Jussie Smollett’s Performance Shuts Down Teen Choice Awards, Jeremy Clarkson Getting Rich From Amazon, Andrew Rannells Heading To Springfield: MEME

Donald Trump might support LGBT workplace protections, John Oliver takes on televangelism, Russell Tovey becomes patron of Albert Kennedy Trust

Captain America Bucky
At D23, Chris Evans was asked what exactly made Captain America’s relationship with Bucky so special. “The best thing about Cap is he’s such a sympathetic character.He struggles so much [and] he doesn’t bleed on people. So to have a character who’s always taking his conflict in such a personal manner, when he has the opportunity to reconnect in a way that could be purely self-serving — it’s not for the greater good, it’s not for anyone else, it’s just for him and he’s put himself last so often, so many times — when you have a character that just remembers him and he has a flash of personal agenda, it’s rewarding. I like it. I like those moments where Cap gets to have a little nugget just for himself.” Of course, Bucky being played by Sebastian Stan doesn’t hurt. “Sebastian is one of the best actors we could possibly ask for in this movie. He’s phenomenal and it’s enormously based on the chemistry Sebastian has established in the past movies. We owe him a lot.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom is very upset that there’s going to be a Pride Day at the New York State Fair. “The New York State Fair has a long history; the very first New York State Fair was held in 1841. It is unfortunate that a longstanding tradition in the history of the state is being tainted though its unnecessary linkage with a morally problematic social and political agenda. NYCF believes that all law-abiding New Yorkers should be free to enjoy the Fair; however, the Fair should not be made a vehicle for LGBT messaging. Parents and families may wish to avoid the State Fair on August 28 this year.” I’ll be thinking about that today at the West Virginia State Fair while I’d stuffing my face with funnel cakes and corn dogs.

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson is profiting big time from punching a BBC producer in the face. His new Amazon deal will give him and his cohosts as much as $250 million to split for 36 episodes, way more than the BBC was capable of paying. I guess workplace etiquette is unnecessary. snicks, can I punch you in the face? I need a raise.

In a slightly confusing ruling a federal judge has denied Kentucky clerk Kim Davis a stay on her motion to stay his ruling that she has to do her job, but he issued a temporary stay on his denial of a stay until she can seek relief from the Sixth Circuit. So basically his injunction against her is still in place.

Fox News
Donald Trump hinted that he might support workplace protections for LBGT people. While not coming out and saying there should be a law in place, he did say that firing someone for being gay “I don’t think it should be a reason.” This really isn’t surprising – big business has long supported LGBT protections, and that’s Trump’s world.

Arrow is finally embracing it’s comic book roots, with Oliver becoming the Green Arrow, and now a slight change in setting, with Starling City becoming Star City, as it was meant to be all along.

We’ve talked a lot about body image in the past, and it seems to be a growing topic of conversation among men. Over at the Huffington Post, there’s a piece from a 27 year old man who has always hated his body. Half of men don’t like having their picture taken. 5% of men would trade 10 years of their life to have an ideal body, and 15% would trade 2-5 years.

“I’ve had trouble reaching this point, where I can openly admit I’m uncomfortable with my body. I never thought I had a problem because I wasn’t bulimic, wasn’t anorexic and, in my opinion, wasn’t doing anything extreme. After all, is it so bad if I feel compelled to spend 45 minutes four times a week at the gym? LaPorte said probably not, unless I’m sacrificing social interactions for it.”

Russell Tovey
Russell Tovey has signed up to play Rodolpho in the Broadway production of A View From the Bridge. he’s joining Mark Strong (as Eddie Carbone), Nicola Walker (as Eddie’s wife Beatrice), Phoebe Fox (as his niece Catherine), Emun Elliott (as Marco), and Michael Gould (as Alfieri).

Tovey has also signed up to become a patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust, which works to combat youth LGBT homelessness. “The AKT helps thousands of young people every year find their footing again. Everyone deserves to live safe and supported and this charity changes lives for the better, daily. ”I am honored to be associated with them and if just by being there, I can make any difference at all, then that difference is the most important thing.”

Andrew Rannells
Andrew Rannells is heading to Springfield, where he’ll be starring in Bad News Bears: The Musical, which seems like something that could be real. Marge and Lisa will attend the performance at a time when Lisa isn’t feeling very friendly towards her mom, and Rannells will show her how lucky she is to have Marge.

Rory Culkin
Rory Culkin has joined Thomas Dekker’s directorial debut, Jack Goes Home. The story is about an L.A. magazine editor who heads home to help his mom after his father is killed in a car accident. “There he uncovers long buried secrets and lies within his family history, his parents, his friends and his very identity, fueled by madness, sexuality, hauntings and violence.”

Oath is a project to publish a book of LGBT comics, written and drawn by LGBT artists. They’ve got a Kickstarter up to help fund the effort.

Josh Hutcherson
Josh Hutcherson says that he’d like to shut down Straight But Not Narrow, his project to help straight allies become better friends to the LGBT community, but the world still needs it. “There is still so much to do. It’s not only even about legislation. It starts there by making it legally acceptable but socially there is so much prejudice and bias that is integrated into our culture and that’s going to be around for while. I hope one day in my lifetime we get to close the door on this group but there’s a lot more work to do.”

At the Teen Choice Awards, Jussie Smollett and Yazz took the stage to perform “You’re So Beautiful,” which had been nominated for a surfboard. I tried to listen closely to tell what the pronouns were in this performance, but couldn’t really tell. In any case, despite having only female dancers, the crowd knew the lyrics, which means they understood the message of the song, which is what matters. And Gabourey Sidibe comes out for the finale, bringing a fierce and fabulous splash to the song.

If you’ve got the time, you have to sit and watch John Oliver dismantle the business of televangelists on This Week Tonight. He’s absolutely ruthless with the prosperity gospel, and deciding that hey, it sounds like a sound business model, creates his own church to show how ridiculous the standards are for a religious entity to claim tax exemptions.

I’ve still got mixed feelings about the new Peanuts movie, but I have to admit my first reaction to the animation was pretty similar to what Vulture got when they had the classic Peanuts characters react to the new film.

When I quit smoking after 20+ years, I did it by vaping. The goal was to step down in nicotine and eventually quit. But I stayed at 12mg for a year. I have several vape pens. It’s a lifestyle just like smoking, and until recently I had no intention of quitting it because I enjoyed it, and it was healthier, right? The answer is maybe, maybe not, according to ASAP Science. Which makes me glad that I’ve dropped down another level to 6mg recently in an effort to get away completely by Christmas.

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