REAL WORLD’S NORMAN KORPI: GAY ICON TO INVENTOR
If you happened to be alive in 1992 and watching THE FIRST DOCUMENTED REALITY SHOW – MTV’s Real World, then surely you fondly remember Norman Korpi. He was one of a group of seven twenty-somethings who had never met, but were set up to live together in a loft in New York. Their interactions were filmed for 13 eye-popping weeks and – guess what – they were only paid $100 per episode! In case you missed the series, MTV has resurrected the Real World New York on their new channel called MTV Classic. Back to Norman – he WAS the first person to come out as gay on TV, YEARS before anyone else had the courage. (Elton John still claimed to be straight back then.) Gay pioneer Norman was an artist in the 90’s, but now he’s also an inventor and we LOVE his invention: the A/Stand! It’s something EVERYBODY needs! You can check it out on normankorpi.com or Indiegogo.
(Above the real World cast in 1992 – Norman is in front. MTV didn’t take many photos then because they didn’t think the show would be a success. Below, Norman today with the A/Stand.)