Body Beautiful: Recently, LOGO aired The Adonis Factor, a documentary by Christopher Hines about gay men’s obsession with beauty and physical perfection. After watching this film, a few things crossed my mind: 1.) Many of the men profiled were disgustingly obnoxious about their views regarding beauty. 2.) This film falsely stereotypes the entire gay community (since I don’t believe all gay men fall into the demographic profiled in this film) and 3.) even with the group of gay men who do fall into the category profiled, body image and beauty is unfortunately a pretty major issue within gay culture.
Watching the first quarter of the film was like watching a ridiculous satire about gay stereotypes—Larry Kramer’s Faggots ring a bell?—thanks to a cast of superficial queens yakking about how beautiful they believe they are and how they only roll with “the beautiful people”. However, after all of that nonsense, the film opens up about more serious topics like eating disorders, anabolic steroids, drugs, relationships and so on.
With summer just right around the corner, this is the perfect film for gay men to watch since many of them are right now killing themselves at the gym just to look good for hopeful validation from other men. It’s one thing to take care of yourself and be healthy for personal matters. But, it’s another thing to abuse fitness and beauty for the wrong reasons.