*sad trombone* Tim Tebow has been cut from the Philadelphia Eagles, which to me says that they just weren’t getting the free press that they hoped for from him. But according to coach Chip Kelly, he just wasn’t good enough to be a third stringer. “We felt Tim has progressed, but we didn’t feel he was good enough to be the (No.) 3 right now.” Insult to injury, they don’t have a third stringer at the moment, which means Tebow wasn’t better than an empty space on the bench.
TMZ reports that Britney Spears is dating her ex Jason Trawick’s best friend, Cade Hudson. There’s just one problem with the story – Cade is one of us. On the plus side, how many ’mos have wanted Britney as a bestie?
In a British poll of movie sex scenes, Black Swantopped the list, with Brokeback Mountain coming in third, meaning two of the top three were gay sex scenes. The Notebook managed to score the #2 slot.
In a new 32 month study, exactly zero men who were on PrEP contracted HIV over the course of the study. A significant portion did report using fewer condoms, and half did contract a different STI during the study, but they were totally protected against HIV. The men were already considered more likely to engage in risky behavior before the study.
Remember when Chris Evans reluctantly signed up to play Captain America, and kept saying he was done once his contract was up? Well, he’s changed his mind. “Listen, if Marvel wants me they got me. I’ve never had such a relationship where you have such—I mean look at my resume, I’m used to being on set being like, ‘Ah is this movie gonna be terrible?’ Marvel just can’t stop making great movies, they do it in their sleep. It’s wonderful directors and producers and actors and scripts, and it’s like a playground as an actor.” And he totally owns up to how silly his reluctance to take the role was. “It’s so mind-boggling that I was so tentative in the beginning to jump onboard. What an asshole I would be if I hadn’t done this. I mean can you imagine? Kicking myself—I’d never forgive myself!”
To get the Kim Davis news out of the way, there are serious concerns about those marriage licenses that were issued in her absence not having her name on them, and being issued in the name of “Rowan County.” It seems like she’s haunting the process from her jail cell, because her deputies refused to add her name to the licenses.
Rand Paul thinks that marriage supporters should back off from Kim Davis. “If people want to change things, push too hard, they’re actually going to make things worse. Ultimately, if society is going to change its opinion on what marriage is, I think it would be better through persuasion than through an aggressive tactic where we federalize everything and force people to do things they don’t want to do.” You mean like the aggressive tactic of her defying a court order to let these couples marry under the law? That does tend to get people fired up.
But Donald Trump seems to understand some of the basics of how the law works. ““Well, look, the decision came down from the Supreme Court, Gene, so I’m a believer on both sides of the picture. I would say the simple answer is let her clerks do it. Now from what I understand, she’s not letting her clerks do it either. The other simple answer is rather than going through this because it’s really a very, very sticky situation, a terrible situation, 30 miles away they have other places. They have many other places where you get licensed. and you have them actually quite nearby. That’s another alternative. I hate to see her being put in jail. I understand what they’re doing. It would be certainly nice if she didn’t do it but other people in her office do it. But from what I understand, she won’t allow other people in her office to do it. You have to go with it. I mean you have to go with it. The decision has been made, and that is the law of the land.”
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In a surprise move, Breitbart’s legal editor says that Kim Davis is legally wrong. “As Breitbart News explained earlier this week, Davis is not merely claiming a First Amendment right not to participate in same-sex marriages by issuing a marriage certificate. Such a refusal should be accommodated under the First Amendment in the same way that this country accommodates religious objectors to war: by assigning to noncombat roles those whose faith forbids them from using military weapons. But as Breitbart News previously reported, Davis is claiming the right to use her governmental power to order all of her deputy clerks and other subordinates that they shall not issue marriages licenses, either. Her personal right to religiously object probably does not extend to using her public-office power to order other government workers to conform to her personal faith-based beliefs. To use the military example again, this would be like a religious pacifist agreeing to be assigned to command an infantry combat unit, then ordering all the troops under her command to lay down their weapons and refuse to fight.”
Of course, when it comes to accommodations for your religion, according to Breitbart, that should only cover Christians, not say, a Muslim flight attendant who wants an accommodation to not serve alcohol. “So now we have yet another Muslim workplace lawsuit from CAIR – once again designed to impose Islam on the workplace. This is what they do. Why would a devout Muslim want to be a flight attendant in the first place, when half your job is serving alcohol? What about the rights of the passengers on Stanley’s flight who just wanted to have a drink? Alcoholic beverages are still legal in the United States. This goes against every American tenet of individual rights and separation of mosque and state. Someone ought to remind the EEOC that their name is Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “Equal,” as in no special rights for any particular class.”
