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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.

1471884724160819_Frank_Ocean_Endless__538x370Frank Ocean in a still from Endless (Video still via Boys Don't Cry)

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.

 
Aug 03 2016
6-PACK — Duckworth Blows Trump Away + Trump Gets Revenge + Djokovic's End + Gay Pride Flag Emoji + Channing Tatum's Latest SPLASH + Nick Jonas's Boxers! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Tammy Duckworth who, no thanks to the Human Rights Campaign, will be a senator soon, trolls Trump.

*widget boy cultureGetting even, Trump won't endorse McCain or Ryan!

*widget boy cultureDjokovic shakes his moneymaker. (Well, it would make money if he allowed it to.)

*widget boy cultureGay Pride flag emoji is on the way.

*widget boy cultureThey're remaking Splash with Channing Tatum as a mer-man.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas & Bear Grylls strip to their skivvies in the woods.

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Jul 29 2016
I Knew It! Comments (0)

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Joe Jonas confirms which JoBro has the biggest d*ck ...

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Jul 21 2016
HEAT INDEX — Gains & Losses + Thigh-Ay-Ay! + Nathan Adrian + Model Behavior + Steven Dehler + Adam Goldberg + You've Got Snail + Tightie Whitie Supremacy + Nick Jonas! Comments (0)

ABOVE: And he thinks he needs to lose 14 pounds.

BELOW: And he doesn't think this is perfection.

SUPER-THIGHS ME: Who's yer daddy?

NATHAN ADRIAN LOSES SPEEDO: Thank God for ESPN, the wind beneath my thing.

STREET LIFE: F*cking Young! offers off-duty models.

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STEPHEN DEHLER: He poses for D'Andre Michael, world's mind blown.

THE FULL MONTY: Adam Goldberg lets it all hang out in Rebirth. (Work Unfriendly)

AGrebirth_1Adam Goldberg (Video still via Campfire)

SNAIL TRAIL: An erotic poem, a boy with slugs all over him.

THE TIGHTIE WHITIE ALBUM: All the undies you can stand.

RESPECTING & HONORING LGBT PEOPLE: Nick Jonas on his Pulse speech & more.

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Jul 12 2016
6-PACK — Pokémon Go To Hell, Westboro + Obama's Dallas Speech + Trump's Racism Smear + It's Newt ... It's Newt + HOW Italy Almost Got AWAY WITH MURDER + Madonna's Mended Fences + Nick Jonas In Recovery! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSomehow, playing Pokémon Go is helping to battle the Westboro Baptist Church.

*widget boy cultureObama links Dallas sniper attack to “racial hatred” in stirring eulogy, says, “We are not as divided as we seem.”

*widget boy cultureTrump begs to differ, labeling #BlackLivesMatter “inherently racist.”

*widget boy cultureIT'S GINGRICH: Why else would Newt and FOX News part ways a hair ahead of Trump's veep announcement?

HowJack Falahee, about to get away with a BJ (TV still via ABC)

*widget boy cultureRaunchy How to Get Away with Murder gay sex scene snipped from Italian TV, cast objects, station apologizes.

*widget boy cultureMadonna is A-okay with David Banda's dad now; she has mended fences with him on her current Malawi trip.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas discusses being a “recovering teen star” with InStyle.

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Jun 30 2016
With Hazing Flick, Nick Jonas Will Get Your GOAT Comments (0)

Goat poster(Image via Paramount)

The totally, 100% non-exploitative poster for Goat is here! And no, it's not a Wicked-like retelling the Brady Bunch episode where Greg steals Raquel, his rival school's mascot.

Goat, directed by Andrew Neel and starring Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer and James Franco, is about hazing, hence the Poison-esque poster. (Both films share a producer in Christine Vachon)

Full(Movie still via Zeitgeist Films)

From a press release:

Reeling from a terrifying assault over the summer, 19-year-old Brad Land (Ben Schnetzer) starts college determined to get his life back to normal. His brother, Brett (Nick Jonas), is already established on campus and with a fraternity that allures Brad with its promise of protection, popularity, and life-long friendships. Brad is desperate to belong but as he sets out to join the fraternity his brother exhibits reservations, a sentiment that threatens to divide them. As the pledging ritual moves into hell week, a rite that promises to usher these unproven boys into manhood, the stakes violently increase with a series of torturous and humiliating events.  What occurs in the name of ‘brotherhood’ tests both boys and their relationship in brutal ways.

Directed by Andrew Neel (King Kelly, Darkon ), co-written by Neel, David Gordon Green and Mike Roberts, based on the acclaimed memoir by Brad Land, GOAT provides a searing portrayal of masculinity, violence and brotherhood. The film is produced by Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa with Rabbit Bandini’s James Franco and Vince Jolivette.

Goat opens September 23 in select cities and will be available then on VOD. I hope they make it available in hotels.

 
Jun 22 2016
Moore Is Less: Delusional, Poisonous, Misery-Wallowing Tripe About How Nick Jonas Wronged LGBT People With His Empathy Comments (0)

You have to read Chadwick Moore's grotesque rant about Nick Jonas having the balls to express empathy at the NYC vigil for the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. Any point that could ever be made about Jonas not being the best choice in that moment is completely lost in Moore's venomous, personally insulting attack on the guy.

Of course, he has a bunch of fawning responses on Facebook. Nick's cute (and straight, even worse), so he's someone to be loathed. Gay people want to be accepted, someone accepts us, they must be using us. Brilliant.

But regardless of how you feel on the topic of Jonas speaking at that vigil, should we really be applauding an open letter by a gay person directed at gay people the week after a mass shooting at a gay bar that ends:

And I keep wondering, to my sisters and brothers--when will the mothership return for us? This planet doesn’t deserve us. Maybe it’s time we check out.

What is this misery whore talking about? Because it sounds like suicide, and that's a contemptible suggestion when we are at our lowest.

Don't call us your brothers and sisters, because I don't have a thing in common with this kind of nasty, misguided, emo tripe.

 
Jun 21 2016
HEAT INDEX — Hiddleston Strips + Keanu Outed? + Hot Mag + Drake On Top Of Nick J + Brad Influence + BROADWAY BARES Fall-Out + Finn Cole's Best Side + Body By Quad + Zayn Relief! Comments (0)

MonaKuhn_SHOT_06_082_crop-1542x2035(Image credits: Tom Hiddleston photographed by Mona Kuhn, styled by Patrick Mackie. Grooming by Cheri Keating at The Wall Group. Digital technicians: Andrea Bartley, Paolo Alfante. Photography assistants: Chris O’Neill, Jared Burkhardt. Fashion assistants: Jay Barrett, Elyse Lightner. Special thanks to the Standard Highline and Chateau Marmont.)

TOOK IT OFF: Tom Hiddleston strips to his underpants and reclines for W Magazine.

OUTING KEANU REEVES: Pure fantasy or a very hot memory of fact?

I NEED THIS MAG: 

IF ONLY: Drake tops Nick Jonas.

PITT STOP: Brad Pitt dons Days of Thunder drag.”

BONUS BROADWAY BARES PIC BY ME:

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MALE BONDING: More Broadway Bares buddying up.

FINN COLE'S BOOTY: Actor goes back to nature in Animal Kingdom. (Work Unfriendly)

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THE QUAD SQUAD: Biggest quads ever?

DAMN, ZAYN: Malik flashes his underarms (and more) for Paper Magazine:

 

I can't even take it. @zayn by @paolakudacki for @papermagazine #InZayn #sexy

A photo posted by Mickey Boardman (@askmrmickey) on

 


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