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


‘Come to lunch some day,’ he [Mr McKee] suggested, as we groaned down the elevator.
‘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.

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  • yaoming

    Doesn’t sound very “gay” to me.

  • 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.

  • Deepdow

    How anyone can tolerate a Baz production is beyond me.

  • the other Greg

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

    Oooooh… sublimation gets me hot.

  • 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…

  • zrocqs

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

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