30 posts categorized "MICHAEL MUSTO"

Dec 02 2013
Boy Culture Turns 8: My 100 Favorite Posts! Comments (0)

BoyCultureBlogYou need a little (Boy) Culture!

StripperIt blows my mind to realize that Boy Culture is now eight years old. I can still remember the joy I felt when I figured out how to post, how to upload an image and how to embed a video. I remember every time a post blew up, bringing in hits and new viewers. I remember the longtime commenters, the trolls, the spam and the never-ending (and validating!) pitches and free tickets and photographers' snaps of half- or all-naked male models. 

RuPaul-Drag-RaceShooting for my blog has never been a drag.

Cone-boyI've used Boy Culture to express myself, to help express others and to connect to people internationally.

I've also used it to show off my humor (both high and low), to flaunt my obsessions, to reality-test my sexual diversions and perversions, to laud the art I love, to lash out against the enemies of gay people and to broadcast my admiration for Madonna.

I want to thank you all for having read this blog over the years. It's a very hard thing to maintain, and it will not be maintained forever. But each time I get some positive (or even just meaningful) feedback, each time my posts are shared on social media, each time something I've written elicits a response, it keeps me going that much longer.

Madonna-stepmother-Joan-MDNAMadonna's stepmother was not impressed.

Thank you. Please enjoy my 100 favorite posts, please let me know if you're reading any old ones for the first time and are liking them and, most of all, please share this entire post far and wide to help get my work out there.

**2008 first one 6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdddbfd8833-800wiMy first "Guydar" post from 2008.

As always, you can find me on Facebook (personal and blog), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (plus, here are my YouTube greatest hits). 

ALL ORANGE TITLES ARE HOTLINKS.

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TOTALLY RANDOM LISTS (2011—2013)

I've gotten way into lists. Way. You'll find more of my lists higher up on, uh, this particular list. But the ones that are just completely random go here because I worked my ass off on them, because I love them and because—judging from Quantcast data—you like 'em, too.

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DuranMy favorite Duran Duran member.

POP QUIZ: VIDEOS THAT KILLED (2011)

Totally awesome '80s! Take this visual quiz to see how many classic music videos you can ID.

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Brando-DeanI wish sex tapes had existed in the '50s.

UNDER THE GAYDAR: 10 PEOPLE YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REALIZE WERE OR ARE QUEER (2012)

I got lots of feedback on this, mainly because nobody realized Nell Carter was with a woman at the time of her death.

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DazzlerI would've chipped in to get this one made.

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA: 5 INCREDIBLE MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED (2013)

I'm shamless for including Leda & Swan, a movie that was a bomb without ever even being made.

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Lizabeth-ScottGreat Scott!

IN & OUT: 25 STARS' FIRST & LAST PERFORMANCES IN FILM & ON TV (2013)

Being obsessed with nostalgia and with movies, this was fun—but so very taxing—to compile. I loved the randomness of it.

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PSBI hate that music has been sleeveless for 20 years.

20 7" SINGLE SLEEVES FROM THE '80S THAT BELONG IN A GALLERY (2013)

Just 20 from my massive collection of 45s. I got rid of my 12" records, but I've kept these guys because they're just too much a part of my childhood.

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Amanda-BlakeAmanda Blake's marriage was a mystery, with both spouses dying of AIDS.

GAY MARRIAGE: CELEBRITIES WHO MARRIED LGBT SPOUSES (2013)

It might've been more efficient to make a list of famous straight people who managed to marry other full-on heteros.

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Mark-MessierThe infamous Gary Coleman/Mark Messier two-shot seen 'round the world.

ODD COUPLES: 19 UNUSUAL CELEBRITY PAIRS (2013)

This post encapsulates my outlook on pop culture and my desire to twist it and play with it...except in this case, its participants are already doing the dirty work.

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Lake-GenevaHaunted House: The family home that haunted Jane and Bill's final years.

