When Hollywood Celebrities Use Pride to Get Attention and Valerie Bertinelli’s Toxic Masculinity Cooking Show
First, this is a post that’s not something we see mentioned often, and that’s because it falls under the proverbial radar all the time. But all gay people have seen it or experienced it at one point or another. And there’s nothing wrong with pointing something out. It’s also not the most harmful thing in the world.
I see straight celebrities Tweeting all the time and most are supportive and welcoming to anyone who’s LGBTQ+. It’s nice to see. It’s comfortable and reassuring to know we have allies who are straight. But every so often I come across one of those toxic straight male celebrities who use a form of quasi LGBTQ+ support to their advantage. They use us to get attention so that their fans can tell them how wonderful they are. There’s one on Twitter who used to be a child star back in the 80s and he’s one of the worst. He actually pinned a “Love” meme with all the colors of the rainbow to his Twitter account and then he continues to make homophobic tweets.
And this was interesting. Once in a while on a Sunday morning when I don’t go out to run I’ll leave the TV on for a few minutes and just scroll up and down to see what’s on. This morning I found an episode…S3 – E2…of Valerie Bertinelli’s cooking show and I was actually kind of stunned to see all the toxic masculinity she was promoting. And she seemed proud of it, too. Or clueless, it’s hard to tell with her sometimes.
In short, the theme of that particular show was about starting a new family tradition where she gets together with her husband, her brother, and her son, Wolf. And while she’s cooking and preparing for the feast, she’s laughing and joking around about the big masculine man day. “The fellas” are going to eat a hearty “man meal.” While she’s the dainty little woman inside, the dudes are all outside doing “guy stuff.” All that rough and tough “men stuff.” You get my point here. And even worse, she makes a pink frilly drink that’s for ladies. This one episode is filled with so many straight male stereotypes you could gag. I am not joking. At first, I thought maybe she was being sarcastic, but she’s serious.
Of course, you straight people won’t see anything unusual about this, but whenever someone who’s LGBTQ+ sees it they know immediately there something highly insincere about it. Gender becomes something defined by age-old stereotypes once again. And normally we just suck it all up and never call attention to it. We don’t want to be accused of being too PC or too sensitive. And poor little innocent Valerie was only treating her menfolk, like menfolk.
Gay Jewish Scientist and the Nazis
This is the fascinating story of Otto Warbug who was not the expected scientist you’d hear about in Nazi Germany. In fact, he’s the last person you would think would even want to be in Nazi Germany.
“In 1934, at a moment when Hitler had already begun sending Germans to concentration camps,” the journalist and author Sam Apple writes at the end of this opening anecdote in “Ravenous,” “Otto Warburg, a gay man of Jewish descent, wanted Nazi laws rewritten according to his personal needs.”
Here’s more. They go on to explain more about his research, and they claim he was one of the “giants of biochemistry.” It’s worth reading because it’s not something you ever would have learned in school.