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  1. So, are we pretty much right where The Birdcage left off?Report

  2. Avatar alkali says:

    I agree that Douglas could tone it down a bit, but so far as I can tell Douglas thinks all kinds of sex acts are a bit ridiculous, and I wouldn’t say he’s wrong. (He’s referred publicly to his own sexual misadventures in the past, if I’m not mistaken.)Report

  3. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    This is really just about Michael Douglas being too old (or too dumb) to know better. NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast (which I adore and recommend to everyone, especially the good doctor for his long runs) covered this same topic on Friday. One thing they pointed out was the silliness of Douglas calling Damon ‘brave’ for taking that role. Tom Hanks was brave for doing Philadelphia. Playing a gay man in 2013? Not so much.Report

    • I dunno, man. I’ve seen stills from that movie, and putting on that sequined thong looked pretty brave to me. (Yes, there is a sequined thong.)

      I guess maybe Michael needed a get-a-grip friend. Or a publicist with a spine. Someone to gently pull him aside and say “So Mike. Those cracks you’re making in which you jokingly stampede as far as you possibly can from the idea of gay sex in real life? Those? Stop with those. Because the gay men who actually probably watched your performance playing one of them are not taking it well.”Report

      • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Russell Saunders says:

        I just wonder if Douglas cares, since he has done this at every awards show so far. One wonders what he would do at the Oscars when the press has already pointed this out to him for several weeks. I can’t remember though, whay category would this fall under with the Oscars? I don’t think it counts as a motion picture or miniseries. Would he be up against Matthew McConaughey? He seems to have the momentum behind him right now.Report

      • This movie is not eligible for any Oscars, since it was originally aired on television. It won a bunch of Emmys, however. But it’s done winning any awards. (The Golden Globes and SAG Awards are a little bit weird, in that they happen after the season’s prestige award ceremony for television [the Emmys] but before the prestige award ceremony [the Oscars] for film.)Report

      • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Russell Saunders says:

        Eh…that’s for the best then.Report

  4. Avatar Barbara says:

    Michael Douglas’ performance as Liberace was amazing. I’m saddened by the jokes you mention. Frankly, as an old fogy baby boomer, I am dismayed by our culture’s obsession with sex and the compulsion to mention and joke about any sex, gay or straight, and the fact that television contains material that I didn’t see even in movies years ago. That said, especially given the sensitivity and compassion of his portrayal as Liberace, I doubt that Douglas meant any offense, even though his remarks were cloddish.Report

  5. Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

    [Nope. — RS]Report

  6. NobAkimoto NobAkimoto says:

    How would this compare with say, Neil Patrick Harris making jokes about playing a straight lady’s man on TV?Report

    • NobAkimoto NobAkimoto in reply to NobAkimoto says:

      I mean other than the very obvious difference that NPH is funny while Michael Douglas is not.Report

    • It would be comparable if NPH were to make some kind of laughing reference to thinking vaginas are disgusting. And also if thinking vaginas are disgusting was a relatively common belief amongst people, and informed their antipathy toward those who found them sexually arousing.Report

      • Another difference is that there is not a common perception and smear about straight sex being disgusting the way that there is for gay sex. On an instinctual level, I sort of feel that a gay man making negative comments or jokes about straight sex is talking about himself as much as he is talking about straight sex. Because of the history around talking about gay sex, though, I am simply less likely to accord a straight man talking or joking about how disgusting gay sex is in quite the same manner. If this is a “double standard” it’s one that (a) can’t be avoided and (b) has a lot of history justifying it.Report

  7. Avatar Kim says:

    All jokes can be done well, and done poorly.
    But bullying is never a joke.

    Having not seen the awards ceremony,
    I am vaguely amusing myself by thinking
    “how do i actually make this funny?”

    [… vagina dentata?]Report

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