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Nobody Can Mention Neil Patrick Harris Without Noting He’s Gay. That’s Good



There’s the sexy Rolling Stone photo and profile. The cover of New York and its documenting of all his achievements. The lauding piece in USA Today. Sure, they’re all tied to his Emmy hosting gig this month, but more significant than any article mentioning how Neil Patrick Harris operates (so successfully) in a post-gay landscape is the fact that there are so many articles celebrating Neil Patrick Harris as a man who happens to be gay.

He’s a talented actor and comedian. Likable. Enjoys the perks of fame without complaining. Who just happens to sleep with dudes. It’s okay for newspapers and magazines to mention this about Harris now, only because he came out. And you can’t write a profile of NPH without mentioning his sexuality, and how he came out. And generally, we’d find this sort of thing annoying: Aren’t we thoroughly over the fact that Harris is gay?

Yes, of course we are. But also, he’s about the best thing going when it comes to gay men in Hollywood. And while he doesn’t care much to make his sexuality the focal point in any conversation about his career, Harris doesn’t shy away from that part of his life, either. The Howard Stern Show, of course, being the most obvious example.

So while no profile of, say, Ben Stiller will ever mention when he “came out” as straight, and how hard that is to do in Hollywood, we’ve got no problem with the continual regurgitation of Harris’ coming out story. Particularly because it involves, uh, Ben Stiller:

On:           Sep 14, 2009
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    • Observer1000

      He’s America’s favorite gay man!

      Sep 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexander

      I want him inside me.

      Sep 14, 2009 at 2:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wtf?

      I ? NPH

      Sep 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

      I always loved Doogie!!!! little did I know back then that he actually really would have wanted to “play Doctor” with me!!!!

      Sep 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ThatguyFromBoston

      Are you sure that he would want to play doctor with you Terrwill?

      Sep 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marianne Seggerman

      I read the USA Today article and it didn’t blare
      “he gaaaay!” It mentioned his boyfriend/partner the way a wife would be discussed, midway through the article.

      Sep 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers

      @Marianne Seggerman: The way this site operates is to spin any article or story in a way to produce controversy and comments rather than reality.

      Sep 14, 2009 at 6:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nikko

      um, Ben sounded and looked so uncomfortable. Good grief, he says “I don’t know what to think of him!” How about respect, haterosexual?!

      Sep 15, 2009 at 2:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AL

      Is that really necessary to put a picture of him with a lipstick. More stupid gay stereotypes in the media. Thank you very much!

      Sep 15, 2009 at 11:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ricky

      i can’t mention neil patrick harris without noting he is adorable and such a great singer! dr. horrible rules!

      Sep 15, 2009 at 11:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nineinchnail

      Id just love to do it doggie with Doogie!!! woof woof

      Sep 24, 2010 at 12:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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