Brandon Jackson Thinks Playing Gay Face Hurt His Career
About 10 years ago, I was working with a publisher who did something that shocked me a little. There’s no need to mention names now, but it’s an interesting reflection for me. This publisher was new to romance (arrogant and clueless) and didn’t fully understand the romance market or gay fiction in general (obtuse), so she acquired a book that was considered male/male romance written by a straight male author who had never written a m/m romance before, and I don’t think he’d ever read one either. In all his straight male privilege, he was as clueless as the publisher. He simply wanted to cash in on a popular trend, and the publisher saw nothing wrong with him doing this. The publisher was one of those know-it-all types who did whatever she wanted to do and she wound up alienating many people.
In this straight male author’s quest to promote this gay book, he took on a fake name and identity…something Scottish and very ridiculous…and he hocked his straight male version of a m/m romance far and wide. He pretended to be a gay male author, and saw nothing wrong with it. His ultra liberal girlfriend who also wrote for this publisher helped him promote this book. I cringed when I saw what he was doing, and I cringed even more when I saw how the publisher was helping to promote him. Although I couldn’t say anything at the time, things were never the same with me and this publisher again. I lost respect for them, and I completely blocked the straight male author from every aspect of my life. Total dismissal. I was done.
His book eventually tanked, which they always do, and he went back to writing heteronormative fiction, which they always do. This publisher has since shuttered and closed its doors. The only reason I’m mentioning this is because I wanted to show some of the disrespect I’ve seen for gay men in my publishing career. And it continues to happen with stories like the one below.
With all that said, here’s another reason why it irritates me whenever I see a straight actor playing gay. This is not the first time I’ve seen this happen either.
Brandon T. Jackson, known for acting in and the franchise, is now claiming his career is on a downward spiral as a punishment from God for playing a gay character and wearing a dress on screen.
You can check out the rest here.
Sexy Gay European Red-Headed Calendar
On a much lighter note, this looks entertaining. It’s a sexy calendar that’s focused only on red heads, created by the excellent photographer, Thomas Knights.
As a red-head himself, he was all too aware of how people with ginger are often mocked, bullied or stereotyped
You can read more and check out photos at this link. They’re really very good. I love them.