Titling this part of the post was interesting because this isn't about a gay...homophobic...incident involving Benedict Cumberbatch. It's an incident he witnessed in school years ago that involved two gay people who were, for lack of a better way to phrase it, bullied. Any title could be misleading, especially if you're trying to keep it short.
In any event, here's what happened, in part, in BC's own words:
I was 18. Two boys who were just discovered in bed together doing something, and it was shocking. I was just finishing an essay in the school dining hall at breakfast, and I looked out the window and heard a commotion, a pair of feet scampering by, and then a horde just charging after shouting, “Wankers! Faggots!”
You can read more here about how BC went to the gay guys' defense. It's actually a very noble gesture on his part, and I'm not cracking any jokes this time like some people did on the comment thread with the link. This is still a serious issue in schools today with younger gay people, especially young gay men who try harder than anyone not to fit the gay mold, and I wish more men and women like Cumberbatch would come to their defense.
I just gained a whole new sense of respect for this guy.
J. K. Rowling Defends Gays; Big Brother Racism, Rape, Homophobia
This piece about J. K. Rowling is interesting to me because I've been debating about whether or not I want to post more about Big Brother 16 and the alleged homophobia that's been linked to one of the house guests, Caleb Reynolds. Big Brother has a history of homophobic and racist house guests, and I posted about one of them a few years ago here when he went on a long vituperative rant about J. K. Rowling's Dumbledore character being gay and how it was bad to expose this to kids. His name is Jeff Schroeder. If nothing else, Big Brother has proven itself to be a television show that ignores homophobia and racism time after time, offering nothing more than a disclaimer that the network doesn't agree.
Please don't tell me that's the game. I understand that, and I actually love the game itself. I also understand part of the reality factor is allowing the house guests to behave and act as they normally would, forgetting about the cameras. However, it should come with a warning. At the very least we get to see the darker side of human nature. This year there's also been controversy that involves classic rape culture...and in THIS case the house guest guilty of making the rape comments is an openly gay man. This house guest's name is Frankie Grande, brother of pop singer, Ariana Grande. This is what he did:
During the livestream on Saturday, Grande told two male houseguests they should "double team" Victoria and "take all her virginities." He then made a bunch of extremely sexual gestures. Just watch the video.
Victoria's mother, Lizabeth, tells TMZ she definitely took Frankie's comments to be a "rape joke" and feels her daughter is now a "target for rape" because producers did nothing to stop Frankie's rant.
You can read more about that here. There's also a disturbing video. The biggest shame of all is that not all the house guests are like this. Most are decent, genuine people just looking to make their lives a little better with the grand prize.
Here's what happened recently when J. K. Rowling encountered an anti-gay reader on Twitter who didn't like the fact that Dumbledore is gay. This Dumbledore thing really seems to get to the gay haters a lot. In a reply to his nasty comment, Rowling tweeted this:
I advise you to start following Brian Souter at once. He's much more your kind of person.
Her comment was retweeted over 1,300 times and she thanked everyone. Brian Souter is anti-gay in the UK.
The idiot who she publicly shamed has since deleted his account.
You can read it all in detail here.
The producers of Big Brother should take notes on this one. That's how you respond to gay hate.
Steve Grand Release Pushed Back
I've posted a great deal about gay country western pop singer, Steve Grand, and how his indie produced video went viral and how he wound up making hundreds of thousands of dollars through crowdfunding to get his album produced because his fans all believe in him. It's the truest form of crowdfunding where everyone wins. Now it seems it's going to take even longer to produce the album. He had been hoping for a late summer release. Now it's January 2015.
'I was very ambitious in wanting to get this record out,' Grand says in a video to his fans. 'It just wasn't realistic though to think I could pump out a great record in just a few short months.'
The one thing I'm curious about is whether or not all the songs will be gay. In other words, will they all be gay love songs...or gay country songs...about men singing about other men. Or will Grand pander to the mainstream. Steve Grand has actually inspired me enough to write a character in my next book with a young gay country western singer who hits nothing but obstacles in his quest to sing gay country music, especially gay love songs where men sing to other men. My character even shows examples of how he can take mainstream country music, change the pronouns, and turn it into gay music...it's a sort of parody he does to get attention. He'd rather people laugh with him than at him. Because he's gay he can get away with this. It's parody.
You can read more about Grand here. But that's pretty much all you'll read about him. I haven't seen many articles in anything mainstream for a while...at least not much anyway. I'm really putting a lot of faith in this guy. We often take things like this for granted, but what he's doing is nothing to be taken lightly. I don't think I have ever once seen any other recording artist do anything quite like this. Oh, there have been plenty of popular gay pop artists, but so far I don't even think Elton John has sung anything just for gay men. I could be wrong about that, so please don't quote me :)
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