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A FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2007)

My late mentor's husband struggles to give away his family home.

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POLITICS (2005—2013)

I'm a political person and I blog about it a lot. Some of the entries stand up over time, but many are so of the moment it was hard to pull the ones I like best.

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Kevin-James-Adam-SandlerWhere Kevin James goes, (unintentional!!!) homophobia follows.

TRUNZO IS DUNZO (2007)

Star Magazine implying gay people aren't quite right? Not normal! This took off on several blogs and GLAAD got an apology from Trunzo over it. Some people think it's being "oversensitive," but Jesus...how much clearer is "Man to man" with a huge "NOT" (NORMAL) stamped over it?

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John-McCainIf McCain calls, I'm not here. 

NEW YORK TO McCAIN: DROP DEAD! (2008)

The time I saw John McCain and showed him exactly how I felt. 

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdcda278833-800wiThe Clintons practice some black magic 

WHITE MISCHIEF (2008)

When Bill and Hillary decided to use race in the race for the White House.

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Jason-WetheringtonCrist for the mill 

FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ENGAYGED: DOES THIS COUNT AS "GAY MARRIAGE?" (2008)

Charlie Crist is gay. Really, really gay.

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Hillary-Clinton-guysThere's always 2016... 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE GAYS... (2008)

The gay affair with Hillary Clinton.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e554e2e7d28834Hail, Mary, full of disgrace

 SARAH PALIN = SPIRO AGNEW + HARRIET MIERS (2008)

Aw, she'll never last...

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Whoopi-Goldberg-Prop-8Whoopi-tee-doo & Kate, too! 

THE MARRYING KIND (2008)

That fabulously spontaneous anti-Prop 8 march in NYC.

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Barack-Obama"Fierce advocate" was once a taunt, and is now just true.

WITH US OR AGAINST US (2009)

A post from when the Obama Administration was considered almost openly hostile toward gay-rights advocates. I believe he's turned that impression around.

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IT GOT BETTER (2010)

The one where President Obama happily signed DADT out of existence.

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Sophie-B-HawkinsAs she lays her career down to sleep...

DAMN, I WISH SHE WOULDN'T DO THISI (2011)

Sopie B. Hawkins GOesProud. I wish she'd GOHome.

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Merv-Griffin-Tombstone_6I live for death!

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OBITUARIES (2009—2012)

I tend to write about almost every celebrity death I hear about, specializing in anyone from the Golden Era. These are two that really blew me away. You, too?

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Farrah-FawcettVery hazardous duties

AND JILL CAME TUMBLING AFTER (2009)

The death of Farrah Fawcett, a woman whose nips decorated my walls before I realized I had no use for them.

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Elizabeth-taylor-bathing-suitEnd credits

REFLECTIONS IN A VIOLET EYE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIES AT 79 (2011)

The biggest living star fades out. It's still hard to believe she isn't around anymore.

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Donna-SummerShe worked hard for the money.

LAST DANCE: DONNA SUMMER DIES AT 63 (2012)

I'd spent a long time hating Donna over her alleged anti-gay comments, but that rumor isn't the whole story on her life.

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Barbara-KentGood egg

MAKES SAD FACE, MOVES LIPS, TYPE APPEARS ON PANEL: "THE END" (2012)

I was surprised when no major news services noted the death of the last person to have starred in a silent film as an adult, Barbara Kent.

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Nov 05 2013
Need To Know: LaBelle LaLegend, Benghazi Bluffer, Naked Men Acting, ENDA Game, SacksDreams: Gaga Cans Manager + MORE Comments (0)

Patti-LaBelle-Oprah-Winfrey"'How's Oprah?' Meet her one day yourself."

*widget boy cultureOoh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh—Patti LaBelle's got an old attitude. (And it's cool.) Wrecking-ball-parody

*widget boy cultureLying Benghazi "witness" exposed.

*widget boy cultureMichelle Pfeiffer was in a cult, didn't know it.

