In case you haven’t read Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and The Advocate, and other outlet’s scathing articles regarding my interview with the Magic Mike XXL cast, take a moment google the media’s field day with my interview. I’m setting the record straight. I was trying to discover any differences with the purposes of celebrating them, not minimizing them. With the SCOTUS ruling having recently taken place, I was astounded no other “journalist” was working in the LGBT community in their questions to the cast. My intention was to open up that dialogue about sexuality, with Matt Bomer, who is an LGBT self identified man, who not many people have addressed the topic. As a journalist, it is my job to discover why people are staying away from that topic. Are people phobic? Do they not want to tie homosexuality to a “leading man” caliber actor like Matt Bomer? Or is HE simply reserved about his personal life and has kept reporters at bay regarding the topic? I was merely trying to start a conversation I felt was neglected, and my intentions were misinterpreted to have a negative connotation.
“Dulce loved, Matt’s answer, and although the actor misunderstood where Dulce Osuna was coming from, he immediately saw she had no ill intention with the question. A moment that was cut from the published video.
With Osuna’s background in political science and international relations, what the media missed was that Dulce was actually trying to OPEN a dialogue with Matt Bomer about not only HIS sexuality, but sexuality as a WHOLE. Hola Hollywood’s creator used a common rhetoric tactic, used when one is trying “to set up” one’s subject to express and elaborate his/her views and thoughts. By posing an”intentionally reductive” question like “are gay men harder to please,” Dulce was actually asking Bomer, “are you, as a gay man, and are gay men as a whole, different than women?” And we all know the answer.
It was simply Matt’s opportunity to break down those stereotypes and generalizations about sexuality, and he did so by highlighting how a group of male strippers dancing half naked can do just that.
Furthermore it’s interesting to observe that the media seems to believe in order for people to hear Bomer’s poignant thoughts on breaking down stereotypes in media there must be negativity in the circumstance, someone must be “shot down,” there must be sensationalism. Sensationalism has changed journalism, and hence has limited drastically the information the public receives. In a world where it is understood that perception and bias are everything in media, are you disturbed by the idea of someone controlling what ideas are reported to you? By creating production companies like www.Fridam.co together with Karmina Berman and myself, people like us hope to influence a movement of demanding higher quality media programming. Vote with your ballot, dollar, and clicks.”