to "rescue Alan" in 1988, I didn't have a lot of time for sightseeing, so I missed the Chao Mae Tuptim Shrine.
Businessman Lert Sreshthaputa or Nai Lert (1872-1945), developed Thailand's first bus service, modern hotel, retail establishments, and ice ("solid water" was an amazing novelty in the tropical country).
He wanted to honor Chao Mae Tuptim, a pre-Buddhist goddess who lived in a ficus tree on his property, so he developed the property that would become the British Embassy, he set aside a spirit park for her.
There are penises with penises, penises sprouting like mushrooms or stacked like logs.
Women rub the penises for fertility, and men for increased virility. Or for good luck.
You can also pray in the spirit house.
Nai Lert Park Swisshotel on Wireless Road, next to the British Embassy. You don't have to be staying at the hotel to visit, but try the buffet in the Iso Restaurant afterwards.
See also: Alan Turns Gay in Pattaya; and the Naked Ghost Festival of Thailand.
May 10, 2014
So why is serial killing by far the most common crime portrayed in movies and on tv?
And, more important, why are the serial killers in the media usually gay or transgender?
The media myth of the gay serial killer is so common that my students usually think that most serial killers in real life are gay.
It makes you long for the good old days when gay people were just invisible.
The two gay members of the serial killer cult, Jacob (Nico Tortorella) and Paul (Adan Torres, left), appear in episodes #2-6. Apparently they were heterosexual to start off, but while assigned to live undercover as a gay couple, they turned gay.
I guess it's contagious.
While busy kidnapping a child, Paul flirts with fellow kidnapper Emma. Jacob gets jealous. They argue, fight, kill people, and join Emma in the shower.
I don't know which I find more disgusting, the myth of the gay serial killer, or the myth that gay men can turn straight through the love of a good woman (or in this case, a female serial killer).
I didn't watch the second season (2014), which involves a whole new cult.
Nico Tortorella has been asked in interviews if the gay kiss grossed him out.
Is this 1985?
May 9, 2014
After winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the "Acid-Tongued Prince" began touring all over Australia and making dozens of tv appearances, on A League of Their Own, The Project, This Week Live, and his own tv specials. He recently released his first DVD.
His schtick is growing up gay in a small outback town where wearing pink was an unpardonable sin and being gay was the equivalent of being a Martian. He also riffs on pop culture icons, queering the texts of Aussie movies and tv shows, and talks about run-ins with homophobes today.
But fighting homophobia is what Joel Creasey is all about.
If you're not in Australia, you can see him on youtube.
May 8, 2014
He's Peter Brown, a heart throb to the first generation of Baby Boomers.
Born in New York in 1935, he graduated from UCLA and hit Hollywood in 1957. Guest bits on swinging detective and Western shows landed him his most famous role, Lawman (1958-62)
Sounds like a lot of gay subtext potential. No wonder the first generation of Boomers remembers it fondly.
Next came some Disney movies, the sexploitation Kitten with a Whip (1964), and the surfing-buddy movie Ride the Wild Surf (1964), also starring teen crooner Fabian Forte.
I've already discussed its many gay subtexts.
Then came more guest spots, soap operas, sexploitation movies like Teenage Tease (1971) and Foxy Brown (1974), and bad horror movies like Piranha (1972). He was very busy as an actor, but his glory days were obviously past.
You can see more pictures of Peter Brown on Fabian Forte on the Beach.
May 7, 2014
But the original Don Juan was evil, a Spanish nobleman who cruelly manipulated both men and women.
That gives his story an interesting gay subtext.
Take the opera version, Don Giovanni, by Mozart (1787).
Don Giovanni seduces women, not because he enjoys heterosexual acts, but for the fun of seeing them socially destroyed.
Don Giovanni has Leporello help him seduce several women, including Elvira, who vows vengeance; Anna, who vows vengeance after he kills her father, the the Commendatore, in a duel; and Zerlina (he distracts her boyfriend by sending Leporello to dance with him).
Leporello almost leaves when Don Giovanni tries to frame him for an attempted rape, but decides to stay.
He is beat up while disguised as Don Giovanni, but decides to stay.
Adding sacrilege to his list of crimes, Don Giovanni orders him to invites a statue of the Commendatore to dinner. He can't bring himself to do it, so Don Giovanni does. It shows up at the dinner and drags Don Giovanni to hell.
Only then does Leporello seek a new master.
Directors usually cast Don Giovanni with the hottest baritones they can find,such as Jason Hardy, Erwin Schott, and Simon Keelyside.
May 6, 2014
The next day they somehow end up trapped on an airplane with a bomb and no pilot. They managed to land the plane safely, and become local celebrities.
The airplane belongs to mob boss Angelo Esposito (Tom Sizemore), who kidnaps the boys to find out who betrayed him by planting the bomb. He has a change of heart and asks his associates Silvio and Lenny (Stephen Baldwin and J. Todd Adams) to take them home.
The climactic adrenaline-rush flight involves Jason flying, Kyle being thrown off the plane, and Ed, Kyle, and Jason parachuting to safety while the plane crashes into a mountain.
Ok, the plot is a little convoluted, but throughout there's lots of buddy-bonding, some nick-of-time rescues, and no heterosexual interest (except maybe between Kyle's Mom and Uncle Ed). No wonder it was never released in the U.S.
However, there are a few gay connections in the cast. Reiley McClendon played a teen hustler in Nickel Children, and is currently a recurring character on the gay-positive family drama The Fosters. J. Todd Adams, the villainous Lenny, has played gay characters (top photo: from A Picture of Dorian Gray).
You can get it on R2 DVD from Amazon.uk.
May 5, 2014
My jaw dropped. I had been boycotting his movies for years, under the assumption that he was one of Hollywood's biggest homophobes.
1. He hesitated about playing a gay character in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), and when he agreed, still refused a same-sex kiss, claiming that it would gross people out.
2. In the movie Hancock (2008), his character famously uses an anti-gay slur.
3. In 2012, when a Ukrainian reporter tried to kiss him (part of Russian culture, he claimed), Smith reacted with far more disgust than one would expect from a gay-positive heterosexual.
4. Smith has made lots of statements about being uncomfortable touching men in any way.
Sounds homophobic to me.
You can often determine the prejudices of the father by looking at his kids. Have they been raised to be nonchalant about gay people? Have they been taught hate? Or have they been told nothing at all?
13 year old Willow, who performs under the name Melodic Chaotic, has released a music video, "Summer Fling," It shows various teenagers frolicking in the sun, including some obvious heterosexual couples, as well as two girls who look like a lesbian couple. They hug and hold hands, but don't kiss.
15-year old Jaden has several screen credits and an album of heterosexist rap songs with "girl!" as every other word.
But he's also a close friend of Moises Arias, the androgynous, gay-positive alumnus of Hannah Montana, who directed several of his music videos. The two are often seen at events together, sometimes with Moises' brother Mateo and Willow.
Here they are napping in each other's arms.
Some people speculate that the two are involved romantically, but a match between the 20-year old Moises and the 15-year old Jaden is unlikely -- and, if physical, illegal in most states. It's probably a bff bond.
But still, Jaden doesn't mind a bit having a "big brother" who is assumed gay.
And Will doesn't mind a bit that they are hanging out together.