Jan 18, 2014
The Two Broke Girls are street-smart, sex-obsessed Max (Kat Dennings, left)) and elite, sex-obsessed Caroline (Beth Behrs, below). They work as waitresses in a restaurant, where they talk about sex all day. Max jokes about the 100,000 men she's been with, and Caroline jokes about how sexually frustrated she is. Usually in graphic terms.
Ordinarily such discussions would be inappropriate in the workplace, but all of their coworkers and all of the customers are equally eager to tell everyone exactly where their penises and vaginas have been.
Sophie, a wealthy Eastern European immigrant who runs a cleaning service, is dating Oleg, but his penis is very small, so she is not sexually satisfied. Not to worry, she has an alternative:
Caroline: What about sex?
Sophie: Nobody does me better than me.
The cashier, Earl (Garrett Morris), is elderly, and his penis doesn't work anymore, so he can't have sex as much as he used to.
My disgust factor went through the roof after only a few minutes. I didn't have time to wait around for Nick Zano (left) or Ryan Hansen as the duo's love interests. Or to see if they have a lesbian subtext.
But I understand that some homophobic stereotypes swish in from time to time, including a gay guy named Big Mary. Really?
Ok, I'm confused. Was this a program created by a racist, sexist homophobe in 1968?
Because I'm sure no one today, except maybe Seth MacFarlane, could possibly create this mess.
See also: The Amish Teenager
Jan 17, 2014
|The Four Friends|
Bette Davis stars as Margo Channing, a renowned theatrical actress who just reached age 40. She is dating director Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill), who is 8 years younger, and playing a 24-year old in a Broadway play written by Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe). Lloyd is married to Margo's best friend, Karen (Celeste Holm).
They're so very close that they're like a family. Or, rather, a group marriage. Each seems completely in love with each of the others.
|Margo and her Lesbian Assistant|
I didn't find any evidence, but Bette Davis's campy, over-the-top delivery made her a drag queen icon, and she was a gay ally in real life.
Margo also has a "companion," a protective mother hen named Birdie, obviously played as a lesbian by character actor Thelma Ritter.
|Eve glares at Marilyn Monroe|
"We all have abnormalities in common. We're a breed apart from the rest of humanity, we theatre folk. We are the original displaced personalities."
Into this close-knit, insular world comes Eve Carrington (Anne Baxter), an ingenue who presents herself as a naive fan, and so enchants the theatre folk that Margo offers her a job as her assistant. Eve's feigned adoration of Margo is overbrimming with breathless lesbian desire.
You know what happens next --it's been remade, revisioned, parodied, and ployed a hundred times since. Even cannily works behind the scenes to take Margo's place, lying, cheating, manipulating, blackmailing, seducing, betraying. She ends up in the starring role in Lloyd's new play, and achieves stardom. But at what cost? She's lost all of her friends among the theatre folk. She's an outsider among outsiders.
Enter Phoebe (Barbara Bates), a devoted fan who ingratiates herself into Eve's life....and so the cycle repeats itself.
|Charles Busch as Bette Davis|
Otherwise it's a marvelously bumpy night, with witty dialogue, gay subtexts everywhere, an overarching gay symbolism... come on, somebody involved in this production must have been gay! Maybe director Joseph L. Mankiewicz? Producer Darryl F. Zanuck? Cinematographer Milton R. Krasner
See also: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Jan 16, 2014
The 2013 Baz Luhrman film version ups the gay subtexts, eliminating any hint of romance between Nick and lesbian-coded tennis pro Jordan, making Nick's affection for Gatsby palpably romantic, and suggesting that Gatsby doesn't want Daisy so much as Daisy-and-Nick.
There's also a gay subtext that isn't even in the book: Daisy's husband Tom has a palpably homoerotic interest in Nick and other men. They go to a wild party attended by a gay-coded man and several women, and when it turns into an orgy, Tom grabs a bellhop and strips him out of his clothes.
