Alarm bells sound over church’s ‘gay porn’ outing in Chicago

Alarm bells sound over church’s ‘gay porn’ outing in Chicago May 28, 2019

A group from the Holy Name Cathedral are off to see the highly-acclaimed Elton John biopic, Rocketman, on June 2 – and the right-wing religious website LifeSiteNews is having conniptions.

Taron Egerton is Elton John in Rocketman. Image via YouTube/Paramount Pictures

In giving the movie a five-star rating, Mark Kermode, reviewing it for the Observer, wrote:

From an early snog with a 1960s soul-revue musician to a cherry-popping sex-scene played out to the strains of Take Me to the Pilot, there’s none of the coyness that won Bohemian Rhapsody a family-friendly PG-13 rating in the US. This is altogether more frank fare – and all the better for it.

The church bulletin notice for the ‘porno’ movie Rocketman

In drawing attention to the church’s “Afternoon Movie Group” and its plan see a movie that he suggests is nothing short of a riot of gay sex, Martin M Barillas, of LifeSite, wrote:

Left unsaid in the bulletin is that Rocketman is rated R for its pornographic depictions of homosexual activity and themes. In Rocketman, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures becomes the ‘first major studio to depict gay male sex onscreen’.

The Hollywood Reporter noted, ‘There were multiple scenes that included men kissing, simulated oral sex and a steamy bedroom scene with both [male actors] Egerton and Madden unclothed.’

Barillas is miffed that emails to the Archdiocese of Chicago’s media relations office are being ignored.

He might have more success in getting his outrage noticed if he were to remind the church and the media relations office that Elton John caused fury back in 2010 when he said:

I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems.  On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East – you’re as good as dead.

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  • Tawreos

    I need to send them a note thanking them for letting me know that Richard Madden will be nude in it which has tipped this movie from my “when it comes to Netflix” column to my “when are the showtimes at my local theater” column. It is amazing that even hateful assholes like Barillas can do some good in the world.

  • LOL!

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Try being a gay woman

    Wait a minute, I thought that wasn’t a choice I could make.

  • Milo C

    I love the idea of church groups going to see this movie. Representation is a large part of social acceptance, and this movie will hopefully change some minds.

  • larry parker

    Sounds like the fight is going to be Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday night.

  • johnsoncatman

    “Sunday afternoon’s alright for fighting” just doesn’t flow as well, does it?

  • Trellia

    Same, my mom is a huge Elton John fan and now wants to see this.

  • Neko

    Barillas is miffed that emails to the Archdiocese of Chicago’s media relations office are being ignored.

    Maybe the Archdiocese of Chicago is too busy deciding which parishes to merge and which churches to close to respond to trash like <Lifesite.

  • WallofSleep

    “… Paramount Pictures becomes the ‘first major studio to depict gay male sex onscreen’.”

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s not true.

  • Kevin R. Cross

    I was worried they were going to side-step Elton’s sexuality in this film, glad to see they aren’t.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Some things to ponder….

    1) The so called “Bible Belt” in the USA is the biggest* consumer of really kinky sex. Including (but not limited to) Gay, Lesbian, Bestiality, and Simulated Pedophila**.

    2) There was an spin-off series of Dr. Who “Class” that had an Alien fall in love with a human. Both were Males. And they were happily intimate. Yay BBC. Was THAT ‘Gay Sex’ or something even weirder (lol)

    3) The movie ‘Pretty Woman’ had a blow job scene… And yet I read all sorts of positive reviews by bible thumpers.

    4) Rocky Horror!!!!

    5 thru 5,000,000 ) Get a life… If you don’t like it… Don’t SEE/LISTEN to it.

    * Pornhub tracks this stuff
    ** Yes, there is such a thing. Disclaimers on the net will state that ‘All actors are over 18’ and yet they try and make them look MUCH younger.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Here is a the ULTIMATE Pianogasm…(they did this several times.. even held concerts together)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcYSSYnf_l8

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Oh and, FFS can you pedophiles PLEASE STOP looking at movie reviews and deal with the child rapists for just ONE DAMN DAY?

  • Drat

    They should try protesting outside the theatres if they really want to have an impact.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT9xuXQjxMM

  • Mustafa Curtess

    You make it every time you fake passion and an orgasm. (Something that no man can ever do.)

  • Mustafa Curtess

    1) What does the bible say about raunchy DVD’s (or even about any kind of voyeurism at all)?

  • WTF does that even mean?

  • Mike Panic

    Churches must be “R” rated for all the hatred they spew hiding behind the skirts of an imaginary god.

