Cheyenne Jackson Opens Up On His Changing Relationship w/ The Gay Press

The Rage has a great interview with Cheyenne Jackson, in which he opens about--among other things--his evolving relationship with the gay press. (Spoiler alert: Cheyenne's had a tough go of it over the last few years with the LGBT media in the wake of his divorce, revelations about his struggles with drugs and alcohol...and that *alleged* revealing video.) 

Cheyenne tells The Rage:

You know its funny, for so long I was seen as the all American blue-eyed sweet boy—that had been my image. I’m going to be 39 and up until 37 I had such a pristine reputation.  And really, nobody is perfect. Because I was good at managing it so carefully, no one even knew that I had struggled with drugs and alcohol for 20 years.

Then someone leaked that I was in a 12-Step program and that I had grown a crazy mustache, shaved my head, which I had done for a role and that I had gotten a couple of tattoos…it’s funny, I still feel the need to justify.

No one had really ever said anything bad about me and that was the hardest thing. With everything that has happened over the last year and a half, all of the stuff in the press, I kind of got raked over the coals.  As much as I like to pretend that it doesn’t matter, it did. I’m just like everybody else; of course I want you to like me.

I am amazed how quickly the press can turn on you.  It’s especially true of the gay press at times.

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Don’t get me wrong; the LGBT press has been incredibly supportive over the years. It’s just been a few snarky blogs that I have had to stay away from.  Mostly because of how much it hurt my family; they have been really affected by it at times.  I guess it’s like RuPaul shared with me, “Your opinion of me is none of my business.”

What do you think, Instincters? Has Cheyenne gotten an unfair shake in the gay press?

 

(H/T: The Backlot)

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I have no time for the bitchery of the "GAY" media. Perez made it worse with his Queendom and in my opinion, anyone who spends their time savoring the juicy stories/lies/innuendos written by these Hedda Hopper wannebe queers is in serious need of intensive counseling.

Anyone who thought that he was anything less than human is either naive or just plain stupid. Why would he (or any other celebrity) be required to act any different than any other other normal moron walking down the street.  It someone thinks he fell off some pedestal  then they were the one who put him up there in the first place. I guess this kind of scrutiny (from gay press or any press for that matter) is what sells the checkout stand gossip rags that the American public soaks up like a bunch of brainless sponges. People of fame and/or notoriety have are just a susceptible to the problems that the people who have normal boring lives; addictions, relationship difficulties, mental illness, financial problems....whatever!  I have seen Mr. Jackson in live performances and interviews and not once did he seem anything less than kind, funny and a little shy. In other words a normal person who just happens to have some measure of talent and worked (operative word here: worked!) hard enough to try to make a living with that talent.  He got a couple of tattoos...BFD! He has a problem with addiction....so do 23 million other Americans! Wish the man a healthy and continued recovery,  hope that he has continued success (the same thing you would want if you were in his place) and move on with your own life!  And as far as the 'gay media' goes.... I would like someone to explain to me how media can be 'gay'? Our community has enough problem with the rest of the world without trashing one another! 

I really like your comment.

I think that generally, when a segment of the media serves a particular portion of society with topics and references that resonate with that particular demographic, then people refer to it as "gay" or "women's" or "black"...etc.   It's just descriptive of the general audience of the periodical, TV show, blog....

Um no.... He a C list actor loving that his name is still in the press. He made us think he was this n that. Then the truth came out. Yeah no one is perfect but that's the media/press.

Cute guy.  Odd hair.   Public figures can't have their heart on their sleeve.   If they do, they just won't make it for the long term.   Cheyenne should meander through the art community, and find some nice guys to DATE....then maybe a new relationship.   Maybe someone older?   Seems like he needs some emotional support.

I agree with the above comment. Cheyenne simply called out the gay press. Good for him.

Still adore him and faults and tatts, he's hot and talented! Haters got hate!

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In a recent Facebook update, I posted:

"...gay media is set up where darker gays have to work extra hard (and/or kiss too much ass) for recognition. Meanwhile, a White or light-complexioned person get easily praised, but has to hang on to their youth for dear life. For the second a sign of aging appears, gay media throws them in front of the bus, makes them roll under it, takes the bus around the block, and runs over them again as they're trying to get up."

While that seems off-topic, it's not. For I see now that I should have also included in that update how aging isn't the only thing that makes gay media throw you in front and under their bus. Gay media also plays turncoat over the slightest misstep, so that they don't have to look at themselves seeing how screwed up their system of operation is.

For let's be honest. The media consolidated sisterhood of Instinct, Out, Queerty all made Cheyenne seem like a god. But look at how they are treating him now. I say that Cheyenne basically called gay media on its b.s. GOOD FOR HIM! For he's showing why the powers-that-be in gay media have made it a consortium that any gay with good sense can't, nor should be loyal to.

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