Reviews For Harry Styles Playing Gayface in The Policeman, Ryan Field Books

 Reviews For Harry Styles Playing Gayface in The Policeman

I have been talking about cultural appropriation with gay men for a few years. Prior to that, most of us didn’t even know what cultural appropriation meant. But now we do, and it’s catching on. 

I came across an interesting new account on Twitter, @stopgayface, the other day and I’d like to share this with all the gay people I know, and all the allies I know, so that maybe we can all put a stop to gay cultural appropriation. It’s not going to be easy. Most straight people are so deeply rooted in their straight privilege they see nothing wrong with actors playing gayface, or straight white writers writing gay content. But this will, indeed, change one day. And these people taking advantage of gay men and gay culture will not go down on the right side of history. 

With that said, I’m linking to a few reviews of the new Harry Styles movie, The Policeman. For those who don’t know, Styles is playing gayface in the film, and he’s been queer-baiting all month. They are calling it a gay romance, but it’s not. It’s a hetero interpretation of what it was like to be gay in the 1950s and they always get it wrong. Even more interesting, this film is based on a book written by a woman, not a gay man. So there’s that brand of appropriation, too. I haven’t seen the movie so I’m not offering any comments or opinions. And I do not plan to see it. 

This is from Vanity Fair:

“When [Harry Styles] has to hold a scene’s emotional tenor for longer than a line reading, he’s flat. He projects a glow of decency throughout the film, which means he’s not unwelcome in any given scene, but you ache for him every time a bit of dialogue thuds.

Here’s more. There are more quotes at this link. It’s interesting to note that not one single reviewer mentioned gayface. Just interesting. They would have mentioned Yellowface if Styles had been portraying an Asian character. 

In any event, here’s another review for The Policeman

Navigating the world as a queer person, especially in a time when it was still punishable by law, requires too much complexity for someone still testing out his sea legs, it’s essentially two roles at a time when he struggles to play one. He’s drowning in the deep end and it sinks the movie around him.

 Then why not give that role to an openly gay actor? If you recall, James Franco and Nick Jonas tried gay-baiting and it didn’t work for them either. 

 How to Be a Good Gay Bottom 

A Different Kind of Southern Love Story

What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”


“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.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

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.”
In paperback or e-book. #gayromance #Wednesday

Altered Parts

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

The Wizard of Pride

The Straight Pride Parade

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