News: 50 Shades of Gay?

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Not content on being a normal hump day, yesterday (Wednesday 8th August) saw the death notices of film critic Judith Crist and EGOT master composer Marvlin Hamlisch.

And then an another eruption occurred on Twitter when American Psycho novelist Bret Easton Ellis tweeted his reactions of Matt Bomer’s casting as Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.



Here’s some examples of BEE’s tweets:

  • Okay. Let’s finalize this. Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Matt Bomer: I don’t care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Matt Bomer is NOT about discrimination. It’s about an intensely straight actor wanting absolutely to screw Ana Steele.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: the most popular book on the planet having Matt Bomer–a gay actor–play Christian Grey is absolutely ludicrous. Why?
  • Okay I’ll say it. Matt Bomer isn’t right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He’s great for other roles but this is too big a game.
  • I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality. Fifty Shades of Grey demands an actor that is genuinely into women. Get it?!?
    Bret Easton Ellis

Having had relationships with both males and females, it seems that BEE’s comments are more pointed towards the alpha male, hyper masculine character. But it’s easy to see how his words can offend, raising the question of does sexuality still matter in Hollywood? Can a gay man authentically portray an hyper masculine and sexualised character like Christian Grey?

It wasn’t too long ago that Ramin Setoodeh (who is openly gay) made comments in Newsweek regarding the poor authenticity behind gay actors playing straight roles, particularly pointing out some examples to the affirmative with Sean Hayes and other similarly out gay actors.

What do you think? Does Bret Easton Ellis have a point? Is Matt Bomer an ineffective choice to play Christian Grey? Or does the discussion of a gay actors being ineffectual hyper masculine straight men a continuation of homophobia?

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  • This whole thing has nothing to do with homophobia whether you agree with BEE or not. But I’m sure that won’t be obvious enough to stop some people from accusing the accomplished gay author of being homophobic in a fit of ironic outrage.

  • Hey Jamie! Is it okay to comment here? This guy’s comments are so heteronormative. Has this gentleman ever seen White Collar? Or Magic Mike? Bomer has a make out session with a female in the movie, and it’s pretty damn convincing (and hot). Acting is acting. I’m interested in why he hasn’t bothered to compare straight men who are playing gay roles.

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