Apr 20, 2023

Christmas Day in South Carolina: A Kelvin/Keefe Fan Fiction, Illustrated

It was Christmas Day in South Carolina, 85 degrees, so Kelvin and Keefe were sweating in their Santa hats and scarves as they knocked on the door of Daddy Eli's mansion. Kelvin was his youngest son, the youth director at his sprawling megachurch and worldwide television ministry.  Keefe was Kelvin's best friend, an ex-Satanist whom he brought to God two years ago.  And incredibly cute, Kelvin thought.  He could hardly take his eyes off him.  It's a wonder some girl hasn't snatched him away!

 Keefe could barely see over the pile of presents in his arms: they had a big family. Daddy Eli,  his children, Jesse and Judy, who helped in his ministry (along with Kelvin); Jesse's wife and three kids; and Judy's husband.  Even with the couples getting presents together, that's still an armload.

Jesse's wife Amber, answered the door.  "My favorite brother-in law!" she exclaimed, hugging Kelvin.  "And my other favorite brother in law,"  kissing...Keefe's cheek?

"Hey!" Judy's husband BJ yelled from the parlor.

Other favorite brother in law?  "We're not...um...we're not..." Kelvin stammered, but Keefe and Amber were already heading toward the Christmas tree to deposit the presents.  

He checked the seating arrangements: two places on one of the sofas, but they would have to sit very close together.  Gulp!  Maybe someone would get up to go to the bathroom, and he could take their place.  He stopped at the pastry cart in the alcove.  He usually didn't eat sugar, but this was an emergency!

"No time for feeding your face, Brother," Jesse called.  "These presents won't unwrap themselves."

The rest of the story is on Righteous Gemstones Beefcake and Boyfriends

"The Other Two, Season 2": More Gay, Less Teen Idol


On March 2, 2019, I reviewed the first season of The Other Two, a Comedy Central sitcom about 30-ish closeted gay actor Cary Dubek (Drew Carver) and his sister, failed dancer Brooke (Helene Yorke), adjusting to the sudden pop star mega-fame of their 13-year old brother, Chase (Case Walker, left and below).  Rounding out the cast were their Hollywood stage mother Pat (Molly Shannon), and Chase's manager Streeter (Ken Marino).   

Episodes involved Chase trying to adjust to a life where everyone wants to date him or exploit him, or both, and depending on his siblings for emotional support.  I praised the show for depicting Chase as a genuinely nice kid, not a spoiled pop star jerk, and for depicting the siblings as genuinely caring, not jealous or spiteful.  I didn't care much for Cary, who is horrified when his brother outs him in his new song ("My Brother's Gay, and That's Ok,") and responds to someone telling him "I thought you were straight" with "Thank you."

Seasons change, COVID delays filming, and Season 2 finally appears 2 1/2 years later, in August 2021 (I'm just watching now because I just signed up for HBO Max).  Chase isn't a dreamy teen idol  anymore, he's an 18-year old hunk with muscles and a sultry gaze.  Retired from pop stardom, he tries to go to college, but it's hard to pay attention in class when everyone is gawking at you.  So he moves into fashion and then buys a sports team.  But mostly he is sidelined as episodes concentrate on the siblings.

Mom Pat is now married to Chase's former manager, and starring in an Ellen-like talk show, Pat!   Sister Brooke works as her publicist.  Cary continues his faltering acting career; with a podcast called The Gay Minute and a job doing cameos (bottom-level celebrities hired to send people personalized video greetings). And he continues to struggle with coming out..

In the episode I reviewed, Mom Pat! has a newly-out Kansas farmboy (Noah Galvin, left) and his conservative father (Tuc Watkins) on the show ("I'm having trouble understanding it, but he's still my son.").  She awards them $30,000.   Turns out that they are actually scammers, a gay couple, and rather...um...advanced: "Dad" complains that he can't take Molly during their Grindr Hookup, or he won't be able to perform, so "Son" suggests that they both bottom.  

Cary and his boyfriend  Jess (Gideon Glick) notice them in a coffee shop, think that the Kansas farmboy knows nothing about gay life, and offer to show him Gay New York.  The Fake Dad and Son know that Cary is Pat's son, so they have to play along. At that moment the Grindr Hookup (Noam Ash, left) arrives, and is introduced as a straight brother from Kansas ("I'm straight.  I have a girlfriend.  She... um...has long hair.  Straight guys like girls with long hair, right?").  

