I have to give him credit for at least trying to end the confusion.
So what’s the issue?
Convincing people that he’s really, truly bisexual, not gay.
“People just think people will use it for a transition to, ‘Oh, I’m gay,’” Clark explains. “That’s a challenge that I have.”
He continues, “I feel like, for me personally, it doesn’t need that much explaining. If you like dudes, OK that’s what you like. If you like girls, that’s what you like. I just happen to like both. It doesn’t seem like that hard of a concept to grasp to me. That’s what’s annoying.”
You can read the rest here. I get what he's saying, and I understand what he's trying to do. But I'm pretty sure most of this will fall on deaf ears with other people. In any event, I'm glad he's speaking out about it. It's time.
Kathy Griffin's Depraved Decapitation Fantasy About Trump
I thought it was bad enough when Kathy Griffin tried to take over for Joan Rivers on Fashion Police. That didn't end well, and neither will this latest stunt she's pulled.
The problem with comedy is that the execution has to be clever, and the comedian has to be smart, otherwise it's not going to work. So when Kathy Griffin decided to parody a terrorist and decapitate Trump the way she did it says a great deal about her intellect. I haven't seen this kind of comedy fail since the last time I went to amateur night at a local coffee house and some idiot tried to pull off a joke about child porn. And for the record, I would be saying this about anyone who pretended to decapitate any political figure in the US, Democrat or Republican. Especially when we're living in times when gays are being pushed off roof tops and innocent journalists are actually being decapitated by terrorists.
And I'm not the only one who never wants to see or hear from Kathy Griffin again. I saw this trending on Twitter earlier and I did not see one single user support what Griffin did. Even the most dedicated Trump anti-Trump people frowned at this, without reservation. This isn't about politics, this is about human decency.
Like a cat leaving a dead canary at your doorstep, Kathy Griffin has a present for you: Donald Trump’s head.
If you haven't already seen this, you can check it out here. There's a photo of Griffin holding up a blood soaked replica of Trump's head by his hair.
What really gets me, and what I don't understand, is that it's not as if there aren't enough Trump jokes. It's an endless array of comedy material with Trump. So far I don't think anyone's put Trump in a Romper. And this is the best Griffin can do?
Can LGBT Characters Be Punchlines?
As a writer I'm always curious about these things, and about how far I can go with my characters. Here's a short quote from Billy Eichner about dealing with gay characters in comedy.
Saying gay people shouldn’t be the punchline is basically saying don’t make people the punch line, which I think is ridiculous. The whole point of comedy is on some level to make fun of ourselves and put everything into an absurdist context. To me, all facets of life are completely absurd. It’s all about context, and bottom line: Is it funny? You can make a mean joke and it’s fine if it’s funny. If it’s not funny, then it’s just purely mean.”
I have to agree with that one, and in this case I think this quote supports my comments above about Kathy Griffin.
You can check out the source here.
A PG Rated Gay Romance
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