Queerty Wish List: Silvio Horta

To celebrate the holidays, Queerty is playing Santa to all your favorite folks and asking what they want under the tree/ next to the menorah/ beside the Saturnalia bonfire this year, no Ms. America answers allowed.

Silvio Horta is the Willie Wonka of prime time. He single-handedly introduced mainstream audiences to the campy pleasures of telenovelas by Americanizing Yo Soy Betty La Fea into ABC’s hit show, Ugly Betty. The show is the sort of television we wish we had while growing up. A message about the importance of being true to yourself and to your family is nothing new to primetime, but Betty‘s regular inclusion of gay, lesbian, transgendered and questioning characters, along with characters from diverse racial and economic backgrounds, gives the old formula new life.

For anyone who’s ever felt like they don’t belong, Horta’s work has helped assure them they aren’t alone.

So, what does the man behind Mode want for the holidays? Find out after the jump.

“I want one of those Obama commemorative plates they keep advertising on CNN.”

Editor’s Note: We asked Mr. Horta his Christmas gift choice before yesterdays news about Rev. Rick Warren.