August 14, 2007


"Open homosexuality is a threat to the closeted, and powerful people in the closet like Merv Griffin will often do whatever it takes to squash those who are open and who might advocate that all among the powerful should come out."

(BUNNY NOTE: Of, course, I do admit to having a certain nostalgic fondness for Merv and I am fascinated with all things Gabor!)

Merv Griffin's Dangerous Closet by Michaelangelo SIgnorile

The Hollywood mogul Merv Griffin died at the age of 82 over the weekend after a battle with cancer, and I was amazed to see The New York Times actually discuss his sexual orientation, the palimony lawsuit and the male-on-male sexual harassment lawsuit. I'm thinking perhaps the Times editors really took it to heart when many of us criticized them after Susan Sontag's death and the obituary cover-up of her sexual orientation and her relationship with Annie Liebovitz. So far, in the the rest of the obits on Griffin (Reuters, Associated Press) I've seen nothing about his homosexuality.

And yet, it is very important for reasons far beyond visibility or mere gossip. Merv Griffin was an example of how dangerous the closet can be -- and how the closet and power are a combustible combination that adversely affects so many other lives. We should point to his life for GLBT youth and say, "Don't let this happen to you. Don't let your closet compromise you to the point where you are actively harming your own people, even though you have the power to do so much good."



Blogger Star Queen said...

Girl, that sassy suit and limp wrist, she looks like a fancy woman.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

look at her mouth, it's set in a suggestive manner, tempting you to go over and sit on her face, and that hand pose, well, she's just drying her clear 60 second touch dry nail varnish.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article doesn't continue...

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

danny terio of"dance fever"???? wasn't she the widow? how bout when freddy mercury finnaly came out and also announced she had the mutha'fuckin' virus and then promptly died the next day?!!! FREEDOM'S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR NOTHING LEFT TO LOOSE!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a Merv Griffin special, it must have been in the 70's because I was in high school, where he visited the homes of several celebrity pals. The only part of the show I remember was Eva Gabor's home, where she showed off her fancy chickens and demonstrated how she gathers eggs for breakfast! After that, it was off to her bedroom, or more specifically, her closet, where Merv pulled out one "fabulous gown" after another, oohing and and ahhing all the way. This lead Eva to exclaim something along the lines of, "Dahlink! Come out of the closet!"

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