I tried to let this one go but I can't. What exactly makes a real man? I'm asking this question because two recent statements by celebrities Jamie Foxx and David Gest have me scratching my head. I'm aware that Jamie Foxx is a friend of the gay community and has stated so publicly on more than one occasion, yet on Sunday night at the BET Awards he perpetuated one of the worst forms of male heterosexism (IMO) while introducing singer Maxwell, despite commenting that the R&B crooner made him "moist".
Foxx: "Im heterosexual, I'm all man. I am a man. But this next man who is about to perform almost had me in a Prop 8 situation when I heard him sing, this dude is that good...I was a little moist."
And Liza Minelli's ex-husband David Gest is now hopping on the Michael Jackson post death publicity train by granting an interview to the British tabloid The Sun.
Gest: “There is nobody who knew Michael like I did. He was so gifted, it’s hard for me to picture him gone. There is a whole side to him people never saw. For instance, people always think of him as talking in that high, soft voice, but he didn’t really speak like that — it was a facade. Still to this day I am not sure why he did it. The Michael I knew talked like a real man, acted like a real man and shook a hand like a real man.”
This coming from a man long suspected to be gay and who entered into a short-lived relationship with gay icon Liza Minelli. Give me a break! So is all of this "real man" speech just cover for what people like Foxx and Gest are really implying, in order to be a real man you must be a heterosexual?
Don't hold back. Discuss.