Is Tim Gunn Becoming A Horrible Person?

Look, I want to begin by saying that I will continue to love Tim Gunn even if he is a horrible person. Maybe especially then. Tim Gunn and I can be friends. We’ll just stand on the streets judging people and trying to steal candy from children. It’s just not what I expected from Tim Gunn. Let’s take a look back at his seeming descent into madness:

1) Tim Gunn talks about Anna Wintour:

“I was with a colleague from Parsons, and we had been discussing the will-she-or-won’t-she-take-the-elevator question, so we ran over to the elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on. She wasn’t there. Then we looked over the stairway railing. And what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman’s lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms.”

Does This Make Tim Horrible?: No. Not at all. Okay, yes, Tim Gunn and Anna are in some big huge fight now, but if anything, this is kind of a funny story that only reinforces the whole idea of Anna being the Queen of Fashion. It doesn’t make Anna sound awful, it makes her sound marvelously eccentric, like Diana Vreeland. And like a risk-taker, because body locked bodyguards running sounds a lot more adventurous/incredibly dangerous than just taking the elevator. Besides, Anna is one of the world’s most powerful women. She can handle this.

2) Tim Gunn talks about Andre Leon Talley, people become convinced that he has something against Vogue.
“When we return to the green room, we see that someone has spread a translucent barber’s bib over Andre and he’s reclining, his arms at his sides. He’s being fed grapes and cubes of cheese one by one, like a bird in a nest.”
Does This Make Tim Horrible? Again, this is really just a funny story that reinforces what people already think of Andre Leon Talley. No one thinks these are really down-to-earth people and are now having their image shattered. Everyone thinks Andre lives like a pampered pasha in a caftan letting servants feed him, and that’s awesome. This behavior is what I already expect out of Vogue employees – remember when Isabella Blow expensed a “ruined castle” to the magazine because “it looked so sad, someone had to buy it!” Tim’s stories fit into the Vogue mystique, like that one about the the castle or Diana Vreeland making her assistant iron her money every morning. Anna and Andre are just silly not to embrace them.
“Oh, please, I was so kind to him. I mean, I wouldn’t have the words to describe some of the more abhorrent behavior. He really is a terrible, terrible, terrible person.”
And again:
“Don’t even get me started on Isaac Mizrahi.  In my view, he’s one of the world’s biggest divas. One time, Isaac threw a fit about a security guard from the second-floor showroom at Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Times Square offices. Why, you may ask? Was he stealing? Harassing guests? showing up late? No, he was wearing brown.”
Does This Make Tim Horrible?: Well, insulting other people and calling them terrible in the press is kind of tacky, but Isaac Mizrahi sounds much more terrible, so it’s a wash.

4) Tim Gunn insults Alexis Stewart:

“She is one of the angriest people I’ve ever met. [She] kept cursing under her breath in anticipation of her mother coming — ‘goddamn bitch,’ almost as if she had Tourette’s syndrome. I was so horrified by how she treated her mother in front of a lot of people. Good heavens, you’re an adult!”

Does This Make Tim Horrible?: You know that when you insult people in the press, it’s like you’re insulting them in front of a lot of people, right? Like a room full of people, except that room includes everyone in the world and it lasts forever. This is starting to get a little tired, Tim, but okay, yeah, being mean to your parents in public is really bad form, so maybe you were right to call her out.
“What a diva!” he told E! News of the 17-year-old. “She was pathetic, she couldn’t remember her lines, and she didn’t even have that many. I thought to myself ‘why are we all being held hostage by this brat?”
Gunn said he is all about taking the high road, but that if he were a show regular, he’d take her aside in her dressing room and give her a good talking to.
“I’d say, ‘You know young lady, there are hundreds of thousands of girls who are just as attractive and even smarter than you. Why are you acting like this show is a huge burden on you?’ She was on her phone during every break, I wanted to tell her, ‘If you weren’t on your BlackBerry, you can retain this stuff.’ ”
Does This Make Tim Horrible: Oh, break me a fucking give (it’s what Yoda would say). She’s 17. She’s a teenager. She’s a teenager that wants to be Courtney Love. She’ll probably be embarrassed by some of her behavior when she’s grown up, but she’s still just a kid, and you’re a grown-up who was on the show for one day. One day. You skating close to the horrible line, here.
“He’s equally bitchy about his parents — he calls his mother a “stone” and his father a “homophobic brute”
Does This Make Tim Horrible: They’re your parents. You’re allowed to hate them privately if they were really awful. However, I don’t think that you need to shame them in public, especially considering the fact that Tim Gunn’s mother is on her deathbed. This just seems tacky – especially when you’ve insulted someone else for being mean to their mother.
So, in conclusion: Maybe.
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    • Mel

      He’s speaking the truth that DOES NOT make him a horrible person.

    • PB

      Where did you find Tim Gunn calling his father a homophobic brute? It’s nowhere in the book, nor in any interview I can find.

      • Jennifer Wright

        Click the link.

    • PB

      None of those “homophobic brute” quotes come from a primary source. I’ve read the book and he doesn’t use those words to describe his father at all. Actually, his tone is full confusion and regret for a man he didn’t really know at all. His discussion of his mother is similar. He’s protective of her, but full of regret for a relationship that will probably never be complete or honest. The hype around this book makes it sound like a bitchy tell-all, but reading it is a bit like having a long, boozy lunch with someone who’s been around the block a few times and works with some damn weird people. It’s funny and a bit sharp, but hardly evil.