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I’m feeling hot today. Even if I’m wearing some Walmart underwear.

acciowine:

sunfishdunes:

Dear Damian,
It’s been a long time since our last encounter. Ten years to be exact.
I was 26; you were 16. You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor. You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. I might’ve been easier to be gay growing up.
You WERE beautiful in every single way and words couldn’t bring you down.
What you may not know …
When I was cast in the role of “Damian” in Mean Girls, I was TERRIFIED to play this part. But this was a natural and true representation of a gay teenager — a character we laughed with instead of at. (You can thank Tina Fey and Mark Waters for that. I can only take partial credit.)
When we first made this movie, I’m not sure any of us knew how loved and quoted this movie would become. You certainly hope when you pour your heart into something, that people will respond — but to paraphrase Gretchen Wieners, “we can’t help it that we’re so popular.”
So, why the hell did it take me so long to come out of the closet?
Here’s why:
When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles — Guidos, gangsters, and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a “gay glass ceiling” in casting.
For example:
One time I wanted to audition for a supporting character in a low-budget indie movie described as a “doughy, blue-collar lug of a guy.” The role was to play the husband of an actress friend of mine who I had been in two movies and an Off-Broadway play with. She and I had even moved to LA together.
I figured I was perfect for it.
They said they were looking for a real “man’s man.” The casting director wouldn’t even let me audition. This wasn’t the last time this happened. There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for “masculine” roles.
However, I did turn down many offers to play flamboyant, feather-boa-slinging stereotypes that always seemed to be laughed at BECAUSE they were gay. How could I go from playing an inspirational, progressive gay youth to the embarrassing, cliched butt-of-a-joke?
So, there it was. Damian, you had ruined my life and I was really pissed at you. I became celibate for a year and a half. I didn’t go to any gay bars, have any flings and I lied to anyone who asked if I was gay. I even brought a girl to the Mean Girlspremiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard.
It wasn’t until years later that grown men started to coming up to me on the street — some of them in tears — and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude. It was then that I realized how much of an impact YOU had made on them.
Meanwhile, I was still in the closet. Deleting tweets that asked if I was gay, scrubbing IMDB Message Boards for any indication, etc. (It’s important to note that I was actually DISCOVERED singing in a Florida gay bar by casting director, Carmen Cuba, for my first role in Larry Clark’s Bully.)
I had the perfect opportunity in 2004 to let people know the REAL Daniel Franzese. Now in 2014 — 10 years later — looking back, it took YOU to teach me how to be proud of myself again. It’s okay if no one wants to sit at the table with the “art freaks.” Being a queer artist is one of my favorite things about myself. I have always been different and that’s rad. People have always asked if I was really gay? While my reps usually lied to protect me. My friends and family all knew the truth but now it’s time everyone does. Perhaps this will help someone else. I had to remind myself that my parents named me Daniel because it means “God is my judge.” So, I’m not afraid anymore. Of Hollywood, the closet, or mean girls. Thank you for that, Damian. (And Tina.)
By the way … in June I am the Celebrity Grand Marshall of the Portland Gay Pride Parade.
so…
We go Glen Coco.
With love and respect,
Daniel Franzese
P.S. I hate it when people say I’m “too gay to function.” I know you do, too. Those people are part of the problem. They should refrain from using that phrase. It really is ONLY okay when Janis says it.


This is a really interesting perspective that I wasn’t expecting to read this morning.

acciowine:

sunfishdunes:

Dear Damian,

It’s been a long time since our last encounter. Ten years to be exact.

I was 26; you were 16. You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor. You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. I might’ve been easier to be gay growing up.

You WERE beautiful in every single way and words couldn’t bring you down.

What you may not know …

When I was cast in the role of “Damian” in Mean Girls, I was TERRIFIED to play this part. But this was a natural and true representation of a gay teenager — a character we laughed with instead of at. (You can thank Tina Fey and Mark Waters for that. I can only take partial credit.)

When we first made this movie, I’m not sure any of us knew how loved and quoted this movie would become. You certainly hope when you pour your heart into something, that people will respond — but to paraphrase Gretchen Wieners, “we can’t help it that we’re so popular.”

So, why the hell did it take me so long to come out of the closet?

Here’s why:

When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles — Guidos, gangsters, and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a “gay glass ceiling” in casting.

For example:

One time I wanted to audition for a supporting character in a low-budget indie movie described as a “doughy, blue-collar lug of a guy.” The role was to play the husband of an actress friend of mine who I had been in two movies and an Off-Broadway play with. She and I had even moved to LA together.

I figured I was perfect for it.

They said they were looking for a real “man’s man.” The casting director wouldn’t even let me audition. This wasn’t the last time this happened. There were industry people who had seen me play you in Mean Girls but never seen me read in an audition but still denied me to be seen for “masculine” roles.

However, I did turn down many offers to play flamboyant, feather-boa-slinging stereotypes that always seemed to be laughed at BECAUSE they were gay. How could I go from playing an inspirational, progressive gay youth to the embarrassing, cliched butt-of-a-joke?

So, there it was. Damian, you had ruined my life and I was really pissed at you. I became celibate for a year and a half. I didn’t go to any gay bars, have any flings and I lied to anyone who asked if I was gay. I even brought a girl to the Mean Girlspremiere and kissed her on the red carpet, making her my unwitting beard.