Instead of a three-way, Fake Dad, Son, and Grindr Hookup are  subjected to an afternoon of ultra-boring activities that Cary and Jess promise are "hot!"  Like getting frozen yogurt.  Finally they convince them to go to a gay bar,  where Fake Dad says "In order to understand my son's lifestyle, I'm going to dance with that guy."

They realize that the Grindr Hookup is actually gay, and congratulate themselves on helping Fake Dad accept his two gay sons.  He claims that he needs more research, and kisses Cary before returning to the dance floor.  The clueless Cary still doesn't realize that they are scammers.

Later, at home, Boyfriend Jess goes a bit overboard: "You're my everything.  You're my universe.  You're what gives my life meaning.  I would die without you." Uh-oh.  The end.

Beefcake: None.

Gay Characters: Everybody in the B plot.  

Cary: He's newly out, with his first boyfriend.  At age 34? In New York?

My Grade:  I'm actually more interested in the retired teen idol than in Cary's adventures.  Maybe because I already know what Gay New York is like; I lived there for four years.  B.

See also: The Other Two

"The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder": Gay Dads are Introduced, A Homophobic Dad Comes Around. What Year is This?


A reader told me that The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, on the Disney Channel, had gay characters, so I looked it up: there's a swishy gay stereotype named Michael (who was apparently less swishy and straight in the original series), and a pair of gay dads played by Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter.  They appear in three episodes in Season 1 and two in Season 2, not a lot of representation, but something.  I watched their first appearance, Season 1, Episode 4:

Scene 1: Dad Oscar is helping his friend Felix celebrate his "half birthday" with "Snackland": each ride "based on a delicious treat" that Oscar's company will produce.  This has nothing to do with Felix's birthday -- Oscar just wanted a co-signer on a loan -- so he is incensed, and digs his way out of the house.

Scene 2:
  In a mansion, teenage Penny and her friends, including the swishy gay kid, are watching a tv show where viewers send in videos.  Friend LaCienega sent in "Disinfect Me with Your Love" (a COVID reference?).  They all pile on the "likes" so she can win the prize: a Pink Concert.

Ok, if's Felix's mansion.  Oscar comes to the door to beg for the co-sign.  Felix continues to refuse.  They discuss Felix's wife Sunset, who just got a promotion to detective, and a new, hot male partner, Barry (he just moved to town).  She descends the staircase, all sultry and sexy;  Oscar's jaw drops to the floor. Hasn't he seen her before?

The doorbell rings.  It's Partner Barry, blond, square-jawed, in a sparkly purple tuxedo,  Oscar figures that a hot, muscular detective must have a high FICA score, so he buddies up to him, hoping to get a co-sign.

Scene 3: The kids have piled on the likes to over 7,000, but LaCienega's competitor gets 2.3 billion!  So they won't be able to attend the Pink Concert (Is that singer still a thing?  I remember Will talking about her on Will and Grace years ago).  

Small world --  Barry happens to be Maya's father (Maya is focus character Penny's friend).  He happens to be working security at the concert, and offers to get them in, with back stage passes. Felix is overcome with jealousy.  Don't they hire security guards, not cops, for private events?  Especially not a detective, who is involved in crime investigation.

Scene 4
: The concert.  Pink is a grunge kid with an eye patch, singing "Disinfect Me with Your Love." I thought LaCienega made it up.  The fans all dress in pink and wear eye patches -- including Maya's father Randall, a chubby black guy. She introduces him to the gang.

"Wait!" one of the friends, Dijonay, exclaims.   "I thought Maya's father was Barry." Penny buttons her lip, and she stares at Barry, then Randall, then Barry, then Randall, and finally, with a look of utter shock, figures it out.  Randall and Barry's daughter Maya is disgusted; a kid with two dads hasn't been shocking since her dads were kids themselves.

Scene 5: The concert over, the dads gather their kids and head for the door (there are two kids, Maya and KG, who is probably a boy).  Dijonay videos them. Penny yells at her.  "I'm just trying to get an understanding."  "Well, don't out them on social media!' Strikes me that they are pretty much out already.

