Robby. ROBBY! Probably THE HOTTEST star of the ’70s. Ode to Billie Joe? CHANGED MY LIFE. You can have your Willie Ames and Leif Garrets and your Matt Dillons and Shawn Cassadys. Give me Robby Benson in his underwear in Ice Castles and I AM GOOD TO GO. Watch it here and relive the magic. (via Kenneth in the 212)
Also, after the jump, I’ve included the heartbreaking scene in Ode to Billy Joe where he confesses he WAS WITH A MAN! AND IT’S A SIN AGAINST NATURE! A SIN AGAINST GOD! HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW HE COULD DO IT, HE SWEARS! It’s one of the first portrayals of homosexuality that I ever saw onscreen, and even though it doesn’t send a very positive message (LGBT youth commits suicide because he lives in shame), that’s not what I got from it at the time at ALL. I remember being absolutely THRILLED to learn that homosexuals could be PRETTY BOYS like Robby Benson. Yeah, yeah, self-loathing, yeah, yeah, gay shame, WHATEVER. This was PORN for me.