Over at the Bar, I did a post of pics of beautiful Asian men, deliberately incorporating a good mix of varying ethnicities. Initially, I wasn't going to do that at the Bar (I'd done such pieces for other men) because I'd already built the Blasian Narrative. I mean, really...how much more was necessary?
But it was necessary, so I did, and I noticed that even though I gleefully looked up pictures and actors I hadn't seen in a while, one name kept sticking out to me: Dante Basco.
Hollywhite will never understand the sheer honor and privilege it has to have this man grace some of its screens. Dante isn't just another good-looking actor - the man is a legend in his own right, and we have to start referring to him as thus.
According to IMDB, Dante has at least 86 titles to his name, stretching back to Santa Barbara and Michael Jackson's Moonwalker in 1988. Seriously...he started his career landing a role in friggin' Moonwalker.
That right there should've told us something.
So this 37-year-old actor (both live and voice), musician, dancer, poet, and rapper has had a 24-year career thus far, spanning film, television, commercials, and live concerts. And for many Asian actors during his youth, Dante Basco was the actor to beat. If there was a role written for a young Asian American man, he was most likely to get it, regardless of the character's ethnicity.
Keep in mind, he accomplished this while dealing the pressures and obstacles Asian/Asian American actors face in Hollywhite, and yet he transitioned successfully from a child actor into an adult actor without trauma or scandal. Meanwhile, other heartthrobs from his childhood/adolescence have either killed themselves or faded painfully into oblivion.
So how come there's no intense, 2-hour documentary giving this man his much deserved due?
And not only is he gifted and accomplished, but to millions of POC he's been a smoldering sex symbol for many, many years. Amongst Blasians, he's a household name; his work is practically required study material. He's made numerous contributions to Blasian Culture, some of which the Narrative has tried to capture.
They weren't the only ones who fell to the floor when this came out - I can guarantee that.
You couldn't tell us Dante wasn't fine, or sexy, or manly, or [insert whatever other bullshit right here]. I've been melting over this man since I was in high school. I remember trying to watch everything he was in, anything he ever touched, just to hear that distinctive, sensuously husky voice which made my knees knock every time.
Since's he's only 37, I'm more than eager to see what this legend and bona fide Blasian Idol is going to do in the years to come. That said, the Narrative avidly applauds the work of Dante Basco, and wishes him and his brothers many more years of success.
|From L to R: Dion, Darion, Dante, and Derek|