Houston's Eric Turner: The Object of Gawker's Abject Bitchiness

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Weddings are difficult enough to plan without all the bitching...
Two days ago, Eric Turner was just an anonymous (yet incredibly ripped) personal trainer in Houston looking forward to marrying his boyfriend Morne Coetzer in South Africa, where Coetzer grew up. But on Thursday, Gawker got ahold of the couple's gofundme site, where they asked for $7,000 to cover Turner's parents' flight. As you might guess, the couple were hit by an unforgiving hammer of snark and derision.

Sample comment: "They are disgusting for such a request. It's like asking for gas money for your Ferrari. They be hood rich."

We e-mailed Turner to see how the sudden infamy has affected the couple.

Turner told us that he's focusing on the support the couple has received in the midst of all the bitching.

"The most important thing to us as we prepare for our lives together is the support and blessings of our families," he wrote. "Strangers may say what they will, but having the love and support of those around us is what truly matters....I asked people to help us get my parents to my wedding. I still don't think that's in any way inappropriate."

Turner believes Gawker twisted the couple's sentiments. According to Gawker, "they'd gladly pay for Eric's parents to fly there, but they'd more gladly use your money...."

"The [G]awker article was written in a way to upset people," Turner tells us. "And upset people it did. They took what I said and completely twisted it. Even starting with the title of the article. It says we'd like people to pay for any of our 4 weddings. That just absolutely isn't true. We're having a ceremony in South Africa, and we're having a small 'celebration' in London where he lives, in Houston where I live, and in Salt Lake City where my family lives. We're talking about celebrations that are basically a houseparty potluck."

Turner also pointed out that his parents "haven't always been supportive of my lifestyle," but "now they want to attend my wedding -- but can't afford it."

Or at least they couldn't afford it before the gofundme page. He tells us that the couple has already received $4,000 "which puts me a long way toward two coach tickets to [Cape Town] and hotel for them. So I can't vocalize enough how thankful I am to the people who have been supportive."

Turner also gave us a little background: "When we decided to get married, we had to figure out a time and place where we'd both be, where same-sex marriage is legal. Morne' already had a trip scheduled to see his family in South Africa for the holidays. We tried to discuss the logistics of the least expensive way to have our ceremony, because him living in London and me in Houston, same-sex marriage is not legal in either (laws have been passed but don't take effect until next year). I got a ticket to go to South Africa, and we found a place at a public park where we could intimately share our nuptuals. Had we chosen a destination, such as New York, or anywhere else, the additional funds would have made it even more expensive."

It sounds like Turner wasn't too bothered by the attention, but he feels bad that his fiance got dragged into it.

"When I stepped into the public spotlight through modeling years ago, I know that I signed up for this. But Morne' didn't sign up for the same scrutiny. I'm a big boy, and I'm certainly not crying. If anything, like I said, I'm thankful that there are some diamonds in the rough who saw that Gawker article."

We wish them the best!


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15 comments
GUYPAUL
GUYPAUL

Great article....I've followed Eric's career for quite a while on my Blog: FIT HOT GUYS; I gave to this fund; I think it's cool that Eric shares his life with us and he is such a classy guy; he really works hard to maintain one of the best physiques on the planet and shares how he is doing it....his life story is not all smooth sailing and he has survived.  I so hope he find great happiness with his new guy.  Thanks


emlodik
emlodik

How about I send them free honeymoon tickets to... LARAMIE.

brightguy
brightguy

Really?  He says, "I still don't think that's in any way inappropriate."  In what world is it appropriate to ask complete strangers to pay for airfare and a hotel for his parents?  Why not ask his own family and friends to help before going to random people?  This guy has his priorities wrong.  He has spent tons of money jet setting around the country with his fiancee, spending plenty of money, but now he doesn't want to find a private way to make it work for his parents to see him get married.  It tells a lot about his character.

