When Tim Cook was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he was asked about Steve Jobs, which portrays the Apple founder in a less than positive light, and Cook said “I think a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this. It’s not a great part of our world.” Aaron Sorkin, who wrote the film, called him out for defending his late friend and boss. “Nobody did this movie to get rich. Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is. Third, if you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic.”
Hotel Transylvania 2 is set to become Adam Sandler’s best opening film yet, with $46 million for the weekend, and good reviews. The Intern will take second place with $18 million, while the other wide opener, The Green Inferno, which many have called racist, is set to make the top ten with $3 million.
In Germany, the Bundesrat, or upper house, passed a bill recognizing marriage equality over the objections of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who doesn’t want the law changed. The bill now goes to the upper house, the Bundestag.
Al Jean says that in the 27th season of The Simpsons, Smithers finally comes out of the closet. “In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t. We deal with that in two episodes. … We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options.”
Fresh off of hurling a gay slur as she was disembarking from a flight, Azealia Banks says “oh well imagine how I wanna spray a gay man in the face with pepper spray everytime he calls me a bitch a slut or a hoe. Kiss my ass. Goodnight.” I won’t stoop to calling her a bitch or a hoe, but I will call her a horrible person who only gets press for the awful way she lives her life rather than her music.
Jeb Bush thinks that he can win the black vote by encouraging a positive message rather than bribing them. “Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.” So your version of hope to to call them a bunch of moochers that want to live off handouts? Not really aspirational.
It’s official, Caitlyn is now legally a woman named Caitlyn Jenner. While it’s a formality compared to her brave declaration this year, it’s an important milestone in the journey any trans individual takes towards being their true self.
Martin Freeman is worried that because he reminds people that Sherlock and Watson aren’t gay, people will think he’s homophobic. “They’re not actually f***ing. It is possible for people of the same sex to have a deep friendship without being attracted to each other. People are attracted to each other in all sorts of ways. You don’t necessarily want to [sleep with] someone because you love them. They respect each other, they bring different things to their friendship. It’s a friendship. Way more has been made in the ether of that relationship than has ever been put in the show. The trouble is as soon as you start getting into a dialogue about that, it sounds like you‘re somehow being homophobic.” Actually, it’s not that you say it, or any other star says that the character they play isn’t gay that upsets people. It’s how you say it.
Not only did Who’s the Boss star Daniel Pintauro talk about drug use in the LGBT community on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, he also revealed that he’s been HIV+ for 12 years now. “I was living in New York at the time and completely clueless to the idea that I was positive. I went in for a regular checkup. It was just regular blood work. You go in, and you sort of waited two weeks on pins and needles — or at least I did, because I was just terrified of the idea of getting HIV.” At the time, he had just come out of a two year relationship and wanted to experiment sexually. “I was doing crystal meth, which completely ruins your immune system. I’d been doing it at that point very briefly, but it was three weeks or so, off and on. I had just come out of a two-year relationship, and I discovered in that relationship that there was more I wanted to explore sexually. Crystal meth takes away your inhibitions… And if you want to explore that adventurous side, taking the drug is going to put you there. I was experimenting. And believe it or not, I thought that I was being safe in that encounter. I know exactly when it happened.”
Michael Sam called in to The Dan Patrick Show to talk about what happened in Montreal, what his future plans were, and what he might have done differently over the last year. One of the big points is that Sam would not have come out when he did. “I wanted to come out after I made an NFL roster. It really wasn’t supposed to be public.” Still he has no regrets about coming out, or allowing the cameras into his home for the draft, and that famous kiss. He does seem to harbor some ill will towards his advisers.
When Selena Gomex stopped by the BBC One Live Lounge to perform Magic’s “Rude” she didn’t give us a groundbreaking arrangement, nor really even a stellar vocal performance. But one thing she did do was leave all the genders in tact, so that she’s singing about asking for the had of a man’s daughter, which considering the storyline of a traditional father who wants a specific life for his daughter becomes all the more powerful when it’s done as a same-sex proposal.
The Doctors invited anti-gay pastor Josh Feuerstein on the show to talk about his Christian views on gender and sexuality and parenting, and put him face to face with Mikki Willis, the dad who rose to viral fame after celebrating his son picking out a Little Mermaid doll. What’s striking about all of this isn’t the content – we know what Feuerstein is going to say before he says it. What struck me was that nobody was on his side. The doctors jumped all over it about sexuality being innate, while gender was more complicated than toys. And the audience had zero fucks to give about his opinion.