  • Mike Panic

    Me Three

  • Mustafa Curtess

    Do you understand CoastalMaineBird’s reply to “Try being a gay woman”? (My reply was addressed to her – but never mind.)
    While it’s true that nobody has choice about being naturally gay – a woman can pretend to be (“try”) and perform all the physicl functions – oral (fellatio), wear a strap-on, etc. because she need not get aroused, erect, or discharge semen. Her lesbian partner need not know that she isn’t gay – but is just trying it to see what it’s like (or some other reason i.e. acting for a hidden camera for police entrapment or blackmail purposes).
    Likewise wives and female sex professionals can please a male partner – while not enjoying intercourse themselves at all. (“Faking” arousal, passion, and orgasm.)
    On the other hand – a str8 male can not function as gay against his nature He can’t get hard and penetrate – or shoot a load at all. (Impossible to “fake” (or “try”) or “choose” to be gay.
    Billions of gay men pretend to be str8 – but not a single str8 man can pretend to be gay. (“Show hard – or get the hell out!”)
    I apologise (to everyone) for having to draw such an explicit picture. But from your profile photo I can’t know if you’re an adult (and from your response – I assume that you are a very poorly-informed, (possibly even virgin) adolescent. (Or just an incredibly dumb, boring, adult.)
    I hope I haven’t broken any site rules in this attempt to answer your: “WTF does that even mean?”
    (The result when kids aren’t taught ALL about sex while in elementery school – so that they can avoid being sexually abused at church, etc.)

  • Mustafa Curtess

    They need to be burned to the ground.

  • I still haven’t a clue what you’re on about, mate — that’s gibberish.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    Then chalk it up to the language barrier and move on. (I can’t teach you to read.)

  • I can read just fine, it’s your english that’s lacking. You made zero sense.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    Give it a rest, Lady. You’re desperately lonely and need some attention. I’ve given you far more than you’re worth. Ta – Ta.

  • Mike Panic

    Thank you. That thought has crossed my mind. As has burning priests and ministers at the stake

  • Mike Panic

    Somewhere in foggy bottom I have some old 8MM Gay movies. Paramount is FAR from first.

  • Mike Panic

    They never reply to hate mail. So I just send more.

  • Mike Panic

    Gay male here and I understood Mustafa Curtess perfectly. Open your mind. Or does your god forbid thinking?

  • WallofSleep

    I’m gonna take a wild guess and say the biopic doesn’t no where near as far as your collection.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    LOL! I’m not sure that I have the stomach for that yet. I can see putting the pedophiles in prison and forbidding them to ever have any church functions again.
    But for the moment what China’s doing to them (and Imams) is putting them in education camps to try to de-program them and make functional citizens out of them. I’m 100% in favor of at least trying it. I have conclusions of my own – but I don’t push them on others or try to brainwash them (or their innocent kids).
    Having said that – we do know that Christians and Muslims are hysterical enough that they can be stirred up enough to burn ME at the stake (and some say outright that they want to do it already). It’s also quite clear that pretty much all of them think that I shouldn’t be allowed any civil or human rights (altho they’re raising hell about China doing exactly the same thing to THEM.)
    I can’t completely predict where the Evangelical take-over of the USA (for a start) will end – but it’s clearly going to get a lot worse for minorities of several kinds just because the courts are being turned over to devout Christians that only see Constitutional law as an obstacle and I doubt if separation of church and state will ever have any infuence again.
    One thing is certain from history: Once freedoms are taken away – it’s almost impossible for them to ever be restored again without some kind of humanitarian catastrophe.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    Thanks! Mike! I can’t deal with crazy females all by myself.
    She understands me well enough. (She just doesn’t want to admit it to herself.) Jesus and Muhmmad Freaks are all like that. (They sub-conciously know we’re right – and the idea of having to think for themselves and take some responsibility (besides “thoughts and prayers”) for the world they live in frightens them.)

  • Oh, do explain, please! Because while the words were English, the content was utter shite.

  • Nah, you’re just a homophobe.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    That’s HILARIOUS! (I’m as gay as it GETS!) And have beeen since I was about 12 years old!
    “Homophobe”? (Wow! – just —— wow.)
    (Hey! Mike Panic! Did I say even a single word that sounded “Homophobic?)

  • Hard to tell, because you clearly don’t know how English works.

  • Jim Jones

    State Communism is as much a religion as anything else.

  • Jim Jones

    Myra Breckenridge?

  • David Cromie

    I wonder how many actually turned out to see the movie, and of those who did, what they thought of it.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    Yeah. That’s how I’ve always seen “Patriotism”of any kind. But at least the state is something real and faith in it and service to it can have positive and palpable benefits. I can see why anybody can believe in his state – but I can’t see why anybody can believe in a god. (States CAN get better but the church can not. It’s why church and state best be kept very separate.)

