Max Irons’ interview with Out Magazine on 23 March 2015 came in the midst of his US premiere of The Riot Club and Woman In Gold. Irons is not new to acting by no means, notably appearing in Dorian Gray, Red Riding Hood, The Host and The White Queen. In his interview, he talks about The Riot Club, his upbringing under his legendary parents (mother being Irish actress Sinéad Cusack), and his lack of interest in social media. The topic of homosexuality is brought up in the form of a question about his father, where his father had said in his HuffPost Live interview that interfamilial unions due to same-sex marriages are off-putting. Max Irons stated that, at the core, his father and he share similar views in the sense that people should be proudly who they are.
In an interview with PrideSource on 31 March 2015, the interviewer asks Scott Eastwood his thoughts on homosexuals (with lots of fluff about his good looks in it). Eastwood states that his father’s a “total Libertarian – everyone leave everyone alone,” saying he completely agrees with his father’s quote, “I don’t give a fuck about two wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?!” The interview comes in the midst of a Nicholas Sparks movie The Longest Ride, in which he plays a hunky cowboy that some father disapproves. The interviewer asks Eastwood about man crushes and his sex scenes, leading to awkward portions of the interview like the following:
The name of the movie, “The Longest Ride,” really lends itself to a porn spinoff down the line, don’t you think? That would be amazing. That’d be so funny if that happened. And why not?!
(Did he get turned on) in “The Longest Ride” or during every sex scene you’ve done? (Laughs) Some more than others.
When you’re in a movie about love and relationships and sex, people are interested in your own personal experiences. (Laughs)
Well, then, barn sex – yay or nay? I mean, why not!?
On 26 March 2015, Out Magazine also covered a new hunk in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Finn Wittrock. Wittrock was regurgitated his past roles where he starred as ‘tortured characters,’ most notably, the more homosexual characters in The Normal Heart and Master of Sex. The interview briefs on his philanthropy (Animal Rescue Awareness Campaign, volunteering in New Orleans’ Katrina recovery and Artists Driving to End Poverty), his writing credits, his Unbroken character Mac and his past acting credits including Holloweentown High and Tanner for America.
PrideSource interviewed Nick Jonas on 30 September 2014 after his widely publicized gay outings and seductive photos. Jonas is quoted saying that he thinks that his former Jonas Brothers group didn’t do enough for the gay community and he wants to give back. He briefly talks about his role in Kingdom before being asked a bombardment of gay-related questions, some summarised here:
When did you know the gay community was embracing you?
… If you had to rate the gayness of a Nick Jonas show, where would it fall… 1 being straight and 6 being totally gay?
… Do you feel obligated to show (your abs) at every show?
… Do (gay) guys hit on you? Do they flirt? And how do you approach a situation like that?
What do you make of naysayers who say you’re just using your body to bait the gay community?
Would you still consider yourself Christian?
With every answer, he insists that he’s giving back to the gay community and appreciating their love. He says his family and he accepts homosexuals and they still have a strong relationship with God.
As much as Nick Jonas has done, it’s nothing compared to James Franco. As previously sampled in my past post He Had It Comin’: Beware The Boxes You Tick, Franco’s Four Two Nine interview with himself states that he’s socially and professionally homosexual, but privately heterosexual.
But who’s in it for labels? Not Josh Hutcherson. In his 9 October 2013 article with Out Magazine, Hutcherson says that he’s currently “mostly straight,“ which has been a trending answer to sexual orientation (so the article said). Hutcherson continues on the topic of sexuality by introducing a group he cofounded called Straight But Not Narrow, which ‘focuses on arming allied kids with the confidence and tools they need to speak out against homophobia.‘ As to why he created such a group, Hutcherson speaks fondly of his gay great-uncles and his family’s openness to homosexuals. The article continues with Hutcherson’s childhood, his introduction into acting and his how infamous role of Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games series.
Adam Lambert had an interview with HungerTV on 24 March 2015, discussing mostly about his journey since appearing on American Idol in 2009. He’s been touring Europe and fronting Queen. He talks about his transformation to the man he is today, with less flamboyance and more maturity. He compares his past music (For Your Entertainment and Trespassing) with his new music (The Original High). Relevant materials for this post would be the following Q&A:
You’ve been credited with advancing gay rights in music, which definitely needed to happen. Do you feel a responsibility to continue to do so?
I think there’s a simple power in being unapologetic and open about who and what you are and not letting it prevent you from getting what you want. In that way, I think I’ve made a statement. My wish is for gay to become less of a label, and more of just one of many great colours in the collective box of humanity. I’m not a separatist. I’m all inclusive.
How inclusive is the industry you’re in, in your opinion?
