I have been meaning to write a post on this topic for some time. Speaking as a very observant gay man, I noticed, more and more a mannerism that gets stronger as the group of gay men gets larger. I nicknamed it “GFT” which stands for “Gay Facial Tick”.
Often, but not always (I don’t want to stereotype here), groups of gay men when they get together and especially where they are slagging something off, or talking about someone, they start to (what we call in the north of England), mimo. This is where the lips over-form words and often the voice goes into a hushed mode. Imagine a really bad drag queen trying to mime. This was famously portrayed by Les Dawson when he played Ida in his TV shows, chatting “can you believe her at number 7…..doesn’t bleach her doorstep!”
This alone doesn’t constitute a GFT, this comes after the comment has been made and takes the form of a few gestures put together. The GFT is when they have finished their “slagging off” (insulting), their jaw drops open and the whole face mimics a shocked look.
There are a selection of GFT styles:
# The drop jaw-open mouth
# The drop jaw – closed mouth
# The downward tilted head – raised eyebrows
There are many of them but they are always used like a kind of “can you believe it” type of full stop.
I will be posting a video link to examples on YouTube soon. I will add a link here to show you.
Watch groups of gay men, watch your friends, I know you’ll spot it. GFT!
by Randy Wornhole