen recently defended his show’s two-dimensional depiction of gays by saying, “If you think we’re a bad representation of the gay community… the way these seven guys, including myself, act on the show are an accurate representation of the way a lot of gay people act.” Which raises the aesthetic question: Does The A-List merely reflect the reality of queens who drunkenly attack each other or does the show actively create such self-involved turdburglars who now aspire to new lows of reality TV whoredom?

See? We took philosophy of art too, bizznitches. But enough foreplay… onto the butt-munchery!



9:02 PM CST – The gays decide to have a tete-a-tete in their natural habitat: a hair salon. Mike is such good friends with Ryan that he’s never even been to his dumb salon. But Mike needs Ryan to cut that wet mop on his head. It looks like a wet cat and sea kelp mated and had a love baby on the run. Seriously, gurl… what up with that ‘do?

Reichen complains that his boyfriend Rodiney unfairly stole his phone and totally made a big deal out of a tiny flirty text to another man. Bright TJ, Ryan’s assistant twink asks, “Does Rodiney not understand? I mean, English IS his second language.” Um, yeah because a text message saying, “I loved sucking you” is so ambiguous. We’re pretty sure that phrase translates effortlessly into Portuguese… at least we hope it does because we’re planning a trip to Brazil.

9:06 PM CST – Poor dumb Reichen is waiting for Rodiney to text him back so they can discuss their post break-up living arrangements (because that wicker laundry hamper and hanging lantern from World Market are totally worth fighting over). But Rodiney is busy having a par-tay in Miami and getting comforted by a girl who has bat wings for eye-lashes. Hell, if we knew that underwear-modeling Rodiney needed female comfort, we woulda gotten breast implants and gotten our asses next to his. His friends in Miami are so close to him that they refuse to hear about his breakup that just happened.

“This is Miami!” they say, “Not New York! You should get drunk and forget about your horrible life, just like they do in New York!”

Meanwhile back in Reichen’s stanky shame bed, the past few days have been a really hard for him… like, really hard, especially when Austin comes over in the one wifebeater he owns and serves him champagne in bed. Very very hard… damn near priapic.

9:10 PM CST – Commercial: Julia Stiles would only fuck herself if she could first drink herself cross-eyed and then mock her own career choices.

9:14 PM CST – Finally we get a shot of Rodiney in a bikini and his pollon is obscene! CHORIZO MAXIMO!!! Yellow sausage bikini time!!! Aye, yai, yai!!! We’re surprised they didn’t blur it out like they blurred out Austin’s buttcrack two episodes ago. But we love that Rodiney’s living like a superstar while Reichen rots in his bed of tears and watches his dumb musical go even further off Broadway. We hear they’re now staging it at a Queens laundromat.

9:16 PM CST – BRUNCH SCENE!!!! (Finally! I’m so thirsty I could slit a girl’s throat just to make a Bloody Mary). Ryan’s waify assistant TJ doesn’t have any problem with Austin, just as long as he doesn’t have to be in the same house with him ever. This, TJ explains, is why he doesn’t want to accept Reichen’s invitation to his lake house in Maine. Oh what’s that, Ryan? You need TJ to stay in New York and do some more bitch errands? Problem solved.

But even though TJ and Derek are one brain in two twinks, TJ and Reichen are of one mind especially when it comes to lusting over Austin’s butt. What better thing to talk about over brunch? Certainly not DADT, ENDA ,r the recent elections or negative gay stereotypes perpetuated on TV—let’s talk about hottt sluttz, fat nuttz, and bigg booty buttz!

Meanwhile in an alleyway between to a wank shop and meth studio, sneaky kittens TJ and Derek snigger as they plot to make fun of “fat girl” Austin over his head while at Reichen’s lakehouse. Little does Derek know that TJ only wants to go the lakehouse so he can get first crack at Austin’s crack.

9:20 PM CST – Commercial: Let the creepy dead voice of a disembodied child sell you jeans.

