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Michael Medved: 'There's Not a Seething, Bubbling Hunger to See Straight Stars Impersonating Homosexuals'


The NY Post today resurrected a February rumor from tabloid News of the World that Guy Ritchie has put a gay spin (that they warn could possibly backfire) on the relationship between Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock) and Jude Law (Watson) in his update of Sherlock Holmes.

Medved While everything so far shows a stronger physicality in Downey's portrayal as well as some Odd Couple style co-habitation dialogue ("When do I complain about you practicing the violin at 3 in the morning. Or your mess? Or your general lack of hygiene, or the fact that you steal my clothes?")

So there's nothing really new here except a weigh-in from former Post movie critic Michael Medved (whose discomfort with gays is certainly nothing new) saying audiences just wouldn't want to see that:

"There's not a seething, bubbling hunger to see straight stars impersonating homosexuals. I think they're just trying to generate controversy . . . They know that making Holmes and Watson homosexual will take away two-thirds of their box office. Who is going to want to see Downey Jr. and Law make out? I don't think it would be appealing to women. Straight men don't want to see it."

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  1. heh.. so far back in the closet he's finding TARP bailout money... heh

    Posted by: Darren | Aug 4, 2009 11:45:48 AM

  2. According to Wikiality, Medved is "totally not gay".

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Aug 4, 2009 11:52:50 AM

  3. p.s. via

    "Where most movie viewers saw “Happy Feet” as a cute film about a dancing penguin, Medved saw “the darkest, most disturbing feature length animated film ever offered by a major studio.” He derided the film as “pro-environmental” propaganda with “a bizarre anti-religious bias” and “a subtext that appears to plead for endorsement of gay identity.”

    And it’s not just animated penguins that are turning America into a godless nation, according to Medved. EVERY FEW MONTHS OR SO HE PICKS A NEW FILM TO CONDEMN AS THE LEFT'S NEXT ATTEMPT TO DESTROY AMERICAN VALUES. Along with “the usual gang of ayatollahs,” as New York Times columnist Frank Rich characterizes Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, Medved charged that “Million Dollar Baby” was an unacceptable, subversive endorsement of euthanasia."

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Aug 4, 2009 11:58:44 AM

  4. Stop using the "he must be gay if he rejects homosexuality" to discredit someone. It's anti-gay and wrong. Almost all anti-gay bigots are HETEROSEXUAL.

    I don't watch movies where a gay character is played by a heterosexual. Until gay actors reach the top tier of money making that won't change. Openly gay actors are discriminated against all the time and I will not support a system that discriminates against gay people.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 4, 2009 12:05:14 PM

  5. I don't watch movies where a Jew is played by a Gentile. Or a fighter pilot is played by a Scientologist. Or a cop is played by a gangster. Or a wizard is played by a muggle. Or a vampire is played by a human. Or a teenager is played by Ali Larter.

    Should I go on?

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 4, 2009 12:18:19 PM

  6. Well, he's not going to suppress speculation about his "gayness" while sporting that handlebar mustache and limp wrist. What an awful picture.

    Posted by: Yeek | Aug 4, 2009 12:20:56 PM

  7. Bill, I agree the closeted and bigoted meme is overused, but, well....just LOOK at him! He looks like the epitome of the overly grabby/intoxicated sad sack you find at any gay venue.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Aug 4, 2009 12:21:35 PM

  8. More importantly: What does GLAAD HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT? Because, you know, they're the TBLG watchdog of what is acceptable and what's not.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Aug 4, 2009 12:25:06 PM

  9. As usual, Medved is squealing so that he can hear the sound of his own voice. All we've seen so far is that Holmes/Watson have had the same gay spin put on them as, oh, The Odd Couple.

    As for the female population flocking to a movie where guys are hot for each other--they have the Twilight sequel New Moon to look forward to.

    Posted by: David D. | Aug 4, 2009 12:25:35 PM

  10. Mikey needs to go to his "C" Street bible study. He is obnoxious, arrogant, smug and sanctimonious. Keep your piece of fiction and its ideology to yourself.

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 4, 2009 12:28:28 PM

  11. Isn't Medved gay? Or maybe once was?

    Has anyone looked deeply into his closet to see where all this anti-homosexuality comes from?

    Like the woman who ran Venus magazine and is now a born-again, it's always seems to be people most uncomfortable about their own sexuality that are the biggest critics, fear-mongers, haters and homophobes.

