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Jan. 30, 2007by: JoBlo

It's no secret that FIGHT CLUB is one of this site's favorite movies of all-time, and it's no secret that it's also one of my own personal faves ever (read my review HERE), but did you ever watch the film from a different point of view? For example, did you watch it and think that the film was really about a man struggling to figure out his own sexuality? (i.e. homosexuality) Yeah, yeah...just hear me out on this. I had written this up a few years back, but now that this funny clip has showed up on YouTube, I thought this would be a perfect time to re-visit some of these kookie theories. What do you all think? You can also scroll down further to check out this GAY CLUB mash-up on YouTube. Pretty funny.

If you haven't seen FIGHT CLUB, first of all, SHAME ON YOU and second of all, *** beware of spoilers below ***

THEORY: FIGHT CLUB is about one man's "fight" to uncover his own sexuality!

Jack (Norton) is not sure whether or not he's a heterosexual or a homosexual, and he must go through this entire journey, this "fight" if you will, to uncover his true tendencies.

Why do I say that? Many reasons.

1) The film begins with Jack having a gun in his mouth (obvious phallic symbol symbolizing...well, you know!)

2) The film skips over to the next scene which features a meeting aptly titled "REMAINING MEN TOGETHER" which features men who no longer have testicules (a physical feature which clearly sets men apart from women), and one man with actual women's breasts. (i.e. this is where Jack tries to remain a heterosexual..."remaining men together")

3) Eventually, Jack has to call someone for help when his life turns upside down and he tries Marla first (heterosexuality). He quickly decides against it and then goes for Tyler (homosexuality). He makes up this imaginary guy who just happens to be one of the best looking guys around! (not a coincidence)

4) The two men set up an exclusive "club for men". Check.

5) In a conversation scene in the bathroom between the two men, Tyler says to Jack, "I don't know if another woman is the solution for us" (i.e. maybe homosexuality is the option for us).

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Extra Tidbit: According to author Chuck Palahniuk's website, he "...he has been in a long term, committed relationship for the past 11 years." Hmmmm.... :)
Source: YouTube.com

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12:35AM on 01/30/2007

Hahahaha

That's pretty silly shit... and also poorly thought out. I like how the person that represents Jack's homosexuality is the part of him that is balling Marla. If anything Jack is gay and Tyler is his hetero alter ego. I mean Jack does get jealous of Angel cause Tyler favors him and then proceeds to bit the shit out of him. But whatever... It's all flawed.
That's pretty silly shit... and also poorly thought out. I like how the person that represents Jack's homosexuality is the part of him that is balling Marla. If anything Jack is gay and Tyler is his hetero alter ego. I mean Jack does get jealous of Angel cause Tyler favors him and then proceeds to bit the shit out of him. But whatever... It's all flawed.
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11:30AM on 01/30/2007
Chuck is a gay man. His relationship of 11 years is with another man (read articles on him from Rollingstone, and Entertainment weekly. There are homoerotic overtones to the book and movie, but I don't think that is what the it's about. To me Fight Club is about Nihilism. And how that particular philosophy seems romantic when you're younger, but it doesn't really work as a way to live you life.
Chuck is a gay man. His relationship of 11 years is with another man (read articles on him from Rollingstone, and Entertainment weekly. There are homoerotic overtones to the book and movie, but I don't think that is what the it's about. To me Fight Club is about Nihilism. And how that particular philosophy seems romantic when you're younger, but it doesn't really work as a way to live you life.
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6:25AM on 01/30/2007
Author Chuck Palahniuk has admitted to relationships with both men and women in the past, though he refuses to identify who (or male or female) his current partner is. While I don't necessarily agree thats the true ideology of the film, it could be read that way and the author could want to express that sentiment.
Author Chuck Palahniuk has admitted to relationships with both men and women in the past, though he refuses to identify who (or male or female) his current partner is. While I don't necessarily agree thats the true ideology of the film, it could be read that way and the author could want to express that sentiment.
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1:04AM on 01/30/2007

you're not your Abercrombie khakis

You wake up at Seatac, LAX, San Fransisco in the Castro district. You wake up at O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Palm Springs in a white thong dancing to techno music. Twink, butch, top, bottom. Lose an hour, get sodomized. This is your gay-ass life, and it's starting one hot sailor boy at a time. If you wake up at a different time, with lots of different naked men, could you wake up as a different person?
You wake up at Seatac, LAX, San Fransisco in the Castro district. You wake up at O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Palm Springs in a white thong dancing to techno music. Twink, butch, top, bottom. Lose an hour, get sodomized. This is your gay-ass life, and it's starting one hot sailor boy at a time. If you wake up at a different time, with lots of different naked men, could you wake up as a different person?
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10:53AM on 02/01/2007

I made this trailer

I never really thought about the story REALLY homosexual overtones, but just made this spoof for fun, but now that you say it, I guess it does make a little sense, although I don't want to believe it.
I never really thought about the story REALLY homosexual overtones, but just made this spoof for fun, but now that you say it, I guess it does make a little sense, although I don't want to believe it.
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9:10PM on 01/30/2007
I've heard this theory. It's hilarious, it's classic, and there's just enough evidence supporting it to make it legitimate. Course, the ending can be taken a few ways. Sure, he abondons Tylker and chooses Marla, but he first sticks the gun in his mouth and takes one for the team, to use a particularly apt metaphor. The question then becomes does he end up as a bisexual, a heterosexual, or a homosexual?
I've heard this theory. It's hilarious, it's classic, and there's just enough evidence supporting it to make it legitimate. Course, the ending can be taken a few ways. Sure, he abondons Tylker and chooses Marla, but he first sticks the gun in his mouth and takes one for the team, to use a particularly apt metaphor. The question then becomes does he end up as a bisexual, a heterosexual, or a homosexual?
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8:38PM on 01/30/2007

Ha!

I once started arguing this same theory a while back with a big Fight Club fanboy, just to piss him off. Fantastic.
I once started arguing this same theory a while back with a big Fight Club fanboy, just to piss him off. Fantastic.
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4:47PM on 01/30/2007

Nah

Sure, its an interesting perspective (especially considering Palahniuk's love for symbolism) but I don't see it
Sure, its an interesting perspective (especially considering Palahniuk's love for symbolism) but I don't see it
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11:53AM on 01/30/2007

Calvin and Hobbes

I had read an article that broke "Fight Club" down as what happened to Calvin after he left home.

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I had read an article that broke "Fight Club" down as what happened to Calvin after he left home.

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10:11AM on 01/30/2007
hahaha thats kinda funny. sorta reminds me of the top gun theory, but i dont think thats what palahniuk's intention was, regardless of his own sexual preferences. still interesting and pretty funny though. i definitely never thought of it that way.
hahaha thats kinda funny. sorta reminds me of the top gun theory, but i dont think thats what palahniuk's intention was, regardless of his own sexual preferences. still interesting and pretty funny though. i definitely never thought of it that way.
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12:58AM on 01/30/2007

Yeah..

Years ago, when Chuck Palahniuk signed my copy of Fight Club, he wrote, "To Victor, the world's greatest kisser". True story!
Years ago, when Chuck Palahniuk signed my copy of Fight Club, he wrote, "To Victor, the world's greatest kisser". True story!
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10:53AM on 01/30/2007

that was..

completely stupid.

Fight Club is an awsome movie/book. Chuck Palanuik books are all gold. They All could easil be mad einto great movies.
completely stupid.

Fight Club is an awsome movie/book. Chuck Palanuik books are all gold. They All could easil be mad einto great movies.
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