Briefs: Michael Urie’s "He’s Way More Famous Than You," A Big "Vampire Diaries" Spoiler, and Darren Criss is a Triple Threat
The winner is ... "I guess it's true. Heels do make the outfit." Thanks to OrdinaryJoe for this week's winning caption! Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on AE).
Paul Rudd (above) is 43, Agnetha Faltskog is 63, Eliza Coupe is 30, Russell Crowe is 49, Janis Ian is 62, and Paula Cole is 45. She won the Best New Artist Grammy for "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone" and may be best known for that Dawson's Creek song. Her followup album Amen was a gigantic flop, but it did include "I Believe In Love," which didn't even chart on the Hot 100, but if I ever do a Lost Hits Of The 90's, this will be high on the list.
In ratings news, American Idol tied its series low, while the premiere of Hannibal did fairly well. Brendon Ayanbadejo has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens, but he says he was misquoted when a news article suggested it was because of his pro-equality views: "Just a heads up I did an interview today and no way said I was cut because my views. I said my talk was louder than my production and at 36 when you are not producing it is a fair move.
You can find cheaper guys to do what I do. Ravens are the best organization in the nfl period!" Stephen Colbert addresses the asinine remarks of Jeremy Irons . Gabbing with Andy and Anderson Below you can see Nordstrom's "The Ultimate Wedding Party." Full of "Aww!" Below you can see the trailer for He's Way More Famous Than You , directed by and co-starring Michael Urie , with his Ugly Betty co-stars Vanessa Williams and Ralph Macchio as "themselves." Below you can see Darren Criss attending the Vogue "Triple Threats" dinner.
Introducing our new feature - The Weekly ShoutOUT . Each week we're going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We'll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay celebs who deserve more recognition.
This week we give a ShoutOUT to ... Russell Tovey . Wrapping up our week with Russell, up next he'll star as the lead in the 4 part BBC murder mystery series What Remains : "A young couple move into an apartment only to find the body of a girl that had been missing for 2 years but never registered as missing which leads to a deeper investigation into what actually happened." And here's the greatest pic of Russell that has ever been, or ever will be.
Continuing the Top 50 Movie Songs Of The 80's! . we've now come to THE TOP TEN MOVIE SONGS OF THE 80'S! At #9 is "Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler , from Footloose Bonnie's final top 40 hit is remembered almost as fondly as her #1 smash "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," but "Holding Out For A Hero" was actually something of a flop when it was originally released.
But constant use in video games, movies, and karaoke have brought it classic status. It entered the chart on February 25, 1984, and peaked at #34 on April 26th. Monday's clue - "We Only Have Fourteen Hours To Save The Earth!." Congrats to Rob , who was the first to correctly guess that yesterday's Pixuzzle was The Abyss Here's today's Pixuzzle .
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Kenneth Faried is first NBA player to join Athlete Ally: "Becoming an Athlete Ally gives me the opportunity to spread a message of inclusiveness throughout the NBA and our country. I have two moms and I love them both very much. I respect, honor and support them in every way.
The bond I have with them has made me realize that I want all members of the LGBT community whether they are parents, players, coaches or fans to feel welcome in the NBA and in all of our communities." In tragic news, Wrestling could be dropped as an Olympic sport in 2020. Cheyenne Jackson has joined Jeffrey Tambor in the Amazon comedy pilot The Onion Presents: The News , described as "a fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network that shows just how far journalists will go to stay at the top of their game. Jackson will play Cameron, a rising younger anchor who threatens the rein of veteran anchor David Everett (Tambor)." Ohio State University joins the You Can Play program.
Stephen Colbert is a bit confused about what's happening with the Pope. Alec Mapa and Darren Criss Chris Kluwe Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannels Here's your Daily Matt Bomer . Just chillin' Continuing the Top 50 Movie Songs Of The 80's!
At #46 is ... "New Attitude" by Patti Labelle , from Beverly Hills Cop The soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop was an enormous success, thanks in part to "New Attitude," which helped propel the mid-80's comeback of Patti Labelle (she would have the #1 song and album in the country less than two years later). It entered the chart on February 16, 1985, and peaked at #17 on May 11th. And was one of the all time greatest hits in aerobics classes.
Tomorrow's clue - "Too Hot To Handle, Too Cold To Hold." Congrats to MarkG , who was the first to correctly guess that Yesterday's Pixuzzle was Return To Oz Here's today's Pixuzzle . Below you can see characters from a famous movie. Can you name it?
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Spoiler alert! According to James-Collier, at one point he even called up Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes last season and asked, Am I still gay? Why, yes!
