December 23, 2019 at 3:45 pm PST | by Michael Key
Sheraton screws up royally in gay wedding refusal
Josh Rimer, gay news, Washington Blade

Vancouver vlogger Josh Rimer (Image via YouTube)

“Girl, please stop talking. Please stop talking right now.” – Whoopi Goldberg snaps at Meghan McCain on yet another episode of “The Hunger Games”…I mean, “The View.” For now, I’m using this as my ringtone for certain “friends.”

Every once in a while, someone champions the belief that gay roles should only be played by gay actors. Richard E. Grant (Oscar-nominated last year for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) recently pushed this agenda in an interview with the Sunday Times in London. “The transgender movement and the #MeToo movement means, how can you justify heterosexual actors playing gay characters?” So, flipping it around, does Richard also wonder “how can you justify homosexual actors playing straight characters?” ‘Cause, y’know, it’s a slippery slope.

Do you remember when Marvel announced plans for its first openly gay superhero, which would be cast with an openly gay actor? It was rumored that the character would be “Ikaris.” However, recent reports indicate it will be Phastos in “The Eternals,” as played by Brian Tyree Henry. You may know BTH for his Emmy-nominated turn as rapper Paper Boi in the series “Atlanta,” or his guest-starring role on “This is Us” (also Emmy-nominated), or his Broadway turn in “Lobby Hero” (a Tony nomination).  Although Brian hasn’t spoken about his sex life, there have been rumors – particularly after his convincing portrayal of a drag queen in the play “Wig Out,” which was staged at the Sundance Theatre Lab in 2007.

Josh Rimer is the reigning Mr. Gay Canada. His dream was to get married at the Sheraton Buganvilias in Puerto Vallarta. Then he received a strange e-mail from the wedding sales executive: “Our hotel and our staff is not specialized to carry out an equal wedding and we would not like to take your wedding as a trial and error.” When going public, Rimer said, “I don’t know if she thinks we’re going to show up in Speedos with go-go dancers and we expect the officiant to be wearing leather chaps.” I dunno about you, but that sounds like MY dream wedding! Happily, Rimer got the following message via Instagram: “We’ll gladly host your wedding ceremony and feast for FREE for you and your 45 guests at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta!”

In a silly story out of the UK, Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls and various talent shows) was apparently out with a group of people at Freedom, a popular gay club in London. Her group included Sam Smith, Joe McElderry, and Nicole’s rumored beau, rugby player (and recent contestant on “The X-Factor: Celebrity”), Thom Evans. According to a civilian named Ben, “Sam was offering their poppers around.”  Ben added, “I got to sniff the same bottle that Nicole used.”

I would be far more interested in sharing a bottle with Thom Evans, who is one of the most spectacularly beautiful men to have graced the world. You may recall that he and his lookalike brother Max posed nude for the “Dieux Du Stade” calendar.  Their nude photos can be found on our website, BillyMasters.com. BYOP (bring your own poppers).

During bygone years, little gay boys around the globe could purchase their gay fashion and ogle scantily clad male models thanks to a mail-order company called International Male. Even I eagerly awaited each catalogue, filled with some stunning models, including many who later became good friends, like Brian Buzzini, Shemar Moore, and the late Spencer Garbett. The brand may be forgotten, but not for long. A documentary, “ALL MAN: The International Male Story” is being produced by Peter Jones. You can get more details at thefilmcollaborative.org.

Mark Wahlberg certainly could have held his own for International Male – after all, he held it for Calvin! Now, a quarter of a century later, he posted a shirtless photo that seems to indicate he’s able to turn back time. “Six months of performance inspired nutrition Aquahydrate and F45 training! Clean eating inspired to be better team training / life changing.” Ah…so that’s the secret. Now, if anyone could explain in English what this means (I suspect it’s something along the lines of eat less, move more). To see the racy results, check out BillyMasters.com.

Time for our final installment of “Billy’s Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions.” In an uncharacteristically selfish move, I’m going to remind you that a subscription to BillyMasters.com makes a perfect stocking stuffer for you or any of your friends.  Not to brag, but I’m still able to stuff multiple stockings simultaneously.

To make things a bit more tempting, remember the ringtone I made from Whoopi’s “Girl, please stop talking” speech?  Well, I’m making it available to all of you – for FREE. Just head on over to BillyMasters.com to download it from our homepage.  Happy Holidays, from Billy Masters.

One of the hottest books of the year was Ramin Setoodeh’s “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.” It was so dishy and skinny, I downed it in a single sitting. Grab it where all good (or trashy) books are sold.

When we’re taking a little time to enjoy the view, it’s time to end yet another column. Don’t forget to grab your free ringtone – and whatever else you have handy – at BillyMasters.com, the site that’ll answer all your needs. For those needs that require a bit of stroking, drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before I share a bottle of poppers with Nicole and her beau…at The Fellatio Café!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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