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Houston Voice, No. 1217, February 20, 2004 - File 018. 2004-02-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 20, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6119/show/6107.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1217, February 20, 2004
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date February 20, 2004
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com FEBRUARY 20, 2004 17 televisior brian moylan rT J^-1 Richard Hatch, the gay man America loves to hate, is back plotting his next victory and strutting around in the nude. I'm down with Hatch WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE JUST like Richard Hatch. It may seem odd to have a reality show "celebrity" as a role model, but Hatch, who won the $1 million prize during the original season of CBS's "Survivor" in the summer of 2000, is absolutely unforgettable. He's neither as saintly as the late AIDS activist Pedro Zamora from "Real World: San Francisco" nor as athletic and attractive as Chip Arndt and Reichen Lehmkuhl, the gay couple who won the last season of "The Amazing Race." Hatch, at least on Survivor, is manipulative, lazy, abrasive, and arrogant — someone America loves to hate. All that said, this is the reason he deserves our admiration and respect. He took home $1 million without compromising who he is or worrying about what anyone would think of him after the game was over. Hatch, 42, is back on "Survivor: All- Stars," the show's eighth season, comprised of past winners and contestants from previous episodes, and he's better than ever. Just by showing up, he has somehow managed to earn the respect of the other survivors. AND WHY SHOULDN'T HE? HATCH devised the "alliance strategy" that led him to victory and that others have used in every season of the show — and on every other competitive reality show -after "Survivor." Contestants even refer to him as "Richard Hatch" rather than just "Richard," as if he isn't a regular person or an average contestant but some sort of mythological figure to whom they must pledge devotion. The camera crews are also devoted to Richard Hatch. Other than fan favorite Rupert Boneham from "Survivor: Panama," no one else has garnered as much screen time as Hatch. In the episode that aired last Thursday, Feb. 12, he deserved the attention. While trying to spear a shark for food, Hatch got bitten. In retaliation, he actually bit the shark back, killed it, and returned to camp with some much-needed grub. When talking about his victory and his tribe mates' reactions, he said, "It brought a smile to everyone's face. Too bad they're all going to be gone soon." o MORE INFO ■SunrivoK CBS Thursdays at 9 p.m. Original $1 million 'Survivor' winner and current Survivor: All-Stars' contestant Richard Hatch is an offbeat, naked, gay iconoclast. (Photo courtesy of CBS) The shark incident seems to be part of Hatch's new strategy, which he claims to have had since the first episode, though no one is sure what it is. So far, it seems to consist of being a little bit crazy, lying around camp, and keeping the technician who makes the digital blurriness around his crotch area employed by walking around naked all the time. HATCH IS DEFINITELY KEEPING ALL the other contestants off kilter by setting himself apart from them, and one of the ways he does this is by being openly gay Not that he shoves it in anyone's face, but they all know of his "difference" and he isn't doing anything to make himself more "normal." Hatch never feels like he's at a disadvantage because he's a gay man on a straight man's island, and he seems to delight in the fact that he isn't like everyone else. He even uses it to his advantage. It comes off more like hubris than gay pride, however. The dreamy Colby Donaldson from "Survivor: Outback," who is a member of Hatch's tribe, said on a past episode, "I don't know what's creepier, the fact that we have a middle-aged, overweight, gay man walking around naked, or the fact that we've all gotten used to it." Hatch harkens back to the days of ACT-UP, where gay activism was creative, clever and outrageous. Today, under the Human Rights Campaign strategy, gay people seemingly are supposed to blend in and show America how we're just like everyone else. Hatch, of course, is having none of this. He's here, he's queer and he's naked, and the other Survivors better get used to it because, as we all know by now, he is not afraid to bite back. The Kinsgy fikks March 1§ - §. 1 In The Marq'C entertainment Center @ The Koty freewov and 610 West. Coll for tickets: 713-333-8800 or get tickets online: lUimm iifflOfMov -*cofln
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