Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Amazing Racers

I just listened to an interview on Fresh Air with Mel and Mike White, the father-son team who ran (and were recently eliminated from) this season's Amazing Race. Both men are gay; Mike is a screenwriter, actor and director (he wrote School of Rock, among other things), and Mel is a Christian activist for gay, lesbian and transgender people. Mel comes off as one of the warmest, even-tempered guys on earth throughout the high-stress legs of the Race, which is impressive in its own right. But listening to him talk to Terry Gross, and hearing the anger in his voice when he talks about how churches treat the GLBT community -- well, I find myself even more impressed.

And bonus: Unlike too many other Amazing Racers, Mel and Mike didn't dress alike.


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