HyunA 현아 「Lip & Hip」

Posted on December 04, 2017 commentaires
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「Race and masculinity: How backward stereotypes continue to shape my experience of the gay scene」

Posted on November 17, 2017 commentaires

London rugby player Chris Kang opens up about his experiences as part of our ‘Masculinity Month.’

This article first appeared in『Attitude』issue 290, December 2017.

Gay men of colour often find other people make sweeping assumptions about their masculinity based purely on ethnicity. In our new issue – available to download and in shops now – we spoke to gay men from a number of different backgrounds in an effort to see just how this behaviour impacts their lives.

Here, rugby player Chris Kang debunks some stereotypes about being gay and Asian. Read his story below...


My experiences as a gay Asian male might not be reflected by the rest of my gaysian brethren. Part of this, I think, is down to the fact that my general “look” is fairly atypical: I’ve got a pretty heavy, muscular build and can grow a fairly bushy beard, so people don’t usually think of me as “Asian” in the traditional sense.

That being said, I haven’t been immune to other people’s stereotyping and preconceptions.

I can’t say for certain what people might think about me when they see my “Asian-ness.” The days of blatant “no fats, no femmes, no Asians” are, thankfully, much rarer. But, all those unreturned taps/woofs/messages, instant blocks or listless conversations my gay, visible minority friends and I have experienced still give the sense that perhaps the sentiment hasn’t completely gone away. If anything, I suspect technology has just made it easier to filter, swipe left and ignore.

As with any form of racism, there’s no question that a lot of the prejudice directed at gaysians expresses itself in the expectation that we’ll somehow be more feminine and, as a result, in assumptions about our preferred sexual role. Although I can’t recall meeting anyone who has assumed I’m passive on account of my race, I have met plenty of gaysians who have been stereotyped.

I think the root of the problem is the gay community’s concept of masculinity, and what it means to be “masculine.” It’s certainly something with which I’ve always struggled. Growing up playing sports you get used to a certain definition of masculinity and what it takes “to be a man” – tough, stoic and guarded with your emotions. The sentiment is reinforced coming from a traditional Asian (Korean, in my case) family.

However, I think it’s great to see that society and the gay community is coming around to a point where how you speak, dress or look doesn’t define the sort of man you are. But I’m not naïve. We’re heading in the right direction but I still feel that for many gay men there is some underlying need to adopt and, in turn, desire to see, traditional masculine traits in their partners.

I’m not saying this is right or acceptable, and at times I have been guilty of thinking the same.

But playing for The Kings Cross Steelers (the world’s first gay and inclusive rugby club, based in London) has helped me to evolve my conceptions of masculinity. I have seen 10st twinks fearlessly take down 18st hulking props, only to see both then dress up in drag at club socials. It’s a beautiful thing to watch, and in my opinion equally as attractive and “masculine.”

I’ve always believed that the gay experience is pretty universal – regardless of our nationality, race or upbringing – so I would never argue that Asian gays have a monopoly on being hard done by.

But I don’t let myself get bogged down in other people’s bad energy, ignorance and hang-ups, and my fellow gaysians shouldn’t either. Being masculine is really about confidence, and that transcends any sort of racial or physical attributes. Living by that belief is truly interesting and sexy.

The December issue of『Attitude』is out now – buy in print, subscribe or download.



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Red Velvet 레드벨벳 「Peek-A-Boo」

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Red Velvet 「Peek-A-Boo」 - from『Perfect Velvet』released on November 17, 2017.



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EXID 이엑스아이디 「DDD」

Posted on November 06, 2017 commentaires

EXID 「DDD」【덜덜덜】- from『Full Moon』released on November 06, 2017.


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Elyssa Goodman 「Joel Kim Booster’s Tough Journey from Closeted Gay Kid to ‘Model Minority’」

Posted on October 21, 2017 commentaires

The writer and comedian’s quick rise to success only came when he learned to parse the thorniest questions – like what it means to be gay, Asian and raised by Evangelicals.

“Today I accidentally pulled my dick out a couple steps too soon before I made it to the urinal, and this other guy who works in the office with me full-on saw my penis and it was a horrible moment for both of us,” says comedian Joel Kim Booster. His dark black hair peeks out from the top of a backwards baseball cap, and he looks at me from behind dark eyes and chiseled cheekbones, wearing ripped jeans with a short-sleeve red flannel shirt. Sometimes there’s a guy who’s so excited to pee, he laughs, “he couldn’t even wait until he got to the urinal to do it” – and this time it was him.

It’s not unlike Booster to step outside of himself to see the comedy in everything; that’s how he turned comedy from a regular cathartic and creative outlet into a full-time career. “The way I process is finding that comedic angle,” Booster says. He’s spent his career to date processing what he calls his own “identity dysphoria,” being a Korean adoptee raised by a white evangelical Christian family who were initially challenged when he first came out as gay. His comedy ruminates on some of the thorniest curveballs of intersectional politics: What does it mean to be both gay and, once upon a time, evangelically Christian? To be Asian with a white family? To be Asian in the gay community? To be a gay comic in an industry that’s mostly straight? They’re questions he mines to relatable, hilarious effect, and will anchor his Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents special, airing tonight at midnight on the channel.


Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents: Joel Kim Booster 「Growing Up Homeschooled」 - posted on October 18, 2017.

“If you have a strong enough point of view or comedic voice, you’re able to just explain to someone that your parents didn’t talk to you for a year and a half. Everything is comedy and it’s just a matter of taking a step back and disassociating for a moment,” he says, whether it’s a big trauma or a tiny slice of total mortification that happens by accident, as it did at the urinal the day I met with him.

Booster started doing comedy in Chicago six and a half years ago. He moved to New York in 2014 and gave himself four years to make it or find something else to do. It took two. By June 2016, he had made his late-night standup debut on Conan, and by the end of that year he sold Birthright, a television show based on his experiences as a gay Korean adoptee raised by white evangelical Christian parents, to FOX. Though the series is no longer in development there, it has been picked up by a to-be-announced network.

His debut album,Model Minority, also comes out November 3. But there’s always the question of what’s next. “The goal was never fame,” Booster says. “I always wanted to just be a working comedian, but now that I’m a working comedian, I don’t really know what the next step is because saying ‘I want to be famous’ is so gross,” he laughs.

Booster was adopted from South Korea and raised in Plainfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Until his senior year of high school, he was homeschooled, an active participant in Christian youth groups who dreamed of one day becoming a youth pastor. Driven by a desire to do theatre, Booster asked his parents to send him to public school. Within a month, he was cast in the school play and came out to classmates but not his family. In truth, Booster had known he was gay from about age four – he jokes that he knew he was gay before he knew he was Asian – but had been trying to repress those urges, praying for God to change him. Ultimately he began to accept himself, but believed for a long time that he’d be going to hell.

When Booster was 17, his parents read his journal and found lists of male sexual conquests. It didn’t go well for either side. Tension became so high at home that he moved out – he wasn’t kicked out, but also wasn’t exactly asked to stay. He ended up sleeping on couches at different friends’ houses, ultimately ending up at the home of a girl from choir he didn’t know very well at the time. But they became best friends and he lived with her and her family for the rest of high school; her family even help put him through college.

Booster didn’t talk to his parents again until he was in college, but the time away was healing. He says their relationship is both “great” and “as good as it could be” now. While he’s been able to use stories from this time as fodder for his stand up, it wasn’t something he realized he could do until much later.

“I still remember where I was when I heard 「Tig Notaro: Live」, because it was the first time I had heard material that was so personal,” he said – material that “transcended tragedy, not maudlin mock storytelling of ‘there needs to be a lesson.’”

Booster moved to Chicago after college to be a writer and actor. As an actor, though, Booster tired of the roles he was offered – in one year, for example, he went in for “Chinese Food Delivery Boy” five times. The comedian Beth Stelling suggested he write his own material, and he hasn’t stopped since.

Booster says in college he began by writing predominantly about white heterosexual couples because he found it easier to do than to parse out the threads of his own identity. “Once I figured that out and I started to talk about myself more, stand up has really been a therapy in a way of that untangling process,” he says. But he processes with an intelligence, brashness, and distinctive comedic insight that are among the reasons for his continued success. As he said in his Conan set, “It was difficult for me growing up in [Plainfield] because I don’t meet a lot of cultural expectations of what an Asian person ‘should be’ in this country: I’m terrible at math, I don’t know karate, my dick is huge.”

This brand of personal yet absurdist humor has earned him praise not just from publications likeEsquire,Brooklyn Magazine, andPaper, but from fellow comedians. “When you see somebody who’s telling jokes that you didn’t think you were ever going to get to see onstage, when you see a part of yourself reflected that you didn’t know you wanted to see reflected, it’s magical,” says comedian Guy Branum, host of TruTV’s 「Talk Show the Game Show. “Joel is just... really honest and fiercely positive in a way that thrills me. It makes me so happy because that’s a guy who’s had a life... He is the fucking heroine of his own story.”

Now, Booster says, he feels like he’s achieved a certain stability in understanding his identity. He can change course and move in a different direction, one that’s “outrageously dumb,” as he puts it, but in a good way – more of that signature self-reflective Joel Kim absurdity, but as it pertains to worlds outside of himself, especially the magical and the mythological, a world where horses are 9/11 truthers and Elmira Gulch is the true feminist hero of 「The Wizard of Oz.

And as he begins to develop the next segment of his career, a greater fame continues to loom, whether he wants it or not. “Everybody a little bit wants to be famous. I’ll settle for working and making a living and having health insurance. I guess I want to be – this is said tongue firmly planted in my cheek – but I want to be a fucking legend,” he laughs. “I don’t want to just have my name said, I want it to be etched in fucking stone.”

