“Time to calibrate your gaydar, because Bravo’s ‘Boy Meets Boy’ (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.) is finally here. America’s first gay dating show isn’t just a dating show, you see. It’s a sexual shell game in which a mix of gay and straight suitors compete for ‘one exceptional gay man’ and, oh yeah, a secret cash prize. Of course James, The Exceptional Gay Man (TEGM), doesn’t know that half the men are straight — boy, won’t it be a hoot when he finds out? — which makes his earnest enthusiasm for his role as the gay bachelor all the more heartbreaking.”

Driving home from work yesterday, I heard a commercial for this new sordid television program on the local news-talk station http://dir.salon.com/story/ent/feature/2003/07/30/boy/. As bad as things are, I still couldn’t believe my ears. It was a stunning new low, beyond depraved — on a 50,000 watt radio station between news segments! When, if ever, will we have had enough? What will be the last straw? Christ, have mercy.