Milo Yiannopoulos and Free Speech
I don’t want to get political here. I’m only talking about free speech and I’m not going any deeper than that. I repeat, I’m not taking sides. I know people who love Milo and that’s wonderful. He’s very good at what he does. I also understand that free speech is not always simple, but in some cases it’s not always that complicated either.
There’s been a lot written in the last week about Milo Yiannopoulos and free speech.
“Milo is a very unique situation,” Robinson says. “Milo is an entertainer who has engineered a national tour around provoking college campuses, in order to feed into a narrative that supports this idea that liberal campuses are shutting down free speech.”
Clever Milo’s complaining they aren’t allowing him free speech, and he’s doing it in an amusing way. And every time I hear him speak on the topic of free speech I can’t help but think about this…
As far as I know, the government hasn’t arrested Milo for anything he’s said, and his right to free speech has been protected. However, people have shown him the proverbial door.
Gay Stereotypes and the Superbowl
Even though I sometimes place gay characters in novels that are stereotypical, I try to break down the stereotypes here on the blog, and in real life. The truth is there are stereotypes…for everyone, not just gays…and I think it helps add more dimensions to a story in some cases.
In this article I’m linking to now, the author makes some interesting points. It dates back to 2012 when Madonna was booked for the Superbowl, but the same things can apply today with Lady Gaga.
We hear a lot of complaints about the mainstream media stereotyping gay men and lesbians. But in the last week I’ve seen much of the gay community go out of its way to reinforce the stereotype that we’re all just a bunch of nancy queens who don’t know a football from a basketball…and yes, listen to Madonna.
Stereotypes just don’t bug me much. Some people fall into them, others don’t. Heck, I certainly fall into some. I prefer a fruity martini over beer. I’d rather watch ‘Real Housewives’ than ‘The Sopranos.’ And then there’s that whole prefers-sex-with-men thing.
You can check it out here. It’s not a mean-spirited piece, and it’s not PC. It simply talks about stereotypes in an honest way.
Secrets Gays Won’t Let Straights Know?!?
I’m only linking to this one to show how wrong some things can be online. I don’t think I agree with anything about this article, not in a general sense. It’s presumptuous and it doesn’t take into account the many, many gay men who still haven’t been heard yet.
With that said, here’s just one example…
That’s right, there are all sorts of secrets that Ted and Ned, the nice gay couple next door to you with the matching BMWs and the prim sweater sets aren’t telling you, probably starting with the reason they have those bolts in the ceiling of the “den” (It’s for the sling and “den” is gay for “sex room”). Now, it’s time to let the straights in on some of our dirty little secrets. Let’s see if you still like us after this. Yes, I don’t speak for all of the homosexuals, but, come on, queen, try to tell me this isn’t true!
It isn’t true for every gay man.
You can check the rest out here. It tries too hard to be funny and only comes off as vulgar and dated.
Ryan Murphy In Architectural Digest
One of the few remaining print magazines I still receive in the mail is Architectural Digest. I still enjoy the actual design photos in print over seeing them online. I get ideas, and sometimes I even save certain issues for years at a time. And this month I spent a lot of time staring at images of Ryan Murphy’s beach house.
Even better, the copy was written by Murphy. It shows how he approaches design in the same way he approaches his work as a writer.
When I was pitching the very first season of American Horror Story, in 2011, my main selling point was this simple conceit: Let’s change how we make it. Let’s do something radically new with the characters and the sets. Let’s completely reimagine it every single year. To some people, this idea might seem risky. But for me, it was a very natural rhythm I felt I had some experience with: I had been doing this sort of annual reimagining at my Laguna Beach home since I bought the place in 2003.
You can check that out here. I find the parts about how he changes things so often fascinating. I’m the exact opposite. We’ve been collecting furniture and objects for years now and I have a long list of items I can’t live without…or rather, won’t live without. Although, I think I like his approach better.