*widget boy cultureHow 13 kids react to watching gay-marriage proposals.

*widget boy cultureUltimate Bryan Hawn butt video.  (Work Unfriendly-ish.)

*widget boy cultureShia really eating out in this movie? (Work Unfriendly.)

*widget boy cultureDon't click, size queen! (Very Work Unfriendly.)

*widget boy cultureKenyth Mogan's catchy "Fall Apart" is serving "Tearin' Up My Heart." Britney

*widget boy cultureYoko Ono is 80...and a bad dancer.

*widget boy cultureBritney sprays fans with "Perfume."

*widget boy cultureCristiano Ronaldo IS big. It's the undies that got small.

Cristiano-Ronaldo-underwearTall order.

*widget boy cultureMadonna likes Rebecca Walker's Adé. Madonna_and_ingrid_casares_image3

*widget boy cultureMadonna used to like pussy.

*widget boy cultureStephen Bray confirms unreleased Madonna tracks.

*widget boy cultureBaby Madonna's dad was preaching about would be 26 now!

*widget boy cultureNOT IN MY STRAIGHT BACKYARD: Gay bar nixed by hix.

*widget boy culture7 youth orgs write open letter urging Congress to pass ENDA.

*widget boy cultureENDA advances in the Senate!

*widget boy cultureBut President Boehner is against it, so fuck you all.

*widget boy cultureThe Battle of amfAR debuts December 2 on HBO. Lypsinka

*widget boy cultureYour Lypsinka swag is here.

*widget boy cultureGaga fires manager, will host/be musical guest on SNL

*widget boy cultureGaga looks horrible, performs a downer ("Dope") for YouTube.

*widget boy cultureGaga's Golden Girls moment.

*widget boy cultureIn case you're "bicurious" about Judi Dench's new flick, Philomena:

 
Oct 29 2013
Need To Know: Blackface Goes Viral, Chrissy Snowjob, Holy Steve Grand, Sean Zevran's Back + MORE Comments (0)

Elvira-RuPaulShe drives him crazy.

*widget boy cultureDRIVING MISS ELVIRA: RuPaul takes Cassandra Peterson for a ride.

*widget boy cultureTop 5 gay movie monsters.

*widget boy cultureDesigner Allesandro Dell'Acqua & many guests at party do blackface.

*widget boy cultureCelebs in better costumes, just in time for Halloween.

*widget boy cultureTHIGH HIGH: Wall Street Journal decides Suzanne Somers is a healthcare expert...

...but her "takedown" of Obamacare is rather anemic. What's "Nurse Terri" say?

*widget boy cultureBen Cohen showers.

Steve-Grand-Matthew-Rettenmund-Boy-CultureMy snap of Steve Grand from his recent NYC trip.

*widget boy cultureSteve Grand on straight boys, conversion therapy and the Church. (My pic above.)

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of my pics: Here's a Work Unfriendly portrait of pornstar Sean Zevran's butt.

*widget boy cultureCyndi Lauper is not a fan of nostril photography.

*widget boy cultureSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) turns on the NSA.

*widget boy cultureHot model Quentin by Jason T. Jaskot.

*widget boy cultureIt's Britney, witch!

Witch-Britney_SpearsShe's British, bitch!

 
Oct 28 2013
Need To Know: Let Kelly Eat Cake, Okla-homo, Katy Perry's New Release = Cognitive Dissonance + MORE Comments (0)

Lady-Gaga-X-FactorGaga is losing it...her clothing, anyway.

*widget boy cultureGaga hugs Sharon Osbourne, does G-A-Y nude, camel-toes the line on X Factor.

*widget boy cultureBut Kelly Osbourne is not impressed. Josh Groban, neither. And he's a card. Love Out Loud (Charity Cover)

*widget boy cultureHow to run a gay bar in Mississippi.

*widget boy cultureWarren Nomi's anti-bullying single "Love Out Loud."

*widget boy cultureMale couple same-sex married in...Oklahoma???

