Grindr Date, Murder, and Cannibalism; James Franco and Christian Slater Gay Baiting, Again; "Moonlight" A Beautiful, Rare Gay Movie

Grindr Date, Murder, and Cannibalism

This is probably one of the worst Grindr related stories I’ve seen so far.

A cop hooked up with someone he’d met on Grindr and wound up dead. And they way the victim’s body was disposed of is beyond horrific.

He also claims that he disposed of some body parts by biking them over to a quiet spot beside the River Themes.

Brizzi said there was still a foot, hand, and leg at the apartment “which I tried to roast as well.”

While being interrogated, Brizzi, who’s HIV-positive, allegedly admitted:  “I thought I was getting away with it.”

Here’s the rest

Be careful out there. You never know.

James Franco and Christian Slater Gay Baiting, Again

Here’s a link to yet another quasi promotional piece for the upcoming movie, King Cobra.

This just in: Christian Slater is a very competitive person. Especially when it comes to shooting gay sex scenes in movies.

While speaking at a Q&A after the premiere of King Cobra over the weekend, 47-year-old Slater spoke candidly about the film’s many, many, many gay sex scenes and how he didn’t want James Franco to get all the attention. So he improvised a scene of his own.

There’s more here, with comments. I’ll post one of the comments below.

I’ve been posting about this for a while, and the fact that Brent Corrigan distanced himself from the entire project because he didn’t feel anything was being portrayed accurately. And this was his life…he lived a good deal of the story.

Here’s one of the articles where Corrigan speaks candidly:

Corrigan was previously offered a role in the film but he rejected the offer. In an interview with Str8UpGayPorn (NSFW), Corrigan stayed firmed on his decision, and further revealed that the script isn’t accurate, has ‘loads wrong’ and some important parts are also left out.

‘I chose to stay out of it because it was clear to me they were not trying to make a movie that would serve gay men, the gay adult industry, or any justice with what happened to Bryan, or what I lived through with Grant [Roy].

If you don’t know what King Cobra is all about, here’s a link to a few things I’ve posted.

And here’s a comment from the piece to which I linked first that pretty much sums it all up for most gay people.

Captain Obvious 
 
I don’t understand how Hollywood can be so filled to the brim with gay men yet so homophobic these tools have to create crappy loosely gay movies to express who they really are.

Then again Tyler Perry is doing the same thing in Atlanta.

After all the progress towards people accepting orientation Hollyweird just can’t seem to get on board because they want an endless supply of teen boys to pimp out.

I understand it. They are coming from places of privilege and they don’t have a clue. They think of us as gay, and they’re okay with that, but we’ll never be totally equal to them. That’s the mind set I’ve been dealing with most of my life. I once went into a sparring session on the DearAuthor comment thread with the owner of the blog herself, Jane Litte, about why it’s so wrong for this kind of appropriation to happen in films (and sometimes books). And while she was trying to trick me into saying the wrong thing, and presenting the argument that straight actors should be able to play gay roles whenever they want, I knew it was falling upon deaf ears and I took a step back. There are some hills that aren’t worth climbing. But I never forget either.

“Moonlight” A Beautiful, Rare Gay Movie

I wanted to post about this, in direct contrast to King Cobra. While reading the comments to one of the articles above, I saw a few people mention a wonderful new gay film titled, Moonlight.

The forthcoming film Moonlight, out October 21, is at once particular in its perspective and universally relatable. Set in Miami in the late 1980s and ’90s, the film chronicles the coming-of-age of a gay black boy—Chiron (“shy-rone”)—as he struggles with his sexuality, peer pressure, and a drug-addicted single mother. Over the course of the film, he is taken under the wing of a sympathetic local drug kingpin (Mahershala Ali), and he finds, loses, and finally reconnects with his first love, Kevin. The action unfolds in three acts—each one a different stage in the life of Chiron, whose conflicted teenage persona is captured beautifully by Ashton Sanders. Overall, the film is a moving reflection on black masculinity and human vulnerability.

It’s actually an interview with the author of the play on which the film is based, Tarell Alvin McCraney. You can read it in full here.

 
The Wedding

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"Foxcather" John du Pont, Gay Angle; Crimes of a Chickenhawk; Foxcatcher 1996

“Foxcatcher” John du Pont, Gay Angle

In 1996, John du Pont, from the wealthy du Pont family in the Philadelphia area, shot and killed a wrestler named David Schultz. I remember the story well because it was all over local Philadelphia news at the time, partly because du Pont was from such a prominent family and partly because he locked himself in his house for days until he finally surrendered to police after a long stand off.

