Gimme Something Real

There's a dizzying mix of fantasy and reality in today's Cosa Nostra

A few weeks ago, City Link film reviewer Barbara Lester filed a protest with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, charging that New Times BPB has it in for the homosexual community. Specifically, it was Trevor Aaronson's May article "Unsafe Sex," a report on how gay orgies in Broward County helped spark an outbreak of syphilis, that bothered Lester so. Accusing our paper of embarking on an antigay vendetta by focusing exclusively on homosexuality's negative connotations, she tried to get us spanked.

It's sorta funny, then, that Lester doesn't have a problem hearing her name broadcast every week on Zeta (WZTA-FM, 94.9). DJs Paul Castronovo and Ron Brewer chit the chat with City Link staff on Fridays during their 6 to 10 a.m. morning show. The comedic element comes courtesy of the radio station, which is fond of taking liberties with the titles of films, creating jokes familiar to any 14-year-old. The name of the recent Johnny Depp sea-faring flick, for instance, was too hilarious for Castronovo and Brewer to resist. So they concocted a brief satire spot -- retitling the picture Butt Pirates of the Caribbean -- in order to fully milk the yuks. The following week, Bravo's new reality series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy became Black Eye for the Queer Guy, much to the delight of the hosts, who repeated the name so often it lost any impact whatsoever -- except, of course, to that precious 14-year-old demographic. Evidently, Lester has no real beef with gay-bashing -- as long as it's veiled beneath a juvenile joke on a radio show that's giving her airtime.

By Edmund Newton and Wyatt Olson

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