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  1. says

    Wow. I’ve seen plenty of pictures of Ben Cohen but it’s only when you see him with another person that you realize how big and muscular he really is.

    Very nice.

  2. UFFDA says

    What a man’s body indeed, and with that simple, good natured boy’s face and smile on him, Ben Cohen is one of the most unspoiled celebrities out there. The genuine article. Add to that that he is such a champion for gay rights and who can help loving the guy.

  3. Mike in the Tundra says

    @ Ken – that’s normal. You’re just being turned on by a set of attributes, and what a set of attributes!

  4. jersey says

    He needs to be the winner of every mag’s sexiest man alive this year. Not just because he’s almost painfully gorgeous but because he’s got so much courage and integrity.

  5. GMB says

    It’s starting to piss me off that in the persona of Ben Cohen, we have an actual ROLE MODEL for straight guys who are gay-supportive, and yet we can’t keep ourselves from sexualizing and objectifying him.

    Does he buy into this? Yes. He put out his own shirtless calendar this year.

    But damnit, people, when can we have role models who we don’t turn into sex objects?!??

  6. Timothyd says

    Hot. But … isn’t Bruno the judge here and on the US version sort of a Mr. Humphries sterotype for today? It is great he is openly gay but it seems his antics/actions of same sex attraction are always treated as a joke. The hosts and others always treat his interest in the guys in a joking manner. Whatever, sexy video.

  7. JWL says

    GMB you are a fool. Ben knows exactly what he’s doing. Do you really think he poses in sexy half-naked shots and posts them on his blog in hopes that gay men will ignore his hotness?

  8. AriesMatt says

    In all fairness, Ben is not just soliciting the gay male attention. I’m sure straight women are equally as turned on…

  9. DrKRL says

    Some of you think that Ben poses nearly naked and dances shirtless because he’s a demure flower who doesn’t want to be objectified?

  10. Perry says

    It goes to show that talent doesn’t win these silly competitions. It is a popularity contest. Good for him, but the guy can’t dance. He looks so awkward and stiff

  11. says

    Oh for god’s sake. There are many gay allies I like but am not sexually attracted to. I’m not going to be ashamed of the fact that while I admire Ben Cohen’s anti-bullying campaign, which is gay supportive, he also pushes about every button I have.

    Physically he’s very attractive. Am I supposed to pretend not to notice that? He’s certainly aware of it or he wouldn’t be putting out a calendar, right?

  12. Lymis says

    “It’s starting to piss me off that in the persona of Ben Cohen, we have an actual ROLE MODEL for straight guys who are gay-supportive, and yet we can’t keep ourselves from sexualizing and objectifying him.”

    Because celebrating beauty and sexuality is bad?

    I’d agree if people were trying to make his appeal solely about his body. I honestly haven’t seen that.

    And there are plenty of pretty assholes who DON’T get the support and adulation of the community.

    I’d lighten up. He’s adorable.

  13. Acronym Jim says

    P.S.: Harvey Milk, Divine, Larry Cramer, Barney Frank, etc., etc., etc.

    While all of these role models, no doubt, had or have people who find them sexy, none are known primarily for being sex objects.

    But your concern (trolling) is noted.

  14. AJ says

    He’s gorgeous and I love him but “So You Think You Can Dance” spoiled me. He should stick to rugby. Paso doble is one of my faves and he blew it. Still a great guy though.

  15. jsb says

    As far as role models go, I’d much rather fantasize about Ben Cohen than Barney Frank.
    This does not make me a bad person. I didn’t realize how massive he is until watching Ben dance shirtless, damn!

  16. Dan Cobb says

    TO GMB: It’s bad that we can’t help sexualizing Ben Cohen? Really?

    How realistic is it NOT to sexualize him?
    Let’s face it, the dude is HOT… and like one of the other posters stated: he’s STRAPPING when you see his size compared to the people around him.

    Let the sexualizing out, own it. He does. And treat him like the great guy he is… he’s good-natured about it anyway, and that’s cool.

  17. GMB says

    YES, Ben Cohen is far more than merely “good natured” about it — he knows full well what he’s signed up for. He’s used his sexiness to his advantage from the very beginning of the StandUp Foundation, with selfie shots, sexy photo shoots and more all used to a brilliant advantage: to draw the attention of the gay men he’d need to get the foundation well-funded and off the ground. The guy’s no dummy; he knows exactly what earns clicks, ‘shares’ and buzz, and I don’t actually fault him for it at all. He’s gone further in his advocacy than many expected he would, even going so far as to suggest that he hoped he’d been paired with a male dancer on this reality TV show. Like Josh Hutcherson, he’s one of the few straight allies who is really walking the walk.

    My criticism isn’t with him. My criticism is with us, his audience. He knows what plays Peoria, but I’m perfectly willing to look around and my fellow hoot & hollerers and ask us to start worshiping more than merely the male body. Why haven’t we seen more big-profile athletes joining his campaign? Might it have something to do with the fact that although they believe in the cause, they’re not quite so willing to step on stage and revel in the catcalls?

    We’re limiting the number of people who could make a sizable difference for us, simply because we — for whatever reason — can’t be bothered to notice their sub-surface attributes and help fund their cause. I’m sure there are any number of amazing women who would like to do what Ben Cohen is doing, but can you see gay men going out and buying their paraphernalia to make it happen?

    And yes, there are actual gay men who are doing astounding work, but do they get as much attention in our tiny stream of gay media as shirtless hotties do?

    How many of your gay friends any IDEA who Chris Hughes is?

    Do ‘straight’ blogs and news sites also deal with an overabundance of clicks and eyeballs on titillating content? Of course. We’re not unique here, but we owe it to ourselves to find new ways to celebrate and herald MORE PEOPLE who are working to make a difference, and not limit ourselves to the heroes who we want to hump.

  18. Markt says

    I don’t understand the “controversy” on this guy?
    First: That made me laugh out loud in a good way. How great that something like that is on television at all? Nothing to do with a gay issue.
    Second: Sex sells and we all must pay the rent. Everyone in public uses it and that TV show would have been crazy not to get him on camera without a shirt. It has nothing special to do with gay audience value. Straight guys want to compare themselves to other straight guys all the time. if you’re upset about objectifying, find your inner-straight and compete – we’ll all be happier.

  19. Acronym Jim says

    @GMB:”We’re not unique here, but we owe it to ourselves to find new ways to celebrate and herald MORE PEOPLE who are working to make a difference, and not limit ourselves to the heroes who we want to hump.”

    You assume that we don’t herald MORE PEOPLE (other than hotties). We do. Click around this very blog and you will find stories about heroes from all kinds of backgrounds, inspiring us and trying to make a differences.

    Again, your concern has already been noted.

  20. HereinDC says

    There’s just something so beautiful about the male body……and glad to see he hasn’t covered up that body with tatts.

  21. Mark says

    Love — and lust for — Ben but I wish he’d let his chest hair grow in fully. Big, hairy men rock!