Free shipping over $99 | Interest Free *no credit check* financing is available!

Relive “Top Gun’s” Gay Legacy On Its 30th Anniversary

by Dan Tracer May 12, 2016


Ah, Top Gun — the 1986 alpha male saga of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Nick “Goose” Bradshaw as they intercept combatant aircrafts over the Indian Ocean.


Well, not really.

While the film may have fit appropriately into the confines of mid ’80s mainstream masculinity, the Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer bro-fest now rests squarely in the gay camp/innuendo corner. Chalk it up to shifting perceptions and a more knowledgable public when it comes to gay subtext.

Thirty years to the day since it’s release, let’s relive that hilarious (and hot) legacy:

1. The volley ball scene

The glistening shoulders, the shirtless players, the tight jean-shorts, the shirtless onlookers, the music! This could easily be the beginning of an adult film.

2. So much locker room

These guys just had so much to process with one another…naked…still glistening.

Related: The Most Realistic Gay Sex Scenes In Film

3. The overtly sexual dialogue

The Telegraph sums it up nicely:

“Giving me a hard-on!” whispers one flyboy to another while watching videos of dogfights. “Don’t tease me!” replies his buddy. “I want butts! Give me butts!” shouts an angry air traffic control officer. “You can be my wingman any time!” says Iceman in the final reel consummation of his coquettish dance with Maverick. “Bulls***, you can be mine!” comes the reply.

And then come the references.

4. Quentin Tarantino argues the film is actually about queer sexuality in the 1994 film Sleep With Me, saying, “What is Top Gun? You think it’s a story about a bunch of fighter pilots? It is a story about a man’s struggle with his own homosexuality.”

5. Bill Hader as Harvey Fierstein calls it out on SNL in 2011 (head here if video isn’t showing up):

On the film’s 25th anniversary, SNL put together a mock audition reel featuring Harvey saying:

“This is not a gay thing? But it says in the script we play volleyball in jean shorts. I say, ‘Iceman’s on my tail. He’s coming hard.’ I literally said that to a bathroom attendant last night.”

“The last line in the movie is, ‘You can ride my tail anytime’? You guys–that’s like my mantra.”


Dan Tracer
Dan Tracer


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Think

The Abba Virtual Reality Experience Nobody Asked For Is Coming Soon

by matt baume October 26, 2016

Ahh, at last, an opportunity to experience Abba the way you’ve always wanted: surrounded by them like a trapped animal. For reasons that no sane person will ever be able to comprehend, the guy who created American Idol is working on a virtual-reality “experience” that recycles old Abba material. Apparently members of the band are [...]

Continue Reading →

PHOTOS: Dave Franco Is Inspiringly Averse To Shirts In New Thriller “Nerve”

by Derek de Koff October 26, 2016

We’re not sure what we were doing when Nerve was released this July, but we’re fairly certain we weren’t sitting in the theatre and enjoying the teen thriller between handfuls of popping corn. Related: Dave Franco Gives Zac Efron A Mimed Blowjob, Performs First Sex Scene Perhaps that was an error on our part. Attitude has assembled a crack team [...]

Continue Reading →

Deodorant Ad Perfectly Nails What’s Wrong With The Trans Bathroom Debate

by Dan Tracer October 26, 2016

Leave it to a deodorant company to get what so many elected officials in this country can’t quite wrap their heads around — that there is no “one way” to express gender. And while right wing politicians and talking heads spend no shortage of time obsessing over how they, and most importantly their pure and [...]

Continue Reading →