12 March 2013 10:16 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: gay for payShay MitchellJennifer BealsLena HeadeyPiper PeraboIMDb

Last week on Buzzfeed, I came across the article "31 Actresses That Went Gay for Pay." The sub-header of the article states "These (supposedly) straight actresses have switched teams for television and movie roles, sometimes more than once. And we love that about them." My first reaction was, "awesome!" because I’m pretty much a sucker for anything with lesbian content. (I swear I will watch paint dry as long as the paint is lesbian.) As I read through the article, a feeling of frustration washed over me. The connotation of “gay for pay” turns those roles, roles we love, to something less than positive.

First of all, "gay for pay" has pornographic origins. It’s used to describe a heterosexual performer who engages in gay sex for compensation. To equate all gay roles played by straight actors as "gay for play" seems fundamentally unfair. »

- DanaPiccoli

Report a problem

Similar News Items

Daniel Radcliffe
"Pretty Little Liars" (2010)
Lena Headey

IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners