Thom Filicia’s Pier 1 ads start airing; Pier 1 says Thom’s sexuality didn’t matter.

Thom Filicia’s Pier 1 ads start airing; Pier 1 says Thom’s sexuality didn’t matter.
One of the Queer Eye Thom’s sexual orientation “never really entered into our decision,” a Pier 1 exec says. Maybe that’s because he–like Jai–dated women in high school and college. Or maybe it’s because advertisers and marketers are “increasingly using openly gay and lesbian celebrities in campaigns aimed not at the homosexual market but at the wider general audience,” as The New York Times reports. Or maybe it’s because Pier 1 isn’t exactly a heterosexual hang-out.
+ also: in case you were wondering, in Minneapolis, “gay bar patrons have definite opinions of ‘Queer Eye.'”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.