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  1. How does Prince Harry have the time to do this AND be on that reality show with all those women?

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jun 24, 2014 4:33:50 PM

  2. Okereke and Thrasher are both being very simplistic and tunnel-visioned, methinks. Anyone who thinks that gay people of color (or black musicians) are in short supply in the media these days isn't looking very hard or wilfully has blinders on. (Frank Ocean, Jason Collins, Sam the St. Louis Ram, Ricky Martin, Sheryl Swoopes...)

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 24, 2014 5:19:35 PM

  3. oldman might have gotten away with defending baldwin but no way he gets away with defending gibson

    say bye bye to your career gary

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 24, 2014 5:29:18 PM

  4. DBACK, Trasher is right. Your comment proves it.

    Posted by: yilte | Jun 24, 2014 5:29:54 PM

  5. In-N-Out or GTFO!

    Posted by: bernard | Jun 24, 2014 5:34:15 PM

  6. Gary Oldman is a bigoted bully. F*ck him.

    Posted by: ColonelMustard | Jun 24, 2014 6:10:01 PM

  7. Why would Gary Oldman care what a bunch of lily liberals in the US think of him? He's British and doesn't exactly do "mainstream" films. I about died when I read "Let's say you call Nancy Pelosi a c-nt, make that a f-cking useless c-nt…." Ha Ha! Dracula don't care.

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 24, 2014 6:46:23 PM

  8. Yeah, Oldman's line about Alec Baldwin is nothing compared to the rest of that rant, which seems like it's designed to commit career suicide. Who DOESN'T he offend in that rant? And I don't mean in an ambiguous "might-be-offended" way, I mean in an after-defending-Mel-Gibson, Oldman starts going on about Hollywood being controlled by Jews, then suggests everyone secretly uses the word "n----r," then starts throwing around the word "C--t," and so on and so forth. That kind of way. It's much more Mel than it is Alec, even, in just crazily evoking pretty much every bigoted slur within reach. If I were Gary Oldman's agent, I'd probably be seriously considering throwing myself out a window at this point.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jun 24, 2014 6:48:24 PM


    Oldman has responded to the liberal angst.

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 24, 2014 6:54:51 PM

  10. "Prince Harry spreads his ginger joy" is a perfect line. He does indeed and the sight of him makes me happy.

    And Franco's butt was pretty nice too.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 24, 2014 7:11:56 PM

  11. This Steven Thrasher is an unmitigated jerk for choosing the Prop 8 case documentary as his forum for lashing out at his perceived white, middle-class or elite domination of the gay rights movement. There's a point to be made in that regard, but the Prop 8 case documentary is not the right fit. Yeah, the plaintiffs were white and the attorneys were white and the people behind AFER were white. So what? Where were the people of color beating them to the punch in filing a federal lawsuit against Prop 8?

    He rails against The Normal Heart as well. So where was the famous AIDS play written by a person of color?

    If people of color want more representation in the media on their gay rights achievements, make some! And I allow it may be harder to be successful at that in the eyes of the media for people of color than for white people. That's unfortunate ... but reason for increased effort, not whining. Wait here while I get my violin.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 24, 2014 7:36:54 PM

  12. While I think there is a conversation about diversity within our "community" to be had, to point to an HBO film about a lawsuit and complain everyone in it is white is absurd. The plaintiffs were white. The lawyers were white. Was HBO supposed to produce a reenactment where, for whatever reason, the characters are people of color? Sometimes white people can't win for losing really. If you want to have a dialogue about institutionalized racism, fine. But have that. But don't act surprised when a documentary about events includes white people when those events included white people. It's stupid.

    Complain about why gay organizations choose white people over black people as plaintiffs in their lawsuits. That isn't exactly HBO's fault or problem.

    Posted by: Tony | Jun 24, 2014 7:44:36 PM

  13. His Dracula film was the WORST Dracula of all time btw. You know it.

    Posted by: Antiwhite | Jun 24, 2014 7:50:00 PM

  14. I'm glad many of you commenters addressed Steven Thrasher's article more thoroughly than I would have.

    The red-flag that caught my notice the most was Steven Thrasher's use of the term "Gay Inc." That told me he wasn't trying to persuade, so much as spew a holier than thou scolding. An illegitimate one no less.

