Personalities punk'd by fake guy-guy dance craze
March 27 2004 1:00 AM ET
This time the joke was on the jokesters. According to the New York Post's Page Six, Jay Leno and Ryan Seacrest headed up the horde of "clueless commentators" who chattered on air about "gancing"--the guy-on-guy dancing trend that's supposedly sweeping the clubs. But it turns out that "gancing" was a hoax cooked up by an editor at Stuff magazine. After the monthly ran a two-page spread in its April issue, with pictures of straight guys engaging in choreographed dance moves like "The Lumberjack" and "The Diana Ross," the term "gancing" was picked up by on-air personalities everywhere.
"It's so blatantly false," says Stuff features editor Bill Schulze. "I thought it would be a funny way to kill two pages. But I did about 10 morning zoo radio interviews the week after it came out. Every single one of them bought it." After he was let in on the April Fool's joke, Crobar co-owner Cal Fortis agreed to be quoted in Schulze's story, saying, "People go nuts for it. It adds to the party." Says Schulze: "Aside from the over-all absurdity of the story, we assumed that would be a hint. But I guess not." Funniest of all, for gay pop-culture absurdity aficionados--while Jay Leno only mocked gancing in a recent monologue, Ryan Seacrest confessed to his radio listeners that he had done it.