Monday, September 13, 2010

Ryan Buell of 'Paranormal State' comes out in new book

Entertainment Weekly broke news that Ryan Buell, the lead in A&E's para-reality show Paranormal State, comes out as bisexual in his new book, Paranormal State: My Journey Into The Unknown, to be released Sept. 21.

Buell's announcement is a non-revelation for many in the paranormal entertainment industry who already knew about his orientation. The show debuted in 2007, and is one of the top-rated paranormal investigative shows on television, trailing Ghost Hunters. Four seasons have aired and a new one begins later this year.

In the past, show producers have admitted to outlining the show and creating character story arcs, and have stated they were hoping for a romantic relationship to emerge between Buell and a female cast member. Moreover, the show does draw a younger, predominantly female audience.

So the big questions: Will Buell's admission affect the show's ratings positively or negatively? Will you be more or less likely to tune in? Will he become more or less relatable as a lead character on the docu-drama? Is this just a stunt to help drive book sales and pick up media attention (which is clearly working)?

28 comments:

Adielle said...

I think in todays day in age, we have enough varied sexual orientations and many people are more open to them. I don't think it will effect the show negatively. If this was back in the early to mid 90's, before the thought of being bisexual or homosexual was really pushed, it would have definitely affected things differently. I would hope that the tolerance most people now have for others orientations will keep the revalation from negatively inpacking Paranormal State.

It bothers me when the media asks questions about whether or not an addmission of sexuality, or a relationship was done purely for publicity reasons. Having worked for a celebrity myself as a PA, I know that the vast majority of the time, this is not true, they just want to find anything that can be embelished that will make news when the persona in question is almost always just living their life how they truly enjoy to, not simply doing so to make headlines.

Anonymous said...

I also don't want to believe that this will affect the show.

What was done was pretty admirable and inspiring for others. I can't see him doing this only for publicity. We're not asking how hard this may have been for him. Instead you make it seem like being gay or bisexual is accepted and even tolerated. How about turning on the news? Hate to say it but being gay or bisexual is still a negative thing.

Say what you will about him. He's got brassy ones for coming out especially in this judgemental paranormal community.

Cynedra said...

I'm happy that he had the courage to stand up and be himself. Living in the midwest it is all too obvious to me that we have a long still to go.

Still I don't think (hope) that this will cause any problems for the shows ratings. It's not a show that I watch but I hope him the best.

Isa said...

Who cares? People love who they love. As long as he's a good person and a good paranormal investigator, I don't give a flying spaghetti monster's behind who he dates or what his orientation is.

Only the intolerant bigots will care that he's bi and that shows they were never true fans of the show anyway. The true fans will support him no matter what.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed. I've always respected Ryan's dedication and belief to his work of paranormal investigation. A "leak" such as this just seems to be a desperate cry to sell more books. Why? Unfortunately, the focus of the book, his work etc., is all going to include talk of his sexuality now.
I'll still watch the show but can't help but be a bit skeptical on the purpose of it now.

Anonymous said...

I think it is good that Ryan had the courage to come out with this. I don't believe that this should or will affect his reputation in the Paranormal field. One's sexual orientation is not reflective on who they are as a person or who they are as an investigator. If you are going to question Mr. Buell's intention of Paranormal State because he is bisexual you really have no idea who he really is. The purpose of the show is and will be the same as always. To help people who are being haunted by something they can't understand. I believe that this was a good move by Ryan and investigators around the world still have his back.

Anonymous said...

It's pretty well-known in paranormal circles that Ryan and Sergy are a couple and I'm glad for him now that he feels comfortable admitting it openly. However, I do think it's pathetic that the major thrust of promoting this book will be centered around his admission of bisexuality. Is the book so lackluster they need to pique interest by making it a confessional? Puhleez. I think it's infinitely more interesting to know WTF Ryan claims has been chasing him since childhood. We've been hanging around for four seasons waiting for it only to find out his demon is his own sexuality. BORING.

I'm sure the next joke will be:
Q: What does Ryan call his condoms?
A: Serg protectors!

Anonymous said...

