Harry Hamlin Claims Paying Gay Ruined His Film Career
Many years ago Harry Hamlin played a gay character in a film titled, Making Love. I once posted about this, here. Of course I was too young to have seen Making Love when it dropped, but when I got older I did see it more than once, and I loved everything about it.
With that said, it’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of straight actors playing gayface nowadays. In fact, I think that’s just another form of homophobia and another slap in the face to openly gay actors who can’t get jobs in Hollywood. However, when Harry Hamlin played a gay character in Making Love there weren’t many openly gay actors, there weren’t many gay films, and any straight actor who played a gay role was doing something brave. So of course Harry Hamlin is the exception to the rule. If anything, we should all be thanking him for making that film in the first place.
Unfortunately, Hamlin paid a price with his career.
“It was 10 years too early, I guess, and it completely ended my career. That was the last studio picture I ever did. The door shut with a resounding smash,” he said.
He also goes on to state that he doesn’t regret making it. I think he should get a lifetime achievement Oscar for that one. Here’s the link to more.
If you haven’t seen Making Love I suggest you find it and stream it somewhere. It also shows what gay life was like before AIDS. It’s that good.
They Want To Criminalize Drag Queen Story Hours
I don’t think I’ll ever understand this whole problem with drag queens reading stories in libraries to kids. I’ve known a lot of drag queens in my lifetime and I’ve only seen good, decent people who love to perform as women on stage. That’s as far as it goes. It’s all about the illusion and the performance. But the other day I actually saw some right wing unsophisticated idiot compare drag queens to strippers and sex workers. Where these small town people get this information is beyond me.
With that said, a Republican lawmaker introduced a bill in Missouri that would stop drag queen story hours. Wait until you read this folksy backward nonsense:
“They’ve had these drag queen story hours, and that’s something that I take objection to and I think a lot of parents do,” Baker said. “That’s where in a public space, our kids could be exposed to something that’s age-inappropriate. That’s what I’m trying to tackle.”
I have no idea what these people mean by age-inappropriate. They are performers, in full make up, reading stories to kids. It’s all G rated. How backward can these people be?
Here’s the link to more. I will be the first to admit that I would never recommend reading any of my books to kids. My books come with a warning and they are for adults only. But a harmless G rated drag queen story hour is something completely different.
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