Well, yes yours truly Chad St James is finding himself in a little bit of trouble re Hollywood lol. It’s all really funny but as some of you know Colton Haynes is one of the stars of MTV’s new TV series Teen Wolf. Well it turns out this upcoming star had what certain people are believing to be a questionable past when first trying to make it in Hollywood. These certain people are now on a mission to “de-gay” his presence all over the Internet.
So it seems like THEQIT.com is finding itself still embroiled in the Colton Haynes photo controversy.
Now for those unfamiliar with the controversy here it is, in his early years Colton posed for a photo-shoot in the now-defunct XY magazine. These pictures saw him kissing boys in a Jacuzzi and posing shirtless in a locker room, relatively tame stuff if you ask me. Well since Colton Haynesis now making it big on MTV’s new series Teen Wolf, the powers that be, seem to pulling out all the big guns with the purpose to “de-gay” his internet presence, by threatening to sue any blogger that runs pictures from the said shoot.
THEQIT.com is just one of the numerous blogs that has been hit with a threatening cease desist letter from Colton Haynes legal representative Bryan J. Freedman stating the pictures were “sordid, grossly perverted, and can only appeal to those with the most prurient of interests. That you would publicize such content is disturbing. Your election to continue doing so is criminal. The public disclosure of, and wrongful intrusion into one’s private activities, constitutes an invasion of privacy and is actionable in most jurisdictions, including California”
But that’s the funny thing, the pictures weren’t private, as they’d already been published in a national magazine . Wow Haynes’ agents must have sunk their claws into the photographer as well, as he now claims that the photos are his & not the deceased magazine’s. In my most recent post on the matter, I had uploaded pictures of the actual magazine, proving they were not private. Tonight I have just found out that those photos have now been disabled by my website host at the request of the photographer.
According to Title 17 of the US Copyright law :”…the fair use of a copyrighted work…. for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting…is not an infringement of copyright.”
So am I right in believing I am well within my rights? I think so.
Whether Colton Haynes is gay or not, really isn’t the problem here, it is his apparent public gay shame that’s a total slap in the face. I also find it disturbing that a celebrity who has lent such status to Love Is Louder, an initiative to prevent teenage suicide, is taking such paths. What kind of example is this setting for young gay teenagers struggling with accepting their own sexuality?
Whether it is his representation or Colton Haynes himself, I feel there are some some serious questions that need answering.
What are your thoughts?
Oh and here’s a few of those not so private pictures I’ve chosen to link to
It must be noted that I don’t directly have a problem with the actor, but I do have a problem when I am accused of breaking law, when in actuality I’m not!