DETAILS, Stop Trying to Make ‘Stray’ Happen. It’s Not Going to Happen.

DETAILS, Stop Trying to Make ‘Stray’ Happen. It’s Not Going to Happen.

Written by Kevin Farrell on March 27, 2017
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Curiously, Details promoted a seven-year-old post this weekend about, ahem, strays, and now my newsfeed is full of LULZ and eye rolls.

But what is a stray, exactly? We are fascinated and must know, tell us please without further delay, yes.

Gary’s what I like to call a “stray,” a straight guy who sends out gay signals like he’s shaking a tambourine even as he proclaims himself—and in fact is—100 percent heterosexual. The characteristics that define a stray as such vary widely. Maybe it’s a melodious laugh. Or a fastidious shirt-and-tie combo. Or an effusive signature salutation (“Oh my god! I’m totally psyched to see you!”). But more often the thing about a heterosexual guy that makes everyone assume he’s a homo is almost impossible to pinpoint. He may talk up his love of ladies more than Bret Michaels does, he may have a wife and kids, but people always react the same way: “Really? No, wait—really?”

Look, I enjoy Details magazine as much as the next guy on a layover in the Houston airport whose iPhone battery is down to a dangerous 12 percent and must choose between Flipboard in the United Club or a men’s magazine and Stevie Nicks* in flight. We’ve all been there. But, NO. Bad dog. Stahhhp.

Stray is not a thing. Stray didn’t jump off in 2008 when this article first appeared in the magazine, and it is certainly not due for a comeback. We don’t need this word, and we won’t be using it, thankyouverymuch.

Details, stop trying to make stray happen. It’s not going to happen.


*Actual conversation from the UB editorial office this morning:

KF: What is music that I would not be embarrassed to write that I am listening to?

LR: Oh God. Just say Stevie Nick or Mary J Blige. Or Nick Jonas. Nick Jonas might be a thing.

KF: Thanks.

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