: MediaTakeOut.com caught wind that actor Leon is going to be starring in a new film about downlow men called Cover. While giving a recent interview, the actor made some interesting statements. Now maybe he's just very understanding (and LAWD knows that we can use more of that). But the way he answers the questions makes us wonder if he may be talking about something a little deeper than just the character
Y'all can judge this however you want to. Here's what he said:
Let's just start talking about things, knowing who we are and letting women know who their men are sleeping with, if it's not just them. As long as you have a choice it doesn't matter, many women are still gonna be with men who sleep with men. That's not gonna change, they're still gonna be with their man. It happens, 71% of women find out and stay with their man, but at least they know and they've made that decision. That's the only thing that I've ever said with my opinion on it was that they have a right to know.
But on the other side of the coin you have a character like my character [Ryan Chambers, in Cover]. You say, "Be honest and open," [but] are you serious? I'm a famous guy and a ladies man, you think I'm gonna risk my career and family by telling you that I'm on the DL and I see the way you react? You won't even talk about homosexuality in the churches or at home, but I'm gonna sit there and tell you I'm one and have you treat me horribly and take everything I work for? There's the other side of the coin - you want men to be open and honest but you don't give them an open and honest arena to come out in.
He started out as Madonna's chocolate eye candy in her video Like A Prayer..then he was pile driving Rocket's girl pússy in Colors, we all remember him from The Five Heartbeats, The Temptations, and Waiting to Exhale but nobody has mention his role as Little Richard in the Little Richard movie. You want to see his gayness at its highest, check out that movie!!!
The next time you want to call a darkíe a nígger
Call that coon a junglebunny instead--Uncle Ruckus
HMMMM.....THAT JACKET DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE FITTING HIM PROPERLY. HE WAS FUNNY ASS HELL AS DAVID RUFFIN, LMAO. ANYWAY YES I COULD SEE HIM AS BEING A DOWNLOW BROTHER.
YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND HAVE HIM PLAY AS A PIMP. I COULD SEE THAT TO. DO A REMAKE 21ST CENTURY THE MACK. CALL IT REAL MACKIN BEE...OTCH! TO BAD RICK JAMES IS DEAD, HE COULD BE THE OLD PIMP. LET'S SEE I WOULD HAVE EDDIE GRIFFIN, KATT WILLIAMS, SWEET ASS LEON, CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, AND PRINCE. THESE NIGGAS IS ALL PIMPS. MY MOVIE WOULD BE DA $SHIT 4REAL. UMM HMMM.
YOU KNOW WHY I SAY PRINCE CAUSE THAT NIGGA GOT SOME REAL PIMPISH WAYS. AND BACK IN THE DAY PINCE WAS TURNIN BITCHES OUT!. EVERY BITCH THAT GOT WITH THAT LITTLE NIGGA..AFTER HE WAS DONE WITH THEM, THEY WAS CRAZY AND TURNED TO RELIGION! PRINCE WHAT THE HELL WAS YOU DOING TO THEM BITCHES UP IN THAT PURPLE MANSION, DAMN!LMAO
Here is an actual video he did with Bill Duke about the movie when he was in DC a few weeks back promoting it. I don't know about this one MTO:
this nigga been gay i never seen him on the sceen with a women back in the 90's he was popular he should have been link to one of his co-stars in waiting to exhale but no an in the movie cover the shower sceen when him and his lover get caught by his lover wife, you should have seen his face ewwww.
OMG, I just purchased this movie... I rented it from Hollywood Video a couple weeks ago and I was so intrigued by it I bought it... It is a bigger story line behind the DL stuff. Its a love triangle between four college friends, one of which is a woman (Paula Jai Parker).. Leon's character Ryan Chambers is an famous R&B singer. Its a mess, I tell you what someone gets murdered. Mya is also in it, she has a small roll.
