Greg’s List: Most popular posts of 2009 involve Matt Bomer, Dustin Lance Black, Wilson Cruz and more!
Here are some of the posts that generated the most traffic on Greg In Hollywood this year. I’ve highlighted part of each. To read the complete post and the comments with it, simply click on the date next to the headline.
“White Collar” star Matt Bomer kissing pic (Oct. 30)
Matt Bomer is the star of one of the fall season’s highest-rated and critically praised new shows: White Collar on USA network.
He also happens to be a fine actor and one of the best looking men currently walking the Earth.
This next part is a little tricky because I don’t believe in outing people and think any gay person has the absolute right to come out on their own terms. But photos are photos and there was one of Mr. Bomer kissing another man posted on this and other sites yesterday.
So why is it gone now?
The photo is several years old and since the actor is out and in a committed relationship, I’ve decided to take it down. The request was made very politely by Bomer through friends.
It would be great if he were to decide to be more open like Luke Macfarlane, Neil Patrick Harris, B.D. Wong, T.R. Knight, John Barrowman, Bryan Batt and Jesse Tyler Fergeson, all openly gay actors starring in hit television shows playing gay or straight characters.
The choice of how much to discuss and when is up to him. I wish Matt well personally and professionally.
Mad Men creator says openly gay actors, even Neil Patrick Harris, can expect limited opportunities (Dec. 16)
Mad Men creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner said Wednesday that despite Neil Patrick Harris coming out and now working more than ever, “let’s not pretend” that openly gay actors are not limiting their future career choices when they go public.
“I’m sure that there are limitations to the kinds of roles that he can get in the future,” Weiner said during the Hollywood Radio and Television Society luncheon at the Century Plaza Hotel. “… He knows that and would rather live his life honestly.”
“I think it can be a commercially devastating thing,” he added, repeating the conventional wisdom that if a gay actor is out, he cannot be seen as a sex symbol in heterosexual roles by audiences.
“The viability of you as a character – no matter how good an actor you are – can be jeopardized by this. We struggle with it – obviously, it’s wrong. It shouldn’t be that way.”
He added: “It was extra brave that he did that, it’s extra brave that Ellen (DeGeneres) did that and I’m glad that it turned out the way that it did.”
Dustin Lance Black at LifeWorks event: “It took a turn of luck to discover I had someone I could look up to, and a turn of luck to save my life” (June 14)
Dustin Lance Black has done so much good with his fame since winning the Academy Award in February for the screenplay he wrote for Milk.
Because he has won the admiration of so many people, there was a feeling of protectiveness toward Lance when he showed up at the Sunset Gower Studios lot in Hollywood Saturday to be honored by Lifeworks Mentoring, a group which offers one on one, peer and group mentoring opportunities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth ages 14-24.
Lance accepted his award before a stellar crowd that included Milk producer Dan Jinks, Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis, activist Judy Shepard, actress Donna Mills and actors John Wesley Shipp, Peter Paige and Doug Spearman, among others.
His appearance came just a day after photos of him and an ex-boyfriend having unprotected sex were posted on the Internet and led to Lance issuing a statement late Friday saying he wanted to emphasize the importance of responsible sexual practices.
Lance took the stage and confessed that he really wasn’t very good at keeping his speeches short.
Here is some of it:
“Like many LGBT people, I knew I was gay from a very young age so that also meant that I knew that I was less than most kids, meant that something was supposedly wrong with me,” he began. “It meant that I was a second class citizen and that according to my church, I was right down there with all the sinners and the murderers and the rapists – all 3 foot, 4 inches of me at 6 years old. And I had two options: I could shrink away, I could try not to be noticed, not to excel, and to vanish in school and in all my activities. Or, the more permanent solution which was to take my own life. And sadly, that’s not a unique ciurcumstance in our country today.
“Not surprisingly, that story gave me hope,” he said. “And I didn’t want to kill myself anymore and I didn’t want to cry myself to sleep anymore. In fact, I started to dream again and I stopped trying to vanish and I started trying to excel.”
“But you know what? Like probably all of us I never heard a peep about Harvey Milk in school. I fact, I never heard a peep about any LGBT person of any consequence growing up much less having the good fortune of having a mentor or someone to turn to. It took a turn of luck for me to learn that I had a forefather, a turn of luck to discover I had someone I could look up to, and a turn of luck to save my life. And that, my brothers and sisters, that is wrong.”
Wilson Cruz talks about the controversy over his and other gay portrayals in ‘He’s Just Not That Into You.” (March 9)
Out actor Wilson Cruz, veteran of such indie films as Coffee Date and Party Monster, finally lands a role in a major studio hit – He’s Just Not That Into You – and some people have a problem with it.
Wilson plays one of Drew Barrymore’s co-workers in the ad department of a local gay newspaper, one of three gay men reacting and offering commentary on her character’s pathetic love life.
The problem for some is the feeling that the gay men in the movie – and the co-worker characters in particular – are just a tad too effeminate. They’re not, as Lance Bass once unfortunately described as “straight acting gays.”
“Some people had something to say about the fact that I may have been too effeminate or other people in the film may have been too effeminate but I celebrate that fact that we can do that in 2009,” the actor said when we spoke before the screening of Pedro Saturday night at Outfest Fusion 2009 in Hollywood. “I want to see more effeminate men on television and in film. I think there is a lack of that. The more we see effeminate men on screen, the more we can help those young people who are exactly that feel okay about it. And that’s really the whole point of my career.”