Not Matthew McConaughey. In an interview with The Advocate, he says that the hopes the gays “come out in droves” to see his upcoming movie Magic Mike; the Channing Tatum flick that is based on Tatum’s real-life experiences as stripper in Florida (see trailer). This, I’m sure, is partially because McConaughey isn’t a fool and he knows that gays are going to show up anyway; helping to launch the movie to the top five when it comes out on June 29 and potentially keep it there for a few weeks after, so why not cultivate that. But it also goes to show how comfortable McConaughey is with being a gay eyecon (read: easy on the “eye”) for the community. Along with that he also seems very supportive of the community at large, or any underdog:
You know, I have some good friends of my own who happen to be gay, and when it comes to gay, straight, or whatever, I’m for anything life-affirmative. I’m for gay power, straight power, male power, female power; everybody should feel empowered without oppressing anyone who’s different. — ‘Matthew McConaughey: No Shirt, No Problem,’ The Advocate, May 16, 2012
Back in the days when interviews to the gay press were relegated mainly to the metrosexual magazines, McConaughey gave a very cool answer to a rumor about him and buddy Lance Armstrong being more than friends: “We tried it. Wasn’t for us.” (reference) What I like about that answer is it addresses the rumor in a way that wasn’t disparaging. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender folks sometimes feel like we aren’t allowed to have celebrity crushes because celebrities will be offended by our adoration. We feel this way, especially, when stars give a panicked rabbit response (“No. No. No!”) or a response that in its tone suggests “how dare you even ask” when gay rumors come up. McConaughey’s answer, refuting the rumor in a lighthearted way, gave gay fans the comfort to have their crush and gave straight actors a little bit of encouragement and empowerment to embrace their gay fan base. Because of this, McConaughey is even more supercool in my eyes.
So, I will be going to see Magic Mike. Yeah for the guycandy but also because McConaughey is one of its two stars who isn’t afraid of their gay fans.
And let’s not forget Channing Tatum, who appears in the June/July issue of Out