Bollywood’s First Gay Rom-Com
I don’t know much about this, and I know very little about Bollywood, but I have seen it trending all over social media. It’s about a new gay romantic comedy that’s being promoted heavily as the first gay rom-com ever released in India, and it’s titled, Be Extra Careful About Marriage.
Writer/director Hitesh Kewalya describes the key innovation in the film as empathizing with gay people, rather than making fun of them “in such a way as to make it accessible, and humor seemed to be the natural choice to achieve that,” he told TV network France24.
To be frank, that line alone bothers me a little. It sounds as if we’re still listening to straight people tell us how they want to empathize with us. And we should be telling “them,” and holding on to our own culture.
You can read the rest here. The star of the film is Ayushmann Khurrana who is a straight actor with a wife and kids. According to his bio he’s known for playing men “often plagued with dysfunction.” The director is Hitesh Kewalya and I’m really not sure about whether or not he’s openly gay.
I’m not so sure about this one. I could be wrong, and I hope I am, but it sounds like another gay movie written by straight people, acted by straight people, and produced by straight people.
The Criticism Pete Buttigieg Receives
Pete Buttigieg has been facing a good deal of criticism from within the gay community lately. I’ve also seen a lot of support from straight mainstream voters. So it does balance out, at least I hope it does. I’d like to see him run against Donald Trump in the fall. But that’s all up in the air for now.
One thing is certain: it can’t be easy.
Faced on one side with complaints from conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh about being too gay and LGBTQ activists on the other side who say he’s not gay enough, Pete Buttigieg faces a unique burden as an out presidential candidate despite the history he made with success in Iowa and New Hampshire.
You can check out the rest here. This one is easy for me. It’s really just common sense. The man is gay, openly gay and proudly married to a man. He’s not telling me what it feels like to be gay, or what his best gay friend told him about being gay. He’s the real thing. I never thought I would see that happen in my lifetime.
From the day they meet for the first time until the day their lives change forever, Harrison Parker and Morton Starr were destined for greatness—and each other. A Starr is Born follows the paths of handsome, badly-behaving rock star Harrison Parker and sexy gender-bending performer Morton Starr, who is just starting his career.
Morton is so madly in love with his husband, Harrison, he’ll do anything to please him, including overlooking all his self-destructive issues. However, as openly gay Morton gains more fame and success in the mainstream with his popular gay love songs and his unique gender-bending image, and Harrison continues to slide downhill, there comes a point where everything has to change. And when that climax finally happens, Morton isn’t certain about anything in his future or his marriage.