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Project Runway Season 7: Meet Jesse LeNoir


Or as we like to call him, Thurston Howell IV



Jesse LeNoir
Age: 25
Hometown: Painesville, OH


Favorite designer(s)?
Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Tomas Maier, Balenciaga, Dior, Hedi Slimane.
Current occupation?
Actor and fashion designer for House of Kilroy.
Can you describe past jobs you've had?
Performed in Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial at the Walt Disney World Resort.
What is your design training?
I am self-taught. I learned how to use a sewing machine while in college studying to be an actor.
What are your strengths as a designer?
I use my tailoring background to make pieces that are well-fitted and beautifully constructed.
What's influenced your designs over the years?
Balenciaga, Dior, military uniforms, and my fiancee, the woman I've always made clothes for.
What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
I love to work with wool, particularly for coats.
Do you prefer patterns or solids?
Solids more often, because I'm usually creating a pattern in the way that I'm cutting the garment.
What are your favorite colors?
Green and gray.
Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
I liked Danny V's work, as well as Santino's and Jillian's.

We've been saying for years that it was only a matter of time before "actors who can sew" wound up in the cast. We're just surprised it took so long.



Never has the phrase "audition tape" seemed so apt a description. And yay! A vaguely homophobic joke plus a dig at Chris March for being fat! WELL DONE, Thurston. You're a shoo-in for fan favorite.


YEAH, ZOE! GET IN HIS FACE! TELL HIM HE SUCKS!

To be fair, the coat that transforms into a jacket is really nice. That, plus his personal style, plus his willingness to defend his work are more than likely the reasons he got picked, because his portfolio:










Is not good, poodles. Not good at all. We'll give him props for "point of view" and we suspect he'll be entertaining to a certain extent, possibly even controversial, so we'll wait and see.


More on Jesse LeNoir at myLifetime.com.


[Photos: Jesse Lenoir's Facebook Page/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com - Q&A: myLifetime.com]



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157 comments:

Oh dear lord. I mean, "Yar, matey, that thar be searing me eyeballs."


I... kind of like the letter dress and the gray one that's essentially a boob shoot... and the umbrella... but that's it. Not only are the rest jawdroppingly tacky, they're... kinda boring...


well at least his fiancee must really love him...if she actually lets him dress her up in that crap.


What would Lovie wear?
None of this.


Jesse LeNoir said...

"Can you describe past jobs you've had?
Performed in Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial at the Walt Disney World Resort."
***********************************

C'mon now!



edina


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

I was waiting with baited breath for you boys to get to this one, and I was not disappointed in your commentary!

Enh, he was thrown into the cast to liven things up (and maybe just to get him to stop auditioning).

Here's to seeing the fug this actor/designer (in that order) will put out and to TLo and their bitter kittens bringing the claws out to rip it to shreds....


Looking at the thumbnail alone, at first I though, "Hm, this guy might have some style."

Then, I clicked and saw the full length. Cancel that style thought.

Then, I looked at his work. BURN that style thought.


Man, can those clothes act? Because they aren't working as fashion.

BTW, I call bs. I think Lifetime made him up. No one in that outfit who fails to name Ralph Lauren as an influence can be believable.


*thought


sweet thurston will make it much further than he deserves because he's funny, sort of appealing and off-putting at the same time (great combo for reality TV), young, straight, and cute.

His interview with the panel was like gordana's elimination: "this is not sophisticated, don't want to see that again, wouldn't wear that" to "YOU IN!"
Wow, the producers tipped their hand early!


Wow. I'm going out on a short limb to say, "First to go home."


Oh dear... with the exception of the letter dress (which is average), those... things are just awful.


Harvey Class of '96

As a native, I can attest that it's pretty stylish for Painesville. There nary a "good" sweatshirt in the collection.


Thurston Howell IV indeed - love it!

All I could think of when viewing his portfolio was that the outfit he's wearing makes him look like the next Doctor Who; it's sort of the inverse of the Tom Baker look, eh? [And it does look as if several different time-streams collided in mid-fashion-show.]


"Jesse LeNoir"! Haha!

BookieBookie


did anyone else look at that first photo and wonder what a young Christian Bale is doing on this show?

The impression disappears as soon as you watch the audition tape, but seriously the resemblance in those top photos is uncanny!


What an utter ass. I hope his laughable sense of entitlement is ripped to shreds by the other designers and judges, and that he hasn't been making the PR appearances circuit because he's at home, curled up in fetal position, rocking back and sucking his thumb.

Apologies for the vitriol, I just CANNOT STAND people who think they're entitled to a camera and a bid at fame because they're good looking. 25 y/o actor/designer who has "been waiting too long to hear" that he made it onto a reality tv show for which he is only marginally qualified? BITCH, PLEASE.

Of course he'll be on the show until the final 5. UGH.


