Chester handled Wendy extremely well, even when she got shady…during Wendy's regular camp banter she made a comment about Rodney Chester being gay. Chester quickly responded with, "Who said I was gay?" Immediately, Wendy Williams was sent into a complete ball of confusion, stuttering and asking if he was joking. Chester went onto explain that he and the other cast members want to keep a level of mystery in regard to their sexuality. In regard to Chester Wendy yelled, "THERE IS NO MYSTERY!" She proceeded to jabber about his poppin' lip gloss, all of the gay-oriented roles he has played, being a choreographer—things she argued were stereotypically gay…this must be what Larry King felt in that scary interview with Clay Aiken in 2006. A bewildered Wendy surveyed the room and asked who thought Chester was gay—the entire room raised their hands.
Wendy Williams seemed as confused as many Noah's Arc fans with Chester (exception of Doug Spearman who is openly gay) not being openly gay. While I completely understand actors wanting the work to “stand on its own”—I think critics would argue that identifying their sexuality wouldn’t make people say they are no longer acting. Furthermore, the public, especially the gays, do not want to feel as if they are being lied to. For example, when we see a sweaty, crack-ish Whitney Houston twitching in an interview and saying she is not on drugs—it makes her look even higher!
I’m not saying Rodney Chester (or anyone in Noah’s Arc) is a flaming queen and I do know some people in the cast are actually straight. However, some would argue the real mystery is not if they are gay or straight…but, why aren't the ones who are gay just admitting it? Does it send a message to other gay black actors that if you are openly gay you should not mention your sexuality? I could see if the roles had nothing to do with sexuality, but the premise of Noah's Arc is about four black gay men in Hollywood. Interesting--but you decide.
Rodney Chester did confirm the movie is still in the works and the second season DVD is avaiable now. Be sure to pick up a copy!