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Netflix Removes LGBTQ Tag From DAHMER Series After Backlash

Netflix Removes LGBTQ Tag From DAHMER Series After Backlash

“Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” by Ryan Murphy is the No. 1 show on Netflix. but after online backlash Netflix decided to remove its LGBTQ tag from the “shockumentary” series.

Portrayed by Evan Peters in the series, Jeffrey Dahmer raped, murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys in Wisconsin between 1978 and 1991, according to People, many of whom he lured home from gay nightclubs. He engaged in cannibalism or necrophilia with some of the bodies.

“I feel like it fetishizes this whole horrible moment in Milwaukee history. It shouldn’t be looked at that way, it just feels completely wrong,” drag performer B.J. Daniels told WISN. “I know a lot of my friends, and a lot of people who lived through this period, will not be watching it. They will not be putting money into somebody’s pocket that is literally disturbing the graves of victims.”

Netflix also tagged the Dahmer series with “Ominous” and Dark,” earlier this year Netflix released Conversations With A Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes about the prolific serial killer who murdered 33 boys in Chicago which is also tagged “Ominous” and Dark, but was not tagged LGBTQ

Gay History – September 26, 1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Opens in the USA. – OH ROCKY!

Gay History – September 26, 1975: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Opens in the USA. – OH ROCKY!

Over forty-five years ago on September 26th, 1975 the movie that has taught generations to “Don’t dream it, be it.” and to be more accepting to others who are different,  The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened at the UA Westwood in Los Angeles, California. 

Directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and Richard O’Brien, the production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973.

Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theaters

Prior to RHPS’s infamous the midnight screenings’ success, the film was withdrawn from its eight opening cities due to very small audiences, and its planned New York opening (on Halloween night) was cancelled. Fox re-released it around college campuses on a double-bill with other off-beat films.

RHPS was eventually screened at midnight, starting in New York City at The Waverly Theater on April Fools’ Day of 1976.. By that Halloween, people were attending in costume and talking back to the screen. By mid-1978, Rocky Horror was playing in over fifty locations on Fridays and Saturdays at midnight, newsletters were published by local performance groups, and fans gathered for Rocky Horror conventions. By the end of 1979, there were twice-weekly showings at over 230 theaters in the United States including the 8th Street Playhouse in NYC which had the premiere floor-show in the country led by Sal Piro. 

I played Brad Majors opening night and later also Eddie at 8th. Street Playhouse and I WAS NOT an asshole at that time just a closet-case Jersey boy.

But that would soon change.

Dori Hartley and Will Kohler RHPS - 8th Street Playhouse Floorshow. NYC NY

Dori Hartley and Will Kohler RHPS – 8th Street Playhouse Floorshow. NYC NY

How many times have you seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

FIRST LOOK - WATCH: M. Night Shyamalan’s Trailer for Gay Horror Film "Knock at the Cabin"

FIRST LOOK – WATCH: M. Night Shyamalan’s Trailer for Gay Horror Film “Knock at the Cabin”

Coming on the heel’s of Billy Eichner’s major studio theatrical release gay rom-com BROS (Review Here) now we have Universal stepping it up a notch with more much needed gay male representation in the movies with M. Night Shyamalan’s new horror film Knock at the Cabin.

Based on Paul G. Tremblay’s novel The Cabin at the End of the World, the movie follows gay couple Andrew (Jonathan Groff) and Eric (Ben Aldridge), who take their seven-year-old daughter Wen (Kristen Cui) on holiday to a remote cabin but the vacation takes a sudden turn for the worse when “four armed strangers” led by Leonard (Dave Bautista) take the family hostage and demand that they “make an unthinkable choice.” 

Rupert Grint, Abby Quinn and Nikki Amuka-Bird are also set to join Bautista, Groff and Aldridge as Redmond, Sabrina, and Adriane, respectively. 

Knock at the Cabin is coming to theaters Feb. 3, 2023. 

BROS Movie Review: A Historic, Hysterical, Fabulash First!

BROS Movie Review: A Historic, Hysterical, Fabulash First!

Billy Eichner’s sweet, poignant, and hysterical romantic comedy BROS will surprise you. Not only does it make history being the first Gay Rom Com released by a major Hollywood studio but Eicher himself has no problem layering in and lampooning many of the inner problem within our tribe and ends up teaching some gay history at the same time.

The PLOT: Bobby Lieber (Eichner) is an LGBTQ museum curator and podcaster based in New York, who wins the Cis White Gay Man of the Year Award has seemingly given up on finding any semblance of true romance. Night after night, he swipes on dating apps, but eventually meets Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), a lawyer, at a local club. The two fall in love, and navigate being a gay couple in a modern world. 

