The announcement that an untitled Scotty Bowers project is in the works at Fox Searchlight has generated new interest in a series of posts I did on Bowers’ “Full Service” in 2012.
I’ll add a couple of observations from various gay forums challenging Scotty’s claims:
–The sex is never less than fabulous. Never.
–Nobody ever has any erectile dysfunction problems. Never.
–Nobody ever gets STDs. Never.
To which I’ll add:
–You may think that the LAPD was corrupt and compromised in the 1940s, but let me tell you, the department may have had some bad cops, but nobody was going to look the other way when it came to gay prostitution. And if Scotty had actually been running an operation like this, the Hollywood vice cops would have learned about it and shut him down.
–Finally. Sex workers generally don’t discuss their clients by name with a lot of details unless they are warning one another to watch out for a certain person who is violent or abusive or tries to get out of paying. It just isn’t done.
Again. My objections to Scotty Bowers’ claims aren’t that someone was or wasn’t gay. My objections are that at some point in the future, someone is going to try to do a legitimate LGBTQ history of L.A. and find that Scotty has dumped his nonsense all over it. Kind of like Kenneth Anger’s “Hollywood Babylon,” which has given genuine historians more gray hair than any other book.
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Fact-Checking “Full Service”: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18 | Part 19 | Part 20 | Part 21 | Part 22 | Part 23 | Part 24 | Part 25 | Part 26