Thursday, October 19, 2006

You just made my Knight, frakkin' T.R.!

I am so freaking excited. Yesterday I heard a rumor that T.R. Knight (who plays George on Grey's Anatomy) was gay, and then I spent most of the evening quietly hoping that it might be true so that maybe one day there might be a chance that he might become my husband (because he's, like, the cutest man on television) and I just got a message from Jesse, which I just went to People.com to confirm, and yes, T.R. Knight came out of the closet today, (!!!) and I hate to use the word "hero" lightly, but he's totally a fucking rockstar at the very least (and even though I'm holding out on the word hero, so as to not use it lightly, I'm still thinking it).

Here's the thing: when was the last time an up-and-coming actor on one of the freaking biggest hits on television came out of the closet while they were still on their rise to fame (as opposed to fifty years later)??? Seriously, has anyone on TV's number one shows EVER come out of the closet while their show was such a huge hit? People all across America love George O'Malley, and by extension they love T.R. Knight, and I can't imagine that this news is going to change that--instead, people across the country (which is still frighteningly homophobic--I heard the word "faggot" over a dozen times today, students slinging it at other classmates, as well as a couple of students slinging it at me) are going to hear that the actor who plays George is gay and they're going to have another face they're fond of to associate with gayness and their hearts are gonna open up just a little bit more.

I'm sorry, but when Lance Bass came out of the closet, he was past his prime as far as teenybopper popstars go. (Nothing against Lass Bass--I commend him too--I'm just saying that that was big, but this is huge.)

Just the other day I was saying that I wish that everyone in Hollywood who was gay would just come out already and we could stop wondering who is and who isn't and let the actors do their jobs of make-believe and we would believe them and kids all over the country would have lots of great role-models (because if you put yourself out there as an actor in the tv and film business, then you have to accept that part of your job is being a role model to your audience--you're hugely influential and people watch what you do and they learn from you) and this is frakking huge.

Thank you, T. R. Knight. I know you don't want people to make a big deal about this, but it is a big deal--you had the balls to come out of the closet on a Thursday afternoon and tonight we're all gonna watch you and continue to love you (as we watch you love on Callie, or Meredith, or Izzie, or whoever) and keep rocking on.

If you ever want to marry me, we should probably go on a few dates first, but I'm totally amenable to the idea.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, first of all, I couldn't comment on the "rambutan" blog because I haven't recovered from the picture yet!...Yes, I know you warned me, but I HAD to scroll down and look for myself...ICK!!!!!
I'm glad you're so happy about T.R. He's amazing and if you want I'll help you "search" for him (that's your clue for today) because I'm really good at that!!!
xo

Doug said...

YAY!

aimie said...

yayayayayayayayayayyyy!!!!

that's great fucking news! i've always loved george (mostly because he reminds me of you) and now i especially love TR!

i'm not going to lie, it makes me a little choked up.

when you guys get married, can i be your groomsmen again? and, then your wife, (or maybe ex-wife since by then gay marriage will be legal like it goddamn should fucking be and you'll have to divorce to marry the man of your dreams) uma, can be a groomsmen too and then you'd have a coupla hot girl groomsmen and that would be fucking cool, too.

sigh. fingers crossed.

wmhvj
why marriage has verdicts jangling?

Anonymous said...

oh, and have you ever looked at "the adventures of boris and caesar" on blogspot? it's my favorite cat blog eva. i've read it for yearssssss....

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aimie said...

last thing: i cited you.

http://salomedusa.livejournal.com/

Jesse said...

TR for Governor!

Jesse said...

Aimie has an El Jay! I added you!

Anonymous said...

Good for him, I don't know who he is but I already like him.

Your post reminded me of that song by (I think) Bonnie Tyler, "I NEED A HERO! I'm holding out for a hero til the blahblahblah." What was that from? Footloose? Flashdance? Can't remember.

Erik said...

Okay, first of all, ANONYMOUS, it's so apropos that the clue you gave me today was the "search" clue because I started reading your book during my "conference period" today in class and I'm loving it. I think one of my favorite things is how much I'm learning about you, there are so many things I never knew! It's so much fun. (By the way, the first time I ever got drunk, uh, when I was fifteen on a drama field trip to New York, was at Don't Tell Mama's!!!)

Erik said...

Doug: So cool, right? And I totally agree with you that George is the real McDreamy.

Erik said...

Aims,

--I love your vision of my fantasy wedding to TR. Yes, yes, yes, you can totally be one of my groomsmen again!

--I've never seen the cat blog, I will check it out.

--and thank you for the shout out on your blog! I need to add your livejournal to my blog roll.

xoxoxoXO

Erik said...

Jesse, thank you for the scoopage with your call today. You made this blog post possible.

Erik said...

fwl, it's funny (or appropriate) that my post made you think of that song because (i swear to god) I was humming that song to myself as I wrote the post. True story. (True story!)

Erik said...

