Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Will Michael Sam Dance With Men on Dancing With the Stars; Neil Partick Harris Mixed Reviews; Gay Sex in The Imitation Game

Will Michael Sam Dance With Men on Dancing With the Stars

This looked a little odd to me at first...reading about Michael Sam being on Dancing With the Stars. I like DWtS, don't get me wrong, and I like Michael Sam. One of the few things I've never done in my life that I've always wanted to do was good ballroom dancing. I watch in amazement when I see good ballroom dancing. It's the reason I love Silver Linings Playbook so much...he couldn't dance well, but he pulled it off with determination and a lot of hard work.

But, this should be interesting with Michael Sam.

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC's Dancing With the stars. 

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season's roster is unveiled Tuesday (24 February) on ABC's Good Morning America, according to TMZ. 

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri. 

It doesn't say whether or not Sam will dance with men on DWtS. And I'm curious about that. I think it's important. One would think he would dance with men. It would make perfect sense.

You can read the rest here.  This is all according to TMZ.

Neil Patrick Harris Mixed Reviews

In full disclosure, I didn't watch the Oscars. They bore me, especially at the middle. But I did follow Twitter while watching Downton Abbey, so I basically knew what was going on during the Oscars. Unfortunately, I missed Neil Patrick Harris in his underwear.

In any event, there were mixed reviews that I don't think can be blamed on NPH. And, this year the Oscars had the lowest ratings in years.

'I'm glad that it's done and I'm sorry that I read Twitter,' said Harris. 

Ripa's co-host Michael Strahan asked Harris to compare hosting the Oscars to the Emmys which he has hosted twice and the Tonys which he has hosted four times. 

'The Oscars, it's a juggernaut - a gigantic show,' Harris said. 'It's a lot of hurdles and a lot of laps around the track.' 

He said one of his goals was to make the live audience inside the theater feel welcome but to also make television viewers feel a part of things as well.

In any event, Lady Gaga stole the entire show when she performed a medley of songs from The Sound of Music. Now if we can only get Julie Andrews to do Bad Romance life will be perfect. 

You can read the rest here.  There's also a very excellent feature in this month's Architectural Digest with NPH and his husband, with a photo spread of their Harlem home.Side note: I wanted to move to Harlem fifteen years ago and Tony refused. We could have found something very reasonable at the time.

Gay Sex in the Imitation Game

Well. There is no gay sex in The Imitation Game. I haven't seen this yet, but I will.

Here's why there was no sex:

“It was not because we were afraid it would offend anybody. If I … had this thing about a straight character, I would never have a sex scene to prove that he’s heterosexual. If I have a gay character in a movie, I need to have a sex scene in it — just to prove that he’s gay?”

I’m not shying away from it. His whole relationship, how he falls in love and the importance of him being a gay man, was all about secrecy.

He had some sexual partners, but it was few and far between. The only reason to have a sex scene in the film would be to satisfy critics who feels that every gay character needs to have a gay sex scene.”

I don't totally agree with that. That's NOT the only reason to have a gay sex scene. Sex isn't all about being gay, but it's huge part of it and it's why we are so discriminated against and why religions shun us. They don't hate us because we have good taste in design, they hate us because we suck dick. In this case, it almost sounds as if they're not putting gay sex in on purpose just to prove a point. And I don't think it's a very valid point.

As I said, being gay is NOT all about sex, but sex is a big part of it.  So it serves no point to pretend gay sex doesn't exist...unless, of course, there's a valid reason why the gay character doesn't have sex...a fundamental issue in the plot. And there are reasons. It just doesn't sound as if this one is valid.

You can check this out here. 

There's no gay sex in this book of mine, Meadows Are Not Forever. But there's a very good reason for it I can't give you without spoilers. 

Meadows Are Not Forever 

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