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Richard Simmons - Is he really gay?

I always thought he was, but after hearing about his alleged bad behavior at QVC (grabbing womans butts and wanting them to photocopy their rear-ends) and his reported engagement to a woman back in the early 90's, I'm starting to have my doubts.%0D %0D Now, I just think of him as some big asexual thing. But I do think he wanted to fuck William Shatner when they did the "Today" show together that one time.

by Anonymousreply 6811/30/2013

He's ignorant enough to think that people find him to be straight.

by Anonymousreply 103/08/2011

Like Christopher Lowell, he's one of those creatures who queened out so much that they transcended the "gay" label.

by Anonymousreply 303/08/2011

He's a 'straight acting bisexual'.

by Anonymousreply 503/08/2011

OP, the grabbing womens' butts / sexual harassment thing could be overcompensating, trying to prove how "straight" he was if he were closeted, etc. (same way some people overcompensate by being overly homophobic). Don't know or care what he is either way; just don't think behavior like that is a sure sign you're straight.

by Anonymousreply 803/08/2011

He is a burlesque of a human being. He is not real.

by Anonymousreply 1003/08/2011

Please don't let him be gay...Please don't let him be gay...%0D %0D With some people (even many for whom the question arises), it's best to take their word for it that they are not gay.

by Anonymousreply 1103/08/2011

He's an elf. Elves don't have a sexuality. He just dropped in some huge kettle of a liquid version of the drug speed (the one each elf has to take a sip from before Christmas so they have that extra kick to finish on time) when he was little. Never was the same since.

by Anonymousreply 1203/08/2011

[quote]Ask his boyfriend of 30 years. Jimmy is from Covington, KY.%0D %0D %0D But don't mention Cream of Wheat.

by Anonymousreply 1403/08/2011

The Tobias Fuenke character from "Arrested Development" was based on him. That should tell you enough.

by Anonymousreply 1503/08/2011

[quote]Who wouldn't want to fuck William Shatner--straight or gay! I know a guy in Toronto who fucked William Shatner. For real.

by Anonymousreply 1603/08/2011

Sniff glue much, R17?

by Anonymousreply 1803/08/2011

You're so wise, charlie, so right about everything.%0D %0D This clip is dedicated to you. I know it's a bit tacky and not very original of me, but, who cares, right?

by Anonymousreply 2003/08/2011

Be quiet, R20. Everybody knows this is charlie's theme.

by Anonymousreply 2103/08/2011

I knew someone who was hired by Simmons as an escort - this is about 20 or more years ago.

Simmons has a Babs Streisand fetish. My friend was given lines he had to memorize, and when he got there (in tux), he was greeted by "Miss Streisand" (Simmons in full drag), and he had to seduce "Barbra" in character.

by Anonymousreply 2203/08/2011

In light of R23's reply, what straight guy doesn't like hiring paying another man to spank his bare bottom?

by Anonymousreply 2403/08/2011

He is like a tree full of parrots, each and everyone in denial, including the tree.

by Anonymousreply 2503/08/2011

I want to marry R21.

by Anonymousreply 2603/08/2011

R12 -- You're cute.

Sent from my iPhone.

by Anonymousreply 2703/08/2011

there are a few effeminate flaming straight men. Richard Simmons is not one of them.

by Anonymousreply 2803/08/2011

I suppose this thread was started by Richard Simmons' starving agent, right?

Charlie-- are you in Nantucket these days?

by Anonymousreply 2903/08/2011

I believe you meant dalmations, not poodles. He's always had dalmations.

by Anonymousreply 3003/09/2011

[quote] there are a few effeminate flaming straight men.

Marcus Bachmann.

I'm not big on teasing my gay brothers for being fey. Since Marcus Bachmann (Mrs. Michelle Bachmann) has made it his life mission to de-gay people whilst he flits around like Debbie Reynolds in a pant suit I take great joy in sharing this video at every opportunity.

Sorry to derail.

by Anonymousreply 3103/09/2011

[quote]I believe you meant dalmations, not poodles. He's always had dalmations.%0D %0D He rents poodles for special occasions.

by Anonymousreply 3203/09/2011

[quote]And he has flamed his way to great succe$$ and helped millions of women (and a few men) get fit and lose weight, via exercise, not diet pills and stupid spas

Leave it to Charlie to think belittling and verbally abusing fat people as they worked out counts as "help." Trotting around a few token fat people who lost weight like they were circus freaks is apparently also "helping" and a sign of "succe$$". The stereotypical flaming Uncle Tom act of Simmons is, to Charlie, just an extra special bonus.

