“I want some butts!”: A look back at the gayest moments in ‘Top Gun’

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It’s been nearly 36 years since Top Gun first took flight. Essentially a recruitment ad for the Navy disguised as an action flick, the Tony Scott-directed film is remembered for ushering in a new age of blockbuster spectacle and solidifying Tom Cruise’s ascent to movie stardom.

It’s also remembered for being pretty gay.Related: 9 genuine reactions I had while watching ‘Basic Instinct’ for the first time everEven if you’ve never seen it, you’re probably aware of the scene where a shirtless Cruise, Val Kilmer, and their hunky colleagues play beach volleyball, their well-oiled muscles shimmering in the hot afternoon sun.

The camera ogles their hard bodies to the point that many have read the entire film as a queer allegory (including, famously, Quentin Tarantino).But how gay is Top Gun, really?

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