Scarlett Johansson is being taken to task after being cast in a transgender role. “Rub & Tug” is based on the life of Jean Marie Gill — who was born female but lived life as a man and ran massage parlors and a prostitution ring. Politically correct people claim that Johansson is taking the role away from a transgender actor — because there are so many gifted trans actors at Scarlett’s level of fame. Johansson’s reps said, “Tell them they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.” It should be noted that both Jean Marie Gill and Scarlett Johansson were born with vaginas, so I think that gives ScarJo at least a foot in the door. This is not the first time her casting has been called into question. Last year, she played a character that was based on an anime of a Japanese woman. Not coincidentally, both projects are directed by Rupert Sanders.
When films about LGBT topics started being produced, we applauded actors taking on the roles and helping to tell our stories. By having a name attached to a project, it ensured the film could be made — such as Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia,” Vanessa Redgrave in “The Renee Richards Story,” etc. Then the tide turned and people complained that these non-LGBT actors were taking roles away from LGBT actors. However, people also say that gay actors should be able to play any role. But when a gay actor plays a straight character, aren’t they taking a role away from a straight actor? I believe the best actor should get the role — period.
History was just made with the crowning of a trans woman as Miss Spain. She was not crowned because of, or despite of, her trans-ness — she was crowned because she was the best/most attractive contestant. Angela Ponce will now go on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, making her the first trans contestant in that pageant’s history (trans people were banned from the contest until 2013). Felicitaciones, Angela!
An Irish priest has been placed on “personal leave” after a gay sex video surfaced showing a man in vestments performing sexual acts on another man. A local paper described it thusly: “Priest desecrates altar with gay sex acts!” It was filmed at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Kildorrery, North Cork and according to the subheading, “State police in Ireland are investigating the sacrilege.” Words like “desecrates” and “sacrilege” always catch my eye. The video first appeared on a gay “dating” app and was brought to the archdiocese by Bishop Pat Buckley – so we have a good idea what Pat does at night in the rectory (I love spending time in the rectory).
Two guys aged 18 and 19 claim they met the priest through the site and he brought them to St. Bartholomew’s. The church has not identified the cleric in question, although people whisper it is a certain someone who resigned due to alcoholism. There is concern that the church has to be re-consecrated due to the sacrilege. Some parishioners are even calling for an exorcism! Yeah, like this is the first time a Catholic priest had gay sex on an altar.
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have a new young man in their lives – and, no, it isn’t what you think. “Welcome to the world our precious little Robbie Ray Black-Daley. The amount of love and joy you have brought into our life is immeasurable, our precious little son.” Within days, online trolls began clamoring for the child to be removed from the home and accused the diver of child abuse. One such tweet said, “It’s astonishing. Twitter has been full of outrage about children being taken from their mothers on the Mexican border but, when Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black take a baby from its mother, everyone says how wonderful it is.” Now, I don’t know the details of their surrogacy deal, but I would reckon nobody was taken from anyone, and someone made a pretty penny for the use of her uterus.
Speaking of British divers, our “Ask Billy” question comes from Patrick in Boston: “You wrote about nude photos of Freddie Woodward before. Are those the same photos he’s suing about?”
Back in 2015, the allegedly heterosexual Woodward took part in the “Naked Issue” of the U.K. “Gay Times.” All of a sudden, his lawyers are threatening to sue websites posting the three-year-old photos. Or perhaps they mean those even nuder (and erect) photos, which fell into my hands. If anyone’s interested, they’re on BillyMasters.com.
When we’ve got an erect diver in our hands, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. Due to a scheduling snafu, my first week in Provincetown straddled both Circuit and Bear Weeks. Alas, I’m too fat for the circuit boys and too thin for the bears — I’m a man without a week! While I try to find one, you can find loads of…well, loads on www.BillyMasters.com – the site that has something for everybody (and every body). If you have a question, dash it off to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before Scarlett Johansson is cast as the lead in “The Michelle Obama Story.” Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.