blogenlust
10.24.2004

Eating Bananas


Is it hot in here?
Mayoral first lady Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom says way too much is being made of her sexually playful comments at a recent gay rights dinner, and that for the record she was not -- we repeat not -- pantomiming eating a banana when talking about her husband's sexuality. Sure, Guilfoyle Newsom said, she did make a brief reference to her husband's hunky attributes, but she insists she absolutely didn't try to simulate any form of oral sex. She was just thrusting a pointed fist at herself while making the remarks. [...] It started when Guilfoyle Newsom -- a rising TV star in her own right - - stood in for Mayor Gavin Newsom at the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation gay awards dinner. Guilfoyle Newsom said there had been many jokes and questions from gays in recent months about whether her "straight white male'' husband -- who made a national splash when he allowed gay marriages in San Francisco -- might himself actually be gay. A question she chose to answer, with humor, when she took the stage. According to the Post, Guilfoyle Newsom closed her remarks by joking, "I know that many of you wanted to see my husband, and some of you had questions out there. "Is he hot? Yeah. "Is he hung? Yeah. "Is he (she waved her hand to suggest gay)?" At which point, according to the Post's version that we repeated, Guilfoyle Newsom said: "Not unless you can give a better,'' while she mimicked eating a banana. Now, Guilfoyle Newsom isn't contesting that she made most of the remarks -- it's just that her version of the punch line was more R-rated than X. Yes, she joked about her husband's endowments, but when answering as to whether her husband is gay, Guilfoyle Newsom said only, "Not unless you are better than me.'' At which point, she says, she raised her elbow at a 45-degree angle and pointed at herself with a closed fist and thumbs up. "It was not a banana-mimicking gesture,'' she said. "I know what I said and did. ... I have nothing to hide.'' Guilfoyle Newsom says she was simply trying to add a bit of levity to an otherwise emotion-packed evening, and that her speech drew a half-dozen standing ovations.
Um, what's the big deal about pretending to eat a banana? You might recognize Mrs. Guilfoyle Newsom from her appearances on Anderson Cooper and Court TV.