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Zachary Quinto Talks about the Fear of Gay Men in the Entertainment Industry, Ryan Field Books

 Zachary Quinto Talks about the Fear of Gay Men in the Entertainment Industry

I’m always posting about the way the entertainment industry hires straight white writers to write gay content, and then they hire straight actors to play gayface. It’s a form of cultural appropriation straights don’t even want to acknowledge. The most recent example is Harry the Styles playing gayface in The Policeman. Harry can’t even figure out why “labels” are important to many of us…because we are proud to be gay. They did the same thing with that awful Call Me by Your Name film. 

And it continues to happen. I read that there’s a new film about Leonard Bernstein with straight Bradley Cooper who wrote the gay content and is playing gayface. The only one in Hollywood, so far, to admit that’s it’s wrong to culturally appropriate gay men has been Tom Hanks. He said he would never play gayface again, because that’s wrong. 

With that said, I’m linking to a piece now where Zachary Quinto talks about the fear of gay men in the entertainment industry and a few things about politics and democracy. He also talks about why he came out in 2011. He wrote this quote on his blog:

“living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it” was “simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead”. 

He mentions no names, but he does express concern about closeted gay actors in Hollywood who refuse to live authentic lives. They get into why Quinto took in more significant roles like The Boys in the Band, a gay classic. And finally they discuss openly gay Ryan Murphy and how be became so successful. 

You can read more here. It’s long but there’s a lot more to learn. And Quinto sounds like a fascinating man. 

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Authors United Amazon Letter; Zachary Quinto on James Franco; Downton Abbey Gay Surprise; Straight Ice Cream;

Authors United Amazon Letter

This is one of those posts I hate to write because I’m never sure how to comment.

With that said, a letter went out to Amazon executives from a group called Authors United that includes some heavy hitting names has generated quite a few negative responses all over the publishing community. It’s in reference to the Hachette/Amazon battle that doesn’t seem to want to end.

Amazon argues that most e-books should be sold at $9.99 to spur sales, while Hachette says it should be able to set prices on its own.

I think what Hachette doesn’t realize is that the people who read e-books have limits. In other words, Hachette or any other publisher can price an e-book as high as they want but people who only read e-books won’t buy them. As a reader, I’ve passed on more e-books than I can count in the past five years. And that doesn’t mean I bought the print book. I found other publishers, authors, and even indie authors who are just as good as any from the big 5 and I read those e-books instead. I have choices now. The gatekeepers are not dictating what I read anymore.  

Amazon has blocked pre-orders and slowed shipping times of some books, a negotiating tactic that has alienated a number of high-profile authors including Gladwell and Patterson.

Here’s a link to the actual letter at Authors United. There’s really nothing I can add, other than I think we can score a few points for Amazon on this one. It should be interesting to see how Amazon responds, if they even bother.

Downton Abbey Gay Plot

If you follow Downton Abbey you know there’s a gay character who is not only gorgeous and evil, but is depicted as a victim of his times and circumstances. He has no choices whatsoever, other than to conform and pretend. Now there’s supposedly a new twist on the gay character in Downton Abbey this season.

Still, on the upcoming fifth season of the compulsively watchable British drama, Barrow will “not only question his sexuality but try to change it, with devastating consequences,” according to the Daily Mail.

Last season I thought they backed away from any gay storyline, which bothered me a little because I wanted something…at least a little something. It looks as if they’ll be making up for lost time this season.

You can read more here.

Zachary Quinto on James Franco

It’s kind of ironic to post about a privileged straight white man like James Franco after posting something about how horrific life was for homosexual people back in the early part of the last century…and prior to that. It’s still not all that great, even though we’re gaining momentum as each day passes.

James Franco has been called obsessed with gay culture and Zachary Quinto is now coming to his defense. The two are involved in some movie I can’t recall right now…about gays I think.

‘My feeling about James, in particular, is that he’s someone who is really interested in generating a dialogue,’ Quinto tells HuffPost Live. ‘I think it’s certainly an issue in society today that warrants provocative discussion.’