9:23 PM CST – Commercial: All elves need Christmas magic… even the Jewish ones. BECAUSE SANTA DEMANDS IT. HAIL SANTA!!! And talking about creepy Christmas commercials, here’s the Android cell phone that turns Frosty the Snowman into KILLBOT 3000!!! I hope you didn’t like your children alive…

9:25 PM CST – The A-List word of the day is “brown out” which they say is like a lighter version of blacking out while drunk. But we bottoms know better. A REAL brown out is much, much worse.

9:26 PM CST – Commercial: Do Lysol’s kitchen wipes also work for brown-outs?

9:27 PM CST – Rodiney returns from Miami to do a fashion shoot with Auntie Mike (who has made an unprecedented THREE appearances in this show. It must be an off-week for Mike because seeing him thrice which is like touching a unicorn three times — IT NEVER HAPPENS). Apparently while Rodiney had an amazing time strutting in his skivvies in Miami. But all the while eichen’s needy hole blew up Rodiney’s phone with non-stop booty texts. That boy is S-A-D sad.

Rodiney comes back to NYC to do a fashion shoot with DJ Tracy Young. Mike styles them in such a way that makes Rodiney look like Marlena Dietrich and Tracy Young look like Lurch. Of course, Rodiney is only 3 foot 7. If you hit him over the head with a stick, he’d turn into a pile of gold coins (thanks Patton Oswald).

9:29 PM CST – When Rodiney finally deigns to come back to he and Reichen’s apartment, Reichen apologizes with all the compassion of a styrofoam carry out container. He’s very sorry that Rodiney has never given him a chance to really express himself, even though he only mumbles incoherently when given the chance. Are we the only people in all of gaydom that doesn’t believe Reichen one IOTA when he says he has’t cheated?

9:34 PM CST – Commercial: Finally, a commercial that’s teams Weezer with AXE body spray proving once and for all that Weezer’s second album Pinkerton wasn’t a legendary album that defined our teenage years, but a shamelss cash grab that I misunderstood.

9:36 PM CST – LOGO Promo: Every episode of RuPaul‘s Drag Race is like the Halloween episode, especially with RuPaul’s maniacal cackle. Oh yes, we’ll be watching.

9:37 PM CST – The producers have obviously forced frenemies Austin, Derek and TJ (the Girls with One Brain) to kiss and make up while drunk, so they can get into a fight in a few weeks and stop being friends all over again. Shut up! IT’S GOOD PROGRAMMING! THE FORMULA WORKS. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANYTHING???!!!!11!!

At their make-up drink, Ryan and TJ scold Austin for acting like a Fire Islander while at Fire Island. Derek wears an Ellen Degeneres vest with no shirt underneath and TJ wears a white shirt that looks like it was used to clean up a Brooklyn latrine.

9:41 PM CST – Derek and TJ congratulate Austin for his dastardly plan to be Reichen’s rebound manpuss. And all is well… UNTIL RODINEY SHOWS UP and begins weaving his evil Brazilian spells over Reichen’s heart with his 99-cent street rose! There is a rose in Spanish Harlem… and it smells like baloney.

As Rodiney joins the group, Austin gives his totally unbi-assed opinion that Rodiney and Reichen shouldn’t be dating. Rodiney responds by imitating Austin’s nasally voice, but sadly you can actually understand Rodiney better when he’s talking like that — no subtitles needed!

9:45 PM CST – Commercial: A man walks on his hands across New York City to encourage you to learn CPR. Sadly his hand caught fourth-degree gonorrhea and had to be amputated. Moments later, a baby seal started choking on one of Austin’s used condoms and the handless CPR man could do nothing but shed a single tear (Brought to you by Levi jeans).

9:48 PM CST – Reichen invites TJ and Ryan to “a shit show” where they have all agreed to stage this episode’s climax. The resulting fight will serve as the show’s “moral center.”

The boy wonder whether Riechen and Rodiney are back together and whether Austin will be jealous. Austin says that he totally doesn’t want to care because he’s engaged to some random piece of British scrub anyway. Nevermind that Austin has spent the entire season wanting to hump Reichen’s six-pack… that’s just what gay friends do. Soon after, Reichen and Rodiney walk in all puppy-eyed to announce to that THEY’RE TOTALLY GONNA GIVE THEIR LOVE ANOTHER CHANCE!!! OMG YOU GUYS, LIKE WOW!!!

