American Gods’ “Head Full of Snow” Gay Scene

I was practically squeeing when they went true to form (detailing the book, as is proper).  Neil Gaiman is one of the producers and I’m glad he’s there to have influence over telling the story according to the source, “American Gods”, which was a spellbinding, if confusing at times, book.  Hopefully Starz won’t interfere when the goddamn anti-gay shitheels come a-knocking and complainin’.

They showed the Muslim man getting it on with the Djinn.  Accurately.  I was so chuffed by this, I can’t tell ya.  Sure, I’m a woman, and I’m straight, but in my book, if one man’s good, two are better.  I love gay stories, gay porn, and I write it in fanfic because I just love two men (or three) together.  So to see it played out accurately on the TV show (admittedly STARZ b/c it couldn’t have been done on frickin’ network TV, even if they shaded the dicks on display) was simply charming.

Now, while I was watching, I’m imagining all the homophobes having conniption fits.  Turning it off, covering their eyes, whatever.

Ohhh, boo hoo.  Did it ever once occur to you that gay men have been having to endure straight sex onscreen for over 60 years and they’ve been a million times’ better than you at putting up with it?  Oh, and just to give you something else to think about, consider this stupidity:

Two men play gay men on the big screen and suddenly, you think they’re gay or they’re worth disparaging.  But two gay men play straight men on the big screen and that’s okay?  What, are they suddenly straight for doing that?  No. How many gay and lesbian actors were on Queer As Folk or The L-Word?  Less than half.  Does that mean that those straight men went gay?  Ask them and you’ll get the same dumbfounded looks of confusion you’d get if you asked a man who played a serial killer if he’s now out there killing people.  Actors.  Get it?  They’re ACTORS.

So, consider that the two actors who played those roles of salesman and Djinn don’t have to be gay or straight to play those roles.  They’re ACTORS.  And while you’re at it, consider for a moment that if gay porn were “okay” for women to watch, and by okay I mean by the members of porn-watching society, as a whole, then you men wouldn’t get so pissed off about straight women not wanting to watch the lesbian porn that you find so hot just before you have sex.  You’d be grateful she wasn’t asking you watch the gay porn.

And WTF does gay porn or straight porn have to do with the minute amount of soft porn we saw in the episode?  Sex.  It’s all about the sex.  Two men.  Muslim and Djinn.  Wow, how scary.  The homophobes and Islamophobes must be having repression porn flashbacks.

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Trying to Correct the Uncorrectible

There’s this pastor (Protestant: evangelical Christian) who has decided that gays aren’t evil.

Upworthy’s A pastor shares the exact moment he changed his mind about the LGBTQ community.

While Ryan hadn’t been hostile toward the LGBTQ community before, now he admits his lack of attention to the subject helped create a culture of fear surrounding homosexuality and the church.

Since Ryan announced that EastLake would be an open and affirming church, hundreds of people have left the church. But Ryan stands by his decision.

“I don’t care if the Bible says, ‘Gay people suck,’” he says. “I have lots of things I disagree with about the Bible.”

Note: hundreds of people have left over relaxing view of LGBTQ people. Aren’t they supposed to “love everyone” because “Jesus” told them to?  Of course not. Because “he” never “said” that.

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Anyways, while his opinion of gays has changed, Pastor Meeks still believes gay people will go to hell.  He’s just decided to be nicer about it so they’ll follow his god’s laws.  Those laws that say:  here’s how to hate and fear everyone who isn’t you, here’s what you eat, here’s when to eat it, here’s what to wear and how to make it, here’s what to grow and and how to grow it, here’s how to slaughter animals to a specific god and for a variety of reasons, and here are all the animals and people you have to hate.

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The shitheels writing the Books of Moses while pretending to be Moses were seriously fucked up dudes.  Why am I saying “dudes”?  Because there are four different sources to those books of Moses (documents called “J”, “E”, “P”, and “D”) and those people writing them did so several hundred years after those so-called events happened and they wrote different versions of the same events.

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Regardless, we still the problem in believing in a book that has cost MILLIONS of lives, and that’s a low number, especially if you take seriously all the tribes that “Israel” slaughtered for no other reason than a) they had nothing better to do/felt threatened for no good reason, or b) this so-called god told them to do it. That so-called god of the Old Testament murdered millions by flooding the entire planet because he suddenly got a bug up his ass for those millions not worshipping him. Well, if he was really a GOD, then he simply could have changed everyone’s minds instead of pointlessly slaughtering them. Which goes to show you how spectacularly fictional the Old Testament is.
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Humans have this need to make sense and meaning out of their lives and basic Pagan religion is the result.  On the other hand, “Religions” based on the Pentateuch/Torah/Qu’ran/New Testament are based on books whose authors were nothing more than authoritarian nutjobs equal to Jim Jones.
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Buddha is the exception, but combine Buddhism with authoritarian regimes (pre-1960s China, Far East countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc., ancient Japan) and voila, murder. Hinduism is an offshoot of Buddhism (determined by archaeological study of migration patterns) which turned into a polytheistic religion, but Mahatma Gandhi was forced to fight for the right to live independent lives and the reason that happened was due to British colonialism, and other countries pulled the same shit due to an authoritarian belief which centered on following the “corrected” Bible, which “told” them to convert every single non-believer.

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(I should also add that “Pagan”, Hindu, and Buddhist “religions” don’t feel the need to “convert” non-Pagans/Hindus/Buddhists.)

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Currently, we in the U.S. have factions who are ready, willing, and able to slaughter tens of thousands of lives (particularly black and gay) and they “blame” (my word) their need to do this because the Bible tells them to do it. Well, pardon me, but …


a) Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with the Old Testament so whomever they’re following to justify killing gays, it isn’t Jesus.
b) Christians are confused because they don’t know who to worship: Jesus or Yahweh/Elohim/Jehovah. In order to call yourself a Christian, you HAVE TO pick Jesus.
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Every single book in the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran is vehemently anti-woman. To single out half the human race for slavery and oppression is a heinous act and deserves no respect. Period.

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So while this pastor aims to be a bit more egalitarian toward his fellow humans, he still follows a book that subscribes to murder, rape, and slavery.  I’d admire him more if he chose to be an atheist in order to treat everyone as he would like to be treated.

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Lastly, does my being Wiccan say I’m a hypocrite?  No.  What I believe is for me alone.  I despise those who oppress and enslave and murder and I try not to do the same to others.  Does that mean that my “goddess” is no more real than the authoritarian male gods?  Yes.  She is simply my interpretation of nature, which rules all.  And you cannot deny that nature rules us all without looking like a complete moron.