Oct 20, 2023

Who is Sean Ryan Fox? And who is the guy in bed with him?


Someone named Sean Ryan Fox appeared on my Instagram suggestions.  I assume that he's an actor, since he has 1,000,000 followers, but I have no idea what he's been in.  All I know is that he has a chest....

He wears boxers instead of briefs, so he's concerned about showing too much bulge.  He has a picture of a car on his wall, definitive proof that he's heterosexual.

On the other hand, he wants to draw attention to his crotch (and motorcycle).

And he's apparently on vacation with a cute guy. 

A very romantic vacation.

There are no girls on his instagram.  So: cars, motorcycles, muscles, guys...

And he has a dog buddy.

I think he's answered the gay/straight question.  So on to the more important question: why does he have a million followers?

Time for the IMDB: Sean Ryan Fox has 26 acting credits, mostly on Nickelodeon, notably the Superhero spoof Henry Danger (2014-2020). 

He played Jasper Dunlop, one of Henry's best friends (Nickelodeon teencoms always give you two). 

Jasper and Henry (Jace Norman) have a gay-subtext romance going on, and even a shipping name, Jenry.

They are close friends (or something) off camera, too.  Jace is the cute guy in the vacation photos.

I actually reviewed the show in 2014, and forgot about it. 35,000 hits! Apparently a lot of people caught the subtext.  Or was it canonical? See Henry Danger: A New Gay Subtext Classic.

Oct 19, 2023

"Veep": Interchangeable Personalities, a "is he or isn't he" tease, homophobia, and frontal nudity

I watched the first season or so of Veep (2012-2019), with Julia Louise-Dreyfuss as a scheming, acerbic Vice President of the U.S. (political party unspecified), but got annoyed with the excessive amorality of the characters and their interminable petty squabbles. 

But I'm back to review Episode 3.4, "Clovis," because it reputedly has a gay theme. There's a huge cast of middle-aged white men with interchangeable personalities and identical names, so it will be easier to refer to them by job title.

See the NSFW version of this review.

Scene 1; Palo Alto, California.  The Veep (Julia Louise Dreyfuss) is speaking at Stanford.  Her Strategist (Gary Cole) notes that tickets are $5000.  Tomorrow she's speaking at Clovis, a company worth $4.3 billion ("more than I make in a year!").  Darn, I thought she would be going to New Mexico.

While she is holding a baby and talking baby-talk, its mother asks why she backflipped on fracking. They get into an argument.  The team tries to disengage, but you can't just walk away while holding a baby. 

Scene 2
: The VP Chief of Staff is yelling at the Communications Director (Matt Walsh), asking why he didn't disengage quicker.  Meanwhile the Veep and her Assistant Gary (Tony Hale, left) discuss the damage: "You're going to alienate women in their 30s."  "Oh, no!" she exclaims. "I'm left with gay Latinos and Jews at college."  A very precise fan base.

Scene 3:
 At the Veep's office, the staff watches tv: Danny Chung  (Randall Park, left) is talking about the fracking fiasco (gleefully; he must be an enemy).  Deputy Director of Communications (Reid Scott, left and below) wants to "take the fucker out."  

To add to his woes, on his computer, his frenemy Jonah is rapping about the fiasco, having the Veep say "And that's why drinking chemical sludge is good for you."

Jonah calls the Deputy Director to gloat. White House Chief of Staff yells at him, then tells the Deputy Director that they have to take out the mother (the lady who argued with the Veep about fracking).  Find some dirt on her.  Make her out to be a bad mom.  Wait, I thought they wanted to destroy their enemy, Danny Chung.  They want to destroy the Mother too?  That's a lot of personal assassinations for 23 minutes.

Scene 4: White House Chief of Staff has a beer with the Deputy Director  and complains about his job, "going from 6-pack abs to this keg.  I ain't seen my penis since the Gulf War." Has anyone else seen it?  

