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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 11:51 AM
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Does the Barefoot Contessa have any male friends who aren't gay?
Except for her husband, every male she's ever had on the show (that I've seen) is gay.

Nothing wrong with it, of course, but one wonders if she has some kind of addiction to gay men or if she's just trying to show the world how utterly Hamptons-hip she is.
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:02 PM
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1. I noticed that too. I'm sure part of it is her profession and perhaps
where she lives? I don't know much about the area. It seems like a lot of her friends worked with or for her at one time or another.

And, I don't know if this is the case with her but I know a lot of larger women feel more comfortable with gay men because they don't feel judged. For most of my adult life I've been about her size (I'm much smaller now) and often noticed that many straight men seem uncomfortable being friends with fat women unless they are "couple friends" (i.e. husband and wife A are friends with husband and wife B and do stuff together as couples). As if being friendly to a fat woman will "give her ideas" or something. I also notice now that I'm getting thinner that reaction is changing, and I don't feel like I've changed one bit (except physically).
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:33 PM
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4. I hadn't thought of that, but now that you mention it, I have noticed
a lot of larger women with gay male friends.

And I'm sure part of it is where she lives (Manhattan and the Hamptons; outside of Fire Island and maybe San Francisco, it don't get no gayer than those two) and the work that she's done. And maybe if she does have straight male friends, perhaps they don't have any skills that could be showcased on her cooking show.

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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:12 PM
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2. "Except for her husband?"
The fuck? Jeffrey couldn't be any more of a queen if he were wearing sequined pumps.
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:38 PM
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5. I should not be sitting her laughing at your post but I can't help it. In fact,
my daughter and I just about tip over laughing at some of those 'intimate' scenes between those two. I'm not saying that they don't love each other because they seem made for each other. I'm just saying that that scene sitting on the wall by the water in France, you know, the picnic episode? That was hilarious. It seems that their idea of romance and foreplay is all food-related.

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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:15 PM
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3. i want to get invited to her house for dinner and stay and then claim squatters rights
Edited on Sat Mar-10-07 12:15 PM by chimpsrsmarter
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grace0418 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 12:57 PM
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6. I heard that! I'd love to have that gorgeous kitchen.
And be able to afford it!
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 01:11 PM
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7. The Asian Salmon today looked fabulous.
Medium rare, juicy and tender.

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hellbound-liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 02:08 PM
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8. Here's some info on her husband.


Jeffrey E. Garten (born October 29, 1946) was the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade under the Clinton administration and former Dean of the Yale School of Management. Before this, Garten served on the White House Council on International Economic Policy under the Nixon administration and on the policy planning staffs of Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Cyrus Vance of the Ford and Carter administrations. He is the author of five books and currently holds the position of Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance, and Business at the Yale School of Management

He earned his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1968 and an M.A. in 1972 from Johns Hopkins University. In 1980, he also received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Garten also served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1972, and achieved a rank of Lieutenant, 82nd Airborne Division, and Captain in the U.S. Special Forces. During his tenure, he carried the title of Advisor to the Royal Thai Army.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Garten

On the subject of Ina's gay friends: I think it does have something to do with the people she used to work with, Secondly, what is wrong with her having friends who are gay? I, for one, am glad to see that gay people aren't shunned and ridiculed like they used to be. I especially appreciate the fact that HGTV doesn't have a problem showing two guys who are getting their house remodeled.
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hellbound-liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 02:15 PM
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9. BTW, Ina has a pretty good record in campaign contributions:
She supported Clinton in '92 and Kerry in 2004. Unfortunately, she also contributed G.H.W. Bush in '91. :puke:
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steelemagnolia Donating Member (401 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 05:59 PM
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10. Is this an Access Hollywood Type Question
What difference does it make who her friends are? She's been married to her husband for 35 years. So she has a soft-spoken, sensitive and nerdy husband - it works for them. I love her and enjoy her show. I had a catering business in another life and NOT all the men are gay and those who were gay were FABULOUS at their job!
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