Well, now that his douchebaggery has been exposed, he can give me that awesome jacket and leave.

(And yes, I was mind-boggled by his lack of mention of Ralph Lauren. 2008 Olympic uniform, anyone?)


Am I the only one who thought he seemed sweet and likable? His Chris March thing wasn't so much a dig at being fat as making fun of Chris March's monologue about that first season four challenge--the one where he complained about having to run to get the fabric. And the straight thing kind of reminded me of how the Rungay boys dig on the Kevins and Joes for blaring their straight-ness through the screen.

His clothes, however, suck.


"Jesse LeNoir" sounds like a nightclub promoter from Passaic, New Jersey.


TLo, are you making this stuff up now? i mean, seriously:

Can you describe past jobs you've had?
Performed in Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial at the Walt Disney World Resort.


Is this the best they could do for the token straight guy slot? Man, those clothes--they look like homemade curtains. Yikes. He's not even at the level of competent sewer slutty-taste thing that you see with the straight guys on PR.

Oh, well, easy out. They can use him to save someone with talent--ummm, sewing talent, that is.


We've been saying for years that it was only a matter of time before "actors who can sew" wound up in the cast. We're just surprised it took so long.


YUP.


Maybe I'll be totally WRONG......but, I don't think he will last very long.
I do love the Thurston Howell III reference. Brilliant. TLO


The audition tapes reminds me of all those "recruits" on Worst Cook in America. Every single one straight out of central casting. This guys reads "cute preppy guy".

The clothes are hideous and very costume-y.


It's a wonder they even *found* the boy because he is all.over.the.map fashionwise.


I'm with Amanda in Austin: First to go home, unless somehow he really changes his focus and style. There is a chasm yawning between the jacket and the rest of the garments.

Whether that's a sense of humor or being a bit too full of himself couched as coy.... well, tomorrow will tell, won't it?

All the best,

NDC


He's straight?? Love the "make sure they don't confuse me as gay" comment of FIANCEE,WOMAN I'VE ALWAYS MADE CLOTHES FOR..just in case the viewing audience might be confused that his fiancee is named Twink.
oh for god sake! I'm from Ohio. Do they purposely pick the nut-jobs. You're bio is better than how the newspaper here profiled him.

He's wearing a sailor jacket!! a DAMN SAILOR JACKET!!! He has a little fella's hair cut and...Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial??? WTF is that? I didn't watch the video yet but cripe...It figures...


YES, Wannabe - I also thought "Wait, no Ralph Lauren influence listed?!?!"

I actually like the brown dress - kind of reminds me of a 40s dress.

And agree with theotherredhead - someone give him a GPS, cuz he is bouncin' from one corner of the map to another!


His outfit was so hideous, I initially missed the hilarity of his last name. "LeNoir!" He's dark! He's edgy!


After he winds up getting booted in the first challenge, I hope some Navy Admirals meet him outside Parsons and deliver unto him a beat-down for wearing service dress blues above his ranking. Punk.

But seriously....he should have been booted as soon as he mentioned the word "actor" and booted again when they saw his portfolio.


ok, now that I've watched the videos...what a twerp. And who is he playing dress up as?? Don Draper???
If you go to the house of kilroy site (which he not so cleverly product placed in his audition tape) the section of who we are reminds me of the 1930's kids movies where they put on a show.

HoK wants every unique garment to embody the values and ideals, the adventure and the sacrifice of each brave soul that devotes their life to defending the freedom of this Country.

blah-blah-blah. bleah! It leaves a bad taste in my mouth like day old spew. He annoys me already.


RachaelHughes

Why is it ok for Anthony to state that he's gay and NOT ok for Jesse to say he's straight?

Just curious.


Hahaha. Sigh... ok. I'll need to throw a few back to handle this one.


His pants are too short.


My prediction: Jesse is the contestant to whom Heidi says "I said 'in.' Before I change my mind, Auf Wiedersehen. Leave the runway!" So I think he might make it past the first elimination, but not necessarily much beyond that.


Do I trust the design abilities of a man who wears a shirt collar at least two inches too small?

So very no.


Is that your stage name and did you make that up yourself?


I really like him.

He may not be the best designer of the lot, but I think he's really smart. And has personal style, a sense of irony (that outfit he's wearing) and character and personal style. On the strength of that, and if he's able to stay focused, he could make it further than his skills. Hey, just look at Tommy Hilfiger (whome he does mention as an influence).


I really like him.

He may not be the best designer of the lot, but I think he's really smart. And has a sense of irony (that outfit he's wearing, character and personal style. On the strength of that, and if he's able to stay focused, he could make it further than his skills. Hey, just look at Tommy Hilfiger (whome he does mention as an influence).