SAINTLEWIS YOU GOT ME GOING TO EVERY STORY JUST TO SEE IF YOUR A.SS IS IN THE NUMBER ONE OR TWO SPOT....AND I MUST SAY THAT YOU DO THIS SH.IT DAILY...SO WITH THAT SAID, I KNOW YOU HAVE YOUR STOP WATCH OR SOMETHING SET TO MTO TIME AND THAT ALSO TELLS ME THAT YOU AIN'T GOT NO D.AMN JOB....LOL
Noooooo!!!!! I really hope he's not gay....I love him as a actor...especially from the movie Temptations..."I know you want to leave me, but I refuse to let you go, and if I have to beg and pleed for your sympathy, I don't mind cause you mean that much to me, Aint to Proud to Beg"....lol I love him....
I dont believe Leon is gay, but like most actors he has to be diplomatic about his sexuality.. If u sound homophobic u end up like Isaiah Washington or if u refuse to clarify ur labeled DL or Gay. Alot of actors are damned if they do, or vice versa. He played Little Richard and he did an excellent job, it means he has range and talent. Leon, is fine and I like him since he starred in Madonna's video.
I don't know. Some of these older men who you never see with women, makes me suspicious. I like Leon as an actor and if he's DL, he should stay there. I wouldn't date him and I wouldn't date any other DL man. There're too many men in this world to settle for that behavior.
That movie will probably be a hit though. There are lots of DL men in other races too but J.L King blew the cover off of black men and rightfully so since black women were getting all kinds of diseases.
Condom or not, I wouldn't want to have sex with a man whose private parts have been stuck up in something where it shouldn't anatomically be. No way.
I really pray not cause he is sexy as hell and im sick of black men with white women or gay. damn what is up with the man booty hole that got men acting stupid. dont they know that fire hole wont get them no where. he better not
huuuuhhhhh!!!!!!! Accourding to MTO everybody is either homosexual or homophobic....how bout yall just let ppl do them......and STFU and anyway how did that interview make him suspect? Yall stupid!!!! And most of these homophobic idiots on here believe this mess w/o giving it a second thought!!! 'fudge packer', 'funboy', 'faggot', any of yall who uses these terms is a stupid a5s mofo! Now-as you were...
COVER BEEN OUT MTO!!! BUT I DONT AGREE WITH HIS COMMENTS. MAYBE WHERE HE'S FROM 71% OF MEN ARE ON THE DL. DONT PUT MY BLACK MEN DOWN LIKE THAT. BUT I DO AGREE THAT THE WIVES SHOULD KNOW!
BUT DAMN...IF YOU NOT GOIN TO TELL ANY ONE AT LEAST USE PROTECTION!
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I AM THE BULLETIN QUEEN!!
In this case, its not a surprise...I honestly thought Leon came out a while ago....I have heard that he was gay for a long time...
But that's neither here or there...If he is gay, then its his damn business. The brotha does have a point...Black folks want it both ways...A lot of black folks want to be self-righteous and homophobic on one hand, then want people to come out and be open on the other...If we want men and women to be open with their habits, then as a community we need to be more tolerant to create an environment where that can happen.
Clearly he was giving examples and also speaking about his character in the movie. He was basically saying yeah the woman has a right to know so that she can make her own choice but on the other hand you take a man like him who could lose everything then nine times out of ten he's not gonna say a word and it's true. Anyone could have said what Leon said and that doesnt make you gay at all!!!
Well, at least he spoke some truth. Whether he is or not, he spoke the absolute truth and we, especially in the black community should take a look at this instead of coming up with some smart ass and trying to be funny responses.
I recently saw that movie and yes it was VERY deep. By the time it was over.. I was sounding like Flavor Flav "Wooooowwww". lol. It was crazy. It was an eye opener. Sometimes there are no obvious signs that your man is gay. That movie proved it. But MTO I think ya'll are reading a little too much into what he is saying (although he looked tooo dang comfortable in that shower scene with homeboy in the movie). But what he said in that interview is basically what the movie and what his character was about.
NOT SURPRISING AT ALL!!! it's a dirty shame that Black Women can't depend on a Black Man to be a full time man and not a part time woman!! It's even worse because it's Black Women that are raising the majority of Black Men so I suppose if there is a problem we can look in the mirror for the reason.
