It was recently announced that fresh out of the closet Tom Daley’s new love interest is that of almost 40 year-old Dustin Lance Black, Oscar Winning Screenwriter.
Tom Daley was two years old when the First Wives Club came out. Four, when Britney Spears released “Hit Me Baby One More Time”. I can just picture it, “I like the Great Gatsby book better”. “Great Gatsby is a book too!? Cheers!”
Dustin Lance Black is twenty, yes twenty years older than Tom Daley.
I know what you’re saying…”Aaron you’re just bitter because you want Tom Daley”
Yes and no. This relationship is just one of many of this type I’m referring to.
Tom Daley is beautiful and I wouldn’t object to a shag or two. But with or without the Olympic medal he’s not someone I would take home to my parents. Why? Because he’s 19. He’s naive. He’s insecure. Has a LOT to learn. If I asked him to buy the wine he would probably come back with a six pack of wine coolers. Oh! But wait he can’t buy alcohol because he’s 19….ohhhh Dustin.
Lets flashback to last April when these two first met.
Dustin Lance Black has been around the block a couple hundred times. Around the block and on the top of the block. He knows the block and loves the block. He’s 38.
Tom Daley. He’s never been to the block. EVER. He doesn’t even know where it is. He doesn’t know one thing about the block. He’s 18.
This is isn’t a sweet little block by the way. This is being Gay. It’s a whole new world. Full of insecurities, full of jealousy. But yes also full of a lot of fun and temptation. Either way it’s not an easy transition.
Dustin Lance Black knows this. He also knows he owns a beautiful house, can travel anywhere and can get VIP treatment anywhere. Things that can make this new journey to Gayville a lot easier.
To Tom Daley this gay thing is new to him. He has no idea what it means.
In comes a little unicorn called Dustin Lance Black. Did I say he’s 38? HE’S 38!!?? “Hey man what up? I’m Dustin. Want to come over to my place and I can show you my Oscar? It’s bigger in person.” Tom hops on the unicorn and off to his new world.
Now, as much as I keep mentioning age. It’s not the number one reason I’m angry. Yes I’m actually angry.
My problem here is if Dustin Lance Black weren’t Dustin Lance Black; someone who owns a big house, can travel anywhere, VIP treatment and is constantly mentioned with three names, he would have zero chance with Tom Daley.
I read an article today saying that they fell in love quickly. Now I hate to question love. But what I do know is Tom Daley has never been in love. He’s never been with a guy PERIOD. All of a sudden he has all these new feelings and a guy that can give him whatever he wants. He’s in a place full of rainbows and sunshine. Yes if I was 19, I would probably call that love too.
My main reason for being pissed is this:
I would, never, ever date an 18 year old, and I’m a lot younger then Dustin Lance Black. Mainly because I couldn’t imagine having a real conversation with one.
Two, if I truly respected the person I couldn’t/shouldn’t date them.
I love my life right now. I have a lot to work on. I know this. However, I am light years ahead of where I was at 18. Everything I learned wasn’t from someone holding my hand. It was from someone letting go. I know this. Dustin Lance Black knows this.
Did I mention…what does an award winning screenwriter of gay themes talk about with a kid who didn’t even know he was gay eight months ago?
I hate judging relationships. You can’t judge something you don’t know anything about. I do know Tom Daley is in a new world. A world he needs to learn either on his own or with people who are not “light years” ahead of him. Out of respect.
-Aaron Smallets (Smurph)