Daniel Franzese On Homophobia In Hollywood
Here’s something about how coming out as gay almost ruined Daniel Franzese’s career in Hollywood.
“I had become famous for playing one thing, but Hollywood, a very What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately town, just didn’t think my talent could go beyond that,” he says.
Part of the problem is there are never enough gay characters for gay actors to play. There’s very little diversity in that sense. I see it in publishing all the time, too. And most of the time when there is a gay role they straight-wash it and give it to a straight actor like Rami Malek.
Here’s a link.
The Gay Avengers: Endgame Character Failed
I know nothing about Avengers: Endgame and I’m only linking to this because I’ve seen so much discussion about it all over the Internet.
Here’s an article from Esquire that talks about how the gay character in Avengers: Endgame turned out to be a failed attempt at diversity.
Giving a sideline character the moniker of “gay” isn’t blazing a trail for LGBT inclusion as much as its hoping its audience is ignorant enough to conflate the commonplace with something remarkable.
You can read this, here. I think it’s an excellent article. And even though I haven’t seen the movie, I have seen other films do the same kind of thing…or much worse. I’m just glad to see other LGBTQ people speaking up about it, and not so willing to grab the scraps and bones that Hollywood usually throws us.
The Phrase “That’s So Gay” Doesn’t Work Anymore
Here’s a short but brilliant commentary on the the phrase, “That’s So Gay.” It’s very well written and it gets right to the point.
To use “gay” to describe an action or a look makes zero sense. Why do I so often hear that a haircut is gay, or a person’s walk, or dancing? Is a haircut attracted to a haircut of the same sex?