Austin radiates cock-blocked anger. No one cock blocks Austin on national TV… especially after he took all that Cialis.

9:53 PM CST – Commercial: A Latina woman would like to talk to you about finances using an extended “box” metaphor. She would like to make a couple of long-term deposits and quick withdrawals in your box. She’s gonna organize your box and sort it out like crazy. Do you like kids, by the way?

9:56 PM CST – Austin drunkenly shouts at TJ about manners, which is kinda like Sarah Palin lecturing an undergrad about grammar. Then Austin decides to “release the bean enchilada in his butt” (or so says Derek) and then punches Rodiney in the face just to show everyone how totally not jealous he is of Rodiney. Seeing as Rodiney is much more attractive, sincere, successful, and deeper into Reichen’s man-muff than Austin ever will be, we’re sad to see Austin successfully get a punch in. Seriously, we haven’t been this upset since the start of the Iraq invasion.

After the melee, Rodiney wonders why Reichen keeps these people as friends. Ummm…Rodiney, these people are not Reichen’s friends. These are people that producers introduced Reichen to three months ago.

Meanwhile on the sidewalk, TJ and Derek suck up to Austin and tell him that it’s totally OK to attack your ex-boyfriend’s boyfriend over brunch. So for those of you keeping track at home: destroying restaurant property to drunkenly attack someone in public: totally OK. Swimming nude at Fire Island: UNACCEPTABLE.

Later Derek and TJ will touch the hem of Austin’s robe, kiss the scarlet emblem on his sleeve, and then rub his secret-decoder ring with their shaved ballsacks—it’s so cool being in the Bad Girl’s Club!

But for now, Reichen asks Austin what the eff is wrong with him and Austin walks away in a huff—girl is chubby when she’s angry!

10 PM CST – Next week Reichen will sing the world’s worst song, Ryan, TJ, and Derek will have a competition to see which one looks the pastiest in a black Speedo. Then after a few moments of pretending like they won’t invite Austin to the lakehouse for Rodiney’s sake, they (SPOILER ALERT) invite Austin. But the big question remains: will you ever stop watching this mutant soap opera? No, probably not.

    • James

      Who cares of they stay together? We want Rodiney and Reichen to keep whatever diseases they have to themselves. We all know they don’t use condoms.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 12:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Devon

      I was shocked to see Austin’s fat ass could move that quick.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 1:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      I love how Reichen keeps saying that all this is Rodiney’s fault because Rodiney knew he had texted all that stuff and pretended he didn’t so he set Reichen up to get busted…

      Um….yeah, Reichen, lets try this out…

      You robbed a store, but the whole mess was REALLY the police’s fault, because they pretended they didn’t have security footage of you robbing the place so you lied and said you didn’t do it, and then they BUSTED you for it.

      Yeah, thats all everybody else’s fault.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 2:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • professor Moriarty

      Ok, this commentary is HILARIOUS. I’m definitely on Rodiney’s side as well, and Mike Ruiz is so out of place on this show.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 2:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • auntydoxie

      Is it just me or does Rodiney sound like Arnold Schwarzenegger?

      Nov 16, 2010 at 7:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff

      I stopped watching. Just read your commentaru now. Its soooo much better and way more entertaining. Keep up the good work!

      Nov 16, 2010 at 8:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er

      @professor Moriarty: I don’t know how any sane person couldn’t be Team Rodiney. IF some “friend” just attacked my BF, I wouldn’t have been so calm. Maybe it’s Reichen’s military training. But I would have been yelling at Austin and maybe hitting back.

      And all of sudden the Twink-Twins like Austin and find this behavior “masculine”. Yet, I”m sure if it was aimed at them or one of their friends-of-the-moment, they would have said he’s unfit for society and behaved like a Neanderthal.

      Hate Austin and am coming around to Ryan’s way of thinking. And actually think Ryan has some common sense. I just wish they showed more of Rodiney, less TJ/Dereck/Austin.

      Man, if I was Rodiney, i would have NOTHING to do with those people. I guess his contract stipulates something differently.

      And how does Austin have money if he doesn’t work?

