Jay Leno has managed to put his foot in it once again but this time, he has been forced to make a public apology. It was when Ryan Phillipe was on his show last week that he asked Phillipe to make his “gayest look.” From Enews 2.0,
“Jay Leno, 57, issued a statement Tuesday saying he was sorry for the gay jokes he did last week. “I realize that what I said came out wrong. I certainly didn’t mean any malice. I agree it was a dumb thing to say and I apologize,” he said quoted by E! Online.
During the show, Leno asked Phillippe to pretend that the camera was his “gay lover.” “Say that camera is your gay lover…Can you give me your gayest look? Say that camera is Billy Bob [
Thornton]—Billy Bob has just ridden in shirtless from .” The 33-year-old actor felt quite uncomfortable due to Leno’s remarks. “That is so something I don’t want to do. Are you just going to embarrass me tonight?” Philippe said.” Wyoming
The entire thing came about when the two began talking about Ryan’s first role on One Life to Live in which he played a gay teenager. Not only is it offensive to the gay community to assume that they have certain “looks” or “faces” but this also undermines the importance of that character on the soap opera. This was the first character to ever appear on TV that was gay. It was a stepping stone to shows such as Will & Grace that had people not only accepting the gay community but embracing them and applauding them.
The GLAAD group, which stands for Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, have been outraged at Leno’s “humour” and demanded the apology. GLAAD has also posted on their website that they respect Ryan Phillipe’s decision to not help Leno further the joke.
Maybe Leno didn’t realize that what he was saying was offensive. He’s not the sharpest knife in the bunch, after all. Unfortunately, this probably won’t be enough to get him kicked off the air so we’re going to have put up with him for a little while longer.