Gay Film Critic David Rooney Reflects
I think we are finally reaching that point in our culture…gay culture…where we can actually reflect on a few things.
David Rooney muses on three decades as a gay reviewer — from toxic stereotypes and the ubiquitous “f-word” to the thrill of Almodóvar and New Queer Cinema, Oscar’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’ burn to the ‘Moonlight’ milestone and beyond.
Here’s the link to read it in full. He goes into a lot more detail, and frankly I don’t agree with much he has to say. Especially when it comes to the film Call Me By Your Name that normalizes sex with a 17 year old gay boy and a 24 year old straight man, and is based on a novel written by a straight man. I don’t see anything gay about that film. I’m also not a fan of straight actors playing gay face anymore. At one time we had no choice. We do now.
Straight White Influencer Supports Black Lives Matter With Shirtless Selfie and Rainbow Flag
Well here’s a straight guy who wants to cover all the angles so that everyone loves him. His name is Benno Peters, he’s from Amsterdam, and he’s one of those social media influencers we see all over the place lately.
Benno Peters is an aspiring influencer from Amsterdam. This week, he posted a photo of himself showing off his six pack and holding a rainbow flag to show his support for… Black Lives Matter? Not only that, but… he’s not gay? Wait… what???
You can read it, here. This guy clearly needs to figure a few things out.
“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”
What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.