*widget boy cultureOlivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are preggers.

Sexy-Instagram-menI have an "i" for beautiful men.

*widget boy cultureCome check out my sexy Instagram...unless you're allergic to male beauty. OctThierry Pepin1

*widget boy cultureHo-bag Katy Perry sniffs at ho-bags.

*widget boy cultureScorching-hot Thierry Pepin undies snaps.

*widget boy cultureRon Howard for Hillary Clinton.

*widget boy cultureMadonna loves nature, as well as art, freedom.

*widget boy cultureClive Barker announces Hellraiser reboot.

*widget boy cultureChris Brown is still an animal.

*widget boy cultureEpitome of cool/Downtown legend Lou Reed is dead at 71

Lou reedI saw him once with partner Laurie Anderson and was too gob-smacked to say so much as hello.

 
Jun 11 2013
I Can't Believe I Ate The Warhol Thing... Comments (5)
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© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

I, uh, have no money. But I, uh, am totally going to bid on at least one of the lots in this fabulous-looking, online-only auction of Andy Warhol art to benefit The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

For Members Only: Eyes on the Guise will run from June 13—27.

Check out Michael Musto, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Margaret Cho on Warhol.

 
May 19 2013
Death Of The Party: Michael Musto Fired, Village Voice R.I.P. Comments (7)

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Tumblr_ltnfujFGFt1qhn2b2o1_500In case you haven't heard, Michael Musto, the longtime Village Voice nightlife reporter and gossip-with-a-purpose, was fired by the paper in a recent "bloodbath" of employees. What the bottom-liners at The Voice don't seem to realize is that in firing Michael Musto, they've voted to kill the paper off entirely. As the editor of a teen magazine I founded, I was often told, "You are that magazine." I always knew that wasn't entirely true, but I do think that proclamation applies to Michael Musto—he truly was the voice of The Village Voice.

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May 14 2013
Bringing Out The Breast In Us Comments (12)

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More proof that the Internet makes dumb people dumber, mean people meaner, and suspicious people into paranoid conspiracy theorists: When Michael Musto first Facebooked Angelina Jolie's preventative double mastectomy news, the first comment was from a woman who theorized that Jolie was just using the specter of cancer as a smokescreen for replacing her saggy boobs. And she meant it.

I mean, Jesus...the woman did something radical to help herself and her family. I don't think I'd have the courage to do something similar. Good for her. I would think if she felt the need to have plastic surgery, she would be able to do that without coming up with any sort of cover story at all.

 
Feb 18 2013
You Can Do Whatever You Feel: Michael Musto's Disco Extravaganza Comments (0)

Michael-Musto-4The queen's throat

Disco-2Last night, we attended Michael Musto's Disco Extravaganza at 54 Below, a heart-filled effort to revive the disco era decades after its death under mysterious circumstances. (Did it die out naturally like the dinosaurs, or did those "disco sucks" schmucks commit foul play?) It was a lot of fun, even if the prominent stage in such an intimate space confused some attendees about whether they should be dannnncing, yeah!, or watching the performers. Holding it on the site of the original studio 54 was as good a way as any to conjure up the ghost of Disco Sally.

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OrfehOrfeh was the opposite of "meh"

The evening began on point, with the bow-tied doorman bluntly but amusingly informing those who'd arrived with extra plus ones—even the esteemed photographer Patrick McMullan—that there was no way they were getting in. He was a one-man velvet rope!

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Michael-Musto-1Musto said he was fulfilling his dream of bringing people together to appreciate disco

Inside, McMullan and others were snapping photos of those attendees who'd arrived in '70s wear. For anyone keeping score, the main drawback to polyester boogie shirts that haven't been worn since 1978 would be the smell. 