WOW! The comment above this one was a low blow! First off, Ryan is the only one who has come out as a bisexual, so I fail to see how this means Sergy and Ryan are a couple. If it is true I am happy for them, but as of right now you have nothing to prove your case except they are really good friends with a common interest in the paranormal. Secondly, this book is not souly about Ryan's sexual orientation. The book (according to Ryan) IS about what drew him into the paranormal. And as for his experience as a child, that story will be told sooner rather than later, so hang tough there fans. And for you haters I just want to say that you have no right for judging Ryan. I have talked with Ryan and I can assure you that he does NOT let his personal life affect his investigations. So go judge the person you have the right and probably a just cause to, yourself.

Anonymous said...

Let's be honest here. If they didn't promote this book at the SAME time Ryan came out with his admission of bisexuality, would Entertainment Weekly and Perez Hilton have reported the release? A large portion of the commenters on Hilton's site don't even know who Ryan is. As for the relationship between Ryan and Serg, they live together, own a dog together, and well....Watch the show. It's kind of a no brainer.

Anonymous said...

I've heard the Sergy rumors, as well, and don't they live together? Plus, I don't think Serg really needs to come out. Lastly, did you just write "souly"? You seem pretty articulate, but it almost sounds as if English is your second language. Serg? It's okay, we know. There are worse things than being Ryan's girlfriend. Calm down. That serg protector joke rocked.

Anonymous said...

But you also failed to see that Katrina and Josh also live in that same house. Ryan and Serg living together has nothing to do with whether or not they are a couple. And like I said, so what if they are? How is that any of our business? And English is my first language. Sorry for trying to switch up my word choice so it doesn't sound like I am repeating myself. This whole idea that Ryan did this to gain popularity is just stupid. Why would someone put their reputation on the line for something they already have. I am sure this whole announcement was to allow Ryan to be who he wants to be, and no one has the right to pass judgment on him for that. And the joke was not funny it was ignorant. It seems like there are too many ignorant people like you in this world. Let Ryan's life be his concern and your life be your concern.

Anonymous said...

But you also failed to see that Katrina and Josh also live in that same house. Ryan and Serg living together has nothing to do with whether or not they are a couple. And like I said, so what if they are? How is that any of our business? And English is my first language. Sorry for trying to switch up my word choice so it doesn't sound like I am repeating myself. This whole idea that Ryan did this to gain popularity is just stupid. Why would someone put their reputation on the line for something they already have. I am sure this whole announcement was to allow Ryan to be who he wants to be, and no one has the right to pass judgment on him for that. And the joke was not funny it was ignorant. It seems like there are too many ignorant people like you in this world. Let Ryan's life be his concern and your life be your concern.

Robert said...

Okay. Calm the discussion down. No, Katrina and Josh don't live in Ryan and Serg's house. And yes, it is crystal clear that Ryan and Serg are a couple.

But come on -- Someone announces to the English-speaking world that they are GLBT and the best that can be said is that the courageous announcement is some ploy to sell books?

If Ryan wanted to "pass" as straight, he could have done so. So could Serg. Ryan could have sold his book without making any commentary on his private life.

But Ryan didn't. He did the right thing, not the expedient thing. The GLBT community still suffers from a great deal of invisibility. Ryan's announcement was both unexpected and important in demystifying homosexuality and bisexuality.

Anonymous said...

all I can add to this is... Who Cares. I didn't care before the news broke ( although I knew this fact years ago) and I don't care now.
Next....

Anonymous said...

I knew years ago Ryan was gay or bi, I didn't care. I don't care. It doesn't make him any less of a person, a good person at that. An amazing person. A great in-depth investigator and friend.

He has a passion for people and his work.
People need to knock it off and live their
own lives and leave him alone. Ryan is a great person and you have no right to judge him, that only makes YOU lesser of a decent human being.
Go get a friggen' hobby, really.

I'm glad he came out, I'm sure now he will feel more comfortable in his own skin.
And I HIGHLY doubt it was for book sales, big deal, he just wanted to come out.

He already has fame and money, he already has his books sold, he didn't need to say a thing to sell them.

His fans are by his side.

Anonymous said...

I applaud him for having the courage. Regardless, i've been a fan from the beginning & always will be. I wish him (& all those involved in the PS foundation) the best.

Anonymous said...

I know them a little bit. Ryan, Serg Katrina and Josh all live together. They've said it numerous times at Field Trips and open houses.

Anonymous said...

Is this just a stunt to help drive book sales and pick up media attention? I would say yes. I don't see it as a negative act but business is business.