There are a huge number of hunky actors in the production. Unfortunately, most are kept under wraps, or appear in undershirts. Here are the top 10:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio (right) as Gatsby. He's played gay characters many times.
2. Tobey Maguire (left) as Nick. He and Leo have a real-life bromance going on, and their real-life affection certainly added to the gay subtext.
4. Jason Clarke as George Wilson, garage mechanic whose wife is having an affair with Tom.
8.-9. The casting director apparently scoured Australia for physique models to play even minor parts. Check out Conor Fogarty as Gatsby's Butler, or Alex Lissine as a Cocktail Waiter.
Jan 15, 2014
They may be subjected to homophobic or transphobic bullying.
Aspiring actor David Gregory developed gynecomastia during college, and and now works as an advocate to spread awareness of the condition.
The Full Monty -- wait, I thought those guys were supposed to have mediocre physiques.
Then a series of commercials for Airborne Immune Support as a Fabio-like Latin lover.
That fall he played a gay ex-hustler on an episode of Law and Order.
He won lots of soap awards for his physique, including Hunkiest Newcomer, Best Hunk, and Sexiest Man (and he was nominated for a daytime Emmy).
I don't know if he's gay in real life or not.
Jan 13, 2014
A creature of such magnificence that he seemed to have been created on a different scale and shape for another, more Olympian, Universe. . .he was all the Arrow collar young men, all the football heroes for the covers of the Saturday Evening Post...all the young men in the Kuppenheimer clothing ads, he was all of these rolled into one, and he was something more than all that.
Like Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth, Leyendecker was a famous illustrator who drew hundreds of covers for The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, and other magazines. The two artists were friends -- Rockwell was a pallbearer at Leyendecker's funeral. But their styles and themes could not be more different.
Small, timid, humdrum lives in small towns.
Probably heterosexual, though he sometimes crushed on his male models.
Brash, bold, glittering lives in Manhattan, Hollywood, and Chicago
Endless beefcake and appreciative male gazes.
Gay, often used his lover Charles Beach as a model.
His work was coded so that gay audiences "in the know" would catch the homoerotic content, while heterosexuals stayed oblivious.
I already posted on Skeezix, Walt Wallet's adopted son in the long-running Gasoline Alley comic strip, who was something of a gay icon in the 1930s -- thirty years later, my father took to calling me "Skeezix" when I failed to express adequate heterosexual interest.
So I felt it was my duty to read some of the more recent Gasoline Alley strips. I picked an anthology from 1963-65, when original cartoonist Frank King handed it over to Dick Moores. Who presumably tried to modernize the plotlines.
I knew it wasn't a humor or adventure strip, more soap opera like Mary Worth. But come on, there wasn't even any soap opera.
The stories were mostly about Walt Wallet's innumerable children and grandchildren getting bank loans to start a new business, introducing new products to the sales team, putting additions on their houses, buying a replacement valve at the hardware store, and balancing their checkbooks. I'm not kidding.
No beefcake during the two year period -- there were some cute guys around, like Chipper, Walt's college-age grandson, but the days of Skeezix ripping off his shirt were over.
And everyone was aggressively heterosexual. When they weren't discussing finances, they were discussing who was in love with who.
With two exceptions: Rufus and Joel, outsiders in this aggressively "normal" universe. Drawn in caricature instead of the empty-eyed stylization of the Wallets, lower-class where everyone else was well-off, and quirky.
Other characters age normally, one day at a time -- Walt Wallet is well over 100 now, and Skeezix over 80. But Rufus and Joel do not. They have no jobs, houses, wives, or children, so nothing connects them to space-time. They are eternal outsiders, like the Wandering Jew of the Middle Ages.
The two live together, vacation, and embark on crazy schemes together. They are treated as a couple by the other characters: when one appears alone, they always ask about the other.
A gay couple in Gasoline Alley?
Sounds like a parody of the "slippery slope" argument against gay marriage.
Maybe Joel and Rufus are still a gay couple.