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Online readers comment on "Contestant of 'Mr. Prime Choice' Claims Racism at Leather Pageant; Anonymously Called a 'Coon' on His Poster," Hair Balls blog, by Mandy Oaklander, May 30:
Just humans: You come off really naive and ignorant when you say, "The gay Montrose set is perhaps the last place you'd expect to find racism."
Um, does being gay somehow make you a more extraordinary, tolerant human being? No. They're humans with prejudice just like everyone else. They just happen to screw and love people of the same gender.
Also, in case you're writing another article: Not all gays are rich, white, or care about marriage!
More tolerant: Actually I have always been of the opinion that being gay does make me more extraordinary, more tolerant, and has taught me to confront my own prejudices, such as my strong dislike for ignorant gay persons.
About charity: Well, there is always next year. Truth is, everyone runs for themselves. It's not about the winner, it's about the charitable cause they raise money for.
Yelling racism: Frankly, I find this article disgusting and despicable. There are a number of inconsistencies in this story that indicates that the author and Angelle are the ones guilty of promoting racism in the GLBT community, and this article reeks of sour grapes.
As for the accusation that Walters "may have" bought his way into the title is ridiculous. Anyone with any sense at all would recognize the fact that any online transaction results in some sort of paper trail or tracking mechanism. And where in the rules of the contest did it state that the contestant could not, in fact, contribute their own money to their fund raising efforts?
Apparently the author of this article nor Angelle neither read nor fully understood the rules of the competition. One of the categories was question-and-answer in which the contestant was supposed to display some knowledge of the leather community. Angelle's response seemingly showed a lack of knowledge of leather play, and he was heard to say that his choice of "colors" was more a fashion statement than any representation of his knowledge of the leather "colors" (or hanky code).
Another category of the contest was a "fantasy video." Walters created just exactly that, filled with humor and references to leather play, where as Angelle's video was nothing more than an extended infomercial for his chosen charity. Although his video was exceptional in its own right, it was not what was asked for as part of the contest.
As far as Angelle's complaint that Gill was seeking out other competitors, anyone that knows anything about promoting an event of this type knows that the more competitors you get, the more attendees to the event will show. The event itself was a fund-raiser. Gill promotes this community, and his events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for this community over the years.
I personally feel that this newspaper, this author and Angelle owe Gill, the Mr. Prime Choice contest and the GLBT community at large, an apology for casting such dispersions and once again yelling racism when they did not get what they wanted.
For shame: If in fact this is the way it happened, shame on Don Gill and anyone who went along with it. Anyone who thinks that there is not racism in the gay community, just like any part of the country, must be living, well, in an all-white community. I'm Hispanic and have seen it.
But I agree with Oaklander – Montrose should be the last place for discrimination. But it's gonna happen.
I think Tim Angelle is a great example of what Mr. Prime Choice is called to represent. Too bad that Gill didn't see that.
Congratulations, Mr. Angelle, for all your hard work. Good vibes and blessings to you for your contribution to the Thomas Street Clinic Food Program.
Worth a mention: In the month of May, the Houston Press did not feel that it was worth even a tiny mention in Playbill that The Greenhornes (playing Houston for the first time in eight years) or The Standells (first time in 40 years) were playing a concert in this city. Considering that neither club (Fitzgerald's and the Concert Pub) could be bothered to advertise these shows, it's a safe bet that most people didn't know these bands were in town. It would have been nice if the Houston Press could have given a sentence or two to tip people off, but I guess you were too busy writing about the Flock of Seagulls concert.
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Online readers comment on "Last Night: Weezer At Free Press Summer Fest," Rocks Off blog, by Craig Hlavaty, June 6:
Oracle: At this rate, we can hope to have Lady Gaga as the headliner for Summerfest 2020.
Great show: As a 28-year-old Weezer fan, I say they played pretty close to my dream set list. Never thought I'd get to hear "Across the Sea," "World Has Turned," "Only in Dreams," etc. When I saw them the first time nine years ago, it wasn't near as good of a set list and Rivers didn't have half as much energy as last night.