This has been a hotly debated issue since the doldrums of season 2 of ‘The Walking Dead.’ Way back when Glen proved to us that anyone could get laid during the zombie apocalypse, there was Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier. He was a redneck woodsman with a knack for survival and she was an abused housewife with a need for being saved all the time. They became good friends despite the fact that she was obviously throwing herself at the man. That was while sheriff Rick Grimes was making another baby with his wife Lori and loose cannon Shane let blond cynic Andrea jump up and down on him in a midsize. There was sex to be had on that farm, boys and girls. Yet the asexual backwoods badass was getting and chasing none of it. Series creator Robert Kirkman might know why. (more…)
AMC’s The Walking Dead is no stranger to unusual characters or representing a wide diversity of different people be it race, color or creed, but there is one minority group that’s now starting to seem conspicuous by their absence. Allow me to explain…
DC Comics’ big news announcing the they were making gay a “major” character in the New 52 has been somewhat muted by the fact that the character in question is Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott. The USA Today is officially reporting today that Scott is the “major” character that DC is making gay in the new series Earth 2, a fact which is already known and has been dissected by fans, including our own Bastardcast.
“He’s going to be the leader of the team, this dynamic hero, he’ll do anything to save people, the bravest man on the planet. Why not just make him gay as well?” Earth 2 writer James Robinson told USA Today.
“What I really want to do with this character is make the fact that he’s gay to be a part of who he is and not to be the one identifying aspect of him,” Robinson adds. “And have his humor and his bravery be as much or more a part of him as his sexuality.”
I don’t think anyone’s going to have a problem diversifying the superhero line-up with a gay character, but is this such a huge leap forward as Robinson and the DC staff are playing at? Really, when they said “huge character,” I thought they meant Green Lantern, not Alan Scott Green Lantern. And really, does anyone outside of the comic book collecting community appreciate the difference between the various Green Lanterns – Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and Alan Scott. Oh, and as Earth 2‘s name implies, it takes place in another universe and is not part of the main DCU, so there’s that little piece of trivia in the face of this being a “shake-up.”
I think we all applaud the effort and the ideal, but this announcement seems to be all hat and no cat, as they say.
Source: Topless Robot
We all know Sean Maher as Dr. Simon Tam from Firefly. Yes? Yes.
For the 14 years in which Sean Maher has been a part of Hollywood, he’s lived his professional life in the closet. And he did a pretty damn good job of it; I don’t recall any kind of speculation about that at all. But, of course, living this kind of double life is super stressful. Even Clark Kent stresses over the efficacy of his disguise a-la-glasses. Okay, maybe not. But in Maher’s case, it took quite a toll on him to keep his personal and professional life in completely different arenas. But now, at his “coming out ball”, he feels more liberated and open than ever.
But being in the closet tormented Maher. “It was so exhausting, and I was so miserable,” Maher says. “I didn’t really have any life other than work and this façade I was putting on. So I kept my friends from college [where he was out] separate from my work friends, and that was very confusing. I just kept going on and on painting this picture of somebody I wasn’t. I didn’t have time for a personal relationship anyway. And you just don’t realize that it’s eating away at your soul.”
He has two young adopted children with his partner of nine years, Paul. While he makes no secret of his fatherhood, often mentioning his kids on his Twitter, he keeps the romantic situation skillfully ambiguous. Because the media wasn’t as accepting of homosexuality back when he’d made his first forays into Hollywood, and because of the pressure from both his manager and agent to “be straight”, this is the first time he’s publicly talked about his sexual orientation:
“I’ve never discussed it publicly,” the 36-year-old continues. “I’ve never been asked about it publicly, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t paint a different picture.” Maher says that not coming out wasn’t so much a choice as much as it was a reality of the business when he first came to L.A. fresh out of college back in 1997. Publicists working with him during his first Tinseltown role as the title character on Fox’s short-lived cop drama Ryan Caulfield: Year One assumed he was straight — and he didn’t tell them otherwise, out of fear. “I’m 22, I move to L.A., and it’s such a cliché, but the day I arrive, publicists from the show took me out to The Ivy for lunch,” he remembers. “They’re telling me, ‘You know, gosh, we’d really appreciate it if you could keep your girlfriend on the side because we want to appeal to the female demographic of the show.’”