Also at the time, I remember hearing rumors about du Pont being a closeted gay man. Of course none of those rumors were ever brought out in public, at least not through local mainstream media. If you do a search you’ll find several fascinating articles about it…and many come with comment threads where people have left even more fascinating pieces of alleged information that the press conveniently overlooked. This link to wiki states that du Pont was, in fact, gay.

 du Pont married Gale Wenk in 1983. They annulled their marriage ninety days later. du Pont was gay.

Now there’s a film out about du Pont, Foxcatcher, which focuses on the murder of David Schultz. It would have to focus on the murder because the only other interesting thing about du Pont’s life was that he loved wrestlers. He loved them enough to build a wrestling training camp on his estate, which is called Foxcatcher. He called the wrestling camp “Team Foxcatcher.” And, David Schultz was living on the estate with his wife at the time he was murdered by du Pont.

The film has received a few negative reviews, this one being the worst I’ve seen so far.

Not content to portray the vaguely sexual murder through In Cold Blood–style social observation and psychological speculation, Miller pretends to get “political.” The du Pont–Schultz disaster is presented with solemn music (including Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’”) and a nighttime image of the Washington monument here contextualized as a defiled phallic symbol — evidence of national decadence and decline. Miller shows the instincts of a dull-witted editorial writer, not an artist.

I’m not getting into film reviews, but notice the comment about “vaguely sexual murder.” That same vaguely sexual aspect of this case has been following the story since it first happened. This morning I was flipping through local Philadelphia morning news channels and several had short segments devoted to du Pont and the new film out about him. Not one mentioned anything about him being gay. Not one mentioned the fact that there’s even been speculation. I was waiting, but it was completely ignored. And I find that hard to take because it’s still implying that there is shame associated with being gay.

Here’s a link to a comment thread where someone posted some interesting facts.  

This is only part of the comment:

John duPont was a whack job and gay. His marriage was clearly an attempt to throw people off of the truth. Many Delaware Wrestlers trained at his estate in the off season because it was the best facility around. These men are now in their 30′s and 40′s. They attended the facility in groups and never wanted to be alone with the guy. 

I will see the film, but my point with this post is that I’m tired of anything remotely associated with being gay is treated as if it’s a taboo topic by the mainstream media. At least mention it as a possibility if it’s important to the story and don’t censor us anymore…even if it’s not flattering and it doesn’t create a happy-cry moment.

Here’s a link where you can read about the book, Foxcatcher.

Crimes of a Chickenhawk

This is about John du Pont, too. I wanted to post something from a gay media POV and found this review of the film, Foxcatcher. The title, for those who don’t know what a “chickenhawk” is, refers to older gay men who are ONLY attracted to much younger gay men. That term’s been around for a long time.

The earlier part of this post is how the media ignores the gay angle in the film. This part of the post is how the film allegedly insults gays in general. I haven’t seen the film so I can’t comment.

When du Pont awakens Mark for an after-midnight work-out, we’re shown the beast-with-two-backs in silhouette. Miller’s “tasteful” approach keeps us in the dark but surely du Pont and Mark know they’re humping. Miller’s innuendo robs them of their full tragedy while indie movie power brokers who sponsor Miller’s elite homophobia deflect their snobbery with a violent climax. They promote gayness as a pathological stereotype. In its grim, art-movie way, Foxcatcher is a form of gay-bashing. Lovers of the singlet had better stick to Matthew Modine, Michael Schoeffling, and Frank Jasper (pictured below) in the 1985 wrestling mat classic Vision Quest.


You can read the entire review here.

Foxworth: The History l996

And here’s an article from l996 that discusses the murder and all kinds of eccentricities du Pont had. And then this:

 There were also rumors that du Pont was gay, and that his interest in wrestlers went beyond the appropriate bounds of a coach.

Interesting. And I had to dig to find that one.

You can read the rest here.

Again, my point has nothing to do with the more complicated matters presented about du Pont or the murder investigation. I’m not even commenting on the film right now. My point is simple and I’d like to know why the strong gay angle in this story isn’t mentioned when it’s being discussed by the media almost twenty years later.

The Sheriff and the Outlaw
by Ryan Field