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In an age when sexual TMI is becoming a bit too common, it's refreshing to see people who understand the difference in public and private behaviour. Yesterday, I was looking at the entertainment section of the Los Angeles Times while taking a break from work. Normally I don't read the LA Times because the 'news' stories in there are usually just over-the-top leftist spin and hand-wringing, but sometimes there's some interesting stuff there. Apparently Newsweek is even more ideologically driven than the LA Times, as one of their columnists was upset that a gay man by the name of Sean Hayes plays the role of a straight man in 'Promises, Promises'. To Sean's credit, he simply does a great job acting in the role, praises his female co-star for her acting skill, and won't discuss the issue further in public. The issue came up again recently because Sean hosts the Tony awards, and ZOMG he's still a gay guy playing the role of a straight guy in his current gig. The columnist also complains about Jonathan Groff in 'Glee' for the same reason and OMG WTF another gay guy playing the role of a straight one.

These writers need to get a frickin' life...seriously. Whether someone is out of the closet but doesn't make a big deal out of it like Al Rantel (a gay conservative who was on KABC), or someone likely a closeted gay like Johnny Weir (the figure skater) who refuses to talk about his sex life in public, I respect guys who choose to behave like gentlemen, especially if they're under public pressure to talk about private stuff. And yes, I include straight guys who won't blurt out last night's TMI with their squeeze. If we want porn, there's already plenty of it on the internet ('cuz it was made for porn, you see...), we don't need it to permeate everyone's conversation, especially with public speeches.

So here's to guys with class, gay or otherwise. Let us hope for more of them in the future.

Date: 2010-06-14 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanirpriestess.livejournal.com
I hold the viewpoint that the private lives of public figures is not our business, period. It is not our business if Angelina Jolie adopts kids, it is not our business if a celebrity couple is divorcing, etc. The paparazzi is driven by the consumers; Princess Diana would likely still be alive today if more people minded their own goddamn business and didn't feel entitled to know that of others.

Date: 2010-06-14 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snaegl.livejournal.com
Heloooo? Ian McKellen? Rupert Everett? Derek Jacobi? A gay guy playing a strait role is nothing new. That's why it's called ACTING.

You're right. These writers definitely need to get a life.

Date: 2010-06-14 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanirpriestess.livejournal.com
Yeah if they think that was bad they should remember the 40s and 50s: Rock Hudson, Errol Flynn, Anthony Perkins...

Date: 2010-06-14 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] razorsharpblade.livejournal.com
Maybe they're too young to remember?

Date: 2010-06-14 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snaegl.livejournal.com
Don't forget Liberace!

Image

Date: 2010-06-14 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanirpriestess.livejournal.com
FTW.

Oh man, do you think he was the inspiration for The Count?

Date: 2010-06-14 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snaegl.livejournal.com
I would not be at all surprised.

Date: 2010-06-15 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freyaw.livejournal.com
Is it weird that I saw that pic and immediately started thinking about how the outfit could be altered to make an awesome outfit for me for dance comps?

Date: 2010-06-15 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanirpriestess.livejournal.com
No, I actually looked at that and wondered how it could be altered for ritual garb.

>.>

teenyweeny snark

Date: 2010-06-14 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] razorsharpblade.livejournal.com
To their angst I say meh, it's been happening since the earliest moving pictures (and likely before but the who "star" thing wasn't a cultural phenomenon before that). Are they forgetting Rock Hudson? Oh, that's right, he was closeted. Not to mention all the other male heartthrob stars who were queerer than a three dollar bill but didn't make it public (morning brain not helping me with more names but I know there's plenty in Hollowywood history). It doesn't seem to matter as much if people don't *know for sure*


*massive eyeroll*

Date: 2010-06-14 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlion.livejournal.com
To quote Pierre Elliot Trudeau: The nation has no business in the bedrooms of its citizens
(he caused the removal of a whole wack of weird laws from Canada)

To broaden the quote: that goes for everyone else too. Unless it's in your own bedroom, it shouldn't matter to anyone else as long as it involves consenting adults. (consent being key: one must be capable of giving it and understanding what it means, before one can be qualified as "consenting"). Nothing else matters, as far as I care about it.

Date: 2010-06-15 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tepintzin.livejournal.com
Neil Patrick Harris has been with the same man for years. He plays a womanizer on some show on TV. He gets asked how he does it. "It's called acting" he says.

I've often said liberals are normally homophobic and racist but cover it up with smarmy "political correctness". It doesn't realize that hello, being gay is no big deal now. We aren't in the early 20th century anymore. It shouldn't attract any more attention than a man being married to a woman. Being gay is not alternative, it's just a different kind of mainstream.

Now if you're a gay vegan animal rights collective member, THAT is an alternative lifestyle.

Date: 2010-06-15 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanirpriestess.livejournal.com
I've often said liberals are normally homophobic and racist but cover it up with smarmy "political correctness".

^THIS. SO MUCH. I agree. +10

Also: LOL @ "It's called acting." Yes - ACTORS ARE ACTING. WOW, I NEVER KNEW THIS WAS POSSIBLE. XD

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