Article: What Alan Carr taught me about gay men's homophobia

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    Apr 21, 2014 2:12 PM GMT
    Really great piece from Owen Jones about how gay men have a problem with being camp.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/20/alan-carr-gay-men-homophobia-camp-prejudice
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    Apr 21, 2014 2:37 PM GMT

    That was a good read, thanks.

    My thinking is rather different from his, though.
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    Apr 21, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    That was a good read, thanks.

    My thinking is rather different from his, though.


    Care to expand on that ?
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    Apr 21, 2014 3:13 PM GMT
    Well, there are a number of reasons some gay men dislike campy.

    The writer said 'What fuelled the backlash was a sense that the likes of Carr invite homophobia with their loud-and-proud campness, and all gay men suffer as a result. It is complicity with oppression, not dissimilar to the woman who suggests wearing a short skirt is asking for a sexual attack.'

    Whereas (though I think he's right in some respects) in applying the above to SOME gay men, there are also gay men that find gays being portrayed in the media as campy is misleading. I agree with them. The problem here is that men who are NOT campy in behaviour or over the top outrageous are boring as far as Big Media is concerned, and Big Media wants to sell sensationalism for better ratings, which attracts advertisers who have a lot of money to spend. Personally, I think this is now changing and acknowledgments of the vast variety of personalities of gay men are being presented more.

    One of my favourite old shows (early 80s)was a series (comedy)called 'Brothers' and it tried to display different kinds of gay men. Sadly, it never made it big, which is a shame. You can catch old episodes on youtube.

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    Apr 21, 2014 3:15 PM GMT
    Thanks for the share!