My favorite genre of TV is “secretly queer teens are secretly queer.” See: Love Victor, the gayest eps of Degrassi, and Netflix’s recent hit, Heartstopper. Heartstopper stars Joe Locke and Kit Connor as Charlie and Nick, two cute lil’ British high schoolers who fall in love. Now, in real life, Joe Locke is openly gay. But 18-year-old Kit’s sexuality has been a mystery, and fans of the show were obsessed with figuring it out. Last month, shit hit the fan when photos emerged of Kit holding hands with Maia Reficco, his female co-star in an upcoming movie. Heartstopper fans saw this as a great betrayal and accused Kit of “queerbaiting” by playing a queer character. In response, Kit quit Twitter. Yesterday, he returned, and tweeted that, actually, he was bi, and sarcastically congratulated his critics for “forcing an 18 year old to out himself.”
Look up foot-in-mouth disease in the encyclopedia, and you’ll find a picture of Lena Dunham. The #1 symptom? Saying really dumb shit. Last year, 36-year-old Lena blamed some of her more ignorant moments on being young and having “huge blind spots.” And since she’s (mostly) stepped out of the spotlight these past few years, she hasn’t had a ton of public FIM flare-ups. But that all changed yesterday when Lena tweeted that when she dies, she wants her casket to be driven through NYC Pride with a plaque that reads: she wasn’t for everyone, but she *was* for us. Oh no.
Jonathan Van Ness Responds To The Backlash Surrounding Their “Queerbaiting” Promo Stunt With Antoni Porowski
As mentioned in Crumbs last week, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski were accused of queerbaiting while promoting their new pet food company, Yummers. Wait, can queer people queerbait? I’ll let you be the judge, as we deep dive into the JVN + Antoni Faking A Relationship To Sell Yummers Saga! Heads up: if you’re recovering from any kind of eye surgery, I’d advise you to skip this one, cuz your peepers will undoubtedly be rollin’… Continue reading
A couple in Indiana accidentally stumbled upon the perfect deterrent for those pesky Mormon missionaries: a rainbow-trimmed doormat that reads “Gayest Place In Town.” The New York Post reports that Jamie Foust and her wife Melissa bought the $10 doormat from Target back in June cuz they thought it was funny. Two months later, their doorbell camera caught two clean-cut Latter-day Saint boys approaching their home, prepared to proselytize. But before they can ring the doorbell, one of the Mormons spots the doormat. He reads the word “Gayest” out loud, and immediately follows this up with a “Nope!” Then they turn on their heels and leave. Why waste their efforts on heathen homosexual homeowners? Ya can’t save ’em all! Continue reading
When I was younger and used to see Tevin Campbell chasing that girl around in the ‘Can We Talk’ video I thought to myself “Nah Tevin, can WE talk?” because he always sent my Gaydar into overdrive. And as a black gay kid myself back then it would have been nice to know one of the biggest singers of the era was one of us, but alas the 90s were a different time where being gay was a huge taboo. Luckily, we live in a different time of representation and now Tevin is ready to slide the door of his glass closet open to let everyone know he’s embracing life as a gay man, although he’s been out to close family and friends for over twenty years.
Earlier this month, Lil Nas X called out the BET Awards on Twitter for giving him a total of zero nominations for 2022, despite the fact that he had “maybe 3 of the biggest songs of last year & a critically acclaimed album” (his words). It was especially rude considering BET nominated Jack Harlow for Best Male Hip Hop Artist. To put that into perspective, Nas’ album Montero was indeed lauded by critics (it has an 85 on Metacritic), while Jack’s sophomore effort was universally panned. Pitchfork said it was “among the most insipid, vacuous statements in recent pop history”). A few days later Nas tweeted: “this not over no bet award this is about the bigger problem of homophobia in the black community.” He added that “y’all can sit and pretend all u want but imma risk it all for us.”
Now the 23-year-old has taken a swipe at BET in his new music video, “Late to da Party (F*CK BET)”. First of all, there’s that title. Then there’s the opening lyrics: “Fuck BET, fuck BET, fuck BET!” The video also features Nas Photoshopping a picture of a pee-filled toilet containing the BET Award he won for “Old Town Road (Remix)” in 2019. It ends with him crashing his car into the BET Awards, getting on the stage, and singing “Fuck BET” while he throws money around. Hmmm. Can any academics try to decode the meaning of this video? Cuz I’m lost. Continue reading