A lot of people have done important work with weight loss, nutrition, exercise, and psychological issues that accompany being overweight or obese. Neither Charlie or Richard Simmons are one of those people.

by Anonymousreply 3303/09/2011

I saw Richard Simmons on the Nate Berkus Show a few mos ago. He collects dolls. He is gay.

by Anonymousreply 3407/23/2011

PS. Ever notice how Richard never helps fat men? Only women. I bet he feels threatened by men.

by Anonymousreply 3507/23/2011

R34 Nate has a show? Where?

Richard Simmons is as gay as paint.

Ahem...

circa Camelot USA-- (Jacqueline and Joan Kennedy dish Truman Capote) JOAN:: "Is it true that he's queer?" JACKIE: Queer? JOAN: "You ...know, gay, gaaay." JACKIE: Joan, really! He's so gay. He's GAY as PAINT!!!

by Anonymousreply 3607/23/2011

He's gay as a picnic basket.

by Anonymousreply 3707/23/2011

Excuse me miss, but Richard Simmons NEVER "verbally abuses and belittles" the fatties he tries to help. NEVER.

by Anonymousreply 3807/23/2011

A friend of mine - a queen so flaming he can be seen from outer space - was fired from two jobs for sexually harrassing female employees. It was the same type of behavior Simmons was accused of; the harrassment wasn't because he wanted to have sex with them but, rather, because he wanted to embarrass them.

by Anonymousreply 3907/23/2011

He wears pantyhose.

by Anonymousreply 4007/23/2011

I've seen that type of behavior, with the same motivations behind it, r39. Interesting take.

by Anonymousreply 4107/23/2011

Here is a very different Richard Simmons behind-the-scenes..Not as happy go lucky as his persona..

by Anonymousreply 4207/23/2011

Good one R43

by Anonymousreply 4407/23/2011

You people are such assholes. I've had the pleasure of meeting Richard Simmons and working out at his gym a few times with my mom, my sister and my boyfriend. He is definitely a character, but at his heart he's a kind man. He's been nothing but wonderful to my mother over the last decade or so as she's struggled to lose weight and every step of the way he's been a motivation to her. He goes out of his way to help her feel better about herself, even calling her periodically just to say hello and encourage her to keep up the good work.

Sure, it sucks that he's never "come out" (in as much as he's ever been "in"), but he's done something truly amazing for someone I care about, and it really irks me that people see fit to shit on him every chance they get.

Also, when he met me and my boyfriend, he gave us both hugs and and let us know how special he thought it was that we had found each other and are happy together. I don't know what deep seeded issues he might have, but he has always been nice to me. In fact, out of the blue a month or so ago, more than a year after the last time we saw him, he sent me an email just to say hi and let me know that he thought about us the last time he saw my mom and wanted wish us well.

by Anonymousreply 4507/23/2011

Thanks for sharing r45. Personally I like him he seems like a really caring guy.

by Anonymousreply 4607/23/2011

Why take it so personally R45? People get made fun of all the time here. And for every person that gets riffed on, I can assure you there are people that like that person.

It's just harmless fluff. If you [italic][bold]never[/italic][/bold] do it than good for you - but I'm pretty sure you are in the minority.

You've told a nice story and given some perspective - that's what the opposing view is supposed to do.

We're all a little unwrapped.

by Anonymousreply 4707/23/2011

He's cetainly the epitome of camp.%0D %0D After watching him on Whose Line Is It Anyway US he seemed to enjoy getting felt up, stepped on, rolled over, entwined with and generally just being around the other guys. He hogged the stage like any true camp qween would in a matter of seconds. %0D %0D I'm not sure if it's pure comedy acting or he really is this way. He was hilarious though and went down a storm of course.

by Anonymousreply 4807/23/2011

That video at R42 made me like him even more. Seems like he was a bit butch when the camera was not on.

by Anonymousreply 4907/23/2011

Saw him on a rerun of Wendy Williams yesterday. For the love of god, please cut that fucking hair.

by Anonymousreply 5007/23/2011

R50 Oh I know! The afro was bad enough, but now it's a balding and thinning afro and it looks terrible! He either needs to buy a wig or just cut the shit off all together.

by Anonymousreply 5107/23/2011

This OP isn't a real question, right?

by Anonymousreply 5207/23/2011

LEAVE RICHARD ALONE!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 5307/24/2011

[quote]The Tobias Fuenke character from "Arrested Development" was based on him. That should tell you enough.

