Right now people are pretending that there is a controversy surrounding the Oliver Stone movie Alexander. The controversy of course is Alexander’s sexuality. Some embarrassed Greek men have decided to sue Stone for showing Collin Farrell grant two open mouth kisses to men in the film. Let it sink in … still sinking … they are SUEING because of this! Jesus Christ almighty, everyone KNOWS Alexander did guys, EVERYONE!!! There is not a source in the world that ignored the fact. You see it is quite clear that Alexander liked sex, no doubt about it, and whether it was politics, interest, or even physical attraction it is also known that he had sex with women. Hell, he is probably one of the most powerful people in the recorded history of the world, Alexander would have been able to have sex with anyone he wanted. This entire argument about Alexander is nested in his bisexuality , which is absurd. For one, he was not bi, or straight or gay. Go pick up some Foucault and school yourself in the simple notion that sexual identity categories are a new phenomenon. I have read a lot on the topic of Alexander, and I would argue that Alexander’s greatest love was a male. History books call Hephaistion his best friend and greatest general, though these are both true, Alexander and him, I believe, were intimate lovers. The course of action after Hephaistion’s death is so extreme, that no author can ignore it, and Alexander’s anguish is quite painful to read about.
So what am I trying to do in this rant? Really, nothing at all. I am just boggled that people are making a 2300 year old fact into a controversy. What do I think the bigger controversy is? Alexander was Macedonian, not Greek, so why the fuck do these people care.