COMMENTS: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Dan Choi, Closeted Celebrities, Homophobic Actors, And More

Time for the Queerty Week in Comments, with the most compelling, thought-provoking or just downright bitchy comments that came directly from you, the readers!


brendon-ayanbadejo-noh8“I would have thought the reverse would have been true: Given the possibility of seeing men naked—especially before the Internet—gay men, compared to other men, would have wanted to join the NFL…”

Samuel, in Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo: 3% Of NFL Players Are Gay

“I doubt that the commercially minded actors will come out. Maybe the ones who don’t care about their financial prospects but not the ones who want to become very rich. Hollywood was invented to make money from heterosexuality. The whole Hollywood structure is built around creating an artifice of heterosexuality for male actors.”

 Brian, in Which Closeted Celebrities Will Come Out In 2013?


“Elsewhere in America, families are struggling through a Christmas without their children, who were senselessly murdered just a few short weeks ago. But this man’s biggest problem is that gays exist—and he hates gays so much that he’d rather close his business than work with them or for them. Delusional First World problems, anyone?”

Little Kiwi, in  MD Trolley Company Cancels Wedding Tours  Rather Than Open To Gay Couples


“Very discriminatory. Substitute being gay for being black or Hispanic and what do you have? What a creep.”

Boricuaex, in Actor Nicholas Brown: “I’m Not Comfortable Kissing Another Man On Camera”

“Our country has a long history of silencing, or trying to silence, those who dare to criticize unjust and inhumane laws against segments of our population. HRC did no one any good with this case. GetEqual is the better choice for our support.”

Tallaferro, in Charges Dismissed Against Lt. Dan Choi

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  • the other Greg

    In the thread about the actor who’s squeamish about kissing another man for a TV commercial, everyone (including me) forgot the best example.

    What now-prominent straight actor got his big break not only playing a gay man, but as a gay man dying of AIDS? – long ago, before many readers here were born?

    Steve Buscemi!

    In 1984, his taking the role in the film “Parting Glances” may have given him second thoughts. (Not sure because he didn’t write an attention-getting article for the Atlantic about it!) But the terrifying AIDS angle would have been daunting for most anyone that early – ’84 was even before “The Normal Heart” was staged – and the “will-this-stereotype-me-as-gay” thing had definitely not been disproved yet.

    Does this apply to a two-second, uncredited kiss in a TV commercial (an HIV public service announcement, yet) in 2012?

  • the other Greg

    (to clarify) – “Parting Glances” was not released until 1986, but was CAST and mostly shot in 1984.

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