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.’”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.