The guys I love over at TMZ have recently reported that Charles Perez — after being demoted from his original nightly news post over at an ABC Miami affiliate for being “gayer than the public can handle” — has now been fired after he filed suit.
I mean how gay is too gay for the public? Was he walking around in a boa and ass-less chaps? Who would see the ass-less chaps anyway? He is behind a desk! Ha. No, but let’s not be ridiculous here. It’s the news! How many ways can you gay that up? Well, one of the theories is that it has nothing to do with his on-air appeal at all and stemmed from a private email one of Perez’s former boyfriends sent to his bosses. Seems the sharp-as-nails bosses interpreted the email between Perez and his therapist as a desire to have a sex change operation.
I feel like I grew up with Perez in a way. In recent years, I have seen him take over for anchors on ABC New York-side. I really remember Perez from way back on his Ricki Lake-esque talk show “The Charles Perez Show”. But, even before that, I remember him on the first season of the “Real World”. He had a brief-yet-memorable pairing with Norm, if you recall. Remember when they went to the rally together and sat cuddling on the grassy knoll? Back then, he was trying desperately to keep his sexuality a secret and I think that was what lead to the demise of his burgeoning relationship with Norm. Norm cried and cried! Awww!
Anyway, Perez is suing and he has every right to. I am so sick of the archaic! Just let the man be and do his job! I mean look at Sam Champion! I am still not sure if he came out yet but, if you remember from another post, when you walk around the city in frayed cut off shorts and rollerblades, doesn’t leave very much to the imagination. Maybe New York is just a bit more forward-thinking and forgiving (even the gays should be mad about the cutoff shorts)!
File under: And remember those steely blue eyes? Wish you luck, Perez!