Nick Denton, Peter Thiel, Gawker, and Hulk Hogan
There was a new twist to the Hulk Hogan/Gawker lawsuit that I posted about last month. Peter Thiel, billionaire and paypal co-founder, has been funding Hogan’s lawyers behind the scenes…and for alleged reasons that date back. I’m not getting into the legalities, allegations, or the opinions here. But I am linking.
Denton wants this to happen:
I’m going to suggest an alternative approach. The best regulation for speech, in a free society, is more speech. We each claim to respect independent journalism, and liberty. We each have criticisms of the other’s methods and objectives. Now you have revealed yourself, let us have an open and public debate. The court cases will proceed as long as you fund them. And I am sure the war of headlines will continue. But, even if we put down weapons just for a brief truce, let us have a more constructive exchange.
This one really gets into a lot of issues, including free speech and outing. You can read more about it all here.
Once again, with free speech there are always consequences…and opinions.
Someone in the comments said this…
Freedom of the press does not give the press license to cross boundaries involving private behavior. The same principle is at stake when women complain about the posting of nude selfies that were stolen from their cell phones.
I’ve posted my thoughts a few times on Gawker stories over the years.
Gay Guys and Straight Guy Arm Pits
I doubt it’s a secret to anyone that gay men love arm pits, and this only makes things a little more intense.
Someone posted this on reddit…
“I want to bury my face in a straight guy’s armpit,” the man confesses. “I want to worship a part of his body that he’s been trained to think of as dirty or undesirable. I want to inhale his scent and make him feel pleasure in a way he’s never thought about before.”
And then straight men responded to it in various ways.
I actually believe this is part of gay culture…a small part, but it’s still there.
Girls In Gay Bars
Here’s more about the topic of girls going to gay bars…and how they behave there.
This week’s entry from Johnny Sibilly (which, OK, is also technically not a meme but if you can’t tell, we’re going to be very loose with that definition) falls in the “funny because it’s true” camp.
Look, we love that queer spaces are inclusive spaces, and we would never, ever tell someone they can’t or shouldn’t enjoy a night out at a fabulous gay venue. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to raise our eyebrows any less when we bump into this kind of behavior head-on in the wild.
You can check that out here, where there is a video that parodies how some of these women act in a gay bar. And I use parody loosely because I have seen this before in gay bars.
The comments get even more honest…and a little bit mean.
Then again, not all women do behave this way in gay bars…I have seen that before, too.