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Lamenting The Loss Of “The Great Gatsby’s” Gayness

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‘Come to lunch some day,’ he [Mr McKee] suggested, as we groaned down the elevator.
‘Where?’
‘Anywhere.’
‘Keep your hands off the lever,’ snapped the elevator boy.
‘I beg your pardon,’ said Mr McKee with dignity, ‘I didn’t know I was touching it.’
‘All right,’ I agreed, ‘I’ll be glad to.’
…I was standing beside his bed and he was sitting up between the sheets, clad in his underwear, with a great portfolio in his hands.
‘Beauty and the Beast…Loneliness…Old Grocery Horse…Brook’n Bridge…’
Then I was lying half asleep in the lower level of the Pennsylvania Station, staring at the morning Tribune, and waiting for the four o’clock train.”

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. A telling scene between narrator Nick Carraway and photographer Mr. McKee that was omitted in Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic adaptation and explored in The Atlantic’s The Great Gatsby Movie Needed to Be More Gay.” See also: Salon‘s “Nick Carraway is Gay and in Love with Gatsby.” See also: F. Scott Fitzgerald in drag. Just ’cause.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           May 14, 2013
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  • 6 Comments
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      Doesn’t sound very “gay” to me.

      May 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Funny that you say this, because the level of devotion from Nick (Tobey Maguire) in the film to Gatsby did make me question internally whether there was any kind of crush on him. Or whether it was just an admiration. Especially the part where Gatsby looks back from the “green light” + it’s Tobey’s character Nick looking back at him. That seemed a little gay to me.

      May 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Deepdow
      Deepdow

      How anyone can tolerate a Baz production is beyond me.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      “‘Keep your hands off the lever,’ snapped the elevator boy.”

      Oooooh… sublimation gets me hot.

      May 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nev
      Nev

      I didn’t know what this story is about so when I saw the trailer I was actually confused as to who’s having the affair here. (Logic told me that if it had been between two men I would’ve heard about it :s) Toby’s characters looked very much like someone who was lusting after Leo’s character. But then they cleared that confusion up with a few bedroom shots of Mr Gatsby and the girl’s character so there…

      May 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • zrocqs
      zrocqs

      @Deepdow: So kind of you to pronounce your limitations.

      May 15, 2013 at 6:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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