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(AL.com)   Four gay black guys dress up in revealing Santa outfits and performed in an Alabama Christmas parade, thrusting their hips at spectators. Go on, guess what happened   (blog.al.com) divider line 435
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2013-12-22 07:18:05 AM
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2013-12-22 07:21:40 AM
It looks like nothing happened, but them some people got ex post facto upset because reasons?
 
2013-12-22 07:34:11 AM
I've seen women doing that type of routine in parades.  Nobody seemed to mind.  Hell last parade I went to there was a troupe of girls, maybe aged 7-16 doing it.  Yes, highly inappropriate.
 
2013-12-22 07:56:18 AM

BizarreMan: I've seen women doing that type of routine in parades.  Nobody seemed to mind.  Hell last parade I went to there was a troupe of girls, maybe aged 7-16 doing it.  Yes, highly inappropriate.


Video?

/nononono
 
2013-12-22 08:00:53 AM
That night when they climbed aboard their wives lots of Alabama men had something to shamefully picture when they closed their eyes?
 
2013-12-22 08:31:22 AM
They fixed the cable?
 
2013-12-22 08:44:39 AM
If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.
 
2013-12-22 09:09:28 AM

BizarreMan: Hell last parade I went to there was a troupe of girls, maybe aged 7-16 doing it.


That's not a parade, that's a felony.
 
2013-12-22 09:17:59 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.


This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.
 
2013-12-22 09:19:00 AM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: They fixed the cable?


That would be a true Christmas miracle!
 
2013-12-22 09:19:09 AM
So Christmas Twerky is served early this year and to an entire town? Sweet.
 
2013-12-22 09:20:49 AM
My guess was that they got shot or arrested.  Looks like I guessed wrong.  So what DID happen, then?
 
2013-12-22 09:22:08 AM
Things got lynchy?
 
2013-12-22 09:23:05 AM
I am all for you being as fabulous as you can, whenever, and wherever...that being said...

You need to know your audience, and there is a time a place for everything.  Christmas parades are for two demographics, old people and children.  If they are calling this event a "Children's Parade" then these guys were out of line in my opinion.  Highly unacceptable.
 
2013-12-22 09:24:08 AM
So it appears that it was a mix up by the parade organizers, not realizing what kind of act they do...and that' sea out it, really.  No violence...no douchey 'we have a right to be in this parade' schtick.
 
2013-12-22 09:24:18 AM
I see the new advertisement for "Eddie's Fine-ass Jewelry" is out!
 
2013-12-22 09:24:58 AM
Megyn Kelly claimed it should have been performed by gay white men then doubted her commitment to Sparkle Motion.
 
2013-12-22 09:25:04 AM

Warlordtrooper: AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.

This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.


Sure, but we men got the better end of that deal. Are these guys fighting for the right of men to prance around like little sexpots? Because 1) that's already our right and 2) no one wants to see that, bro.
 
2013-12-22 09:25:28 AM

Warlordtrooper: AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.

This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.


It's also kind of like using Mardi Gras as an example of "straight culture".
 
2013-12-22 09:26:28 AM

Warlordtrooper: AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.

This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.


How about it is a children's parade and tasteful attire should be the norm, no matter the gender???
 
2013-12-22 09:26:43 AM
Meh. They said the same thing about Elvis' dancing.
 
2013-12-22 09:27:40 AM
The real question is: Can they parallel park?
 
2013-12-22 09:27:59 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Warlordtrooper: AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.

This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.

Sure, but we men got the better end of that deal. Are these guys fighting for the right of men to prance around like little sexpots? Because 1) that's already our right and 2) no one wants to see that, bro.


True enough - but this harmed no one, and frankly, people can use to have their sensibilities offended now and then. We wouldn't want to be "politically Correct", would we? :D
 
2013-12-22 09:28:33 AM
I decided to be objective about this.  I spent a few minutes on Google image and video search, combining various terms and phrases with Christmas parade.  While I did not do an exhaustive and methodical scientific survey, I never the less have concluded that these guys' outfits and dance moves were absolutely no better and no worse than many of the cheerleader, dancer and sporty category of Christmas and Santa attire and dance I saw in videos and photos.  The only difference, as far as I can tell, is that it's somehow inappropriate, disgusting and insulting when men do it.

But in all fairness, I didn't exactly compare the mens' outfits and dance routines to parade participants at Semmes, Alabama.  Perhaps those folks would have been equally displeased if attractive women wore similar costumes and performed the same dancing.  Some how I doubt it though.  Maybe a few mothers would be upset, and of course the fathers might play along for show.
 
2013-12-22 09:29:01 AM
It's not exactly the same as the march to Selma, but Dr. King would likely approve.
 
2013-12-22 09:29:52 AM
It ended a lot better than I was expecting from the headline.
 
2013-12-22 09:29:54 AM
If they didn't actually get shot, then I'm going to say "good for you, Alabama."

/very low expectations
 
2013-12-22 09:29:58 AM
What happened next?
I imagine this.......img.fark.net
 
2013-12-22 09:31:17 AM
This type of stunt hurts the gay rights movement more than it helps
 
2013-12-22 09:31:22 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.


If you think this is what gays think of as "gay culture," I can see how all gay people (and quite a few straight people) might be put off by you.

//I can't get the page to open properly in IE -- no scroll bar to scroll down. WTF???
 
2013-12-22 09:31:31 AM

parkerlewis: My guess was that they got shot or arrested.  Looks like I guessed wrong.  So what DID happen, then?


Looks like nothing if I read the article correctly.  Some people sent angry letters and the video of it went viral.  The parade organizer basically said that it would be more trouble to raise a fuss about it while they were lining up and just let them go ahead.  Seems like a reasonable chain of events.

