The Sewers of Paris

Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?


episode 307: You Can't Make Us Feel Ashamed (Ep. 307 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show/Matt Hintzen)

As we stumble along through spooky season, I want to dive into the Sewers archives to revisit my 2015 episode about The Rocky Horror Picture Show. My guest back then was Matthew Hintzen, a programmer who found Rocky Horror in its early days, the late 70s, when he was a closeted kid on the verge of running away from home to live on the streets. He found that the rebellious community developing around this weird new horror-musical was exactly what he needed back then — but he also found that there’s a dangerous downside to becoming emotion’s slave.

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And I hope you’ll join me for our next fun friendly livestream on October 24 at 11am Pacific. It’s a nice relaxing time to just hang out and chat. There’s a link at the top of the Sewers of Paris twitter feed.

And if you like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube series Culture Cruise on YouTube for dozens of deep dives into the LGBTQ moments on TV and film that changed the world.


 2020-10-23  1h9m