We don’t care for Jay Leno at all, though we find ourselves watching him often. Mostly we like the “Headlines” segment and that open-mike-on-the-street thing that, let’s face it, are products of his producers. Leno is not funny, though it’s said that he stays up till four in the morning honing that crap with his writing staff. His stuff is mostly dismissable pap, except for his overtly macho swaggering, which is embarrassingly outdated, and his jabs at gays, which are insulting and smack of a ’50s mentality, all limp wrists and lisping.
Avenue Q playwright Jeff Whitty (who was on WOW’s VH1 show Totally Gay) can’t take Jay’s take on gays anymore and has written an open letter to him. Whitty doesn’t mince words (but Leno would be sure to have him mincing in every other way, causing his all-tourist audience to shriek with hilarity – we cannot let his audience escape blame for its approval.) The letter ran on the 429 News website, and we picked it up via Queerty.
I know you know gay people, Mr. Leno. Are they just jokes to you, to be snickered at behind their backs? Despite the angry tenor of my letter, I suspect you’re a better man than that. I don’t bother writing letters to the “God Hates Fags” people, or Donald Wildmon, or the pope. But I think you can do better. I know it’s The Tonight Show, not a White House press conference, but you reach a lot of people.