Op-Ed: Channing Tatum's Stripper Movie ~ Magic Mike

Even if you only have 10 gay friends on your facebook friend list, chances are that at least 1 of them, aka 10%, has had some frothing-at-the-mouth, quivering-with-anticipation commentary about the upcoming film "Magic Mike". The Chippendales-inspired male stripper fest stars Channing Tatum, and co-stars Alex Petttyfer, Matthew McConaughey, and newly-uncloseted gay actor Matt Bomer. The film is directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh, who has critically acclaimed and commercially successful hits like Traffic, Erin Brockovich and the Ocean's Eleven remake and sequels under his belt. The film is being distributed by Warner Brothers and is said to be inspired by Tatum's own experiences as a stripper in the Tampa, Florida area when he was a *very young man in the late 1990s.

At this point you may be asking, why is this the fixation of so many gay men in the land of Cyberia at this very moment? well, that's what I'M wondering. Literally as I sit and write this, I am scrolling down my facebook friend list and have already been invited to a huge Magic Mike outing. Another 2 friends posted the newly-released "restricted audience" trailer, which promises to show racier material. Wow. A g-string parting two butt cheeks. Amazing. We see this and more at Here bar at least twice a week in WeHo right up close and personal don't we? and many of WeHo's go-go dancers are hot and actually gay, unlike the Hollywood cast of this VERY Hollywood movie (Bomer excluded of course).

Imdb.com lists the film as Rated "R" for: pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use.

And as Tatum himself has been pimping out his semi-autobiography for what seems like at least a year now, we know that he does not go the full monty in this. and even if there is by chance some glimpse of a cock, we know that under MPAA rules, that flag can't even be at half-mast if filmmakers want to avoid the dreaded NC-17 rating.

So, once again, since the trailer seems to pitch the movie essentially as a romantic comedy of the Pretty Woman ilk, peppered with lots of tongue-in-cheek banter and sarcastic back and forth soundbites (a la The Social Network) between Tatum and the leading lady (Olivia Munn), I am still at a loss for what the draw to see this movie is. It does not seem to offer ANYTHING new other than a sanitized look at the world of male stripping. No risks taken. We've all seen fake pics of Tatum's wiener fly across internet sites, we all certainly know what he looks like shirtless by now, so....are gaggles of gay men really going to spend $13-16 on this to see some flashes of Channing, Pettyfer and Bomer's asses?? To my knowledge, there is absolutely no gay subplots in the film, so at the risk of being pessimistic and accusing the gay community of age-old cliches, is the popularity and wild anticipation of this film really because of the fantasy of seeing straight men in situations many of us identify as somewhat gay-oriented, i.e. go-go dancing. 

We're going to do some clinical research into what percentage of gay men fantasize primarily about heterosexual men since we do not know that data offhand. But in the meantime, we're going to save our $16 (since we only see movies at the Arclight), watch rockettube for free where you can see guys with bodies just as good as these movie stars fuck each other hardcore, and netflix "American Gigolo", the 1980 classic starring our dear gerbil-loving Richard Gere. A much more provocative and original film.

Tatum is 32 & the movie comes out on June 29th, 2012!

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  1. Channing can do no wrong in my book. :o)

  2. still doesn't answer the question--why is any, let alone Many, gay man going to spend $15 to see this shitty looking movie??


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