Showing posts with label Straights Acting as Gays. Show all posts
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August 27, 2018

Disney's Backlash Over Straight Actor Playing a Gay One Keeps Brewing

Production is currently underway on Disney's Jungle Cruise, the latest of its theme park attractions to be turned into a feature-length movie. Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and while plot details for the movie remain slim, a report indicated that the movie would feature an openly gay character to be played by Jack Whitehall. If true, it's a significant move for Disney, but the report has gotten backlash due to Whitehall's character being described as "camp" and "effete," in addition to the role being played by a straight man.
In the original report from The Sun, the publication claimed that Jack Whitehall would be playing an openly gay character, which the unnamed source described as "hugely effete, very camp, and very funny." The news has not been confirmed by Disney, but the report is getting backlash from moviegoers upset with the characters description. Part of the complaint is that the character is described with stereotypical traits for a homosexual. 
Comedian James Barr summed up his thoughts on social media, writing that it's frustrating when straight actors are cast for these parts, while gay actors have a harder time securing roles as heterosexual characters. Additionally, people are upset that a straight actor was cast as a gay character in what would a significant moment in LGBT history. The role would be Disney's first openly gay character in a blockbuster, and some feel that a gay actor should play it.  This situation might give people flashbacks the live action Beauty and the Beastwhen Disney marketed the Le Fou character as its first gay character. While Le Fou was gay, he was not open during the majority of the movie, and it really only became clear in the final seconds of the film, not living up to the expectations that the studio itself had set. This too received backlash from the LGBT community, and it is unclear how Jungle Cruise will be affected going forward. 
It's clear that this is an important issue for many people and we will have to wait until more details about Jungle Cruise are revealed. The movie is currently still filming and stars Dwayne Johnson as a ship captain who takes a sister and brother (Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall) on a journey through the jungle to find a magical tree with healing powers. Jungle Cruise is scheduled to open in theaters nationwide October 11, 2019.

July 25, 2018

In Miami A Man is Arrested For Tricking Straight Man into Sex and Secretly Filming Them

Miami Man Arrested for Tricking Straight Men Into Filming Gay Porn 

Bryan Deneumostier allegedly posed as a housewife to run the site StraightBoyz.

A Florida man has been arrested after allegedly luring men to his home with the promise of anonymous sex and then filming them without their knowledge or consent, the Miami Herald reports.
Federal agents arrested Bryan Deneumostier, 33, earlier this week on charges related to his operation of StraightBoyz, a pay porn website featuring videos of straight men getting duped into receiving oral sex while blindfolded or wearing black goggles.
Following an investigation conducted by U.S. Homeland Security agents, Deneumostier was charged with two counts of illegal interception of oral communication and three counts of record-keeping violations.
According to an official court document, Deneumostier posed as a “real, heterosexual female” and posted ads on Craigslist seeking sexual encounters with men at his house near the Homestead Reserve Air Base in the South Miami-Dade area.

Miami-Dade Police Dept.
Although these men agreed to be blindfolded and have oral sex performed on them, they reportedly did not know Deneumostier was filming the encounters and uploading the videos to StraightBoyz.
Investigators say Deneumostier ran the now-defunct website for at least four years. It featured at least 600 videos, many of which are still viewable on other adult video-sharing sites.
“When the men ask for assurances that there are no cameras, he assured them that ‘she’s’ married to someone in the army and she would never photograph or video them,” the court document reads, but “Deneumostier is video and audio taping the entire sexual encounter.”
Deneumostier was also arrested earlier this month and charged with unlawful sex with a minor after police found him in a hotel with an underage boy who been reported missing. According to the arrest report, he admitted to spending two days drinking, taking drugs, and having sex with the teen.