Damon Wayans has some deplorable views on Bill Cosby, saying the women are just out for a money grab. “If I was him, I would divorce my wife, wink-wink, give her all my money and then I would go do a deposition. I would light one of them three-hour cigars. I’d have me some wine and maybe a Quaalude and I would just go off, because I don’t believe that he was raping. I think he was in relationships with all of them and then he was like, ‘You know what? [I’m] 78. It don’t work like that no more. I can’t get it up for any of y’all. Bye, bitches.’ And then they’re like, ‘Oh, really? Rape!’” He tops it all off with “How big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for 40 years?”
Congratulations to ESPN commentator Israel Gutierrez, who has come out not just as gay, but as engaged to be married this coming weekend. He struggled with the decision to come out for years. “I dated some, over the years, but it never got past a few dates. Looking back, it was odd that I made the conscious decision not to get seriously involved with the very few women I dated, because I didn’t want them to get hurt or even allow them to waste their time with me. And yet, whenever I even came close to accepting myself as being gay, something else would reignite my denial.At some point, beginning in my mid-20s, I found myself repeating a troubling cycle. I’d gather up just enough confidence to visit a gay establishment (and when I say “gather up the confidence” it meant only doing so when I’m out of my home state, and only after circling around the place several times, drawing up the courage to walk inside). Every time, I’d end up unhappier when I left.”
Tom Hardy plays both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend, and says that he didn’t even consider sexuality when playing the twins. “Do you know what? I didn’t even think about [sexuality]. I don’t think it needs playing, that’s that. Ronnie was gay, does that make sense? If I thought about then that would give me pause to think about it, but I just had to get on with doing what I’m doing which is my job. I think if you start playing anything then I think you start to miss the point of what it is you’re supposed to do. I think what was complicated is that we don’t know if Reggie was gay as well or not, that’s questionable. So that’s where I had to look at Legend as its own separate entity, and within this entity, Reggie’s heterosexual, Ronnie’s gay… let’s get on with it.”
Caitlyn Jenner is guesting on The Ellen Show this week, and she reveals that she wasn’t initially a marriage equality supporter. “I have to admit that I remember 15 years ago, 20 years ago, whenever it was that the whole gay marriage issue came up, at first, I was not for it. I mean, I thought, ‘I’m a traditionalist. But as time goes on, like a lot of people on this issue, I’ve really changed thinking here to: ‘I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness’ … If that word ‘marriage’ is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”
Speaking of the Jenners, Kylie has been running an anti-bullying campaign from her Instagram, and this week profiled a familiar pair, Jacob Lescenski and Anthony Martinez, who famously went as gay/straight prom dates earlier this year. She also used the platform to ask out a girl and a guy each for them to go to Homecoming with, and Jacob’s girl said yes. We still haven’t heard if Jordan Ruiz agreed to go with Anthony, but fingers crossed.
Chrissie Hynde is standing behind her comments that put the victims of rape at fault. “They’re entitled to say whatever they want. Do I regret saying it? I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it. [What I said] sounds like common sense. If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it. At the moment, we’re in one of the worst humanitarian crises in our lifetime. You see that picture of a Turkish policeman carrying the body of a 3-year-old boy who got washed up on the shore. These are the heartbreaking images we have and we’re talking about millions of displaced persons and people whose families have been destroyed and we’re talking about comments that I allegedly made about girls in their underwear.”
Chris Hayes brought on Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel to talk about Kim Davis, and he went after Staver for actual legal facts. The problem is that Staver insisted on sticking to talking points, regardless of how many ways Hayes wanted facts. This is actually the defining idea on which this entire event will pivot: If their side can keep the talking points of “jailed Christian” in the eye for the general public rather than “contempt of court” and defying the the law, our job fighting off these religious liberty claims gets a whole lot more difficult.
While I’m aware they ran this on the main site, I was completely blown away by this advert for Pot Noodles when a friend sent it to me Saturday morning. It’s a very rare thing for me to be surprised by where something is going, and this one knocked me down. Good on you. I’d buy some of your noodles if I could be convinced they had any nutritional value at all.
Here’s the “break the internet” trailer for Arrow season 4. Frankly, I’m kind of “meh” about the whole thing. Do we need to have the domestic Olicity thing? Can’t that be handled in flashbacks since we all know it’s not going to last? And Neal McDonough as Damien Dark – doesn’t Neal always have really strict morals clauses written into his contracts, concerning nudity, sex, etc., which he won’t do, but he’s going to play a mass murderer? And Felicity seems to have gotten too capable to still be the Felicity I loved. I’m just not seeing anything here I love.
Speaking of things I’m disappointed in, here’s the trailer for Neil Patrick Harris’ Best Time Ever. It looks more like Punk’d than a variety show. I’m thinking I can scratch this off my One Pass list.