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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:25 AM

Why Do I Still Feel Uncomfortable Playing a Gay Man on TV?

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http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2012/12/why-do-i-still-feel-uncomfortable-playing-a-gay-man-on-tv/266657/




The effect of multiple strangers asking you to take off your clothes is uncomfortably intimateŚlike walking around a doctor's office with a glass of your own urine.

That's what I'm thinking when, for the third time in a day, a woman asks me: "So, you are comfortable taking your shirt off?"

I nod and hand her a headshot.

The script she gives me in exchange is for an AIDS awareness advertisement for Logo, Viacom's gay-targeted network. It has two lines: 1. "Did you hear that? We have chemistry!" and 2. "When were you last tested?"

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xchrom Dec 2012 OP
Sentath Dec 2012 #1
xchrom Dec 2012 #2
closeupready Dec 2012 #3
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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:48 PM

1. I don't think that is the right link....

Not that I minded much

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Response to Sentath (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:24 PM

2. Lol! You're right. I opened somebody elses link in the group

And didn't close it before posting.

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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:15 PM

3. Because despite the lies actors are told, there is prejudice

still. Even if you are straight, and playing gay for a role only/for pay.

>>I ask my theatrical agent if there is any industry stigma about doing a gay role. "No," he says, "not since Will and Grace in the '90s."

I call my commercial agent to ask him the same question. "No," he says. "Ikea was doing ads with gay couples in the '90s. Will and Grace really changed things." "But you had to ask me two times if I was comfortable," I protest. "We would do that on any spot where you have to kiss," he tells me.

Gigi Nicolas, the director of on-air promotions at Logo, tells me that at least I was not alone in my discomfort. "We had to do a second round of casting," she says. "Far fewer people auditioned than I expected. Most of my top choices just didn't show up."<<

Have to ask myself, are actors really that dumb? Surely not most, but I guess if you need the money, you'll do it, even if you know it will probably hurt your career.

As I said in another thread recently, most young people strive to present a 'perfect' image so as to advance as far as possible in their careers. One of the cardinal rules about being 'perfect' is to - as much as possible - be 100% straight, with not a single solitary drop of gayness in your entire body. Later, when you've made your money or your career is at a nadir, you can do a gay role to be 'controversial' and for the publicity value. But you wouldn't do it if your career was ascendant.

I can't say that I blame anyone for that, but just recognizing the reality of matters which it appears agents are unwilling to do (or the two or three unnamed ones mentioned in the article).

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:52 PM

4. The Project Implicit tests at the secondary link were fun

Designed to gauge affiliations and prejudices, known or unknown to you, on a variety of subjects.

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