I live in Delaware and when I go shopping down to the outlets located in Rehobeth, DE. I have seen him numerous time at Rehoboth Beach. Rehoboth Beach is the 2nd best vacation area for gay people. The community is very accepting.
oh my..don't kno if this is true...and no we as Black woman don't need to look in a mirror about nothing because it's not OUR FAULT....people try to blame us for everything and this blame falls on the men who want to swim.....darn shame....
@ SAINTLEWIS I WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT TOO, the benefits of that is sitting at work all day on the computer reading MTO to help pass the time!! That's why the only time I read MTO is Monday thru Friday 8 til 5 hahahahahahahhaah!!!!
I don't give a god damn about Leon's preference....that mofo should of won an Oscar for playin' David Ruffin in the Temptations movie......he worked da hell outta that character. But I've been hearing this rumor for years so I wouldn't be surprised at all.
"Now maybe he's just very understanding (and LAWD knows that we can use more of that)."
"you want men to be open and honest but you don't give them an open and honest arena to come out in."
Once again MTO expresses how ignorant and childish they truly are. He's obviously talking from his character's perspective and you're obviously talking from a bullshit trash gossip-starter perspective.
F^ck the fact if he's gay or not. I am just shocked at "71% of women find out and stay with their man,". We have that many dumb h/o/e/s in this world? *getting on internet to double check statistic* This $hit can't be right.
a little touchy about the mirror, well I've raised three men and I'm sure they are what they were born to be....guilt is a terrible thing to deal with and as a Black Women we are responsible for what we produce since we pick the men we produce from. There is a big difference between fault and responsibility.
Yeah, he came out. But not by what's printed in bold. That was his character he was talking about. That first sentence: "Let's just start talking about things, knowing who WE are..." that's where he came out.
But I'm like the rest, he's fine and all, but I already knew this. What type of people does Madona hang with? Um, yeah.
@ Focus: You just came out to me! I thought you were a guy! LOL!
AHH! THE PUBLIC LYNCHING AND FURTHER EMASCULATION OF THE BLACK MALE TAKE# 256: ACTION!
THIS DL PHENOMENON (OR SHOULD I SAY CONSTRUCT)HAS SO EFFECTIVELY ESTABLISHED DOUBT AND FEAR IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF THE KKK OR THE EXTREMIST RIGHT MARKETED AND CREATED THE CONCEPT. LOOK AT US, TEARING DOWN OUR BLACK MEN VIA HEARSAY AN INNUENDO.
THE ENEMY IS ON HIS JOB....FIRST WE KILL EACH OTHER OVER COLORS, THEN WE CAN'T GET OFF SLAVE FOOD TO HELP STOP OUR DISPROPORTIONATE DIABETES AND BLOOD PRESSURE, NOW WE CAN'T TRUST EACH OTHER...ALL THREE ARE AVENUES TOWARD GENOCIDE.
PS: LITTLE RICHARD WAS A JUST ROLE
IF WE ACT TOO TOUGH, WE MUST BE GAY, IF WE ARE MORE SENSITIVE TO A WOMAN'S NEEDS, THEN WE MUST BE GAY
QUESTION: HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO ACT & DRESS AND WHO IS THE ONE MAKING THOSE RULES?
UMM!!!! MTO You are late with this story. Leon is already out of the closet maybe not to hollywood but in his real life he is. He tried to pick up my gay best friend at his mother's restaurant Jezebels here in Manhattan.(Too bad it closed. They had the best fried catfish.) Anyhow, He wan't trying to hide it he did it right in front of everyone in our party.I mean it is what it is.
@dredog: The entire cast of The Temptations deserved an Emmy. Those men played their roles flawlessly. The first part had to be cut out due to Ruffin's children threatening to sue. I guess they didn't want to face the truth about their father's violent tendencies. He was talented but a dope fiend. Bobby Brown reminds me of Davd, minus the voice.