But she social medias anyway, and the comments range from rainbow heart emojis to "No one cares" to "Weird!" to "I can't be friends with Maya anymore."

Scene 6:  Maya and KG walk down the hallway, being in the spotlight and hating it.  They're now spokespersons for gay rights, social justice warriors, victims of child abuse, and sinful deviants.  Every gay kid thinks that they are best buds, and every hater has a new target.  Mean kids call the boy a "double daddy boy."  

Penny is incensed: "Why does it matter if they got two Dads?"  But her friends all say that their parents think it's "weird," and don't want them hanging out with the pariahs. Even the gay kid's parents?

At lunch, Penny and Michael the Gay Kid go over to console them: "Don't let the haters bother you.  You should be happy to have two dads.  Some kids don't even have one.  Or a mother, either."  This does not console the kids: they're adopted.  They lost their birth parents.  They get up and walk away.

Scene 7: At home, Oscar (Penny's father) yells that he doesn't want her hanging out with the kids, either.  His wife and mother yell at him for being homophobic.  I keep hoping that it's a tease, he's actually angry with the couple for an unrelated reason.  Maybe he'll be redeemed later?

Scene 8: Breakfast.  No one is speaking to Oscar, not even the dog.  So he goes to the bank for his loan appointment.  Yep, you guessed it: the loan officer is Randall, one of the dads.  Oscar has never met him before, but hopes that he'll get special consideration because they're both black.  

Looking at the application, Randall realizes that they are neighbors: "My husband and I just moved to town.  We bought the Webb House."  HUSB AND?  He recoils in disgust, and tries to run screaming from the room, but has to restrain himself because Randall has approved the application.  

At that moment, the husband appears: Barry the Detective!  "AHH! Two of them!" Oscar shrieks.  We don't hear the rest of his thoughts, but they're probably on the lines of "What if they start doing gay stuff right here in the office?  What if they...ugh....kiss?"

They do kiss, and Oscar's head explodes.  They notice, and stare as he struggles to get out of them room without fainting from homophobic terror.. Of course, Randall rejects the loan application.

I'm fast-forwarding to Oscar's redemption.  I'm sure he becomes more tolerant in the end, but this is literally making me sick to my stomach.

Scene 9: A housewarming party.  Everyone is dancing and having fun.  Oscar comes in, deer-in-headlights skittish. Felix from Scene 2 "loves" the pair because it means that Barry will not be hitting on his wife.  This makes Oscar's head explode.

Daughter Penny suggests that he try seeing through her eyes, instead of falling prey to his prejudices.  So his eyes shatter, and are replaced by Penny, and he sees two guys dancing together.  Wait -- they're just two guys?  Nothing to be afraid of? The end.

My Grade:  This was way too retro.  Lots of children's tv shows have kids with two dads -- heck, even Sesame Street did -- and it's always matter-of-fact, no big deal, not eliciting a single double-take or comment.  The reaction of the kids, of the parents, and especially of Oscar remind me of a "very special episode" of a 1980s sitcom.  And I didn't understand Oscar's redemption at all: he saw the two guys through Penny's eyes?  D

Apr 19, 2023

"One Piece": Buddy Bonding During a Quest to Own Everything in the World

 One Piece, a Japanese anime series on Netflix with a 95% "similarity" rating.   The only one-pieces I've heard of are ballet leotards.  Maybe it's set in a ballet school, with muscles and bulges.  

Prologue:  No such luck.  This is about pirates. Back story: years ago, the King of Pirates buried a treasure, "everything the world has to offer," so now thousands of pirate ships are scouring the oceans, looking for it.  Um...those would be scavengers.

Scene 1:  Some sailors see a barrel floating in the ocean, and pull it aboard, even though their shipmates are  screaming with rage and yelling "You suck!"  I can't imagine what their beef is.  

Meanwhile, at a fancy ball on a cruise ship  -- the same ship? -- redhead girl is asked to dance.  

Suddenly pirates attack!  Everyone at the fancy ball panics, except for the redhead girl, who just smiles.

