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Aug 21 2016
My Obit For Lou Pearlman, The (((Gay?))) Bernie Madoff Of Boy Bands Comments (0)

Louis J. Pearlman, the onetime dirigible magnate who went on to found two of the most successful pop acts Img823 of all time—Backstreet Boys and their biggest rival, *NSYNC, how's that for a monopoly?—died in prison on Friday of undisclosed causes. He was only 62, which is hard to believe; like Angela Lansbury, he always projected a carefully crafted image that was far older than his years.

I have conflicted memories of the man who liked people to call him “Big Poppa,” having met and worked with him often in the late '90s and early '00s. I have too many anecdotes for a blog post, but the following form the guts of my take on the man who really, really enjoyed making the bands.

In 1998, I was the young founder of the country's first all-color, all-glossy teen-entertainment magazine, Popstar!, which was published by a seedy porn outfit called Mavety Media. It was—to put it mildly—a huge challenge for me to create, with the help of a talented designer and just one assistant editor, a 100-plus-page national magazine aimed at teen and tween girls out of the offices of a company that was also producing titles like Juggs and Playguy, the latter of which looked like a teen magazine if all the boys were naked. But it was a joy, too, not only envisioning and directing the execution of something that would find its way into hundreds of thousands of young people's lives each month, but doing it without the backing of a Hearst or a Primedia or even a Sterling/Macfadden. Instead, I had to work with a Sydney Greenstreet-like former Sunday school teacher who enjoyed telling stories of trips to Asia involving girls being lowered onto his manhood, and who started the first gay-porn mag out of the trunk of his car, but who craved legitimacy and was using me, in part, to get some.

I had no idea what I was doing. Any gay man who figures he knows what little girls like because we're in touch with our own inner little girl is bound to fail. My earliest work on my teen mag is rather beefcake-heavy, but I eventually discovered my readers preferred boycake. One person who knew that secret from day one was Lou Pearlman, who was fond of saying things like, “As long as God's making little boys, He'll be making little girls, and they'll love each other.” (And he would be right there collecting a tariff on that love.)

Even if I was not a natural-born little-girl whisperer, I was nothing if not an open-minded researcher. I was soon able to figure out which acts my readers wanted and locate their handlers. Getting them to bother sending materials to a start-up was another thing entirely. Bubblegum-pop machine Jive Records couldn't be bothered with me. I tended to do much better when I went directly to the parents, or to the managers, like Lou.

I got Lou's info and sent him a letter, explaining that I had launched a magazine, showing him the coverage I'd given his acts, and asking him to help make sure we received attention from the correct publicists. He called me up, and I can still hear his friendly voice. As lethargic as he looked, a man who was arguably eating at least some of his desires, Lou was a very direct and personable speaker. He praised my magazine and pledged to help me out. In truth, he knew a good thing when he saw it—I was giving him unparalleled coverage, including lavishing attention on his as-yet-unbroken acts, so it was not too hard for him to realize he should make sure images and interviews flowed in my direction.

Like my porn boss, he was using me for legitimacy.

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Aug 19 2016
6-PACK — '80s Fleshback + Trump's Ukrainian-Crook Campaign Manager Resigns Amidst Rumors The Candidate Is Sane + Lochte's Sowwwwy + Liz Land + Heard Mentality: Give Back + Gawker Thoughts! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: P-Town goes totally tubular with Carnival 2016's '80s theme!

*widget boy cultureTrump's top guy, Crooked Paul Manafort, has resigned. Can't run a campaign, how can Trump run the U.S.? 

*widget boy culture“Traumatized” (32-year-old) Lochte sorta apologizes for Rio robbery lies, launches a million white-privilege tweets.

*widget boy cultureYears after Elizabeth Taylor bought the farm, someone's now sold it.

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*widget boy cultureAmber Heard's Johnny Depp-divorce money—all $7M—is going to charity.