In fact, viewers will see Thomas outed in season 3 over the course of several powerful episodes that James-Collier considers the best acting of his career. It s the series where we really get to grips with Thomas s sexuality and the impact that must have had on him, being gay in Edwardian times, he says. If you re including a gay character, there s an onus and responsibility to at least show what the impact of the time will be on him, and of him on that time.
Thankfully we ve done that, and I m so proud as an actor that I ve been used to tell that tale... If you were gay in those times, the fact that you re even functioning, how you re not completely fucked up by that, is beyond me. Season 3 of Downton Abbey premieres Jan.
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Griffin warned Anderson Cooper repeatedly during their New Year's Eve broadcast this year that she would be on Letterman later in the week to promote her new show and that meant she needed a controversial moment to talk about.
So naturally Griffin dropping to her knees to simulate a blowjob on the CNN anchor while live on air was a point of conversation. "If you think this is the part where I'm going to apologize for trying to go down on Anderson Cooper, you are sorely mistaken," she declared. "I tried, ladies and gays, I tried for you." Watch the interview below. (Via: Advocate.com) Continue reading
Weekend Meme: Stephen Colbert Cameos In "The Hobbit," More Mormons Invade "1600 Penn," and Scott Bakula Loves John Barrowman’s…
Mitt Romney will have a favorite new movie soon, with Family Circus forging ahead to an idyllic land of stay at home moms and children who take amazing detours to get ahead in life. BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw logs onto Grindr with fake pictures to play gags on nearby people. These are the people you learn to hate on Grindr.
Shailene Woodley is indeed going to play Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, but it's being called a very small part in the second movie, which will no doubt expand in the third. When headline writers hate their jobs. h/t Jeff Roger Ailes has signed up for four more years heading Fox News, which means four more years of hating gays, liberals, puppies and unicorns.
Queerty has a quote from Jackie Collins saying Matt Bomer lost out on The Man of Steel because he was gay. "Matt Bomer had not come out of the closet but people in the know knew he was gay. His audition tape went in and he called up the agent. Someone didn t like him and told them he was gay.
They said, No, no, we can t cast you. I think it should change but there are women out there who want to worship somebody. If Justin Bieber said he was gay, he d lose all his little girl fans.
It s a sad fact of life. So a lot of them get married, have a couple of kids and pretend to be straight. That sounds pretty brutal, but if you take it within the context of the longer podcast, you see what she said was hugely supportive of the gay community, which she appears to spend more time with than I do.
The 94 year old Billy Graham has decided that this might be his last election, and has taken out a full page ad in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal advocating candidates that support "Biblical marriage." He also recently scrubbed his website of any mention that Mormonism is a cult. Speaking of newspapers, just how bad of a candidate for president do you have to be if you're a Mormon and the Salt Lake Tribune decides to endorse your opponent? That's what happened to Mitt Romney , with the paper saying "In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago.
Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust." Last Resort (my favorite new show of the season) and 666 Park Ave each received orders for two more scripts, not exactly a ringing endorsement of the shows, but better than nothing. The New York Times has a great profile on Chris Kluwe , taken at practice for his band, in which he pops Gobstoppers.
I had missed the point when Rush Limbaugh had praised Kluwe, saying The guy s got a way with words. Yeah, but I also didn't know he had a perfect verbal on his SATs and took up football after being homeschooled by his parents for a year because he was too advanced for middle school. Or that he turned down Harvard.
On another note, Chris Kluwe also debated an empty chair on the subject of marriage equality this weekend. No doubt the chair said more intelligent things than the people he challenged, like Rep. Michele Bachmann .
Speaking of unlikely advocates, JWoww of Jersey Shore ripped her former castmate Angelina Pivarnick for her ridiculous anti-gay marriage rant. JWoww's response is pretty much as unprintable as a Chris Kluwe editorial. In Chicago, Alderman Moreno is again threatening to block Chick-Fil-A from opening in the city because of their anti-gay policies.
Let me be blunt, Alderman: Stop it. You are not helping, this is not your job. You are making it worse.
As long as the restaurant doesn t' violate local discrimination employment laws, it's none of your business. You handed them a huge public opinion (and financial) victory once on this issue, don't do it again. Kellan Lutz would like to clarify what he said about winning an Oscar earlier this week. "Not sure if you read my Oscar quote yesterday, but what I really meant is that I'll probably win a Razzie in the next 50 years, or maybe a lifetime achievement Oscar for least lines spoken in movies I love to act, but don't need an award to feel proud of what I am doing.