    Some comments on the main article are pretty good too.

    Posted by: Fern | Jun 24, 2014 8:08:53 PM

  15. @Fern

    Actually because the Western World is controlled by a white supremacist patriarchy - yes - anyone who is not caucasian or male gets relegated to the lower decks - unless the token gets pulled out.

    It's obvious !

    Posted by: Martin | Jun 24, 2014 8:14:40 PM

  16. Thank you, Tony and Zlick; exactly. Would it have been nice if one of the couples in the Prop 8 case was non-white? Sure, but that's not how history went down. Olson and Boies are also white; that's a fact. Yes, Kamala Harris (who rocks) is African-American, but she wasn't arguing the case. Edie Windsor and her partner were also white. That takes nothing away from the thousands of non-white couples who've also helped make history, one ceremony at a time in their respective states. (If you want some superior films featuring the gay African-American experience, track down "Young Soul Rebels" "Paraiah" "Looking for Langston" "Brother to Brother" "Tongues Untied" "Paris is Burning" "The Watermelon Woman". Or just follow this link:

    Of course the overwhelming majority of most pop and rock music came out of rhythm and blues; that doesn't mean that every current song on the radio needs to sound exactly the same in that tradition. Music has evolved and will continue to evolve; even the Beatles mixed up R & B, country, show tunes, the blues, etc. (The overwhelming majority of what we now call The Great American Songbook was written for Broadway shows by Jewish composers, though often popularized on records by black jazz performers; people wouldn't think of saying today, "I wish pop music sounded more European-Jewish.")

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 24, 2014 8:18:06 PM

  17. Racism is alive and well in the gay community.

    Fix it.

    Case closed.

    Posted by: Martin | Jun 24, 2014 8:20:51 PM

  18. That's a pretty reductive thing to say about the gay community, i.e., that racism is alive and well within it. Well, newsflash, that's because the only thing different about the gay community from the straight community is its members' attractions to members of their same gender. To assume otherwise is to stereotype gays in an awful way.

    Yeah, I know it would be nice if an oppressed group were universally attuned to the sufferings of other oppressed groups ... but it's rarely been so. And gays hardly started that hypocrisy either.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 24, 2014 8:28:25 PM

  19. @Zlick

    That's a cop out. Why am I the enemy for stating the truth?

    Ok. I'm sorry for not being "white" I guess I should know my place and just die.

    Have a nice day !

    Posted by: Martin | Jun 24, 2014 8:34:24 PM

  20. @Zlick

    The whole gay rights movement is a continuation of the general struggle of oppressed people in the 20th century.
    I'm tired - and you should be too - of the lazy "Everyone's doing it" attitude."

    Yikes. Keep it up.

    Posted by: Martin | Jun 24, 2014 8:37:17 PM

  21. @Zlick

    You also seem to not care. You don't really care to end racism in general. I point out how racism in the gay community is present and you respond by making me seem like I'm being negative. Ugh. Done.

    Posted by: Martin | Jun 24, 2014 8:38:46 PM

  22. Re Zlick :

    It's better to stereotype non-white people than it is to stereotype racist people.

    Posted by: Stacey | Jun 24, 2014 8:46:12 PM

  23. Franco has a fatter ass than Berdych. I thought tennis guys had very well-developed posteriors?

    Posted by: Sergio | Jun 24, 2014 8:59:27 PM

  24. @MARTIN In fairness to ZLICK, had you said "Racism is alive and well in North America, and we really need to care to end racism in general" instead of "Racism is alive and well in the gay community", I think this person would not have responded to your comment. This person's point was that you singled out the gay community.

    Moreover, your style of responding to ZLICK suggests you're baiting.

    Posted by: Anon | Jun 24, 2014 9:04:24 PM

  25. @Anon

    You're totally right. I should have said racism is alive in the WHITE MALE world. Would have been more to the point. Right?

    Posted by: Martin | Jun 24, 2014 9:09:57 PM

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