When the subject of mancrushes comes up, most heterosexual males will generally make a few proclamations of why admitting this don’t make me gay. I will be the first to admit that I don’t know the first thing about how to fix a car or work a circular saw. I do like to shop for clothes and I’m a big fan of ABBA. If I didn’t like poontang and football so much, I’m not sure I would be able to convince even myself I’m straight. So let me be clear when I say, I dig me the ladies.
I’m so comfortable in my own sexuality that I believe gay men should be able to marry, be part of the military, run a Cub Scout troop and even have the right to vote….wait a minute…I’m being told that they can vote…AWESOME! I say it’s about time.
I have always been able to say, hey that guy is decent looking. (In italics is the exact way I would always say it.) What I have never had before is a full-fledged MANCRUSH. That is until last year when I caught a show called Dirty Jobs.
If you haven’t seen it, Dirty Jobs is hosted by a guy named Mike Rowe, who travels the U.S. looking for the worst jobs around. While it’s interesting to see the horrible professions some people have to endure on a daily basis, what makes Dirty Jobs so infinitely watchable is Rowe. This is the man I wish I could be. Mike Rowe is a strongly built, square jawed, masculine dude, with a great dry sense of humor. I’ve been a touring standup comedian for 15 years and I have never seen anyone as adept at dishing out scatological lines as Rowe. This does come in handy, since many of the Dirty Jobs he features have a strong whiff of excrement in their duties/dooties.
In my research on the Mancrush, I found a great video that Rowe has done in response from a man named FATBOY Rider who feels similarly to myself about the Dirty Jobs host. Let me just offer up as a defense, Mr. Rowe, that my Mancrush is totally harmless, as I think it is kind of like a grown up version of hero worship. Much like how a young Bob Costas used to feel watching Mickey Mantle come to the plate. It is definitely not a Spartacus kind of hero worship, as I am no man’s man servant.
Further in my research I ran across a website devoted to the mancrush. Since I’m Agnostic, I can’t go with the Number 1 on their list, Jesus Christ, though I did think Willem Dafoe’s portrayal of the Lord was pretty cool in the Last Temptation of Christ. Actually, I would love to hear Kasey Kasem do a radio Top 40 devoted to the topic.
Number 36 on the Mancrush countdown, Mohandes Ghandi. This Indian dreamboat preached pacifism and had a great set of abs from his constant hunger strikes. And now for our long distance dedication from a former military man and current Harley owner, Fatboy Rider…
Since FATBOY Rider and I have been brave enough to share our MANCRUSH target, I would like to hear yours. Remember that the Juice Blog is a safe place where admitting a Mancrush says nothing more than you like another man in an unexplained and maybe in a little bit of an uncomfortable way.
The Juice Blog’s List of the 4 Coolest Dudes on TV
- Anthony Bourdain
- Bobby Flay
- Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny in Californication)
- Did you think I would leave a Mancrush off my list?