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February 2019

ESPN Magazine's Body Issue - For Those of Us Who Love A Man OUT of Uniform

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2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of ESPN Magazine's first Body Issue, which celebrates the musculature of athletes across the spectrum of professional sports (male as well as female).  Despite the athletes being photographed in the buff, these photos have more in common with Michelangelo's sculptures than Robert Mapplethorpe's images.  And although I would have preferred seeing more body hair, it's refreshing that a major sports magazine doesn't have any hang-ups about putting the bodies of athletes front and center for readers to admire.  (And kudos to the athletes who participate.)  Finally, both 2017's and 2018's edition included openly gay male athletes: skier Gus Kenworthy and figure skater Adam Rippon


Although there were hundreds of photos to choose from (a challenge I happily accepted) I managed to narrow them down to my two dozen favorite:


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Baseball star Giancarlo Stanton (2013)
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NFL wide receiver Julian Edelman (2017)


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Rugby star Malakai Fekitoa (2017)
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Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs (2017)
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Figure skater Adam Rippon (2018)
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NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick (2013)
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Speed skater Apolo Ohno (2011)
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Hockey player Tyler Seguin (2015)
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Football player Julian Edelman (2017)


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Pitcher Matt Harvey (2013)


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Tennis player Tomas Berydch (2014)


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NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown (2016)
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Pitcher Jake Arrieta (2016)
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Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor (2016)
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Baseball star Yasiel Puig (2018)


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NFL rusher Ezekiel Elliott (2017)


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Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy (2017)
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Hockey player Joffrey Lupul (2013)


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Baseball player Bryce Harper (2015)


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Football player Rob Gronkowski (2012)


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Tennis player Stan Wawrinka (2015)


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Soccer player Omar Gonzalez (2014)
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Decathlete Ashton Eaton (2012)


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NBA star Isaiah Thomas (2017)

New Sitcom "The Other Two" - When a Straight Roommate Isn't So Straight

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A new sitcom premiered in the winter of 2019 on Comedy Central, called The Other Two.  Set in New York, it focuses on Cary and Brooke Dubek, the floundering twenty-something brother and sister of a 13-year-old YouTube singing sensation.  I decided to give the show a view because of its SNL/Lorne Michaels pedigree and was pleasantly surprised to find that Cary is gay.  What was even more surprising is that Cary's supposedly straight roommate, Matt, is always coming on to him.  An All- American type, with washboard abs and a great smile, Matt is amusingly nonchalant after each fleeting encounter with Cary.  While sitcoms with gay characters have become less of novelty, I can't recall one in which a straight character acts on his same-sex urges.   And the show isn't shy about showing them in a lip-lock or jerking off.


From the premiere episode, here they are "innocently" watching TV (remember, this is a sitcom, not a XXX video):


The seduction1

Cary's glance
The seduction2  The pounce


The roommate is played by Andrew Ridings who in 2010 was in an off-Broadway play Over the Top where he played a closeted gay man (in the role of his boyfriend was Tanner Cohen, who starred in the 2008 gay-themed indie film Were the World Mine).  Cary's co-worker, Curtis, is also gay.  The actor who portrays him, Brandon Scott Jones, played a bitchy bookstore clerk in the Melissa McCarthy movie, Can You Ever Forgive Me?


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Drew Tarver plays Cary Dubek


Of course, the show has more amusing gay-oriented stuff going on than just the furtive relationship between Cary and Matt (whose story arc appears to have ended after Episode 3).  And while the show is funny, at the end of each episode I felt oddly diminished.  Perhaps it's because of how it depicts the vacuous, social media-centric world that Millennials and Gen Xers live in.  Also, Cary is somewhat of a "sad sack", who, despite being in his 20s, acts like someone much older in the way he cringes at his peers attachment to social media.    

And although Cary's roomie may be gone, for the time being at least, you might catch Andrew Ridings, in a much more chaste role, appearing in a commercial for Dunkin' Donuts which began airing in May/June.


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The Other Two airs at Thursday at 10:30 after Broad City.


Other posts I've written about gay characters in TV sitcoms:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Modern Family


Will & Grace