As you may know, handsome actor George Clooney, he of the chiseled jaw and charming eye crinkles, is dating the statuesque blonde former wrestler Stacy Keibler, who, despite what you might have heard, is not related to the cookie-making elves. However, it is unlikely that Clooney will get married, says his sister. Which prompted a reporter to ask whether or not The Cloons is gay.
Are we still here? In a world where a good-looking man of a certain age who's not married is homosexual? How very retro. Granted, it should not come as a shock, since a woman of a certain age (a younger age, a lower threshold than for men) who is not married is sad and lonely and tragic. Just think of Jennifer Aniston. The tabloids have portrayed her as desperate, obsessed, lovesick, dumped and in pain.
But usually, George Clooney escapes that kind of scrutiny… at least in the media. A quick survey around the HQ found only one person had never heard gay rumors about George Clooney. One editor: "I've def heard someone claim he's gay and his agent is his boyfriend and that he bought the house in Lake Homo to be away from prying eyes." Another of us quipped, "I feel like if George Clooney was gay, he would be the outest, swingest gay guy around." Now, maybe. But he turned into a leading man in not-so-progressive times.
Anyway, those are just civilian rumors. There are seldom — if ever — tabloid stories about Clooney's love life, and the general consensus is he's a rich happy straight man sleeping with various women half his age and why should he worry about getting married? The narrative never becomes "poor Georgie can't find love." But for single women in the public eye, it's different. Katy Perry is a fool. The Kardashians are alone and desperate. Even Taylor Swift, who is twenty years old, and has plenty of time before she can put knitting needles in her hair and dress like the lady on the Old Maid playing cards, is on a tabloid cover that sobs, "Why She Can't Find Love."