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The Huddle: May-December Romances

24 May 2013 11:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Tags: The HuddleAfterEllen HuddleDesert HeartsLoving AnnabelleHarold and MaudePortia de RossiEllen DeGeneresCluelessQueer as FolkIMDb

As Aaliyah once sang, "Age ain't nothin but a number." Unfortunately, she was 13 and married to R. Kelly and had to get divorced, but not all May-December love stories are so tragic. With so much talk about age differences lately, whether its celebrity pairings or inane court cases, we thought we'd share our favorites.

Dorothy Snarker: Harold and Maude, which if you May youngsters out there haven't watched, you should for the Cat Stevens soundtrack alone. But mostly because Ruth Gordon is everything you've ever wanted to be when you grew up.

Bridget McManus: My vote goes to Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins in Big. Although Hanks' Josh Baskin character is physically in an adult male body for most of the film let's not forget that he's just a 12-year-old boy wooing the 30-something New York businesswoman Susan. »

- trishbendix

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Is “Gay for Pay” passé?

12 March 2013 10:16 AM, PDT | | See recent 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

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