I could care less what someone's orientation is. I'm thrilled that he is the type of person that is open about who he is and isn't afraid to let people know. Nothing gains my respect more than an honest man. Besides, it was the fans who assumed he was this or that with this person or that person and now you know more about his life and it's actually coming from his mouth.

I wish him and PRS the best of luck and success in whatever they do.

Anonymous said...

I agree that I do not think this is a stunt. First of all, there is something to be said about being comfortable in your own skin and being true to who you are. There have been comments that 'Well do straight people have to come out as straight?' The answer is no, because in this day and age, let's face it, that is the default assumption. An analogy that I can think of is when I am traveling overseas, I am often told 'Oh, you must be American' and I have to politely tell that person, 'No, actually I am Canadian'. It's not that I am trying to get extra attention for that fact, that is just who I am and I want them to know that. To identify with the real me, not a false image of me.

As for doing this for book sales; ridiculous. Ryan is a dedicated man of God, and he lives his life and does his work accordingly. He is a caring and passionate person. Having said that, working with the paranormal, and closely with the catholic church, you don't think this has been an issue for him for years? If he is writing a tell-all book about his journey into paranormal investigation, you think that the viewpoint of the church on his sexual orientation didn't play a part in that everyday? In order to tell the whole story of his journey thus far, I think this is a large part of it. I know that if I had such a huge bomb to drop, I would want to do it on my terms too.

I think we all need to read the book, get the story directly from Ryan, then re-group and discuss it then. Only then will we be better informed.

Anonymous said...

I didn't like the show when he was straight .... I still don't like it now when he is gay. So I will go on record and say his coming out has not affected my view of the show. now let me know when Josh Gates comes out, that is a show I like LOL

L. Johnson-Bonner said...

Well, I just got to the point in the book where Ryan makes mention of the fact that Sergey is a "co-owner" of their dog, Xander. A light bulb went off in my head, because Ryan didn't HAVE to mention that, either, or phrase it that way. I tend to believe, as someone more connected wrote earlier, that Ryan wanted to end all speculation about the matter and put it to rest. Rather than being included for the sake of more book sales, I think the intent was just the opposite. I believe Ryan wants the focus to be on the show and their work in the field, not what he does in her personal life. JMO I'm loving the book!

Clarissa said...

It takes a lot of inner toiling to admit to yourself, much less your friend, much less THE WORLD that you're attracted (be it 50% or completely) to the same sex.

Getting to a place of honesty and balance about the issue is completely noble. We need more people in society who are so centered with themselves!

It's doubtful this is a book selling tactic, the guy seems pretty genuine, wouldn't you say? It's a non-issue when it concerns the show, really, but I'm not gonna lie and say I don't want to see some action between him and Serge. Yes, it's the pop-culture interest in me showing, but the show could use a little lovin...;)

bailey said...

i dont believe sergey is anything but straight if u read his blog he mentions seeing what would happen with a girl over time,hes just a caring friend who doesnt judge and is sensitive to ryans feelings and safety.as for ryan although the others do have their qurells with him i do believe hes a good person with bad days like anyone and as for his orientation who cares he is who he is havent we got passed that i think in this era its time we all should be able to have the same rights and be who we are,im straight but i dont see anything wrong with ppl who arent or go both ways having the same respect and right and privilaedges as we do

Anonymous said...

I have proof that Serge and Ry r a couple in the epi. Possetion: the return b4 Ryan does the sock ti and the ganzfeild expirament it shows Father Bob Bailey talking to serge who is clearly upset says "I know you love him but u need to let him do this if you wanna help this family."

Anonymous said...

Ryan Buell is a pig. I see why now he walks where Angels dare tread. The bisexual breaks two hearts the heterosexual partner and the homosexual partner. pig pig pig

Anonymous said...

Just because you thought there was something more with you and Ryan..... Doesn't make him a pig ... And you whining about it on a blog makes you kind of pathetic just my opinion

Anonymous said...

Ryan it's ok, it really doesn't matter what you are or who you are you can't help it that's just the way you are so don't let anyone be mean to you or anything. You'll make it!!!! We watch your show all the time I love it it is really awesome I love you and your show so don't let any one bring you down!!!!!!!!! <3 :p

Anonymous said...

Ryan's so cute :) *director's log* I wish him all the best! You have a good heart and soul, Ryan.