January 10, 2007
More than half a million online votes were cast for Gay.com's Gay Vote 2006, naming the hippest and hottest trends and people from the past year.
It came to no surprise that Gyllenhaal won the voters hearts as the "male celebrity we most wish were gay" with a significant 45 percent of the votes. It was really no contest since the runners-up were Ryan Phillipe and "Prison Break's" Wentworth Miller (who doth protest gay rumors), neither of whom got even 20 percent of the vote apiece.
The site describes Gyllenhaal's appeal thusly: "We blame Ang Lee -- if the 'Brokeback Mountain' director hadn't cast the lean, dreamily dark-eyed Jake as hopeless romantic Jack Twist, and then put him in that sexy shearling coat, and then made him say the line, 'We could have had a good life' with such heartbreaking sincerity, we might not have fallen in love with him. Now, it's too late."
Evidently, that person forgot the lovely homoeroticism of Gyllenhaal's "Jarhead."
"The Devil Wears Prada" also grabbed the favorite film votes (39 percent), mainly for Streep's frightening, yet fabulous portrayal of fashion editor Miranda Priestly. Reads the site: "Let's face it: No one, but no one, has ever looked that hot in a side-swooping white wig (take that, Barbara Stanwyck)."
In addition, not only did "The Colbert Report" get tapped as the year's favorite TV show (sashaying past "America's Next Top Model"), but its host Colbert was also voted the person of the year, edging out Angelina Jolie.
"Much like Jon Stewart, Tina Fey and even Howard Stern, Stephen Colbert is one of those people who's making jokes about gay people in a non-homophobic way," says Jenny Stewart, entertainment manager, PlanetOut Inc. in a statement. "When he calls Governor Jim McGreevey 'the Gay-vernor,' well, that just funny -- and savvy viewers know he's really just making fun of how the media played up McGreevy's gayness.
"Also, people forget that Colbert was one of the first straight actors to play gay long before it was hip," she adds. "His hilarious role as a gay teacher on the 'Strangers with Candy' series and his voice as one half of the 'Ambiguously Gay Duo' earned him cult status with gays."
The other vote winners include the following: Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" for best song; 007 newcomer Daniel Craig for hottest male body; flirting with gayness and Democrats tied for the year's hottest trend; "Doogie Howser is gay" as the most intriguing gay entertainment story; George W. Bush for the person who should just go away (with a whopping 58 percent of the votes); and Brad Pitt for his quote of the year: "Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able."