The Deputy Director wants to be the Veep's campaign manager.  It's doable, the Chief of Staff tells him, if he is willing to get "down and dirty," like finding some dirt on Danny Chung: there's a rumor that when he was in Iraq, his squad tortured a prisoner.  Ok, back to destroying Danny Chang.

Scene 5: Morning in Palo Alto.  As the Veep walks down the hall in her hotel, she sees a hot guy coming out of Assistant Gary's room, and rushes to spread the gossip.  The VP Chief of Staff doesn't believe it: "He must have been coming out of the next room.  No way is Gary..."  You got a problem with gay people, Veep? Might I remind you that you have the gay Latino vote.

They leave to meet with Craig Richardson (Tim Baltz), the CEO of Clovis, a multi-billionaire at age 26. The Veep disapproves: "You shouldn't make your first million until you are in your 30s."

Scene 6:
 Arriving at Clovis, a standard hipster job hangout: foosball, sleeping pods, a graffiti wall, scooters, legos. 

Meanwhile, back in DC, the Deputy Director (the morning after drinks) feels like his brain "is being circumcized."  "Get me a cheeseburger made of aspirin." 

Scene 7: The Deputy Director shows up at Jonah's poker game. He discusses cards as if they were women: "Three pretty ladies on Saturday night at Chez Jonah." Boo! 

Meanwhile, the Veep and her party wait and wait for Craig to show up.  Finally -- he apologizes "my size of the planet bad. You have my 1000% attention."  But then he walks away to discuss Indonesia.

He shows her a smart watch (or Smartch) that requires a lot of hand-shaking and arm-pumping, thus invading her body space.  But it doesn't work. 

Scene 8: Jonah's entourage tell him the story of Danny Chung torturing a prisoner. I thought only the White House Chief of Staff knew that story.  There are no facts to back it up, but he'll post it on his website anyway, and the facts will come later.  

Meanwhile, the Veep tries to get the Smart Watch to show them her website, "MeetMeyer.com."  Instead, it takes her to a spoof site, and then a site with deepfakes of her having sex.

Craig likes Jonah's anti-Veep website, so he decides to buy it.  After donating 50,000 tablets for kids, he asks the Veep to cancel the repatriation tax.  And so on.

Scene 9.
  Jonah gets the call from Craig's people wanting to buy his website.  He tells his entourage that he was called by "a pretty little lady I like to call Destiny." Geez, does his every sentence involve turning concepts and objects into ladies and pretending that he has sex with them?  After saying "fuck you!" to all the people who said he would never make it, he has a "money-gasm." 

Meanwhile, the Veep gets smashed with a pingpong ball.  Assistant Gary tries to throw it back, but his shoulder hurts.  

The Veep goes ballistic: "I'm taking these people back to dial-up.  They think they're the Kings of America!" Then she yells at the Strategist (Gary Cole) who has been fashioning himself a tech expert: "You're walking around here like your C-3PO with a big, brass, shiny erection, but this is kindergarten for cyberbrats."

Scene 10: Assistant Gary tries to pick up the Veep's gift basket, but his back hurts.  He explains that he's been in a lot of pain lately.  This morning he had the hotel masseuse give him a massage.   

What a relief! The Veep turns to her staff: "It was a masseuse!  Just a masseuse!"  Everyone is overjoyed.

Assistant Gary catches on that they thought he was...you know.  Insulted, he asks: "Why else would I invite a man into my hotel room?"

They assure him that there's no other conceivable reason.  No man would ever nvite a man into his hotel room for...you know,, because no men exist who are...you know....  Except gay Latinos, but they have ceased to exist.

Director of Communications crushes their heteronormative pretense by pointing out that he had a cousin "like that."  Like that?  Do people exist who still refer to LGBT persons as "that way?," something that you can discuss only in innuendos?  

There are five minutes left, but I'm done.

Beefcake: None.

Homophobia: Everyone's reaction is extremely homophobic.  Apparently having a gay assistant would be a major scandal in this Veep's administration.