      Nov 16, 2010 at 9:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike

      The best part was during the sidebar when Rodiney did his imitation of Austin telling him “I think…I think…”

      Nov 16, 2010 at 9:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark

      I watched about 10 minutes of this show until my partner came in, asked me if I had fallen and hit my head, turned the television off and insisted I take a shower.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 10:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ousslander

      @scott ny’er: it’s called prostitution.

      I watch and love to hate on em. Reichen is a total dbagand he deserves the rest of the crew. I’m on the fence with Ryan. Rodiney shold not be throwing drinks, if he can’t defend himself.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Austin (not that Austin)

      Notice how everyone puts the show down, refuses to watch, calls everybody trash; yet knows all the names and what they’ve said and done every week.
      Personally I’m on team Rodiney, with Austin a distant second.
      I loved Austin’s assesment of Derek – “Bitter Queen, will die alone.”

      Nov 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er

      @ousslander: Agreed. Rodiney shouldn’t have thrown the drink. And I did want him to kick Austin’s ass if he did start it.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BjBien1010

      I dont understand the hate for this show.

      I know gay men who act similar to the men on this show so the show isn’t damaging. It is also a REALITY series. How the FUCK can anyone take it seriously or as truth?

      I think the creators are pretty brilliant. They’ve created a show that makes the participants believe they are showing off to the world how ELITE their lives are when the reality is the whole world is watching the show just to see how awful everyone on it is.

      Many more enjoy it simply because they can hate these “barely human beings” and feel good about themselves.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      @BjBien1010: 100% Co-Sign………..I watched like maybe 10 minutes of the first show and after almost puking hearing about how oh so very fabuuuuliss these asshats think their lives are, could not take it any more and changed the channel for ever more…………..

      Nov 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lester

      the trip to Maine seems like a really particularly terrible idea. I can’t wait!

      Nov 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rrr


      Austin provoked Rodiney into throwing the drink then used it as a lame excuse to violently attack him. Austin was trying to start a fight and he used his weight advantage against Rodiney.

      Rodiney could have called the cops on Austin or sued him. Austin assaulted him, it wasn’t self defence, they have it on video, and Rodiney’s face is vital to his livelihood.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • brandon

      @rrr: haha you just made me laugh with that comment.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Werner Z.

      Wow, this play-by-play is as heartless and bitchy as the show. Funny, to be sure, but sadly cynical. Appositely enough. I was curious to see if anyone else out there was moved by Reichen and Rodiney’s rapprochement–they are human beings, after all, even if they are gay. Not a hint so far.

      Hank Stuever in the WashingtonPost asks why homosexual men are so often cruel to one another. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that question posed. And that troubles me, as homosexual. Not too much has changed since “Boys in the Band”, it seems. There is still a vociferous majority incapable of loving and a few who are to remind us why we root for “the gays” rather than recommending exorcism.

      Maybe if the show were about 40-somethings there would be more compassion. But would we watch it? Young people can be pretty cruel. Not incidentally, pretty unhappy too. But it get’s better, all you A-list fags out there! Sometimes the spirit must first be brought low first. The producers are counting on the spectacle being bankable. It only barely is, thanks to Rodiney and Reichen, who by some miracle are able to wear their hearts on their shirt sleeves ON CAMERA!

      In the meantime Austin, TJ and Derek wallow in the filth of their heartless narcissism and cringe at the sight of a love that, while troubled and desperate to survive, is more real than anything they’re capable of experiencing.

      Derek and Austin bonding in their shared envy beautifully illustrates the principle: “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Which is as close as those two sworn image-fags are gonna get to amity.

      Concerned as I was for Rodiney, I felt kind of bad for Austin too, who clearly sees Reichen as the ultimate trophy. Still, it’s hard to pity someone so militantly envious. His vindictive verbal offensive a low point in the series–which is saying quite a lot, given the sordid nature of the antics instigated for our viewing pleasure. Here are two men who, for the time being, are choosing love over hatred, intimacy over estrangement, and suddenly they find themselves confronting pure evil at the hands of ostensible friends. Call me naive, but I was shocked by the failure of empathy. Maybe I am just a sucker. But hats off to the directors–you got me this time. I forgot to be cynical.

      Nov 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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