Oh, and Imogene Heap does an AWESOME cover of "I Need A Hero." It was actually in the movie Shrek 2, but I found that out after I fell in love with the song. Not that I have anything against Shrek 2. I have nothing against Shrek 2. This is all just information.

Aimie said...

um, i guess this was my coming out of the blog closet. i've kept it to only a few totally random people over the last coupla years. and, i never really write in it. and, it's not really very interesting (especially compared with people who submit more than questionnaires). but, my sister begged me to do it and i'm a pushover. maybe now i'll write it in more. and, sometimes you just gotta say things like, "hey, guys. i've got a secret blog."

Erik said...

Today is all about all sorts of Coming Outs!

Anonymous said...

Just watched "Grey's" and George is, well, the same George as he was before. What a surprise. When is Hollywood gonna grow up? T.R.'s bold move should help. Let us hope. Also, it would be very cool to have him as a son-in-law.

Love you,
PAM

TheDarkerUma said...

fyi,

there might be a reason as to why he came out...not pretty..and i hope it is not true!!!

possible spoiler for grey's fans...


DON"T READ IF YOU DON"T WANT TO BE SPOILED.

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Isaiah Washington's tenure in the hospital may be over!

Producers of ABC's #1 show, Grey's Anatomy, are looking to replace the fictional doctor, reports In Touch Weekly.

The cast and crew of the show have been in an uproar after the actor violently threatened co-star Patric "Dr. McDreamy" Dempsey and made homophobic slurs against gay castmate T.R. Knight last week.

Since the incident, In Touch reports that Grey's Anatomy execs have met with three possible replacements: Fast Lane's Bill Bellamy, Soul Food star Boris Kodjoe and former E.R. star Eriq LaSalle.

"Grey's Anatomy is bigger than just one actor," an insider tells the magazine. "It's about the ensemble and Isaiah threatens that chemistry."

The National Enquirer, who broke the brawl story last week, backs up In Touch's reporting.

"The melee has set off World War III on the show and may cost Isaiah his job," an insider tells The Enquirer. "The cast is divided over the shameful event."

Washington has not even properly apologized for grabbing Dempsey by the throat and pushing him during the on-set fight he instigated. And, he has yet to address his homophobic remarks.

Erik said...

Mom, I couldn't agree with you more, on all of the points you made in your comment.

Erik said...

Urp, I've been hearing the rumors about the gay slurs all week. Who knows if it's true or not, but if it is then it really doesn't make Washington look very good.

Dave said...

I think you're right here. I can't remember either, when an up and commer came out of the closet. It's actually a brave thing to do.

What seems like an eternity ago, when the whole Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was being discussed, I heard less and less comments about the gays.

Now with this administration targeting gay marriage and everything else having to do with being gay, it almost seems like anti gay comments are the norm again.

Hopefully this administration will be but a bad nightmare of a memory in two years and we can get back to the work of making a better country for EVERYONE.

And you and T.R. can live happily eer after!

Erik said...

Dave, hear hear on everything you said about our current administration. Ug.

But back to TR, I just think it's really classy the way he came out. SO simple. Like, hey, yeah there have been rumors and guess what it's true but it's not the only thing that defines me.

Pretty cool.

christy said...

can i be a groomsmen too?! what an adorable groom & groom. i agree with everyone.

uujcecvj

up until july, certain evasive celebrities vowed jurisprudence

(i don't think that makes sense.)

Erik said...

christy, i've started to get superstitious and i don't think i should fantasize about getting married to him anymore. instead, i'm going to start fantasizing about having coffee with him first, 'cuz we have to start somewhere.

and i thought your gibberish sentence DID make sense.

christy said...

i think that's a good call.

oh and p.s. i named all the women in my 24-hour rush play going up tonight (i got stuck with one actor and four actresses) after round 3 cheerleaders in the sideline spirit competition.

Erik said...

Christy, sorry I can't come tonight, but I hope it turns out awesome! How was the staying-up-all-night writing?

christy said...

the writing itself went fine - no panic or anything. it started to dovetail around three a.m. but i went back to my notepad and fleshed out an ending and just got through it.

the nearly impossible part was having to be back there at 8 AM. I got home at 4:30, still jacked up on caffeine, so it took me two hours or so to unwind before i fell asleep, so basically had a 20 minute nap before my alarm went off and i had to drive back!! i was like, worried about me being on the roads.

but i think the plays going to be really funny and go over well - our required element was to somehow mention the Young Progressive Majority and I ended up just running with it and my play became this kind of ridiculous political statement (like nearly every time they hit a really dramatic moment in the plot they go straight into pretty specific asides about democracy in america and the need for young people to engage more fully in the political process.)

so, no emmy-winning drama but i think it'll get a lot of laughs. but we'll see...

Erik said...

Christy, I'm sure it'll be awesome! Let me know how it turned out. I love that you named your characters after the firls in the cheerleading competition.

Bonnie said...

Me too! That's BRILL!