TikTok User Sparks Debate Over Video on Gay Clubs For Up to Age 32

TikTok user Oskar sets off a debate on older gays in clubs. (Photo Credit: Various TikTok Accounts)

            Ageist or not?  That is the debate over a TikTok video put up by a user named Oskar (@dobermanboxxer). The video shows Oskar making faces while an instrumental of Rihanna’s song “Work” plays and a caption reading “Can someone open a gay club where the maximum age is 32 bc the geriatrics keep getting on my nerves.” In the description for the video, the user wrote, “Like…they had so much time to mature but stay acting immature and creepy.. it’s not an isolated incident either.”  (UPDATE- 08/29/2022: The original poster deleted this video and his rebuttal video, but as you well know, nothing on the internet is truly gone.)

 

While there were some people who agreed with Oskar,

there were many more that called him out for his ageist views.

Others made videos in response to Oskar’s claims.

@ryananttt

#stitch with @Oskar no babies allowed in. #PartyWithVMAs #fyp #stitch #gay #gayclub #gaybar #lgbtq

♬ original sound – Ryan Anthony

@nonbinarychrisq

#stitch with @Oskar No disrespect. just some things that came to mind. #PartyWithVMAs #gaytiktok #gay

♬ original sound – Chris Quinlan

@daddyfilipino

#stitch with @Oskar I’m so done with the gays.

♬ original sound – Filipino Fatale

 

@musclesandnursing

#stitch with @Oskar

♬ original sound – 🔥🔥✨Haus of Petty✨🔥🔥

            Oskar made his own video in response to the many comments and videos criticizing him. He explains that it is older gays that are more predatory and are more likely to try to grope younger guys in clubs. (UPDATE: 08/29/2022- This video has been removed as well.)

One user (TheChubbMartin2.0) came back with a critique on both of Oskar’s videos that he used as a teachable moment for the original poster.

@thechubbmartin2.0

#stitch with @Oskar #geriatric #gay #lgbtq #creeps #age #separation #hyperbole #fouragreements

♬ original sound – TheChubbMartin2.0

            As TheChubbMartin2.0 points out in his video, times have changed in gay (or LGBTQ) culture.  From the seventies to at least the late 2000s, being gay was not socially acceptable. There were not many positive representations of gay men or lesbian women on television either.  Kylie Lawrence elaborates in her article for Prism Florida:

Gay bars provided a safe space for LGBTQ community members to go without fear of being harassed for their identity, and it allowed them to meet other members of the community…Gay club culture originated in the early to mid-1900s but truly began to thrive and grow in the ’70s and ’80s. It was filled with vibrant music, unique dance moves, and extravagant style. There were no rules or norms, but rather the trend was to be your true and authentic self and to embrace differences and uniqueness.

 

            The secrecy of gay bars also fostered a sexually charged environment. If you were going out to a gay bar during the 70s, 80s, and even in some places in the late 90s, one of the (if not the singular) reasons for this was to find some guy to have sex with.

            Compare that to today where television shows like Modern Family and movies like Love, Simon show positive LGBTQ+ representation and more visibility of the LGBTQ+ thanks to actors, singers, and athletes coming out. Being gay, lesbian, or bisexual is more mainstream now and so are the clubs.

            As an article in Bon Appetit points out:

It makes sense that the sexualization of bodies has become a central point of queer-centered nightlife, given that gay people have so often been forced to hide their sexuality in the outside world. But it becomes problematic when the presumed access to other queer bodies that has become commonplace at gay bars results in the violation of consent.

            Gone are the days, in most gay bars, where two men decide to hook up outside of the bar, in a dark backroom, in the bar’s bathroom, etc. In this day of hookup cell phone apps like Grindr or Scruff, gay men look for sexual encounters from their iPhones or Samsung cells while going out to a club is a way to be seen without the pressures of finding sexual partners.

             The mores (or customs) of today’s gay bars versus the gay bars pre-internet have diverged in other ways too. The music played on the dancefloor is more conventional today, and so are the clubs for that matter. Gay bars of the 70s and 80s allowed the use of “poppers” (a substance made with alkyl nitrates that were inhaled to create a euphoric effect) while many clubs today frown upon their usage.

            Do you agree with Oskar’s views or do you think he comes off as ageist? Let us know in the comments or on our social media accounts.


Sources: Oskar TikTok Account, TheChubbMartin2.0 TikTok Account, Prism Florida, Bon Appetit,

 

5 thoughts on “TikTok User Sparks Debate Over Video on Gay Clubs For Up to Age 32”

  1. Creepy part is idiot admitting people, like himself under 32, are immature and childish, yet attaches same to those “mature” older individuals. Self-absorbed Dumb ass blinded by his own narcissistic views.

    Reply
  2. What I’ve noticed is that a lot of the time younger guys are so narcissistic they’re absolutely convinced anyone older than them is automatically hot for them, even if the older guys are just trying to be friendly. I live in San Francisco and so many of these types think they’re God’s gift to the gay community just because they’re in their twenties… they seem to have no concept that in reality they’re just just not much to look at, lol…

    Reply
  3. He has a valid point not wanting to be pestered by creepy dudes. My issue is to any age just don’t be creepy. Keep your hands to yourself, know others boundaries and read body language. It’s simple really. Take a hint not everyone will be into you and it’s okay. From a fellow gay in his 40’s.

    Reply
  4. I’m with the kids on this. I’m in my early 30s and hattteeee going out to the clubs because there’s always old creepy men getting handsy and weird. Young people can be creeps too but in my experience the older generations are disproportionately more creepy. I always linked it to their age but still time to grow up.

    Reply
    • Not sure what clubs you’re going to but it’s not an age thing; you just apparently get really turned off by anyone approaching you, which obviously you can say f-off to anyone but also remember you are in a club and some people still view them as to spaces to “meet” people / hit on people. Yes many people don’t know boundaries so if you’re getting groped it’s probably more the vibe of the place. JTMaybe rather than just being out of the gate judgy just focus on coming up with a default response to shake them off (like “dude, consent to touch” or “sorry not interested”) and then focus on having a good time. Or try a unisex/”straight” space because so many gay spaces are disappearing anyways so enjoy it while it is still in existence.

      Reply

Leave a Reply to Anonymous Cancel reply