Monday, March 23, 2009


Make no mistake about it: Alex Rodriguez's spread in the current issue of Details makes him look like a total narcissist. The photographer, Steven Klein, is an extremely creative force who enjoys pushing the comfort levels of both his subject and those who observe his work.

Why do people, guys in particular, hate A-Rod? Well, you can hate him because he lied, because he cheated or because he's not Derek Jeter. Most men, particularly the insecure ones, hate him because he reminds them of their own perceived shortcomings, and so to make themselves feel better, they call him the one word they have relied on to strip a man of his worth for decades: gay.

In fact, the whole story has way more to do with us than it does him. A-Rod is beautiful, but that's hardly a reason to hate him. Now you can hate him because he flaunts it. It's curious how technology makes it possible for anyone on the planet to pull up A-Rod's photo spread, and yet when it comes to discussing it, we're trapped on some sort of medieval hamster wheel:

    "He's on the DL"
    "That's supergay"
    "Mirror, mirror on the wall, Could this be the gayest pose of all?"

I'm not going to lie -- I do find some of the quips to be pretty funny. The thing is, the pictures aren't really "gay" at all. They're just Alex staring at himself next to a tire in an abandoned building. That's not gay; that's just high fashion.

Clearly, you don't have to be a gay male to be good looking or say, "Alex Rodriguez is a good-looking guy", but you do have to be secure in who you are and who you are not. Obviously that's a tall order, considering that when many straight males talk about the appearance of another male in a positive way, he usually has to follow that up by punching a dude in the arm or adding a disclaimer such as, "My girl likes him, so I guess he's good looking." Look, being gay simply means you're attracted to the same gender -- that's it. It doesn't mean you have this burning desire to put on a dress, kiss yourself in the mirror or lie on a dirty mattress.

Trust me, I know...


Blogger WAT said...

I think A-Rod is actually nice looking, but I'm not all that into him I guess. Wouldn't kick him out of bed though! LOL!

Yeah, I like the str8 guy who is comfortable to admit when another dude is nice looking and stuff, but so many out there are still not or in the closet.

This society/culture still manufactures homophobes man! Even in 2009! GOD DAMN THIS SHIT! ARGH! Why can't we all just be open with our sexualities and have a nice giant orgy of epic proportions!

Hell, bring in A-Rod!

1:19 PM  
Blogger RG said...

I don't dislike A-Rod. I don't care if he's straight/gay/bi. He's handsome I suppose - I'd never chase after it, but if offered I wouldn't turn it down. As if THAT'S going to happen anytime soon.

Homophobia is a learned social behavior. You see it all the time through advertising, music, TV, movies, religion, etc.

Someday, maybe not in my lifetime or yours, but maybe we'll finally come to understand that people are people in ALL our glorious flavors.

1:47 PM  
Blogger molly said...

wise words, sir eddie.
its sad when straight guys act like they cant tell if a guy's goodlooking because theyre straight. oh please, they know the difference between a brad pitt and a david spade! you dont have to be sexually attracted to someone to be able to tell if theyre goodlooking!

3:41 PM  
Blogger molly said...

oh and thank you so much for your lovely testimonial! it almost brought sensitive me to touching!!
one of my bestest blogging pals :)

3:56 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

He used to play for the Rangers and so I can't really try to hate on him, being a girl from Texas we are proud people.
He is good looking and people just need to lay off... Poor guy.

Anyway I just want to thank you for probably the best most sweetest comment ever!!!!
I try not to post pics of myself and keep my blog anonymous.

You completely made my day with your amazing words!!!! And how fitting is it that I ADORE Edie? I am actually saving it as a name that I would like to name my future daughter. [If I ever get married lol]


7:19 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

I'm indifferent when it comes to A-Rod. I can care less about his relationship with Madonna, if he went to hookers or not, or the steroid thing... but honestly, I think it's ridiculous that the phrase "gay" is hurled out like it's an insult. There is nothing wrong with being gay and it shouldn't be used to insult someone or to bring them down, you know?

I think too many straight guys get insecure when there is another good looking guy around, and try and knock them down to feel better about themselves. It's ridiculous, and they would get a lot more girls if they stopped being such babies.

Great post, my darling. You're fabulous.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Eddie said...

To All: Despite all the negative press Arod has gotten, I still like the dude. Arod doesn't fit the baseball mold so of course he's going to stand out.

I've had similar experiences with men in the past. I would walk into a room/club and immediately notice guys giving me an evil eye.

People will take things out of context and sure Arod is guilty for using steroids, but most of the animosity towards him began waaaaaay before anything came out to the public. Jealousy? Yes.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Marko said...

I think the pix are great and its cool he had the ballz to do them, good ol Steven Klein can pretty much make anyone pose for his liking, love it!

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!! I thought I was going to get to watch a video of 2 hot guys making out and the I see it is A-Rod :( looking at himself in the mirror.

Where is the PORN dammmm it!


6:49 PM  

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