Much of the recent talk at cocktail parties and within the gay e-telligentsia (read: blogosphere) has been around model of the moment Chad White and his cover photo and editorial in the June 2007 issue of Out. The sixteen page editorial was lensed by Francois Rousseau and is an ode to Equus, the equine-themed stage play that created a huge buzz by starring a nude Daniel Radcliffe on temporary loan from Harry Potter.
The play explores one teen-aged boy's obsession with horses and his descent into madness. Greg Marzullo, the features editor of the Washington Blade, describes the editorial as little more than an "erotic, soft-core version of the play" and criticizes gay audiences for ignoring the message:
Taking a story about a child in agony and turning it into a highly eroticized photography exhibit is the worst of gay barrier-breaking inclinations.
I’m sure there are plenty of people who won’t know the play and won’t care what it’s about. Hey, it’s a hot guy mostly naked on a horse! Who cares?
That’s what bothers me most. People will be lusting after the admittedly pretty Chad White without understanding that there’s something basically dysfunctional about the eroticization of deep suffering.
This isn't the first Blade op-ed to critique the messaging around gay porn. Just recently, a writer took aim at the military-inspired Gaytanamo(link NSFW), which fuses XXX-sex, abduction fantasies and the war on terror.
Chad White's Shameful Photo Shoot [Wash Blade]
New Lows in Bad Taste [Wash Blade]
Chad White in Out [Out]
Daniel Radcliffe in "Equus" [Fleshbot-NSFW]
"Gaytanamo": Just a Movie? [Fleshbot-NSFW]
Francois Rousseau Photographe [photographer]
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