During last night’s finale of “American Idol” (wow! way to go, Cook!), Fox teased the next season of its lie-detector game show, “The Moment of Truth.” In typical Fox fashion, it was kinda melodramatic, including this promo:
Announcer: “And get ready, ’cause we’re pressing the cringe factor further than ever before.”
Host asking question to male contestant: “Have you ever been physically attracted to another man?” (Audience gasps.)
I guess it’s the idea that even being attracted to a man would cause you to “cringe” is what sounds rude. Of course, ask me that, and I’d Â happily run down a list of mancrushes. And it wouldn’t really offend me to be asked if I have ever been physically attracted to a woman â€” sure! Why not?
But aside from my dad â€” the straightest man I know, but also a total sweetheart to his gay son â€” I can Â hardly think of living your life and not being attracted to a man (mostly, Brad Pitt). And I can’t see why, even for a straight guy, admitting it would be so awful â€” even on national TV.
Now, a lot of the questions on this show are about sex because people find that uncomfortable to talk about. But maybe it’s precisely because we don’t see his answer â€” a truthful “no” wouldn’t be such a big deal in any circumstance, and a truthful “yes” he’s comfortable with shouldn’t matter to anyone â€” that the segment seems homophobic. Cringe at an attraction? Geez, let’s hope I don’t go on the show and tell them what I would do (and have done) to another man.Â