TV talk show king Jay Leno has apologized for asking actor Ryan Phillippe to give him his “gayest look” during his late-night show. Stop-Loss star Phillippe spoke to Leno about his first paid acting role as a gay teen on soap One Life To Live, and comic Leno decided to poke fun at his admission when he was a guest on his late night show recently. He asked an embarrassed Phillippe, “Can you give me your gayest look? Say that camera is Billy Bob… Billy Bob has just ridden in shirtless from Wyoming.” But the joke backfired on him when officials at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) urged Leno to apologize. And now the 57-year-old has done just that.
Do these causes need publicity so badly that anything close to a slur must lead to an angry apologize now or else campaign? Maybe, the brokeback reference went a tad too far, but the notion of a young straight kid auditioning for a gay role is funny. Probably ten times funnier than the usual Tonight Show fair. I’d rather see no apology. Have Harvey Fierstein on tomorrow night and tell him to audition for the male lead in a Meg Ryan romantic comedy.