Yep, I'm with the rest of you: someone has to go home first, and this guy (who isn't sullying his real name) is many talent levels behind much of the field. He's cute and camera-comfortable, but if he's not out of there tomorrow night, he's one of the first three to be auf'ed.


another laura

TLo: "We've been saying for years that it was only a matter of time before "actors who can sew" wound up in the cast. We're just surprised it took so long."

Word.

another laura


That portfolio screams "straight guy."

I don't even know why the producers bother.


And I thought Polly Pocket (Pamela) was going to be first auf'd. Now I agree that this guy is going to have that dubious distinction.

Is he even talented enough to be on the show?


RachaelHughes said:
"Why is it ok for Anthony to state that he's gay and NOT ok for Jesse to say he's straight?

Just curious."

That's a very valid point. I don't think Jesse is arrogant at all- he's clearly insecure. It doesn't excuse his designing skills, but it doesn't make him a bad person, either. I find it strange when people have such strong reactions to someone they've never even met.

This portfolio isn't great, but I do actually like that white shirt in pic #3. I am curious to see his part in this season.


Who said it wasn't okay for him to say he's straight?


The BrylCreem hair, the jacket, the length of those godawful white pants plus the style of the shoes make him look like a member of a late 50s-early 60s MOR male singing group, "The Four Sailors" or some such.

It wasn't a good look back then, either.


Good grief, you guys are harsh. Sure, his portfolio isn't the strongest we've seen, but he strikes as being a nice guy. I don't think he's homophobic (or else he wouldn't have played a gay Edward Cullen in Orlando- the Hollywood version is on YouTube) or was being mean to Chris. He strikes me as realizing how rare it is to have a straight guy in these sorts of competitions and is joking about it (which I prefer to the LOOK HOW MANLY I AM approach that Logan took). As for the Chris March thing, I think that it was a funny kick back to season 4, not meant to be mean. You guys are being pretty damn cruel based on so little.


Thurston is not only insulting naval captains everywhere, he's doing it in floods. If he doesn't know his own clothing doesn't fit, how can he fit the rags he sews?

As a fellow actor, I'm embarassed by this guy. He gives all of us a bad rep. B/M obviously intervened in this choice. Maybe they had him leftover from "Real World" auditions. Are you telling me that he was the best "straight guy" choice???

He needs to be shipped off to Gilligan's Island immediately. Pull up the Minnow.


Oh good grief!


I am also amazed at the vitriol... What has this poor guy done to you? One thing is not to particularly like him, or find his porfolio lacking, fair enough. Another is to talk as if he is threatening life on earth... I'm also surprised that so many people that (one would imagine) like this blog have so little sense of humor. Btw, the jacket and pants fit him just fine.


He's on because of the actor thing. That portfolio is fugtastic.


At least when he said, "The woman I have always made clothes for" he didn't add, "AND HAVE SEX WITH".


oh good grief;... he was clearly put on the show for the entertainment factor. those clothes look about like the stuff i made in 7th grade home-ec in 1966....and constructed about as well.

it's a shame that designers with more talent were probably turned down in order to put this clown on he show. oh well, he ought to at least be entertaining for an episode or two. i can't imagine him lasting much longer based on what i can see here.


I kindof like his personality. I think he is fun. But his clothes! Oh Dear. They are not good.


He's not just an actor; he's a bad actor.

This one has 'jerk' written all over him. And the clothes are hideous. He's definitly there to cause friction.

--GothamTomato


His strengths? "I use my tailoring background to make pieces that are well-fitted and beautifully constructed."

And his OWN pants are an inch and a half too short.


After seeing his portfolio, I immediately thought he could be the straight brother of Suede (season 5), which is not a good thing.


That last dress- looks like it came from Suede's Bryant Park collection. The one before it- Raymundo's Barbie dress. And the one before that would have fit in very well with the Olympics opening ceremony challenge.

And that name? Porn star.


Yeah... "actor who can sew" pretty much sums it up.


LOVE.HIM.


I have been playing catch-up on these PR-contestant posts, so I haven't bothered to comment much... but this guy's work has to be an insult to better designers who didn't get picked. And I have to believe there were FAR better designers who auditioned. I know it is a matter of taste, but this stuff isn't even well executed. And god damn it is ugly.


I dunno. He's very cute--even more so in the glasses. His designs are lacking...but maybe have potential?
Who knows why he's there...they just needed someone with a porn star name, I guess.


Me no like his designs.


He'll be interesting to watch.


Aw, sweetie. What a shame. I thought his audition video was very cute.


The producers will be manipulating it so he sticks around for a while...for the drama. Huh...never imagined a straight guy would be the drama queen of the group.

Ugh...I really dislike him...his personal style and his designs!


Oh dear, that audition tape was painful....I guess I just don't relate to people who want so badly to be on a reality show (ANY reality show).

Definitely the weakest portfolio of the bunch, but I bet he sticks around for a while - producers love contestants who are controversial!


