Reichen Lehmkuhl must have a lot of time on his hands now that LOGO’s train wreck of a *cough* reality series *cough* A List: New York is over because Miss Lehmenkul is livid. LIVID I tell you that Dan Avery wrote in his year in review piece for Next magazine and just happened to call Reichen a “vapid queen”
Here is Reichen’s full response to Next’s Dan Avery:
I just read in a column distributed by Michael Musto that you were quoted in saying that the reality show that I did over the summer, “The A-List New York”, was merely “vapid queens” trying to impress on everyone why we are important. You specifically mentioned myself and my boyfriend, Rodiney.
First, I don’t appreciate your bullying words. You can save your “vapid queens” comment for, well, no one. I can’t even imagine speaking this way about other human beings. That you would reduce my existence to someone who is a “vapid queen” says more about what you don’t know about me, along with the kind of person you must be. Is this seriously how a “senior editor” at a magazine talks about people?
Second, I’d like for you to point out which scene(s) depicted me or Rodiney trying to impress upon anyone how “important” we are. Is it that you IMAGINED scenes like this? Or do you just feel less important by default? Trust me, there are no scenes where we impress any sort of thing on anyone. We aren’t like that as people, on or off the screen. We are humble, caring, HUMAN BEINGS, in case you forgot to explore that side of us. We lived our summer on a TV show and had 3600 hours of filming reduced to 3 hours that you actually saw, broadcast over 10 episodes that we watched, sometimes in horror, at all that was left OUT that would have depicted us as balanced people who react accordingly to situations. That you would make a public accusation that we would ever think we are “important” or “more important” than anyone else, is ridiculous. It’s ignorant.
Statements like the one you made are without grounds, damaging, and simply not true. I’m asking you to retract your destructive statements. I’m asking you to apologize for calling anyone on the show a “vapid queen”. It’s a disgusting, self-hating, catty, and obnoxious way to speak about people within our community, especially for people who do not deserve it.
I just celebrated the end of DADT. I had a really rewarding morning on the Gayle King show, recounting the hard work we have all done to end this policy. I’m breathing sighs of relief as I reflect on my 9 years of military service, and the 10 years after that I spent fighting the ban. You don’t get to see any of that on A-List. Surprise, surprise. But as I celebrate, it’s a shame that I have to tune into a highly distributed publication to find someone who couldn’t possibly know the first thing about me, calling me a name like this, and accusing me of doing anything close to trying to impress my “importance”. If just being ourselves, speaking at charities, having a 3 day fight in our relationship (that was turned into a whole season), and working on projects that are important to us and the people we care about make YOU feel less important, that’s not our problem. It’s yours. It’s horrible.
Please retract your statement. If you took the time and energy to actually find out who we are as people, I can only hope that you would feel sorry for saying what you have. You’d have a million more nice things to write than the fabricated garbage I just read on Michael Musto’s column. Please also apologize for your foul use of bullying language on me, Rodiney, and the rest of the cast.
Now one would think that Reichen might be more upset that thanks to The A List: New York he’s now known as Americas Top Power Bottom w/a small penis then getting bent out if shape for being called a vapid queen in a bar newspaper that people use to hire male escorts. That being said.
Lehmkuhl you signed up to be on a show called A-List: New York. A show where cast members, in the opening credits, talk about how fabulous their lives are. And how it makes them A-list. As in, puts them on a pedestal. As in, how it makes them more important than others, especially other gay men and to take criticism of show like A-List seriously is well, that’s just sad, really.
And what makes it worse that this “whining bitch”, which will now be added to “vapid queen” has the nerve to call it “bullying” and bring up the “Its Get’s Better Campaign”. Just how low and simply stupid are you Lehmkuhl? To compare an observation, a critique to “bullying” when you signed up to put your so called life on view for all to see to make money and keep drawing out your seemingly never ending 15 minutes of fame you have the NERVE to compare that to the bullying of gay teens. That is truly about as low as it gets. Bully does not apply to pretty blond men who sell their privacy to be fame whores and then cash checks from LOGO-TV
Beauty fades Reichen, as we can see in the picture above. But vapid queen whining bitch is forever.
Welcome to your legacy.