Towleroad Guide to the Tube #418

FLIGHT 1549: New footage released late yesterday shows final moments before plane hits river, passengers getting out on wing, ferry rescue.

THE WEST WING: An update.

DIANE SAWYER: Was certainly enjoying herself at the inauguration.

GAY FOR PAY: Tyra Banks talks to a straight porn actor who does it with the guys.

Comments

  1. Derrick from Philly says

    Only a drunk could truly appreciate the Diane Sawyer piece. Hiliarious. I knew I loved her, and she’s not only beautiful but fabulous!

    Tyra Banks or her audience–who’s dumber?

    The gay-for-pay guy and his bissexual girlfriend came across as more intelligent than Tyra or her stupid audience.

    (I should have made my Diane comment first. I want to leave out of here feeling good….bet Diane was drinkin’ something expensive and classy…betcha’. She’s a classy dame…hiccup!)

  2. Paul R says

    I can’t believe Diane Sawyer was so fucked up and they didn’t replace her. Looked like a combo of too little sleep and maybe pills. Who knows.

    Tyra is not afraid to tackle the tough stories.

  3. paul c says

    Barbara Walters is probably rolling over in her grave thanks to Diane Sawyer’s unprofessionaliam.

    If ABC is looking for way to cut costs, this would be a great reason to fire her and save a few mill.

  4. says

    I think Paula Abdul and Diane Sawyer switched bodies. Paula was acting kind of newscasterly on AI this week. Just my hunch. The news might be more fun if everyone was drunk–maybe someone should slip some tequila into Anderson’s coffee and see what happens?

  5. TANK says

    I think there’s more to Diane Sawyer’s display than just pills and/or booze and or sleep deprivation.

    C’mon, guys, don’t ruin the fantasy! These guys DON’T like most unclean, emasculating homo sex. They do it just for the money. They’re REAL MEN, not lady boys who are actually gay. That sells…

  6. nic says

    “I think there’s more to Diane Sawyer’s display than just pills and/or booze and or sleep deprivation.”

    what else, then, TANK?

    DERRICK,

    i know tyra is a bit ditzy, but she means well. plus, she’s good to the gays.
    btw, wasn’t biden 3 sheets also?

  7. Tim says

    Gay for pay, that is such a oxymoron, no “straight” man is going to have sex with another man, free or paid and since most are so bad at “acting” you know they are getting into it, no matter what they tell the women who allow it. But, they are funny with how they explain it, like all those “straight” guys who look for transsexuals who have not had the operation and say “no men,” LOL!

  8. Paul R says

    Tim is absolutely right. Three of my four brothers and nearly all my straight friends, no matter how gay-friendly, would never have sex with another guy unless the amounts involved were, say, $10K. At least. And they wouldn’t be aroused. (The other brother isn’t gay, but when he’s drunk he gets a lot more affectionate with other men, so he’d probably do it for less.)

    That said, I’m going to start a “straight for pay” service. Gay men will prove their long histories of loving man on man action, then get paid to mess around with a woman. It will make me a fortune!

    I wonder what the couple on Tyra are going to do for a living once their looks fade. I guess the Cheescake Factory is always hiring.

  9. GregV says

    One of the guys on Tyra’s show was the one who was fired by his local Subway because some customer complained about having a porn star making his sandwich.
    One thing that surprised me was the naive and childlike questions Tyra was asking. (Ummm. How do I ask…ummm If it’s Christmas or Hannukah, would you be giving presents or receiving presents?”)
    But what surprised me even more was the fact that the porn stars and bartenders were the ones who spoke with the most integrity and understanding on the show. The only gay guy they had on was the editor of the Advocate, and I was floored when he told the straight bartenders (who said they love working with gay men) that we in the gay community do NOT welcome them in our work spaces and we don’t want straight people working there. I mean these were hot guys who love to be taken for gay and were outspoken about supporting gay people. Personally, I don’t know any gay man in my circles who agrees with what was portrayed as “the opinion of us in the gay community.”

  10. Karl says

    I think they, gays for pay and alleged straight bartenders like working for the gays is we tip better than straight guys! That said, no real, 100%, red blooded straight man is going to have sex with another dude, no matter how much is offered.

  11. sugarrhill says

    Funny how no one ever accuses women of being dykes if they tongue another girl. Let’s face it, it’s a double standard. Sex workers obviously have no qualms having sex for money, whether it be with someone of the same sex or the opposite sex. Men can fake it just as well as women. If closeted gay men can fake it with women what makes you think straight guys can’t fake it with another man?

  12. Paul R says

    The Pilsner Inn in San Francisco hires a lot of straight guys, and it’s true—they work there because they make more than they would at some cheesy straight bar. Straight men have no reason to tip another guy much, and straight women often have their drinks paid for by straight men. I’ve never tipped less than $1 for a drink, and it’s usually more. Whereas straight guys *might* leave some change.

    Though my friends in the service industry tell me that, all around, lesbians are the worst tippers.

  13. TANK says

    RE Diane Swayer: Early stages of dementia. I dunno, it seemed like it was a blood sugar thing, or more a health related problem…does she have diabetes?

    Anyway, is it just me or is Rahm Emanuel one scary fuckin’ dude? Ya know, not just because he could kill you with a toothpick and his thumb or disfigured finger, but that sometimes he looks and acts like he’d actually do it. Oy…

  14. says

    @ SUGARRHILL: Most people who study sexual orientation agree that women’s orientation is more fluid than men’s (once out of adolescence). That being said, there’s PLENTY of evidence of “situational homosexuality” (e.g., prison, military, sailors) between men who have no women around.

