Oct 19, 2013
Four Girls in Town (1957). Four men, including John Gavin and gay actor George Nader, pursue four starlets. Everybody ends up happily attached.
Probably not a big gay ally in real life, conservative Republican John Gavin was named ambassador to Mexico by President Reagan in 1981, and served to 1986.
Oct 18, 2013
His debut single "Checkin' it Out" hit #3 on the British pop charts in September 2006. Four other singles made the charts, and he released two albums.
By 2008, Chris was a sought-after tv personality, with appearances on The Weakest Link, Hider in the House, T4 on the Beach, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and Hole in the Wall, plus his own talk show, Everybody Loves Little Chris.
In 2012 he starred in the stage musical Loserville, about some nerds who find love.
Maybe that makes up for it.
Oct 17, 2013
The last place you'd expect to find gay content is in a movie about a brothel for heterosexuals, with no gay characters. But The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is loaded down with gay symbolism.
The Chicken Ranch is a nice, cozy, down-home whorehouse in rural Texas, run by the heart-of-gold Miss Mona, and ignored by sheriff and occasional customer Ed Earl. When a crusading tv reporter named Melvin P. Thorpe finds out that "There's a Whorehouse in Texas!" and starts a Moral Majority protest, Miss Mona isn't concerned; she's handled right-wing bigots before. Besides, she's busy preparing for the annual visit by the winners of the big college football game (who sing "The Aggie Song" with their shirts off).
When the original play opened on Broadway in 1978, Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" campaign was in the air, and fundamentalists were increasingly abandoning their old bogies of feminism, paganism, and evolution to scream "There are Gays in Our Town!" Audiences could hardly fail to make the connection.
Jerry Falwell's anti-gay Moral Majority crusade, and gay director Colin Higgins made the symbolism even more obvious, with an ongoing romance between Miss Mona (Dolly Parton) and Ed Earl (Burt Reynolds) that must be hidden ("Sneakin' Around").
Plus lots of wink-wink casting: perennially gay-coded Dom Deluise as Melvin P. Thorpe, and open-secret Jim Nabors as sympathetic Deputy Fred.
And an increase in the beefcake. Burt Reynolds, who previously posed naked in Cosmo, hangs out in a towel, Dom Deluise hangs out in his underwear, and the Texas Aggies sing in the locker room fully nude (lots of rear shots, and even a few frontals if you freeze frame).
See also: 10 Stage Musicals with Unexpected Beefcake.
Oct 16, 2013
The Nazis are portrayed as beings of pure evil -- not because of their policy of extermination against "inferior" races, but because they enjoy gay sex. And heterosexual sex, of course. But the gay sex is emblematic of their moral bankruptcy.
Martin, the young heir to the Essenbeck fortune, likewise demonstrates his own moral bankruptcy by going to "that sort" of bar and performing in drag, but he also enjoys sexually assaulting women, including his preteen cousin and his mother (then suggesting that Mom commit suicide).
Wait -- gay men are threats to little girls? And adult women? Even Jerry Falwell never went that far!
Apparently not. Visconti also directed Death in Venice (1971), in which same-sex desire is portrayed as a sickness that invariably leads to death, and Berger also starred in Dorian Gray (1970), about the horrific physical consequences of an "immoral lifestyle" (that is, being gay).
No Gay Pride in this family!
At least Helmut was nice to look at, in a slim, androgynous way.
Luchino Visconti died in 1976. Helmut Berger continues to perform. He specializes in nasty, villainous characters, but for the last 30 years they've been mostly heterosexual, such as the evil Peter DeVilbis who seduces Fallon on Dynasty.
I guess the "gays as pure evil" bit is a little harder to sell today.
Oct 13, 2013
The cigarette itself is a phallic symbol, and depending on its placement, draws the eye to the hand, mouth, or crotch.
The situations depicted in the commercials and ads were always purely masculine enclaves, guys with guys and no women in sight. This Camel ad seems to be set in an upscale gay bar.