March 19, 2015

Two James Franco's a Gay and a Straight One


With three films slated for this spring—True StoryI Am Michael, and Wim Wenders's Everything Will Be Fine—James Franco continues to be the busiest man in show business. Actor, director, producer, writer, poet, professor, social media maven, and cultural provocateur, he also continues to challenge us by challenging himself about preconceived concepts of sexuality and how they fit contextually into his art. So it was no surprise when he accepted this challenge to sit down with himself to discuss his life together.
By James Franco
Straight James: Hey, bud, this is weird. You’re interviewing yourself.
Gay James: Yeah, I know. Who’s doing the interview, and who’s being interviewed?
SJ: Let’s just have a convo, and we’ll both try to get to the bottom of James.
GJ: Okay, deal. But my question is, who is the real James, and who is the mask?
SJ: I guess that’s what everyone wants to know, right?
GJ: I guess, but I also guess that even though I have this public persona that is all wacked out and hard to pin down, or annoying, or whatever, in some ways I’m still more real than if I were just hiding behind a façade or whatever.
SJ: Façade. Meaning, like, a movie-star façade?
GJ: Yeah, like I just hide behind my movies, and try to look cool, and don’t talk about anything of substance, and just give bland answers to everything like an athlete. “Yeah, we played with heart out there tonight. Really brought it.”
SJ: OK, so, good place to start. Let’s get substantial: are you fucking gay or what?
GJ: Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay. I wrote a little poem about it.
Gay New York
Gay New York
Is the name of a book
About Gays in New York.
From the nineteenth century on. 
Back in the thirties
Before the Second World War,
“Gay” wasn’t even a word,
Unless you meant “happy.”
You were “queer”
If you acted queer.
But you could turn a sailor
And still be straight
As long as you didn’t speak
With a lisp or wear a dress.
Funny how a concept can change
A whole culture. 
We have to worry
About who we have sex with.
Weird how one little blowjob
Will make you a fag nowadays.
SJ: Yeah, Hart Crane fucked a lot of those sailors.
GJ: OK, Hart Crane . . . so, when you played him in the film you directed, The Broken Tower, you fellate a dildo on-screen and then have simulated sex with Michael Shannon. What’s up with that?
SJ: What’s up with that? Well, I wanted those scenes to be explicit, for two reasons. One, I knew that Crane was a openly gay man in a time when that was rare, and he was so up front about it he scared his more conservative poetry friends, so those scenes were a way to parallel the in-your-face nature of Crane’s own sexuality. I also knew that the movie was going to be full of dense poetry, so I wanted to break it up a bit with some hot sex.
GJ: Okay, but didn’t you know that that would be the only thing the reviewers would talk about?
SJ: Of course, but that’s their shortsightedness. And once I went to film school and started directing my own movies, I realized that I was going to direct only movies that I really cared about in ways that I wanted, regardless of critique. As an actor I have been in huge blockbusters like Spider-Man and Planet of the Apes, and in critical hits like Milk and 127 Hours, as well as in successful comedies like Pineapple Express and This Is the End, so I know all sides of success. But when directing my own projects, the primary focus is the art. Yes, I want people to see them, and, sure, I’d like people to like them, but my primary allegiance is to the work itself.
GJ: Okay, whatever you say. But you’re also a goofball, especially on your Instagram account. Do you want people to think you’re gay? Wouldn’t it be a good thing if you were just a straight dude, like Ryan Gosling, just straight and cool?
SJ: Why would you say that it was a good thing that people would consider me straight? I actually like it when people think I’m gay; it’s a great shield. Like the guy in Shampoo or the play that Shampoo is based on, The Country Wife by Wycherley.
GJ: What do you mean? You want to be able to go around screwing other people’s wives by pretending to be gay?
SJ: No. I guess I mean that I like my queer public persona. I like that it’s so hard to define me and that people always have to guess about me. They don’t know what the hell is up with me, and that’s great. Not that I do what I do to confuse people, but as long as they are confused, I get time to play.
