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WATCH: Is America Ready For Haley Joel Osment As A Short-Shorts-Wearing Twink?

The gay Interwebs went nuts when beefcake photos of Jonathan Lipnicki went viral. (Yes, that little dork from Jerry McGuire is all hot now.) So we figure you can wrap your head around the idea that lil’ Haley Joel Osment is all grown up—and playing a ditzy  gay boy toy in the new comedy Sassy Pants.

As NYMag,com reports:

Ashley Rickards stars in this movie, and you love her in Awkward. Also (and perhaps most important), she plays a teenage girl with a smothering mom and a gay dad, and do you know who plays the jean-shorted younger boyfriend of said gay dad? Oh yes, it is Haley Joel Osment, star of The Sixth Sense, A.I., and Secondhand Lions. (What, no Secondhand Lions fans in the house?)

Still, you’d be forgiven for not recognizing Osment in this movie, seeing as how he’s shirtless and wearing cutoff jeans, piercings, and a Kate Gosselin do. Unexpected!

Um, jelloh? did no one notice the adorkable Deidrich Bader of The Drew Carey Show as the gay dad? You can have Mr. I See Dead People. We’ll take Oswald anyway.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jan 18, 2012
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  • 28 Comments
    • MEJ
      MEJ

      Oh, good. A movie perpetuating the stereotype that middle-aged gay men chase after teenage boys, played by actors who are straight.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 11:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caliban
      Caliban

      Except for that fact the HJO isn’t a teenager I’d say you’ve got a heck of a point there, MEJ! Somewhere. I guess.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 11:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andy
      Andy

      Gotta say, Mr. Osment does not appear to have aged terribly well.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darren
      Darren

      What is the point or purpose of watching crap movies like this? Seriously.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Por Supuesto
      Por Supuesto

      i would tap that

      Jan 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MEJ
      MEJ

      @Caliban:

      Except for that fact the HJO isn’t a teenager

      He plays a teenager in the film. Caliban.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • petey
      petey

      holy crap!!!

      what the hell happened to haley??!!!??!!

      Jan 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Wow, an older guy who comes out, dates a teenage with piercings who is a walking stereotype. How DARING.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lady Haha
      Lady Haha

      Guuurl, HJO has gotten fat!

      Jan 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Isaac C
      Isaac C

      @EdWoody: Those complaints aren’t out, because people are still making them.

      And yes, people like this do exist. We get to see them in virtually every other gay-themed movie, especially played by straights.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @EdWoody: said…

      “@Cam: @MEJ: Are you honestly claiming that people like this don’t exist? You know perfectly well they do. So are you claiming you’re embarrassed of them? Of being lumped in with such horrid feminized freaks?”
      _________________________

      Are YOU honestly saying that Mammies, and step and fetchits didn’t exist and blacks were wrong for complaining about how they were portrayed in films?

      I just find it interesting that this married father leaves his wife and IMMEDITATLY hooks up in a relationship that would be deemed MOST shocking. Because of course you CAN’T show gays normally. Even Modern Family has neutered their gay couple and turned CAm in to a hysterical bad imitation of Nathan Lane in “The Bird Cage”.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pickles
      Pickles

      I’ve seen hundreds of movies with gay characters and only rarely have I seen and adult man dating a teenager.

      Also, who says the character played by Haley Joel Osment is a teenager?

      I’d love for someone here to name 5 gay movies in the US where a divorced gay father is dating a teenager.

      Do y’all actually go to the movies? There is a VERY WIDE RANGE of gay men portrayed in screen in the last 20 years.

      Sometimes I think folks haven’t watched a gay movie since the 1980s given how trapped in that time your assessment of gays in films seems to be.

      Here’s a list of movies with gay lead characters that I’ve SEEN in the last 5 years (some might be older) that don’t involve adult gay men dating teenagers

      Kiss The Bride
      Coffee Date
      Role Play
      The Love Patient
      3 Day Weekend
      The One
      Make the Yuletide Gay
      Mr. Right
      Noah’s Arc – Jumping The Broom
      Whirlwind
      Save Me
      The New 20
      Fur Coat, No Knickers
      Latter Days
      I Love You Phillip Morris
      Shelter
      Weekend
      August
      East Side Story
      Trick

      I could go on…

      I hate that folks just fling stuff like “all the gay movies are just full of stereotypes”. It simply IS. NOT. TRUE.

