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Mash-Up Of Homophobic Jokes From Michael Bay Films Reveals Director's Gay Panic: VIDEO


Bad BoysTransformers, The Island, and Pain and Gain: these are examples of hyper-kinetic, variably watchable, mildly entertaining cinema, and the oeuvre of Michael Bay, whose new film, Transformers: Age of Extinction hit theaters this weekend. They also revel in homophobic humor which, taken out of context, adds up to one frustrating, panicked directorial vision. 

It may be nit-picky to point out each and every instance of humor rooted in intimations of gay sex, male-male romance, or hyper-effeminate mannerisms. But it is also reveals the pervasive, easy-to-bypass nature of homophobia in our masculine, heterosexually-driven society.

Watch and grimace, over at Gawker...

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  1. A) f$&# Michael Bay. I'm ready to just skip anything he's involved in.
    B) admit I only had the patience to watch half the clip
    C) massive respect to Juziak, something I commonly think but rarely say

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Jun 29, 2014 6:40:21 PM

  2. Actors who have any integrity should refuse to do homophobic scenes in movies. If they don't then they are clearly part of the problem.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jun 29, 2014 6:46:34 PM

  3. Haven't seen any of these films.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 29, 2014 6:52:40 PM

  4. i couldn't watch much more than a minute. and after looking at bay's résumé on imdb, i'm glad to find out i can avoid all of his work with little or no effort. done.

    Posted by: northalabama | Jun 29, 2014 6:54:53 PM

  5. That was seriously depressing and should be taken seriously. Bay clearly has a very big problem and should be retired to psychotherapy immediately. Of find a boyfriend and get some satisfaction.

    Also, again Dupre shows his fine writing skills. He consistently strings concepts and words with clarifying precision.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 29, 2014 6:59:33 PM

  6. Is the director responsible for the gay content or the writers or both?

    Posted by: Peter | Jun 29, 2014 7:01:24 PM

  7. I guess we shouldn't be surprised when his target audience tends to be adolescent boys. Alan, I haven't seen most of his films and, at this moment, probably have no intention to.

    Posted by: terry | Jun 29, 2014 7:20:11 PM

  8. The comments thread about this on Gawker is depressing. I loathe seeing those people defend Michael Bay.

    I'm seeing people blind to the same anti-gay themes being repeating in his movies, even when demonstrated in a montage, and trying to explain it away by saying things like "It's not the movie, it's the character!" - Ya well when you see the same anti-gay tropes over and over in his creations, it's not really 'the character' anymore, is it? Unless of course one is referring to Michael Bay as the 'character'...

    As others have said on this thread, avoiding his movies will be easy. I'm just sad to see embedded anti-gay propaganda being fed to a straight male youth demographic... 'We have no homos in this gang do we?' says Mark Wahlberg to a bunch of male kids. THANKS!

    Posted by: PaddleThisWay | Jun 29, 2014 7:50:54 PM

  9. Haven't seen any of this creep's movies. Never will. Screw him.

    Posted by: Dattexas | Jun 29, 2014 7:58:01 PM

  10. He was probably called "Michael Gay" by the other little boys and....

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jun 29, 2014 8:19:13 PM

  11. I don't bother watching anything produced by a no-talent hack. McDonald's sells a lot of burgers, and Walmart sells a lot of Made in China, but volume does not equal quality.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jun 29, 2014 10:01:13 PM

  12. Somebody should also do a loop on Ron Howard, going all the way back to his "Night Shift" film. Opie has a seriously recurring homophobia problem, too.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jun 30, 2014 3:40:11 AM

  13. Where are the LGBT language police going after RuPaul? It seems that they must be still revelling in their easy wins instead of doing the real work and cry murder on Michael Bay's misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic points of view.

    Posted by: M Coco | Jun 30, 2014 8:21:17 AM

  14. Michael Bay is pretty much the living personification of "NO HOMO!"...the majority of his films consist of giant robots, explosions, t*tt*es, and giant exploding robot t*tt*es, as if to say, "Yeah, dudes, I totally love the v*g. I mean, I am all about not s*cking d*ck!"

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jun 30, 2014 9:15:27 AM

  15. His films are marketed to sexually immature young teenage boys 12-15 yo. Not exactly the enlightened set. Most are virgins with power trip fantasies. Bay thinks this is what they want to see and the box office numbers prove him half right.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 30, 2014 9:28:08 AM

  16. @anon

    You seem to be arguing that teenage boys are naturally homophobic until the society "enlightens" them. I think it's just as possible that they're picking up the homophobia from adults in general and from movies like these in particular.

    Posted by: Eugene | Jun 30, 2014 10:06:29 AM

  17. @anon

    You seem to be arguing that teenage boys are naturally homophobic until the society "enlightens" them. I think it's just as possible that they're picking up the homophobia from adults in general and from movies like these in particular.

    Posted by: Eugene | Jun 30, 2014 10:06:29 AM

  18. In Bay's "Pearl Harbor" Ben Afleck and Josh Harnett have a extremely homoerotic bromance.

    Posted by: jarago | Jun 30, 2014 5:41:43 PM

  19. @ Jarago:

    That don't mean s**t!

    Posted by: Chris of lower Manhattan | Jun 30, 2014 7:17:03 PM

  20. I am a 63 year old woman from Texas and that makes me so angry! How do they have any fans saying ridiculously mean stuff like that? That stuff ain't funny. I would hate to know the kind of person that would find that funny.

    Posted by: Sally | Aug 30, 2014 8:27:29 PM

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