This ‘93 episode of Curbside, ”Duet” is a parody of Bob and Rod Jackson-Paris, and specifically DUO, the book they did with noted photographer Herb Ritts. For those of you who weren’t around then, the Jackson-Paris’s were two bodybuilders who took the mainstream gay media by storm in the late 80’s/early 90’s by coming out, getting “married” and generally cavorting about in tastefully shot, arty nekkid bodybuilding shots. They also proselytized for gay marriage, so they were, you know, pioneers.
My then-BF Tony and I snickered about the two at the time and I drew us two average-bodied individuals in those same Dramatic Poses of DUO for cheap laughs. It turned out to be a popular strip, and one of my favorites of that era. Tony and I also rolled our eyes at the inevitability of the mainstream gay media falling all over these two, worshipping as they do muscular white male bodies above all else. To be fair though, some of the really young gays I encountered back then were really grateful to the duo for their visibility, pro-gay activism and inspiration.
Sadly, the pair broke up not too long after their 15 minutes were up. Bob Paris (a former Mr. Universe, btw), is now legally married to another guy in Canada and out of the media limelight, while Rod has seemingly vanished. I’m sorry, but he was sorta creepy anyway.
This has been a 90’s Historical Moment, courtesy of Rob K.