Friday, June 3

Who Needs Logo?

Viacom stablemate VH1 seems to be giving us plenty of eye candy lately in the long run-up to the debut of Logo, the gay-oriented cable network.

The other morning on the treadmill, I caught a re-run of Kept, in which ex-Mrs.-Mick-Jagger Jerry Hall chooses among 12 young American men "to compete for the opportunity to live her lavish rock 'n' roll lifestyle as a 'kept' man." (The first contest naturally involved Speedos and a swim across the Thames.)

If that's not exploitative enough, allow me to present Strip Search. In this show "fifteen ordinary men from all across America ... compete for one of seven six-figure, one-year contracts as a member of a traveling male strip revue troupe." Chris praised "awesome" co-host Rachel Perry for saying "of all the guys we've seen, he's the first I'd want to have sex with," because she was referring to the guy with "a little belly" who was "completely charming." Since "charming is much hotter than hot."

Gentlemen, start your TiVos.