Here's an article that talks about how Matt Damon thinks it's better for actors to remain in the closet and not talk about their sexuality openly. This comment comes not too long after he was slammed for mansplaining to an African American woman in the film industry.
“But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.”
You can read more here.
He goes on to state that he thinks actors should remain in the closet. It's really very typical of the straight, white, left wing liberal mentality of people coming from places of privilege...who think they know.
However, even though I don't agree with Damon and I don't like it when straight people give advice like this to younger gay people, his main point isn't without merit.
Here's what Michael Sam says about coming out as gay in the world of pro sports.
When asked if he thought he'd currently be on an NFL roster if things had gone differently, Sam said, "I'm not going to say ... but it probably would have been better for me if I didn't come out, I would be on a roster."
He then stressed, "I have no regrets whatsoever."
And that's my main point. Even though coming out as gay may or may not have hurt Michael Sam's career, he doesn't regret it. And that's something that comes down to the most fundamental concept of being gay and being open about it. You can sleep at night. No straight person will ever understand that, Matt Damon.
I don't blog or write books about gay men thinking about what Matt Damon says. I don't care what Matt Damon says or thinks. I think he is a douche. I care about what guys like Michael Sam say and do, and how younger gay people all over the world, from the US to Turkey, receive messages from gay people with experience like Michael Sam.
Pope Francis and Kim Davis
Many will be surprised, but this one is simple for me. The Pope made a statement on his way back to Rome about how he believes people like Kim Davis should have the right to not hand out marriage licenses to gay people.
I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscience objection. But, yes, I can say the conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right. Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right, a human right. Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying ‘this right that has merit, this one does not.’ It is a human right, and if a government official is a human person, he has that right.
This sent off tons of commentary about the Pope and Kim Davis.
For me it's as simple as this: the pope is a religious figure and in no way at all associated with anything civil. He should keep it that way in ALL respects.
You can check that out here. I think the comments are interesting...because I was raised Catholic and I know how the Catholic Church works. I never expected anything different from the Pope.
Side note: There's now a little vitriol going on right here in Philadelphia about the Pope's visit. Evidently, all that success you've been hearing about the Pope's visit is a lot of media hype. Except for the places where the Pope actually was, most people around here did not even go near Philadelphia. A lot of people who live in Philadelphia left town for a few days to avoid him. The mayor closed highways, bridges, and streets. They towed cars and turned lives upside down just for the Pope's visit. Restaurants and business owners who had planned for huge business saw no business at all. And now the mayor is blaming the local press for this poor turn out. When it was the mayor's office that created the entire nightmare in the first place. So there's that for the Pope's visit to Philadelphia. On a personal note, I had to drive to Philadelphia last Thursday and I expected horrible traffic. Guess what? Route 95 was a virtual parking lot. I was one of the few cars on the road and I've never seen it that empty in my entire life.
Here's something from the NY Post about that:
The mayor of Philadelphia says news reports about security measures that would be in place for Pope Francis’ visit may have deterred people from attending events over the weekend.
Mayor Michael Nutter used an expletive Monday when telling reporters they scared people from attending. He later apologized for what he called his “intemperate remark” and said he expected “a timely and terse” admonishment from his mother.
The press didn't scare me or anyone I know away. We just weren't that thrilled about the Pope.
No Gay Sex For Sherlock Holmes and Watson
I have to admit that I know nothing at all about this topic...Sherlock Holmes. However, Martin Freeman replied this way about a possible love relationship between Holmes and Watson.
They’re not actually f***ing. It is possible for people of the same sex to have a deep friendship without being attracted to each other. People are attracted to each other in all sorts of ways. You don’t necessarily want to [sleep with] someone because you love them. They respect each other, they bring different things to their friendship… It’s a friendship. Way more has been made in the ether of that relationship than has ever been put in the show. The trouble is as soon as you start getting into a dialogue about that, it sounds like you‘re somehow being homophobic.”
And water is wet; fire is hot.
Evidently, this statement comes as a result of some kind of fan-based wish that there should be more between Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
Here's the rest of this one, with comments. One fan seems to disagree. As they say in the UK with a phrase that I love, he thinks Holmes and Watson are shagging.
You know, all these people commenting are so damn excellent I think from now on I'll do a few posts just about the comments, not the articles. I usually get more from the comments anyway.