If he really wanted help from the public (it baffles me why), he could have asked people to donate airline miles or hotel points, which is a bit less tasteless.


nickw47
nickw47

Why am I having a flashback here?  In 2011, the same Eric Turner was on the cover of Instinct magazine with a different fiancee claiming to be "the modern gay relationship personified."  At the time, this got a huge snicker on social networking sites with the prevailing view that this "serial cheater" was more interested in publicity than love (or good example).  Two years and three relationships later, are we surprised he is still tone deaf and shallow?!

codexborgia
codexborgia

Blah! Admittedly I use to follow Eric Turner on hs FB page, but in all honesty after taking note of his more and more self obsessed posts and his "travelling the world" in the past year alone?!?! Maybe I'm jealous of that part,but I digress, how the F***can you live the life of Riley and then go on and ask your FB followers, not real friends and family invited to the wedding, and troll them for donations to send his poor little parents to the wedding as if it were a charity? This reeks of a Lucy& Ethel escapade at best and an Egomaniacial fantasy at worst. The rest of the real world when faced with financial conundrums downsizes their dreams to something a bit more doable, this guy(s) obviously are use to living ala Marie Antoinette. I have no doubt that his followers, the vast majority of whom he will never meet or have any real connection with besides masturbatory fantasies will donate the required $7000 and more to let the boys continue to frolick around the Globe. Count me out of the rest if it, cause as of this last week I'm a has been Eric Turner fan.

cuttingboardblues
cuttingboardblues

I'm gagging even harder.  I mean don't get me wrong, I'd still rim him until I get to his small intestines, but he'd have to leave pretty quick afterwards. 

WhoCaresReally
WhoCaresReally

And here again we have "news" that could quietly fade away, but these two are only helped by the press and commentary they are receiving. The more you talk about them, the more exposure they get, and this only serves to let more people know they want/need money and shall receive. When you're "disgusted" by people's actions, the best way for them to feel your reprimand is simply to ignore them.

Josh
Josh

The real issue is that gay men that look like both of them are not used to being called on their BS and told that they are being self absorbed, shallow, and out of touch with reality.  They basically skate through life having other gay men fawn over them and tell them how amazing they are even though their only accomplishment in life is hitting the genetic lottery (Though I will give Eric that he does work his butt off to competein physique competitions).  Eric didn't tell you that he has cheated numerous times on previous boyfriends.

Your article just feeds into his ego.  You should try asking most of the guys who are defending him if they have actually ever met them in person or if they just follow him on facebook.  I have met him and met people who know him well.  He is not a good person.

dinof
dinof

Nice attempt to rewrite history there. We all saw the page asking for $14,000 worth of dinners, massages etc that was promptly removed once the crap hit the fan. The problem with these people is that they are used to getting whatever the hell they want from older, sad, lonely gay men hoping that they'll throw some attention their way. THAT's why they are vile. 

huhmehmeh
huhmehmeh

This article only talks about the $7,000 the couple wanted for two plane tickets (insane, btw).  What Eric conveniently leaves out in this interview is the additional $14,000 or so in other items the couple was collecting for.  Are we supposed to pretend those other things didn't exist?  $600 for one night in a hotel, massages, etc?  Just saying.  Someone obviously doesn't know the value of a dollar--especially in this economy!  

PS. I hear he drives a BMW.  Not exactly poverty!

tommy105
tommy105

Shame on you. SHAME ON YOU houstonpress. You clearly don't get what is happening, you also are clearly jumping on the bandwagon of this because he is a local boy, and most likely a friend of this blog or the author. Trevor and Morne should be absolutely raked across the coals for this. Its absolutely disgusting. The way he pointed out he has enough for 2 COACH tickets, like who cares if it's coach or not. I have never ever loathed two people I have never met in my life more than these two. You should all be ashamed of yourselves, you wanna get married do what everyone does and pay for it yourself. 

pap1974
pap1974

His fiancé is/was ALSO a model (maybe not to the same level as Eric Turner).  You should do more research about this guy.  He was on the cover of Instinct Magazine 2.5yrs with a fiancé who he was dating just 6 months.  They had a nasty breakup (cheating from both) and he then jumped into another relationship.  That one also broke up because of cheating.  By Eric's own words, the two of them have not been able to see each other much because of the transcontinental distance between the two of them.  These two have rarely been on the same continent (yet alone the same country and city) the past year (about how long they have been dating) and they are already getting married?

Eric is a well known serial cheater.  He and his fiancé deserve all the ridicule they get for not making cuts in their wedding plans (which someone must tell me why they MUST get married on January 4 and not wait till they can afford for his parents to fly or it is legal in Great Britain) and e-panhandling strangers.

You are just an example of someone who looks at a pretty face and ignores the tackiness and self-importance of guys like this.

Rouvey
Rouvey

@GUYPAUL BTW, try sending some of your money to a charitable fund instead of these two's steroid and scrotum waxing fund....

Rouvey
Rouvey

@GUYPAUL Fit, hot guys? Now that's a substantive use of your time!(sarcasm font) YOUR BLOG BLOWS!

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