Oh Come On Gays, Now Clark Gable Was Gay?
Long have I tried to stay out of this fracas (don't you just love that word?) but I can't take anymore. In a recent Advocate magazine article (in the issue all about Vegas in which I did NOT appear - write immediately to the editor at http://www.advocate.com/ and ask for your fave blogger, Scott to be featured in their "Meet The Bloggers" section in an upcoming issue) okay, I digress so back to our story... apparently someone somewhere has written a book stating that movie star Clark Gable slept with both men and women. First of all, I just don't know that I believe it but second of all, I don't care. It seems that from time to time (and those times seem to occur too often for my taste) gays feel the need to "out" some dead or alive celebrity. Here's the deal, it doesn't make me less or more gay so I really don't see what is to be achieved by saying, "Dear did you see George Washington's wig? No doubt he was banging the stable boy!" So now it's supposedly Clark Gable? Our Rhett Butler from that classic, Gone With The Wind? Well frankly my dears, I don't give a damn. Oh come on gays, now Clark Gable was gay? - Don't Get Me Started!
I know the argument oh too well, supposedly if the world learns that someone they loved in the movies or was a huge figure in history was gay then people will think twice about how they treat their gay waiter. But you see in my experience, it just does not work that way. Would it be nice if people in the public eye were more open about being gay to try to get more people to find out just how "normal" (and in many cases boring) we gays are? Sure but come on, digging up old celebs to out them?
I also get that we want the Clark Gables of the world to be gay and do you know why? Because they're manly men who were revered by both men and women and anything that will distance some gays from the limp-wristed stereotype makes them cream in their Seven jeans. Lest we forget that when ol' Clark appeared without an undershirt under his shirt in It Happened One Night, the sales for undershirts went so low that we're lucky they even still make them. He had an impact on the public (and their underwear - in more places than their t-shirts, if you know what I mean, thanks to his ruggedly handsome good looks). And while I'm sure that both men and women were hot for Clark, it doesn't mean he returned the favor.
But more importantly, why do we still seem to care so much? As the gay community clamors for acceptance on a daily basis, it just feels like little kids on the playground to me. "Oh yeah? You called me faggot? Well, guess what? So is your Dad, he's doing it with Mr. Stanley the history teacher!" Same thing can be said here, "You don't like me because I'm gay? Well, you liked Clark Gable and he was gay, so there! You must be a homo too cause you liked his movies." Shall we all take a recess and grow up now? It would be nice wouldn't it?
And yet here is this author (and I'm hoping the book talks about more than just this) who is going to sell copies because gays will buy it for validation and people who loved Clark Gable will buy it because who doesn't love a great movie star biography? I'm not calling for a boycott of the book I'm just left in my usual state of disgust wondering what difference this could make in anyone's lives or the legend that is Clark Gable? The answer my friends is not blowin' in the wind, the answer that I think it will do absolutely nothing.
We all crave acceptance but I don't need some celebrity to come out or someone to out a young contestant on American Idol for me to feel better about being gay. I feel fine with it. I also understand that like it or not gays, there are actually straight men out there who don't want to sleep with men. If we want them to accept us, shouldn't we start by accepting them? Isn't the whole point to be accepted because we feel one way and straight people feel another way but we're all human beings so we should respect one another for our differences? Maybe I'm in danger of once again being thrown out of the gay membership for these thoughts or maybe, just maybe I'm what we were supposed to be all along, gay and okay with it. Oh come on gays, now Clark Gable was gay? - Don't Get Me Started!
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