It wasn’t until years later that grown men started to coming up to me on the street — some of them in tears — and thanking me for being a role model to them. Telling me I gave them comfort not only being young and gay but also being a big dude. It was then that I realized how much of an impact YOU had made on them.

Meanwhile, I was still in the closet. Deleting tweets that asked if I was gay, scrubbing IMDB Message Boards for any indication, etc. (It’s important to note that I was actually DISCOVERED singing in a Florida gay bar by casting director, Carmen Cuba, for my first role in Larry Clark’s Bully.)

I had the perfect opportunity in 2004 to let people know the REAL Daniel Franzese. Now in 2014 — 10 years later — looking back, it took YOU to teach me how to be proud of myself again. It’s okay if no one wants to sit at the table with the “art freaks.” Being a queer artist is one of my favorite things about myself. I have always been different and that’s rad. People have always asked if I was really gay? While my reps usually lied to protect me. My friends and family all knew the truth but now it’s time everyone does. Perhaps this will help someone else. I had to remind myself that my parents named me Daniel because it means “God is my judge.” So, I’m not afraid anymore. Of Hollywood, the closet, or mean girls. Thank you for that, Damian. (And Tina.)

By the way … in June I am the Celebrity Grand Marshall of the Portland Gay Pride Parade.

so…

We go Glen Coco.

With love and respect,

Daniel Franzese

P.S. I hate it when people say I’m “too gay to function.” I know you do, too. Those people are part of the problem. They should refrain from using that phrase. It really is ONLY okay when Janis says it.

This is a really interesting perspective that I wasn’t expecting to read this morning.

The world is fucked up. Teachers ignore kids getting bullied to the point of suicide, but tumblr is full of social justice blogs that will attack you just as viciously as those bullies because you didn’t tag your picture of grilled cheese and that could trigger somebody.
I fucking hate how misplaced our priorities have gotten as a society.

acebunnie:

meeting people who like anime is either very good or very bad. 

So I’m curious to all of my gaymer followers. Do you always roleplay as gay? Like, I actually very rarely roleplay as gay. One of my Hawkes in DA2 was gay for Anders and whenever I play persona 2 I go with the gay option. But in Mass Effect and stuff, I usually role play hetero. And not like in the “internalized homophobia secretly wish I was straight” way. I just don’t always feel like a particular character is gay. Like it doesn’t fit into what I’ve established in my head for that character. (also some gay romances feel tacked on and not as well developed on a story level. Looking at you, male!shep and pilot guy that I’ve forgotten the name of.)
For example, in my Skyrim playthroughs, I usually run through hetero. And my gay roommate in college was astounded and demanded to know why my guy wasn’t gay like me. Answering that I just hadn’t roleplayed him as gay wasn’t a satisfying answer for him and he called me weird.
So any other gamers wanna weigh in on this. When presented the option do you always roleplay as gay or do you switch it up?

True story: I will always unabashedly love Avril Lavigne.

unsmokable:

matchingisoverrated:

demonhiccups:

I decided to bleep out the lines on “I’m a Boss Ass Bitch” so I can listen to it properly in church. 

IM LAUGHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW

I had high expectations and I was not let down

Played 630141 times.

fantasydude:

We’re a weird generation.
You’d think our cripplingly low self-esteem would prevent us from having super inflated egos, but no.

I could use these to destroy things.

miles-explains-it-all:

idontfuckingfinkso:

anastasiaeatscities:

cordelias-coriander-condiment:

Who else misses Tumblr before it was this?

Jesus every day.

I live for social justice bloggers.

this is too good hahaha i just want to elbow them in the face miles-explains-it-all:

idontfuckingfinkso:

anastasiaeatscities:

cordelias-coriander-condiment:

Who else misses Tumblr before it was this?

Jesus every day.

I live for social justice bloggers.

this is too good hahaha i just want to elbow them in the face miles-explains-it-all:

idontfuckingfinkso:

anastasiaeatscities:

cordelias-coriander-condiment:

Who else misses Tumblr before it was this?

Jesus every day.

I live for social justice bloggers.

this is too good hahaha i just want to elbow them in the face miles-explains-it-all:

idontfuckingfinkso:

anastasiaeatscities:

cordelias-coriander-condiment:

Who else misses Tumblr before it was this?

Jesus every day.

I live for social justice bloggers.

this is too good hahaha i just want to elbow them in the face miles-explains-it-all:

idontfuckingfinkso:

anastasiaeatscities:

cordelias-coriander-condiment:

Who else misses Tumblr before it was this?

Jesus every day.

I live for social justice bloggers.

this is too good hahaha i just want to elbow them in the face

miles-explains-it-all:

idontfuckingfinkso:

anastasiaeatscities:

cordelias-coriander-condiment:

Who else misses Tumblr before it was this?

Jesus every day.

I live for social justice bloggers.

this is too good hahaha i just want to elbow them in the face

moogles4ever:

I wouldn’t doubt it though electric heart was the only cd I had in my car senior year

It was the one that goes “wear your heart on your sleeve” something something something.

moogles4ever always be acting like he’s so fierce.
But his Skype tagline thing used to be Marina and the Diamonds lyrics, so I mean, really he’s a little softie.

kanabreeze:

DANG