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High School Musical 3's Ryan Evans still a coded gay character

24 October 2008 7:49 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Actor Lucas Grabeel plays HSM's "Ryan"

Photo credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Once upon a time in Hollywood, there was the Hays Code, a set of rules that major motion picture studios were forced to follow. The code forbade, among other things, nudity, crude language, mockery of religion and “lustful kissing.” Also not allowed were references to “sex perversion,” including homosexuality.

Did that mean there were no gay characters in movies? Heck, no. They were just “coded.” The persnickety and purse-lipped Franklin Pangborn, constantly exasperated by the foibles of W.C. Fields, or the fey Edward Everett Horton, forever complicating romantic matters between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, were never identified as gay men. But they didn’t have to be — the audience saw their demeanor, their behavior, the way they spoke, acted, and dressed, and their queerness was forthrightly implied if never directly named.

Franklin Pangborn (left) and Edward Everett Horton »

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Name-droppers Take Low Road

13 July 2008 1:16 AM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

America, land of the free - home of the grave. After somebody goes to that great big planet in the sky, next up comes a street, a park, a bowling alley named for them.

The Triborough is now suddenly osmosing into the Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Not a bad idea. This way, tourists looking to drive to Radio City and then Queens will ask locals for the Avenue of the Americas followed by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive so they can go over the Sen. Robert F. Kennedy Bridge »


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