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There’s No Escaping “Put a Ring On It” YouTube Star Shane Mercado

There is something deeply hopeful about the fact that we live in a world where a plucky gay boy can record his flawless performance of the choreography to Beyoncé’s “Put a Ring On it” video, put it up on YouTube and become a worldwide sensation. Shane Mercado’s gone from dancing in tights in his bedroom to performing live on the Bonnie Hunt Show (I know? When did she get a show? Weird) yesterday– to the wild applause of middle-aged housewives.

We all know guys like Shane Mercado, who are just not built to hide their fierceness, and now, thanks to the Internet, they can finally find an audience that appreciates– well, skinny white boy dancers who dance like black divas.

With Beyoncé about to drop her schizophrenic new album I Am… Sasha Fierce, she’d be a fool not to give at least one very dedicated– and very talented– fan, a moment on stage with his idol.

On:           Nov 19, 2008
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    • Farah

      I adore Shane so much! I’m so happy for him getting all the well deserved accolades. :)

      Nov 19, 2008 at 9:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marc

      big deal!
      I actually cringed while watching his you tube.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 10:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Antares

      Cute guy!

      Good for him.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 10:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darth Paul

      F&ck Beyonce and her wannabes.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rae

      he’s adorable.
      and what’s with the vitriol Darth Paul: and Marc:. did he do something to you

      Nov 19, 2008 at 11:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Snoodle

      Not gonna lie, he may be everywhere now, but I can’t not love him XD

      Nov 19, 2008 at 12:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ray


      Nov 19, 2008 at 12:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • afrolito

      Shane is great, but I think it might be news to him he’s a skinny “white” boy dancer.

      Only on Queerty of course.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 1:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sven golly

      What a fag.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 2:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • retrofit71

      I [email protected] hate fags thats are homophobic.. so what, he may be queeny and fey acting and may not be your cup of tea, but don’t ‘cringe’ at the sight of him, we are all gay and should embrace the difference between ourselves. He’s super gay and super talented, good for him. I bet he’s an awesome bottom and I’d hit that, so there!

      Nov 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Trex


      Fey boys make the best TOPS. They give it good.

      Muscle-bound straight-acting dudes, on the other hand, morph into squealing bottoms at the first whiff of poppers.

      Seriously, it’s true. I’ve done the research personally.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 2:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kari b

      This is ecsactly what we don’t need for Prop 8 and r sivial writes. A fey boy doing a drag queen dance. Heal ruin it for every1

      Just kidding

      You go fierceness. We’re everywhere and the more we’re seen the more people will have to get used to it.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darth Paul

      @rae: I just can’t stand Beyonce’s republicunt ass. People that glorify her for the sake of being cute and attentionwhoring get no love from me.

      Now if he were to kick a Kelis or Ms. Dynamite impersonation, I’d be thrilled.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lgbtTV2

      Thanks for linking my video…

      It pisses me off that the original video by Shane is flagged for for Possible Inappropriate Contents by YouTube. That means that age verification is needed to view it. His outfit is less revealing that that of an Olympic diver, so what’s the problem? Nor was there inappropriate touching. In fact, he matches Beyonce move for move. If the original Beyonce video is not flagged, then Shane’s video shouldn’t be either. It’s pure sexism and homophobia.


      Nov 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rick

      he is a very good dancer.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cody

      I LOVE IT! This made me smile fo sho!

      Nov 19, 2008 at 6:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Puddy Katz

      New Yawk accent for miles.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 7:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sparkle obama

      not to “nitpick”, queerty – but why you wanna call him a “whiteboy”?
      did you call him and ask him if he identifies as “white”?
      i’m serious.
      keep your loaded labels off my body, or something like that.
      go shane, you rock.

      Nov 19, 2008 at 7:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • aingeal

      I could be wrong, but I don’t think this is Shane’s first time in front of a camera…


      just scroll down to the comparison photo.

      Nov 20, 2008 at 1:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • brad

      Dam look at that bottom boy go!

      Nov 20, 2008 at 1:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gayinsf

      I’ve watched Shane’s streaming at least 5 times this morning…he’s adorable…to the Marcs, Svens, and Darth Pauls out there: your intolerance is ignominious if you are yourselves gay you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

      Nov 20, 2008 at 1:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sarah R.

      Aw, she’s cute! Don’t hate, haters.

      Nov 20, 2008 at 1:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rick

      i love the shane video, i really, really, really do. he is just cute and adorable and a damn fine dancer. i wish him all the best.

      Nov 20, 2008 at 8:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Giovanni

      “I just can’t stand Beyonce’s republicunt ass”

      In addition to the obvious misogyny I think Beyonce would also take issue with the notion that she is a republican considering all the effort she put into helping Obama get elected.

      She is also very gay friendly btw (which is why the young queens love her) in fact her support team is made up of gay “children” including the choreographer of this video and many others.

      Black woman does not equal conservative homophobe.

      Nov 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • urboy


      i can attest that Shane’s an O.K bottom

      but he’s an even better top

      Nov 24, 2008 at 2:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kristin

      How could you not love Shane? He’s fucking alive and fearless and he’s kickin’ it and fuck everyone else.

      Gay or straight, it’s what we should all we doing.

      Nov 25, 2008 at 5:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kristin

      Just posted above.

      BTW, did a shoot with Beyonce once and she was a joy to work with. Unlike most asshole celebs I’ve encountered. And yeah, her crew was the furthest thing from “Republicunt.”

      You gotta love that poster’s simultaneous misogyny AND homophobia. That kind of shit makes me scratch my head, if it IS coming from a gay man. Self-hate much, buddy?

      But what do I know? I’m just a dumb straight girl who happened upon this site looking for the Shane video.

      I’d say some of my closest friends are gay men but that would be only partially true because pretty much ALL of my friends are gay men.

      Nov 25, 2008 at 5:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lgbtTV2


      Kristin – great reply. I couldn’t agree more. FYI, Shane Mercado will return to the Bonnie Hunt Show on Wed, 11/26. In his last appearance, the poor kid said that he was unemployed and living with his mom (who is very supportive). Hopefully, all this publicity will get him a job. I’ll post the video to my YouTube Channel.

      Speaking of my channel, I have a video of Anne Hathaway also saying that she only socializes with gay men.


      Nov 25, 2008 at 7:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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