Empty Days

Friday, February 20, 2004



Retro g(r)ay

Watched "North by Northwest" which, as you know, is in Technicolor and looks like "Man in the gray flannel suit" multiplied by a hundred. So this put me in a very retro mood and I went looking and found these elegant flashbacks to a world long gone (and I am not sorry).

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Also, my brother recently informed me that Cary Grant was gay. Jesus. I am not very much into hollywood celebrities, but after Rock Hudson this is starting to look ominous. In my dim vision of the 50's film industry, Grant-Hudson-Stewart-Peck-Cooper form something like a 5-star nucleus of the Hollywood establishment in that era (on the male side at least). So if Grant and Hudson are homo then we have a 2/5 ratio right at the top of the sex-hero chain. Does this mess up America's hollywood gene or what?

My bro tells me he got it from an A&E program on Grant. Well. Looking round the net I can see this is far from a settled matter. And it's a good opportunity to do some well-deserved gay-bashing here (yep, it's not like they're all angels, right) on account of massive and relentless obsession these guys have with "seeing gay" literally everywhere - and loudly claiming that what they see is the ultimate truth.

More often than not though, not only it's not the truth, it's the most misguided sensationalist disinformation you could think of. Which does remind me very much of something I know of Jews (and other similarly obsessed folks) who have this comic tendency to claim that "oh, he's really smart - he's gotta be Jewish". As absurd and silly as this might be, it's still rather common - and should not be believed, because, well, most of the time it's plain bulls.

I know this doesn't sound very p.c. but, frankly, I couldn't care less - ca creve les yeux in any case. And as a result I still don't know what to think of Grant: was he gay/bisexual or wasn't he, and wtf is this all about? :-0

The question "what does it matter?" is really too facetious*. Of course it does - or the 50's never happened.

* (it's not the right word but I can't remember the right one)





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