Jul 25, 2014
Well, the action figures were ok -- you could pretend that they were rescuing each other, or tied up face-to-face by the bad guy. And sometimes they had muscular chests under their clothes.
I didn't know who Bobby Hull was, but my cousins quickly informed me: a hockey player for the Chicago Black Hawks, who scored lots of goals and made lots of slapshots, whatever those were. In 1972 he moved to the Winnipeg Jets, where he stayed until he retired in 1979.
Here he's polishing his stick, but the phallic symbolism is obvious.
Jul 24, 2014
I was an undergraduate at Augustana (1978-82) during the Cheech and Chong heyday. My brother had all of their albums. Augie guys couldn't stop quoting from their movies, Up in Smoke (1978), Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980), and Nice Dreams (1981).
I never made it through any of their movies. They were predicated on gay panic and homophobic stereotypes. Check out Cheech's near-assault by two swishy gay predators in Still Smokin' -- it's nearly enough to outrank Chuck and Buck as the most homophobic movie of all time.
And you have to admit, these guys were hot. Cheech Marin, especially, knew how to flex a bicep. He -- or his stunt double -- even has a frontal nude scene in Nice Dreams.
Have they redeemed themselves since the 1980s?
And The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990), about a Mexican immigrant in Australia who is hired by a heiress to pretend to be her boyfriend and -- get this -- does not fall in love with her! At least, I don't remember any hetero-romance.
Don Johnson. They had a gay secretary, Pepe (Patrick Fischler), and if I recall properly, they went undercover as a gay couple in one episode.
He played a gay character in an episode of The George Lopez Show: George believes that he has found his father, and shows up at the home of Lalo (Cheech), who is gay, and living with his partner, Charles (John Michael Higgins).
Tommy Chong hasn't done quite as much. He is best known as the aging stoner Leo on That 70s Show.
Recently the two have reunited for some video shorts, and for the animated feature Cheech and Chong: The Animated Movie (2013). Their mascot is a crab (pubic hair lice) named Buster (the same joke was used in the gay comic Poppers back in the 1980s).
Jul 21, 2014
Usually it's set at an iconic moment in the filmmakers' life.
The British have their own versions, most recently Spike Island (2013), set during the heyday of The Stone Roses. Yeah, I never heard of them either, but apparently they gave a famous "final concert" in May 1990 on Spike Island in Cheshire, and five working-class Manchester lads are desperate to go.
But they have no tickets, no money, and the concert's sold out. So they steal a florist's van and head out on the highway.
The main couple are Tits (Elliott Tittensor) and Dodge (Nico Mirallegro), who dread the upcoming end of their long-term friendship while competing over the same girl.
But there's also a lot of gay connection. Both Tittensor and Mirallegro have played gay characters before, and they add a nice gay subtext. Plus there's a lot of physicality in the boys' relationship, hugging, holding, hanging over each other.
And some semi-nudity. Recommended.
See also: I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Jul 20, 2014
Born in Kiev, Russia in 1905, Lifar went to Paris in 1923 and joined the Ballet Russes as Sergei Diaghilev's newest protege-lover. In 1925, he became lead dancer, to the consternation of previous protege-lovers who were no longer getting the best roles.
That didn't sit well with the other members of the ballet company.
He cavorted with artists, writers, and film stars, many involved in the gay culture of Paris Between the Wars, like Salvador Dali, Paul Valery, Jean Cocteau, Gertrude Stein, and Paul Robeson.
In 1944, during World War II, Lifar's collaboration with the Nazis got him "banned for life" from the Paris Opera. He claimed that he was working as a secret agent (he returned in 1947).
Lifar was not openly gay, but his many liaisons with men were well known in the ballet world. He also sought out the attention of wealthy women who served as his benefactors.
He died in 1986.
See also: The Chilean Bad Boy