Has the fear of a bulge migrated from the censors at the Motion Picture Association of America to Chelsea?
Here's a snap taken at the downtown F Train station at Sixth Avenue and 23rd Street. The newly-revised posters for Pride display strategically-placed waves around the edges that conceal the bulging Speedo action by hotties Kevin Phillips and Evan Ross.
Maybe the improvised and MTA-approved posters are designed to comfort matrons heading back to Coney Island during the rush hour because Pride's electronic marketing is just the opposite. If you've watched Logo recently—many of you say you will not—it's difficult to escape trailer for the film, all showing plenty of skin. Same story at their affiliated websites—such as 365gay.com and AfterElton.
The outdoor advertising is totally different in Los Angeles, where Out.com's Shana Naomi spotted the gayest ad yet, where she says "Terrence Howard is literally assuming the position—bent over forward, hands on ankles."
Meanwhile, across the pond, our British cousins can't help but laugh at the puritanical, American response top these bulging Speedos. Mark Simpson—who coined the term "sporno" to describe sports and pornography for Out—has a fun term to describe the bulge phobia: Phalliban. "The penis-panics ‘point up’ something rather ticklish about the US phalliban—in its haste to shield America’s honour from the jaw-dropping, mind-reeling horror of the silhouette of men’s bits it merely reveals that Uncle Sam is thinking rather a lot about cock. Black and white and all the delicious shades in between."
Black Speedos, Black Pride and the American ‘Phalliban’ [Mark Simpson]
Terrence's Pride [Out.com]
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