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John Barrowman, Neil Patrick Harris Battle In Craziest Poll Ever

Is the title of ‘Gay/Bisexual Man of the Decade’ really worth all this? Apparently so


The end of the year, and even the end of the decade (depending on how you count it) is filled with lists and polls and everything else in efforts to try and summarize the latest months and years of our lives for posterity.

You can even look at Airlock Alpha itself, and see similar lists and such.

But nothing, and we mean nothing, has become as crazy as the online battle between John Barrowman of “Torchwood” and Neil Patrick Harris of “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” who are battling for what appears to be the ultimate title: “Gay/Bisexual Man of the Decade.”

It’s an online poll being conducted by gay entertainment Web site AfterElton, that was said to end Sunday night. Besides Harris and Barrowman, the list included other gay or bisexual celebrities such as T.R. Knight (formerly of “Grey’s Anatomy”), actor Cheyenne Jackson, director Patrik-Ian Polk, singer Elton John, Lord of the Rings and X-Men actor Ian McKellen, singer Lance Bass, actor David Hyde Pierce, singer Adam Lambert, Oscar-winning “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black, and “Star Trek” legend George Takei.

The real battle, however, seems to be between Harris and Barrowman. And the power of social media has brought out every famous face imaginable to get the word out for people to vote their favorite.

Barrowman, who just made an appearance in the David Tennant finale of “Doctor Who” getting a gay hookup from The Doctor himself (to Alonzo, played by gay actor Russell Tovey, who seemed to be left off the poll), earned a vote of confidence from British talk show host Jonathan Ross.

Harris was able to respond with support from both his “Dr. Horrible” co-stars, Nathan Fillion of “Firefly” and “Castle” fame, and Felicia Day, who is expected to appear in the final episode of “Dollhouse” on Fox. Both asked their Twitter followers to vote for Harris, in an effort to counteract the push coming from Britain thanks to Ross. Even Alyssa Milano from “Who’s the Boss?” fame jumped in on Harris’ side.

Barrowman was able to battle back with some celebrity might of his own. Neil Gaiman stepped up in his Twitter in support of the “Torchwood” star, revealing that while he knows both actors, Barrowman was the first to ask him for support.

Whether you can still vote or not is unclear. The ballot seemed to be active early Monday morning, and no results have been announced quite yet. But read AfterElton’s continuing saga of celebrity tweets and mentions, and see the poll itself by clicking here.

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