Saturday, November 25, 2017

Blind Item #1

I think this former B list mostly movie actor turned sometime television host/wannabe headlining movie actor again expected more publicity from marrying his beard than he did.

20 comments:

Sunspirit said...

Kellan Lutz?

austin said...

That works, although there are numerous articles about their marriage today, and it was their decision to have a a "quiet ceremony".

sandybrook said...

It's probably him since he's he only gay guy who married his beard this week as far as I know.

MKL said...

Honest question: why is "bearding" still a thing? At this point in time, most of these people would not have their image suffer from being openly gay.

Itttt said...

BEARDWATCH 2K17...Thanksgiving week edition.

Lana T. said...

Agreed. Very bizarre to me especially when so many celebrities push for rights for LGBTQ.

just sayin' said...

until the day that one's sexuality is no more newsworthy than one's height or hair color, some will fear coming out, lest it define them in the public eye and affect their careers. it's easy for us to say that no one cares anymore, but too many people do care and judge.

austin said...

+1

John Doe said...

@MKL, its still a thing because most of the people who ACTUALLY buy movie tickets, CDs, and downloads are younger folks who look up to the larger than life image of celebrities. The media would have us think otherwise, but the vast majority of the population are not gay and have no interest in gay stuff. They want their big screen hero to be the macho dude who kicks the bad guy's ass, saves the world, and gets the hot girl at the end. That is the fantasy formula that always sells---even to gay audiences.

Its part of the allure that the marketing people use to sell the image. It doesn't quite work the same way once the person is out as gay---they may remain popular but the image certainly doesn't sell as much.

Think about it, how many actors and singers continue to have blockbuster album or movie ticket sales after they come out? There have been some in the music business, some on TV shows... but hardly any, if at all, in the movie industry. It is not by mistake that the big movie studios avoid casting openly gay celebrities in lead roles. Bearding is good optics, and optics are what Hollywood is all about. Thanks my take.

Surrender Dorothy said...

Agreed @just sayin'...there's still plenty of intolerance out there in the real world.

LizOz said...

Happy beardsgiving!

Greta Garbo said...

John Doe nailed it.

MKL said...

@John Doe, I have never thought of that, but it makes sense. I guess I didn't realize it because I consume a lot more TV and music than I do movies. And as you pointed out, being openly gay in the TV and music industry doesn't seem to be as big of a deal as being a gay movie star. Hopefully someday the movie industry can embrace LGBTQ+ stars more openly.

Maria said...

I think there is more to it. People posting on here or on entertainment sites know how many celebrities are actually LGBTQ. Majority of us really don't care or are also part of the community. Sure there are out celebrities but how many of them are International stars? The A+ list can't be out. They wouldn't be bankable outside of maybe a handful of countries. Consider that people in the country still have issues with this subject, now ask Neil Patrick Harris to teleport a random country. Don't know if he'd take that chance. Like a lot of things seem to be this is a business decision for some who at least want the potential, possibility, to maybe be at that level somewhere in their career. Hello btw!

Khaleesi said...

Funny you mention NPH @Maria...because while reading @John Doe's comment, my mind went to him in Gone Girl. I remember having a hard time buying his character in that movie because of his sexuality. I was embarassed to admit it to my friends afterwards, but I just had a really hard time getting past the fact that it was NPH and not the character who I had read about in the book. That's the only instance where I've ever had something like that happen to me though.

SW said...

I also believe some of this has to do with selling more tickets. Would Twilight have done as well if people weren’t enamored with the idea of Edward and Bella being together irl? It is a fantasy that people want to believe spills over into real feelings. Another case in point: Jamie and Claire on Outlander. Not a real life couple but shippers are crazy for a big conspiracy that they are trying to hide a relationship.

Elissa said...

@Kahleesi, I have the same problem watching NPH as the hetero horndog on How I Met Your Mother. I have no problem with him being gay (live and let live), but he came out in such a BIG way, and there was so much publicity around it that I just can't accept his character as a womanizer.
On the other hand, Jim Parsons came out in such a low-key way that I can see him as the socially awkward, slightly Asberger-y heterosexual on The Big Bang Theory, as well as a gay character in the movie The Normal Heart (incredible movie, I highly recommend it!).

TMN said...

@MKL There are big markets in Asia and the Middle East, neither of which are interested in hearing male leads are gay.

Unknown said...

I agree its to do with ticket sales. Most Hollywood Heart throb types attract the female viewer/ fan which equates to ticket sales. Now, if Jamie Dornan was an openly gay man, a lot of female fans, rightly or wrongly, may struggle to see past that when watching the crap that is 50 shades. Most people lack imagination and cant separate the actor from the character and Hollywood Producers know that hence pushing these actors to beard.

Brian said...

If you think being gay in America is no big deal anymore, just read the comments on any Yahoo article about somebody or something gay. Yes, we have made a lot of progress, but there are still a LOT of people out there whose views haven't changed. And will never change. We need about 2 more generations to die off before the reality will be close to what the media tries to make us believe is true today.

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