It’s quickly changing along with society. I’m thrilled! We have entered a time with a much more level playing field.
Lambert had kept in the same mindset back in 14 November 2014, when his tweet made Logo headlines. Lambert went to Twitter to indirectly throw shade at certain straight men ‘baiting’ the gay community with shirtless photos and teasing promotional events.
Adam’s not the only one feeling that there’s something wrong with the gay community. In The Black Lot‘s interview with Steve Grand posted on 26 March 2015, the singer states that “99% of the hate I get is from other gay people.” He mainly blames it on the internet, and how easily it is to criticise without consequences and the freedom it gives even the biggest trolls. He says that some of the gay community thinks he wants to represent them, which they’re disgruntled about since he was initially a model. The rest of the interview rightfully talks about his music.
Firstly, let me inform my audience that I absolutely love Scott Eastwood and Max Irons. As my father’s an old westerns fan, I watched a few of Clint Eastwood’s films and seeing how much Scott looks like him (if not maybe even better, as to my generation’s taste) is amazing. I had known what he looked like in social media, but it gutted me seeing him killed in Fury!
I have also seen countless films with Jeremy Irons, whether person or voice, and I have always been such a fan, especially period pieces. I wouldn’t lie and say that his brief sexual appearance in Dorian Gray was what initially led me to favour him, but his performance in The Host was decent. I’ve been waiting for what felt like ages for The Riot Club to make an US debut because it’s been released everywhere else. The Riot Club should be brilliant, because it’s based off the stage play Posh, written by Laura Wade and performed in the Duke of York’s Theatre in London when I saw it.
I had always had a fondness of Nick Jonas, even before he went solo and buffed out. For James Franco and Josh Hutcherson, I really never gave them a personal thought; but rather, knew them from their performances. With James, his performances in Freaks and Geeks, Spiderman series, Tristian+Isolde and Annapolis stand out to me the most. With Josh, his performances in RV, Bridge to Terabithia, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and Hunger Games series stand out to me the most. And for Adam Lambert, I never really liked him.
What brought me to write about these interviews with present-day hunks was this comment to Scott Eastwood’s PrideSource interview:
“He better support us”? Or what? Oh yeah, because if he didn’t, he’d be outcasted. Hated. Bullied. Like Tammy Truce said on FOX News, “Gay liberals have turned into bullies.” Truce has received a lot of hateful comments on that Attitude Magazine post, but it’s from trolls that are myopic and surprisingly can’t be reasoned with, because it’s blatantly true that gays are brought up as being the bullied, to grow up to be the bullies.
As I have mentioned in Being Gay Doesn’t Pay: Does Indiana’s RFRA Discriminate?, John McCormack stated that “discrimination doesn’t commonly occur because the United States is tolerant of gay people and intolerant of bigots. Mean-spirited action by a business owner anywhere in the country would almost certainly be met with a major backlash.” This proves correct in Indiana’s RFRA passing, as well as several other cases such as Dolce and Gabanna’s remarks (Read more at Dogma&Gaybana: Italian D&G’s Traditional “Crusade” on Gay Families). It’s sad but true that our liberals overall, if not in particularly gay liberals, are the worst sort of bullies as we can even hear from Steve Grand.
To put my own personal experience into the post, I went to a private Catholic school and I believe in most of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings. One teaching that influences my political views would be my Pro-Life stance. It’s a very hot button topic on both sides, and it’s not a stance that I would compromise (I mean, if it’s able to be compromised, it’s not much of a stance). At the time, I worked at a movie theatre that was managed and heavily employed with gay men, as well as like-minded liberal heterosexuals. I went into work once wearing my pro-life shirt, to receive a comment from a liberal heterosexual woman saying, “What? Why are you pro-life? You’re gay? You can’t have children? You don’t have an opinion on what happens to women.”
How could she say that? First off, why couldn’t I have kids, even if I’m gay? Why can’t I have a different opinion, different view, different stance than you? And if it was fact that being gay means I can’t have children, does that mean I don’t get to have an opinion because it doesn’t affect me personally? So what does a heterosexual have to do with any homosexual? What does a Caucasian American have to do with an African American’s rights? So all these people who are writing their opinions on Indiana’s RFRA from their New York or West Hollywood apartment are in the wrong, because it doesn’t affect them personally? For a heterosexual female willing to accept all opinions and all people, she’s really not accepting my opinions that differ from hers.
It takes a brave person to try to go head-to-head with anything anti-LGBT nowadays, which is seen in Anthony Bernal’s Op-Ed in The Advocate, posted 1 April 2015. Bernal argues that the San Diego city council seat shouldn’t be ‘guaranteed’ to the LGBT vote, but for the person best fitted for the job. He explains his previous LGBT work, his struggle as a Latino minority and his commitment to the city.