*widget boy cultureMeanest blogger ever will not miss

Aug 18 2016 Dies @ 14 Comments (0)

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Thin-skinned, reluctantly out billionaire Peter Thiel and leather-skinned, unfortunately famous philanderer Hulk Hogan have won—after 14 years, will shut down, leading to turmoil (but promised reassignments) for its staffers. The outfit and its other sites were bought by Univision, a move a judge is expected to approve shortly.

I will miss Gawker. It had its share of stunts, but it also had a lot of very fine journalism—not least of which, articles by Rich Juzwiak. Anyone cheering the loss of the site is cheering the loss of the press's ability to report unpopular and sometimes provocatively critical things.

Peter Thiel is the biggest gay jerk in America.

Aug 08 2016
What She Said About What He Said Comments (0)
Jul 30 2016
6-PACK — Gay Officer's Tough Slog + Trump = Russia + Muslim War Hero's Dad Calls Out Ryan, McConnell + NAKED ATTRACTION + Out Fox-ed + Paired Hilton! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureOfficer Jesus Retana, seriously injured in the Dallas sniper attack, has long recovery ahead, 30% pay cut.

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump's ties to Russia exposed—troubling and deep. Only Clinton campaign was hacked.

*widget boy cultureKhizr Khan—whose DNC speech required no notes or Teleprompter!—calls on GOP to repudiate Trump.

*widget boy cultureThe men get totally nude on dating show Naked Attraction. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureOut lesbian S-s-s-s-samantha FOX! joins the U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother. My history with as Sam: 

*widget boy cultureAmerican Family Association is ever so pissed off by this Hilton ad, showing two men in bed:

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Jul 28 2016
Reisner & Weiderpass Throw In The Homosexual Towel: The Out's Going Back In Comments (0)

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Via NewNowNext: Ian Reisner, who with his ex-partner and current business parter Mati Weiderpass hosted that indefensible Ted Cruz glad-handing session that hopefully forever marred their credibility, has announced their NYC gay hotel The Out is going back into the closet.

With his usual tone-deafness, Reisner last year declared:

This has not been a profitable venture. Gays are cheap. They’re frugal; gays are frugal. Let me retract that… gays are entitled. Do you know how challenging it is to make a penny off a gay person? ’I’m gay, I don’t pay cover. I’m gay, where’s my comp drink?'”

Hideous man.

The hotel's lease has been bought by Merchants Hospitality and will change in every conceivable way. Good. It's not worth having a so-called gay hotel if it's enriching in any way two gay Republican quislings.


Jul 27 2016
6-PACK — Andy Murray Fitness + Foster The People: Hinckley Freed + Bernie Voters Migrating To Hillary + Banks Spoofs Trump + O'Reilly Says Slaves WELL-FED + Trump Won't Release Taxes! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureIf I buy a mag to look like Andy Murray, it better not say, “Be born to his parents!” inside.

*widget boy cultureReagan's would-be assassin Hinckley gains freedom during DNC week. Swear there's no connection.

*widget boy cultureMost Bernie voters will become Hillary voters, enthusiastically or not.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Banks hilariously spoofs Donald Trump's narcissistic RNC entrance.

*widget boy cultureO'Reilly says slaves who built White House were “well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.”

*widget boy cultureThe final word on Donald Trump's taxes: He will not release them. Period. Should be disqualifying. 

Jul 20 2016
6-PACK/rnc — Astronaut Launches Solo, Bondi Wants Hillary In Jail, Losers Chime In, Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Is For Hillary! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureRetired NASA Cmdr. Eileen Collins said America needs great leadership, deliberately skipped endorsing Trump.

*widget boy cultureFL's dim-witted A.G. Pam Bondi, looking smug, agrees with bloodthirsty conventioneers: “Lock 'er up—I love that.”

*widget boy cultureLOSER #1: Ted Cruz begrudgingly congratulates Donald Trump on winning nomination:

*widget boy cultureLOSER #2: Scott Walker emphatically endorses Donald Trump, sez, “America deserves better than Hillary.”

*widget boy cultureLOSER #3: Little Marco couldn't even be bothered to show up in person:

*widget boy cultureHispanic Chamber of Commerce—which has never endorsed—endorsed Hillary for prez at the RNC. What's “snap”in Spanish?


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