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Jérémy Patinier 「Témoignages : ils en ont marre des clichés sur les gays asiatiques」

Posted on October 19, 2017 commentaires
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Sans chercher à faire une hiérarchie entre les discriminations, force est de constater que les clichés envers les garçons asiatiques sont les plus partagés... et acceptés. Ceux que nous avons rencontrés nous ont expliqué qu’ils se sentaient globalement « les plus mal aimés » de la communauté gay.

Entre les « NO ASIAT » sur les applis et la quasi inexistence de représentation culturelle et d’incarnation gay asiatique en France, difficile de se sentir vraiment « aimé », sauf par les garçons qui les fétichisent à outrance.

« On se permet des choses avec un garçon asiatique que l’on ne se permettrait pas avec un autre. Un jour dans une soirée quelqu’un a dit : “oh un Asiat, trop mignon” en parlant de moi », nous explique un garçon qui souhaite rester anonyme. Le racisme commence en traitant différemment une personne en fonction de son physique, son origine ou sa couleur de peau. Serait-il venu à l’esprit de la personne de dire « Oh un Noir, trop chou ? ». Pas si sûr. « D’un Asiatique, on pense qu’il n’y aura pas de répondant », ajoute-t-il. Car dans l’imaginaire collectif, l’Asiatique serait l’antithèse de la virilité. On les pense inoffensifs, imberbes, efféminés, passifs (au sens large), soumis, etc. Si certains le sont, et n’ont pas à être jugés pour cela, pourquoi généraliser ? Le sentiment d’exclusion vient de la récurrence de ces valeurs, qui plus est chargées d’un jugement très négatif. Ils ne sont bien sûr pas unanimement passifs ou soumis, inoffensifs, efféminés ou imberbes, mais nous collons notre vision de la masculinité et de la féminité, notre modèle de virilité, sur leurs physiques. Et cette différenciation apporte avec elle une hiérarchisation. Et la misogynie à l’œuvre vient les considérer comme globalement inférieurs.


MTV News 「The Weird History of Asian Sex Stereotypes | Decoded」 - posted on May 25, 2016.

Simon (ci-dessous), vit à Nantes avec son amoureux et ses chats. Il nous raconte son parcours avec les garçons :

Je viens de St Brieuc dans les tréfonds des Côtes d’Armor, être gay n’était pas facile. Ça a pris le dessus sur le fait qu’être asiat là-bas n’était pas forcément sympa tout les jours non plus... En arrivant sur Nantes, il y a 10 ans, je pensais naïvement que ça allait changer et que j’allais pouvoir redémarrer une nouvelle vie. On peut s’affirmer librement sans être dévisagé par la première personne croisée dans la rue... Mais je me suis vite rendu compte que le milieu gay, le vrai, celui qui te permet d’exister, n’était pas si sympa que sur le papier. Déjà pour les LGBT comme pour les autres, on pense que la Chine et le reste de l’Asie, c’est pareil. Donc forcément, si je suis asiatique : je parle chinois... ou japonais... C’EST PAREEEEEEIL ! Aujourd’hui, je suis en couple, mais avant, dès qu’un mec me plaisait un peu, je n’étais pas assez viril pour lui. On me disait : « Vous les Asiats vous avez des traits très féminins », « vous n’avez pas de poils » et « vous avez des petites bites ». Ces phrases, je les ai entendues des dizaines de fois ! Pire : « Je ne fais pas dans l’Asiat » ou « Désolé, mais Jackie Chan, c’est pas mon kiff »... La communauté gay semble principalement obnubilée par un stéréotype de mec « musclé et poilu ». On cantonne ceux qui n’y ressemblent pas à d’autres fantasmes. Parfois, au contraire, j’étais un fantasme de « bukkake », je devais « kiffer les chatouilles et les odeurs ». Ma vie, aux yeux de beaucoup de gens se résumait à la catégorie « asian » de pornhub. En plus je fais du drag donc je devenais souvent la katoï thaïlandaise (fille trans)... Ce qui est triste, c’est que j’entends encore les même vannes par des gays de 30 ans que celles des collégiens de 12 ans de St Brieuc...

Simon

« NO ASIAN »
Dans les descriptions des profils de rencontres, le « NO FAT, NO FEM, NO ASIAN » est une réalité. Mais Olivier pense que ces « critères excluants ne sont que la partie émergée de l’iceberg » :

C’est la manière d’exprimer un racisme sous couvert de préférences personnelles. Comme c’est un « goût » subjectif, ce n’est pas attaquable pour eux. Quand on discute un peu avec ces personnes-là, qui affichent des « pas de Noirs/Arabes/Asiats... », on tombe dans des généralités qui « justifient » ce refus racialisé. Parce qu’ils auraient eu une mauvaise expérience avec UN mec, ils décident de ne plus accepter d’en fréquenter d’autres. Ça paraîtrait totalement absurde de dire en France « j’ai eu une mauvaise expérience avec un Blanc, donc je ne les fréquente plus », mais dans le cas inverse, le discours est décomplexé.

Il est quand même assez frappant de voir qu’une communauté qui a été victime des préjugés, des fantasmes les plus grotesques sur son mode de vie, sa sociabilité, sa sexualité, reproduit exactement les mêmes mécanismes sur d’autres groupes discriminés. Et si on disait plutôt ce qu’on aime, et pas ce qu’on aime moins ? On peut être poli et respectueux, on est tous là pour la même chose.

Bien sûr, comme pour chaque groupe, ils ont leurs « admirateurs », qu’on appelle même les « rice queens ». Mais l’exclusivité est aussi un fétichisme, comme l’exclusion systématique. « En tant qu’individu on veut se sentir une personne, pas juste ‘un Asiat’ », nous expliquait le même jeune homme qui désire rester anonyme. La récurrence et la violence du rejet font que certains garçons d’origine asiatique vont intégrer cette discrimination : « Si on me jette en permanence, je vais aller vers que ceux qui aiment les Asiats même s’ils ne me plaisent pas. Je vais aussi m’installer dans le cliché par opportunité et par simplicité pour me proposer sur le marché de l’amour. Jusqu’où on intègre ces clichés et jusqu’où on les valide ? À force, est-ce qu’on ne se ferme pas nous-même à être ceci parce qu’on nous renvoie cette image ? Quand est-ce que l’on se permet d’être autre chose que ce à quoi on nous assigne ? », ajoutait-il.

Par exemple, il est assez notable de constater qu’en Europe il se développe une détestation des Asiatiques par les Asiatiques eux même. « Ce serait comme coucher avec un frère », se disent certains. Il est aussi rare de voir ceux que l’on appelle en Asie des « sticky rice queens » (deux Asiatiques ensemble). Comme s’ils étaient tous interchangeables. Souvent, eux-mêmes pensent qu’il faut « un viril » (même un Blanc « folle » sera éventuellement considéré comme tel) pour les compléter. « On est plus qu’un Asiatique pour certains, même plus un être doué de subtilité, qui a des désirs d’expérience ou des plaisirs variables selon celui qu’il a en face ».

Ce sont ces clichés intégrés qu’a appris à déconstruire Tien (ci-dessus), 26 ans, qui vit Paris. Il nous raconte :

J’ai été adopté par une famille française. À 22 ans, j’ai décidé sur un coup de tête de retourner en Asie, au Vietnam où je suis né ainsi qu’en Thaïlande où j’ai travaillé, et je me considère aussi bien Viet qu’un peu Thaï aujourd’hui. J’ai donc une expérience des deux milieux gays, ici et là-bas, et des Blancs d’ici et des Blancs de là-bas. À Paris, j’ai souvent eu l’impression qu’on m’écoutait un peu moins dans un groupe mixte, que je devais surjouer un peu celui qui parle fort. Au collège, j’étais efféminé ET gay, on m’appelait « la Chinoise ». Comme si tout les Asiatiques était Chinois. Asiatiques, Noirs ou Arabes, chaque « origine » vit une discrimination différente je crois. Nous, on est niés. Regardez, c’est comme à la télé : aucun asiatique, ou presque.

Bangkok est connue pour être une ville chaude, souvent les Blancs qui visitent l’Asie n’ont plus de limites. Plusieurs fois, certains m’ont touché le cul dans la rue gay, comme ça, à 21h. Ou on m’a caressé les cheveux d’une façon très condescendante, alors que ça ne se fait pas en Asie de toucher la tête. Parfois ils croient te parler gentiment mais ils te parlent comme à un chien. Le sentiment anti-blanc est en train de se développer là-bas... À force d’être aussi présomptueux...

Quand on me voit avec des amis blancs un peu plus vieux, on pense tout de suite que je suis une pute qui en veut à leur l’argent. Bah non... Je n’aime que les Asiats ! Je ne suis plus une « potato queen » (un Asiatique qui n’aiment que les Blancs, ndlr) depuis que je suis allé vivre en Asie. Et si vous vous demandez « comment on fait », et bien on n’est pas tous passifs ! Comme les Blancs en fait !

Les initiatives pour contrer les clichés fleurissent. Les hommes asiatiques sont représentés en objets du désir (en juillet dernier, les photographes Idris + Tony frappaient fort sur models.com avec 「Rise Of The Asian Male Supermodel」 ou le calendrier 「Haikus On Hotties」...) mais au-delà de l’érotisation, c’est également la culture queer asiatique qui nous arrive petit à petit et permet de changer nos regards sur les modèles que nous avons intégrés. La Semaine LGBT chinoise, organisée à Paris depuis 2015, tente aussi de remédier à cet océan de clichés.


