Category: Empire

Empire and the "N" Word; Queer As Folk Nudity; Booking Pros for Three-Ways

Empire and the “N” Word

There’s been criticism about why the TV show, “Empire,” will use the “F” word as a pejorative toward gay men, but they won’t use the “N” word.

Terrence Howard, the show’s star, had come out saying using the former is needed to make the show more authentic. “I’m mad that we don’t say n– in the show,” he told Entertainment Weekly in February. “Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n– every day. It’s become part of a conversation—why aren’t we using it in the show?”

Strong insisted that was not necessary. “It’s not a documentary about hip-hop,” he said Saturday, addressing Howard’s comments. “It’s a soap opera that takes place in the hip-hop world.”

There’s more here. Although I do believe words have more strength than most of us realize I also believe in creative license and I don’t like censorship of any kind.

Queer As Folk Nudity

They’ve been playing old Queer As Folk shows on Showtime lately and I happened to catch the pilot one night last week. I hadn’t seen any of the show since it went off the air…years. It was amusing to see how they handled certain things, especially the sex scenes. It made me wonder if TV hasn’t gone backward in the sex department since then.

“The day of the screen test they sent over — and I’m not making this number up — a 21-page nudity rider,” said Paige, who had only done nudity once before. “There were two pages that were the actual rider that said, ‘This is the the kind of show this is. If you are not down to do this, don’t take this job.’ And then it had 19 pages of the script attached, which were all just ass fucking.”

Once the laughter died down, Paige looked over to Cowan and Lipman. “They didn’t want us not to do it,” he said. “You guys were, like, ‘Basically, even if your character isn’t getting laid in this episode, you’re going to be. Which I took as a bonus!”

After seeing the rider, his manager told him not to take on the role. But Paige insisted he needed to be a part of “Queer As Folk,” regardless of what it would do to his career.

“I remember vividly waking up in the morning and going, ‘I’ll kill myself if I have to watch somebody else do this show,'” he said. 

Looking back, most LGBT shows since then have been fairly tame…with the exception of Jonathan Groff’s anal douche scene. 

You can read the rest here.  

Booking Pros for Three-Ways

The gist of this article is that three-ways are big. So big it’s now being suggested couples look for an outside source to help them out in the three-way department…basically, hiring an escort.

So what’s the advantage of hiring your third rather than picking them up on OKCupid or Craigslist Casual Encounters? Winner of “Best Top” in the 2015 Hookies escort awards, Austin believes that the parameters of seeing a sex worker offer a higher sense of control over the threesome. “The experience has a contract, and with that comes many securities. I won’t fall in love. I won’t interfere with their relationship.” Dave agrees, and adds that a professional is more likely to be safe… and have much needed experience. “If you find a good escort, they’re going to be dependable, they’ll be comfortable in their skin, they’re going to have sex skills, and they’re likely to be health-tested regularly.”

Aside from the obvious, I guess it’s much easier to just hire someone. But, there’s the obvious. Male escorts don’t come cheaply, pardon the bad pun. And frankly, I’d rather buy a new jacket than pay for penis. And it isn’t as if there aren’t plenty of guys out there looking to be part of a three-way. But to each his own.

The rest is here. You don’t want to miss the comments this time. It’s amazing that some of these people leaving comments aren’t running for President.

The Rainbow Detective Agency: On Fleek


Monk Touches Trans Woman’s Breast; Jussie Smollett Outed; Meadows Are Not Forever M/M Romance

Monk Touches Trans Woman’s Breast

This is unusual because it’s a topic that’s sparked a debate in some circles over gender, one most of us haven’t seen before.

A monk in Thailand touched a woman’s breasts, a photo was taken that went viral, and it set off a firestorm because Buddhist monks are never allowed physical contact with the opposite sex.

But the story took an unexpected twist Sunday (1 March) when the woman in the photo, only identified as Thanradaporn, told the Morning News TV show that she was a pre-op transgender woman.

‘I’m a transgender who has not had a gender change operation. My chest looks bigger than usual because I have been taking birth control pills,’ she said.

You can read more here. It’s really something that seems so innocent and yet somehow became a huge event that has sparked a debate over whether or not the trans woman in question is male, female, or third sex. 

Jussie Smollett Outed

This is something you don’t see often. One of Smollett’s co-stars in Empire, Malik Yoba, recently outed Smollett. He claims Smollett is gay to the point of being an activist in the LGBT community.

I don’t follow Empire, but it’s interesting to note that Smollett plays a gay character, Jumal, but hasn’t said anything about his own sexuality in real life. 

‘Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community. He and I have a very close relationship,’ Yoba tells Black Film.

But Smollett isn’t saying.

‘I am not willing to confirm or deny anything,’ he said in a recent interview with Sway in the Morning.

‘I live my life…if anyone is looking to put me in a box, then that’s not going to happen. But if you really want to know about me, just watch, because I don’t hide anything. I just don’t choose to talk about my personal life.’

See, that’s the part that bothers me. It’s not about his personal life. I don’t want to know about his sex life, what he eats for dinner, or what kind of car he drives. I don’t care how he does anal sex, if he’s a top or a bottom. That’s personal. Being gay is NOT about keeping something hidden in your personal life. Being gay is just being who you are, without shame and with dignity. And every single time I hear this weak excuse I want to grab something and kick it. It’s an insult to me, and to everyone else out there who just says, “Yes, I’m gay.” And that’s all we really need to know.

The rest is here.  Frankly, in this particular circumstance, I’m glad he was outed. I wouldn’t say that in other more sensitive circumstances. But the dude is playing gay, getting paid a lot of money to pretend to be gay, and he doesn’t want to admit he is gay in real life? That’s WTF-ery that sends mixed messages to younger gay men still struggling with their identities.

Meadows Are Not Forever