A photo of Project Runway 4 winner Christian Siriano and his boyfriend Brad Walsh was used to illustrate a December Details magazine chart feature about “The Rise of the Douchefag.” Their photo appears next to stock art, including a bottle of bleach (a reference to the chart’s mention of anal bleaching) and an iPhone featuring a photo of a naked man.
While it isn’t clear in the print magazine version, the online version of the story uses Christian and Brad’s photo with this text: “Gay: Always with a pocket square/Gay Douchebag: Always with a pocket gay.” Christian is not wearing a pocket square in the photo. Brad Walsh told Queerty:
“I’m not sure why the fact that my boyfriend is shorter than I am is funny. I think it’s a flimsy joke to begin with. But calling me a ‘gay douchebag’ is fine. I am gay, and they are allowed to think I am a douchebag. That’s their opinion. It’s the use of the word ‘douchefag’ that I have a problem with. I don’t appreciate any magazine referring to me as a ‘fag.’ I don’t like that word. I wouldn’t be happy with a primarily gay publication calling me ‘fag’ either. If OUT Magazine called me a fag I would be just as upset. It’s not appropriate, and it is offensive, and you’d think on the eve of 2010 that would be clear by now. It’s a dumb article, and it really stretches to be funny. But that’s their choice.”
Update: A commenter reminds us that Christian was criticized for using “tranny” as an insult.