Is that him pretending to be the Doctor inside the Tardis? Great, a Dr. Who fanboy. He can't even design a good Doctor costume, I mean what's with the spats?


Portfolio sucked but I have to say that audition tape was effin funny. And I love the little boy brown outfit.


four other people decided not to join the cast... he was the only one willing to come join the show at the last minute. Really, I'm not kidding!

OK. OK. I am kidding. But that would be a logical reason why he is on the show. The "we like ONE of your looks and hate everything else" doesn't seem like he would be a logical choice.


Not sure how I feel about this one. At first, I was all YEAH, OHIO!!! I really appreciated the audition video. But then I saw his stuff... I guess I'll suspend my judgement for now.


When I remember that Ari Fish later admitted her S6 audition was a performance-art prank that spiralled out of control, it's not beyond belief that B/M would greenlight an actor making the most he possibly can out of what little he has.

Full disclosure - I have been an actor, long ago and far away.


FWIW, about a month ago AfterElton.com had a Meet Team Gay for Project Runway Season 7 column to let us know who's out of the closet. Because that's what they do at AfterElton.

The information they got from the PR publicist they contacted was that Team Gay is:
Ben Chmura
Jesus Estrada
Jonathan Peters
Jay Nicholas Sario

The publicist also informed the AfterElton reporter that the following 3 designers wanted to be known as Honorary Team Gay members:
Seth Aaron Henderson
Pamela Ptak
Jesse LeNoir

I don't know if this information really means anything in the long run. Personally, I didn't really find Jesse's audition tape all that homophobic. Running to grab the fabric off the tree was pretty hilarious I thought because to me it was more about what a ridiculous thing that was having the designers race across a field to get their fabrics. And how the PR producers milked it with Chris trying to keep up.

My feeling about Jesse is that what's going to keep him on is the whole idea of seeing if he can develop on the show. Because I think they would love to have someone who's a "diamond in the rough" so to speak, improve over the course of the season. I think that was the real message Tim was giving him at his interview.

Or he could tank right away. But any of them could tank right away, IMO.

BrianB


[Casting] We had too many nice* people last season. We need to liven things up. Somebody that screams 'Douchbag'

He'll make it for a few challenges to get some good sound bites.

*boring


I'm missing where someone said he was homophobic. But to be honest, it seems that the design shows and shows like shear genius, seem to always have one guy that makes sure everyone know he's a straight male. That doesn't mean he's homophobic... Maybe that was the point with his audition tape.

Either way I wouldn't feel too sorry for him; I'm sure he's achieved his goal of getting his name and the business name out there.

People who seem desperate and calculated are going to rub some people the wrong way. I'll have to watch again, but I don't remember him showing much passion for design or clothes and that is a shame when there are people who weren't given the opportunity that this would probably have meant more. Not that he's the first of his kind...


Kilroy dress: nice idea, but...
Brown dress: kinda cute...
And this is the season that's getting bragged up as a return to roots? Eek.
I'm trying really hard to not write off B/M's Project Runway, but it's getting harder to do.


His portfolio is hideous. I had a physical reaction to it--and not in a good way.


One reason why there's yet to be an "actor who sews" on the show is that there is an issue between the Screen Actors Guild and this reality show. It's actually a question on the PR application: are you a member of SAG.


Anonymous said...

I'm missing where someone said he was homophobic. But to be honest, it seems that the design shows and shows like shear genius, seem to always have one guy that makes sure everyone know he's a straight male. That doesn't mean he's homophobic... Maybe that was the point with his audition tape.


A joke where you wake up screaming because you dreamed you were in bed with another man is pretty much textbook homophobia. It doesn't mean he actually is a homophobe, but then again, no one said he was. T Lo said he made a "vaguely homophobic joke" and that's exactly right.


I didn't think the audition tape was that bad but the portfolio - OMGWTFBBQ!? Is PR going to be like American Idol now where they deliberately go out looking for trainwrecks for the first couple weeks?

If so, that's a shame because he seems like a decent guy and his t-shirt designs that are up on Lifetime are really pretty.


If he becomes another Logan, I swear I will never watch again.


I thought he was mocking the previous hetero designers boldly stating that they were straight. Kinda self-depracating humor. And the Chris March comment seemed like an homage to Chris, that Chris was fast at sewing if not fast at running to get that fabric.

Not homophobic or anti-fat imo, just not that great a designer except a few pieces.

Nancy


Larry said, "A joke where you wake up screaming because you dreamed you were in bed with another man is pretty much textbook homophobia."

Not if you're a woman. No, but seriously, I guess I misinterpreted it. I didn't think he was actually trying to say he's straight; I thought he was poking fun at the "I'm straight" guys from previous seasons.


