Fierce attention whore

Posted on 13 Oct 2008 at 4:40pm
By Brent Paxton and Daniel A. Kusner

More from Onch Movement — reality TV’s newest hot-mess tranny brat

HEADED TO BIG D: The date and location haven’t been finalized, but Onch is planning a Dallas appearance later this month.



No one believes that MTV breeds its reality "stars" because they’re wonderful role models. The same casting directors who gave us liquid-eyeliner club-hoppers like Laura Conrad or Heidi Montag probably influenced selecting the squad of 18 who appear on "Paris Hilton’s My New BFF."

While Onch Movement — yes, that’s his real last name — was chopped from the competition for being "too fake," he made an indelible impression.

With his gamine charms, Onch possesses the same irresistible quality that bestowed fame to Chris "Leave Britney alone!" Crocker. In the words of Paris Hilton, fiercely effeminate young men "are hot."

Showcasing young gays who effortlessly morph gender roles is one of the YouTube generation’s better features. Not only does Onch unabashedly apply face powder, he’s not afraid to stand up for himself.

While clubbing with Paris, Onch dirty-danced with a gentleman who was unaware of Onch’s biological gender. When the dude got weird about it, Onch indignantly called him a homophobe. And when "BFF" castmate Corrie Lortin, who’s from Dallas, made a stereotypical comment about Asians being manicurists, Onch accused her of being racist — then he used Corrie’s toothbrush to clean the communal toilet.

Onch does have a life outside of his reality TV fame. He operates a colorful jewelry line: necklaces with lollipops and bedazzled pretzel pendants, bloody razorblade charms and even a book of celebrities — like Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and Beth Ditto — wearing his gems.

Earlier this week, Dallas Voice caught up with Onch to find out what he’s been doing since he got banished to Talk To You Neverland.


Any other toothbrushes in toilets? Well, that same day there was a cake fight while celebrating Paris Hilton’s birthday party at Le Deux. Me and Heather Beth kept throwing cake at this one girl because she wouldn’t get away from us. She was this random chick that was in our area. So, I thought that was really funny.

Along the way, you even charmed socialite matriarch Kathy Hilton. Oh Kathy loves me. I love her so much. We always catch up every time we see each other and she always asks me how my pretzels are selling. They’re selling like cupcakes. I love Paris’ dad, Rick, too.

Is Benji Madden gay friendly? Yes, during the roller coaster drama there was some stuff you guys didn’t see. When I was breaking down after the first roller coaster, I started barfing. Benji got me a bunch of candy to bring my blood sugar back up. He was really sweet. I have a terrible sweet tooth.

Tell me about your perceptions of Corrie, from Dallas. Do you think she’s a typical Dallasite? I never put people in a category. Corrie is just herself, one person. I would never judge her and say, "Oh, everybody in Dallas is the same." Definitely not. I actually do like her. She’s just a little bit stubborn and silly. She’s a sweet girl. Actually, I’m doing a gig with her in Dallas. [Onch announced on MTV's Web site that he's coming to Dallas Nov. 27 or 28. Details haven't been finalized yet.]

— Brent Paxton




GAY BAR HOSTS PRELIM FOR MISS AMERICA PAGEANT


There’s nothing new about beauty pageants at gay bars — with drag queens, of course. But a real pageant associated with Miss America, the same organization that gave the 1983 crown to Vanessa Williams and in 1984 bestowed Miss Alaska to Sarah Palin?

On Sunday at Station 4, contestants will vie for the titles of Miss Oak Lawn and Miss Oak Cliff, which are official preliminaries for the Miss Texas and Miss America scholarship pageant.

Dallas organizer Dustin Fitzner says it hasn’t been easy convincing folks that S4 is a suitable venue to hold the pageant. Some contestants backed away because they didn’t want to be associated with an obviously gay-friendly title. And Fitzner says the Oak Lawn and Oak Cliff titleholders will have to be comfortable with representing communities with large LGBT populations.

So far, Fitzner has 11 contestants scheduled to compete. On Saturday evening, they’ll participate in four categories: physical fitness-swimsuit, talent, evening gown and on-stage question. During the onstage question, contestants will reach into a fishbowl, and Fitzner says some questions will test where they stand on issues like gay marriage and equal rights.

Tara Watson, pictured, Miss Texas 2000, will share hosting duties with Rose Room drag entertainer Cassie Nova.

— Daniel A. Kusner


Rose Room at Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs. Rd. Nov. 16, 6 pm.-9:30 p.m. $15. MissOakSquared.org. 940-206-5950.

These articles appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 14, 2008.

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