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Aug 29 2016
Boys Don't Cry: On Gay Blogs Covering Frank Ocean, Other Gay Artists & Hot Straight Guys Comments (0)

Esquire, not exactly known for its stake in LGBT visibility and rights, tweeted this catty jab at gay blogs, piggybacking on the recent criticism that gay blogs had not been covering Frank Ocean enough, even though he is an out artist, and on complaints of “gay-baiting” from stars like the Jonases.

The insult is that gay blogs cover straight artists to the exclusion of gay artists, either out of some sort of lack of consideration for GULP our own kind, or maybe because Frank Ocean is black, which of course picks another fight, a diversity fight.

We don't need a non-LGBTQ website/social media outfit run by a massive corporation that can pick and choose what it wants to cover (and by the way, is not forbidden from covering gay artists themselves) wading into the fray and attempting to needle gay people on a sensitive topic just so they can get some people riled up on Twitter when they couldn't give two f*cks about the issue beyond the depth of those few characters.

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In my opinion, the argument that Frank Ocean wasn't covered enough is nuts. I saw him mentioned on the biggest (bigger 'n' mine, and I covered him several times) gay blogs. If he wasn't covered more, I would chalk that up to a lot of things other than gay blogs being racist or somehow unsupportive of out gay artists.

First, the blogs at my level and below, we are not making any f*cking money. We are putting stuff up for the sheer pleasure of it, and that means we are not necessarily treating our blogs as being all things to all people. So there are going to be holes. For example, I don't like R&B music. I don't like rap. I don't like tattoo culture. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs—yes, even marijuana. I'm not the most fashionable guy alive. I'm also frickin' old, so that colors my tastes. I'm not sure how many hours I am supposed to spend as a public service, but I spend plenty and am not willing to spend more. So whatever crosses my path and interests me and will get clicks or will please me is what goes up.

Don't like it, look elsewhere or sacrifice your own time and money and do your own damn blog. 

Or go to work for the website and social media of a giant magazine owned by a giant corporation where you can get paid (something) to be a snarky bitch.

Second, Frank Ocean is seen as a great artist. People are dying for his music, and his sales strategy is unique and is newsworthy (which I have posted about). However, a stream of Frank Ocean stories is not possible because he does not put himself out there like many other artists do, so there is less of an interest in his persona. He isn't selling his sexuality (by which I don't mean his sexual orientation; but that, either), so he is not going to be as clickable. Does that mean he shouldn't be covered at all? Hell, no. But he is not going to be as widely covered as artists whose personae are driving popular culture, and it might even mean he will be less covered than some artists who have not much else going for them but their sexiness.

Sexy = clicks, and sexy is not a bad thing. It's the drumbeat beneath a lot of what makes the world go 'round.

Third, Frank Ocean is a huge, f*cking star. He is not—unlike some artists—beholden to gay blogs. He has his choice of media outlets, and he doesn't seem to engage many of them. That works for him. He is hot-hot-hot, and being less available is part of what helped make his new music so anticipated. What is a gay blog supposed to cover about him, other than an album review (I don't do those—I like doing those, but I have no time, and I certainly was never sent his album to listen to and cover) and the news of his success?

Short version: Frank Ocean is awesome, is a force, is a great stride forward for LGBTQ people, and deserves to be noticed. But in a time when non-corporate blogs make so little money and have to wrack their brains (or, in the case of many blogs you may think are run by committee, their brain), it's a little ridiculous to sneer at them/us for not covering any particular topics or artists enough. Call me to complain when I'm turning down requests for coverage by gay artists, because I often post gay artists, including total newcomers, and I have never been pitched Frank Ocean. (I'm not hurt. If I were Frank Ocean, I wouldn't be looking at my marketing plan and bemoaning the lack of a Boy Culture feature pitch.)

On the topic of pitching, I had a frustrating conversation with a millennial recently who kept saying he hates Nick Jonas. Why? Because of that speech at Stonewall, because he's gay-baiting. Gay-baiting, gay-baiting, gay-baiting.

You know what's offensive to me? When an artist does not like or care about LGBTQ people and tries to pander to us. That does not describe Nick or Joe Jonas, as I know from personal experience, and as anyone should know from checking out their history in a very anti-LGBTQ church and then their personal-epiphany paths toward speaking out positively about gay people. To me, when a public figure does that, that is positive, period. When a musician actively includes LGBTQ fans in his or her marketing strategy, that is a sign of respect, not a sign of contempt, and it's embarrassing when gay people repay this with jeers. It is cartoonish hipster to want equal rights but to question the motives of everyone who agrees with you.

The capper? The young guy I was talking to, who had such seething anger regarding LGBTQ issues and how we are being marketed to, sees Hillary and Trump as the same—and isn't registered to vote.

Easier to get mad about a sexy guy telling his young fans it's okay to be gay than to choose between a politician who is demonstrably and vocally pro-LGBTQ and one who is the opposite? And I'm supposed to be offended by the frequency with which cute Nick and cute Joe Jonas show up on gay blogs?

F*ck that.

 
Jul 29 2016
I Knew It! Comments (0)

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Jul 26 2016
HEAT INDEX — Red Alert + Pooling Their Resources + Bradley Cooper + Better Off Dreads + Joe Jonas + Hairy Selfie + Sen. Cory Booker + Jonathan Groff + Chris Pratt + Embarrassment Of Riches! Comments (0)

ABOVE: Nope, you that doesn't make you look fat.