    I think it's time to do a little dirt digging. :-)

    Posted by: countervail | Aug 4, 2009 12:30:04 PM

  12. The adjectives that squirt up from Medved's subconscious like "a seething, bubbling hunger ..." are so revealing. Don't die wondering buddy. Only one stall shoe tap away.

    Posted by: ButchSF | Aug 4, 2009 12:41:48 PM

  13. His quote is completely non-sensical. Why would they be "just trying to generate controversy", if "They know that making Holmes and Watson homosexual will take away two-thirds of their box office"? Who's trying to generate controversy?

    If he means the tabloid, he's right about that part.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Aug 4, 2009 12:52:49 PM

  14. "Stop using the "he must be gay if he rejects homosexuality" to discredit someone. It's anti-gay and wrong. Almost all anti-gay bigots are HETEROSEXUAL."

    Honestly, Bill, I agree with you, but have you not seen Michael Medved before? Jeez, the man comes across as the campiest queen on the planet.

    Posted by: DaveB | Aug 4, 2009 12:53:06 PM

  15. HAH! Quite frankly I'm tired of the supposition of "he doesn't like gays so he must be a self-loathing closet case" as well.. but... when the shoe fits.

    Just because he doesn't like gays does not mean he has to vilify (see gay words like "seething" and "livid") them in a commentary about a movie that's not even out yet. While he doesn't come out (pun intended) and say it here.. what audience is left for this movie once he's dismissed women and straight men? Hmmmm?

    Now, do I like the idea of a gay Sherlock/Watson pairing? Not really. But Transformers 2 made a ton of moolah and it was IMO crapola.

    When straight folks stop using stereotypes for us, then I will return the favor. ;)

    Posted by: Darren | Aug 4, 2009 1:01:00 PM

  16. Boy! Talk about someone who's incredibly tuned into Hoyay! Geez, what's his problem and why the fixation? Besides does anyone really listen to him for film advice? Sounds to me like his POV is really skewed and not all that reliable.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 4, 2009 1:15:27 PM

  17. "I'm sorry, were you saying something right-wing, Mr. Medved? I keep getting distracted by your gay moustache.

    "Dang, now I'm picturing you in a mullet, and I'm getting really confused."

    Sorry, I just can't take him seriously.

    (Heh heh: mullet)

    Posted by: AG | Aug 4, 2009 1:27:42 PM

  18. I totally agree with Bill on both accounts

    Posted by: Rocky | Aug 4, 2009 1:33:01 PM

  19. Oh and for the record,I have never used that "If he hates gays so much,he must be a self-loathing closeted gay himself"

    Because,I know that homophobia is mainly sparked by the bigoted heterosexuals and their "heterosexual agenda" to use their terms

    By the way "Self-loathing or "self-hating" how ever some of you use it,is another way too overused.To put in terms for the bitter queens to understand

    "It is more ludicrously used and played out,than some corny Lady Gaga or Rhianna song played on the radio"

    Posted by: Rocky | Aug 4, 2009 1:41:56 PM

  20. If nothing else, Medved is showing how completely out of touch he is with pop culture. Straight women made up half the audience of Showtime's Queer as Folk, and they -- along with the many women who went gaga over Brokeback Mountain -- very much enjoy watching straight actors (and, horrors, even gay actors!) playing gay.

    Posted by: MoroccoMole | Aug 4, 2009 1:50:07 PM

  21. Wait, Rocky. You're complaining about overused phrases... and within the same paragraph, you call everyone "bitter queens."

    Are you really that oblivious to irony?

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 4, 2009 2:10:39 PM

  22. Medved has had a long, tedious (yet continuing) career of being, as Nick put it so well, "obnoxious, arrogant, smug and sanctimonious." He has enormous confidence in his own opinions, and presents them as though everyone must share them.

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 4, 2009 2:11:51 PM

  23. ROCKY, "self-loathing" homosexuals often use "bitter queen" to denigrate their brethren.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Aug 4, 2009 2:30:54 PM

  24. who doesn't want to see robert downey jr. and jude law make out?

    really, the feigned disgust/fear of men kissing is so obviously based on a repressed attraction to it.

    and who the hell would you rather see them kiss?

    Posted by: No | Aug 4, 2009 3:13:24 PM

  25. This guy needs to Google "slash" if he thinks that straight women don't want to see Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr make-out.

    Posted by: victoria | Aug 4, 2009 3:53:39 PM

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