Bros is a good, solid, raunchy mainstream gay romantic comedy, which is not afraid to tell the truth and poke fun at not only the dating rituals of gay men but also that of the intersectionality issues of the community itself and its glorious if not sometimes messy problems. Bros is raw, unapologetic and completely self aware of the story it’s telling, without worrying about who it’s telling it to.

Gay, STR8, Bi, Trans, whatever. You’ll learn, you’ll love, and you’ll laugh.

BROS is an instant ground breaking classic from Eichner’s kinetic opening monologue to its predictable but FABULASH happy ending..

After all isn’t it about time we had a happy ending.

BROS also stars Bowen YangHarvey FiersteinLuke MacfarlaneTs MadisonMonica RaymundGuillermo DíazGuy BranumAmanda BearseJim Rash, and Grace Adler!

BROS OPENS NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 30th

THIS FILM IS RATED “R” BY THE M.P.A.A. – RUNNING TIME IS 115 MINUTES

Our Score: 10 rainbows out of 10

#PRIDE50 - MUSIC: Sylvester & Patrick Cowley MENERGY (1980/1984)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SYLVESTER! – Sept. 6, 1947: Sylvester & Patrick Cowley “MENERGY” and MORE. (1980/1984)

“Menergy” is a 1980 dance single by producer Patrick Cowley. Along with the song “I Want to Take You Home”.

Sylvester was San Francisco’s biggest star and Cowley’s muse – a larger-than-life presence around town, dressed to the nines and often carrying multiple shopping bags as he walked down Castro Street. Cowley most famously worked with Sylvester on the ecstatic mega-hit You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) and was a pioneer of the genre known as hi-NRG, a relentlessly up-tempo variant of disco that gained serious traction, especially in the UK and Europe. Sylvester’s legacy still lives on today as before his death Sylvester had bequeathed all of his future royalties to local AIDS groups

“Menergy” spent two weeks atop the Billboard Dance/Disco chart in October and November 1981. It was Cowley’s most successful single of four Top 10 dance chart hits, all of which occurred within the span of 15 months. As with Cowley’s other singles, “Menergy” did not place on any other chart until 1984, when  a version of “Menergy” was released where Sylvester’s vocals were featured and became a huge hit especially with the gay dance crowd.

“The boys in the barroom
Living it up,
Shootin’ off energy.
 
The guys on the sidewalk
Workin’ it out,
Talkin’ ’bout Menergy.”

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend! – Brought to you by: John Raitt, Doris Day and the Cast of The Pajama Game (1957)

And now we take you back to an easier and simpler time when businesses would actually have Labor Day Picnics, Christmas parties and the almost now extinct and ever elusive Holiday/Year End Bonus for their workers.

Enjoy the nostalgia and the handsome John Raitt.!

LOST FOOTAGE – Linzi Hateley Performs The Title Song from CARRIE: The Musical – 1988 Broadway Production – [VIDEO]

Perhaps the most misunderstood musical theater piece of the 20th century Carrie: The Musical started previews on April 28, 1988, at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway.

Ken Mandelbaum is quoted by Wollman, MacDermot, and Trask:

“Ken Mandelbaum writes of an audience divided during early previews, the curtain calls of which were greeted with a raucous mix of cheers and boos.  However, in an instant, when Linzi Hateley and Betty Buckley rose to take their bows, the entire theatre turned to a standing ovation.”

The show was sold out weeks in advance and did indeed receive standing ovations at some previews, as well as on opening night but that couldn’t save it.

Carrie: The Musical officially opened on May 12, 1988.  Hampered by scathing reviews by professional critics, the financial backers pulled their money out of the show, and it closed on May 15 after only 16 previews and 5 performances, guaranteeing its place in theatre history as one of the most expensive disasters of all time.

It wasn’t that Carrie:The Musical was a bad show.  It was just badly directed, over produced and horribly choreographed (Thank you Debbie Allen.) 

But Carrie: The Musical  wasn’t dead and she would be resurrected and produced Off-Broadway as a limited run show at the Lucille Lortel Theatre by MCC Theater. Marin Mazzie starred as Margaret White and Molly Ranson as Carrie.   Previews on January 31, 2012, and officially opened on March 1, 2012, and closed a month later to good solid reviews.  The MCC directors said: “MCC, the authors, and the director achieved what we all set out to do – to rescue Carrie from oblivion and to give her new life.

Below is “lost footage” of the original Carrie, Linzi Hateley singing the title song from the 1988 Broadway production from an old press video reel with the audio and video cleaned up.