NY-CE157_GARDNE_DV_20130210183125Musto celebrating Halloween at Studio 54  in 1979

Nobody was giving blowjobs in the corner, coke dust wasn't raining from the roof and we didn't find any money hidden in the walls, but the 90-minute set list was satisfying, featuring the cruise-ship-ready stylings of Elektrik Company (great singers, great at shaming us for not dancing), the incomparable Orfeh (who blew us all away with her "Come to Me" and "Don't Leave Me This Way") and a rockin' and ramblin' "Y.M.C.A." by original Village People person Randy Jones.

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Randy-JonesRandy said the glitzy setting made him feel like Liza, "...only younger!"

Musto himself, did a carbs-in-cheek, fatphobic (wait, that's an anachronism if we're back in the '70s) send-up of "I Will Survive" but was singing, seriously singing, on "Macho Man" and "Last Dance" (he noted he'd be a disco queen like Donna Summer, except gay-friendly, then asked, "Too soon?"). I'm not saying his vocals were a revelation, but he sounded better than Ethel Merman on her disco album.

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DiscoHey, you guys!!! It's the Elektrik Company...

It was cool enough hearing those songs performed live, and then Tish & Snooky—original backing singers from Blondie and Downtown legends who were in the Drop-Outs and the Sic F*cks before opening Manic Panic—really lit a fire under us with their "Freak Out."

Snooky-and-TishC'est chic to "Freak Out" with Tisk & Snooky ("the one with no STDs," Musto clarified)

Steve Rubell would've been proud. And horny. And in need of some blow. After the fold, check out some of the musical highlights...

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Apr 11 2012
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Paul Iacono, known for a part in Fame and as the titular star of MTV's big-dick comedy The Hard Times of R.J. Berger, has come out in an interview with Michael Musto. Good for him! I remember seeing him at Michael's last bash, so perhaps he's been grooming Iacono for this interview for a while!

 
Mar 24 2012
Beautiful Boys: A Review Of The 6th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant Comments (2)

IMG_6567And this bitch didn't even win!

IMG_6461This past Monday, I was thrilled to attend The 6th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant, a hilarious and ribald event staged at Symphony Space (before a sold-out crowd) to raise money for The Ali Forney Center.

As a member of the Host Committee, I'd pledged to sell $500 worth of tickets, which I absolutely did—mostly to myself! I took José, brought my pal Jason along 6a00d8341c2ca253ef016764157837970b-400wi(VIP tickets including the afterparty) and the rest went to a Boy Culture reader who later informed me he'd been a homeless gay youth just a couple of years ago and to a lucky, last-minute couple.

As much work as it was trying to interest people in tickets, the show would go on to sell out, raising a record-breaking $75,000.

Arrived early to cover the junior red carpet, but it was kind of a bust for me because as a hobbyist blogger, I don't have pro lighting and it was in a 100-degree antechamber that might as well have been a cave.

I grabbed a few quick tidbits from the contestants but skipped everyone else, including judges Jackie Hoffman, Michael Musto and Tonya Pinkins, feeling bad about taking up anyone's time when they were impossible to see. Speaking of which,I didn't see expected guests Paul McGill, Rachel Dratch or John Glover, but I did at least make the acquaintance of Broadway expert Richie Ridge, one of whose helpers turned out to be Alex, a Boy Culture reader who kept my spirits up in the stifling heat.

IMG_6464Probably lots of Preparation H on those fresh faces (in some cases, perhaps coincidentally)

IMG_6492Sat down just in time to see the show open, featuring hysterical emcee Tovah Feldshuh who, as she pointed out, starred in Broadway's longest running one-woman show—take that, Lena Horne. She cracked wise about Grindr, Boy Butter and her many unconsummated Tony nominations. She was, without a doubt, 10 times funnier than last year.

IMG_6481Tonya Pinkins, Jackie Hoffman, Ali Forney's Carl Siciliano & Michael Musto

IMG_6486With Body (& Soul) Beautiful, Carl Siciliano, the director of Ali Forney

KEEP READING FOR TONS OF PICTURES & VIDEO, SOME OF IT RATHER REVEALING...

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