Um, Since When Did Darren Criss Become A “Bear”?

In today’s edition of improper labels in the media, fellow blog POPWIRED has classified Glee‘s Darren Criss as a “bear”. What. The. Fuck? This made us do a double take, considering the actor isn’t even close to full-on bear status. He’s stick thin, clean-shaven and prettier than most of our lady-friends.

Alas, the gay media will call anything with hair on its chest a “bear”. It’s not like Darren Criss is so hairy that he’s practically wearing a fur coat. In that case, we could sort of understand the “bear in the making” reference. But then he’d just be an otter, which apparently isn’t enough of a buzz word to get people to write angry rants about your misguided designations.

So we’ve already established that Darren Criss isn’t a bear, right? Let’s move on to something else he’s not–gay. Though he plays uber-homosexual Blaine on the hit show, this guy is one-hundred percent batting for the other team.

He told OUT magazine, “I think it’s more empowering to everybody, including myself, if I’m articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character. Ultimately, that’s more powerful for both communities.” On that note, wouldn’t it be extremely “powerful” if Darren Criss posed naked to show his support for equality? Just putting it out there.

– Dewitt

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39 thoughts on “Um, Since When Did Darren Criss Become A “Bear”?

  1. Why does every straight actor who plays a gay character speak as if they deserve some sort of fucking pat on the back or accolade for it? Moreover, why do we care?

  2. Hey Soul Sister, ain’t that Mister Mister on the radio. The stereo. The way you move it ain’t fair, you know.

  3. Can’t agree. He isn’t sporting enough hair to make otter status, imo.

    Chest hair or no, he looks like a twink to my eyes.

  4. Can’t agree. Wolf category requires stereotypical predatory and/or hypermasculine features including (but not limited to) bulky muscles, lots of body hair, and aggressively strong facial features that suggest the possibility of violence.

    Definitely not feeling that vibe … at all.

  5. “I think it’s more empowering to everybody, including myself, if I’m articulate about identifying myself as a straight male playing a gay character. Ultimately, that’s more powerful for both communities.” might just be the gayest thing I have ever heard.

  6. I think it is empowering for him to be playing gay, as in it is empowering his bank account… a lot of “great” gay roles r played by straight guys…

    paging Milk and Brokeback Mountain….

    I think it is disempowering that gay roles still go to straight actors…. Christopher/Kurt is the empowering one in that show (a gay man playing a gay role), even if he is still under the premises of the Celluloid Closet (read book or watch documentary, i does not mean he is in the closet, but that he plays a very specific kind of gay stereotype)….

    now, to the matter at hand…. I think that bear/otter/wolf etc r gay categories….. not straight ones…. so while he might look like one of them(I’d say he looks twink-ish), he is not a twink…

    and I think he looks cuter on TV than on these pictures…. here it seems he is trying too hard to be sexy….. on the show it is more subtle, his eyes, gestures, etc….

  7. Hey the man said he is a Straight Male and in that much asked us to respect that anyone have any respect left for the poor soul trying to make it in showbiz? Leave hm alone nad what I read i the note was he was in a bear of a crisis – bear of a crisis is a rough one I assume. Your all off on this one – Because they interview for magaizes we read, it does nto mean that they are on the team! If they are not on the team then why are o u even tantalizing us with chest photos of him and demasculizing him with makeup there are not enough GAY MALES in the world to play GAY PARTS>? A gay male is that GAY MALE Startigght Male Straight and we all know under all conditions found a male will domiante another male when the advantage and hormones kick in period – it happens with bulls in a pen it happens with men in the pen! Why dpo you magizine layout people find Stright guys for us to peer at actually theres a dozen or so gay stars I would like to appear here instead fo this guy I never heard of until today! Yes he is goodlooking- (his physical features are equal nd proportianate- period – and hes straight he said it period . Lets get on with life now!

  8. wow, i just discovered i’m an otter… go me!

    ps. i really can’t stand the constant classification of gay men into groups of twink, otter, bear etc…

    it’s just another form of discrimination in a way…

  9. I don’t care what anyone says, I think he is one of the hottest guys I have ever seen. Knowing that he is straight just makes me want him more. And to be honest, I agree that categories of gay men is discriminating. I wouldn’t put Darren into any classification other than “hot” and “sexy”.

  10. Really…who gives a rat’s ass if he’s an effing ‘bear” or not? Sheesh…grow up, people…damn!

  11. He is one beautiful hunk!  Bear?  No way…I thought “bear” meant you looked like one….big, fat, hairy.

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