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Jan 05 2018
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Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 5.50.11 PMAl be darned — everything old is New Year again ...

Boy Culture had a pretty good year, with my traffic markedly increased.

It's not really enough to make doing a blog worthwhile on any level other than as a hobby, to Giphy express myself (and to express the selves of others via links), and so I must predict that my time as a blogger is necessarily going to be winding down soon.

If any of my readers wants to help me raise $10,000 for 2018, I'll commit to doing it a full year. Obviously, most of you (me, too!) are used to blogs and news sites that are free, but if anyone has cash to burn — in case I have any readers who truly would not miss a chunk of change — you can always Paypal me a tip (or the whole thing, ha) at matthewrettenmund@gmail.com.

Maybe a gay billionaire likes my style! (Maybe not.)

Until we find out how long I last, I'm still addicted to posting content to entertain myself and you, so I have one book-length post coming soon, and I also wanted to share my top-performing posts of 2017. These 20 posts are sure to enthrall you if you haven't seen them already.

It's almost like you guys are into sex ... 

 

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c8d6de45970b-800wiWanna snow me? (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

#20 Underwear the Boys Are: Chulo's NYFW Show Proved HOT Is Never Out of Style

I was still using my old-style gallery 11 months ago?! This post was a pleasure, because the event is when I got to meet the charmer pictured, whom I've since shot twice. CHULO Underwear is always kind to me, and a trip to shoot. Next event is coming right up!

Follow Dillan Here!

Also of note: One of my top outgoing links of the year was to my Twisted Male Mag feature, devoted to delicious Dillan. Plus, much more Dillan right here.

Another hot time with CHULO from 2016 resulted in some of my favorite rear shots I've ever seen, and I got to take them myself!

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb09ae42da970d-800wiJames Woods, who probably shouldn't be lecturing anyone on how to treat minors. (Image via Twitter)

#19 Neil Patrick Harris Goes After Ignorant, Classless James Woods Over Mean Tweet

Gotta love Neil Patrick Harris trashing James Woods, who pointlessly attacked a set of parents for encouraging their gender-creative son, and who later in the year conflated Call Me By Your Name with pedophilia — prompting Amber Tamblyn to remind him of the time he tried to get her 16-year-old self to join him on a trip to Vegas.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb09ce77ed970d-800wiThis post is exhibiting more than usual Zac-tivity ...

#18 Zac Efron Turns 30, So Here's 30 Pavlovian Pics & GIFs to Celebrate

Zac is always good for clicks, much to the chagrin of his anti-fans. In fact, a post I once did about an Enquirer story that suggested — with no photo proof — he had been seen holding hands with a guy is one of my Top 10 all-time posts. Gay is still a big deal, and Zac is a bigger deal. Gay Zac? The biggest deal of all.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b8d29110ca970c-800wiLocky Brownlie was framed. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

#17 Flaming-Hot: The Sexy Guys of NYC's LGBT Pride March

Gratifying when my own photography makes the list, especially when the post took a whole day of shooting and more days of editing and prepping and posting and promoting.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b8d29a2d62970c-800wiPoster children (Image via Sony Pictures Classics)

#16 Call Me By Your Name's Official Poster Is Here!

I was keen on seeing Call Me By Your Name, but I had no clue it would be such a click magnet when I posted the official poster. In fact, the pitch arrived to me in the promotions folder of my email, which usually gets discarded. I liked how it looked and did a simple post and it was widely shared on social. The film is brilliant (my review), so I guess I should have realized the Internet would be so peachy-keen on this poster.

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Which Year Was the WORST for Celebrity Deaths?

#15 Michael E.R. Walker, Eating Out 3 Actor & Men on a Mission Calendar Subject, Dies

This one was so sad — Michael E.R. Walker, an actor beloved by many, died unexpectedly. My post on his death was shared thousands of times because, unlike with major celebrity death stories, there wasn't as much competition and his friends and fans were still learning of his passing. We had mutual friends, who told me he was a total sweetheart. A big loss.

More LGBTQ & -Related Deaths of 2o17

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#14 Striking Posers: History's Hottest 100 Male Models

An old list (2013), my highly subjective post about the sexiest male models of all time is evergreen ... unlike models, who age out at 30 most of the time. This post needs an update for which I fear I'll never have time — see above for one obvious new inductee, and let's not forget it was pre-Pietro Boselli!

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41OvSzdeP+LDefinitely, Trump/Pence would approve this message. (Image via Falcon)

#13 Bottom of the Barrel: '80s Gay-Porn Star Kevin Williams Hearts Trump

I forgot all about this one! I noticed that superbottom Kevin Williams was raving about Trump on his Facebook page and asked some mutual friends WTF was up. They confirmed it was true, that Kevin is a right-winger, which is not as uncommon as you may think in porn. It seems like there is a cognitive dissonance when it comes to the anti-sex wing of the GOP for these porn actors, who are often people who believe they've been able to do whatever it takes to survive, so are sometimes against the social safety net. Gay righties also tend to be angry at what they perceive to be a social imperative for them to be Democrats. In the case of Williams aka Ted Currall, I think he just has daddy issues for Trump. It's great that he is alive (so many aren't from his era, especially bottoms), but it's sad he supported a xenophobic, anti-LGBTQ, racist, incompetent boob. Never in my wildest dreams ...

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb09a7c5a8970d-800wiTeri Garr simply isn't holding back anymore. (Video still via Studio 10)

#12 Teri Garr Speaks Out on Her Past Co-Stars: Gene Wilder Was a JERK

Teri Garr granted an interview at The Hollywood Show in L.A. (which I have been known to frequent) this year, one I didn't even see for a month. When I finally saw it, I posted it, thinking nothing of it. I figured it was another old-time Hollywood post my readers would either love or hate. Who knew it would get so much play?! It was picked up by some mainstream sites and shared, a reminder to me that I should always post anything I want because there's no way of knowing what will land.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c9055e4b970b-800wiRunnin' Wilde (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

#11 Deep Inside the 1st Annual Str8UpGayPorn Awards!