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When I first checked out his videos and what not on the Lifetme site, I didn't think his portfolio was that great, but not as bad as a lot of people are making it out to be now. I think my dislike for Zoe Glassner overshadowed the validity of her criticism too, although she is usually harsh and ridiculous. Anyways, I went and checked out the House of Kilroy stuff he does with (if I remember correctly) his brother, and I liked a lot of it.
As a fellow gay I have to say I didn't see any trace of homophobia in his video. I think he just recognizes the tropes of straight guys in these shows and was making a joke about it. I also don't know if he was making fun of Chris March as much as he was the running-to-grab-the-fabrics ridiculousness of that episode. For that matter, as a bigger guy, I don't run as fast as skinny people, it's just the way it is.
Oh well, I could be wrong, he could be a homophobic, hateful jerk, but right now I don't see anything that's inspiring the vitriol I'm seeing in a lot of other comments.


Could someone please point out the "vitriol" that they see permeating these comments? Because except for one or two entries, I'm not seeing it.

And once again: NO ONE SAID HE WAS A HOMOPHOBE.


I'm not seeing the tailoring skills of which he speaks. The clothes look very home-sewn and not in a good way.


The buzzards are circling!!! XD

I like that letter dress, but he won't last long.


I know this young man. Not him personally, but his type. I've been a military spouse for a long time and I can spot them a mile away.

These guys love the military but did not join. Everything about them screams "I"m compensating!", from the way they cannot shut the hell up about how straight they are to the near tragic lack of self-awareness.

And they want my husband's approval so badly that it's almost painful to watch. I'll admit that watching my husband's polite but firm rebuff of their company is delicious to watch.

He cannot leave the runway fast enough.


That is just unfortunate.... I don't understand.
Does he enjoy looking like the captain from the love boat?


Ummm...was he designing for Frodo when he made the 'suit' with the umbrella? The ensemble has a Bag End feel, and not in a good way.


"Carol in LA said: One reason why there's yet to be an "actor who sews" on the show is that there is an issue between the Screen Actors Guild and this reality show. It's actually a question on the PR application: are you a member of SAG."




Every game show asks that on the application. They all ask if you're a member of SAG or AFTRA.

--GothamTomato


Mimi Devereux

I think the term "scrolldown fug" can be applied to this post.

Starts off good, he talks the talk, then... oh dear... ewwww


The letter dress is okay. Ditto for the brown and white halter dress. The others suck, big time. I also don't get why most people think he's got an engaging personality. He's probably my least favorite of the ones profiled. Sorry. That's the way I feel.


Clothes like that are one of the reasons I left Ohio 16 years ago.

Yeesh.


For the people who are "blaming" Ohio and questioning the legitamacy of his NAME.

I did a search and I believe this really is his name (geez), but he is listed in FL - and his parents do show up as living in Painesville at some point but a bunch of other places.

I don't see these clothes in Ohio.


I don't see this one lasting long on this season of PR.....


If he's this season's Logan, *please, please, please have a bangin' bod* hopefully the producers *ahem* "utilizes" him more... :D

Oh, I'm so shallow...

And still pining for Logan! :D


Cute. That's all.


Next to last row on right, the chocolate brown and white, has some appeal. The rest are either pedestrian, "I can see how you thought it was clever but once it was made up why didn't you realize it wasn't" and/or kinda home-sewn looking.

Haven't had a chance to watch the video. Unless he has great personal charm, I am not thinking I'll be a fan, or that he'll be a contender. He probably will last until at least the 3rd or 4th episode though, 'cause he's presentable and will have some t.v. value.


