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Breaking: 'NY Times,' Hollywood Surprised To Learn Gay Men Like 'Magic Mike'


The New York Times has cracked the story of the century: gay men enjoy a movie featuring hot men taking off their clothes.

From today's edition.

…Interviews around the country indicated that gay men have been flocking to “Magic Mike” in numbers not seen since the release of “Brokeback Mountain” in 2005. But unlike that film, about two cowboys in love, there’s nothing explicitly gay about “Magic Mike.” Unless you count muscled men thrusting their pelvises without pants. That was enough for Bill Venne and his friends.

“Let’s be honest: it’s men taking their clothes off,” said Mr. Venne, 49, who lives in Minneapolis and saw “Magic Mike” on Sunday with 16 gay men and one straight woman.

Sue Kroll, president for worldwide marketing for Warner Brothers Pictures, said the studio coordinated a “well-concentrated and tailored” campaign intended to capture gay moviegoers’ attention. The demographic wasn’t part of the studio’s initial marketing push, but that quickly changed, Ms. Kroll said, once it became clear there was interest among gay men.

"Once it became clear"? So, Hollywood was also caught off guard by the gay love? Maybe they don't understand what "gay" means?

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  1. For so many gay men here the 'serious' discussion about Magic Mike is a little embarrassing.

    Magic Mike should be taken at face value for a fun romp with some hot looking bodies. If you were looking for more than that you probably take yourself too seriously.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 5, 2012 12:24:16 PM

  2. Anyone who says that there isn't any gay content in Magic Mike must have been asleep when Matthew McConaughey teaches Alex Pettifer how to strip in front of the mirror. It doesn't get any gayer than that. Was this great cinema? No. Was it fun? YES!

    Posted by: Zeke | Jul 5, 2012 12:26:14 PM

  3. LIES - lol - They knew, they just didn't want to say that it was for gay guys as well, so they didn't piss off the religious right. The end. Thanks WB!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jul 5, 2012 12:33:45 PM

  4. PS - That movie rocked! Saw it opening night with a theater filled with gay guys and girls, and everyone had a great time! People were clapping along with the movie, which was fun and beautifully shot. Go see it with your friends, it's a good time!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jul 5, 2012 12:35:11 PM

  5. havent' seen it, will check it out on dvd.

    but for what's it worth, i used to get the same "thrill" this article is talking about from old gene kelly musicals.

    who needs porno when you've got Anchors Aweigh, eh? ;-)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 5, 2012 12:36:11 PM

  6. I'm a fan of Channing Tatum and I like male strippers and I like that Mr. Tatum does not deny how he got his "start" in show business and that he made a movie based on that and so far three women friends have seen it and they enjoyed it even if there were some lame story parts but I never felt I'd go see this and maybe I'll wait until it's on cable or something.

    But, at least Channing Tatum was able to make a film and several hunk actors got parts in it and dozens of people were employed for however long it took to film so that's a good thing.

    The bad thing is that here on Towleroad everyone's a critic because of course they're out there sticking their necks out and doing great things instead of just sitting on their dumb gay asses at their computers writing about sh*t they know nothing about but feel compelled to let everybody know that THEY won't go see 'Magic Mike' and yet give an opinion about the film anyway.

    A huge collection of d*cks here today. Or, as my beloved, earthy, vulgar Grandma used to say: "opinions are like @$$holes, everybody's got one and only @$$holes think that people really care what their g*ddam opinion is anyway."

    Ease up, girls. It's just a movie. Now, get back to work.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 5, 2012 12:45:16 PM

  7. goddamn this film is the most overhyped crap in years, to me it looks like a very boring, dreary movie. I never like Tatum, never have and probably never will either and the rest of them i don't know. Who's the guy on the far left of that picture, that passes for hot these days, he looks like he should be on his Harley yelling profanity to women.
    Thanks but i will wait until the torrent comes out, at least then i can simply fastfoward to the stripping scenes.

    Posted by: Charcus | Jul 5, 2012 1:11:57 PM

  8. I said to my husband after seeing it 2 nights ago that the *primary* reason Bomer was cast is because he is openly gay, and that will help attract a gay audience. I never thought it would have gay content (and in my opinion, it doesn't) - so I wasn't expecting much. Some hot scenes, some funny scenes, but mostly it is a mess. I don't think it is worth seeing without an audience (so if you are going to see it, try and see it soon while there are still a reasonable number of people in the seats). If you are just going to wait for a DVD, there are far better soft-core things to watch.

    I am quite honestly shocked at the rather high ratings critics are giving it. It just didn't work for me.

    Posted by: Don | Jul 5, 2012 1:22:18 PM

  9. Explain to me again - how do I access last weekend's trending topics?

    Posted by: FarleyNY | Jul 5, 2012 3:11:54 PM

  10. I just said that I would not watch it because of the minimal stripping scenes, the lack of screen time for Matt Bomer and the absence of gay content.
    No opinion was made about the movie in general.
    It just seems like something better watched on blu-ray to avoid the "story line".

    Posted by: Blake | Jul 5, 2012 3:54:08 PM

  11. It's a movie about good looking young men taking off their clothes...what kind of gay man would ever want to see that?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 5, 2012 6:24:19 PM

  12. I agree with Jake. It is embarrassing that gay men are talking so seriously about this movie.

    Posted by: jmg | Jul 5, 2012 8:06:20 PM

  13. Just to look at the beauty of Channing Tatum, it was worth the admission price

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 6, 2012 1:56:33 AM

  14. The New York Times is ON IT

    Posted by: Solomon | Jul 6, 2012 7:52:58 AM

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