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  • In one Bob & Ray episode — circa about 1959 — book reviewer Webley Webster discusses the 'coming-out party' he's throwing at the Waldorf-Astoria. When Bob tells him that those are only 'for young ladies',note  Webley is insistent: "No, no, I come out fr'm behind the curtain, an' then I'm officially out!" It sure doesn't help that this character is portrayed generally as an affected dandy.
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  • There's the incident from a 1949 show in which a station staffer walks in with some junk he wants the guys to try and sell for him on-air. "Ooh, a vibrator!" Ray exclaims with what can only be described as childlike eagerness. "I'd love to have one!" Turns out it's a barbershop gadget for foaming up shaving cream, but for a second there... A hundred years ago, a vibrator was also a massage device to relax, cure headaches, etc. Novels from that period refer to, for instance, a woman "having the vibrator used on her head".
  • In Hancock's Half Hour, in 'A Sunday Afternoon At Home', Tony once contrasts Sunday afternoon in continental Europe, where 'everything's gay' compared to Britain 'not over here'. All he meant was that in the 1950s Europeans had a wider variety of activities available to them in the weekend than British people did...
  • My Favorite Husband:
    • Lucille Ball's old radio show was full of this:
      Bob LeMond: "Yes, it's the gay family comedy series starring Lucille Ball with Richard Denning and is brought to you by the Jell-O family of Red-Letter Desserts."
    • One episode featured Liz and her friend hiring a flirtatious French tutor. Her friend's husband described the first encounter like so:
      "As soon as he entered the door, he began making violent love to my wife."
  • In The Adventures of Superman, during a story arc in which Superman teamed up with Batman and Robin, Jimmy is responding to Lois' invitation to cover the opening of a new amusement park - he's meeting Dick Grayson at the Y for a swim, after which they're having dinner. But, he tells her, she can join them as their guest. To which Lois says, "You get Dick and meet me downstairs in fifteen minutes..."
    • Just to make sure that the more obscure of the two Double Entendres doesn't go over your head, "dining at the Y" is a modern euphemism for cunnilingus, "the Y" being...
    • This is aside from the fact that, post - Village People, two young men spending an evening together swimming and dining at the Y carries rather different connotations.
  • Discussed in an episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Humph mentions his time at Eton, and Barry innocently asks "Were you a fag?" Humph replied "I was Lord Carrington's fag. I mentioned this to an interviewer...American television, coast-to-coast...and the late Liberace was on the phone before I'd left the studio."
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  • George Carlin told that the nickname of his neighborhood was "White Harlem." It was actually Morningside Heights but he said that name was "too faggy." He went on to note that back then "fag" had nothing to do with sex, it was just a term for a sissy. "In fact the difference between a fag and a queer was that a fag wouldn't go downtown with you to beat up queers."
  • An episode of The Jack Benny Program, "The Cast Visits Jack at Warner Bros.", has Jack rehearsing for an upcoming scene with his leading lady, with Rochester reading her part. It's a scene rife with Ho Yay even before the word "gay" became antiquated:
    Jack: Now, start here on page 23. You're Connie, and I'm Bill. I'll speak first; you're seated on the patio wearing a white organdy gown, and sipping a lemonade.
    Rochester: Lemonade?
    Jack: Yes, and you're in a very gay mood.


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