Granted, Maher could have corrected his handlers, but in that instant, he decided not to. “At that moment, I didn’t think to say, ‘Oh, I’m gay,’ because right before I left New York [where he went to college at NYU], I had my manager tell me: ‘You need to get a girl on your arm or people will start talking.’ I remember telling him: ‘I’m gay.’ He had no idea. And he said: ‘All the more reason to get a girl on your arm.’ My agent was also like, ‘It’s best if you keep your options open. Maybe bisexual?’”
Luckily that kind of shit would not be taken quite as easily these days. Maher has chosen this moment in particular to come out because of his role on the new NBC show, The Playboy Club, where he plays a closeted gay man (also named Sean) who is married to a lesbian Playboy Bunny.
“I was working on other stuff, and then this role came up, which was like a light bulb going off,” Maher remembers. “I was like, This is perfect. I want to do this, and I want to use it as a platform to come out.”
And now he’s fuckin’ happier than ever. One can say that he’s found serenity. (See what I did thar?)
In the end, coming out publicly is what Maher feels he needed to do to tie his life together, personally and professionally. “Creatively, I feel so much more open and free, and I am so happy on The Playboy Club,” he says. “I think it’s because I’ve never been so open on set. All of the relationships that I have off-camera, I never would have allowed five years ago. It feels so liberating.”
The picture above is Maher’s new Twitter profile picture, changed to reflect the occasion and to show his support.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
For those of us that haven’t freaked out on message boards or burned copies of Ultimate Spider-Man yet, the new Spider-man is a young African-American male named, Miles Morales. The news was hit with a ton of negative and racist comments online but that hasn’t stopped Marvel from making the change in the Ultimate universe.
For those that don’t know, anything can happen in the parallel universe known as the Ultimate series; heroes can die and sometimes someone else needs to step up. Your beloved Peter Parker is still alive in his own universe, so get over it. But with the ability to do whatever they want, continuity be damned, Marvel may have some big plans further down the line for Miles.
Creators of the series have said that they haven’t ruled out a gay Spider-Man and that stopped nugget of information is creating all kinds of confusion.
Say What? Click the jump to learn what Spidey’s sexual orientation will be, ’cause these things matter, people.
Created by Matt Round -of malevole.com– as a tribute to Ray Harryhausen, the much beloved stop motion animator of classic films like The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. I’m not sure what language that is . . . Nerdbastard bonus points to the first commenter that can clear that question up.
Let’s face it, Skeletor is made to be a Village Person. He’s flamboyant, colorful, and works out at the gym all the time. Evil-Lyn complains daily about getting no mirror time at the gym because of Skeletor, just read her blog, she goes on and on about it.
Grab your tool belt and hard hat and join Skeletor’s Dance Crew because we’re gonna tear the roof off this Nerdbastard Mother Chucker! (FYI skip past the first 30 seconds)
Here’s another tribute to Ray, your childhood will thank me.
It’s safe to say the majority of us were pleasantly surprised with the recently revealed X-Men: First Class trailer; the Matthew Vaughn directed prequel to Bryan Singers X-Men films. Mutants. Cuban Missile Crisis. Planes. Xavier with hair. An oh so sexy Emma Frost and a bunch of other snappy cuts tuned to a foreboding score. It was a satisfying trailer indeed. Now, as we know, this prequel establishes the formation of the X-Men (one not canon to comics, but that’s a whole other argument) and it starts with the friendship of Charles Xavier (bald leader of the X-Men) and Magneto (master of magnetism. evil dude). What the trailer didn’t show us, was the homo erotic undertones of their partnership. Xavier and Magneto gay lovers? “Before he was Professor Xavier, he was Charles. Before he was Magneto, he was Erik………..X-Men: First Ass”.
Well, honestly, their not gay, but James McAvoy is certainly playing up a whole “two friends falling in love” bit. In a new interview with La Times’ Hero Complex, McAvoy discusses his character Charles Xavier, working with Mathew Vaughn and Michael Fassbender (Magneto).
McAvoy address the bromance between Xavier and Erik Lensherr (Magneto):
It’s kind of a love story, like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” which, really, was a love story between two men. This is the first time in their lives they’ve met someone who is an equal of sorts, someone who understands them and can connect and push them too. Especially Charles, he’s fascinated with Erik and his potential. For Erik, Charles is the first person he’s trusted to really tell about his past and the first person to understand the horrible things he’s been through.
If Professor X utters the words “I just can’t quit you”, I will walk out and never see another comic book movie again! Moving on, McAvoy goes on to talk about his character and his relationship to Raven(Jennifer Lawrence), who will of course become the shape shifting Mystique.
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