The Advocate didn’t help his Op-Ed by entitling it “Simply Being Gay Shouldn’t Guarantee LGBT Vote,” which caused hostile comments made. As eloquently the comments attempted to sound, with these comments, less is more. The main thing to take away from Bernal’s statement is that you should look at who’s best for the job, and not just at their sexual orientation because that’s what leads to stupid uneducated politics.
It sincerely boggles my mind, though, at how small and (my favourite word) myopic some people think. I know it comes from both political, religious and whatever sides of the spectrum, but am I the only one to be able to view things from both sides — to be able to sympathise with two different forces? When gay liberals read something like Bernal’s or Truce’s statements, however sound they are, they criticise and bend the words to find something offensive to bitch back about. Why do we have to be so negative, so bitchy?
I had previously said that I didn’t like Adam Lambert much. His music has always been “Ehh?” to me and I’m not the sort to like someone just because they’re gay. I liked Lady Gaga up until when she had a meat dress and started (perhaps indirectly?) bashing the Catholic Church, but ironically it’s because her music stopped being good to me (Judas? Really? Stop it.) But even though he’s talking more about his music than society, I really agree with Lambert in saying,
“My wish is for gay to become less of a label, and more of just one of many great colours in the collective box of humanity. I’m not a separatist. I’m all inclusive.”
With me personally, I don’t fancy telling people I’m gay as an introduction. I can pull off a few meetings, maybe a full friendship without outing myself to an individual because I rather a person like me for me and not under the gay label. It’s not that the gay label is bad (especially in this day in age), but whenever you ‘out’ yourself as anything, whether it’s Christian, gay, a dancer, an engineer major or a even a mother, people ‘tick’ that box in their minds in word association. It’s like when someone comes up to you and say they’re from NOLA (New Orleans), you might say, “Oh really!? I hear Bourbon Street is wild! Do you have crayfish and shrimp, like, everyday?” Word association. Comedy shows do this all the time, like when Will’s dad from Will and Grace asked Will if he knew the gay guy from his office.
So I try not to ‘stigmatize’ myself as gay because it’s a label I don’t want to start off as. If I’m nice, friendly, funny, intelligent and a pleasure to be around, that’s what I want them to be around for and not just to be their GBF (Gay Best Friend). I don’t want people to feel uncomfortable around me because they’re secretly homophobic to my openness of being gay, or overcompensate by feeling obligated to like me because I’m gay, but I want the feeling to feel real and genuine — like I would, love.
One issue I have about most of these interviews and articles are the obsession with gays. Given, these are gay publications that have a gay agenda that have to adhere and interest the gay community gay gay gay. But honestly, every interview is a sexy male that feels obligated to say they’re pro-LGBT (as well as verify their family is too) then perhaps talking about how SEXY they are through their sex scenes, Instagram photos or whatever.
I was deeply saddened when I read the interviews from PrideSource because they’re absolute garbage, really. Some of the questions were just outrageous, especially in print — whereas, if it was taped, it may have been somewhat entertaining to hear Scott Eastwood laugh his way through the interview rather than to read (laughs). Out Magazine was a step up, especially when reading their article on William Moseley. The topic was Moseley — his life, his past work and his current work with The Royals. It really was a breather from all the fawning of other articles, even though Moseley has much to fawn over.
It brings us back to why the public thinks we’re so sexual. Given, the hypocrisy of my post as most of the photos here are ones to make men and women weak in the knees, but I think along the same lines as Scott Eastwood, where he says “fans are fans.” Why are we trying to call them out on their marketing technique — it’s working either way and you’re benefitting from them taking it off. I’m practical. If a publicity stunt works, go at it. If you can get the gay votes, or gay audiences, use the power! It’s absolutely stupid of you not to! Who cares if they’re straight, you’d be looking either way. They’re just acknowledging your stares. Nibble on the bait, gay boys.
These articles and interviews make for interesting reads, but I don’t wanna lose neurones reading them. From gay publications, only Moseley and Hutcherson’s articles really are pieces of work, whilst Grand and Lambert’s musical interviews were good reads as well. Scott Eastwood’s article is almost decent if the interviewer didn’t let his dick ask the questions.
But I feel along the same line as Clint Eastwood in that I feel we should let each other be. I have my own opinions, and I shouldn’t be scared to express them because of liberals— I’m no less gay than a gay liberal, I just don’t have the same opinions. Can that be? Yes. I’m proof. Quit gay bashing other gays.
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XOXO Sassy Saint Hermes