Matt Antell 「It’s Asian Men」 Trailer - posted on November 14, 2016.

Peu de personnalités LGBT asiatiques émergent en France, à l’image du monde, où l’humoriste bisexuelle Margaret Cho, le comédien gay de 「Star Trek」, Georges Takei, l’activiste Dan Choi ou la drag queen Kim Chi sont les très peu nombreux représentants d’une diversité qui profite à tous.



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Adam Salandra 「Med Student Joey Kiho Kim Has The Cure For Your Insatiable Thirst」

Posted on September 21, 2017 commentaires
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The doctor will see you now.

A trip to the doctor’s office is never fun, but we’d be begging for monthly physicals if Joey Kiho Kim was our MD.


The 6’2″ stunner is currently in medical school, and luckily for us, he’s using modeling gigs to help pay the bills. Although being a model isn’t his main goal in life, he’s hoping to use his opportunities for good.

“As much as this is a hobby and fun for me, I hope that I can have some positive impact on the way that Asian-American males are portrayed in the media and viewed by the world,” Kim wrote in a social media post.


His Instagram feed is a combination of professional photos and sexy selfies, and is guaranteed to make you feel better with just a few double taps.


Check out some highlights from his feed below, including some of our favorites from photographer Hard Cider NY. Then head here to see his full modeling portfolio.


Adam Salandra
Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.
@adamsalandra

Author: Christopher Rudolph/Date: September 21, 2017/Source: http://www.newnownext.com/med-student-joey-kiho-kim-model/09/2017/

Joey Kiho Kim
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joeykihokim/


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HyunA 현아 「BABE」

Posted on August 29, 2017 commentaires

HyunA 「BABE」【베베】- from『Following』released on August 29, 2017.





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Craig Takeuchi 「VQFF 2017: ‘Project Gelb’ unravels the "No Asians" racism in gay male culture」

Posted on August 17, 2017 commentaires

The experience of seeing “No Asians” on an online dating or hookup profile may be commonplace among gay Asian men, but 「Project Gelb」 (gelb means yellow in German) delves into the implications of that too-casually-used statement.

Canadian filmmaker Francis Luta assembles a number of articulate – and sometimes humorous – Asian interviewees (primarily East Asian but with one South Asian man) for this insightful documentary that may be especially eye-opening to those who haven’t explored the subject before.

Each of the talking heads share their perspectives on dating and attraction in relation to their racial identities. Some relate experiences of racism and being stereotyped. Others talk about their own self-hatred and self-censorship as they strove to fit in or aspired to standards based on white people. What’s key here is that almost all of them are introspective and therefore able to question themselves, such as coming to the realization that they needed to challenge their attraction to only white men.

Everything you wanted to ask – but didn’t know who to ask – is in here: historical shifts in concepts of beauty, racial hierarchies of attractiveness, systems of power and control, and images (and images that are underrepresented) in media. And, of course, Bruce Lee’s there, too.

However, while the focus is on the exclusion of Asian gay men, the flipside phenomenon of rice queens, or gay men who fetishize Asian men, could use more investigation.

Interspersed with animated and performance segments to illustrate concepts, the well-paced film manages to strike an intelligent tone while remaining relatable and personable.

What’s unfortunate is that the people who truly need to see this documentary probably won’t. However, what the film does do is offer viewers the chance to consider possibilities for making change both within and without.

「Project Gelb」 will screen at the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (August 18) at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Filmmaker Francis Luta will participate in a post-screening discussion to be moderated by the Georgia Straight’s Craig Takeuchi.

You can follow Craig Takeuchi on Twitter at @cinecraig or on Facebook. You can also follow the Straight’s LGBT coverage on Twitter at @StraightLGBT or on Facebook.


queerfilmfestival 「Project Gelb」 #VQFF2017 - posted on July 05, 2017.

Craig Takeuchi

The urban beastie otherwise known as Craig Takeuchi is a UBC BA (art history/film studies) and MFA (Creative Writing program, with a screenplay thesis) graduate who has had his fiction and non-fiction work published in numerous local and national publications. He's covered a wide range of topics in film, ranging from Hollywood and Bollywood to Canadian content, as well as travel, food, the arts, and LGBT issues. He has also overseen the Straight's annual Summer in the City and Best of Vancouver issues. Also behind the scenes, he has contributed ideas for articles in numerous other sections and has also helped to address diversity issues in editorial coverage by the Straight.




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Lea Palmieri 「‘Difficult People’ Gives Us A Billy Eichner and John Cho Kiss Even Hotter Than We Imagined」

Posted on August 15, 2017 commentaires

The big buzz about season 3 of 「Difficult People」 was not only that John Cho would be stopping by, but that he’d be a romantic interest for Billy (Billy Eichner). In today’s episode, 「Rabbitversary」, Cho makes his debut as “dickish advertising exec” Todd, and what a debut it was.