I’m honestly not sure what to think about Franco anymore. He does something absolutely ridiculous one day, to the point of insulting, and the next he does something fascinating and wonderful.

You can read more here.

Straight Ice Cream

This is actually something that’s hard to understand because as a marketing strategy it’s dangerous. An ice cream shop in New York’s West Village put up a sign that says they’re selling straight ice cream in what appears to be a way to retaliate, or compete, against another ice cream shop across the street that’s called the Big Gay Ice Cream shop. The gay shop found out about this and went on a twitter smear campaign.

‘If you pass by @galloneronyc maybe you could pop in & let em know what you think of this advertising campaign,’ they said.

Responses to the pic include: ‘Apparently the “true taste of Italy” that @GalloNeroNYC creates is homophobia. Mmm…tasteless.’

‘Wow! That is the most inappropriate ad I’ve seen in a long time! Obviously @biggayicecream must be a threat.’

‘Funny how your homophobic ice cream is boring and @biggayicecream has fun flavors. A lot like life, huh?’

Who would have thought the ice cream business could be so vicious?

In any event, you can read more here about ice cream and alleged homophobia.

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Archie Dies For Gay Character; James Franco’s Gay Lover; Miguel Pinzon & Tori Spelling; Small Town Romance Writer by Ryan Field

Archie Dies For Gay Character

Earlier this week when I posted about the Archie character from Life of Archie dying at the end of this particular series by taking a bullet meant for an openly gay character, Kevin Keller, I didn’t expect to receive many reactions. But I’ve had e-mails and comments left on social media that surprised me so much I thought I’d search around for more online reactions to see how others feel about all this…or at least how it’s being handled. I’m taking an objective approach.

For one thing, I didn’t know this was all so political:

And in Life Of Archie, Kevin is now a veteran, married to his husband, and elected senator on a platform of increasing gun control in Riverdale, after his husband was involved in a shooting.

Evidently, Kevin Keller is not without a history of controversy. When the character debuted anti-gay group, One Million Moms, tried to start a boycott which backfired hugely and only wound up boosting sales. That’s not a huge surprise. There’s one particular book review web site that’s almost stopped reviewing some books poorly because those bad reviews helped sales.

Here’s a strong reaction that seems to spark interesting conversation.

Killing Archie Andrews in the course of saving Kevin Keller’s life sends a powerful message both about gun control and about the place of LGBT youth in modern society. Archie, who Goldwater holds up as a symbol of heroism and “the best in all of us”, did not die for love and he did not die solely for friendship. He died for principles, for everything that Kevin is, that Kevin stands for, and that Kevin represents. If we have to see a beloved comic icon go, even if it’s just in one title, then I’m glad it was for a cause that is so relevant to each and every single one of us.

On another note, someone e-mailed me in private and he/she thought this move to end the series was more about sensationalizing gays and gun control as issues in a huge effort to grandstand and get as much attention as possible…just for the sake of attention, at the expense of gays and gun control. This reader made a few excellent points.

Archie publisher, Jon Goldwater, disagrees and doesn’t think this is a political issue at all:

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don’t agree,” said Goldwater. “I think Riverdale is a place where everyone should feel welcome and safe. From my point of view, I’m proud of the stance we’ve taken here, and I don’t think it’s overtly political on any level.”

Speaking objectively, I don’t think Goldwater has been reading the news lately. Or that’s his impression of blowing smoke up our asses. If someone is taking a “proud stance” how is that NOT political?

A Huff Po article actually does mention the fact that this is probably a publicity stunt.

“Not to be too grandiose, but this demise is a fitting and tonally perfect tribute to a character who has always put his friends first,” said Chris Cummins, who writes about comic culture for DenOfGeek.us. “This is a publicity stunt for sure, but one with heart that will have permanent ramifications.”

This is why I stated in my previous post they’re thinking about the historical aspects here as well.

