Jul 22, 2018

The Brown-Skinned Beefcake of Bronson Harmon's Home Town

No doubt you've heard about Bronson Harmon, whose wrestling scholarship to California Polytechnic (San Luis Obispo, CA) was revoked after a video surfaced of him at a Families Belong Together rally.  They were protesting the Trump Administration policy of taking children from their parents at the border and keeping them behind barbed-wire fences.

  Bronson, his father, and some others wanted to demonstrate their approval of the policy, and their belief that anyone who disapproved must be an illegal immigrant, so they started yelling "Send them back!"

Somebody in the group called Abdul Lesaing the n* word.  He turned and began filming them in case they got violent. 

Apparently Bronson assumed that he was gay as well as brown-skinned -- he was carrying a sign promoting world peace -- and yelled  "F*k off, Faggot!"

They did get involved in a violent confrontation later, but Abdul wasn't there.

Although his scholarship was revoked, Bronson will still be attending Cal Poly this fall.  I wonder if he knows that his college has a LGBT Pride Center.

Homophobes are horrified by the idea of men desiring them -- they are afraid that it means they are gay.  So here are some pictures of Bronson. Try not to look.

Are you not looking?

Bronson gets a lot of praise from people in his home town of Oakdale, California, near Stockton in the central valley.  I imagine that a lot of them would approve of the anti-gay slur as well as the "Send them back!"  So here are some pictures of Oakdale wrestlers.

Try not to look.

Is that a brown person in the back row?

This is definitely a brown person.  29% of the population of Oakdale is Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% Black.

The Oakdale High Cross Country Team. 

I was surprised to discover that the home page of Oakdale High advertised a Rainbow Prom held by the Gay-Straight Alliances of four high schools.  Open to everyone aged 14 to 20, held at Modesto Center Plaza.

I'm guessing Brandon would be surprised, too.

Shane Haboucha

 Shane Haboucha got off to a heterosexist start.  In the music video "Stacey's Mom," the 13-year old played a kid obsessed with the breasts of his school friend's mother.

Nothing for gay boys to like in that, except maybe the pubescent beefcake.

His exposure led to guest shots on Bernie Mac, Oliver Beane, That's So Raven, and CSI, plus a recurring role on Everwood (2004-2005).

Mostly girl-crazy characters, even in the gay-friendly Everwood.  Indeed, Bernie Mac was quite homophobic.   (in a promo, Bernie discovers that his nephew likes girls, and shouts "My boy's normal!").

But there were also gay-positive roles.Thee OC episode "The Secret" (2003), about a boy with a gay dad.

On CSI (2005), Shane played a gay-vague boy victimized by a pedophile.

On Without a Trace (2005), he played a gay-vague boy who plans to bomb his school.  The school bullies torture him so he'll reveal its location.

Desperation (2006), based on a Stephen King novel, gave Shane some homoromantic moments.  When his friend Brian (Darren Victoria) is hit by a car and suffers brain damage, David Carver (Shane) prays for his healing, and offers himself to God as a substitute sacrifice. Immediately after, he and his parents are captured by the demonic sheriff of a ghost town.  Brian recovers.  David saves the day.

Shane's last acting role listed on imdb is in 2013.  IMDB also says that he graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2014, and now lives in Irvine, California.

He hasn't updated his facebook or twitter accounts since 2013, but here's a recent photo.

Watching TV in 1978 and 2018: Plus ça change...

July 20, 1978: a Thursday.  I am 17 years old, a new high school graduate looking forward to starting college next month, living in a small town in the Midwest with my parents, brother Kenny (age 15), and sister Tammy (age 9).

We gather around the big color tv set in the living room.  A tv program comes on at a specific time, so if you are late, you miss it.

7:00 pm:  The Waltons, Welcome Back Kotter, or CHIPS?  

Mom and Dad and Tammy vote for The Waltons, a treacly concoction about a rural family sticking together in Depression-era North Carolina:  In this episode, Ben (Eric Scott) and Jim-Bob (David W. Harper) date each other's girlfriends.   They're both cute, but...

Kenny and I retreat to our upstairs bedroom to watch our small black and white tv.  We're also reading books.

I want to see CHIPS.  What could be better than Erik Estrada in a bulging motorcycle cop uniform? But it's Kenny's turn to decide, so Welcome Back Kotter: wisecracking Gabe Kaplan as the teacher of the Sweathogs.  Horshack (Ron Palillo) gets a crush on Gabe's wife.  Gross.

7:30 pm:  What's Happening!  or the last half of CHIPS?

It's my turn.  I hate watching the last half of tv shows, so we go with the comedy about black teenagers. Raj (Ernest Thompson) cozies up to Luther (Erin Blunt), the boy Dee is dating.  Could he be interested Luther?  No -- he wants to get with the boy's sister.  Gross.  

8:00 pm: Barney Miller, Hawaii Five-O, or James at 15?

I want to see James at 15.  Sure, it's a "problem of the week" drama about an angst-ridden high school boy, but Lance Kerwin is mega-cute.  But it's Kenny's turn to choose: the cop show Hawaii Five-O.  Book 'em, Dano.

I go downstairs, where the rest of the family is watching Barney Miller, a hip sitcom about a run-down New York police precinct.  A man causes trouble at a sperm bank when his deposit is allowed to "go bad."

It's a little embarrassing watching this with my parents and baby sister, so I excuse myself, go into the kitchen and call a friend to chat (there's only one telephone in the house, hanging on the kitchen wall).

8:30 pm:  The last half of Hawaii Five-0, the last half of James at 15, or Carter Country?

Kenny joins us, except for about ten minutes when he's on the phone in the kitchen, and we watch the hijinks of police officers in a rural county in Georgia, President Carter's home state.  Dumb, but there are some cute guys on it.  I like Guich Koock (have you ever heard of such a great name?)

9:00 pm:  Baretta, Barnaby Jones, or What Really Happened to the Class of '65?

It's Tammy's bedtime.  Mom and Dad want to watch Barnaby Jones, about an oldster detective. Kenny and I head back upstairs.  He wants to watch Baretta.  I don't really care -- I'm not interested in any of them.  So Baretta...

Don't go to bed with a price on your head -- don't do it.
Keep your eye on the sparrow, when the going gets narrow

I lie on my bed and hide a teen magazine behind a book so I can look at a shirtless pinup of Erik Estrada while Kenny watches tv. 

July 19th, 2018, a Thursday night.  I'm 57 years old, a college professor in a small town in the Midwest, living with my boyfriend Bob and our housemate, and sometimes his dates and hookups.

Bob gets off work at 7:00 and picks up a Thai chicken salad from Panera for dinner.

Wrecked on Hulu or Luke Cage on Netflix?

It's Bob's turn to choose, so Luke Cage.  I'm not sure what's going on; what's the point of a superhero who can't fly or use x-ray vision?  All he can do is stop bullets.  But at least Mike Colter is hot.

I get on my cell phone and text some friends.

Flashback to me talking on the telephone during a boring episode of Barney Miller.

Next, it's too much trouble to switch from Netflix to Hulu, so Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Bob's working on his laptop.  I look over his shoulder:

Gay porn.

Flashback to me looking at a shirtless Erik Estrada while my brother was watching Baretta.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même


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