While I’m on the subject of male beauty, I can’t skip over Flight of the Conchords.
Looking at this picture, the first interpretation is that they’re making a joke by posing two hairy and unremarkable bodies in a sexual context, in a mockery of masculinity a la Ron Burgundy.
But I disagree. Especially if you’ve seen the show, you’ll know that these two men exhibit some of the most attractive traits there are. In the context of the show, they exhibit humility and sensitivity. Out of character, they exhibit talent, humor, intelligence and in moves like this, confidence.
And then you start to realize, there’s nothing gross or unappealing about them. They’re a little bit hairy…but…it works for them. And they’re not particularly toned or muscular, but honestly, androhpiles out there, look at these two men and tell me they don’t have any sex appeal.
Confidence (which YES, can often include self-objectification, like here) when it’s supplemented with talent and humility and other virtues, is a recipe that will draw people to you magnetically, whether you fit their socialized view of beauty or not.
Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are real men with real bodies, and they’re celebrating masculinity in a way that few people do.
So…fucking…hats off to them.