The pirate leader, Iron Club Alvida, forces the crew to say that she's the most beautiful woman on the ocean.  They all board rhe cruise ship except for Coby, a frightened pink-haired boy.  She assaults him.

This is not what Coby looks like in this episode.  He must grow up.

Scene 2: The pirates have entered the ball room: "We won't take yer lives, but we'll take yer valuables." (That's what the subtitles say.)  

Coby runs into the kitchen, and finds the barrel that the sailors pulled out of the ocean earlier (the one that made their shipmates furious).  The pirates follow and break it open: it contains a boy!  They attack, but he easily subdues them, and introduces himself to Coby as Monkey D. Luffy.  Maybe they'll have a gay subtext buddy-bond.

Meanwhile the redhead girl puts on a pirate uniform and swings over to the pirate ship.  She kicks a guard in the balls, and smiles for about ten seconds.  

Scene 3: Luffy is hungry, so he raids the kitchen.  He explains that his ship got swallowed by the maelstrom in Scene 1, and he escaped by sealing himself in a barrel. Apparently he's a paranormal being, maybe a trickster god.   Coby tells us his back story: he was out fishing one day, when he was shanghaied by the pirate queen and forced to work as a chore boy.

Luffy: "Why didn't you just run away?  You're dumb and stupid, and a wimp.  I hate you!"  So much for the gay subtext.

Meanwhile, the redhead girl is investigating the pirate ship.

More plot dump: Luffy is planning to become King of the Pirates, a title given to the person who "finds everything in this world."  That's a lot of booty.  No, wait, these subtitles must be off.  He's not looking for everything in the world, just a single object called the One-Piece. Sort of like the One Ring that gives you infinite power, and allows you to take over?

Coby has a goal, too: to join the navy, and catch bad guys like pirates.  Uh-oh, conflict!

Scene 4:  Having eaten, Luffy needs a new ship: "I wonder if they would give me this one, if I asked nicely."  But at that moment Alvida the Pirate Queen arrives.  He disparages her beauty, which makes her furious. He grabs Coby and flies to the upper deck.  There he subdues some regular pirates by stretching out his arm and boomeranging back.  

When Alvida approaches again, Coby stands up to her, disparaging her beauty and stating that he's going to join the navy, while Trickster God laughs.  She attacks, but Luffy deflects her blows onto himself, and of course he can't be hurt.  He punches her into the stratosphere.

Meanwhile, the redhead girl is leaving with the pirate booty.

Scene 5:  The navy arrives!  Coby and Luffy grab a small boat and leave to avoid capture.  Couldn't he just clobber them all?  

Luffy still needs a crew.  He suggests recruiting the pirate-hunter Zoro, who is incarcerated at a navy base. Coby is opposed to the idea: Zoro is a bad guy.  They argue.

Cut to the navy base, on a small island.  Zoro is tied to a stake in the courtyard.  He grimaces.  The end.

  No. But in the One-Piece movie, also on Netflix, all of the male characters are semi-shirtless, with spectacular physiques.  Maybe I'll review that next.

Gay Characters: Coby and Luffy have a gay-subtext buddy-bond, right now, but the redhead girl will no doubt be joining them, and become the object of  heterosexual desire for one or both.

Culture Clash:  Why were the sailors so upset over pulling a barrel out of the ocean?  

Why does Luffy insult Coby and say that he hates him, when he obviously likes him?  

 Why is a person who owns everything in the world called the King of the Pirates instead of The Emperor or the Supreme Leader?  

Why would a trickster god have to work hard to own everything in the world?  Doesn't he control it already?

Maybe these things make sense to Japanese viewers, or maybe they're explained in later episodes.

Will I Continue to Watch: Holy cow, there are over 1,000 episodes!  One a day for the next three years!  I don't think so.

See also: Three One-Piece Movies in One Sitting

"The 7 Lives of Lea": Beefcake, Gay Characters, Time Travel, and Body Swapping. What's Not to Like?

The 7 Lives of Lea,
on Netflix, is the best tv series I've seen in ages, witty and intriguing, with minimal cliches and maximum beefcake, and a main character who is probably gay.  I reviewed the first episode.