  15. TANK says

    Well, that doesn’t explain this, david R. And further, the money’s better? SO they’re willing to pretend and do this stuff so long as the money’s good? Well, why not. It’s just that those who feed into this…and the reason why it’s popular…bunch of self hatin’ marys, no ifs ands or buts about it.

  16. TANK says

    It’s sad, too, from their end of it–no pun intended. I mean, can you imagine being such a fuckup that you can’t survive in the straight world with all that hetero privilege…that you have to go against your self described sexual orientation (the relevant part, because there’s nothing wrong with porn or prostitution) in selling your body to the encouragement and support of a pack of stereotypical self loathing queens? Now that’s sad and pathetic, and I pity them.

  17. Not so simple says

    I believe the straight guys in gay porn — and there are MANY of them (I’d guess 20-25% of the men who perform in gay porn) — who say they are straight. Their fundamental orientation is straight, but they are turned on, including sexually, by attention from men. (Straight porner Michael von Steel recently said that he immediately gets hard when he thinks that a man wants to have sex with him.)

    The idiosyncratic psychology here is difficult for many people to understand. I think I comprehend this situation more than a lot of gay guys because I *love* sexual attention from women, and could *easily* perform in straight porn. But I am definitely gay.

  18. resurrect says

    re: Dean in the Tyra segment… THAT HAIR! good god – of course he’s a straight guy – who else would tout a Fantastic Sam’s cut with a half jar of pomade? Nastee.

  19. Gene says

    Aaron James is anything but straight and even admitted that he is attracted to guys and considers himself straight until Mr. Right comes along. This is what he said on his MySpace page.

    “SO ALOT OF YOU HAVE BEEN EMAILING ME AND ASKING ME IF I AM STRAIGHT. AS OF RIGHT NOW I AM STRAIGHT. THE TWIST ON MY STORY IS THAT I AM ATTRACTED VERY MUCH TO CERTAIN MEN. UNFORTUNATELY SO FAR THE MEN I HAVE MET IN MY LIFE THAT I AM ATTRACTED TO LEAD A LIFE STYLE THAT IS A TURN OFF TO ME. I AM VERY HEALTH CONSCIENCE AND ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD OR THE BEST SEX IN THE WORLD ISNT WORTH MY LIFE. WHEN I SEE MEN OR AM APPROACHED BY MEN WHO I SEE DRINKING, DOING DRUGS, AND BOUNCING FROM GUY TO GUY ITS A TURN OFF. PLUS ALOT OF MEN THINK OH AARON IS A PORN STAR SO WE CAN TOUCH AND GRAB AND MILEST HIM ANY WAY WE LIKE AND HE WONT CARE. I AM A PERSON JUST LIKE YOU WHO ENJOYS RESPECT AND PRIVACY. I AM ALL UP FOR PARTYING AND HAVING A GOOD TIME. THERE ARE LINES THOUGH. WHEN SOMEONE STARTS STICKING HIS HANDS IN MY PANTS AND I HAVENT GIVE HIM THE SIGNAL OR VIBES THAT IT IS OK ITS NOT ATTRACTIVE AND A LITTLE OFFENSIVE. EVENTUALLY I WILL MEET A MAN WHO IS ATTRACTIVE, LEADS A RESPONSIBLE LIFE STYLE, AND SHOWS ME RESPECT. UNTIL THEN I AM A STRAIGHT GUY WAITING TO BECOME A BI/GAY GUY. AND PLEASE NO ONE TAKE OFFENSE TO THIS. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS AND HOLD NO GRUDGES AGAINST ANYONE FOR ANYTHING. TO EACH HIS OWN AND I SHOW THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF RESPECT I CAN TO EVERYONE. THERE IS JUST CERTAIN THINGS THAT ATTRACT ME IN LIFE AND THAT IS WHAT I AM TRYING TO EXPLAIN. SO NOW EVERYONE KNOWS WHY MY PROFILE SAYS I AM STRAIGHT. I JUST HAVENT MET THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE YET. DO YOU THINK YOUR THAT PERSON? I WOULD LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU!!! HIT ME UP AND MAYBE WE WILL HIT IT OFF!!! MUCH LOVE TO ALL MUAH MUAH MUAH!!!”

  20. GregV says

    Gene, it sounds like Aaron James has developed in his own mind his own connotations of the words used for sexual orientations (gay, straight and bisexual} that do not match up with their meanings as generally used in the social sciences.
    Those “ex gay“ orgs actually teach their followers to redefine words so that they simply redefine themselves out of being “gay.“ It would be like a club of self hating blacks wearing their jeans high and eliminating certain expressions from their vocabulary and then announcing that “I`m not black anymore.“ That`s why when the “ex gays“ talk to someone outside their group it`s like a conversation using two different languages.
    So he`s attracted to men but won`t be gay until he finds “The One.“ That`s the first time I`ve heard that one.

  21. TooBoot says

    “Gay”, “Straight,” and “Bi” are all labels that serve as alignments with different social circles. They are conscious identifiers, whereas sexual orientation is more fluid as proven by Kinsey’s scale. Some are more to one extreme than others are in between but sexuality is a continuum.
    It is absolutely possible for someone to identify with straight and have sex with the same sex.

  22. Leonard says

    Gay-for-pay is so lame and sad. It’s painstakingly obvious that these men are at least bisexual, but have to cling to this “gay-for-pay” myth because of the rampant homophobia that exists in our society.

  23. Paul R says

    Jim, I didn’t make that comment. Paul C did (commenters’ names come under their comments—look at yours). There are too many damn Pauls on this site these days.

    And I would guess that Paul C made his comment in gest.

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