Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Porn Star, A Perfume Genius & Depeche Mode

This is Hungarian-born gay porn superstar Arpad Miklos, real name Peter Kozma. He's dead; committed suicide by overdose at the age of 45. The body was found by friends on February 3.

Peter Kozma, a.k.a. Arpad Miklos

When I read Miklos was dead, I knew the name but realized I've never seen a single one of his films -- and there are nearly 60 of them. That surprised me since I do watch my fair share of porn. I recognized photos of him immediately though, but not because of his porn work. I'd seen him in this short, but memorable music video from Perfume Genius, the Seattle-based indie-chamber pop singer/songwriter whose real name is Mike Hadreas. Hadreas was looking for a bodybuilder to appear in his video and when none would step up, he reached out to Arpad Miklos. This is the result of their collaboration.



What is there is to say about Arpad Miklos now? He made porn. He won awards for his performances in porn. He was also an escort. In 2007, Miklos won an International Escort Award from Rentboy.com and was named Best Top Escort by HX Magazine. Reliable sources report he was educated and a chemist in Budapest, Hungary before entering the porn industry in 1995. He taught himself English and came to the U.S. in 2003. Fast forward to early February of 2013 and he commits suicide. According to a friend, Miklos left behind a note in which he assumes there will be judgment about his actions and acknowledges haters are gonna hate and speculate. Having attempted suicide myself as a young man, I would be the last person to judge Arpad Miklos/Peter Kozma. Nor am I inclined to judge his pursuit of careers in porn or escorting. If I looked like Arpad Miklos, maybe I'd be fucking and escorting for money, too. I do have feelings and questions about all this though. I think it's wonderful that so many activists are aggressively tackling the problem of school bullying and LGBT teen suicides. But I'd love it if we could also talk calmly and thoughtfully about porn and escorting and why a 45-year-old guy like this kills himself.

Moving on...

New York based actor, comedian, blogger and Internet celebrity Randy Rainbow is back with another cheerfully irreverent video. Last year he successfully skewered the Chic-fil-A controversy and had a series of zingy mock phone conversations with celebrities and politicians. This time around he pokes fun at those increasingly tedious American Idol auditions.



Want more Randy Rainbow? Check out  GwistTV, the new LGBT online network. He's there.


Graham Gremore describes himself like this: I am a reclusive misanthrope born and raised in St. Paul, MN. I now identify as an artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's posted a couple of charming animated videos to his YouTube channel and this is his latest, "The Straight Girl's Guide to Gay Sex." After watching it, I'd say it might as well be mandatory viewing for everyone at age 15.




H&M, the Swedish multi-national retail-clothing company, has a line of David Beckham underwear. And here's the 90-second Internet ad for it, directed by Guy Ritchie... for some reason. Let's face it, this exists solely to show us David Beckham running and jumping in underwear. But there are far worse ways to waste 90 seconds of your day.




And finally... the enormously popular English electronic band Depeche Mode is back with a video for their new single, "Heaven." The band is playing in a big, gloomy cathedral and then some weirdly cool visual stuff happens, but no one ever cracks a smile because, well, this is Depeche Mode, people. But the song, a kind of slow-burning ballad, may just grow on you. A full album drops in March.




Peace out,
David

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