Scene 1:  June 14, 2021.  Lea, age 17, is at a wild teenage party at a nature preserve in the Massif Central of France, feeling depressed and miserable.  She goes off by herself into Valmy Gorge to drink and drug herself to death, and comes across a skeleton!  Wearing a silver bracelet...

Scene 2: Police officer Miriam says that the skeleton belongs to a young man, and it's been buried for a long time, but she won't know anything else until the coroner does an analysis.  Lea's imperious parents arrive to yell at her for going to a wild party instead of studying for her exams (um...is that really what's important now?).  They argue; Lea runs into her bedroom, changes clothes (gratuitous body shot), and goes to sleep.

Scene 3: And wakes up as a hot guy, Ismael (Khalil Ben Gharbia)!  She doesn't have any of Ismael's memories, doesn't recognize his parents, doesn't speak Arabic.  Fortunately, she convinces Ismael's science fiction fan brother that she's shifted her consciousness into Ismael's body.  He suggests going to the gorge where she saw the skeleton, and maybe things will revert.

Scene 4: But first it's time for the apple harvest. The Arab immigrants are all apparently migrant workers.  Lea/Ismael picks apples for awhile, then sneaks out and tries to hitch a ride to the gorge.  No one stops; some passing soldiers call her "raghead."  Wait -- showing some skin works for girls, so why not boys?  She takes her shirt off, and sure enough, a lady and her teenage daughter pick him up.

They find it odd that Lea/Ismael is examining her new body -- abs, nipples, biceps.  And the silver bracelet from the skeleton!

As they drive through town, Lea/Ismael is shocked by how different it looks.  Plus the costumes are like something out of an old movie, teens are listening to "rad tunes" like "Everybody Dance Now," and there's an ad for Schwarzennegar's Terminator 2.  She not only switched bodies, she traveled back in time 30 years,  to June 15, 1991!

While she is freaking out, a woman named Patricia grabs her: "What are you doing here?  You're late!"  

Scene 5: 
 The woman ignores Lea/Ismael's pleas to take her to the Gorge and talks about how important this audition is: "the chance of a lifetime."  

They arrive at the resort where Lea's grandparents live.  They are 30 years younger, of course, and don't know who Lea is.  But they know Ismael!  

In the house, Lea's parents Stephane (Theo Fernandez) and Karine, now teenagers, are tuning their instruments. Stephane has his shirt open; in this series, it's beefcake all the way down!  They criticize Lea/Ismael for being late.  When he calls them "Mom" and "Dad," they think he's high, and try to bring him down: "We worked hard for this audition!  Don't blow it!"  They're really expressive with Ismael, hugging and groping -- are they, like lovers as well as bandmates?

They begin the audition. Of course, Lea/Ismael doesn't know how to play the guitar, and tanks.  Patricia the Band Agent stomps off, while teenage Stephane and Karine follow, begging for another chance.

Scene 6:  Ismael's Dad arrives to drag him back to the apple orchard, and yell.  "The boss's son saw you sneak away!  We could both be fired!  We'll lose the house, and be deported!  And you're failing your exams, and you dress like a bum, and I hate everything about you!"  Hey, Lea reasons, maybe the body-switching ruined Ismael's life, and that's why he committed suicide.  Maybe she can fix things for him...

Scene 7: Back at the house, Little Brother Soufiane is also irate. "You lied to me about the body-transfer stuff, just so you could go to your stupid audition!"  

Lea finds Ismael's journal under the mattress: full of artwork (no pictures of girls), lists of goals (again, no girls), song lyrics, and "June 15!  Big Audition!"   She buries the journal in the apple orchard, so if she ever gets back to 2021, she'll have proof.

Pye (Alexander Ferrario), the boss's son, arrives on his motorcycle (fully clothed, but don't worry, we see him in his underwear later on).  He's the one who snitched  about Lea/Ismael ditching work: "I hate lazy bitches like you."   He punches Lea/Ismael, says "Do your job!", and leaves.   

Scene 8: Lea/Ismael goes home and takes a shower (more gratuitous beefcake, not that I'm complaining).  She masturbates while looking in the mirror (wouldn't you?).  Then she goes to bed...and wakes up in 2021, as Lea!  Was it a dream?