Of course, as usual with anything Huff Po, the comment thread is even more interesting. I found this one particularly fascinating because it’s something I’ve been hearing a lot of people say lately.

While I applaud the intent, this just smacks of “let’s get on the bandwagon”.

As I said, I’m going to refrain from commenting on this because I don’t know enough about this Archie series and I don’t get political on this blog. However, I have to admit that one “bandwagon” comment above is really starting to make me think twice lately. Are “they” all jumping on to the bandwagon of all that is good and gay just to sensationalize, capitalize, and turn us into tokens? Where is the line between offering support and taking advantage drawn? And will there be a day in the near future when it’s finally politically incorrect to talk about us as if we’re objects? I could link to that question several times with publishing bloggers but I won’t.

In any event, if you do a simple search for anything related to this topic you’ll find pages of information.

Comments are open and I won’t censor as long as all comments are civil.

James Franco’s Gay Lover

Talk about jumping on to the gay bandwagon. Here’s an article about Zachary Quinto being the gay lover of James Franco in a film about gay “cures.”

The script for ‘Michael’ is based on ‘My Ex-Gay Friend’, a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. Justin Kelly, the director, said it is not just a story about an ‘ex-gay’.

‘It’s actually a very relatable story about the power of belief and the desire to belong,’ he said, according to Variety.

The hardest part about this is that it will probably be interesting, and I like Zachary Quinto. I just wish Franco wasn’t doing it. I used to like him, but it’s getting harder these days. I keep wondering why aren’t more gay people wondering why a pushy straight guy like Franco is making so many films about gays? Am I the only one? That’s the thin line between genuine support and blatant self-promotion I’m talking about.

There’s more here.

Miguel Pinzon and Tori Spelling

On a much lighter note, because I really want to end this post that way today, here’s an article where openly gay Miguel Pinzon talks about starring in a new TV show with Tori Spelling and Jenni Garth. They may not be artistic geniuses like James Franco (snort), but they make most of us smile and that’s often more important than anything these days.

Miguel Pinzon has filmed seven episodes of the new ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls and still can’t believe he’s working alongside Beverly Hills 90210 icons Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.

He describes the show as ‘Scooby Doo meets AbFab.’

I know this sounds light, but it’s actually an interesting article with quotes I found to be authentic. I like this line best of all:

‘I am openly gay and Nick is openly gay but it’s not a coming out story,’ he adds. ‘He’s just Nick and his sexuality happens to not be his main descriptor. It’s a non-issue. It’s nice to be able to tell queer stories that are not just a queer story.’

You can read more here.

Small Town Romance Writer
by Ryan Field
 
 

Archie Dies For Gay Character; James Franco's Gay Lover; Miguel Pinzon & Tori Spelling; Small Town Romance Writer by Ryan Field

Archie Dies For Gay Character

Earlier this week when I posted about the Archie character from Life of Archie dying at the end of this particular series by taking a bullet meant for an openly gay character, Kevin Keller, I didn’t expect to receive many reactions. But I’ve had e-mails and comments left on social media that surprised me so much I thought I’d search around for more online reactions to see how others feel about all this…or at least how it’s being handled. I’m taking an objective approach.

For one thing, I didn’t know this was all so political:

And in Life Of Archie, Kevin is now a veteran, married to his husband, and elected senator on a platform of increasing gun control in Riverdale, after his husband was involved in a shooting.

Evidently, Kevin Keller is not without a history of controversy. When the character debuted anti-gay group, One Million Moms, tried to start a boycott which backfired hugely and only wound up boosting sales. That’s not a huge surprise. There’s one particular book review web site that’s almost stopped reviewing some books poorly because those bad reviews helped sales.

Here’s a strong reaction that seems to spark interesting conversation.

Killing Archie Andrews in the course of saving Kevin Keller’s life sends a powerful message both about gun control and about the place of LGBT youth in modern society. Archie, who Goldwater holds up as a symbol of heroism and “the best in all of us”, did not die for love and he did not die solely for friendship. He died for principles, for everything that Kevin is, that Kevin stands for, and that Kevin represents. If we have to see a beloved comic icon go, even if it’s just in one title, then I’m glad it was for a cause that is so relevant to each and every single one of us.