GJ: Some people think it’s annoying.
SJ: If I’m so annoying, why do they write about me? If they were truly sick of my shit, they would just ignore me, but they don’t. I don’t do what I do for attention; I do it because I believe in what I do. Of course, some of it is tongue-in-cheek, but that’s just a tonal thing. It’s not like I call the paparazzi on myself or anything like that; I’m just having a conversation with the public. If you don’t want to be part of the convo, check out. If you do, cool.
GJ: Okay, but some people tell you to just screw a guy, and then you’d get over all this gay art stuff, like playing the gay poet Hart Crane or another gay poet, Allen Ginsberg, or directing the movie Interior. Leather Bar, which has actual gay sex in it, or painting paintings of Seth Rogen naked. Maybe if you just fucked a guy, you’d get over all this exoticizing of gay lifestyles?
SJ: Maybe sex with a guy would change things, but I doubt it. Like I said, I’m gay in my art. Or, I should say, queer in my art. And I’m not this way for political reasons, although sometimes it becomes political, like when I voted for same-sex marriage, etc. But what it’s really about is making queer art that destabilizes engrained ways of being, art that challenges hegemonic thinking.
GJ: But inevitably people will think that you’re gay; they will think that you’re in Milk, and Howl, and The Broken Tower, and Interior. Leather Bar because you are actually gay. That all these projects are ways of playing gay hide-and-seek.
SJ: These are all works of art, and art is free; art is its own realm. Of course, they can be read through a biographical lens and, of course, through something like Interior. Leather Bar uses my persona to talk about some of these very issues, but they are still works of art and not exactly nonfictional statements about who I am.
GJ: Is this interview a nonfictional statement about who you are?
SJ: Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that I am answering as James Franco, but no in the sense that it is a public statement in an entertainment magazine, which means that it is part of my public persona and not my private veridical self—and even if it were in the New York Times, it would be the same; it would be an expression of my public self.
GJ: Well, why don’t you stop playing games and give us a little of your private self?
SJ: Kind of impossible, don’t you think? As soon as I share it, it becomes public. Here’s a little poem back at ya.
There is a fake version of me,
And he’s the one that writes
These poems.
He has an attitude and swagger
That I don’t have.
But on the page, this fake me
Is the me that speaks.
And this fake me is louder 
Than the real me, and he
Is the one that everyone knows.
He’s become the real me
Because everyone treats me 
Like I’m the fake me.
GJ: And why is the public self any less sincere than the private self?
SJ: That’s a good question. I guess, for me, I’ve disowned it a little bit. When I was young, I tried so hard to control the public’s perception of me, but I found that to be a waste of energy, partly because I couldn’t control how people saw me and partly because I stopped caring.
GJ: You don’t care if people don’t like you?
SJ: Sure, I care, but I don’t let that stop me from doing something I believe in. And let’s say all my fans suddenly turned against me overnight. If I were to be honest, I couldn’t complain, because I have had an awesome life so far. I’ve had a life many people dream about, and if it went away tomorrow, I could still say I had my share of the good stuff.
GJ: Is that why you teach? To give back some of the good stuff to others?
SJ: Duh.
GJ: Want to elaborate on that?
SJ: Sure. I teach to stop thinking about myself for a bit. But also because I find the classroom to be a very pure place, largely unaffected by the business world. I like people who still dream big, who are consumed by their work. And that’s how most students in MFA programs are.
GJ: Okay, last question. What do you say to people who criticize you for appropriating gay culture for your work?