Googling Ismael, she finds a blog about his mysterious disappearance, run by Little Brother Soufiane.  He announces a new lead, and a meeting at City Hall tonight.  If the disappearance was such a big deal in this small town, wouldn't Lea have known about it?  Especially if her parents were Ismael's best friends? Unless they have been deliberately covering up their involvement in his death...

Scene 9:  Mom drives Lea to her job at Dubont Bio (I guess it's close to the school).  The boss stops by -- Pye, the boss's son from 1991, now middle aged! 

Lea skips philosophy class and takes the bus to the apple orchard.  She digs up Ismael's journal.  This was no dream!

Scene 10:  At school, Lea tells her friend Romane, who is a lesbian and uses a wheelchair (were they checking off diversity boxes?), about her time-travel body-transfer adventure. Romane thinks she's crazy.

Scene 11:
The meeting at City Hall.  About 20 people there.  The police don't know if the remains actually belong to Ismael, or if his death was accidental or suicide.  Lea blurts out that it has to be him, because it was wearing Ismael's silver bracelet!  The middle-aged Little Brother Soufiane (now played by Vincent Heineine) is irate: "Why didn't the police tell me about the bracelet?  It's obviously my brother!  And how does this random girl know about it?"

Afterwards, everyone is angry with Lea for "making things up," except Soufiane, who thanks her.  He remembers the body-snatching conversation with Ismael 30 years ago -- didn't he say his name was Lea?  

Scene 12:  On the way home, Lea interrogates Mom about how well she and Dad knew Ismael.  "We were in the same class, but we didn't know him very well," she lies.  Lea wonders what she's hiding.

Lea goes to bed, and wakes up in 1991 again.  But this time she's the teenage Mom! The end.

Beefcake:  No shirts, no problem.

Other Sights:  This is a small resort town.  Chances are they'll never make it to Paris, or even Lyon.

Heterosexism:  Lea finds Ismael hot, but she won't be dating him, for obvious reasons.  That leaves her teenage Dad -- nope -- and Pye -- double nope.  Pye gets a girlfriend, however.  

Gay Characters:  The big mystery of the series is not really who did it, but who is in love with Ismael, Mom, Dad, Patricia, Pye, all of the above, or none of the above?  It becomes clear in Episode 5.

Body-Swapping: Every successive episode takes place on a successive day, with Lea switching to the 1991 bodies of Mom, Pye, Patricia the Band Manager, and finally Dad.

My Grade: A.

Apr 18, 2023

The Best Week of TV Ever

December 5, 1966.  I am in first grade at Hansche Elementary School in Racine, Wisconsin.  Two weeks ago I had my sixth birthday, so I am old enough to stay up until 9:00 pm, but too young for sleepovers with my friends.  There's no radio or record player in the house.  My church forbids going to movies, theater, concerts, bowling alleys, or skating rinks.  

So, every night after dinner, I sit on the floor in the living room, with Mom doing the newspaper crossword puzzle in her favorite chair, Dad and my baby sister on the couch, my little brother beside me playing with his toys. I'm doing homework or reading a book.

While watching the Best Week of TV Ever.

Dec 5, Monday

Gilligan's Island: "And Then There Were None": Gilligan thinks that he's killing the other castaways, and dreams that he's Mr. Hyde.  Scary!

Run, Buddy, Run: "Buddy Overstreet, Please Come Home."  After running from gangsters who put a hit on him, the cute Buddy (Jack Sheldon) gets to go home.

The Lucy Show: "Lucy and the Monkey."  Lucy thinks that her boss, Mr. Mooney, has turned into a monkey.  Come on -- even I know that people don't turn into monkeys.

Dec 6, Tuesday

Daktari: "Cry for Help."  Paula is bitten by a deadly spider (gross!), and Dr. Tracey consults a tribal healer.  Cute black guys in loincloths!

Petticoat Junction: "The Runt Strikes Back": Betty Joe strikes back against her bullying older sisters by getting a job.  And there are THREE cute guys at the Shady Rest. One is Terry Phillips, who also worked as a dialogue coach on Petticoat Junction.  

Dec 7, Wednesday

Lost in Space: "A Visit to Hades."  The space castaways visit a planet that looks like "Hades", a new word for "Hell."  With a devil-guy named Morbus.  Will Robinson (Billy Mumy) is six years older than me, and super-cute.

