The NBC Universal-owned cable channel Bravo has earned a pro-gay reputation since the reality show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." But on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, it will be raising money for the gay censorship group called the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). The event is a "Bravo Top Chef Challenge," after the hit cooking show:
Enjoy the BRAVO Top Chef challenge, delicious tasting stations from incredible Los Angeles high-end restaurants and caterers, entertainment, and an amazing food & wine-themed silent and live auction. Join us and help GLAAD raise funds to amplify the voice of the LGBT community!
The question might not be so much "amplifying" GLAAD's voice as it is silencing opposition from the MRC and other conservative groups in news programs that are supposed to be "objective." They circulated a petition telling CNN it needed to make a New Year's resolution: "the media needs to do a little housecleaning. Namely, it's time for outlets to finally drop several hundred pounds of unhealthy weight, which they've been carrying around for years, in the form of anti-gay activists." No debate allowed!
Lisa Vanderpump, star of Bravo's the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (as well as a restaurant owner, designer, actress, and humanitarian), will be joining us as the celebrity host, while Chef Susan Feniger will host the BRAVO Top Chef Challenge. Competing in that competition will be Chef Antonia Lofaso and Chef Fabio Viviani, while Jamie Lauren will be among the celebrity judges. It's an event you don't want to miss!
Feniger and Lauren [pictured to the right] have both been promoted as lesbian chefs on "Top Chef." In addition to Lauren, there are two celebrity judges from Hollywood: Shonda Rhimes, the creator of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice," and Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter of the gay biopic "Milk." Rhimes has been loading her shows with gay plots to compensate GLAAD after she fired Grey's star Isaiah Washington for using the slur "faggot" on a private set.
There are other corporate media sponsors for this Top Chef censorship event as well: Paramount Pictures, Univision, The Hollywood Reporter, and LA Weekly.