Insulting a Gay Rapper; Gay Celebrity Couples; Too Hot For US: New Gay UK TV Show

Insulting a Gay Rapper

Although I’ve never been a fan of this kind of morning radio host show humor, I don’t think this was meant to be real. In any case, the questions asked seem to hit too close to home with regard to the kinds of questions gay people are asked all the time…even when something isn’t meant to be funny. They come in all forms of dumb. In this case there’s nothing passive aggressive about it.

But when gay rapper Cakes da Killa sat down for a radio interview with The Hot 97 Morning Show last week, things just went from weird to embarrassing and back to weird again.

First, the two straight interviewers seem to congratulate Cakes on the fact that they didn’t initially know he was gay when they listened to his music. As if that’s some sort of achievement.

Then the real stupid starts when they suggest in all apparent honesty that on some level they don’t understand why their female lesbian staffer and Cakes wouldn’t hit it off in the sack. I mean, they’re both gay right??

Cakes was a good sport…what else can you be in a situation like that? But I’m still waiting for the day this kind of joking around about gay people becomes politically incorrect like everything else in the free world…or at the very least people think before they speak. Because you get just the right gay guy in that situation at just the right time and some radio host…or someone similar…is going to be eaten alive (smile).

You can read more here. There’s one question you really don’t want to miss.

Gay Celebrity Couples

Here’s a piece where there are photos and comments about gay celebrity couples who seem to make it all look better for some reason. And I’m glad they do. I think it’s important to talk about the serious issues, but as important to show that things aren’t always that bad. The post, like most things on Queerty, is really an advertorial for a film, however, it’s a good advertorial as far as they go.

To celebrate the release of Love Is Strange this weekend, we’ve taken a look at six gay celebrity couples whose relationships mirror those of the film’s main characters, played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

In the film, Lithgow and Molina play a gay couple learning to adapt to life’s uncertainty and accepting its hurdles as opportunities to grow. Forced to live apart due to circumstances beyond their control, their love grows despite the space between them.
You can view the photos here. I thought it was inspiring. And the film actually does look good.
Too Hot For US: New Gay UK TV Show
It’s doesn’t surprise me that something would be considered too hot for the US. That’s always been the case when you compare all forms of art in the US to anything abroad. It is what it is. Fortunately, there’s going to be a new TV show in the UK that’s too hot for the US, so they say, and at least we’ll be able to see it here thanks to technology, eventually.
Described by Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt as ‘channel-defining’, the show will be one of three programmes telling the story of life across the generations. Cucumber will be the main show, with Banana the spin-off featuring younger characters.
The other, Tofu, will tell the stories of ordinary people. The Thick Of It’s Vincent Franklin will play 40-something Henry Best who is currently splitting up with his boyfriend and finds himself attracted to a younger man.
It’s about time, and I’m looking forward to this. I hope we don’t have to wait too long to see it in the US.
I’ve heard other things about this UK show and all were good. You can read more here.

The Sheriff and the Outlaw
by Ryan Field 

No Gay Sex: George R.R. Martin; Sex Culture: Queer as Folk; Gay Texting: Mike Alvear

No Gay Sex: George R. R. Martin

George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, which is the book series upon which Game of Thrones is based, was asked why his books don’t have any gay sex scenes even though they are filled with straight sex scenes. His reply is actually about as professional as it gets. He writes each chapter from one character’s POV in the first person and he claims none of these characters are gay and it wouldn’t work for that reason.

“I’m not going to do it just for the sake of doing it. If the plot lends itself to that — if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation, then I’m not going to shy away from it — but you can’t just insert things because everyone wants to see them.”

Fans have written him about having more m/m sex scenes.

“It is not a democracy. If it was a democracy, then Joffrey would have died much earlier than he did.”

I don’t follow his books or Game of Thrones, so I can’t comment on the content at all. But the article to which I’m linking isn’t too thrilled with his answer. And I take exception to this. As a gay writer who often writes novels where each chapter has a character with a different POV, I find that I have to remain true to the character.

But more than that, in my books I don’t see how writing straight sex scenes into any storyline I’ve ever written would help the book or move the story forward. And that’s what sex scenes are supposed to…add to the story and/or move the story forward. Frankly, I don’t even like the fact that a author of this article is asked Martin a question like this. It also shows how little this author knows about writing.

