Andrew Garfield Wants Pansexual Spider-Man, Liam Payne Is “Attitude” Cover Boy, Superfruit Mashes Up “Empire”: MEME

Kim Davis is still everywhere, "Krampus" doesn't look like a comedy, Chrissie Hynde blames sexy pop stars for rape culture

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One Direction’s Liam Payne, who has said some questionable things about the LGBT community, and had some questionable associations wit the anti-gay Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame, is set to rehab his image with the help of Attitude, who is making him their new cover boy, and in the interview he’ll talk about how much he loves his LGBT fans. Who wants to gamble if Attitude will endanger their big get by asking him about all those questionable things? Or will they just let him prove he’s not afraid of gays by getting him out of as many clothes as possible for the photoshoot and call it even?


Buzzfeed is back with a fashion no-no for men, since the cargo shorts went over so well with our readers, but I also agree with this: Stop wearing boxer shorts with board shorts. Seriously, who wants all that wet fabric when they swim? And it stops those hip bones from showing, not to mention a bit of pube for those with a little fur. They’re already difficult to make sexy at the beach, why wear boxer shorts under them to hold water like a diaper?


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And now our Kim Davis round up. I so want to be done with this woman. She’s not coming back to work until Monday, so we have to wait until then to see if she’ll interfere with Deputy Clerk Brian Mason, who has issued every marriage license in Rowan County since they restarted serving the public. Mason says that he will continue to issue the licenses even if Davis orders him not to, which should make it a pleasant working environment. Her supporters are already calling for deputy clerks who issued the licenses to be fired for defying Davis.

Shepard Smith is joining the voices of reason at Fox News in saying that Kim Davis is no hero. While covering Tuesday’s rally in support of Davis, Shep broke in and said “They set this up as a religious play again. This is the same crowd that says, ‘We don’t want Sharia law, don’t let them tell us what to do, keep their religion out of our lives and out of our government.’ Well, here we go again. When this started, this lawyer said he needed an accommodation for a woman who wanted one. She said she didn’t want her name on a license for gay people. Now they’ve come up with one, they’ve let her out of jail… But it’s not what they want. This is what they want, what you’re hearing now and this what they’re going to get: stirred up argument and a couple of days in the news cycle, and they’re going to be able to make these claims.”

Mike Huckabee Kim Davis Mat Staver
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Survivor has sent a cease and desist letter to Mike Huckabee for playing “Eye of the Tiger” when Davis took the stage for her rally. Co-founder Jim Peterik says “The song has motivated thousands through the years to reach beyond their limits. Its use for the release of Kim Davis does not support my views or my politics.” They’ve filed a $1.2 million lawsuit, but that’s pointless. As long as the rally organizers paid the compulsory license for a performance, there’s not much the band can do. This pops up all the time with right wingers because musicians seldom share their politics, it makes news that the band doesn’t support the person, then fades away because the licensing system allows for this.


Oregon Judge Vance D. Day, who is under an ethics investigation for refusing to perform marriage ceremonies in light of marriage equality has some other things to explain, like why he hung a portrait of Hitler in his office. Now I always say that any side invoking Hitler in an argument means that they don’t have a valid argument to present, but in this case I’m invoking Hitler because he’s hanging on the wall of a public building.


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Andrew Garfield may not play Spider-man anymore, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to stop pushing for a more diverse representation of the character. “I’m excited to get to the point where we don’t have to have this conversation, where we can have a pansexual Spider-Man. The richness of the world we’re in, the diversity of the world we’re in; you look at the animal kingdom and you see it reflected. You look all over. What are we so scared of? Why are we so, ’No, it has to be this way, a man and a woman.’ Why is that even a conversation?” Broadening the conversation, he says “We’re scared of things that aren’t us. Love is love. Skin is skin. Flesh is flesh. We’re all wrapped in the same thing. I have no preference.”


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MMA star Ronda Rousey is going to star in a remake of Road House. She reportedly sought permission from Patrick Swayze’s widow before agreeing to the role.


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There could soon be an Anglo-American Cup for soccer. Reports are that the Premiere League and MLS are joining forces for a tournament with their champions and the winner of FA Cup, and the winner of the US Open cup battle it out for a championship. The biggest problem I see with this is the argument over whether it’s called “soccer” or “football.”


