Monday, November 05, 2007

Breaking out of the glass closet

I am ploughing through season 1 of Prison Break, a rather grim series involving a chap who gets himself put in prison so he can help break out his brother who is on death row for a crime he didn't commit. The escape plan is impossibly complicated, rivalling anything that the Hooded Claw would have come up with to do away with Penelope Pitstop. In fact it's so complicated that brother#1 had it tattooed all over his body before he went to prison.

The two brothers have the same military buzzcuts and rarely smile. Brother #2 has the thickest eyebrows I have ever seen. Nobody smiles much in Prison Break. On the other hand, there is a lot of sadistic snarling, especially from sinister prisoners like T-bag (possibly the most evil man on the planet), or some of the more nasty guards. In an early episode Brother #1 has two of his toes cut off (I'm still not sure why). A picture of American prisons is painted that looks horrific - all young offenders in the US should probably be made to watch this (ideally between their second and third "strikes").

Perez Hilton regularly claims that the actor who plays brother #1, Wentworth Miller is in the closet. Miller joins Queen Latifah, Michelle Rodrigeuz, Jodie Foster and Hugh Jackman who are also often "outed" by Perez.

I'm not sure where I stand on the whole outing thing. On the one hand, Perez has a good point - if Jodie is gay and she came out, then she'd be sending a positive message to young gay men and lesbians throughout America - and America could do with more positive gay role models, especially now. But that's the problem - would huge swathes of her fans simply switch off. As Ellen Degeneres found when she came out - the media can be very bitchy.

But somehow - so what? Jodie's got enough money as it is. She has nothing to prove. And if someone is gay - it's likely to all come out when they're dead anyway - so why not take control of your own destiny and smash the "glass closet" to bits. I doubt the publicity would last more than a week anyway - and then we'd be back to Britney or Lindsay's latest drug rehab car crash or something.


matty said...

I probably shouldn't share this on the Internet, but I had a torrid affair with Hugh Jackman.

...I had to dump him.

He just wasn't fit enough.

Well, the truth hurts sometimes.


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