After sparring with Billy for using his headshot as part of an anti-circumcision campaign, the two wage a digital war on each other, with a bit of heavy Facebook stalking mixed in. When Billy and Todd reunite, both on the way to making each other look like racists at their respective jobs with the same exact props in hand, they bond over their mutual hatred of the phrase “I need a vacation from my vacation,” point out how “fucked up” each of them are, and give viewers a very satisfying makeout sesh. Oh, and all in front of a bus full of tourists, no less.


But this kiss is hot for a number of reasons, and the way 「Difficult People」 executed it on screen is a big part of what makes this show so genius. First of all, yes, we can use more steamy gay kisses on-screen. Hooray for checking that box. Second, John Cho himself was the face of the #StarringJohnCho campaign last year, which popped up on social media as a way to acknowledge the white-washing of Hollywood and offer up very attractive and capable actor John Cho as a potential leading man. The fact that 「Difficult People」 brought him in specifically to be a romantic partner for Billy is not just a wink but a full nod in the direction of people that not only want to be heard, but want to see a version of themselves on screen. By having Billy and Todd share such a great kiss is an important moment; that we also find it super hot is a great bonus.

Because all of those things aside, it’s simply a sexy lip-lock. From a physical perspective, just look at that passion and those hands. Whoo! And from an emotional perspective, it’s exciting that Billy has met his match. This is a guy just as bitchy and grumpy as he is, and we all know the only turn on bigger than finding out you like the same things as someone, is finding out that you both dislike the same things. These two can cuss at each other all day, but once they act on the sexual tension boiling up inside themselves, well, there’s really nothing more romantic than that.

「Difficult People」 was smart to give us the Billy and Todd make out shortly after Cho’s introduction. They acted on that attraction, and giving us a healthy dose of Cho’s fantastic comedic acting skills right off the bat is always a wise move. It was a perfect build up into a sexy smooch, and we will look forward to even more of them during Cho’s time on the show this season, because we can’t wait to see how miserably happy these two make each other.

Author: Lea Palmieri/Date: August 15, 2017/Source: https://decider.com/2017/08/15/difficult-people-billy-eichner-john-cho-kiss/



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E. Alex Jung 「How John Cho Came to Play Billy Eichner’s First-Ever ‘Difficult People’ Boyfriend」

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“Boobies!” John Cho shakes his head and chuckles as he walks past a neon orange sign that reads, well, boobies. He has just arrived at Bounce Sporting Club, a sports bar in the Flatiron District that has been turned into a “Boobies” – 「Difficult People」’s version of Hooters. The monitors mounted above the bar are playing fake sports footage on loop as extras cluster in groups off to the side: men in sweaters and button-downs and women in Boobies-brand tank tops, cutoffs, and shin-high soccer socks. “I’m having too much fun right now,” he laughs.

It’s Cho’s second day on the set of 「Difficult People」’s third season, where he’s doing a five-episode guest arc (the first of which airs today) as Todd, Billy’s (Billy Eichner) first-ever, real-life boyfriend. In the episode they’re shooting, Todd and Billy are officially an item, and Todd invites Billy to a going-away party for his colleague at Boobies. “The show is so fucking funny,” says Cho. “There’s a certain style I wanted to honor. It’s fast, it’s honest, but it is elevated, and reminds me of romantic comedies of the ’30s. It’s very snappy and literate.”

Like Billy and Julie (Julie Klausner), Todd isn’t exactly a people person. In his first appearance on the episode 「Rabbitversary」, we see that he’s an aggressive, cynical advertising executive who uses one of Billy’s head shots in a PSA against circumcision. When Billy asks him to take it down, he refuses. “We knew we wanted somebody who was as much of an asshole as Billy and Julie, but from a different world,” said Klausner, the creator and star of the show. “There are different douchebags in advertising than there are in entertainment.”

Billy and Todd get into a flame war, each trying to one-up the other before they both run into each other on the street, ready to prank the other. “They start out-hating and Facebook stalking and digitally ruining each other’s lives,” said Cho. “In the twist of the meet-cute, they run into each other each holding a bag of Ku Klux Klan material with Trump-Pence stickers that they were going to plant in each other’s workplaces. They end up making out.” He laughs, adding, “We meet, argue, and sparks fly.”

When it came time to cast Todd, everyone was unanimous: It had to be John Cho. “I take partial credit for the idea,” says Eichner. “We have the same manager, and it was right after the Oscars. John was really funny presenting, and my manager said, ‘What about John Cho?’ I swear, while I was watching the Oscars, I thought, John Cho would be so great on 「Difficult People」.” The show was casting around the Oscars earlier this year, and “he was in everyone’s mind. He’s just so funny,” says showrunner Scott King. “I don’t think I’m allowed to say it, because I’m the showrunner, but he’s so gorgeous also. My god, he’s so gorgeous. There’s no one else.”

