Hey Brick, I’ve never heard that Joe Weider was gay. What makes you suspicious?
He was the ultimate marketer, and would definitely influence results if he felt he would make more money out of it(regardless of ethics, fairness, or objectivity). Arnold was favoured over Sergio Oliva, arguably because “white” was more marketable than “black” at the time . However that doesn’t explain how Chris Dickerson won the 1982 Olympia. I don’t know if he was openly gay in the wider community(people in the BB industry would have known). He was black, gay and had a torn bicep that wasn’t cosmetically remedied(looked horrible) and managed consistently high placings in comp’s.
One fella who impressed me in the early 1990’s was Francis Benfatto. He was the master of aesthetics, a perfectly cut, virtually faultless diamond. Full muscle bellies, tiny waist, lats that inserted very low. The kind of classic physique many guys aspire to. However the 90’s was a time where mass triumphed, growth hormone use became more common. Benfatto was criticised by some for being short, not having as much mass, especially in his lower body, than his contemporaries. Now I read that as he wasn’t taking any growth hormone, and or enough mg’s of steroids.
He tried to address to mass issue, by training with Kevin Levrone.Unfortunately Kevin’s approach of training super heavy didn’t agree with Francis’s body type and he ruptured a pec tendon. He didn’t seem to get corrective surgery, and ended up with a horribly shortened pec, that marred the perfection of his aesthetics.