I don't have any negative comment to make about Jeff's radio show or TV appearances. I think his ability to survive so long in Taiwan's fickle and cutthroat media speaks for itself. As for his books on learning English, I haven't seen them but I believe that anything that gets people to learn a bit more English is a good thing.
What does bother me is more related to possible conflict between private and public personas, especially since he is so concerned about people knowing the "real" Jeff.
ettoday/Ironlady wrote:Since everyone was so curious, and Jeffu himself has had a number of experiences, he simply wrote them down in book form, sharing with everyone in a healthy way. No matter whether his experiences were good or bad, they have let everyone know him better from a variety of angles, and removed many erroneous impressions of him.
Publicly, Jeff very definitely states his preference for sexual relationships with women.
interview/Ironlady wrote:Now, when he looks for a girlfriend, if he really decides he wants to get serious about her, his first question will be "Are you single?" "Do you have an STD?"
Jeffu says that before, he was in relationships many times [tan lian ai] but they didn't turn out well. Sometimes the girls would call you "hubby" one day and then just break it off a couple of weeks later for no reason.
I love hot chicks! What can I do? If I haven't had sex with a partner after a week or two, I start to get worried. Maybe I really like the girl, but we won't be compatible in bed?"
Is he straight? Not everybody thinks so.
formosa wrote:Everyone on this board has always said Jeff is a closted gay who everyone knows is gay, but he won't say it, for his career here. So this book, which looks like a manual on how local women can land a man and better understand the male sex, seems to be a book about men and sex. But is this guy for real? If he is gay, why is he writing this kind of stuff, pretending to be Mr Stud Muffin, when in fact he is most likely Richard Chamberlain Rock Hudson Tab Hunter all rolled into one?
tomas wrote: I've always thought that Jeff was gayer than a May parade, but that doesn't matter in assessing his written works.
So what is fact and what is fiction?
androo wrote:I know jeff. He is a truly nice guy, if a bit misunderstood. I also have a copy of the book and have read parts of it. I think its interesting and legit., and based on personal experience.
personal experience? Jeff's personal experiences or other peoples' experiences?
Androo, since you seem to be intimately acquinted with Jeff, are the stories in his latest book "Men and Sex" true stories about him? Has he really had numerous romances, relationships and one-night stands with Taiwanese females?
That doesn't seem likely since Jeff himself states that many of the stories are about others, not him.
jefflocker wrote:There are obviously plenty of people who actually enjoy stories about love and relationships (many of which are about my friends, who all agreed to be included in the book), so what's the big problem?
Does it really matter?
hakkasonic wrote:Does it really matter which team Jeff is batting for or what he's doing in the dugout or whether he orders the hot dog or the pretzel while watching the game?
Someone's preferences, sexual or otherwise, is indeed a personal matter. As a private individual, it doesn't matter if Jeff is straight, gay, bi, or whatever. He can certainly be gay and give sexual advice on TV, radio and his book. There is no problem with that. Plain talk about sex is sorely needed in Taiwan.
alien wrote:Jeff, you do a great disservice to your own community (the gay one) when you're interviewed.
Exactly. Don't deceive people. There is gross hypocrisy if he is secretly gay but sells himself publicly as a lusty American guy who has had and continues to have many Taiwanese girlfriends. If so, that kind of hypocrisy will eventually be exposed by some gossip and scandal mag like Next. And when, not if, that happens, the adoring public who bought his schtick is likely to feel lied to.
Didn't he say he wants to "remove many erroneous impressions of him?"
Jeff seems halfway out of the closet now. Why not just ditch all that worry about being exposed by Next or someother scandal mag and come all the way out and end the hypocrisy? Is the reason not to come out because it might destroy the media career?
That wouldn't necessarily happen. Perhaps just the opposite would happen and he would become even more popular. Look at the phenomenal success that "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is having in the US. He could get a couple of guys together and start the Taiwan version or even do an Asian version for MTV or HBO Asia or something.