Mark Simpson’s Inside Story on the US Army’s Gay Porn Scandal

grey Mark Simpsons Inside Story on the US Armys Gay Porn ScandalThe cur­rent (May) issue of the proudly met­ro­sexual Details magazine includes an ‘under­cover’ exclus­ive by yours truly on the globally-reported gay porn scan­dal involving para­troop­ers from the élite 82nd Airborne, ‘America’s Honor Guard’.

A couple of years ago my buddy and The Queen is Dead co-author Steve Zeeland tipped me off to the exist­ence of activeduty.com, the then little-known mil­it­ary porn web­site now at the centre of the scan­dal. Ever the over-keen observer of mas­cu­line trends, metrodaddy trav­elled to North Carolina to meet Dink Flamingo, the man behind act­ive­duty and find out more about straight men ‘act­ing gay’ — this time in the form of man­sex rather than manicures.

For con­trac­tual reas­ons I can’t reveal more about what happened here: if you feel the need to know you’ll have to buy, beg or bor­row a copy of the highly fra­granced men’s fash­ion magazine to find out all the (slightly less fra­granced) ‘details’. Or, if you’re feel­ing brave, try a Google search. Let me just say that Dink is a real char­ac­ter and his mil­it­ary mod­els real friendly.

The piece also looks at why mostly straight, in some cases mar­ried, élite mil­it­ary men would get involved in gay porn, des­pite the US military’s expli­cit ban on appear­ing in skin-flicks – not to men­tion your actual homo­sex. And why they might actu­ally have less of a prob­lem with it than straight civil­ian men.

Why, in other words, fight­ing men might not be pussy about dick.

Most sig­ni­fic­antly, it also reveals that there have been numer­ous gay porn scan­dals involving the US mil­it­ary since the 1970s, and uncov­ers evid­ence that the seven para­troop­ers charged by the US Army over the scan­dal have been unfairly scape­goated — that this has been going on for many years, prob­ably with the Army’s know­ledge, and involves many more than the seven para­troop­ers, ‘isol­ated to one unit’, claimed cat­egor­ic­ally by the Army as the ‘only ones’ involved.

Homos and sol­diers, it seems, can’t stay away from one another. Certainly homos can’t get get enough of sol­diers. It was Marcel Proust who observered a hun­dred years ago that: “A homo­sexual is not someone who likes other homo­sexu­als, but someone who on see­ing a sol­dier imme­di­ately wants him for a friend”.

Perhaps in this less lit­er­ary, less inno­cent, more medi­ated age this should now be mod­i­fied to: “…imme­di­ately wants him for a porn star.”

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