  • David Cromie

    “…a str8 male can not function as gay against his nature”, except when he is banged up for years in prison, it seems.

  • Mike Panic

    VERY explicit.

  • Mike Panic

    I grew up learning in catholic school about burning at the stake and how the “holy” flames somehow removed the heresy or witchcraft from the victims. I guess it left me hard to faze with any atrocity.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    I resonate to that myself – without believing it the least.
    Those those who claim that “Atheists have no morals, compassion, or concern for our fellow man” – are just WRONG!
    But like euthanizing a suffering beloved pet – there’s some disagreeable things that just have to be DONE.
    Eventually the stakes may be so high that what you say may become unavoidable – in the best interests of mankind. No one person or a small group of persons will decide. It will be done by broad consensus – with regret. Mankind simply can not tolerate their debilitating turmoil and BS indefinitely – if our species is to survive.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    I’m 82, got a couple of degrees, and my English has served me well all over the world.
    HAD I KNOWN you were UK – I would never have replied to you.
    Now that you got your insults in – Please just Fuck Off.

  • persephone

    There are plenty of straight men in gay porn. They’re “gay for pay.” They prefer to top, but will bottom for the right money.

    Sorry, dude, men are on a spectrum of sexual orientation, just like women.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    No argument here. Everything hinges upon Latent Homosexuality which I’ve read many clinical studies on over at least 4 decades. All I’m aware of found that latent homosexualiy exists to a degree sufficient to prompt an erotic reaction in around 90% of healthy males.
    That confronts us with the question: Who is genuinely and exclusively “heterosexal”? Social pressure stemming from spiritual brainwashing has made it nearly impossible formost males to actually know themselves and be “happy in their skins”. It has also made it imposible to accept that in fact heterodsexual men are the minority and are the anomaly.
    The notion of “gay for play” is ludicrous. They’re GAY – but too emotionally insecure to embrace it. I’ve always loved gay porn – long before video tapes and digtal disks. With very few exceptions the “top” issue is merely superficial – for career purposes. They bottom for pleasure off-camera and when it will advance (or extend) their careers they do it on camera. I’ve invested a lot to be there when it happens – and I’m rarely disappointed. (In fact: That is a merchandising “hook” that the major studios exploit for a premium – for months.)”The “genie ids out of the bottle” at last – and I don’t belive that censorshi will be able to put it back. The artificial stigmatization of human sexuality (including the word “pornography”) has about run its course. Hopefully mankind is approaching maturity.
    If an adult model can play for pay — he’s gay. (And — why NOT?)

  • persephone

    People exist on a spectrum. The denial of this has destroyed so many lives. I’m a cishet white woman. I find many people attractive, but my fantasies tend to be 99% heterosexual.

    The phrase is “gay for pay” not “play.” They can make more in gay porn, because a lot of gays like straight guys, and a lot of women watch gay porn.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    I know “Gay for Pay” but played with the words to make a point that they aren’t necessarily pretending but it is important for buyers to believe that they are. That completely overlooks the commonaity of simple bi-sexuality ( which ay actually be the ‘norm” for the entire population)
    CertainynnIfnctioned quite happily as bi-sexual througfhut m prime – if only to conceal my (preferred) homosexuality. Until the time and place was convenient to come out and abandon the pretense and lived a life of honesty and self-respect.
    I only resent the pointless frustration that “modern” society made it necessary (and still does to a slightly lesser extent.)
    I’ve read quite a lot about classical Greek and early Roman culture when lifestyles were unremarkable and it’s possible that concepts of “heterosexuality” and “homosexuality” may not have existed. Of no more social interest than a person’s instinctive prefereces in foods.

  • Mustafa Curtess

    Yes – Same spectrum: Gay or Straight -and nothing in the least ambiguous about it – unless you believe that a woman can be :”a little bit pregnant”. We are discussing the film industry here. I know it’s difficult to keep in mind – but there is as good as ZERO connection between an actor’s life and the roles he portrays on film.
    The adult film industry is NO DIFFERENT! The industry is highly competitive. If a studio’s sales increase by portraying an actor as “Gay for Pay” – it will do so. Somewhat later – a title may be highly popular if presented as the opportunity to see the formerly “straight” top submit to a beautiful, inspiring, bottoming “for the first time”. (When in reality he has been completely and marvelously versatile for decadess (and from the very beginning of his active sex life.)
    They all use studio names – which makes connecting them to their real life past extremely difficult (even tho nobody really cares)
    LOL! The gullibility of the American entertainment industry audience is amazing! Look into the previous life of the prim, sanctimonious, “Dr. Laura Schlesinger of FOX. What a fraud! (Not that I have the least criticim of a person’s sex life – so long as they’re honest about it.)