Apr 15, 2016
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Supah Ninjas (2011-13) was a Nickelodeon teencom about a boy, Mike Fukanaga (Ryan Potter), who learns from the hologram of his dead grandfather that he's a supah-ninja.
1. Mike and Owen are scripted, according to teencom tradition, as absurdly girl-crazy. But they have a strong, overt, amazingly physical buddy bond, behaving precisely like boyfriends.
2. Mike is obviously being played as gay, regardless of the girl-craziness the script calls for.
3. The boys tacitly acknowledge the existence of gay people. When they are assisting a woman, Mike asks "Is there anyone you could call? A husband or a boyfriend?" Owen adds "Or a life partner?"
4. You're not going to find many teenage actors who are more aggressively gay-friendly than Ryan Potter (here voicing his opposition to California H8, the ban on same-sex marriage).
5. For a change, there's a lot of Asian and Black beefcake.
6. Grandpa is played by venerable gay icon George Takei.
7. Dad is played by Randall Park, a busy comedian who starred in the gay Asian-themed movie The People I've Slept With (2009). He's not actually gay, according to the article "Randall Park's Coming Out Story" in The Korean-American Experience (he came out as an actor).
More recently Ryan has starred in Senior Project, Underdog Kids, and Lab Rats: Elite Force. He's also a martial artist.
Apr 14, 2016
Silent movies, especially: in the absence of substantial dialogue, they make do with slapstick, which is basically people falling down and getting hit by things.
Buster Keaton (1895-1966) was one of the great comedians of the silent film era, taking limitless abuse without comment, his "Stone Face" expressionless or grim.
Although he was rather raw-boned and ugly, he had a respectable physique for the period, and was not shy about taking his clothes off.
His films tend to be heterosexist boy-gets-girl vehicles.
Sherlock Jr. (1924) is about a mild-mannered film projectionist who becomes a sleuth to track down the thief who stole his girlfriend's father's prized watch (it's the local studmuffin).
The General (1926) is about a railroad engineer during the Civil War who is too much of a weakling to join the Union army. He routes the Confederates anyway, becoming a war hero. It ends with a famous scene where Keaton is trying to kiss his girlfriend, but has to continually salute passing troops.
Battling Butler (1926) is about a sissified rich kid who tries to get the girl by pretending to be a macho fighter, the "Battling Butler." He manages to best his opponent, the "Alabama Murderer," by being sneaky.
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) is about a collegiate nerd who disappoints his macho father by falling in love with Dad's business rival; it ends with a famous scene in which Keaton proposes to his girlfriend as they're floating around in lifebuoys.
But still, Keaton was apparently quite popular among the gay men of the 1920s.
They identified with his characters, butterfly-collecting sissies, beanie-wearing nerds who save the day in spite of their lack of machismo.
And his many shirtless shots didn't hurt.
See also: Beach Movies; The Collegians
Apr 13, 2016
In the science fiction thriller Gattaca (1997), young Vincent (Mason Gamble) is "different," "inferior" in a society of genetically engineered supermen. He excels anyway, besting his brother Anton (Chad Christ) at a swimming contest and longing to participate in an elite space-exploration program that's open only to the genetically superior.
Obvious gay symbolism -- the "inferior" outsider who longs to be a real boy. Plus bonding: when Vincent grows into an adult (Ethan Hawke), he "borrows" the DNA of crippled athlete Jerome (Jude Law), and rather overtly falls in love with him.
Throughout his career, Mason Gamble has played outsiders who challenge heterosexist strictures. At age six-and-a-half, he beat out 20,000 hopefuls for the role of Dennis the Menace in the feature film (1993), which, challenges the myth of the heterosexual nuclear family, the tight triad of Dad-Mom-Kids that is presumably all you need and will ever need, until the Kids grow up, marry, and form Dad-Mom-Kids triads of their own.
In the myth of the heterosexual family, other friends are irrelevant, other relatives unwelcome intrusions, and strangers malicious (as we see in the MGM Tarzan series). But even more than in the comic strip and television versions, Dennis seeks out emotional connection outside, with Joey, with Margaret, and with Mr. Wilson. Not romantic bonds, certainly, but nevertheless bonds which, according to the myth, do not and cannot exist.
In Rushmore (1998), Mason plays Dirk, a shy, quiet outsider who is drawn to the eccentric high schooler Max (Jason Schwartzman). Max is aggressively heterosexual, dating two older teachers (in a modern update of the 1980s "sex with the babysitter" genre), but Dirk is not. They quarrel, plot acts of revenge against each other, and finally reconcile.
A Gentleman's Game (2002) is about a teenage golf caddy (Mason) who discovers a dark sexual secret (not that dark secret) involving his best friend, and meanwhile tries to hide his interest in golf pro Foster Pearce (Gary Sinise).
Now tall, slim, and square-jawed, Mason still acts occasionally, while working toward a degree in marine biology.
Apr 10, 2016
For some reason audiences liked him -- maybe it was his abs -- and Cameron started appearing everywhere, as Luke on The Ultimate Spiderman and Austin and Ally, as someone else on Shake It Up and Liv and Maddie, as himself on The Hollywood Christmas Parade, Teens Want to Know, Disney 365, Win Lose or Draw, and Piper's Picks ("Cameron Tells What He Looks for in a Girl").
Fortunately, his obnoxious heterosexism did not.
In Descendants, the movie and animated series about the children of Disney movie heroes attending high school together, he plays Carlos DeVill.
Son of Cruella DeVill, the elderly fashion enthusiast who wanted to make a jacket out of 101 Dalmatians (1961). I would have sworn she was past menopause. Maybe he's adopted.
He doesn't have a lot of heterosexual interests, but he does buddy-bond with Jay (BooBoo Stewart), son of Jafar from Aladdin.
He hangs out with video game-playing friends, two male nerds, one girl, but doesn't seem to have much interest in girls (it was on Disney XD, the "guy's channel").
I can't find out if Cameron is gay or gay-friendly in real life. When I do a google search with a keyword "gay," I hit too many gay fan fictions.
See also: Jesse