Gay Guy on Fall Fashion Fumbles: Specator. Sport.

Straight Guy,

I try not be be a stickler on silly fashion rules. That "No white after Labor Day" stuff. Admittedly, fashion rules seldom apply to men (mostly because fashion seldom applies to men). But I had to draw a line in the sidewalk this morning.

This (overly) dapper gent, replete with bow tie, was sporting spectators. Spectators! In September, I say! It's not summery anymore, let alone summer.

SG, stop pretending you know what spectators are and go here

To beat you to the question, no spectators in my closet. I am not man enough to pull off spectators.

On the topic of being man enough to pull off an out-there outfit, I've been meaning to blog about this Washington Post article on crazy-ass football uniforms. Every season, the look gets more extreme and attention-getting. Like a "Real Housewives" cast party. 

Fashion Fumble: These uniforms look like and 8 year old boy's Halloween costume. Which is maybe the point. 

I like this quote from the article: " . . .  a few years ago. . .  most teams had two uniforms--home and away--and all anyone needed was a pocket schedule to now which would be worn on a given Saturday in the fall, if they cared at all." 

SG, anyone, a little football fashion analysis for me?

--Gay Guy

Viral Video: Foos Fight Back!


Gay Guy,

When the deranged idiots from Westboro Baptist Church decided to encourage a boycott of the Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, the Foos fought back. They pulled up to the protest on the back of a semi-truck (as their maybe-gay alter egos, the Clean Truckers) and brought a concert directly to the protesters. "Hot Buns" for everyone. (See previous post here.)

Here's Dave Grohl: "God Bless America! It takes all kinds... I don't care if you're black or white or purple or green, whether you're Pennsylvanian or Transylvanian, Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum... men loving women and women loving men and men loving men and women loving women -- yeah you all know we like to watch that. But what I'd like to say is, God Bless America, y'all!" 

--Straight Guy

File This Under "Protest Too Much"

Three guys get matching "NO HOMO" tattoos (OMG! BFF!), drop trou, and choreograph a booty-pop pose to show them off to all their friends... This is the most fabulous definitely not-gay thing I've ever seen. Thumbs up, bros!

--Straight Guy

Media Watch: Gay Guy Says There IS Something Good About Rick Perry

Straight Guy, 

I don't care that this is photoshopped.

Don't they teach you not to eat a corn dog in public in candidate campaign school?

--Gay Guy

Viral Video: Hey Girl!


If you wondered what it might be like if Sassy Gay Friend (or the famous Honey Badger) was a Disney princess... 

--Straight Guy

Gay Guy, Straight Guy Get Good Advice

Straight Guy,

Over the weekend, I read some old magazines and moved them to the recycling bin. I really shouldn't have any subscriptions at all because I just let them pile up.

I flipped through an old Men's Journal and found this "Survival Skills" interview with the world's oldest man, Walter Breuning, who has since passed away at age 114.  Read an obit.

Breuning's advice is both endearing and practical, not Men's Journal's usual preening about how to wrestle an grizzly bear. Here's a bit from the interview:

Q: What skill should every man have?
A: The skill of being kind to people. In today’s world, everybody is mean to each other. But if you can help other people, you help yourself at the same time. You do, really. I used to walk all over town every morning after breakfast, and one day a lady stopped me and tied my loose shoestring. Well, I could’ve fallen down, you know. You see, it’s the little things.

Part of the reason that Men's Journal piles up unread in my home is that I don't have a lot of time and lively brain space these days.  Mostly, its because MJ is ridiculously packed with  features about men with too much testosterone. Think "I Lived for Six Months in the Arctic Circle Surviving Only a Pack of Beef Jerky." 

SG, what magazines do you get? Are they "straight."

--Gay Guy

That's Mr. Mirren to You, Buddy

Straight Guy,

I went to see the film The Debt this weekend, which I recommend. It's definitely tight and suspenseful--you could have heard a pin drop in the theater.

From the ads, I expected the film to star a gun-toting, ass-kicking Helen Mirren. But she's much more subtle.

I like Helen Mirren a lot. Who wouldn't. I've liked her movie roles, but none of them has gripped me as much as her role as Detective Inspector Jane Tennison in the U.K.'s ITV series Prime Suspect. She's tough.

Her toughness must inspired this post by Linda Holmes on the NPR blog Monkey See. Read it: "Twenty Iconic Male Movie Roles in Which Helen Mirren Would Have Ruled."  Thank you good friend and fellow blogger Knit Like You Mean It for sending along. 

 To excerpt: "How many roles written for men would have been, if tweaked appropriately . . . . perfect Helen Mirren vehicles?"

A woman as Bond? I can see it. What about you, SG? Any of these uber-male roles up for a woman to recast?

--Gay Guy

Video: Swim Team Was Never Like This

Straight Guy, 

A friend forwarded this video short by German director Kai Stanicke. It's pretty cool.

I like that it's about fluid sexuality, but even more I like that the shared sensuality/sexuality includes older people and folks with less-than-model-perfect bodies and faces.

Give it a watch and tell me what you think.

--Gay Guy