      I’m not saying things a perfect in terms of mainstreaming gay films and broad reach, but if you just ignore everything that isn’t full of stereotypes then of course your opinion will be skewed.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva
      Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

      Was that Drew Droege I saw somewhere in there???

      Jan 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan J.
      Ryan J.

      Damn, HJO is hot! Did you see that ass! I’d hit.

      Jan 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MEJ
      MEJ

      @EdWoody:

      So you have no issues with middle-aged men dating teenagers?

      Jan 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MEJ
      MEJ

      @Isaac C:

      And yes, people like this do exist. We get to see them in virtually every other gay-themed movie, especially played by straights.

      ^This

      Jan 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan J.
      Ryan J.

      But that haircut’s gotta go

      Jan 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lazycrockett
      Lazycrockett

      Well he may not be everyone’s taste but hes still getting gigs and making a career for himself, which very few child actors get to do. He’s got talent and over all seems level headed. Good for him.

      Jan 19, 2012 at 2:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pickles
      Pickles

      @No. 17 · MEJ

      “@Isaac C:

      And yes, people like this do exist. We get to see them in virtually every other gay-themed movie, especially played by straights.”

      ^This
      __________________________________________________________________________________________

      Except that is simply isn’t true. This is not based in fact. PLUS, we don’t even know if the character being played by HJO in this film is a teenager.

      Jan 19, 2012 at 3:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      @MEJ: Not if everyone involved is of legal age and consent, no. Why should I? Why do you? What business is it of yours?

      Jan 19, 2012 at 4:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JayKay
      JayKay

      If you’re over 35 and you’re dating someone in their 20’s or younger, you’re creepy and I judge the shit out of you.

      Jan 19, 2012 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike UK
      Mike UK

      @JayKay: so someone who’s 35 dating a 29 year old is creepy? you need to get out more!

      Jan 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryan
      Bryan

      @JayKay: A 35yr old dating someone within 21-19 isn’t that creepy. But are you really saying a 35yr old dating 17 or 18 yr old doesn’t raise eyebrows, gay or straight?

      Jan 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caliban
      Caliban

      First I’d like to see proof that the character HJO is playing IS a teenager. The actor is 24 or 24 years old and NONE of the descriptions of the film I’ve found online indicate he’s playing a teenager. Since the movie seems to be about a girl who’s graduating from high school (as a homeschooler) that would make her character the same age as her dad’s BF and there’s NOTHING in the trailer to indicate that. If anything he seems to be portrayed as a mentor for her as opposed to her controlling mother and distant father.

      So put up or shut up. If the character is a teenager then supply a link to info that backs that up. Thanks ever so!

      Jan 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @Pickles:

      Gee, what a shock, the same person who is over on the GLEE post defending everything the studio does there is over here defending Hollywood as well.

      Nice to see the interns over at CAA are being kept busy.

      Jan 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 13Zeroither
      13Zeroither

      @ Lazycrockett Yes, thats right. He still has a job playing as Sora in the Kingdom Hearts series. Great game btw.

      Jan 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pickles
      Pickles

      @No. 25 · Cam

      I’m not defending anything or any one. I’m responding to the posts previous to me.

      Saying that something “always happens” doesn’t make it so without evidence.

      Saying that the character played by HJO is a teenager (without any evidence that it’s true) doesn’t make it so.

      HJO’s character could be anywhere from 17 to 28. The actor is 24. So why assume he’s a teenager? 30-year-olds don’t wear shorts and have piercings? Since when is that only a teenager thing?

      Furthermore,

      All the movies I listed are made by different studios so I don’t understand what you mean by defending a studio.

      Why not just deal with the content of my comment instead of making assumptions about who I am (ridiculous and wrong assumptions at that)

      You seem to enjoy insulting others more than talking about the issue at hand.

      I have no stake in Hollywood. I just think people play fast and loose with accusations about how we are represented in the media and it makes it impossible to have a real conversation about the good AND the bad.

      My issue is that some people refuse to incorporate new information into their world view or acknowledge the progress we’ve made in the media.

      So someone decided 20 years ago that all movies with gay characters in them are homophobic and full of stereotypes and their p.o.v. is just stuck in that 20 year old assessment in perpetuity.

      It makes no sense.

      Jan 21, 2012 at 1:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dani
      dani

      @Pickles: You are so smart! I had fun reading your comments :)

      Jan 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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