Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Barry Manilow and My Mother-In-Law

This weekend, we spent some time with my mom-in-law. On Sunday night, PBS was broadcasting a very special Barry Manilow concert in efforts to raise money for the television station. Since Barry helped teach me English when I was a wee one, and the ma-in-law enjoys his music, we sat down to watch.

As I was eagerly anticipating his performance of
Copacabana, this is the conversation as I remember it:

Me: That Barry - so gay!

Ma-in-Law: He's not gay, Anna.

Me: Yes, he is. Even in interviews, he won't discuss his sexuality.

Ma-in-Law: He's not gay, Anna.

Me: He *is* gay!

Ma-in-Law: All these years, I never thought he was gay. I just thought he was skinny!

My mother-in-law also thought
Richard Chamberlain, Rock Hudson and Liberace were "skinny."

As an aside, I wanted to wish her a very happy birthday as well. Her special day was, like my dad's, on Monday. Happy birthday, ma-in-law!

7 comments:

Snowape said...

Raymond Burr was never skinny.

acb said...

That's really weird that your mother in law and father have the same birthday. Happy bday to them both. And I agree with snowape - John Goodman was never skinny either, although I hear he once shaved his legs for a "movie role."

Amy said...

My gaydar is soooooo bad. I was very distraught when I found out that Barry was gay. A few years ago, I had a friend, who in his 20's was a 'special friend' of Barry. It saddens me to know that Mandy was more than likely written for someone named Randy.

Annie said...

Snowape - who's talking about Raymond Burr?

ACB - John Goodman is gay? WTH?

Amy - I didn't realize Barry was gay until I was in my 20s. There's just something about watching him on old tv shows from the 70s that screams out - HELLO FRISCO!

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