Even though Cho and Eichner are already shooting their characters’ dating milestones, they had yet to film a pivotal moment from their meet-cute episode: the kiss. Shooting out of order and working up to the kiss though has allowed the two of them to work into their chemistry, especially considering the first time that Cho and Eichner ever met was on set. “I feel like there’s going to be a stepladder involved,” says Cho. “And he’s scruffy. My first stage kiss was a dude and that’s what I remember — all the scruff. I was like, ‘Women like this? I would demand a shaving.’”

But Cho is already being territorial about being Billy’s man: The two actors met on set the day prior when it just so happened that another friend of the show, and former Billy boo, Seth Meyers ran into them. “We were filming near 「30 Rock」 where Seth Meyers tapes his show and Seth jogged by,” Eichner recalls, “and then John got out of the car and we all had a moment together.”

“Seth was on the first season and said, ‘Billy’s mine.’ I think Seth gave him a hand job in the park in that episode, so I felt like he’s mine,” Cho says, shrugging. First boyfriend definitely trumps a hand job at the dog park.


E. Alex Jung
Twitter: https://twitter.com/e_alexjung



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Sumiko Tan 「Lunch With Sumiko: How does Chuando Tan, 51, look like this?」

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You are what you eat, says photographer Chuando Tan, whose Instagram photos have gone viral

The answer, my friend, is six poached eggs.

I’m having breakfast with photographer Chuando Tan at Spago at Marina Bay Sands. It’s National Day and there’s a festive feel in the air.

Breakfast is a buffet spread and I’m curious what he’ll choose to eat.

After all, this is the man whose youthful good looks and washboard abs have made him an Internet sensation.

Over the past three weeks, websites from Australia to America have wondered how a 50-year-old could have a face so well-preserved and a body so chiselled. What is his secret, they have all asked.

“Singaporean male model defies the ageing process with ripped abs and baby-face skin - so, can YOU guess how old he is?” screamed a『Daily Mail』headline. “Is this guy a real-life Dorian Gray?” asked the『New York Post』.

So here we are, at the buffet station, and while I pile my plate with French toast, pancakes and scrambled eggs, I overhear Tan telling a waiter: “Six poached eggs.”

I wonder if I’ve heard correctly but sure enough, a plate of six white, wobbly eggs is delivered to us a few minutes later.

On another plate, he has chosen a small slice of French toast and a small helping of grilled vegetables.

Do you eat eggs every day, I ask. “I try to have my protein intake,” he says, proceeding to separate the white from the yolk. “This is embarrassing. Very uncivilised, right?” he says of the cut-up eggs. “You want some?” No, thanks, I say.

Do you eat the yolks, I wonder. “I think having two yolks is fine. There are reports saying that yolk is good. I don’t know, cannot keep up.”


It’s not been easy fixing a date with Tan, one of Singapore’s top fashion photographers. His schedule is busy and one recent assignment saw him flying to Beijing to photograph Chinese actress Angelababy.

A few days earlier, Tan had checked out Spago for a fashion shoot he is planning, and discovered that the sunlight streaming into the 57th floor at 8am is – in the words of his manager – “amazing.”

He asks to do his photograph at that time, and instead of him returning for lunch, I suggest we do breakfast instead.

From his Instagram photos, I’m expecting someone beefy. In person, though, Tan is lean. He explains that he’s been taking it easy at the gym since April because he hurt his shoulder while carrying weights.

At 1.85m tall, he weighs 78kg now but when he’s in tip-top weight-lifting form, he can go up to 82kg. And, for the record, Tan is not 50 but turned 51 in March.

I’m also expecting someone who may be arrogant because I’d heard how exacting he can be as a photographer. He surprises me by being shy. He speaks in gentle tones and apologises that his English isn’t good, and seems genuinely perplexed by the attention.

He looks executive-like in Calvin Klein shirt, Topman trousers and Cole Haan shoes without socks. Up close, he really can pass off as someone in his 20s. For one thing, his complexion is flawless. His skin is firm and blemish-free and I see no shadows under his deep-set eyes although he had a late night. And, I can vouch, he doesn’t use foundation either.

He does have laugh lines around his eyes and frown lines. The Ray-Ban frame he sports, which gives him a Clark Kent look, isn’t so much a fashion accessory as reading glasses for his presbyopia.

But his teeth are very white and his full head of hair is black.

Do you dye it, I ask.

Yes, he replies without hesitation, and also his moustache and goatee because he does have greying strands. “I think salt and pepper is quite cool but it’s not there yet,” he says. “It’s just a little bit here and there – not nice.”

His skincare routine is simple, he says when I probe. He doesn’t use many products because his skin is sensitive.

Have you had any procedures done? He says he tried Botox once around his eyes but didn’t like the result and hasn’t done it again.

As for his physique, he’s a strong believer that diet is very important. “You are what you eat,” he says, and abides by the theory that how your body looks is 70 per cent due to the food you consume, and 30 per cent about exercise.