I find Martin’s answer plausible and honest and genuine. You don’t just write gay sex scenes for the sake of doing it, especially during a time when too many are already gay baiting, exploiting gays, and using gay content for monetary gain.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Sex Culture: Queer as Folk

Russell T. Davies who created the UK Queer as Folk is planning to do a new show called Tofu. It’s about sex culture and the premise sounds interesting.

Russell T. Davies, who penned the original British installment of “Queer as Folk,” has announced plans for “Tofu,” an eight-part series about modern sex culture, according to The Independent.

On Red Productions’ website, director Benjamin Cook describes “Tofu” as a “light-hearted documentary series” about “good sex, bad sex, real-life sex. Smut, basically.”

I remember watching the US version of Queer as Folk and liking it when it first came out. But then I watched the UK version and absolutely loved it. It’s hard to compare the two. They were both good and came around at just the right time in gay culture because gay men were desperate for it. Up until then, we had nothing but dark depressing stories. And there’s nothing wrong with dark depressing stories, but a little fun is okay, too.

You can read more here.

Gay Texting: Mike Alvear

I see articles all the time and pass on them because they are so stupid. But sometimes I come across one that is so colossally idiotic I can’t pass on it for that very reason…idiotic because it’s funny. In this case it’s a piece by someone named Mike Alvear. I think he’s being funny. I hope he’s being funny. I can’t imagine anyone taking this seriously because this stuff is so funny…and even a little warped.

Get this:

Of course, it isn’t you he’s testing; it’s your typing. Do your texts make him laugh or reach for the Rolaids? You are constantly being assessed by the content of your texts (just as you’re assessing his). In fact, your texts are pretty much your defining characteristic until you talk on the phone or hang out somewhere real.

Now THAT’S the kind of pressure we all want to hear in an already stressful situation.

But it gets better. He suggests you have pre-made, go-to texts for every occasion. In the article to which I’m linking he only gives a few examples, but there’s a link there where I found a few more.

I got kicked out of Barns and Nobles cuz i put all the bibles in the fiction section.

“Lose 5 Pounds in 5 days”. My upbeat view of abortion

I’m going to state the obvious again…I think. It’s supposed to be funny…I think. Unfortunately, someone who left a comment didn’t get the joke…which, of course, made it even funnier.

You can read more here.

The Sheriff and the Outlaw
by Ryan Field

"Queer as Folk" Creator Working on Something Brand New

Russell T. Davis, the man who created “Queer as Folk” and other dramas, is supposedly working on a brand new drama. I’m a huge fan of his work…all of it!! And all I can say is amen…and I seriously hope that if he does create a new drama the folks over at the LOGO channel are thinking about picking it up. But LGBT TV is so dismal at this point, I’d settle for anyone picking it up.

It’s been a long time since there was anything worth watching on LOGO. Sorry, I’m not the Buffy the Vampire Slayer type, and I’d rather watch fifteen year old reruns of the Two Fat Ladies on the cooking channel than watch Rue Paul’s Drag Race. And films like Latter Days, although entertaining in some places, leave me wondering why this is the best they can do with gay drama. But, like I said, we take what we can get. “They” treat the lgbt community a lot like the African American community was treated in the l960’s and 70’s.

Here’s the article about the new drama, and here’s the link.

By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: July 10, 2011Russell T. Davies, the creative force behind Torchwood, Doctor Who and Queer as Folk, is working on a new gay drama, Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood reported.

BBC Worldwide Productions is producing the new show, tentatively titled Cucumber, which revolves around gay men. Showtime, which aired an American version of Queer as Folk based on Davies’ groundbreaking UK version, is reportedly considering picking up the show.

“Details about the plot have been hard to come by,” the site reported. “It’s a good bet it’s getting a hard look” from Showtime executives.

On Friday, Davies’ latest series, Torchwood: Miracle Day, premiered on the Starz cable network. The action-oriented sci-fi spinoff of the BBC hit Doctor Who is helmed by Captain Jack Harkness, played since 2005 by openly gay actor John Barrowman. The time traveling Harkness is bisexual.

In an interview with gay glossy The Advocate, Davies said there was no pressure to alter the sexuality of the series’ characters in bringing the show to an American premium cable network.