According to David Mixner, the reason that Trump is resonating so well is that there’s a segment of “mad as hell Americans” who have finally figured out that the deck is stacked against them, and the Bushes, Clintons, and all the same people aren’t going to give up the insane amounts of money in politics to make it better for them.


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Caitlyn Jenner isn’t upset about the Spirit Halloween costume of her Vanity Fair cover. “I’m in on the joke. No, I don’t think it’s offensive all. I know the community does, and they’ve gotten a lot of criticism for doing it. I think it’s great. You gotta enjoy life. Life’s too short. I can’t get too upset about that stuff.”


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Lance Bass thinks we need to give Caitlyn Jenner some room to grow when it comes to her comments about supporting marriage equality. “What I don’t get is, she’s sitting there in Givenchy, full makeup saying, ‘I’m a traditionalist.’ Like what?! But I do have to give her some room, too, because even when I came out, I still caught myself saying, ‘Oh, she’s so hot.’ Like doing that thing you trained yourself to do for so many years. I think we should give her a little room, I think we should give her a little room to grow.”


The British PROUD study, which touted the effectiveness of PrEP in HIV prevention has now been published in a peer reviewed journal, paving the way for NHS to adopt PrEP as a covered preventative measure.


Without the Duggars having the high ground to fight it this time, Fayetteville, Arkansas passed a nondiscrimination ordinance 53-%-47%. The town had previously passed the bill only to have it repealed last year after a determined campaign backed by the Duggar family.


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Bradley James has a franchise, landing the role of the villain in the next Underworld movie opposite Kate Beckinsale and Theo James.


Teensleep is going to be a UK trial of the idea that we all get up too early. The premise is that results can improve 10% by starting the school day, and the work day, at 10AM instead of 9AM. Dr Paul Kelly says “This is a huge society issue. Staff should start at 10am. You don’t get back to [a natural 9am schedule] starting point until 55. Staff are usually sleep-deprived. We’ve got a sleep-deprived society. It is hugely damaging on the body’s systems because you are affecting physical emotional and performance systems in the body.” I’m not sure on what planet people start work at 9AM anymore. My day job has a 7:30AM-6:00PM mandatory schedule, and frankly I think I’m getting off light compared to some jobs. The study will divide 100 schools by 9AM or 10AM start times to see if results improve.


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Chrissie Hynde is still talking about sexual assault and now she’s laying some of the blame on sexy pop stars. “I don’t think sexual assault is a gender issue as such, I think it’s very much … it’s all around us now. It’s provoked by this pornography culture, it’s provoked by pop stars who call themselves feminists. Maybe they’re feminists on behalf of prostitutes — but they are not feminists on behalf of music, if they are selling their music by bumping and grinding and wearing their underwear in videos. That’s a kind of feminism — but, you know, you’re a sex worker, is what you are. I would say those women are responsible for a great deal of damage.”


Superfruit, the gay subset of Pentatonix, has teamed up with Fox to create this medley of songs from Empire, and you just know that if Cookie heard this, she’d sign them to the label in a heartbeat.


I really enjoyed this take by TheWrap on Caitlyn Jenner’s gay marriage stance and how Kim Davis has become a ridiculous symbol in the gay rights movement. I enjoyed it right up until they decided to use “Bruce” to make a point about Caitlyn’s views. It’s a knee jerk reaction on my part, because we want to be respectful of her identity, but in this case it was being used to show the disconnect here, so one could make a case for it being valid, but it still bothers me.


Krampus is billed as a horror comedy starring Adam Scott, where a family gets together for the holidays, but so ruins the Christmas spirit it causes the young son to scrap his letter to Santa, summoning Krampus to deal with his naughtiness, and indeed his whole family. I was missing the comedy part of horror/comedy in this trailer, but it might be nice to have a Christmas movie that’s not so saccharine.


In the new Stonewall clip, the focus is on Marsha P. Johnson, who activists felt was snubbed in the initial trailer, and frankly, features a lot more color than the original trailer did. It appears that someone has had a chat with marketing to tell them to stop trying sell this movie based around the pretty young white boy like they’re used to doing.


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