Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rant #895: Surprise, Surprise, Surprise (Not Really)


Actor/singer Jim Nabors, of "Gomer Pyle" fame and the guy with that funny look, funny voice, and deep, baritone voice, has come out of the closet.

He married his long-time male companion in Washington State the other day. He is a resident of Hawaii, but since same-sex marriages are legal in Washington, him and his beau decided to tie the knot there.

"When Sgt. Carter finds out, he gonna kill me, he gonna kill me, he gonna kill me dead."

That's the line from one of the most memorable, funny episodes of the "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C." series, where Gomer is entrusted with Sgt. Carter's car, and it ends up not only getting lost and stolen, but getting smashed to bits, too.

Anyway, was this most recent action by Nabors any "surprise, surprise, surprise" to anyone? Will Sgt. Carter "kill him dead" when he finds out about it?

Probably not.

Nabors has never hid his sexuality, although he never paraded around his sexuality to the public like other stars who feel the need to do so have done in recent times.

He says that his co-workers and closest friends knew he was gay, but he never felt the need to let everybody in on his secret, one which really wasn't secret at all.

Now that Nabors has come out and married, will he change his approach to the whole thing?

No, he won't, which is very, very refreshing.

Unlike some Hollywood personalities who hit you over the head with their sexuality (both ways, I might add), Nabors said he will not change his way of doing things.

He said he will not advise others on how to handle their homosexuality, because he believes that just because he did it his way, it doesn't mean that that is the right way to go about it for everyone.

It worked for him, but he doesn't know if it will work for others.

He was also asked if he would now be an activist for gay marriage and other gay issues, and he said that he would not.

He said that he was generally an apolitical person to begin with, never much into politics, and he wasn't going to change his way of doing things now that he is out of the closet.

I have made my stance on gay marriage known in the past, and I am not going to do it again right now.

But I find Nabors' stance refreshing.

Certain entertainers use their fame to jump on the pulpit and preach. They believe that since they are in the public eye, they have a perfect right to do that.

They preach about a lot of things. They preach about problems in far off countries, they preach about things happening in their own country, and nowadays, they preach about their sexuality.

I am sick and tired about getting hit over the head with this.

You are what you are, and if you are gay, to me, that is a private thing.

Why does everybody have to know everything about everybody?

I have liked Nabors for years, first on "The Andy Griffith Show" and then on the "Gomer Pyle" program.

Does his sexuality have anything to do with that?

No, I could care less.

Heck, it was more of a surprise the first time I heard that baritone voice come out of that country bumpkin body.

My point is this: who cares about a person's sexuality anymore, especially the private lives of Hollywood types who are usually so vapid and self centered that they almost use this as a badge of courage for them, that they feel everyone has to applaud them for?

It's time to get off the stage and move on.

And that's no "surprise, surprise, surprise."

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