October 27, 2013

TV Talk: $20 Asshole Josh Altman Was Bitch Slapped By A Flagg

The cast of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing - Los Angeles" Josh Flagg, Madison Hildebrand, and Josh Altman.

As I’ve said before, Bravo’s very gay Million Dollar Listing - Los Angeles  is one of those television reality shows that’s a guilty pleasure for me. It’s like pressing your nose up against the window of a Rolls Royce or Lamborghini showroom, and fantasizing about buying an incredibly impractical and expensive car.


Million Dollar Listing - Los Angeles  features Los Angeles area homes and realtors, and the trials and tribulations related to buying and selling homes and “McMansions,” in southern California. [A McMansion is considered to be a large modern house that is ostentatious and lacking in architectural integrity]


The three protagonists of the reality show are realtors Madison Hildebrand, Josh Flagg, and Josh Altman, and the last episode of season six aired last week.

I don’t think that anyone would deny that the two Josh’s and Madison, do everything they can, to represent the best interests of their clients.
Anatomy of a bitch slap from "Million Dollar Listing - Los Angeles" cast members Josh Flagg and Josh Altman.

Madison Hildebrand is the only cast member that has appeared on all six seasons, and he’s had a fascinating journey over the course of the show. He went from being a closeted gay man in season one, to a fully out and proud gay man today.

Josh Flagg first made his debut during the second season, and was quiet about his being gay. Contrast that with today, where his life partner Colton Thorn, figures prominently in his life and many of the episodes.

Josh Altman is the rookie on the show, as he first appeared in season four. Altman is the mean straight guy and villain on the program, as he’s fiercely competitive, haughty, ostentatious, and homophobic.

The reason why I’m calling out twenty dollar asshole Josh Altman for being homophobic is because he called Josh Flagg a “bitch” countless times this season. You can easily  substitute “faggot” for “bitch” (a female dog), and in my view they are one and the same, and his outrageous behavior is completely unacceptable.

Edith Flagg of "Million Dollar Listing - Los Angeles"
I was thrilled beyond measure when Josh Flagg stood up to Altman, and bitch slapped the true “bitch” in the face. When Josh slapped Altman, it was like a shot heard ‘round the world. He served notice to a noxious and obnoxious bully, that he was fed up and wasn’t going to take it anymore.  Bravo Josh Flagg!

I have to confess that I wish that Josh Flagg’s grandmother, Edith Flagg, had her own television show, as she is far more interesting and intriguing than any other character we see each week (including her grandson). The grande dame sits in her Sierra Tower penthouse dispensing sensible no-holds barred advice, on any and every subject, and she’s never wrong. She has a great sense of humor, and I wish that Bravo would have an “ask Edith” segment, each and every week.

Madison Hildebrand and Josh Flagg have grown up quite a bit on the show over the years, and I never thought I’d say this, but this season they were honest and had more personal integrity than in previous years, and they’ve become a true asset to the gay community.

Every chance that LGBT people have to tell our stories on television, is a very good thing. Bravo has been out front on this issue for many years, and I applaud them for that.

Million Dollar Listing - Los Angeles  season six was fun to watch, and I hope that the producer’s will find a new villain for season seven. I have no tolerance for anti-gay bullies, and twenty dollar asshole Josh Altman needs to be given the boot.

And I’m sure that Edith Flagg would agree with me.

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