Either subby didn't get tipped from his last table of conservative diners or he's been in the eggnog already.
 
2013-12-22 09:31:44 AM
"Four gay black guys dress up in revealing Santa outfits and performed in an Alabama Christmas parade, thrusting their hips at spectators. Go on, guess what happened"

They froze their narrow spandex-wearing asses off? It's freaking December!

/Northerner
 
2013-12-22 09:32:32 AM

Endive Wombat: How about it is a children's parade and tasteful attire should be the norm, no matter the gender???


www.x69twisted.com

Oh God!  Shield your eyes, children!  How'd this garbage get on our television?!
 
2013-12-22 09:32:34 AM

Endive Wombat: Warlordtrooper: AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.

This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.

How about it is a children's parade and tasteful attire should be the norm, no matter the gender???


Bingo!
 
2013-12-22 09:32:51 AM
Oh,
It was just SO special
 
2013-12-22 09:33:05 AM
The horrible, distorted audio quality of the performance offends me more than the dancing. Get an adequate P.A. system next time!
 
2013-12-22 09:33:59 AM
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2013-12-22 09:34:19 AM
For those who DRTFA, these guys were Invited by the parade organizers, who apparently didn't look up what kind of dance group this was, watch any youtube videos of their performance, or anything.

AverageAmericanGuy: Warlordtrooper: AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.

This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.

Sure, but we men got the better end of that deal. Are these guys fighting for the right of men to prance around like little sexpots? Because 1) that's already our right and 2) no one wants to see that, bro.


I wager the amount of people who want to see it are equal to the amount who want to see scantily clad women.
 
2013-12-22 09:34:51 AM
I saw Daddy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night
Saw spots of green and red
Get these thoughts out of my head
I wish that I'd rolled over
and gone back to sleep instead

Not that there's anything wrong with that

I saw Daddy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white
I couldn't make a noise
Yeah, who would've thought that he liked boys?
It seems that he's much further in the closet than my toys

Then Mommy and Daddy are kissing Santa Claus
It's a three way, three way tonight
I tell you it was rough
Seeing Mom as fingercuffs
Maybe this year, since Dad is queer,
I'll get some better stuff

Not that there's anything wrong with that
 
2013-12-22 09:35:33 AM

Lackofname: For those who DRTFA, these guys were Invited by the parade organizers, who apparently didn't look up what kind of dance group this was, watch any youtube videos of their performance, or anything.

AverageAmericanGuy: Warlordtrooper: AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.

This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.

Sure, but we men got the better end of that deal. Are these guys fighting for the right of men to prance around like little sexpots? Because 1) that's already our right and 2) no one wants to see that, bro.

I wager the amount of people who want to see it are equal to the amount who want to see scantily clad women.


At the parade, or in general? Because if you're talking in general, I'd take that bet.
 
2013-12-22 09:35:45 AM

Lackofname: For those who DRTFA, these guys were Invited by the parade organizers, who apparently didn't look up what kind of dance group this was, watch any youtube videos of their performance, or anything.

AverageAmericanGuy: Warlordtrooper: AverageAmericanGuy: If this is what gays think of as "gay culture", perhaps I can see how some straight people might be put off by it.

This has less to do with gay culture and more about how men are subjected to double standards when it comes to gender equality.

Sure, but we men got the better end of that deal. Are these guys fighting for the right of men to prance around like little sexpots? Because 1) that's already our right and 2) no one wants to see that, bro.

I wager the amount of people who want to see it are equal to the amount who want to see scantily clad women.


On your last part, I almost guarantee that's not true
 
2013-12-22 09:35:50 AM
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Look away!
 
2013-12-22 09:36:33 AM
Sigh.
 
2013-12-22 09:37:18 AM
Honestly, if I had the time, the money and the knowledge that this was going to happen, I'd have gone down there JUST to see this in person!  Talk about a show, are you not entertained?

After reading the article, it's actually a little funnier.  Apparently these guys were asked to participate in the parade by the organizers.  It's basically the equivalent of event organizers asking a controversial or inappropriate comedian to perform at a show, then acting shocked, absolutely appalled, when said comedian does his or her usual schtick.
 
2013-12-22 09:37:47 AM
Homershectuals is gross.

DUCK DYNASTY!
 
2013-12-22 09:40:26 AM

Lackofname: I wager the amount of people who want to see it are equal to the amount who want to see scantily clad women.


Yeah, I'm sorry but I'd have to take that bet.

These guys still have more balls than I do.
 
2013-12-22 09:40:28 AM

Frank N Stein: This type of stunt hurts the gay rights movement more than it helps


THIS 100%!!!!!

When you say "Gay man" it should not conjure up these dudes as a typical stereotype.  The what I am calling "establishment gay-rights movement" is fighting VERY hard in shedding itself of this stereotypical "look" and these guys are not helping.

Personally I see this as a setback, and nothing more than attention whoring at its worst.
 
2013-12-22 09:40:43 AM

Wolf892: I don't mind the gays being fabulous, so what... However, this smells of calculated controversy in order to keep their talk show appearances rolling in and quasi fame from running out before they can land that reality show they are hoping to end up on.


And...So?
 
2013-12-22 09:41:19 AM

Wolf892: I don't mind the gays being fabulous, so what... However, this smells of calculated controversy in order to keep their talk show appearances rolling in and quasi fame from running out before they can land that reality show they are hoping to end up on.


It read to me like they got called to perform by some person who had heard the name and not bothered to check into their act.
 
2013-12-22 09:41:29 AM
tl;dr version: the world is different and that scares some people.
 
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