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Michael Musto vs Calvin Klein Smackdown

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Village Voice columnist Michael Musto called out Calvin Klein on Friday for "embarrassing the whole [gay] community." In a column entitled "Calvin Klein, Go Back in the Closet!" Musto writes: "You were never really that much of a gay hero in the first place. Remember when you suddenly had a wife because, as AIDS made it uncool to be gay, you took the wussy way out and closeted yourself so you could sell more T shirts and perfume? That was a hideous approach and I screamed my lungs out about it—but it was better than now! Now you've hooked up with that almost-21-year-old ex-porn star, Nick Gruber, and you're fawning over him as if this were real love and not a massive late-life crisis being acted out for the horrified masses." [VV]