Friday, April 15, 2011

Listening to the Verizon Guy

The Verizon Guy is gay. Not a shock, but good to know.

Paul Marcarelli, the cell-phone company's iconic pitchman since 2001, will have a more limited role with Verizon, and now feels freer to talk openly.

In other words, we can hear him now.

Marcarelli told The Atlantic that five years ago teenagers in an SUV began driving past his home in Guilford, Conn., at night yelling, "Can you hear me now?" Later "they started screaming 'faggot' up at my house. It got progressively more profane as the years went by."

I've never been to Guilford, but I'm sure it offers better things to do. I hope it does.

One night when another drive-by happened, Marcarelli called the cops. But fretting over the possible publicity, and the uncomfortable questions if Test Man was revealed to be gay, he chose not to file a report.

Discretion was the better part of income.

Now the man behind the horn-rims is focused on "The Green," a gay-themed movie he wrote and co-produced, currently being considered by film festivals.

It appears we'll be hearing more from him. Loud, clear and out.