Potpourri of Pearls makes yarmulkes sexy, Chipotle sets the internet on fire, Channing Tatum wants to play Gambit
Tom Ford is taking the fashion world by storm again, opening new outlets that cater to the extremely wealthy. But it’s fatherhood that freaks him out more than his expanding empire. “I didn’t quite know what to expect. I remember the day before he was born, I was up at like 5 a.m., frantically going to the supermarket in L.A. making sure I had miniature versions of sanitary hand wipes for his diaper bag. I didn’t know what the other side of that cliff was like.”
The wedding photographer that was ruled in violation of anti-discrimination laws in New Mexico after refusing to photograph a same-sex wedding is appealing to the U.S. Supreme court. The thrust is that photography is an artistic expression, and you can’t force someone into an expression they don’t believe in. But what’s stunning from the lawyers is that they also believe they could refuse to photograph an interracial wedding on religious grounds. Just when you thought they had dug as deep a hole as possible, they pull out a backhoe.
We showed you video this week of Russell Brand at the GQ Awards mentioning that sponsor Hugo Boss once made uniforms for the Nazis. Now he has a rather thoughtful and complete explanation of the evening that delves into the nature of celebrity and awards. It’s worth the read.
Among the changes on the table to get wrestling voted back into the Olympics was a possible change in uniforms, ditching the singlets for tight shorts and shirts, or even shirtless. I’d like to go on record as opposing this. Shirtless we can get from swimming and diving, but nothing bulges like a wrestling singlet, and that’s a sight I’m not willing to give up.
Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance spawned hundreds of complaints to the FCC, which was pointless as the FCC has no control over cable content. But they’re worth reading, because just like Tea Party rally signs, these people don’t have a great command of spelling or grammar. Or even her name.
If you need further evidence that the “gay propaganda” law in Russia is a license for violence against the homosexual community at large (as opposed to “protecting children”), this new video that surfaced of a terrified, weeping young man being kidnapped, beaten, stripped and forced to sodomize himself with a bottle should convince you.
Gay marriage is wrong. Science says so.
Meghan McCain has a new show on the Pivot network, and she knows that no matter what she says, she’s going to get grief about it. Considering her prescription for the Republican Party, I doubt that the people that need to watch her will be willing to listen. “And I think if it would simmer down on social issues people would come running to this party. There’s such an obsession with women’s reproductive rights, gay marriage, et cetera. And we keep losing elections. And unless we change that attitude and have a comprehensive immigration reform in the next election cycle, we can say sayonara to ever winning again. Period.”
NBA Commissioner David Stern doesn’t want to be drawn into a long discussion on the anti-gay laws in Russia, but he’s not happy about them. “I’m gonna behave myself, for the record here, which is unlike me. But you know, the first phone call to the new head of the Olympics [was] from President [Vladimir] Putin, and everyone wants to talk about the Russian law on homosexuality. Think about the opportunities that sports have to make a continuing statement, and the only thing that we’re saying in that context is ‘Shhhh! No one say anything!’”
McFly is fairly famous for taking off their clothes for Attitude magazine (which they cover again this month), but that’s not the only time they strip down. “We did in Barbados. We were on holiday, the four of us, with our other halves. Dougie was single at the time. And we met two couples, and we really got on with them. And when our girlfriends went home, we all went skinny-dipping in the sea. It back-fired actually that skinny-dip, because the security guard stole all my money. Whilst I was naked. Do you remember when the security guard was looking for us, and we were lying flat down on the pier not moving, naked?”
I admit that intellectually I like the idea of a la carte cable. I know that the biggest single charge inside my cable bill is for ESPN, which I never watch, which is true of 90% of the channels I get. But bundling allows smaller networks, including Logo to thrive, and A&E was in the same shape before Mad Men. Of course the PTC wants to be able to not pay for networks like FX, because they find Sons of Anarchy offensive, and that’s a slippery slope. Even Senator McCain, who champions the legislation, thinks that’s a non-starter. “I don’t agree with that aspect of it. I think people make choices. Nobody forces them to watch those shows… As long as it’s not child pornography, those things that are just beyond the pale — I can’t blame a television show for causing violence. I just can’t. Some people make that connection but I haven’t been able to do that yet.”
I don’t watch House of Lies, but one piece of casting for the show caught my eye. Bex Taylor-Klaus is set to “play Lex, a badass genderqueer basketball player who connects with Marty’s (Don Cheadle) son Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.).”
In October, Starz plans to air Spartacus, in order, and uncut, promising more kills, more fights, and more sex. It’s yet to be determined if that means we’ll get more gay sex, or just more boobs. Either way, it’s kind of a lose-lose situation. If there’s no more gay sex, well, there was never a balance. And if there is more gay sex, why did it end up on the cutting room floor?
I used to really be a fan of L’Oreal Men facial products. The scrub was amazing, and moisturizer just vanished into your skin – my iPhone didn’t end up a slimy mess. Then they discontinued the line. Now they’re back with the replacement, but I’m not sure even a shirtless Francisco Lachowski can make me forgive them for having to audition a ton of generally crappy skin care products to find a replacement.
The interwebs are losing their collective minds over this Chipotle ad, with Fiona Apple singing “Pure Imagination.” I admit the animation is stunning, and the story of a dystopian world of factory farming run by scarecrows until one breaks free to find a more sustainable way is a great story. But I’d be happier if they used some of the cash they spent on this to open a restaurant within two hours of where I live. I want my burrito bowls!
Sometimes you have to give an underwear brand credit for being clever, because the object of this hunk’s affection in this video is not talking about what you’re thinking about in regards to his big bone.
In one of the better confessions from this week on The Talk, Sara Gilbert opens up about how dating her then costar Johnny Galecki helped her realize that she was a lesbian. Even better was how well Galecki treated the news when she shared it (if you recall, Galecki responded to his never responding to rumors he was gay by saying “why defend from something that’s not offensive?”), and how he kept her council, including when he offered to be there for her when she shared this story. She finishes up with a fairly powerful statement about the ongoing fear a person can have about being out, even years later.
Potpourri of Pearls started with the premise of “the very simple idea of yarmulkes being sexy.” I think they managed that.
If you recall back around Comic-Con, there was a whole “fake geek girl” controversy with guys questioning the geek credentials of the cosplaying women in attendance, which was utter BS. But what happens when the camera is turned the other way, at the geek boys, particularly those with rippling abs, and they’re asked trivia about their characters? Now, can we finally just let people enjoy what they enjoy?
Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx sat down to discuss their latest roles, but what was interesting was when you asked Channing about playing a superhero, and he busts out a Cajun accent and expresses a deep love of Gambit.
Rachel Maddow finds U.S. conservatives tripping over themselves to become Vladimir Putin’s biggest fans as amusing as I do. She has a message for the groups: He’s just not into you.
During those periods when I go out with friends before retreating to my cave to rebuild my energy, I watch people who normally count every calorie toss drink after drink down their gullets without a thought. But if they skipped the booze (and most of them continue drinking while I stop during my recharge phases), what could they eat instead? A lot of good stuff, it turns out.