DATING POOL: Manhunt's Boston pool party.

ALL I EVER WANTED: Bradley Cooper takes a vacation from clothing.

DREAD ALL ABOUT IT: 

DELETE YOUR SHIRT: Joe Jonas's nipples approve this message.

HAIRY LOCKER SELFIE: Pecs-y mofo.

POLITICALLY ERECT: It's politics, but Sen. Cory Booker is fine

YOU'LL NEVER EAT LUNCH ... : Jonathan Groff feasts on Michael Rosen in Looking. (Work Unfriendly)

STILL HUNKY: Chris Pratt never disappoints.

TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH: 

 

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May 24 2016
6-PACK — Tutu's Lesbian Daughter Expelled From Church + Pay Attention To Madonna, But Leave Her Alone + Too Late To Apologize? + Joe Jonas On Kissing A Girl + Trans Attack + Iranian Gay Activist! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureArchbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter has been kicked out of her church—for marrying a woman.

*widget boy cultureWe have entered “Leave Madonna Alone” territory with all the hysterical attacks on Madonna's Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince. Leave Britney alone, too.

*widget boy cultureAustralian state of Victoria apologizing for recent-historical convictions of people for the crime of being gay.

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*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas gushes about his prolonged kissing scenes with Ashley Graham in DNCE's new “Toothbrush” video.

*widget boy cultureBrooklyn trans woman comes forward with details of attack at the hands of a gang of men: “I was just trying to get away ...”

*widget boy cultureIranian gay activist thriving in Canada: “When people are attacking you a lot, it shows you are on the right track. If I wanted to give in ... I would have stayed in Iran.”

 
Feb 09 2016
Smokin' In The Boys' Room: Jérôme Jarre Meets Joe Jonas Comments (0)

This is probably how just about anyone would like to meet Joe Jonas. Vine star Jérôme Jarre is a lucky canard.

 
Jan 23 2016
6-PACK — 30" Of Jonas? Okay! + Gay Marriage Italian Style + Singlet Laddies + That Man's As Gay As A Picnic Basket + 1 Word Of Kindness + Art Attack! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureBURNING UP: Winter Storm Jonas Brothers is here. Images

*widget boy cultureItalians fight for same-sex civil unions.

*widget boy cultureWrestler GIFs are my gifts to you:

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*widget boy cultureNYC politician comes out as gay Golden Girls fan on Twitter.

*widget boy cultureMadonna warmly acknowledges sweet fan missive.

*widget boy cultureJohn K.'s insanely erotic Polaroids. Images

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Jan 12 2016
Need To Know: Dr. POZ + Koch Suckers + Twitter Whores + ABSOLUTELY Wasted + Aftershocking Death + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas for Diesel. Images

*widget boy cultureKoch brothers' daddy helped the Nazis.

*widget boy cultureOutrageous cat fight between Nicki Minaj and Farrah Abraham.

*widget boy cultureIman's touching tribute to her late husband, David Bowie.

*widget boy cultureDrinking on Ab Fab movie set “out of hand.”

*widget boy cultureCharlie Sheen talks to Dr. Oz about life with HIV.

*widget boy cultureQatar bans The Danish Girl.

*widget boy cultureGay-for-pay Vine star Bryan Silva begs to be freed from prison.

*widget boy cultureLast survivor of 1906 (!) San Francisco quake dies at 109 (!).

*widget boy cultureCarly Fiorina & Rand Paul OUTTA THERE.

*widget boy cultureWorld celebrates No Pants Subway Ride Day. Images

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Dec 01 2015
Need To Know: Dead Meat + Badu's Bum Rap + Sense Of Schumer + Rub-A-Dub-Dub, One Twink In A Tub + Dude, You're Getting' Adele + Talk Like An Egyptian + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culturePorn star Dimitri Kane: It was suicide. Images

*widget boy cultureErykah Badu vs. Iggy Azalea: It was murder.

*widget boy cultureWhite House's World AIDS Day proclamation.

*widget boy cultureAmy Schumer goes nude. Jerry-Cabrera

*widget boy culture19 yo Jerry Cabrera goes nude in a tub. (Work Unfriendly) Images

*widget boy cultureAdele's smokin'-hot bodyguard. (Bodyguard?)

*widget boy cultureWhaddaya do at an Adele concert? (Dance like Britney.)

*widget boy cultureHigh-profile competitive divers are gay. Together.

*widget boy cultureState of Alabama loses big-time to Planned Parenthood. 

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*widget boy cultureAre you thankful for Mariah Carey?

*widget boy cultureOne month left for Wicked Gay Blog.

*widget boy cultureIn NYC? Don't miss this holiday show!

*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas's “confirmed-bachelor pad.”

*widget boy cultureChris Christie has worn NH down.

*widget boy cultureUnbelievably hot male back.

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*widget boy cultureWin a free copy of my book Starf*cker. Images

*widget boy cultureJared Fogle's very messy divorce.

*widget boy cultureGods of Egypt: I had the same reaction, organically, watching the trailer.

*widget boy culturePorn stud James Deen accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

*widget boy cultureThe late Betsy Drake was more than the ex-Mrs. Cary Grant; don't miss this tribute. Images

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