I've been posting about this for years now...the lack of male full frontal nudity in films and on TV. There isn't much out there, and the post I did about male full frontal on Boardwalk Empire is still, to this day, getting attention. And I know for a fact some people couldn't take their eyes away from the recent Lenny Kravitz mishap where he wound up going full frontal by accident.
But I don't think it's just about the penis in a general sense. I think it's a little more specific. For example, films and TV shows like Magic Mike and Hung bait people with penis and never actually show it. James Franco has been baiting us with his in PR photos. Imagine the irony. A TV show that revolves around a guy who is allegedly HUNG, and you never actually get to see the penis. There's something flawed about that, and that's why I stopped watching Hung after the first few episodes. I felt duped, and that show didn't last for long. In other words, if you're not going to show full frontal male nudity don't bait people with it.
In any event, Kevin Bacon recently spoke out on this topic and he said some interesting things.
Kevin Bacon is just like us. He’s ridiculously tired of being cock-teased by films such as Fifty Shades of
You can read the rest here, where there's a video. Frankly, I'm still looking for a glimpse of Ben Affleck's dick in that movie with that title about that girl that was gone. Affleck and his soon to be ex-wife sure did enough bullshit PR about it.
Catholic Mom and Gay Teen Son
When I read things like this my automatic response is that there's something wrong with this woman. I, too, come from a Catholic background and no one, ever, told me things like this. No normal Catholic would ever respond to a kid this way. And trust me, I know plenty of Catholics. And I think it shows how extreme something on the Internet can get...if you don't know any better.
‘After we got over our initial shock (and I had taken some time to grieve the loss of my dreams of his one day having a family), we sat him down and told him we loved him, and that what he had told us wouldn’t change that in the slightest,’ she said.
But for the last three years, the parents have been teaching him the only way ‘people like him’ can lead life is to remain celibate.
She said: ‘We also set up other defenses for his chastity: we pulled him off of the basketball team (the locker room would just be an unnecessary temptation, and his presence there would be inappropriate and unfair to the other boys in his situation).
‘We took the door off of his bedroom since privacy would just tempt him to experiment in the ways teen boys tend to do, and we forbid him from having sleepovers or spending one-on-one time with any of his male friends unsupervised…we also forbid him from dating, or participating in activities like his high school prom…unlike our other sons, we never allowed him to have a cell phone, since he might use it to access inappropriate and confusing images.’
She reached out to social media for advice and people responded aggressively to everything she said. You can read the rest here. But trust me, again, she's not the normal Catholic I've always known.
Heath Ledger "Not Macho Enough"
First, I love how straight people making a gay film use a word no gay person would ever use. Most of you probably didn't even pick this up. If gay people had been making Brokeback Mountain they wouldn't have been searching for a "macho" actor. They would have been looking for "butch."
In any event, while they were trying to fill the role of Ennis there was another actor they had in mind. That hasn't been disclosed, ever. However, they weren't sure that Heath Ledger was "macho" enough. He obviously showed them all and he was brilliant in the role.
‘Another actor had committed [to the role of Ennis] and we had suggested Heath. But the studio [Focus Features] didn’t feel he was macho enough. I thought that was a rather odd comment. But we just sort of stuck with it. And when that [other] actor backed out — and he did, after three months — I called Heath’s agent.’
Ossana has never revealed the identity of the actor originally cast as Ennis but, she says, ‘I plan to write a book about it all someday.’
You can read more here. Maybe she'll get a gay guy to help her write that book.
Sorry for the small rant, but there are still things happening today where gay people still don't get the same respect as those who come from places of straight, white privilege.
Terry Sweeney Refused to Be Closeted
Here's an interesting piece about SNL cast member, Terry Sweeney, and how he refused to go back into the closet when they wanted him as a cast member.
He said he wasn’t going to do the standard closeted actor thing of giving interviews about a made-up fiancé who died and he never got over it or saying he’s never had time to find the right person.
Sweeney had simply been too impacted by the AIDS epidemic that had killed so many of his friends. This was 11 years before breakthrough life-saving drugs were available.
‘I’d been to so many funerals and I wasn’t going to join in the shame by hiding in the closet,’ he says. ‘It would have been a disservice to my friends who had died, my friends who were sick. If you were gay, you were always going to memorials or to visit people in hospitals. Straight people were able to go merrily along their way, but this disease was picking off talented gay people one by one.
‘I thought, “I’m not gonna do that. I don’t care if this is my big break. At the end of my life, I want to live with myself.” I didn’t sign the morals clause in my contract. I just said no. I have to give Lorne and [NBC exec] Brandon Tartikoff credit for going along with that.’
There's more here. He does give credit to those who went along with it and didn't fight him.
As a side note, which I blogged about last year, Sweeney was NOT asked to be part of the 40th reunion for SNL last year. Even though he was the first (and only) openly gay cast member at the time. If he'd been the first member of another minority to join the apologetic left wing liberal cast of SNL I wonder if things would have been different. They might have crowned him Queen for a Day or something.
From my post last year:
Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.
'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.
'His Nancy Reagan impression could easily have been included in the political clip montage
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