straight isn't.



more one-hitters...
if she's there too it's still 'straight'
if she's there too it's still 'straight'
you can't see 'straight or gay'
you can't see 'straight or gay'
...of being known as or called 'gay'
...of being known as or called 'gay'
kurt cobain
kurt cobain
let's face it, it could have been wonderful
let's face it, it could have been wonderful
   

andy samburg in i love you man
andy samburg in <em>i love you man</em>
Andy Samberg quote

When a guy like Andy Samberg takes a character in a mainstream movie playing a personal trainer that hooks up with straight guys for the challenge, the 'straight' breakdown has come to a theater near you.
photos from I love you, man

There's two main points of progress here - (1) the main story line about paul rudd's character not having male friends is intentionally bold I'd say, because, ... As the 'gay' movement and 'gay' rights and the 'gay' identity have become more visible and mainstream, it's had a negative effect on male fraternity. Suddenly there's a harsh light shining on something that wasn't questioned when "everyone was straight" and no one's sexuality was under suspicion. So this kind of "guys caring about each other" plot line has sort of shrunk back for awhile* because no one knows how to talk about it anymore. Remember a little while back when everyone was trying to use the word "metrosexual"? What a nightmare. That word went away because it made no sense and no one could use it properly. We wanted to talk about something complex, and tried to use a simple word, and it didn't work at all.
*notable recent exception: Superbad and "boop boop" :)
It's not easy to refer to gender and sexuality in the mainstream because we have no vocabulary for it. So this screenplay takes on some unspoken aspects of male friendship very directly, by clearly asserting the 'straightness' of the main characters to simplify it a bit.
Then (2), to prove they're not scared of the sexuality topic, they throw in the 'gay' Andy Samberg character (Robby), which to me is pretty awesome - because he's a guy's guy. You can't not like the guy, he's goofy, funny, good looking, and totally comfortable in his own skin. It's pretty significantly progressive to have an American personality like this play a guy who likes guys in a mainstream film. They take it even further by directly exposing the entire straight isn't reality: straight guys mess around with guys. It happens. And luckily the film is funny and isn't heavy handed — everything goes down better with humor. It'd be better for this site if I was funnier, too bad for ya'll.
the film is bro-gay
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