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 VOLUME TOO

 HOW I FOUND MYSELF WRITING THE WRONGS OF POP CULTURE  EVEN THOUGH IT WASN’T ALOUD   

by Tom Kolovos

 


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Published on May 16th, 2011 | by tomkolovos

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Is Everybody Gay?

“Is everybody gay?” Joan Cusack in the film “In and Out”

No.

At the very least not the lecherous, and now former, head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

In case you hadn’t heard, Mr. Strauss-Khan was escorted off by police from his first class Air France seat just moments before the flight was to depart New York.

And just moments before, Mr. Strauss-Khan took flight from his $3,000 a night suite at the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan, after he allegedly raped the maid who came in to clean the room.

Twice.

Mr. Strauss-Khan was, up until yesterday, also flying high as the leading Socialist party candidate for the presidency of France.

It turns out, he has a long and quite sordid history as a lecherous and cheating husband and he has been accused before of similar behavior but his victims have either refused to ultimately press charges or settled out of court. His third wife, for the moment is standing by him, as it seems that they have been conducting an open relationship. You can just imagine how he’s going to explain this to her: he thought she was a French maid?

Even the French, who are normally quite non plussed about the sex lives of their politicians, are outraged, at the very least because this has caused  an international incident at a very critical juncture for the IMF and its ability to stabilize and restructure the loans of the Greek government–a matter of international urgency.

Oh, and there is the small matter of completely altering the French political landscape for the next presidential election. It’s safe to say that chanteuse and First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, can go ahead and order some flat heeled Dior shoes for the night of her husband’s re election.

Gosh, golly, jeepers. Remember that simple bygone era when we all believed that the lecherous, promiscuous and moral deviants were all homosexuals?

Oh, the times they are achanging.

So much so that over the weekend the president of the Phoenix Suns, Rick Welts, became the first and only high ranking official in the NBA to publicly reveal that he is gay. Mr. Welts, a 40 year veteran of the basketball world, “explained that he wants to pierce the silence that envelops the subject of homosexuality in men’s team sports. He wants to be a mentor to gay people who harbor doubts about a sports career, whether on the court or in the front office. Most of all, he wants to feel whole, authentic,” according to The New York Times article which broke the story.

Also over the weekend, CNN anchor Don Lemon went public with the open secret of his sexuality. Though not the only anchor harboring an open secret about his sexuality, he was the only African American, which Mr. Lemon explains is fraught with certain subcultural dangers:

Even beyond whatever effect his revelation might have on his television career, Mr. Lemon said he recognized this step carried special risk for him as a black man.

“It’s quite different for an African-American male,” he said. “It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.” He said he believed the negative reaction to male homosexuality had to do with the history of discrimination that still affects many black Americans, as well as the attitudes of some black women.

“You’re afraid that black women will say the same things they do about how black men should be dating black women.” He added, “I guess this makes me a double minority now.”

At the very least, the events of  this weekend will make it possible to challenge some long held assumptions about quite a few facets of masculinity.

I even hear that no less of a man than Lynn Cheney is considering the possibility of admitting to Cokie Roberts that her daughter, whose  lesbianism Mrs. Cheney vehemently denied even though she was having sex with women, might quite reasonably be…a…… lesbian.

So, no, not everybody is gay.

This week, it’s just the good guys.

Tom Kolovos is Editor in Chief of aControlledSubstance.com and a really good guy. This week.

 

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7 Responses to Is Everybody Gay?

  1. Theron Picketts says:

    It’s been a “self-outing” week to say the least.

  2. Bonnie says:

    I am glad to see that Strauss-K is not above suspicion, even given his position of power. I am even more grateful that Rick Welts had the cojones to come out. It is so important for children to see influential people own their individuality.

  3. Theron Picketts says:

    One does wonder if there was something behind each individual “coming-out” at such mature ages (both over 40). Was there an impetus we are unaware of?

    • tomkolovos says:

      You make a very good point. I think authenticity in one’s life is truly the key to happiness, and sooner or later you bump into that truth. Sooner, if you’re lucky.

      If you read the article I linked for you from The New York Times, you will find out that in Mr. Welts’ case, his coming out was precipitated by the breakup of a 14 year relationship precisely because he chose to remain closeted. 58 and single again? Have you ever seen the play “The Lisbon Traviata?” by Terrence NcNally?

  4. Kevin Rudge says:

    OMG! It’s everywhere! ;)

    Hey, a lot more closet space out there.

    I look forward to the day when one’s sexual preference is not news worthy.

    • tomkolovos says:

      Someone call the producers of “Hoarders” and quick. ALL THAT CLOSET SPACE! you are absolutely hilarious. i’m so jealous i didn’t think of that myself.

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