It's the passion and love for what I do that makes my heart beat with life and happiness." Chevy Chase reportedly threw a fit on the set of Community and dropped the n-word. But before you get upset with Chase, evidently the slur was in response to the bigoted lines being written for his character, which he felt were going so far he'd end up calling his costars the n-word by the end of the season. Chase has marched for civil rights in the past and been a vocal supporter of minorities.
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Why can t these guys just be normal? His words completely caught me by surprise. I was unsure what my friend s definition of normal could be.
After all, Sam regularly spends more money on skincare products than food, quotes lines from Designing Women in casual conversation, and has lived in San Francisco s Castro district (A.K.A. one of the gayest places on the planet) for nearly 10 years. There are a number of things about my friend that could easily fall into the stereotype category, and yet, he had no problem assessing a perfect stranger s level of gayness as unacceptable.
Sam s comments rattled around in my brain for days after we said goodbye that afternoon. Not only because his words were harsh, but because they reflected a double-standard upheld by a growing number of people in our community. It s OK to be gay as long as you aren t too gay.
Because that would make you a stereotype. Of course, it s understandable that some gay men would fear being labeled the dreaded s-word. After all, the idea that we re nothing more than a bunch of limp-wristed, screaming queens who spend our days obsessing over fashion trends and show tunes are stereotypes that have served to reduce our community to a single note.
However, one of the reasons our community is so wonderful is the fact that we are these stereotypes and so much more. Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie once suggested, The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.
She insightfully asserted that hearing only a single story about any group of people is dangerous because it leads to ignorance, and this is an issue with which the gay community is only too familiar. We continually struggle to be recognized as more than the reductive power of the single story that has plagued our community for decades. Nevertheless, in our efforts to highlight the symphony of diversity that is the gay community, many of us have become intolerant of any person, or aspect of our culture, that rings in the key of stereotype.
This attitude is also reflected in mainstream culture. Today, positive depictions of gay men are more visible than ever before. Gay characters appear in movies, TV shows, comic books, and even video games, but in many of these cases it is only the most masculine images of gay men that are promoted.
Positive images of effeminate gay men are far rarer finds in pop culture, and when they do appear, many gay men cry stereotype. This may seem like a perfectly normal response to challenging negative labels, but it also presents a danger of exchanging one single story for another while still placing a segment of the gay population in a negative light. As an out gay man for more than 22 years, I ve seen my fair share of people make comments exactly like my friend Sam did that day, but as a writer for various LGBT websites I often have a front row seat to the most extreme reactions some gay men have for anything branded with the big S.
I typically need to look no further than the comments section of articles on LGBT websites to be reminded that our community is sometimes the most unforgiving of stereotypical behavior. Many of the stereotypes that have been used to belittle gays for so long do exist. However, as Chimamanda Adichie points out, it is not these aspects of our culture that are harmful, but the fact they have been used as the only story to describe us.
Challenging traditional gender roles and perceptions of sexuality are equally important issues in the fight for equality. We become our own worst enemies when we resort to placing values on one another based on concepts of traditionally masculine and feminine behavior, or worse, reject aspects of our culture because they have been used to harm us in the past. This perpetuates the idea that a certain type of gay man, a stereotypical gay man, is not only a terrible thing to be, he s not even worthy of being accepted by his own community.
Thankfully, mainstream culture appears to be making some strides in this area. Positive gay characters who display some stereotypical behavior are being included in entertainment with greater frequency. Glee s Kurt Hummel, Modern Family s gay dads Mitchell and Cameron, and even DC Comics flamboyant out Teen Titan, Bunker, are all characters who embrace gay stereotypes as role models rather than existing for the sole purpose of providing a punch line.
Unfortunately, as long as we continue to create a hierarchy where being too gay is too bad, we re standing in the way of our own progress. Before we can truly move forward, we have to accept the fact that there are many ways to be gay, including those that have been branded as stereotypes. JASE PEEPLES is an Editor for Gay.net and a contributor for Advocate.com, Out.com, and She Wired.
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We respect that. Watching that convention on TV, though I felt confused, frustrated. Why didn't they think my family was a real family?" Wahls, a 20-year-old student, became an overnight sensation shortly after addressing Iowa lawmakers, seeking to limit marriage equality rights for same-sex couples like his two mothers Jackie and Terry.
Wahls said that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continue the rhetoric. "Governor Romney says he's against same-sex marriage because every child deserves a mother and a father," Wahls said. "I think every child deserves a family as loving and committed as mine. Because the sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us; that's what makes a family.
Romney, my family is just as real as yours." Continue reading