3. Channing Tatum
Speaking of 21 Jump Street, Channing Tatum is the next item on our list of gay for pay celebrities. He’s the producer of both Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, which, try as they may, failed miserably at shaking the cultural association between male strippers and gay men. It didn’t help that mega sex symbol and gay man himself Matt Bomer belonged to the cast.
And, as Tatum said on Ellen, he had to wax off most of the hair on his body to get ready for his role as a male stripper (that and working out like 10 hours a day, presumably). This recalls a conversation on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt where Kimmy tricks her friend’s boyfriend into admitting that he likes hairless men.
Could it be that there’s some recognized taste that Tatum is appealing to? Probably. Magic Mike has been alluded to as the gayest movie ever made.