Sep 22, 2018
At first I thought it was a book of literary reviews, but the blurb instead said that it was a "wildly inventive, mind-bending, hilarious horror comedy," Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets The Walking Dead.
Well, I like both Hitchhiker's Guide and The Walking Dead, and it was half price on Amazon, so why not?
While it was bouncing over on 2-day Amazon Prime, I discovered that the author was David Wong, whose earlier book inspired the movie John Dies at the End (2012): a horror-sci fi comedy about two buddies, David and John (Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes), who become reluctant heroes in a world of nonsensical paranormal danger.
Sounds great. I couldn't wait to read the novel.
To distinguish a supernatural visitor from a hallucination, ask it a question that you don't know the answer to, but can verify later, such as "Who is the current president of Peru?"
Then it went downhill. It was not at all funny, David's abrasive tone was annoying, and there were no zombies (or Scandinavian languages), but ok.
Then it went even further downhill. Their case involved Mister Nymph, a mincing, lisping fruitcake who "acts like a fag" and preys on little girls.
I get it. All gay men lisp and mince. All gay men are pedophiles, with a particular interest in little girls, for some reason.
Fiction has been portraying child predators as lisping, mincing fags since Peter Lorre starred in M.
I stop reading at Page 38, and toss the book across the room. It will go into the garbage tomorrow.
It's Jason Pargill, the head editor of Cracked. He states that he is "not very liberal" (no kiddng?). He didn't "come around" on gay rights until he met some gay people in his 20s. But now he won't publish an article against gay marriage, as he perceives it as an attack on his friends.
But he doesn't mind writing a novel that attacks his friends.
Sep 19, 2018
Two Olympic gold medalists auditioned: 23-year old Buster Crabbe and 27 year old Johnny Weissmuller. Weissmuller won, and starred in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), one of the top box office draws of the year.
Apparently being muscular and bulgeworthy was not a consideration.
And Tarzan the Fearless (1933), which sank like a stone and was quickly forgotten.
Johnny continued his juggernaut in Tarzan and his Mate (1934), Tarzan Escapes (1936), and Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939), 12 movies in all, becoming the iconic Tarzan for generations of moviegoers, finally retiring to become Jungle Jim in 1948. Watch his Cannibal Attack (1954) for some major gay subtexts.
He doesn't have a lot of gay rumors, though some people suggested that when his movie son, Johnny Sheffield, grew up, they became an item.
Buster had a much more versatile career, playing many action heroes, including Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, and many Western heroes, including Billy the Kid and Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion (1955-57). He even played another Tarzan clone at the age of 44, Thunda, in the movie serial King of the Congo (1952).
He has more gay rumors than Johnny. In Full Service, the tell-all memoir of a Hollywood hustler, he's listed as one of Scotty Bowers' clients.
Close friends in real life, Buster and Johnny competed for a girl in the non-jungle drama Swamp Fire (1946), set in the Louisiana bayou.
Sep 17, 2018
Timothy's dad is played by Travis Schuldt, born in 1974 in Topeka, Kansas, best known as Ben in Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Keith on Scrubs.
Timothy's brother Edward is played by Zane Danton in his first acting role. His appearance on screen was short but memorable -- I especially liked the full-body hug, as Edward realizes that his brother is going away forever (and that he's going to be dead in an hour).
Zane certainly has what it takes to become a teen idol.
He's a National Honors Student in math.
He does modeling, represented by the Young Artist's Studio.
No social media presence; I couldn't find a facebook, instagram, or twitter account; this is someone with the same name.
But Zane has the most important criterion for becoming a teen idol: connections. A Hollywood legacy extending back three generations.
His mother, Darragh Danton (born Croyle), was a production assistant on Boys on the Side, The Edge, and some other movies.
At the beginning of The Edge (1997), Anthony Hopkins is seen reading a book about wilderness survival by D. Croyle, an in-joke by the prop department.
I haven't heard any gay rumors about Ray Danton, but most of the beefcake stars of the 1950s were at least open to the idea of gay-for-pay.
With such an illustrious Hollywood heritage, how can you refuse to become a star?
See also: The Hunk from the Black Lagoon.
Sep 16, 2018
This looks like two men, but in fact it's Mr. Peanutbutter and his new girlfriend, Pickles.
There are no gay men in Bojack's world.
But he's hetero-romantic, attracted to women as romantic partners. So he starts dating Yolanda (Natalie Morales), a female hetero-romantic axolotl.
Axolotls are Mexican salamanders. Apparently "asexual axolotl" is a meme.
So they're a hetero-couple in everything but what they do in bed.
Nothing special about that. Many of the hetero couples you see on the street are not sexually active. They are waiting for marriage, or they have incompatible sexual interests, or one or both have low libidos.
Or one or both is gay. There are plenty of reasons why a gay person would engage in a hetero marriage.
Or one or both is a hetero-romantic ace.
Except in those states where a marriage must be "consummated" to be legal, who's going to ask? Who's going to care? Hetero-coupling is a social relationship, not a sexual relationship.
Yolanda hasn't come out to them as asexual -- would you? So she asks Todd to pretend that they are sexually active, when the family asks.
They do ask. They are thrilled that Yolanda has finally found someone to have sex with, and interrogate him on how often he puts his penis inside her.
He draws some suspicion by his lack of familiarity with heterosexual sex -- he can't even get the phrase "hubba-hubba" right.
Then the family insists that Yolanda "honor them" by spending the night and having sex with Todd in her old room.
They can pretend to do that, right?
But then Yolanda's mother tries to seduce Todd, and when he fails to respond adequately to her naked body ("any normal man would have been aroused," she says, forgetting that gay men exist), she concludes that he is asexual. That doesn't dissuade her -- she wants to Todd to show her what asexual sex is like.
Yolanda' sister tries to seduce him, too.
For people making their living through sex, they show a surprising lack of awareness of the existence of gay men.
In a later episode, Diane tells Bojack about media normalization, which is sometimes good, as in the case of LGBT people, and sometimes bad.
So no one on the show is homophobic. They just omit the G from LGBT.
A later episode shows Bojack's therapist, Dr. Endira (Issa Rae) having dinner with her wife, Mary-Beth (Wanda Sykes).
I've forgotten how many lesbian couples there are on the show. Lots.
But no gay men.
See also: Bojack Horseman: Anthropomorphic Angst.