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Atty: Travolta Manny Kiss a "Customary, Non-Romantic Gesture"

Travoltatarmac_2John Travolta has sent his lawyer out to respond to speculation surrounding this photo of the actor kissing a man whom the lawyer reports is his male nanny manny.

"Martin insists that the smooch was harmless, and that Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston was also on board the plane which ferried him and the nanny home from Ontario, Canada. He said that his client's kissing another man was just a manner of customary greeting, and that Travolta kisses all those men and women whom he considers his close friends. 'As a manner of customary greeting and saying farewell, Mr Travolta kisses both women and men whom he considers to be extremely close friends. People who are close to Mr Travolta are aware of his customary, non-romantic gesture.'"

This raises a few questions...

> Is it really proper in this day and age of sexual harassment lawsuits to kiss the help?

> If Kelly Preston were a beard, would she really give a hoot that John was having a 'Gone with the Wind' moment on the tarmac?

> Does everybody have a manny these days?

Travolta's Tasty Take-Off Kiss [tr]

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  1. We live in a country where any kind of affection from one male to another is always suspect leaving straight males unable to express themselves emotionally to other men without the fear of being thought of as gay. As gay people should we really perpetuate this? Does it not just make hurt us in the end when two gay men walking down the street holding hands get their faces smashed in by homophobes? Why can't two straight males hold hands, hug or even kiss without both homophobes and homosexuals screaming they must be gay. Are we as gay people really that insecure?

    Posted by: Bryce | Sep 19, 2006 12:20:10 AM


  2. I'm just wondering where i can myself some "straight friends who kiss their gay friends on the lips"

    I mean, obviously i've been missing out. Where do they gongregate?

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 19, 2006 3:57:05 AM


  3. Yeah... Right

    Posted by: WTF | Sep 19, 2006 4:46:42 AM


  4. To all of those here who are arguing that a kiss between two men shouldn't be viewed as gay, American men are scared of intimacy, blah blah blah.....

    It's a wonderful ideal to cling to but reality is that most American straight men don't wrap arms around each other close their eyes and smooch on the lips ESPECIALLY when they are A) not related and B) Employed by the smoocher.

    The hoopla IS silly...but it's because the Hollywood facades are so ridiculous. It's fun to watch someone in the public eye do such a terrible job of lying.

    Posted by: mark m | Sep 19, 2006 9:44:52 AM


  5. "To all of those here who are arguing that a kiss between two men shouldn't be viewed as gay, American men are scared of intimacy, blah blah blah....."

    But the fact remains that in other cultures they do and if anyone in our own American culture should be comfortable with it it would most likely be a rich celebrity with nobody to answer to but him/herself. The point is....who give a fuck? Take a look at ourselves and try to self-evaluate why some of us (gay men) get such joy out mocking the subjects in such a photo.

    And it must also be pointed out that this is not a passionate kiss. It appears to be smooch on the lips...Like....when friends part? Get over it.

    Posted by: Bryce | Sep 19, 2006 10:37:38 AM


  6. It's not gay people's fault people think this way! It's straight people that continue to perpetuate this. They believe any show of affection is weakness or girly. When you were in school did the gay people tease two people of the same-sex for being too close, NO!!! It's the straight kids that say, you're gay, what a homo.

    STOP BLAMING GAY PEOPLE YOU IDIOTS!!!!

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 19, 2006 11:17:12 AM


  7. Bryce-

    Give me a break. It's a movie star, someone whose image in the eyes of sexually repressed America largely determines his paycheck, who would be LEAST likely to break the male intimacy mold.

    Mark M. said it best. Get real.

    Posted by: nuflux | Sep 19, 2006 1:36:26 PM


  8. Nellie, JimmyBoy:

    "Straight"? "Butch"? You mean like, uhhh, Rock Hudson? =)

    Surely by now, you guys have figured out that JT's wife Kelly is accepting if not encouraging of his, uh, "mantics".

    As mentioned previously, I've quite enjoyed being on set with JT here on "Hairspray". He's doing a GRRReat job of playing the character Tracey's MOm!

    Yesterday on set, we were more than pleasantly surprised with Queen Latifah who was playing a minister--and singing of course.
    ~

    Posted by: Gilli | Sep 20, 2006 1:21:47 AM


  9. Fyi, I am a European and it is most certainly NOT par for the course for men to kiss each other on the lips UNLESS they are gay. Str8 guys DO NOT do it. The only possible exception would be Italian brothers/fathers.

    Posted by: cypher | Sep 24, 2006 6:23:32 PM


  10. I cannot belive that we try so hard to get respect from other people and we cat fight as to whether Mr Travolta is gay or not... Some of the comments on here go to prove to those who would condemn us to be right, that we are shallow body fascists who only think about sex. As I mentioned previously I have straight friends who are very comfortable kissing on the lips for hello's and goodbyes with their wives around. This does not make them gay.

    Surely we should be thankful that there are people out there who embrace us as people and not a stereotype to be avoided.

    I like gossip as much as the next person, but think about time this is buried in file 13 as its a non issue....

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 3, 2006 5:08:40 AM


  11. Hey,
    I want to talk to that man who said you have strait freinds who you kiss on the lips all the time. What country do you live in? I think it's totally awesome that two strait men who aren't drunk can do this with just a quick peck and it be nothing more than a greeting. Does your strait friend have a brother that he kisses like that? send me an e-mail to [email protected] and we'll talk more about this.

    Posted by: Darrell | Oct 28, 2006 1:06:51 PM


  12. what?!!! johnny depp kisses orlando bloom on the mouth. Hot!!! any tongue involved?

    Posted by: Puddy Katz | Jun 20, 2007 6:33:07 PM


  13. I wish so bad that I oculd find two flesh and blood strait brothers online who kiss on hte lisp with a quiick peck and that they would send a vidoe of it to me online. If anyone is on herd like that plaese let me nkow by senidng an e-mail to me at [email protected] Also if you send a video of you and your brother kissing, upload it to a video site such as dropclick so it hopefully won't get commented on because when I get attachemts they useually don't work. You can turn off the comment feature on youtube if you wish so that folks won't say your gay. You can put "Striat brothers kiss" for the serach terms.

    Posted by: Darrell | Feb 7, 2008 4:10:55 PM


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