"Performed in Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial at the Walt Disney World Resort"

```````````````

Was he trying to be ironic? As a resume for PR, it's pathetic. As a resume for a 25 year old actor, it's borderline pathetic. (Now, if he were 19 or 20, I'd say it was respectable - it's performing and it's paid.).


"Next to last row on *left*, not right"

As if you couldn't figure out my mistake.


Gory Details: You were spot on with the Dr. Who observation. But he reminds me more of the current(departing) Doctor, David Tennant.

I don't know whether he is really str8 or not, but in that scene in the park he is acting waaay nelly!

As a gay man I thought the "dream sequence" where he woke up screaming was funny. To those who think it was homophobic, I ask if he had been gay and that was a woman in bed with him, would it have been misogynistic?

Without a single episode having been shown, there seems to be a visceral distaste for this young man. This thread is almost like a Rorschach test! I think I would be scared to meet a lot of y'all in person. You eat strangers for breakfast based on supeficial first impressions.


I don't have as much of an issue with him being an actor who sews, as there is a long, respectable history of that, especially in theatre.

However, I do get the heavy stench of "AC-TOR" from his tape. It seems that he's always "on" and that just annoys me beyond reason.

The clothes look like they were made by a self-trained amateur, so I guess he's not lying about it.


I think "homophobic" is a bit harsh. It wasn't an especially funny gag, but it was clearly meant in good humor. I also think that the concern for Chris March's feelings would ring truer from people who have not been calling him "SissyBear" for some years.

But the clothes? Yeah, pretty bad. Questionable taste, shaky technical skills, no discernible point of view. He's been cast for personality and will therefore probably squeeze out a few low scores before getting the auf (the first one is almost always a trainwreck, and that's not the sense I get from him).


I'm sure there are plenty of very talented designers who never make the cut, because their personalities arent telegenic.

Yeah, it's supposed to be a talent competition, but let's face it: It's TEE-VEE, darlings. We want interesting personalities as well as talent. The judges of the applicants have to take that into consideration.

More often than not the contestants who are merely entertaining, w/o the designing shops to cut it, get weeded out by the end(cracktastic judges and producer interference non-withstanding).


Oh Great, Ronnie Bateman has joined Project Runway.

Can't wait for the interactions with Auntie Gunn.


Mike B. said...

I also think that the concern for Chris March's feelings would ring truer from people who have not been calling him "SissyBear" for some years.


What a bizarre thing to say. As if that's akin to making a joke about his weight.


Oh Anon 10:48, welcome to the blog. Our love and hate flow like wine and change directions with the wind.

This pre-judging, at least for me, has always been light-hearted bitchery for it's own sake. I'd hate to think that anyone here actually cared enough to hate or fall in love with someone based on a 2 minute video and some pre-digested soundbites. We need to see them in action in order to really get into it. ;-)


I believe the strong dislike is coming from people who have dealt with this type of person before and find them distasteful. Nothing wrong with that. I like some of the designers for no other reason than they're similar to me. Not a good reason but hey...

I don't like how his personality translates to video and I don't like his clothes much either.


first one auf'ed y/n?

his portfolio made me cringe. i made better stuff for my barbies out of old socks and glitter glue.


I do not like the clothes.


**snort**
Thurston Howell IV... Where's Lovey?


*snort*

I can't wait.


What a bizarre thing to say. As if that's akin to making a joke about his weight.

No, it's not. It's a joke about his weight/hirsuteness and his effeminacy.

And it's a joke that's taken by all to be good-natured and not mean-spirited. I don't see a huge difference between that and what LeNoir did, at least not to the point where he doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt.


Spats. Really? SPATS? If his parent's name was really LeNoir, I'll eat those spats.


Mike B. said...

No, it's not. It's a joke about his weight/hirsuteness and his effeminacy.

And it's a joke that's taken by all to be good-natured and not mean-spirited. I don't see a huge difference between that and what LeNoir did, at least not to the point where he doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt.


We don't think "sissy" or "bear" are insults. Apparently, you do. And apparently, Chris doesn't since he told us he loved the nickname.

What "benefit of the doubt?" All we pointed out was that he made two jokes: one that was vaguely homophobic and one that made fun of Chris March's weight. We didn't call him an asshole or a jerk or imply he was a bad person in any way. We just pointed out the jokes and that they probably weren't such a hot idea, given the fan base.

And why is it that every single season, we can make fun of the female contestants and make fun of the gay male contestants, but whenever we make fun of the straight guys, people get bent out shape? That's a little telling, wouldn't you say?


Thank you wannabe for this!

No one in that outfit who fails to name Ralph Lauren as an influence can be believable.

I laughed until I hurt.

Also, I know this may be obscure, but as soon as I saw his full length photo I thought of the Jeeves and Wooster episode where Bertie pulls out his white dining jacket and Jeeves rolls his eyes. Puh-leeze Jesse.


Prejudging and bitchering is all very well. TLo are masters at doing that beautifully. But as respects this character, some people talk as if they feel personally threatened by him, it's the hate level... the fact that they take it personal, as if this guy's presence in the show was decided with the purpose of offending them.

Maybe it is his appropiation of some symbols of wealth and class, the sailor jacket, the just-so shorter white trousers, the use of the term "fiancee", the sense of entitlement and the lack of excuses around being a ghetto boy, an emigree or having an emprisioned intellectual grandfather (I loved all those contestants btw).

