Mark Bryan, 62, has created a brand of inspiration for his style. The straight old man, Texan and mechanic is known for combining masculine or unisex tops with skirts and heels – a pair that has brought him many modeling projects, awards, and much appreciation from the community.
In the new clip in his appearance on German document-series In addition to appearanceapparently that compliment was not returned.
In the first part of the series, it was called “Hat Mode ein Geschlect?” (“Is gender the same?”), Bryan chats with the host and Queer Eyes: Germany Avi Jakobs stars on her fashion journey for a bag and manicure. Their report is simple at first, but things take a turn for the worse when Jakobs gets his nails done.
He says he was happy to meet Bryan, as he thought he was fighting for a different community.
“I don’t really think I’m fighting you, but I’m not fighting you either,” he said.
When asked if she knows what it’s like to be upset with her using her “water-sex” figure as a metaphor, she says no.
As we see in the now-viral video, the conversation quickly turns sour:
I immediately knew they were hiding the ugly skirts from something evil😭 pic.twitter.com/UnSC25ubL0
— TEVIN (@diornowhere) November 4, 2022
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“It’s not about the clothes, it’s about who they are and how they look,” he said.
“I think they made themselves more vulnerable. I think they’re very aggressive and great.”
Not included in the Twitter edit, Jakobs replied, “I want you to fight on our side. I’m really sorry.”
“I was trying to separate myself from the LGB community because the gay community wore skirts and high heels before me,” Bryan said. “I think it’s worse than me, right, because I’ve been called gay.”
All Jakobs could do was sob in frustration before replying dryly, “I’m sorry we hurt you.”
As the clip rolls around, people are sharing Jakobs’ frustration and anger:
My face when he started talking that crazy shit Omg? pic.twitter.com/uu4uwjkqsX
— Eve 6000 🦋 (@alsoaboueve) November 4, 2022
is sassy lex luthor homophobic???? pic.twitter.com/xhrt5MqXcp
— Bunny🐰🌸 (@blueswvrld) November 4, 2022
The irony/seduction is that she can’t separate identity/gender identity/sexuality/equality even though she wears 6 inch (ultimate) louboutins and has no reason to wearing a “fashionable” outfit for magazine spreads suggests that she still has a lot to do. ..
— Ettiene (@leao25) November 4, 2022
One day our society will be ready to talk about how you can give these straight people platforms, magazine covers, accolades, and become the face of a gender neutral fashion movement wearing tacky skirts and pinstripes. when it’s really scary and greedy. people pic.twitter.com/SU3GtocUwc
— TEVIN (@diornowhere) November 4, 2022
I was drinking with this guy and his manager at fashion week and running my gym when he started saying homophobic/transphobic shit. His strength while still being raised gay reminded me of my gay father. https://t.co/Cu1wrY3ezj
— LOUIS (@louis__pisano) November 4, 2022
And today is the day I decided not to thank Mark Bryan because gay people wearing heels made his life difficult because people are saying he’s gay (his words). Hello! I mean… right, sir… cheers pic.twitter.com/M1huJ7qDjF
— ideservecouture (@ideservecouture) November 4, 2022
Look I’ve been waiting for this to come out. The fact that she showed up outside in skirts and heels told me she wasn’t here for the queer community.
Next time I’m going to cosplay cishets in weird situations to make it work, don’t come at me! https://t.co/4c9F9eBjuo
— Taylor (Him/Them) (@sonic79894) November 4, 2022
Another clear example of why we don’t have the right people to push us forward. Imagine biting the hand that feeds you like its a ragged pencil skirt wearing ass and SHUT QUEER PPL FOR REALLY TREATING US… don’t piss me off https://t.co/2kIMqnicRi
— President of the Ashawo Association (@uniekue) November 4, 2022
The one that stood out to me was her fashion week walk, which was illustrated by the style and style that doesn’t exist when there’s money to be made💀 https://t.co/L6vEiBYMSl
— Marie (@HakyeonWife) November 4, 2022
He has the same heels and clothes. This old man is great.
— renaissance rogue (@soleanddta) November 4, 2022
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Earlier in the episode, during the save, Jakobs cried when he heard that Bryan was able to take his actions without being challenged.
“I’m so glad for you that you didn’t have to go through that,” he said. “Deciding to wear that, to me, is a big statement because we’re only allowed to do that because of the past and the courage. That power you have… using it to talk to the right men is amazing.
“Most of the time, I get assaulted by straight men – I’ve had it many times – and it’s mostly the people who don’t have experience who listen.”
Even after his emotional struggles, it’s clear that Bryan doesn’t care.