SJ: I say fuck off, but I say it gently. This is such a fraught issue, and I am sensitive to all its aspects. But first of all, I was not the one who pulled my public persona into the gay world; that was the straight gossip press and the gay press speculating about me. I really don’t care what people think about my sexuality, and it’s also none of their business. So I really don’t choose to identify with my public persona. I am not interested in most straight male-bonding rituals, but I am also kept from being fully embraced by the gay community because I don’t think anyone truly believes I have gay sex.
GJ: Oh, some do, believe me.
SJ: Well, good, I like that.
GJ: Why?
SJ: Because it means that I can be a figure for change. I am a figure who can show the straight community that many of their definitions are outdated and boring. And I can also show the gay community that many of the things about themselves that they are giving up to join the straight community are actually valuable and beautiful.
GJ: Okay, can we talk about Child of God for a minute? You adapted the Cormac McCarthy novel, and your buddy Scott Haze gives an amazing performance that’s already been singled out by the New York Times. It’s now on Netflix. 
SJ: Yup.
GJ: So, what the hell, James? Necrophilia? This dude is out in the woods having relationships with dead people! Everyone is going to think you’re more crazy than they already do.
SJ: Well, let’s remember that it’s a faithful adaptation of a book by Cormac McCarthy, who won the Pulitzer and was in Oprah’s Book Club. But you’re right; it’s grizzly material. But I didn’t make the film because I was interested in sex with dead bodies; I did it because I was interested in who we are when we are alone and who we are when we’re intimate with another person. Lester Ballard is a character who has full relationships with his corpses— meaning he fills in both sides of the mental relationship, but he gets a body to interact with.
GJ: Sort of like this conversation with yourself, except there is only one body.
SJ: Shit, I’d love to fuck you. Would that make me gay?
GJ: You jerk me off all the time.
SJ: Yeah, but I’m thinking about women when I do it or watching straight porn.
GJ: So, I know tons of gay guys who watch straight porn.
SJ: Anyway, this interview is going a little south, and I don’t think my publicist will appreciate us talking about porn.
GJ: FINE, whatever, one more question.
SJ: You said the other question was the last.
GJ: Well, you have a lot of fucking projects to promote, and your publicist wants you to talk about all of them.
SJ: Don’t tell me what my publicist wants.
GJ: Why not? She’s my publicist too.
SJ: Yeah, but she wants you to stay out of the public eye because you’re gay.
GJ: That’s bullshit. Robin Baum doesn’t give a shit what I do.
SJ: I don’t know about that, but anyway, what’s your question?
GJ: Tell me about this new film directed by Justin Kelly, one of the editors from Milk.
SJ: Basically, it’s about this guy, Michael Glatze, who was this huge gay activist in San Francisco in the early 2000s who worked for XYmagazine and would go around to high schools telling kids it was okay to be gay. And then he had this huge turnaround, and found God, and then became Christian, and then was ordained as a Christian minister, and now he’s married to a woman. At first he turned on his ex-boyfriend and all his friends and said that if you’re gay, you’re going to hell. But I think he’s since pulled back a little.
GJ: Well, that’s nice of him.
SJ: Ha, yeah, he went a little extreme for a minute.
GJ: Hmmm, and why did he go straight?
SJ: He thought he was going to die.
GJ: And why are you gay?
SJ: Because it’s more fun.
GJ: And why would you make that movie? I mean, what’s the point?
SJ: Well, it’s not as if it’s a movie that is itself anti-gay. It’s just a very interesting and unique way to examine the way that straight and gay is defined, by others and how we define ourselves.
GJ: (thinks for a minute) You know, you’re pretty arrogant.
SJ: Why do you say that?
GJ: I don’t know, this whole interview. Like, how dare you interview yourself? And it’s just so annoying because you’re always trying to be so meta, like in This Is the End.
SJ: Dude, this interview wasn’t my idea. I was asked by this magazine to interview myself. And I didn’t write This Is the End, but I’m glad I was in it. It was a way to talk about a lot of stuff without being threatening because it was comedic.
GJ: Okay, let’s kiss in the mirror again.
SJ: You got it, baby.
(They kiss.)
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November 17, 2014

