Kyan Douglas Shuts Down Image Shamers, Matt And Blue At The Zoo: BRIEFS

Plus punk pioneer Iggy Pop.
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Birthday shoutouts! Matt Dillon (above) is 52, Courtney Act is 34, Regina Spektor is 36, Molly Ringwald is 48, Juice Newton is 64, John Travolta is 62, Yoko Ono is 83, and Cybill Shepard is 66.

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The first booze-soaked teaser for the Absolutely Fabulous movie is here.

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An Ed Kennedy Post! Spa Night director Andrew Ahn reveals a secret world of gay hookups.


Meryl Streep plays “Worst Singer Of All Time” in trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins.


Mob Wives star Big Ang dies at 55.


Gay Party City employee gets homophobic card for Valentine’s Day.

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IN OTHER NEWS

Happy Endings star Zachary Knighton has been cast as Candice Bergen’s son in the ABC pilot Pearl.


Queer Eye alum Kyan Douglas shuts down image shamers.

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Madonna’s groundbreaking Truth Or Dare helped the LGBT community at its most vulnerable time.


In their latest video, Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton debate the merits of zoos, while Crow just wants more “qwackers.”
 


Adam Lambert and Jack Antonoff performed onstage during the pre-Grammy gala.

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Adam Lambert sings during the Clive Davis & The Recording Academy's 2016 Pre-Grammy Gala show in Beverly Hills, California on February 14, 2016.     / AFP / Mark Ralston        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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And here’s 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 and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition.

This week our 153rd ShoutOUT™ is to … Xavier Dolan

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Xavier directed and starred in 2013’s psychological thriller Tom At The Farm as a man who journeys to the family home of his late boyfriend for his funeral only to discover … bad things. It won the International Film Critics awards at the Venice Film Festival, but wasn’t released in the U.S. until last year, something which has dogged him throughout his career. He says “No one knows me in the States, because the movies have been released in such an awkward, irregular fashion, all by different distributors … I don’t want to sound pretentious, but it’s puzzling.”

 

 


Three years ago I presented my personal favorite Briefs list, The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s, and because if there’s one thing Hollywood has taught us, it’s that sequels and reboots and remakes are ALWAYS better then the original, we’re going to the well again with The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten

We’ll be spotlighting 100 more of the greatest minor hits of the decade, the songs you don’t hear on any 80’s nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty … or top forty. Hopefully these forgotten gems may ring a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provide a pop music history lesson.

AND NOW THE TOP TEN LOST HITS OF THE 80’s (VERSION 2)! At #3 is “Digging Your Scene” by Blow Monkeys

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Led by Dr. Robert (who looks like Louis Virtel’s UK cousin), Blow Monkeys hit the chart just once, with “Digging Your Scene” hitting #14 in August 1986. It would be years later that I discovered that this irresistible pop confection actually had a much darker meaning than I ever knew. Dr. Robert explains:

’Digging Your Scene’ was me tipping my hat to the club scene, and then specifically the gay scene within the club scene that … in the early 80’s, that were to me the most exciting thing that was happening at that point in my life. ’Cos I’d kind of broken up with my first wife and I was in-between, and I was kind of enjoying myself. And it was a great scene for me to be involved in. Although I wasn’t gay. You know, 50% of the people in there weren’t. it was just a really refreshing kind of attitude there. And the song was written basically about AIDS and the way that it was beginning to kind of happen to people that I knew within that scene.

There was a little bit of hysteria about AIDS, I think, in the early days here in the tabloids and stuff, you know. It was a bit dodgy, and people were kind of using it in order to kind of slag off the gay scene and the gay culture, you know. And what I wanted to do was kind of say … you know, redress the balance in my own way.

 


Congrats to jon, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Thundarr The Barbarian.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Since it’s a new year, let’s switch things up again. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Alex Batir

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And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. Because our comments system is notoriously unreliable, his new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!

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Whenever the need arose, Bowie would step forward and help a friend in need. If the friend also happened to be an idol of his, like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, so much the better. I’ve initially planned to finish the week with these two, but have since decided that Lou Reed really needs a 3-day presentation, so he’ll be with us in the near future. So, today is Iggy Pop’s day.

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Iggy, born James N. Osterberg, Jr. in Michigan, paid his dues in various blues bands in the 60s. His break came when he formed The Stooges and they were signed to Elektra. They released their eponymous album in 1969, produced by Velvet Underground’s John Cale and it was one of the biggest inspirations for the flowering of Punk Rock, 7 years later. It sold poorly, however, as did the follow-up. That fact, combined with Iggy’s increasing drug addiction, left them without a record deal.

That’s when Bowie stepped in: the Stooges moved to London and Bowie secured them a record deal, as well as producing their album, Raw Power, to great critical acclaim, but middling commercial success. Pop, unable to control his drug use, checked himself into a mental institution. Bowie continue to support him and in 1976 they both relocated to Berlin, to wean themselves off their respective drug addictions. There, Bowie helped write and produce The Idiot and Lust for Life, Pop’s two most acclaimed albums as a solo artist.

Since Iggy was a pansexual person, that spirit is also reflected in his songs: “Penetration” goes: “Penetrate, penetrate me, so fine, so fine, so fine”, while in “Gimme Danger” he says: “Now if you will be my lover I will shiver insane, but if you can be my master I will do anything”. (Both songs from Raw Power).

In “I Wanna Be Your Dog” from The Stooges’ 1st album the lyrics go:

Ooh give it to me. Now I’m ready to close my eyes. Yes now I’m ready to close my mind. Now I’m ready to feel your hands. Lose my heart on the burning sand. Now I want to be your dog. (C’mon, I want to be your dog you know it).

I guess these lyrics can imply either sex, but they make more sense when viewed as male-to-male. It seems that he favored rough sense with a touch of domination/submission play. At least in writing.

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