Well, there are some ways of knowing what will land — and sexy stuff usually does. I was honored to be chosen as a judge for the introductory edition of these adult-film awards, and had too much fun watching every nominee, voting and then attending — camera in hand. Jesus, the Helix and Bel Ami boys and, well, all of the guys there. The sweetest was Carter Dane, who kindly likes my Instagram posts on a regular basis. Austin Wilde had more trophies than hopeful co-stars surrounding him that night.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb09a03c3c970d-800wiEat it! (GIF via NBC)

#10 40 Completely Amazing Moments from Classic TV Opening Credits

I had a blast curating this one, which isn't about the best TV theme songs (been done!), it's about subtle little visual moments within classic TV openings. It was all very Matt knows how to make GIFs now, but it apparently worked. It also received an inordinate number of comments, which I'm not known for.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c913e7e1970b-800wiMadonna with Pat's proud papa (Image via Patrick Leonard)

#9 He'll Remember: Patrick Leonard, Madonna's Collaborator on So Many Classics, Looks Back Ahead of Rare NYC Show

It was a thrill to speak with (and later meet) Patrick Leonard, the musical maestro who co-created such indelible hits as “Like a Prayer,” “Frozen” and “La Isla Bonita” with Madonna, and so it is a continued thrill that the post was one of 2017's most popular. I hear he is gearing up to tour parts of the U.S. thanks to the success of his NYC show!

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Unnamed-5Eleven dudes just like him after the jump! (Image via Instagram @joshua_andrew_official)

#8 Ends of the Year: A Nearly Bottomless List of 2017's Best Behinds!

My pal bootymales (Work Unfriendly) on Instagram (his Twitter is Work Unfriendlier but insanely triggering) and I collaborated on a post showing off the most righteous Insta-rumps. Why does it not surprise me that this did well?

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb09c68361970d-800wiMaster of Light (Image by Alan Light)

#7 The College Boys of Iowa: A Massive Photo Essay

My good pal Alan Light generously provided scores of his snaps of cute Iowa guys, a photo essay that ranked #7 for me for the year. He has a great eye and the boys of Iowa have a great everything. Except diversity.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c800f9b6970b-800wiMy favorite model retired in 2017. I should publish a book of him. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

#6 The 39 Hottest Male Bodies of 2015!

Lord knows I love a list, but they take forever and can sometimes wind up getting very few clicks, which is gut-wrenching. One list I did in early 2016 and forgot about was a long survey of the greatest torsos of the previous year. It's all just my opinions, and yet the post did so well it wound up hitting the Top 10 among posts for 2017! It's now two years old and going strong, like Trump's developmental age.

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42c30_Screen-Shot-2017-09-28-at-10.40.44Faces of meth (Image via mug shot)

#5 Matthew Rush Arrested for Meth

The perfect mix of sex and scandal — when adult performer Matthew Rush was arrested on drug charges, the gay 'Net took notice. Also, his terrifying mug shot attracted lots of comments, both empathetic and just pathetic. (Some people said he looked healthy!) Here's hoping he got help.

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#4 Sexy Iraqi Twins — And One Strips Down

The Zakar Twins got more than their fair share of attention, considering the fact that my post consisted of two Instagram embeds, three sentences and a link.

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#3 Trans Singer Jamie Wilson: Before & After Pics

This post didn't do much the day I posted it, but I believe links from Towleroad and others as part of an automated link exchange kept it alive. He's definitely cute and his transition is definitely eyeball-grabbing. He's been dancing at Adonis in NYC lately, where I understand he is as popular as the non-trans boys, if not more so.

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#2 Meet Doug Jones's Sexy Gay Son!

A reader kindly showed me Carson Jones's Instagram account, prompting me to whip up a post that wound up becoming my top 2017 post of 2017 (you'll understand the distinction when you see #1). I was first on this, and Hornet kindly hat-tipped me, as did NewNowNext. Not so much everyone else, who clearly saw it on my site first. But those are the breaks, and I still did well with it.

This was also my #1-performing bitly link — by a factor of six! (Bitly links would indicate stories that were more recent, while overall hits would indicate stories that were both recently popular and popular in previous years.)

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BillHenson02Bill Henson — any info or memorabilia leads are appreciated!

#1 125 Hottest Stars from the Gay Adult World

It's my all-time best-performing post. It didn't give me my best-ever hits in a single day, but in the third year since I posted it, it brought me the most hits out of any post of 2017. I loved writing it, and may develop it into a book at some point. Thank you for coming multiple times ... to this post.

Trivia: I had one old-time star threaten me with bodily harm for daring to post his picture because he was afraid his children would see it. This is a man whose face is all over the Internet, and whose performances are readily available. Also, I found out he doesn't have actual kids, but instead believes he fathered several famous figures of the past 30 years.

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Also worth knowing:

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c9406424970b-800wiGet away from my man, bitch! (Image via 2018 Firefighter Calendar)

My #3 bitly link was this one, regarding the above calendar (though the post also has a sexy, hairy guy and a Speedo shot of Ricky Martin).

Hd-aspect-1498242859-playgirl-ledeI worked my ass off on this! (Image via Esquire.com)

Other popular bitly links were to my Playgirl story for Esquire.com, a link to my Gr8erDays Millennial Challenge:  

... and also the bitly link to bammer47's Instagram — I just discovered his great account this year (sample below).

THANK YOU ALL FOR SO MANY GREAT HITS AND FOR READING ME DAY AFTER DAY FOR 12+ YEARS AND COUNTING!

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