Queer Eye for the Straight Guy was a popular television show that premiered on Bravo in 2003. It starred five gay men who conduct a “make-over” of another person, usually a straight man at the request of his wife or girlfriend. This opening sequence introduces the "Fab Five", outlining each of their "specialties" on "Gay Street": Kyan Douglas (Grooming), Ted Allen (Food & Wine), Jai Rodriguez (Culture), Tom Filicia (Interior Design), and Carson Kressley (Fashion). The five men arm themselves with their tool of choice, in line with their specialty, then put on their sunglasses before we see the camera turn the corner of "Gay Street" to enter "Straight St." The opening sequence closes as the Fab Five “power walk” straight toward the camera.
Today, RuPaul is one of the best known drag queens in the world. At the time of this interview, RuPaul was just emerging as a global pop star. Many viewers would have been familiar with the music video for RuPaul's hit song "Supermodel (You Better Work)" which was in rotation on MTV in 1993. The Arsenio Hall Show was a late-night talk show popular with young people during its run from 1989 to 1994. This clip follows a fairly conventional interview format except that Hall, who is clearly enjoying interacting with the quick-witted RuPaul, asks his off-screen producer for "one more minute." One of the themes running through this interview is the relationship of RuPaul to her family. RuPaul describes them as supportive, says that she is "proud" of them, and laments that many of her fans "can't go home" because of their parents' homophobia. When Hall asks RuPaul about the political implications of his drag performances, RuPaul responds, "I can't change the world but I can change myself...and I can influence the world by what I do."
This clip comes from a short documentary called Second Class Citizens, by Ryan James Yezak. Clips from this documentary outline the history of attitudes towards homosexuality, describe some of the impacts of discrimination, and highlights some of the efforts that have been undertaken to advance the cause of gay rights.
This 2007 ad from Snickers was one of the most talked about commercials from the 2007 Super Bowl. In the commercial, two male mechanics work under the hood of a car, when one pulls out a Snickers bar and puts it in his mouth. As if in a trance, the second man, overcome with temptation, bites the other end of the bar. The men simultaneously chew on the bar until it is gone and they have inadvertently kissed. To counteract this, they feel they must “do something manly” -- they rip their shirts open and put out chest hair as they let out a primal scream.
This Subaru car commercial depicts an animated Subaru driving through various neighborhoods and landscapes. Throughout the advertisement, written questions scroll on the bottom of the screen, asking big questions about the nature of life. "How do you see yourself?", "What do you see yourself doing?", "Where do you see yourself going?", "How will you get there?" At the end of the ad, we the car stops by a lake, and two men get out of the vehicle, walking together.