Designers, dykes and tigers, oh my!

As much as I’ve enjoyed the beginnings of Project Runway Season Four, which sports perhaps the queerest cast ever, I often catch myself reminiscing upon the days of my personal favorite season of the show to this point — season two. Particularly the dreamy, though underfed Daniel Vosovic. Based on an interview published earlier this week in New York Magazine, it seems that Vosovic is equally “whelmed” by this season’s cast.

“I’m still waiting for that really big, wow moment,” [Vosovic] said. The show was better, he insisted, back in the old days. “Everyone now is so damn professional. I want that young, raw talent where it’s more of a risk.”

Don’t get me wrong.. A number of the remaining competitors are brimming with talent — Christian Siriano, Jillian Lewis and Kit are my personal favorites (and my early prediction for the Fashion Week finalists). It just hasn’t made for that interesting of television for exactly the reasons that Danny Sweetcheeks has pointed out. This is particularly true as the few “unhinged” characters left seem to be mere episodes away from their respective “auf”s. [Case in point: Sweet P and Ricky Lizalde, both of whom have been on constant verge of complete mental breakdown, while completing repeatedly mediocre work.] Here’s hoping that the drama will build as the field narrows in the coming weeks, and that Tim Gunn will continue to say things that make me giggle like a giddy school girl, such as this winner from a few weeks ago:

“I’ve made more bad decisions at 3 AM than I can list.”

Oh, Timo…

In other news, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday to approve the trademarking of the name “Dykes on Bikes” for the well-established San Francisco lesbian motorcycle brigade, despite an appeal by a (male) lawyer who argued that the term was “disparaging (to men), scandalous and immoral.” Michael McDermott additionally argued in his complaint that the group was, by nature, comprised of “hyper-militant radicals hateful toward men.” Kudos to the Supreme Court for standing up against this crazed “men’s rights” activist. The Dykes on Bikes are one of the most recognized groups that regularly participate in Pride marches, with groups formed across the United States and Canada. Their presence is important within a queer community that all too often caters to the interests of the majority within the minority — gay white men. We all too often forget that oppression occurs in many different ways within the queer community, and that we are still mostly able to benefit from male privilege.

While on the topic of lesbians, how could I forget the militant, uber-feminist pussy-gone-mad Tatiana. No amount of privilege could have saved 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., the victim of the tragic Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo, who was buried this morning near his home in San Jose. Since the attack, Mark Geragos, the attorney of the surviving Dhaliwal brothers, has accused the zoo of improperly housing the tigers and engaging in a “smear campaign” against the brothers and is demanding an apology. Meanwhile, another witness of the attack has come forward saying that she had witnessed the brothers taunting a nearby lion shortly before the bra-burning tiger lept into action and mauled Sousa. My thoughts for Geragos? Show respect for the victim and his family, be thankful that your clients are alive and move on, rather than squandering the resources of courtrooms and investigative teams.

But still. None of this would have happened had it not been for hyper-militant radical feminist tigers existing in the first place. Eliminate feminism and the big cat areas of zoos across the country will once again be safe for angsty teenagers to take out their bottled aggression on defenseless, caged animals. Tatiana, you went too far with your radicalism.


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