An uncomfortable paragraph
Nathan Rabin has written an essay that begins with the following paragraph:
The blond, slight, hockey-obsessed Canadian teenager flirts outrageously with the camera, knowing full well that it is his greatest friend and professional asset. The young man is not just handsome, he’s downright pretty, with a delicate, androgynous beauty that drives the teenyboppers crazy but also, uncomfortably, makes him an object of erotic desire for adults as well. He’s still several years away from being able to drink legally in his adopted country of the United States but he looks much, much younger, less like a late teenager on the cusp of manhood than a boyishly handsome middle-aged lesbian.
Rabin’s essay was posted after Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami on multiple charges.
But the first paragraph (and the following one) are not about Bieber.
They are about Corey Haim, circa 1989.
Haim died 20 years after the completion of his film Me, Myself, and I – filmed after what turned out to be the first of many stints in rehab.