Category: Jared Leto

21 Gaycist Ways; Queerbaiting on TV; Gay Patronizing; Gay Wedding, Anti-Gay Marriage Dad

21 Gaycist Ways

If you don’t know the definition of gaycist, here’s a link that will explain it. And this next link explains 21 interesting ways to tell if someone is gaycist. It only gets into 21.

Here’s one I see all the time:

1. You’ve asked a same-sex couple which one is the guy and the girl.

This one is common, too:

8. You think Macklemore and Lady Gaga are the voices of the gay rights movement.

This one gets me all the time.

16. As a straight person, you feel you can adequately define what discrimination is.

But I’d like to add that some of these things are overlooked and not all gay people take them as seriously as others. I think intent is important and I never hold innocent mistakes against anyone. I don’t think that’s fair. The only thing about gaycism that really bothers me is when people try to exploit and profit on gays for either attention or monetary gain.

You can read the rest here. I highly suggest checking out the link and the author. Number 21 is probably the most offensive.

Queerbaiting on TV

This is becoming increasingly more common on television all the time. Queerbaiting is when a TV show hints around that a character or situation might be LGBTI, but it never actually follows through with an LGBTI storyline. Sometimes they will drag it out for weeks, a lot of this they’ve been doing on True Blood this season. The intent is to get gay people to watch, keep them hanging, and hope that something LGBTI might happen. I also think it attracts a curious heteronormative crowd, often for the sake of sheer curiosity. The worst offenders never actually follow through because they don’t want to alienate the homophobic crowd.

In case you’re confused, here’s an article that describes it in more detail.

It is never acknowledged on camera and you are left wondering if you made it all up. I’ve been trying to decide if some recent comments from Jeff Davis, the creator of Teen Wolf, are likely queer baiting or not. And if it is, I don’t even know if I can handle another show pulling a dick move like that.

Gay Patronizing

This next link is from Salon. I’ve always found them to be reputable. If I were to discuss things like this on my own without linking to something reputable some might think I’m making this all up, or that I’m overly sensitive. But the general theme of this post today is how gays often suffer passive aggressive homophobia and many don’t even realize it’s happening. For example, this article about Michael Douglas and Jared Leto insulting gays is something that most people, gay or straight, wouldn’t even realize at surface level. I remember feeling this way when these things happened. I didn’t post about it because so many out there seemed so defensive about the issue…and so willing to protect. I saw gay people shot down on social media too many times for trying to make this point. I decided it wasn’t worth the effort…at the time.

This was all in good fun, but Leto’s playing for laughs the process by which he prepared for the role of a person who felt uncomfortable in her body was not, really: “It was a very transformative role. I had to do a lot of things to prepare. One of the things I did was wax my entire body, including my eyebrows,” Leto said to the audience’s laughter.

Once again, laughing at LGBTI people. The most recent posts and updates by James Franco got me interested in all this, and I think this particular article brings up a few excellent points. As I said, I wouldn’t dare post my own thoughts on this, at least not at this time. I feel more comfortable linking to someone else who seems to nail it much better than I can right now. I highly suggest reading this.

Gay Wedding, Anti-Gay Marriage Dad

I think this next link sums this post up in an interesting way. A mayor in France who has always been anti-gay marriage went to his gay son’s wedding (and performed the ceremony) and made a few interesting comments.

Keep in mind this mayor has always been openly vocal about his stand on gay marriage.

‘When my son asked me if I’d do it, I immediately told him “yes”, because I did the same for his sister and because we get on well. I didn’t want to give the wrong impression of relations with my family,’ Bardet reportedly told his local newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré.

He said he had never discussed same-sex marriage with his son prior to his union and has only known for two and a half months that his son is gay.

I bring up this point a lot here on the blog: highly conservative public figures against gay marriage who have gay family members and close friends.

This mayor claims he will NOT perform another gay marriage in his lifetime. He only did this because it’s his son.

Evidently, we all still have a very long way to go.

You can read the rest here.

Four Gay Weddings and a Funeral
by Ryan Field

Author Career Crisis; Trans Peeps on Jared Leto; Ellen Breaks Twitter; Ender’s Game & Orson Scott Card

Author Career Crisis

This is interesting because we hear so much babble (I can’t think of a better word) about there never being a better time for writers than now. The article gets into the many mid-list authors and even bestselling authors who are trying to figure out ways to survive and maintain viable incomes with so many changes happening in publishing.

The piece goes into more detail and names a few writers as examples. This paragraph sums things up well:

Thomson is a veteran from a now-deserted battlefield. Rates of attrition among so-called “mid-list” writers, steady professionals who can no longer find publishers to support them, have begun to rise alarmingly. But drop a generation or two, and you find parallel stories: young writers grappling with a wholly new – and in some respects, hostile – literary landscape. In a business that relies on keeping up appearances, no one wants to admit this. Privately, there’s a lot of fear.