Who Liberated the Straight Man- Who liberated the Benham Brothers

 aheterosexual man who enjoys dressing stylishly, who likes staying in shape and sometimes wearing tight T-shirts while working out, who has no problem showing brotherly affection to other men? If we are to believe what a leading gay journalist says, it’s all because you have been liberated by gay men.
Are you wondering what I’m talking about? Allow me to explain.
I have known Jason and David Benham since 2003, and as long as I have known the Benham twins, they have been outgoing, gregarious, positive, complimentary, devoted to the Lord and their families, and in very good shape.
As former athletes (drafted to play in Major League Baseball), as business entrepreneurs, and as fearless Christian witnesses, they have always stood out from the crowd, especially as a twin-team.
A few days ago, we were catching up over lunch when David asked me if I had seen the article in the Huffington Post entitled, “What Makes Men ‘Gay’?
When I told David I hadn’t, he explained to me that during a recent speaking engagement, they were flooded with interview requests from the media, and so they did the interviews, one after another, not knowing who the journalists were, including the writer for Huffington Post.
True to form, they complimented this journalist on his sharp outfit and were extremely friendly to him, later posing for a picture with him (for his article), putting their arms around his shoulders as they normally would with another man.
To their surprise, they found out later he was gay (he never said he wasn’t; they just had no idea who he was), and it was only when they showed me the link that I said to them, “That’s Michelangelo Signorile, a leading gay journalist and radio host!”
For Signorile, the Benham brothers were an anomaly. 
He realized that they were not gay – they are happily married with 9 kids between them, and they hold strongly to biblical morality – but he couldn’t help but notice “their buff, chiseled looks, their sense of style and their flair for design.”
And when HGTV cancelled the Benhams planned reality TV show, Signorile noted that the many gay viewers of HGTV couldn’t help but notice “the pristinely groomed North Carolina brothers in their pastel-colored dress shirts defending themselves on CNN, or when they saw other photos of them in their just-a-bit-too-perfectly-styled T-shirts and baseball caps, looking like they were headed to the gay bar down the street. Americablog's John Aravosis noted they were dressing ‘as gay as possible’ and commented on their ‘perfectly-coiffed’ hair.”
Did you get that? If you’re nicely groomed and you wear styled T-shirts, you must be gay. After all, what straight men dress like that? (Please forgive my sarcasm.)
We’re not talking about being effeminate – spend a little time with Jason and David and you’ll know that immediately. We’re talking about being stylish. Classy. Buff.
Since when did that become the property of homosexuals only?
Signorile notes that, “The Benham brothers have attributes and just a general vibe that, for years, have translated as ‘gay.’ But obviously there are a lot of straight men, even homophobes, who now exhibit these characteristics, seemingly free to act on their creative instincts, more comfortable about it -- precisely because of the queer movement's challenge to conventional ideas about masculinity.”
This leads him to wonder out loud, “So have gay men actually liberated many straight men to the point that they can appropriate ‘gayness’ even while still being virulently anti-gay? And is that a good thing or a bad thing?”
With all due respect for Signorile’s journalistic skills and ability to think rationally, I find these questions laughable.
This has nothing to do with appropriating “gayness” or with being “liberated” by gay men.
Gay men may be known for style, flash, and being buff, but there are plenty of straight men who are also stylish, flashy, and buff, and they have been around long before gay men came out of the closet.
And unless David and Jason starting dressing like Liberace and swiveling their hips, it is the height of absurdity to claim that their athleticism, their sense of style, and their outgoing personalities are the result of gay men paving the way.
You might as well say, “I saw two straight men hugging at the football game after their team scored. They have obviously been liberated by gay men!”
In response to the Huffington Post article, David wrote a blog post by the same title as Signorile, except he used “gay” in its traditional sense of “happy” and “joyful,” explaining that what makes men “gay” is the joy of the Lord.
Regarding their meeting with Signorile, David wrote, “He’s a sharp guy with a great smile, and we had no idea he was gay. But that wouldn’t have changed a thing – we still would’ve treated him with kindness, love, and respect. Why? Because the joy of the Lord fills our hearts. And because, like all of us, he is truly a man who needs God’s love.”
Unfortunately, many gay readers commenting on Signorile’s article expressed their certainty that Jason and David were gay (and even accused them of all kinds of lewdness), claiming that the Benhams were suppressing their alleged homosexuality with their alleged homophobia, just as they regularly accuse those of us who oppose homosexual activism with being closeted homosexuals (even if, like me, they are not stylish!). 
Using that same “logic,” gay activists who bash the Bible are obviously covering up their deep faith in God and their affirmation of Christian morals, while those who harass us on social media must have secret crushes on us.
Ironically, for years, gay activists have been telling us that we should not stereotype their community, only to turn around and say, “You better believe those stereotypes are true! In fact, they are so true that we can’t believe heterosexual men would share any of those characteristics without our help.”
David put that myth to rest, writing, “First it was the rainbow, then the arts, then style – and the list goes on. Now it’s genuine love for others and joy. I guess being a good parent is next on the list, or running a successful business? Recognizing the beauty of rainbows, participating in the arts, having a sense of style, being filled with joy, and loving others are not gay attributes, they are God attributes.”
Exactly. So go ahead and shine brightly, my brothers. It is Jesus, not gay men, who have liberated you.

September 13, 2014

The Gay World Responds to the Sham Straight-Gay Wedding (update)

"Not here to insult anyone": Best mates Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick married in Auckland on Friday morning. 
"Not here to insult anyone": Best mates Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick married in Auckland on Friday morning. Photo: s


Two men got married in New Zealand this morning and people aren't happy about it.
Heterosexuals Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick tied the knot on Friday morning as part of a radio competition to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup. The "best mates" got hitched at Eden Park stadium in Auckland before a crowd of 60 family members and friends, with tens of thousands listening live.
But the stunt has prompted a rare union between gay rights groups and social conservatives, who have both condemned the sham marriage - for very different reasons.

Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick.
Alex Greenwich, independent MP for Sydney and former convener of Australian  Marriage Equality, said "all sides" of the marriage equality debate would be understandably upset.
 "It essentially makes a mockery of marriage. Marriage is a really important institution about love and commitment and it's sad to see that there are people who are making a joke out of that," he said.
"Gay and lesbian people are fighting for the right to marry in Australia and have been fighting for the right in New Zealand, and it's because they take marriage extremely seriously, and the commitments and responsibilities that come with that. Here are two straight guys making a joke of that, and that's deeply concerning."
Shelly Argent, a spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said the stunt was in poor taste.

"This is two straight men who have done a wonderful job of trivialising marriage on their own," she said. "I hope it takes them quite a while to get the marriage annulled."
New Zealand legalised gay marriage in 2013, and approximately one-third of the subsequent ceremonies have involved Australian couples.
Bob McCoskrie, director of the conservative NZ lobby group Family First, said condemnation of the radio stunt by gay rights groups was ironic.
"This competition makes a mockery of marriage, but so did the redefining of marriage," he said. He described gay matrimony as “ n arrogant act of cultural vandalism".

The "Love You Man" contest, run by youth FM station The Edge, saw more than 200 "bromances" enter for their chance to see New Zealand play England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 
The competition, open only to heterosexual males, has divided opinion since it was first announced. Master of ceremonies James McOnie, a television presenter, reportedly acknowledged the controversy and called the whole thing "a bit weird".
"It's just a couple of genuine mates willing to go the full 80. That's a rugby term, not a position in the karma sutra", he joked at the wedding, according to website Gay NZ. He reportedly noted the happy couple would “ ome together in marriage but not in other ways".

Mr McCormick, 24, told the Otago Daily Times his friendship with Mr McIntosh, 23, began when the pair met at Pirates Rugby Club in Dunedin when he was aged six. He said both families were supportive of their decision to wed.
"They're backing us 100 per cent," he said. "We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

And not all gay and lesbian commentators in Australia rushed to condemn the stunt. Some argued it was a welcome development in the decline of marriage as an important institution, while Rodney Croome, national director of Australian Marriage Equality, said he was not treating it particularly seriously.
"Heterosexual couples have used marriage to win competitions for years, just look at The Bachelor and Farmer Wants a Wife," Mr Croome said.
"But it's still disappointing that straight people are enjoying New Zealand's equality laws, while committed Australian couples can only watch from across the Tasman."

September 12, 2014

In New Zealand Two straight Buddies marry to get Rugby World Cup Tickets


“Give me an american baseball bat and five minutes with each of these two asses” Adam

Two men are going to take advantage of New Zealand's liberal same-sex marriage laws tomorrow when they tie the knot, but gay rights campaigners in the Commonwealth nation have called it an "insult", as both partners in the union are straight best friends. 

Rugby-mad engineer Travis McIntosh, 23, and teacher Matt McCormick, 24, have known each other nearly twenty years. They entered a "bromance" competition run by a local NZ radio station last month hoping to win an all expenses-paid trip to the UK for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Edge FM launched the "Love You, Man" campaign back in August as part of the build-up to the competition, in which two straight best friends would be chosen to enjoy the trip, on the condition they would go as a legally married couple.
Despite the apparently innocent enjoyment afforded by the competition, local gay rights groups are "horrified" by the move, according to the New Zealand Herald. A "queer support" coordinator from Otago University criticised the union, saying it was an "insult", and that it "trivialises what we fought for". 
The co-chairman of a local group called LegaliseLove ironically echoed the words of groups who originally opposed same-sex marriage when he said the competition "attacked the legitimacy of gay marriage". Despite that, he took a more philosophical view on the long term implications, saying: "Maybe on the day that statistics around mental health for LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex) people are better, when high schools are safe places for LGBTI youth, we can look back on all this and laugh".
Edge Radio has previous form in using marriage as a pretext for its shows and promotional stunts. According to New Zealand entertainment magazine Media Works: "The Edge has built a reputation on creating outrageous weddings that create successful marriages. It started 13 years ago when they married two complete strangers, Paula Stockwell and Zane Nicholl. 
"Since then they’ve married two more sets of strangers, eloped three couples to Las Vegas, married a couple without clothes in Nudie Nuptials, left the groom to do all the work in Man Made Wedding and last year celebrated same sex marriage by marrying two gay couples".
Fortunately for the couple, under New Zealand law couples no longer have to physically consummate marriage for it to be legal, so they can remain happily friends-without-benefits despite their new legal status.

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