Ellen DeGeneres and the Allegedly Racist Tweet; Gay History In San Francisco; Another Gay Bar In London Closes

Ellen DeGeneres and the Allegedly Racist Tweet

Either Ellen DeGeneres or her publicist tweeted something that some people are questioning as racist. I know this is yesterday’s news for people I see daily on social media, but this blog is (and always has been) for the Internet and most of my hits come from random searches that aren’t always related to social media. I also like to post these things in case I want to revisit them in the future for one reason or another. It’s happened before.

In any event…

In the edited picture, DeGeneres is seen riding piggyback on Bolt using him for transport.

If you consider America’s history of slavery, where black women and men literally had their backs broken by their white slave owners, this did not go over well. 

You can check this out here. There’s a photo of the tweet.

I don’t think for a minute that Ellen DeGeneres is racist or that she meant any harm at all with this tweet. However, I do think it’s an excellent example of how cautious we all have to be these days with the PC police questioning everything.

Gay History In San Francisco

In one of my most recent books, Unabated, I have two young adult characters who are gay…openly gay. One was raised by two gay dads in a world where he has completely assimilated into the mainstream. His gay dads are, too, and they did that on purpose because they didn’t want their family to be different. I think that’s happening a lot these days in RL, and will continue to happen, but sometimes I worry it will be at the expense of all gay culture.

This article says a lot about how things have changed.

Back in the day, people looking for Osento on a similarly soupy afternoon were probably just as confounded. The women-only communal bathhouse, a frequent haunt for lesbians, didn’t have a sign out front. It was mostly known through word of mouth by its clientele, who say its founder ended a nearly three-decade run when she shuttered it in 2008 and moved north to Lake County, Calif.

You can read the rest here. 

Another Gay Bar In London Closes

Speaking of gay culture, here’s yet another story about a long running gay bar in London shuttering its doors for good.

The Queen’s Head on Tryon Street, Chelsea, has been serving gay customers since the mid-20th century.

On Sunday it posted the following message to its Facebook page: ‘Unfortunately it’s true, the Old Lady of Tryon Street will be closing her doors for the last time on 6 September.

You can check this out, here. I’ve written many posts on this topic, and about the reasons why bars like this are closing. At one time I went to gay bars all the time, and the truth is I haven’t been to one in almost a year. Changing times…moving forward.

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Emma Watson Nude Photo Hoax; Big Brother 15 David Girton Full Frontal Nudity; SF Gay Sex Clubs Going Extinct

Emma Watson Nude Photo Hoax

In a more complicated story about the nude celebrity photo leaks recently, this one about Emma Watson is really a lot more serious than I think most people realize. It combines feminist discrimination, privacy issues, and censorship…plus a few more. In short, Emma Watson delivered a speech on feminism and a group called 4chan didn’t like it. In response, 4chan allegedly planned to release nude photos of Watson. There was a special Watson web site launched, with a countdown to the release of the nude photos. Somehow a group called Rantic got involved and they made things even more complicated. I’m still unsure about whether or not the photos were released.

Rantic wrote an open letter to the President:

 “We have been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this disgusting issue to attention. The recent 4chan celebrity nude leaks in past 2 months have been an invasion of privacy and is also clear indication that the internet NEEDS to be censored. Every Facebook like, share & Twitter mention will count as a social signature — and will be one step closer to shutting down http://www.4chan.org. “

You can read the entire piece here. The thing that worries me the most is the part about censorship.

Big Brother 15 David Girton Full Frontal Nudity

Well over a year ago I did a few posts about racism and gaycism on Big Brother 15, issues that really turned a lot of people off on the show. It got great ratings, but at what future expense? I haven’t felt the same about BB since then. Which is a shame, because I think the game itself is fascinating. This season has been tame in comparison to BB 15 and it was pleasantly reminiscent of the game when it first aired over a decade ago. I think all BB fans hope this continues.

In any event, here’s a link to an article about David Girton who happened to be a BB houseguest during season 15…the racist season. I don’t even remember him because he was one of the first voted off…if not the first. He’s recently gained attention from his unusual tweets and the personal full frontal nude shots he’s been posting on twitter. He has over 22K followers and he’s only following 228 people. They aren’t following him because of his clever, witty tweets.

We can’t say he was on our radar for long (or at all), but here he is now, posting fully nude dick pics, wearing women’s panties, cruising for a dick to suck and seeking weed on Twitter. Consider him back on our radar.
 
There’s really no explanation for what caused Girton to turn his profile into a XXX paradise, but some things are best left unexplained, right?
 
Of course there’s an explanation. He wants attention and this is the only way he’ll ever get it. Why gloss over it? Frankly, I’ve seen authors do far worse in my time. At least Girton’s up front and honest about it.
 
 
 

SF Gay Sex Clubs Going Extinct

Here’s an article about San Francisco gay sex clubs becoming extinct, which if history repeats itself shouldn’t surprise anyone. A great deal of gay culture is changing and the gay bar is nothing at all like it used to be unless you go to select places in the US where there is a small concentration of gay men holding on to what they’ve always known. At one time, not more than fifteen years ago, we had three gay bars in New Hope and all were destinations for gay men coming from as far away as Connecticut and Washington, D.C. on weekends. We have one bar left, and it’s mostly a mixed crowd now. Interestingly, we have probably more gay men…couples…living in the area than ever before. Tony and I have neighbors that back up to our property on the west side who are gay and we’ve never actually met them.

This article says there are five reasons why these sex clubs are going extinct. Here’s one:

Hookup apps
Apps like Grindr, Jack’d and SCRUFF have revolutionized how we go about finding Mr. Right Now. Once upon a time, gay men relied on bathhouses and sex clubs to meet one another. These days we’re all about efficiency and location, location, location. With just the swipe of a finger, your next paramour can be in your bedroom in five minutes flat. No more driving across town and paying a $20 entrance fee.

I think that’s the biggest and most important reason…the Internet.

You can read the rest here. I wonder how I’ll be posting about this topic five years from now.

 
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by Ryan Field