I think for the most part he's being ironic with all this material, as I think it's pretty clear his video joke was a take on those past contestants that made a point of their heterosexuality, and funny at that. But it looks like he's not going to be generally awarded the benefit of the doubt. I mean, for any contestant, the (plainly sincere, because who else would want his clothes?) declaration that he designs with his fiancee in mind would have been found nice and romantic. Why is it that Jesus saying that he designs for his mother is the sweetest thing ever, but TheBlack saying so it's almost a declaration against homosexuality?! Bizarre, I say.


An 12:07 here, just to clarify, I found TLo's comments on this guy hilarious as usual, and the Thurston Howell III nickname totally great.


It would be really helpful (not to mention "fair" and "accurate") if those who have a problem with certain comments would address their issues to the actual people who made the comments instead of tarring the entire comments section with the same brush. So far as we can tell, exactly ONE PERSON criticized the line about the fiancee.


I can't see the videos in my country. So my comment on this guy is based on the photos. [Patsy voice] I think he's tremendous! And anyhow, if they're going to cast a good-looking straight guy, I'd rather have an entertaining asshole than an snoozefest like Logan on the show.


We don't think "sissy" or "bear" are insults. Apparently, you do. And apparently, Chris doesn't since he told us he loved the nickname.

Jeez. Clearly this is a touchy subject.

I did not call it an insult. I called it a joke. Would "amusing nickname" be more accurate? I also called it "good-natured" because it is; I know quite well that Chris gets a kick out of it.

And why is it that every single season, we can make fun of the female contestants and make fun of the gay male contestants, but whenever we make fun of the straight guys, people get bent out shape? That's a little telling, wouldn't you say?

I can't really think of who you mean, as the straight guys have in general been a comedy goldmine both on the show and here. (Vincent, anyone? Pasta Joe?) But it seems to me that this particular straight guy is incurring a lot of antipathy for getting in on the act himself, and if there's a double standard here, it's that one.

Anyway, I don't mean to argue with you guys; it's too trivial an issue to get worked up over, and I'm inclined to believe this is more a semantic issue than a serious disagreement. I'll just say that I hope he'll be amusing to watch for the few episodes he manages to stick around.


Fair enough, Mike. We don't enjoy arguing with you either. But this is why we appear a little bent out of shape:

"I also think that the concern for Chris March's feelings would ring truer from people who have not been calling him "SissyBear" for some years."

Because you implied a certain disingenuousness on our parts. Actually, "implied" doesn't go far enough. You more or less accused us of it.

And yes, people got bent out of shape when we joked about Logan and when we joked about Joe Faris. The bigger the blog gets, the more it happens. It tends to make us testy because it tends to reinforce a certain social hierarchy that for obvious reasons we don't subscribe to.


Because you implied a certain disingenuousness on our parts. Actually, "implied" doesn't go far enough. You more or less accused us of it.

Also fair enough. I will admit that I chose an inappropriately and unnecessarily provocative line because it read well; one of my faults as a writer. I should have realized that it was unlikely to make anyone happy. I am sorry for that.

And yes, there is a certain license that comes with being in a specific place in the social hierarchy, and LeNoir would do well to be aware of it. But I'm not going to imagine that he's unaware of it unless/until a pattern emerges.


Boyoboy, I can see this kid's got a tough row to hoe...


TO THE anon 11:52 - I don't know who "spats" is but I am the one who looked up the family name 'LeNoir". Unless want to put on a tin hat and think his family changed the name decades ago because they MIGHT have a son on a yet unfathomable reality show...that has apparently been their name - some internet/research savvy and you can find this stuff out.

From an interview with him - regarding whether he designed his fiance's wedding dress:
"Did you design the wedding dress?

I did not. I didn't want to look at her coming down the aisle at me in a technical way at all, as a garment or something I've worked on. I really wanted to be surprised. But I did decide to design and make all of the bridesmaid dresses. I'm building those now. We have eight bridesmaids, and I designed a different one for each of the girls because I hate giving women of different body types the same exact dress and telling everybody to try to look good in it."


I don't like what I have seen of his clothes, but this sounds like a good thought regarding bridesmaid dresses.


Actors don't have to be SAG or AFTRA to be actors. And this guy screams "ac-TOR" to the extreme in his audition video and then showing up trying to be Johnny Depp at his audition. That and the fact that he is dressing like Thurston Howell is calculated and tacky and he can't back it up with talent.

Do I hate the guy? No, of course not, that takes way too much energy. I just am annoyed that I'll have to put up with a hammy marginal designer while I'm trying to watch talent. That screams producer manipulation and who wants to feel manipulated?


Zippy~

Have you been watching PR all along? Producer manipulation is de rigueur for this show.


Oooo he and Nina are going to get it ON. The defensiveness with Zoe made me tingle with glee. I fully anticipate watching on my couch, screaming, "KILL HIM!!!" at her.


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Anon 1:43 said: Have you been watching PR all along? Producer manipulation is de rigueur for this show.

B/M's "Real World" style manipulation is annoying me a lot more than the Elves. At least the "personalities" of past PR seasons on Bravo still had some measure of designing talent.