The Beverly Hillbillies: "The Woodchucks." Dimwitted but hunky Jethro joins an all-girl birdwatching club.  So boys can participate in girls' activities?  I want an EZ-Bake Oven.

Dec 8, Thursday

F-Troop: "The Return of Wrongo Starr."  I've never heard of Ringo Starr, but Henry Gibson is cute.  In a few years I will see him on Laugh-In.

Bewitched: "My Friend Ben."  Aunt Clara conjures up Ben Franklin.  I've never heard of Ben Franklin, or the kite that discovered electricity, but there's a cute teenage boy (Tim Rooney).  He took off his shirt in Village of the Giants (1965).  Later I found out that he was Mickey Rooney's son.

That Girl: "Phantom of the Horse Opera."  Ann Marie and her boyfriend Don befriend an organist from the silent film era.  I've never heard of the silent film era, either!

Dec 9, Friday

Tarzan: "Pearls of Tanga"  Tarzan and Jai try to stop the despoiling of a native paradise full of loincloth-clad hotties.  Plus Tarzan is chained up in a cave.

Hogan's Heroes: "Don't Forget to Write."  Colonel Klink is transferred to the Russian front, and the hotties of Stalag 13 try to save him.

Dec 10, Saturday

Flipper: "Alligator Duel." Pet dolphin Flipper is kidnapped and forced to fight alligators, and shirtless teens Sandy and Bud rush to the rescue.

Get Smart: Perils in a Pet Shop.  KAOS is using trained parrots to smuggle secrets.  I learned another new word, "chaos."

Dec 11, Sunday

We usually go to church on Sunday nights, but for some reason tonight is different. Maybe Mom or Dad don't feel well.  But missing a 2 hour sermon and altar call is great

It's About Time: "The Sacrifice."  The cute astronaut castaways try to save their hosts' daughter from being sacrificed in a prehistoric cave ritual.  Well, at least there's a boy with his shirt off (Pat Nardi).

Hey, Landlord: "The Big Fumble."  Chuck claims that he is best friends with a famous football player, who doesn't remember him.  Football is boring, but the player is future comedy great Fred Willard.

Apr 17, 2023

"The Righteous Gemstones": Kelvin and Keefe Have Sex, So Why Can't They Kiss?


I admit, I'm obsessed with the relationship between Kelvin and Keefe on The Righteous Gemstones, about a family of rich, famous, glitzy televangelists (Season 2 ended in February 2022, but I just signed up for HBO Max, so I just watched.  Season 3 will drop this summer.)

Kelvin (Adam DeVine) is the youngest son, a muscle enthusiast, generally responsible for the youth ministry at the anchor church.  Keefe (Tony Cavalero) is his sweet , slightly-muddled mansion-mate, a former Satanist whom Kelvin saved.  I read reddits and reviews and interviews, watch youtube clips, re-watch episodes, accumulating evidence that they are gay and romantic partners:

Season 1:

1. Neither express any heterosexual interest, nor does anyone ever suggest that they should.  If an event calls for a date, Kelvin always brings Keefe.  

Keefe states that he "never dated (girls) much, saw no need to," and that "Baywatch didn't affect me."  At the Satanist Club, he recoils in literal disgust at the sight of a naked lady (you can see him saying "Ewwww"), but naked men are fine.

2. Keefe used to dance naked in a cage at the Satanist Club.

3. They break up after an argument, and Keefe returns to the Satanist Club.  He is heartily greeted and hugged, but only by men.

4. Kelvin is distraught.  One of the teens surmises that he is upset about his "boyfriend," and helpfully uses social media to find out where Keefe is.  Kelvin stutters: "No...um...we're not gay...we're just two guys who like to hang out...and stuff."  Maybe he didn't want to come out to a teenager? 

5. But he rushes to save Keefe from the Satanists, and finds him in a sensory deprivation tank (with a probably prosthetic arousal).  He jumps in, pulls out the wires, and hugs and holds Keefe, crying, kissing his forehead.  Keefe: "Hold me."  Kelvin: "Hush!  I'm here now."  

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