Is Richard a never-nude as well?

by Anonymousreply 5407/24/2011

Richard Simmons is just as heterosexual as Johnny Weir

by Anonymousreply 5507/24/2011

Isn't it amazing how things have so radically changed in the past, say, 3 or 4 years such that it's almost offensive for Simmons to be closeted as a matter of public record?

Like, almost NO ONE "declines to discuss" anymore. You're either out or in the closet. Jodie, Anderson, Ricky Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, the gay one from Will & Grace, the brother from Frasier, the guy who plays Spock, Matt Bomer, Ian McKellen, Rosie O'Donnell, Ellen Degeneres, the list goes on. Everyone is either out or denies they are gay.

It's just kind of "not done" anymore to "keep it private."

The only people in the wink wink silence category anymore are who? Kevin Spacey? but he's more actively closeted, albeit unsuccessfully.

by Anonymousreply 5603/03/2013

R45 and everyone the topic of discussion, if you can see the topic at all is "is he really gay?"

by Anonymousreply 5703/04/2013

Richard simmons is no doubt a nice guy. The question is whether he is a hetero sexual. He is on a tonight show the day after thanksgiving 2013 . He told the male host who is wearing a wedding band. Damn you look so good I could climb over this. Desk and get you. Then he put whip creame all over his mouth and preceeded to lick. It. If he is gay I thank he should come out of the closet because he is coming of age.

by Anonymousreply 5811/29/2013

My mom flew on a plane with him from Florida to LA and she said he was desperate for attention and wouldn't shut up. She said she just wanted to sleep but his high-pitched and very loud voice kept jolting her out of a nap.

I have hated him ever since...

by Anonymousreply 5911/29/2013

I just listened to 47 minutes of Howard Stern interviewing Richard Simmons and I think I know enough about Narcissistic Personality Disorder to diagnose him based on that interview.

When Howard wouldn't let Richard control the conversation and hawk his P.E. program and bitch about the Obamas not talking to him or whatever - he got mad, he started crying -- very similar to a small child in a grocery store and he's trying to get his mother to let him have a candy bar. First he sweetly asks, then he begs, then cries, when that doesn't work, he throws a tantrum -- when Mom tells him she's on to his game, he gets angry, then the tears come, and more tap dancing to try to get back in control and get what he wants.

That's Richard. No wonder he's not "really" gay. He's asexual. A Narcissist can only love himself and can't love another person - or even really enjoy sex, other than at the masturbatory level. Well, maybe in a fantasy situation with somebody they're paying - but he's incapable of having a real relationship because he has no stable sense of self.

by Anonymousreply 6011/29/2013

Here's the link to the Stern/Simmons interview

by Anonymousreply 6111/29/2013

Is he GAY? What are you OP, headless?

by Anonymousreply 6211/29/2013

Shit I forgot I put the link with my original post. Simmons is a Narcissist I have no doubt - but then, I have Alzheimers so what do I know

by Anonymousreply 6311/29/2013

[quote]Like, almost NO ONE "declines to discuss" anymore. You're either out or in the closet.

I have more respect for people who "decline to discuss" their sexuality than the ones who are in the closet and beard up and do showmances.

by Anonymousreply 6411/29/2013

Sexual harassment is about power, not necessarily attraction. If indeed he grabbed women, it was because of an ego/power trip. Some people are just perverts. Think of all the threads on a supposedly gay board about pussy or "have you had sex with a woman."

Think of the amount of time straight men take thinking about how "yucky" gay sex is.

by Anonymousreply 6511/29/2013

Some gay men think they can get handsy with women because there's no sexual attraction.

by Anonymousreply 6611/29/2013

r66 Agree. Think Isaac Mizrahi groping Scarlett Johanson on the red carpet.

by Anonymousreply 6711/30/2013

He seems like he has serious arrested development issues and may well be asexual

by Anonymousreply 6811/30/2013
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