Joel Schumacher directed movies like The Lost Boys and Batman and Robin. He recently did an interview with Vulture about his life and his career and he mentioned something fascinating. He says he's slept with 10,000 to 20,000 men over the course of his lifetime.
He also gets into a few real facts about gay men and gay culture that we don't often hear about. When I first started getting published in the m/m romance genre, the women who knew nothing about gay culture laughed at what I'd always know to be true as a gay man. I had to learn how to self-censor in order to survive, and I learned that I couldn't always speak openly about what it's like to be a gay man. Many still don't want to hear it.
With that said...
Schumacher often jokes, “I’m overpaid, I’m overprivileged, and I’m oversexed,” but he in this interview, he adds, “Most gay men have many partners because it’s not a very ‘no’ culture. I started drinking at 9, smoking at 10, and fooling around sexually when I was 11.”
You can check it all out, here.
Harry Styles, Rainbow Washing, and the Rainbow Flag
I know all too well this will fall on deaf ears with some people. But I posted about rainbow washing about a month ago and this story about Harry Styles reminded me of it. First, this is rainbow washing...
The act of using or adding rainbow colors and/or imagery to advertising, apparel, accessories, landmarks, et cetera, in order to indicate progressive support for LGBTQ equality (and earn consumer credibility)--but with a minimum of effort or pragmatic result.
In other words, they use us and exploit us for monetary gain and good publicity. I'm not saying that's what Harry Styles is doing, and Styles could be totally sincere, but I have seen my fair share of other celebrities doing this lately. And many times it comes in the form of a clueless, backhanded compliment.
Harry Styles “likes to cultivate an aura of sexual ambiguity” Rolling Stone noted in a new cover story on the One Direction-gone-solo star. Styles also became known for waving rainbow flags on stage at his concerts. The magazine asked him what those flags mean to him.
You can read this one, here. The comments are usually mixed with topics like this, which is even more interesting. And I really don't think Styles did anything wrong.
How to be a Good Gay Bottom