Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Sykes unfazed by Advocate cover diss

The feature story in the March issue of the Advocate about out black comedian Wanda Sykes makes note that African Americans declaring their homosexuality have been “conspicuously absent” from magazine covers.

Wanda Sykes

One would think then that the nation’s leading LGBT newsmagazine would put Sykes, who gave it an exclusive interview, on its cover.

Instead, a barely clothed Matthew Mitcham, the gold-medal winning gay Olympic diver from Australia, graces the magazine’s cover.

In an interview this week with the Bay Area Reporter, Sykes was unfazed by the cover snub.

“They are a business and really need to sell magazines,” said Sykes. “I think they made the right choice putting the swimmer in a head band, well, a Speedo that looks more like a head band.”

Matthew Mitcham

Sykes laughed when asked if she had donned a skimpy swimsuit she would have been given cover treatment.

“Yeah, you don’t want to see me in a swimsuit. That is a whole different publication,” she joked.

Sykes will emcee this Saturday’s Equality Awards dinner in San Francisco. For more of the B.A.R.‘s interview with Sykes, see this week’s edition of the paper.

In other Sykes news, it was reported on the FishbowlDC blog Thursday that the comedian has been selected as the entertainment at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, D.C. on May 9. President Obama is expected to attend the gala, long known for its political humor.

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 12, 2009 @ 12:24 pm PST
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