The Help was Dominique Strauss-Kahn's worst nightmare, while the funniest film of the year—Bridesmaids—went beyond the sink-crapping to create a smart and likable shit pie about female friends learning about one other. Only the icky love interest brought it down to the gutter level.

Verbal diarrhea stank up the Oscars themselves, with producer Brett Ratner stepping down after blithely saying "fags" at a press conference, and host Eddie Murphy following him out the door as the gays cheered and threw things.

On TV, Chaz Bono broke new ground as the first transsexual on Dancing With the Stars (since Marie Osmond, I guess), but the show continued to stop short of having a same-sex couple take the floor. Apparently, not only can't gays get married in California, but they can't dance there, either!

Michele Bachmann looked impeccable in debates, thanks to her husband, Marcus, choosing her outfits.
Chad Griffith
Michele Bachmann looked impeccable in debates, thanks to her husband, Marcus, choosing her outfits.
Activism replaced bottle service via Occupy Wall Street, a grassroots movement hating on the corporate corruption that has led to drastic social inequality, unemployment, and crappy pizza.
Chad Griffith
Activism replaced bottle service via Occupy Wall Street, a grassroots movement hating on the corporate corruption that has led to drastic social inequality, unemployment, and crappy pizza.

Oh, well. Even with the TV on, NYC was Fun City, as waiters dropped the attitude, locals willingly gave tourists directions (even correct ones), and groups of giddy-despite-it-all nut jobs were spotted doing drunken line dances on the street. People I know who moved far away from Manhattan when it got too glossy visited and found the city a hoot again, the trust-fund babies having given way to a ragtag bunch of nouveau hippies ready for all kinds of expression. It's too bad it took economic devastation to get us here, but still, this could turn out to be the craziest free party in decades. And if not, the Rapture is coming anyway!

musto@villagevoice.com

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Adrian
Adrian

Mr. Musto, you are a constant ray of f-ing sunshine in my rather sepia-toned existence. Merci!

Lan
Lan

my friendis a 27 years old doctor,mature and beautiful. and now she is seeking a good man who can give her real love, so she got a sername Andromeda2002 on  Agedate.СòM, a nice and free place for younger women and older men,or older women and younger men, to interact with each other.Maybe you wanna check out or tell your friends.

Honks
Honks

Thanks for the memories and perspective. The photos are beyond the beyond. I suggest a guest writer spot w/ Villanche for the Oscars...your insight would make it relevant. Cheers, dear Musto!!!

Yaya
Yaya

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I loved every inch of this spread.

Rick Shur
Rick Shur

After reading Michael's cogent assessment of the nightmare that was 2011, I finally understand why my sciatica attacks were so bad this year.

ON-GUARD!!!
ON-GUARD!!!

Oh Michael so true, so true! It twas a rich year for gossip. Life is butt a dream. A heavily fluoridate drinking water dream. There is so much more that you could of hit on. Butt there is always 2012? Hit em hard, and hit em low girlfriend. We are in store for a very mean, vindictive, and vengeful year from the right-wing evangelicalized Christians. And your wrong on one point. They are not hell-bent on turning back 3 years of civil-rights gains and advances. Theyare going for the last 30 or 40 years of human rights advances! In the worst ways! Theyare mean, hateful, and take great pleasure in the suffering of others. But please Michael, more, more, more. And much more Cutting. After all one should fight fire with fire! It is our future that is at hand. On-guard.

via
via

the best yet!! I live for you Michael!!

xoox Via

ghostoflectricity
ghostoflectricity

Musto got Trump perfectly, also the OWS protester and Sheen. But he's not femme enough to pull off Kardashian or Bachmann. Some men can do drag, and some, well, should just stick to men's clothes (when in public). I know because I was once asked to be in a photo of two guys, dressed for a wedding, and the other guy won the coin toss and got to wear the bridal gown and veil while I had to wear the tux. I told them that I would have made a better bride than that galumphing galoot, but I was outvoted, and the photos turned out all wrong (BTW we're both straight men) and I was only able to say "I told you so."

Suzinne Sayles
Suzinne Sayles

Michael Musto looks far more attractive when masquerading as other people!

tony adams
tony adams

and you could have listed your book launch party as the perfect example of NYC becoming fun again

Hkguy
Hkguy

A triumph, Michael!

Janus
Janus

Thank You Michael !

Guest
Guest

Musto take that back about MARIE OSMOND. So wrong.

Peeps
Peeps

A breezy and informative essay and the photos!!!!!!

rolph
rolph

Amazing photos! You as Bachmann (page 3) is the best!!!

 
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