Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Clooney Tuesday - I Don't Give a Sh*t

Last week, Adelia (Ada) Zeidler told The New York Daily News that her brother George Clooney is not gay.

"We don’t even listen when people say things like that anymore. I think he decided that in his life he could have the career or he could have a family and so when he decided to go full bore into the acting, that was where his focus was going to be."

Also, it's not likely he'll get married.
“No, I would say he probably will not get married. If I had to guess I would have to say ‘no.’ I know everyone says ‘Well, Warren Beatty said he’d never get married and then he met Annette Bening.’ But you know that’s the only example people can think of, so it doesn’t bode too well."
Side note: I am sick to death of headlines suggesting that Stacy Keibler is crushed by this. Not all women want to get married. It is not the end-all, be-all goal of every vagina'd person on the planet.

Last February, George told The Advocate this about gay rumors: "I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down, saying, 'These are lies!' That would be unfair and unkind to my good friends in the gay community. I'm not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I'm gay? I'll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don't give a sh*t."

I've had people tell me stories about George and that he's gay, and my reaction is pretty much this:

I wonder why that is. I mean, I am not on board with George marrying one of these young women he dates. It would take all the fun out of having him as my pretend boyfriend. Married men are just not attractive to me. (Is there anything less attractive than some married guy telling you how his wife doesn't understand him? Ugh, tell that story somewhere else, buddy.)

But me crushin' on some gay guy's boyfriend?

Sure, OK, why the hell not? (Again, he can not be married to the gay guy.) I mean, if George is gay than we have even more in common than I thought in that we're both into hooking up with hot dudes.

Haven't we progressed pretty far as a society that we can look past someone's private life and simply appreciate their work  or, to be extremely shallow, their good looks? For instance, I present to you Matt Bomer:
Matt Bomer is gay, and who cares?
Look at him!
He has movie star good looks and he should be in ALL THE MOVIES ALL THE TIME.

Sometimes people compare George Clooney to the late Cary Grant. (Now, THAT'S a movie star, my friends.)

There have always been plenty of stories about Cary Grant being gay or bisexual. There is his rumored relationship with Randolph Scott, who he lived with on and off for more than a decade. Unlike George, Cary Grant married multiple women and it certainly didn't stop the rumors.

My favorite response to the rumors of his sexuality came from Grant's third wife, Betsy Drake: "Why would I believe that Cary was homosexual when we were busy fucking?"

My mom, who loved Cary Grant and introduced me to all his movies the minute I hit middle school, said recently, "What do I care if he was gay? He was wonderful!"

Loving movie stars has nothing to do with real life. We love movie stars (or athletes or rock stars) just as much for their talent as for the attributes we project onto them. (The problem is when we do this to people in real life. Stop projecting good things onto bad boys, my friends.)

What do I care who's gay and who's not? Let's stop using it as some sort of insult. Let's stop suggesting it's something of which someone should be ashamed. That's bullshit.

If George is gay, that's his business. He gained fame at a time when you couldn't be open about who you were and still expect to get cast as the love interest in a really crappy romantic comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer. Personally, my gut instinct is that he's not gay. But what the hell do I know? I don't know the man and I never will, but I will continue to see his movies regardless of his private life. (Unless he makes another Ocean's movie with Julia Roberts or murders a puppy or something.)

I believe we live in a time where up-and-coming actors can be more open about their sexuality. I know for a fact I would shell out some dough to watch Matt Bomer in a romantic comedy. Yeah, I would. You should watch him woo the ladies on White Collar.

I think it would serve society well to let go of these ridiculous hang-ups about homosexuality. I hope there are as many people like me as I suspect there are, people who shrug and say, "Meh, I don't give a shit."

Because if we don't change for the better, you men should be careful with your girlfriends. She just might marry a gay guy.

1 comment:

  1. George is yummy, I don't care which way you swing! I think you can totally take Stacey...


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