“You wouldn’t want to look like a hamburger, right? I would rather look like a mean, lean chicken breast,” is how he puts it.

He doesn’t diet but tries to eat healthily. For protein, he goes for eggs, chicken and fish in soup. He eats rice but not that much. He avoids coffee and tea but drinks plenty of water, and he does not smoke or take alcohol.

It’s not like he never indulges. Ice cream is a weakness and he loves durians.

And if you must know about his exercise routine, a good week would see him at the gym five times, for a maximum of an hour and a half each, but he often manages with just three sessions a week. He doesn’t run because of a knee injury but does speed walking on the treadmill, and he swims.

Subjecting himself to such scrutiny was not something Tan was looking for.

In February 2015, he started an Instagram account, @chuando_chuandoandfrey, because some friends told him that clients these days would want to know how big a social media following a photographer had.

He posted photos of his work as part of ChuanDo & Frey. He and photographer Frey Ow, 41, who’s also at breakfast and takes the photos for this story, teamed up to shoot 13 years ago.

Tan also peppered his Instagram with photos of himself, like hamming it up on holidays. There were also about two dozen bare-bodied photos showing off his very impressive biceps and abs. “I’m so vain lah,” he says of these personal snapshots.

By last month, he had garnered 95,000 fans – a very decent though not astronomical number. Then, overnight, he was “discovered.”

“One morning, I woke up, checked my phone and saw that my followers had increased to 105,000,” he recalls. He thought there was a mistake, then realised he had a tonne of messages too. “I was like, sh**, man.”

He soon discovered that a Chinese news website, Yidian Zixun, had run some of his Instagram photos in a story about how there was a Singapore man who was 50 but looked 30.

The story went viral, as did his account, and, soon, media outlets around the world had stories on him. He was inundated with interview requests.

He also got strange messages, like someone asking him to post a photo of his toes. Toes, I ask? “Ya. Foot fetish,” he says, shaking his head.

There were requests for him to be a stripper. “Probably I’ll consider it,” he says, deadpan. He sees my look of surprise and says: “When I’m 80. Save the best for last.” He breaks into a guffaw.

He was overwhelmed by the attention and stayed home for the first two days after his story went viral. He now has 424,000 followers.

Some friends have advised him to make the best of the fame while it lasts – not many 50-year-olds get modelling offers, after all. But he also worries that it might hurt his image as a photographer.

There are haters who accuse him of creating publicity for himself, and those who ask why he isn’t acting his age. He shrugs them off.

“They said, ‘please stop it. Don’t do this, you’re 50 years old’, like, wow, so is there like a standard behaviour that I’m supposed to follow? Send it to me, then I take a look. People are like that. We are more comfortable when everybody is the same, right?”

“As long as you’re good to your parents, people that you care for, people around you, and to whoever your God is, that’s good enough. You’re so small, how are you going to please the whole world?”

If he sees any good out of all this, it is how some of his fans say his photos inspire them to take better care of their health and bodies.


Being in the limelight is not actually new to him as he was at one time one of Singapore’s top male models and had a short career as a Mandopop singer.

He was born Tan Chuan Do and grew up in Toa Payoh, the youngest of three children. His late father was respected Chinese ink artist Tan Tee Chie. His mother died when he was 31.

He studied at Nanyang Primary and later Pei Dao Secondary, then got a diploma in graphic design from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

He started modelling at 16 and when he was in his 20s, sang under the name Chen Yufei. But showbiz wasn’t for him because he has always been very shy, he says, conceding that “I might not look it.”

He went into photography and has done work for big fashion titles and the cover of Janet Jackson’s 2008 album『Discipline』. He also set up a modelling agency, Ave. In recent decades, he has been happy to keep a low public profile – and then the Instagram story broke.

Tan, a bachelor, says his life revolves around his work, gym and friends. For now, he is keeping an open mind about his newfound fame, but takes “everything with a pinch of salt.”

While we are packing up, I ask to see his IC. He sportingly hands it over and there it is, proof of how old he is – March 3, 1966.

We wait for the lift to take us down from the 57th floor.

Where is my car key, he asks suddenly, patting his pocket.

You valet-parked, remember, says Ow.

We laugh, and Tan says: “I forgot. See, a sign of age.”

Twitter @STsumikotan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of『The Sunday Times』on August 13, 2017, with the headline 「Who says a 51-year-old can’t look like this?」.





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WINNER 위너 「LOVE ME LOVE ME」

Posted on August 04, 2017 commentaires

WINNER 「LOVE ME LOVE ME」 - from『Our Twenty For』released on August 04, 2017.

Mais on vous aime on vous aime mes p’tits chéris 💕 surtout avec ces shorts et ce son tropical 😘




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WINNER 위너 「ISLAND」

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WINNER 「ISLAND」 - from『Our Twenty For』released on August 04, 2017.

Aaaah le son de l'été 🏝




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