Don't trip. We know not every Black man is gay/bisexual/down low, etc. Don't worry about how to act. A real man is who he is - unapologetically. A real man won't hide who he is nor will he make excuses for how he is. This is for a gay man or a straight man.
People are not lynching Black men. But let's be honest with ourselves, too. There are more Black men going to jail than any other race. Mare Black men on the Down Low, and lately more Black men coming out of the closet. Realistically, I think it has a lot to do with what happens in jail. And then the behavior is leaked into the public when former inmates bring it out. This has been happening increasingly over the past 30 or 40 years. It's human nature. What they have done to Blacks by caging us up in the projects when they wouldn't allow us to qualify for home mortgage loans, is the same thing they've done to Black men in jail. It's all genocide in devisive forms.
Yes, this was constructed. But it is now our reality.
That's why I can't agree when people say to be more accepting. No. I understand it. But knowing where it came from and where it will lead us, I can't accept it. If you want to fight something at the grassroots level, changing the system is where you begin.
To find a cure for a disease, you need to discover where and how it orinated, and attack it at that level. Stop being so blind and so gullable!
Thanks for your response TravelAgent:
I am assuming your blind & gullable comment was for everybody as in my posts, I always try to encourage the deconstruction of information. Find the source and where it came from and why it is there. Had I been blind and gullable, I would be (like some bloggers on this website) accepting of anything written on here (or any media source for that matter) as the stone cold truth.
My comment on lynching was figurative not literal and my questions on how to act were rhetorical. ....I am sure you knew that....just checking!
Please post more often.....It is a welcome break from the pablum I often sift through.
Nah, Stessonsmash. The blind and gullable comment was more for everyone rather than you personally. I understand your frustration with feeling attacked as a man. It does happen. I just don't think it's the intention of most people when they talk about these men (who many presume to be straight).
I usually don't post on the regular gossip topics. They are, more often than not, a little too foolish for my taste. I'm almost always on the political topics, though.
And to add about that comment. Women don't have to stoop to that level and be with a man who is fudge packing another man. A REAL woman has self pride and respect and would never give in to that no matter the MONEY OR FAME. Because in the end she has to deal with the fact an the thought of her man sticking another man (sorry so graphic), will run through her head, diseases, Um HELLO. How could you really respect that. I love my REAL MAN, in every essence.
I agree travel, I really don't post on the forum, or gossip topics either, sometimes it is nonsense to me, unless I can't bite my tounge on a topic. I post on things that people everywhere NEED to hear. You are quite refreshing.
He still looks the same...lol
Sometimes when a real actor gets immersed in a character, they begin to gather a better understanding about what it is that character has to endure. Leon's perspective about DL men before he even did the movie could have been totally different than what it is now.
Wesley Snipes- To Wong Foo
Ving Rames- Pulp Fiction AND Holiday Heart
Cuba Gooding Jr.-Boat Trip
Will Smith-Six Degrees of Seperation
Martin Lawrence-Sheneneh Jenkins/ Edna "Mama" Payne
Tyler Perry-Madea and as himself Lol
Are they all gay too? Who knows? Who cares? I think they're comfortable with themselves and are doing what it is that they love to do which is acting and entertaining the people.
It just seems to me Like Leon's learned alot because of the role just as any other actor does. And he's looking at it from both sides: the man and the woman.
WITH ALL DUE REGARDS YOUR OUT OF THE CLOSET GIBBERISH IS UNCONVINCING.
I WOULD ATTEND NOT TO AGREE WITH THAT BECAUSE YOU SHOULD BE WELL AWARE THAT WHAT EVER YOU SAY ABOUT THE GAY COMMUNITY WILL MAKE OR BREAK YOUR POCKET.
THIS IS PLAIN AND SIMPLE ON THE JOB INTERVIEW
HE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE TO NEED EARN A LIVING.
AS THE CASE MAY BE MTO DECTECTIVE WORK GETS A "F"
HE WILL SAY WHATEVER IS NEEDED TO GET THOSE BILL PAID.