On another note, someone e-mailed me in private and he/she thought this move to end the series was more about sensationalizing gays and gun control as issues in a huge effort to grandstand and get as much attention as possible…just for the sake of attention, at the expense of gays and gun control. This reader made a few excellent points.

Archie publisher, Jon Goldwater, disagrees and doesn’t think this is a political issue at all:

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don’t agree,” said Goldwater. “I think Riverdale is a place where everyone should feel welcome and safe. From my point of view, I’m proud of the stance we’ve taken here, and I don’t think it’s overtly political on any level.”

Speaking objectively, I don’t think Goldwater has been reading the news lately. Or that’s his impression of blowing smoke up our asses. If someone is taking a “proud stance” how is that NOT political?

A Huff Po article actually does mention the fact that this is probably a publicity stunt.

“Not to be too grandiose, but this demise is a fitting and tonally perfect tribute to a character who has always put his friends first,” said Chris Cummins, who writes about comic culture for DenOfGeek.us. “This is a publicity stunt for sure, but one with heart that will have permanent ramifications.”

This is why I stated in my previous post they’re thinking about the historical aspects here as well.

Of course, as usual with anything Huff Po, the comment thread is even more interesting. I found this one particularly fascinating because it’s something I’ve been hearing a lot of people say lately.

While I applaud the intent, this just smacks of “let’s get on the bandwagon”.

As I said, I’m going to refrain from commenting on this because I don’t know enough about this Archie series and I don’t get political on this blog. However, I have to admit that one “bandwagon” comment above is really starting to make me think twice lately. Are “they” all jumping on to the bandwagon of all that is good and gay just to sensationalize, capitalize, and turn us into tokens? Where is the line between offering support and taking advantage drawn? And will there be a day in the near future when it’s finally politically incorrect to talk about us as if we’re objects? I could link to that question several times with publishing bloggers but I won’t.

In any event, if you do a simple search for anything related to this topic you’ll find pages of information.

Comments are open and I won’t censor as long as all comments are civil.

James Franco’s Gay Lover

Talk about jumping on to the gay bandwagon. Here’s an article about Zachary Quinto being the gay lover of James Franco in a film about gay “cures.”

The script for ‘Michael’ is based on ‘My Ex-Gay Friend’, a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. Justin Kelly, the director, said it is not just a story about an ‘ex-gay’.

‘It’s actually a very relatable story about the power of belief and the desire to belong,’ he said, according to Variety.

The hardest part about this is that it will probably be interesting, and I like Zachary Quinto. I just wish Franco wasn’t doing it. I used to like him, but it’s getting harder these days. I keep wondering why aren’t more gay people wondering why a pushy straight guy like Franco is making so many films about gays? Am I the only one? That’s the thin line between genuine support and blatant self-promotion I’m talking about.

There’s more here.

Miguel Pinzon and Tori Spelling

On a much lighter note, because I really want to end this post that way today, here’s an article where openly gay Miguel Pinzon talks about starring in a new TV show with Tori Spelling and Jenni Garth. They may not be artistic geniuses like James Franco (snort), but they make most of us smile and that’s often more important than anything these days.

Miguel Pinzon has filmed seven episodes of the new ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls and still can’t believe he’s working alongside Beverly Hills 90210 icons Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.

He describes the show as ‘Scooby Doo meets AbFab.’

I know this sounds light, but it’s actually an interesting article with quotes I found to be authentic. I like this line best of all:

‘I am openly gay and Nick is openly gay but it’s not a coming out story,’ he adds. ‘He’s just Nick and his sexuality happens to not be his main descriptor. It’s a non-issue. It’s nice to be able to tell queer stories that are not just a queer story.’

You can read more here.

Small Town Romance Writer
by Ryan Field