Eric Marcus

Gay Cannibal! Health Warning Tattoos! No Gay Adoptions!

Filed By Eric Marcus | October 13, 2008 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Weekly Reader
Tags: Bruno: Delicious Journey Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Male, Catholic bishops, gay adoption, London, london, Mr., Sacha Baron Cohen, stock exchange chaplain

Earlier this week I sat at lunch in London reading through The Daily Mail and found some eye-popping headlines that competed favorably with page after page of horrible news about the world financial crisis.

So I thought I would share with you the three stories that stood out (I'm beginning to feel like my late Grandma Ethel, who loved nothing better than to bring my mother newspaper clips about the latest horror story involving small children who walked on frozen ponds and fell through and drowned or crossed a busy intersection and were mowed down by a drunk driver.)

First up was a story about a former Mr. Gay UK who murdered his boyfriend, then decided to marinate and cook him (well, parts of him)!

Next was a story about the UK Stock Exchange chaplain who called for tattooing gay men's behinds with health warnings, sort of like the warnings required on packages of cigarettes.

And, finally, something a little more pedestrian, a story about a Catholic bishop who threatened to evict a charity that allows gay couples to adopt.

Oh, and here's one final tiny news item from The Times of London about a movie I can't wait to see. Under a photo of an unrecognizably blond Sacha Baron Cohen, who is dressed in a sleeveless light brown top-to-bottom leather outfit, is a caption that reads: "After disrupting the Paris Fashion Week catwalks, Sacha Baron Cohen continues to wreak havoc in the city as filming continues for (deep breath) 'Bruno: Delicious Journey Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt.'"


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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | October 13, 2008 10:46 AM

Eric, I think you have done more the "The Daily Mail"'s circulation than you could imagine. If you need an additional fix I know you can still get it in New York. :)

That's perhaps the most terrifying url I have ever seen. Former-Mr-Gay-UK-slit-boyfriends-throat-marinated-diced-flesh-fresh-herbs.html? Sounds like a bad horror film. (Also, there's an ad here for mrgay.com. Don't think I'll be checking that out.)

But seriously, I've been putting a lot of thought into moving to the UK, particularly London. What are the overall feeling of gays over the pond?

(Bruno sounds great, btw)

(I'm beginning to feel like my late Grandma Ethel, who loved nothing better than to bring my mother newspaper clips about the latest horror story involving small children who walked on frozen ponds and fell through and drowned or crossed a busy intersection and were mowed down by a drunk driver.)

Every now and then I'll hear print media folks compare blogging to what they do and then complain about how it doesn't measure up. But about 90% of what's going on that's interesting is a direct descendant of clipping newspaper articles to share with friends.

Eric, who do you send news about earthquakes, shocking crimes or bizarre animal behavior? I want on that list. :)