As a bear, seeing pure bear representation on mainstream television is slim to nonexistent. The reasons behind this exclusionary travesty are plentiful. For starters, people in Hollywood don't know what a ‘bear community' is. Yes, they know the look and maybe a basic amount of our terms, but they don't know our strife, or humor, or our creativity. Secondly, Hollywood tends to follow a sort of basic gay aesthetic with many gay series on TV like Noah's Ark, Queer As Folk, Will & Grace, etc... Don't get me wrong. I adore all the series listed. They paved the way for the explosion of gay content today, but they represented the generic portion of the community, showing the aesthetic of twinks, toned men, and maybe a muscle stud or two. They didn't describe, or rather celebrate, me or many chubby, hairy, bearded bears watching. Which brings me to my last reason: Marketability. Even though it is 2020, the year of our bear lord, the culture and Hollywood still don't see big gay men as sex symbols, at least not well enough for them to carry their own series or narrative. They are so set in their ways of thinking that it is hard for them to take a chance on a gay bear project. However, if Hollywood wouldn’t give us an opportunity, the Internet would with web series, which was where I caught my first glimpse of a TV series catering to the gay bear subculture.
I can remember when I learned of Michael Clarke Duncan's death. I didn't follow celebrities, but I couldn't pretend that his death didn't affect me. I was hurt. I actually cared about a person who I never met and would never know. I started digging to find out as much as I could about this man. I actually started to feel grateful the celebrity gossip rags for bringing all this information to me. For the first time I understood the obsession that is People and Us magazine. I often ridiculed them, but now I was turning to their reporting to learn everything I could about this man.
Maybe it's because there aren't many celebrities like Duncan that I never formed any attachments to movie stars before. I'm obviously into big guys and the media just wasn't offering up the people that interested me.
A lot of times dark-skinned men in Hollywood often get overlooked when it comes to people's perception of what sexiness entails when it comes to their standards this idea of beauty has down to the bear community, So for this post I wanted to highlight a dark chocolate, thick actor who often gets overlooked in many peoples Man Crush Mondays list.
I first noticed Leonard Earl Howze in the smash-hit movies Barbershop and Barbershop 2 as the well-beloved character Dinka, a shy kind-hearted employee in the up and coming neighborhood barbershop. But what made me add Leonard Earl Howze to my Bear Black Book was his scene in Barbershop 2 when he walked out the door showing his dark chocolate skin and hairy chest. He immediately became one of my favorite black thick actors, and worth entry into the Black Bear Book.
A good prison shower scene is always a major turn on for gay men, but what makes these type of scenes memorable are the actors or in this case actor, and Bill Goldberg aka Battle made the movie way more interesting by showing a well built hairy chest, massive tatted arms and a deep voice that makes majority of men weak.
The Longest Yard Scene Scenario: Paul Crewe played by Adam Sandler, Caretaker played by Chris Rock and Coach Nate Scarborough played by Burt Reynolds is trying to make a powerhouse football team of prisoners to battle the guards and Battle played by Bill Goldberg was their top choice
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