Gay Characters: Apparently not.  I understand that they were queerbaiting for several seasons before losing their nerve and establishing him as straight.  In the last season, the Veep's daughter Catherine comes out as a lesbian.  Wow, I'd like to see how the Veep handles that!  Not really -- I don't want to watch anymore..

Heterosexism:  Only Jonah's excessive anthropomorphizing of everything into sexy ladies.

Penis Jokes: 3

My Grade: Unpleasant, money-grubbing, utterly amoral characters with confusing job titles, a plotline that is introduced and then dropped, and an obnoxious level of homophobia.  F.

The NSFW version of this review contains frontal and rear photos of Gary Cole, Matt Walsh, and Reid Scott.

Oct 17, 2023

What do you like most about Seann William Scott: his face, physique, privates, or homophobia?

On his Instagram page, Tony Cavalero characterizes himself as "Da Baby of Farley and Stiffler, Keefe on The Righteous Gemstones, Ozzie Osbourne in The Dirt."   I figured that Farley and Stiffler must be an animated comedy, with Tony playing a baby. But according to the IMDB, there is no tv show with that name,  nor any character named Da Baby.

Further research reveals that Farley (Seann William Scott) is the protagonist of Mr. Woodcock (2007), attempting to keep his mother from marrying his sadistic former gym teacher.  Never saw it.

Stiffler (Seann William Scott) is a main character of the American Pie franchise (1999-2012).  've never seen any of them (although I know what they do to the pie), but I found a list of his disgusting antics on the fan wiki. 

Here's the complete list: 

  • Accidentally drinks a guy's cum
  • Gets urinated on by a guy
  • Forced to kiss a guy
  • Has sex with a guy and two dogs
  • Digs a ring out of dog poop
  • Accidentally has sex with an old lady.  
As you can see, same-sex acts top the list of disgust.

Scott also kisses a guy, Ashton Kucher, in Dude, Where's My Car (2000). Both actors were interviewed about how the managed to do something so disgusting.  Plus there's homophobic jokes, gay panic jokes, and lesbian jokes, covering all the bases. 

In Role Models (2008), Scott plays an energy-drink salesman assigned to be a role model to a foul-mouthed young boy.  Homophobic jokes and gay slurs abound, but at least we get a shot of his butt.

In Balls Out (2009), Scott plays a high school janitor who coaches a tennis team. I can't find any references to homophobic jokes, but I imagine there are some.  At least he shows us his bulge (in a jockstrap).And his butt again.

More recently Scott plays a parish priest in the tv series Welcome to Flatch (2020-), a mockumentary about a quirky small town.  The reviews say that there are queer characters, so maybe he's moved away from homophobic projects.

The butt and bulge pics are on the NSFW version of this post.

Oct 16, 2023

Estrada versus Lopez

Erik Estrada was sort of the Mario Lopez of the 1970s: Hispanic, built, always smiling, constantly winning "World's Sexiest Men" awards, and photographed shirtless every ten seconds.

But there were some significant differences.

Erik is best known as Officer Ponch on Chips (1977-83), a role which allowed him to consort with beach-babes and big-brother troubled teens (such as Leif Garrett), while never establishing any significant homoromantic bond with his partner, Jon (Larry Wilcox).  Mario's characters frequently enjoy homoerotic buddy-bonds.

Perhaps due to the popularity of Chips, Erik was heavily identified as a police officer.  He played parodies of his character several types, he actually was a reserve police officer in Muncie, Indiana, and he lent his name to several police-related organizations.  Mario seems to have a wider range of roles to choose from.

And the most important difference: Mario Lopez has played gay characters several times and is a strong gay ally.  Erik Estrada has never played a gay character and has never made a public statement supporting gay people.  To be fair, he hasn't said anything homophobic, either.

In 2012, a photo of his Ponch character was found on a supervisor's desk at the notoriously homophobic Atlanta Police Department, marked with an anti-gay slur.  It was unclear whether Ponch was "accusing" the supervisor of being gay, or the supervisor was "accusing" Ponch.

Either way, Erik Estrada had no comment.

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