Of course calling Chris March 'SissyBear' is "akin" to making a joke about his weight. It's making a comment about his weight, whether or not you or your "minions" or even Chris March think it is adorable, insulting, or anywhere in-between. Nobody calls thin guys "bears." Nobody. (Ruben Studdard, anyone?) It is a nice way of saying fat, just as 'sissy' is a "nice" way of saying girly. So I'm sure no one takes offense to it, and I'm sure Chris even likes it, but to say "SissyBear" isn't a fun, playful way of saying "Girly fatty" seems to be reaching just a little. (And yes, that would be "akin" to making a joke about his weight.)


As I was scrolling through the post, I was like "yeah right, you're straight," especially at "my fiancee, the woman," but then I saw his portfolio and did a mea culpa.


First out the door, no doubt about it.

Unless, of course, Michael (and Heidi) think he's too cute to go.


I think it's not fair to already make the judgement that if he's not thrown out today, the reason is... Let's keep an open mind and give the guy a chance shall we?
(personally, I highly doubt he'd be out tonight. He looks rather focused and sorted. His HouseofKilroy website is cool in a teenagey way, not the winner, but this guy is definetely not a looser).


I'm showing my nerd again, but look #5 appears to be his costume idea for the new Doctor on the revamped Doctor Who.


I didn't see any vaguely homophobic joke there, and I almost always am the first to be offended by anti-gay humor. Ha. Also I saw no "dig" at Chris March. To me it seemed more of a tribute to him. This kid is hilarious... too bad his designs pretty much guarantee early elimination.


The pink shiny pillowcase ... thing... with the clashy blue St Pauli girl...groan

the horror...the horror


Umm, is this Project RunGAY or Project RunBitchy?? Not a single comment about his HOT LEGS, which he makes sure to show off in both the audition video and the casting call. I'll give him a free pass for at least a few weeks as long as he wears shorts!!!!


Ohhhhhhhhhhh! My eyes! Take them out! Take them out!!!


OH HELLLLLL NAW. Did that flabby belly I saw in that athletic gear just launch a weight insult at chris march? HELLL NAW!!!


You guys are being WAY too hard on him.

1) The "gay joke", if you can call it that, was HLARIOUS.

2) I'd be more offended if he didn't know who Chris March WAS. It was like a little shout out to him. Plus, even Chris blogs this week about the "memories" of running across the park.

3) His clothes last night were pretty f---king cool.

Of all the people playing to the camera/drama queens last night, he was NOT one of them. *cough* Anthony, Janeane, even Ping with her CRYING during MOTR...

So, lay off the guy. He seems cool, and I really think, after watching what he put together last night, a serious designer. He likes MANY THINGS; art, painting, design -- give him a break.


People sure do get bent out of shape if the straight guy gets made fun of, don't they? You were right, T Lo.


Loved, Loved, Loved this designer. His outfit was young,fresh,sexy and much more. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next.


To me it looks rather like people bent out of shape if any one dares to like, or even give a chance to, the straight guy...


He'll be back cruising dads at Disney faster than you can say jersey knit.


Glad to see some positive comments about Jesse after last night's show. I honestly don't understand where all the hostility is coming from.

While I raise an eyebrow at any "straight" guy who dresses like that and keeps referring to his "fiancee, the WOMAN," there's no question that Jesse has a sense of humor (including being able to make fun of himself) and a kickass sense of personal style.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see some positive comments about Jesse after last night's show. I honestly don't understand where all the hostility is coming from.


Well, we're even, because I don't get where all the handwringing over hostility is coming from.


Holy Patrick Bateman, Batman. Hide the sharp objects...


Yes, Jesse actually was Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney World Resort here in Orlando (or as WDW calls it, "a friend of Captain Jack" which is what their entertainers are told to say their work is. He was in the role for over 2 years and had to break the contract to do Project Runway. His beautiful fiancee is an actress and works at Disney as well. No, I'm not friends with either of them. I've seen them both perform here locally and he is talented and we love his Kilroy Clothing Line.


Okay, I have to post as Anonymous because I don't have an account or whatever but Jesse Lenoir is a good looking, talented, intelligent guy and his fiancee is beautiful and talented as well. I'm not friends with them - just saw them locally perform in the theatre here several times and at the theme parks as well as at the university they attended. I cannot believe the idiots who post here saying what they THINK they know about his personal life. Remark on the clothes and the show but leave the rest out of it.


Jesse IS a serious designer. He is self-taught and very artistic. He is also very real and genuine. When he worked at Disney and at Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights, he would come out and take photos and talk to everyone and he didn't have to do that during his breaks. He's serious about his work and his clothing line and I love the stuff I saw on their website and actually purchased great pieces for myself, friends,and family. Jesse admits he's still learning but he tried out continously to be on this show since 2005 - I'm glad he made it.


As someone who knows Jesse quite well, I will tell you that Jesse is the furthest thing from homophobic. He is an advocate of gay rights and has tons of gay friends. Overly sensitive, touchy queens trying to find fault in a cute audition tape need to revise their analytical skills and get a life. It's people like you who strip the gay world of much needed straight advocates.


Anonymous said...

As someone who knows Jesse quite well, I will tell you that Jesse is the furthest thing from homophobic. He is an advocate of gay rights and has tons of gay friends. Overly sensitive, touchy queens trying to find fault in a cute audition tape need to revise their analytical skills and get a life. It's people like you who strip the gay world of much needed straight advocates.


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