October 15, 1999
Professional wrestling might be the world’s most homoerotic sport just not to its fans. Let’s face it: under most circumstances, when a couple of beefy, shaven men in lycra grope each another, it’s good queer fun. Not so in the world of professional wrestling.
Take Lenny and Lodi. If you’re a World Championship Wrestling aficionado,
Now here’s the good news: Lenny and Lodi are officially dead, killed not in a staged gay-bashing at the hands of Hollywood (nee “Hulk”) Hogan, but as a result of a letter from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to TNT, which broadcasts WCW. “The character of Lenny is presented with the intention to incite the crowd to the most base homophobic behavior,” wrote GLAAD entertainment media director Scott Seomin. Apparently TNT agreed, because the openly gay grapplers are now history. Now can we get back to some more subtle homoeroticism please?
Like a Good Neighbor
A South African insurance carrier has begun offering an unprecedented “rape survivor” policy. The policy, which costs roughly four bucks a month, guarantees the rape victim counseling, a one-month course of anti-retroviral drugs and a year of AIDS tests. These tests are a major selling point in a country where 3.6 million people are infected with the disease roughly one in eight adults. South African women are also three times as likely to be raped as American women.
Even the policy’s critics don’t seem to dispute its legitimacy. “It’s
The announcement of this new policy comes amid another national controversy related to rape in South Africa. An advertising panel recently banned a commercial that featured South African actress Charlize Theron reeling off a litany of rape statistics. The panel pulled the ad because it offended some men.
The plaintiffs among them PSINet, Inc., the Commercial Internet Exchange
Quotes of the Week
“I deserve an apology and so does Monica. It’s not right she be dragged down
Dr. Bernard Lewinsky, employing an unfortunate turn of phrase in reaction to a scene in last week’s episode of the NBC drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” A character was described as “getting a Lewinsky.”