Saturday, August 9, 2014

Channing Tatum Gay Baiting? Adam Joseph Gay Weatherman; Dan Osborne's Bulge

Channing Tatum Gay Baiting?

Whether you prefer to call it gay baiting or queer baiting it's all basically the same thing. It's when they take two straight guys and put them in homoerotic situations, but never actually follow through with anything gay. The most interesting part about this, for me anyway, is that it actually does boost attention and interest. And when it happens on TV it usually boosts ratings for TV shows that would otherwise tank hugely.

In this link about Channing Tatum and Bear Grylls working together on Grylls' TV show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, they make some interesting comments about previous shows.

Bear Grylls is bound to have the highest ratings in primetime if he keeps this up.

The 40-year-old adventure show host made love to America’s television sets two weeks ago when he convinced Zac Efron to remove his shirt before strapping their half-naked bodies together. The pair rappelled down a jagged cliff into a body of water for some of the most homoerotic Sean Cody-esque programming we’ve ever seen.

Sean Cody produces adult all male entertainment films. You can find out more about that with a simple search.

Is this kind of entertainment exploitation? I'm not sure yet because I haven't seen the show (I will). I know a lot of you are probably thinking I'm talking about something harmless now. Or, I'm being too sensitive. But I also know we're not supposed to race bait, and I agree with that. And if I were a straight actor nowadays I'd watch out for this kind of trap. It just might stick with you. Oh, it's funny and amusing to see "that gay shit" and some will be entertained and others will be quietly turned on. But at what expense down the line?

You can read more here.

Adam Joseph Gay Weatherman

When I spotted this story on social media this week I wasn't going to post about it because I thought it was too localized to the Philadelphia region where I live. But now that I can link to it on a global level I think many will find it interesting. I also think the back story about Adam Joseph as a gay man is mentionable.

First, the Philadelphia local news market is a very family orientated business in the sense that most of us who've lived here and grown up here for most of our lives think of local news personalities as friends...or at least comfort zones. You don't normally see local news personalities coming and going around here. When they get a job at a TV station they usually stick with it for life.

And openly gay weatherman, Adam Joseph, is one of them. He's been doing the local weather report for an ABC affiliate station for as long as I can recall. Before him, I could tell you who did the weather, too. They really do stick with these jobs for life. In any event, Joseph recently came out in public, with a story about his husband and his newborn baby. For those of us who live in the Philadelphia area and who are gay, this wasn't a huge surprise. The baby was, but not the gay part. 

Adam Joseph, the hunky meteorologist at 6ABC in Philadelphia, has grown his fan base by tenfold this week after coming out as a partnered gay man and beaming new father in one adorable Facebook post.

Reporting live from the hospital where they first held their newborn baby boy, Joseph says the couple is “ready to spoil him with unconditional love”:
As I said, this was no surprise to people who are gay in the Philadelphia region. You can read more here. I could post links that talk about Joseph being gay prior to his announcement. I've seen a few snarky articles. But I won't because it doesn't really matter now. I'm glad he came out and I hope he and his family live happily ever after.

In a way, I find this a little bittersweet, especially since so much is changing. We all knew it but wouldn't say it aloud. I even feel guilty mentioning the earlier forum links and I know intellectually I shouldn't feel that way. But when you're raised to believe gay and shame are synonymous it's a difficult habit to break...even for me.
 
Dan Osborne's Bulge
In a much lighter story, this link will take you to Dan Osborne's bulge. Or maybe it's his VPL...his visible penis line. I'm never sure these days anymore. All I know is there's a photo of him and his junk is ready to fall out of his pants.
British reality hunk Dan Osborne attended the premiere of The Expendables 3 in London Monday night, where he decided to walk the red carpet with a massive and obvious bulge, an entity large enough to qualify as his +1.
The photos below were shared on Twitter by an Irish fan last night, and then dutifully reported by our friends at Attitude. Next month, Dan will join them as the magazine’s new official fitness guru.
You can read more here, and see what has so many people talking. Maybe there's a thing called Penis Baiting (smile).
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By Ryan Field

2 comments:

Z.Allora said...

Interesting 'gay baiting' I tend to see it as society letting down their senseless barriers and possibly cutting holes in the boxes they have tried to stuff us in. The same way I think LGBTQIA romance books are fabulous for demonstrating happily ever afters for all and helping mamas (cause yes primarily read more often by females) accepting & raising tolerant children... On TV: I see getting other people used to seeing it's not a big deal (two men touching... even though currently it is two straight men) it's still inching towards people being able to accept and move the hell on.
Hugs, Z.

ryan field said...

I like the way you look at it. I've been on the fence about so many things lately.