I know several I won’t name here in this post who would say these authors should all be self-publishing. And maybe they should. I’ve had to make several career changes I never thought I’d have to make in my lifetime and self-publishing has been one of the biggest. But the problem with self-publishing is that we’re also dealing with a new, lawless brand of authors who may or may not have talent, who are willing to sell their proverbial souls to sell a book, and who will stop at nothing shy of murder to get onto a best seller list.

So yes, it’s a great time in many ways for authors. But it’s also a frustrating time for authors who play by the rules. But more important, more and more authors are questioning how they should be playing their own games now.

You can read more here.

Trans Peeps Mad at Jared Leto

I haven’t seen Dallas Buyers Club yet so I can’t offer any solid criticism about this. It seems that trans people are speaking out about Jared Leto’s performance as a trans woman. They claim it was exaggerated, stereotypical, and cliché.

If you thought Jared Leto’s performance was anything other than an exaggerated, stereotyped, cliché damaging to trans people, f off,’ one said on Twitter.

 ‘One small step for Jared Leto One giant blow for the trans movement,’ another added. Another Twitter user said: ‘The fact that every trans person on my [timeline] found Jared Leto’s portrayal of a trans person offensive makes me not really want to see that film.’

British trans activist Paris Lees, writing in The Independent, said it was not an Oscar-worthy performance as she did not recognize in Rayon any trans woman she knows.

‘For truly accurate portrayals of trans people, cast trans actors, I say,’ she said.

This reminds me a lot of the discussion in gay forums back when Brokeback Mountain was getting so much attention. Hollywood has a long history of doing things like this, and it’s all about money and getting attention. Right now, anything LGBT is hot and they are going to capitalize on it as much as they can. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but they never seem to get it right.

I will watch Dallas Buyer’s Club and review it.

You can read more here.

Ellen Breaks Twitter

The only reason I’m posting about this is because of the photo itself (and I love Ellen). I couldn’t care less about Twitter or the Oscar Awards in a general sense. Ellen took a selfie and Twitter went BERserk.

For the selfie, DeGeneres was quickly surrounded by two of the night’s winners Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto as well as nominees Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep along with Brad Pitt.

I also can’t help thinking this might be the last of the privileged generation of old time film stars. I could be wrong. But the fact is that even with all the Oscar hype most people in the US didn’t even see the films that were nominated. Publishing isn’t the only thing changing. The film industry is going through its own restructuring right now.

You can read more here, and view the photo.

I wish James Franco had been in it.

Ender’s Game & Orson Scott Card

Speaking of films, I wanted to do a follow up on Orson Scott Card and Ender’s Game. Here’s a link to several of my posts on the topic. In short, Orson Scott Card is the author of the book, Ender’s Game, and he’s always been highly outspoken with homophobic, discriminatory comments about gays. LGBT people called for a boycott of the film version of Ender’s Game last year and Card’s gay hate comments seemed to shadow everything associated with the film, in spite of all efforts to contain it. I’ll be honest, even though I posted a few times about all this, I actually care so little about Orson Scott Card or anything he’s associated with I mentally blocked him out, forgot all about the Ender’s Game movie, and didn’t even think about it again until just this weekend when I saw that Ender’s Game had already gone to video on Demand. In other words, my own personal boycott wasn’t even conscious.

So I did a simple search about how Ender’s Game did at the box office and came up with a few interesting things.

The film’s backers have been in panic mode ever since a boycott call was launched by an organisation called Geeks Out, protesting at Card’s views on gay marriage, as well as his comparison of President Obama to Hitler.

All those connected to the film have been forced on the defensive, with actor Harrison Ford defending Ender’s Game by claiming “There is nothing in the film or the book addressing [Card’s] current dispositions, or prejudices”, and director Gavin Hood saying: “It has been a real dilemma for me: I love the book … and it’s very difficult for me to reconcile that with his clearly contrary views to the ones I hold on the issue of gay rights.”

More here.

This next article says because of a lackluster box office appeal Ender’s Game will not have a sequel.

 The Hollywood Reporter compiled the views of a number of analysts whose job it is to review the franchise potential of blockbuster wannabes. Most felt Gavin Hood’s film, which has been targeted by gay rights activists, would struggle to make back its $110m budget after debuting with a solid but unspectacular $28m in North America.

More about that here.

I won’t be watching Ender’s Game on Demand, or anywhere else, thanks to Orson Scott Card’s vituperative comments on gays.