Manhunt down to final five; gay dance club stripper Hunter shows his homophobia.

Manhunt down to final five; gay dance club stripper Hunter shows his homophobia.
Manhunt is down to six fully-shaved men, including embedded model Kevin Peake. The final five contenders for a modeling contract are Hunter, Jon, Maurice, Rob, and Tate. For his part, Hunter is probably grateful that most of the country was watching election returns on Tuesday night, rather than watching his one-man demonstration of the words “irony” and (internalized?) “homophobia.” After Rob came out to the other models, Hunter expressed his shock and said that he “had never even heard someone say they were gay before.” Then later, when being teased by Tate, Hunter said, “Quit calling me a bitch, I’m not some fucking queer.” This is ironic–and quite sad, really–because, as we learned earlier via revealing photos, Hunter–or someone who is his twin–isn’t exactly a stranger in these parts. He used to dance at the gay bar known as the Backstreet Dance Club in Little Rock. (Strangely, the page that used to host the photos has been deleted.) As regular Manhunt drama chronicler Andy Towle points out, “Does this mean the Backstreet Dance Club in Little Rock has a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy?”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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Anna Martemucci

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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.