FIND OUT WHO SLANGING A BIG FAT D_I_C_K WITH VEINS IS MORE IMPORTANT NOT A ON THE JOB INTERVIEW
MTO YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME.
OKAY I HAVE ALREADY SEEN THIS MOVIE IT WAS GREAT BY THE WAY. BUT MY GAYDAR HAS ALWAYS WENT OFF WHEN IT CAME TO THIS MAN I DON'T KNOW MAYBE IT IS JUST ME BUT HE SEEMS GAY. BY THE WAY LADIES IF YOU EVER HEAR ANOTHER MAN TELL YOUR MAN "ITS A LIL DUSTY IN HERE YOU LOOK LIKE YOU GOT SOMETHIN IN YOUR EYE, WANT ME TO BLOW IT OUT FOR YOU HE IS ON THE DOWN LOW. OR IF YOUR MAN IS TELLIN SOMEONE THAT HE IS ON THE DOWN LOW. I LEARN THAT FROM THE MOVIE "COVER"
And yes, jaming876, this affects many women as well. But I believe that the man is the head of everything (after God). That's why if you want to attack a group of people, you take away their men and thus their protective and defensive power.
So we need to look to the men moreso than the women. Since men are natural leaders, once they are preserved, the women will follow suit. Sorry if my statement offends all the feminists and "girl power" indendependent women, but it is true. Just look around you and you can see the proof of my statement.
I am pretty sure I heard him make an 'IF' scenario.
YOU MTO QUEENS ARE JUST SO DESPERATE TO HAVE ANOTHER BLACK ACTOR TO ADD TO YOUR RANKS THAT YOU TAKE ANY LITTLE THING ALLEGED TO BE 'NON-MACHO' AS GAY.
SEE, THIS IS WHY STRAIGHT MEN OFTEN TAKE THE 'HOMOPHOBE' STANCE TOWARD GAY BLACK MEN AND THIS STANCE OFTEN LEADS TO VIOLENCE. THE TREND TO OUT HETEROSEXUAL AND HOMOSEXUAL MEN, WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE ARE ACTUALLY THE LATTER, WAS MADE FAMOUS BY THAT FAT QUEER PEREZ HILTON AND IS BECOMING A DANGEROUS CAREER AND LIFE ALTERING TREND. Its not cool or fair to the individual and their families. Let them handle that on their own time.
For the record, I am straight, but I could care less what the next man does in his bedroom. Just keep it there. Stop advertising and forcing it on us as MTO, Perez Hilton and MTV have been consistently doing.
Shame on you queers.
THE POINT I REALLY MEANT TO GET AT AND GOT LOST WAS HOW THESE IDIOTS THAT ARE SO EAGER TO BELIEVE ANYTHING IN PRINT THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY DECIDED THAT THIS BROTHER IS GAY BASED ON MTO'S STUPID SPECULATION.
USE. YOUR. OWN. BRAIN. A. HOLES.
I don't think this story does much to "out" him, but he has played Little Richard in a movie about him, and now this. I just think he "idenitifies". But on the real I don't there have been doors on this closet for quite some time.
tamika1412 said, UMM!!!! MTO You are late with this story. Leon is already out of the closet maybe not to hollywood but in his real life he is. He tried to pick up my gay best friend at his mother's restaurant Jezebels here in Manhattan.(Too bad it closed. They had the best fried catfish.) Anyhow, He wan't trying to hide it he did it right in front of everyone in our party.I mean it is what it is.
Actually Michael Wright's (Eddy Kane in the Five Heartbeats)mother owns Jezebels. They look a lot alike. Maybe it was Michael Wright trying to pick up your gay friend.
Lets face it, MOST (NOT ALL) but MOST entertainers of film and music ARE GAY! So why is this a shocker?
I personally like Leon as an actor, but I have always said that if he ever came out, I would not be surprised.
As Robert Downey jr's character said in Tropic Thunder: "It's Hollywood, sooner or later EVERYONE turns gay".
If he does come out PLEASE don't harass him, but lets give him the same love and support.