If nothing else the internet has been abuzz after the 2nd episode. The irony of the fall out that day between Sonja, Alex & me is that without the drama that went down, the March for Marriage Equality might have had 15 seconds of airtime versus the 35+ minutes it got. And while the arguments were no one’s finest moment, overall they didn’t get in the way of the cause for Marriage Equality gaining added exposure to millions of viewers across the USA.
Gawker has rarely been friendly to Alex or me and so it was heartening to see this written in their episode recap.
In Alex and Simon’s defense, I have seen them at countless fundraisers and events for homosexual and HIV-related causes over the years. The only time I’ve ever seen Sonja was at this march when the cameras were on, but still, she wanted to make her big wedding speech in front of everyone and wouldn’t let Simon. They got into a big fight right up there on the podium in front of everyone. Sonja kept saying, “It’s my day, it’s about me, don’t talk to me, I have to speak, now is not the time.” Well, when is the time? If they don’t get her permission to speak now, then the march will be over and they aren’t going to have another special march just so Simon can give his little speech. And what does she care if someone else speaks? Like Alex rightfully said, the day wasn’t about any of them, it was about a cause.
People Magazine laid out the main disagreements without really taking sides but allowed their readers to do so by providing a poll. Personally I hate the phrase “team” this and that, but certainly the votes are heavily slanted Alex’s way and almost mirroring Thursday night’s WWHL poll. That was 79 Alex 21 Sonja and People is currently 78 Alex 22 Sonja.
Which brings me to Andy’s show. When it was airing live we were at a club in Manhattan hosting a 2nd episode viewing party at the request of Marriage Equality New York, after RHoNY finished the music went back on and the TV was turned off. Although we knew Sonja was on WWHL we really hadn’t thought about whether Andy would have a poll this week. Throughout the viewing party my cell phone was in Alex’s handbag and so I hadn’t been checking Twitter at all. Sometime after 11pm I pulled it out and, replying to a tweet about the poll, asked what this weeks question was. Soon after, someone else tweeted me the results and I was floored. While Alex was definitely in the right, Sonja had been on WWHL, so had a first-hand opportunity to defend herself and therefore should have been able to state her case. Only once we got home and saw Andy’s show did I see that Sonja had probably made her situation worse as she kept on giving different answers.
In next week’s episode you’ll see a further meeting between Sonja & Alex which at the time resolved the dispute. Or did it? The funny thing about being on a TV show is we live in a perpetual state of ‘déjà vu’ all over again, in that when the show airs we will hear for the first time what others have said in scenes we weren’t present for and also see how they justify their actions in the press.
This is going to be a long season as there are 14 more episodes to go! Who’s going to stay the course?
Have a great weekend. They chums have started spring break and although the weather isn’t at all spring like we are off out to the backyard to do some planting.