Monday, June 15, 2009

DLB's Milk Turns Sour?

Rising and MILK's Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black finds himself in hot water when a former partner sold intimate and very private 3-year old photos to a media outlet. Celebrity wanna-be and sleazeball gossip blogger Perez Hilton posted the uncensored and explicit images in his website last week. In this age of rampant amateur porn and with naked celebrity pics readily available online, this should not be a big deal, yes? However, one of the images shows DLB engaging in unsafe sex. Oh scandalous! Well what do you think?

DLB has released an apology this weekend. “It is unfortunate that individuals and other outside parties are trying to profit from material which is clearly private” DLB said in a statement. “I have had the privilege to speak to people across the country, both gay and straight, on a number of critical issues including safe sex. More important than the embarrassment of this incident is the misleading message these images send. I apologize and cannot emphasize enough the importance of responsible sexual practices.”


Scott LaForce said...

He shouldn't have had to apologize. Sex with condoms isn't the only way to practice safe sex. We know nothing about the details of the relationship that was represented in the images and regardless, even if the sex was "unsafe", that doesn't serve as a litmus test of a person's worth. I'd be willing to bet that those who flawlessly perform safe sex practices, unrelentingly, are in the minority and people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Woody said...

Another issue is that these pictures are (from what I've read, I've not bothered to go looking for them) of his an a long term boyfriend. In many instances when people have been together for a while there's a trust that builds.

If these were pictures of him with his partner, who he'd been with for a good amount of time, I would be surprised to find they were having "unsafe" sex. I have with at least two partners after we were together over a year and had a committed, trusting relationship.

Michael G said...

I personally was not shocked nor do I find the whole thing scandalous. It wasn't like he was caught cheating on his partner or was with a married man. (And DLB sure looks hot in the pics!) But that's all beside the point, I guess. Just like everything media related nowadays, it all depends on who has access to these pictures and how they process them. I think the blogger who posted the uncensored images was the most irresponsible in this situation knowing full well that young people has access to the site. But I highly doubt that there will be a sudden proliferation of unprotected sex among LGBT teens just because they saw the pics. Although it is going to be more uncomfortable for DLB to be promoting safe sex in his public appearances.

Bob said...

I have nothing but contempt for Perez Hilton for doing such a hateful thing. It certainly shows how morally bankrupt he is. What a sad way to make a buck or two.
Dustin is obviously a very talented up-and-comer in his field, and it's too bad this had to happen. As others have said, it will certainly make his talks on safe sex more difficult now.

Anonymous said...

Queerclick did a pretty good follow up on the story, if anyone is interested in who/what/when. I feel bad for the guy that his sex pics are out, its embarrassing in the old fashioned sense. He himself has nothing to be ashamed of, IMHO.