'Gay' Hoover Movie Enrages FBI's Old Guard
Retired agents not happy about J. Edgar 's homoeroticism
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2011 1:00 AM CST
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(Newser) – Hundreds of former FBI agents are hopping mad about Clint Eastwood's biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, which strongly hints that the first FBI director was a repressed homosexual in love with aide Claude Tolson. In J. Edgar—which stars Leonardo DiCaprio—Hoover is portrayed as an individual "who had homosexual tendencies and was a tyrannical monster,” complains one former agent who joined the FBI in 1972, the year Hoover died at the age of 77. “That is simply not true."

A closed email list for retired agents has been swamped with complaints about the movie, but agents younger than 70 or so don't seem to understand the reverence for Hoover, the president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI tells the Washington Post. “Devotion is probably a good word for my generation and up,” he says. “The more recent people can’t understand why all the energy is being devoted to this when our benefits are at stake."

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Dec 1, 2011 9:11 PM CST
This poor man points out that Hoover was so thoughtful that he sent birthday and anniversary cards out to everyone at the agency. I'm sorry, but most straight men just aren't that thoughtful. They're doing good just to remember their own wedding anniversary, but maybe I should speak for myself. I would find it more encouraging to hear these older FBI agents say that they really don't care what Hoover's sexual preference was. Instead they're insulted by the mere thought that he was gay. That says a lot about what the FBI was at one time.
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Dec 1, 2011 9:15 AM CST
The F.B.I. doesn't like to brag That Hoover was a closeted fag But he loved to get baudy With an agent named Claudy While he was dressed up in drag! ---------------------------------------- Charles Ulysses Feney
Nov 30, 2011 11:47 PM CST
Love the last line about their pensions. Well FBI agents stop voting REPUBLICAN if you want to keep your job and pensions.