John Amaechi Named to Salon’s 2007 List of Sexiest Men Living

John Amaechi: Salon’s Sexiest Men Living

One of the last things you expect from a former professional basketball player is humility, but earlier this year, when John Amaechi became the first NBA player to come out of the closet (considered to be sexy in its own right) it became clear during his rounds of the media that he was not only scholarly, handsome and smart, but more than happy to cut himself down to size. On “The Daily Show,” when Jon Stewart chided him about being British, he deadpanned: “There’s one [British player] in Chicago now, but he’s actually good.”

Thomas Rogers writes in Salon:

For those of us with distaste for the machismo and egocentrism that often accompany professional sports, and, despite that, a predilection for tall athletes in shorts, Amaechi’s self-deprecation is beyond refreshing — it’s hot. Combine that with a British accent, a sharp sense of humor, a delightfully screwy dental structure, and a history of vocal opposition to the National Rifle Association, and you’ve got my vote for the gay male heartthrob of the year.

It’s as if Amaechi decided to single-handedly destroy all of our preconceptions about professional basketball players at once. Sure, he’s gay. But he’s also a political activist. He’s completing his Ph.D. in child psychology. He writes poetry. He drinks Early Grey tea. He makes introspective YouTube videos about his height. He’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Professional basketball doesn’t just need more openly gay players. It needs more John Amaechis. And so do we.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Baring Some of His Naughty, Naughty Past.

Swarzenegger and Dick Cheney in The White House

Schwarzenegger: Horse and Cigar

Photograph by: Annie Leibovitz

Stop! I was a Very, Very Naughty Guy Back Then!!

It has been reported that from an early age Arnold Schwarzenegger had a personality that was driven to achieve international notoriety. Other reports have described how, soon after arriving in the United States from his native Austria, Schwarzenegger immediately began to curry the favors of anyone who could promote his ambitions, not infrequently extremely wealthy older men who were infatuated with his sturdy, muscular physique. Another champion of Schwarzenegger’s thirst for fame was Robert Mapplethorpe, the openly gay, lascivious photographer who was infamous, in part, for his body of porn/art photography.

Mapplethorpe, enamored of Schwarzenegger, was quick to become one of the growing group of people who lionized and fawned over Arnold. And Schwarzenegger was quick to nourish those feelings in order to further his own career. He posed for this early group of artists for many of the interesting pictures that are contained in the intriguing photographic slideshow presented below.

This posting is meant to be an illustration of one man’s calculated, seductive enshrinement of the worship of Flesh and Muscle. This, in some ways, can reflect a deeper psychological issue, specifically the replacement of the “World of Words” by a “World of Flesh and Muscle.”

Audio Music: Bad Boys

Sometimes I Was a Very, Very Naughty Guy

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