Coca-Cola censors “gay” in new media campaign, who is kissing Stiles, The Dark Place is a new kind of thriller that happens to be gay
Chris Kluwe officially named the witnesses in his case with the Minnesota Vikings, Blair Walsh and Cullen Loeffler, and says there are text messages to corroborate what was said by Coach Priefer. Walsh has released a statement distancing himself from the case without actually denying the remarks. Kluwe has testified for investigators for five hours, and won’t rule out legal action that would put his witnesses under oath.
This pretty much seals the deal that dogs are the most loving of pets out there.
The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson thought he was taking his parents to see a screening of the new Wes Anderson movie, but it turned out to be the very NSFW Nymphomaniac. The idea of watching a hardcore movie with your parents is pretty horrifying, but his mother took it in stride. Mostly. “I wasn’t put off by the nudity. But I thought the montage of all the different male genitalia was totally unnecessary.” To me, that’s an endorsement of the film. But not to watch with mom.
Ireland’s Trinity College is banning Coca-Cola and P&G products during the Sochi Olympics to protest their silence on the anti-gay laws in Russia. “Your company had an unparalleled opportunity to denounce the vulgar and inhumane Anti-Gay Laws of Russia on a worldwide stage, an action which, if made, would have undoubtedly sparked global awareness and positive change for the LGBTQ community in Russia and beyond.” Students drove the boycott, and that gives me hope for the future.
I used to watch Ghost In the Shell, but I’m not entirely sure I know how it can be turned into a live action film, but Rupert Sanders is onboard to direct the effort.
Frozen has surpassed The Lion King’s worldwide gross with $810 million, which judging by my Tumblr Dashboard was driven more by gay men than it was by children.
30:30 is a new gay dating site that is asking members to not show each other their members for 30 days of dating. They also don’t allow explicit pictures. And they scaremonger on HIV. And do a bit of slut shaming. “A poll of over 1000 gay men revealed that a staggering 42% have engaged in at least one sexual act while not being able to recall their partner’s first name. 27% of which claimed numerous instances and have lost count in their lifetime number of sexual partners. WTF!!!”
“Hello everyone. I am the gay son of Representative Milo Smith, chairman of the Elections Committee that just passed HJR-3 onto the full House. I’m not here to badmouth my dad. I’m terribly disappointed in his decision and beliefs, but he’s not going to change them now if he hasn’t after all these years of knowing I am gay. I am here to support you and my friends who remain in Indiana. They are my extended family.” Fatherly love doesn’t always extend to gay sons when politics are involved.
There’s mounting evidence that the judge in the marriage equality case in Virginia may rule without a trial. She has directed all parties to respond “whether the Court should instead rule promptly on the briefs without a hearing.” Summary judgments are dangerous, but worked for us in Utah.
The South Dakota Democratic Party has put up a petition asking people to help defeat SB67, which would legalize the right to discriminate against GLBT people based on religious beliefs. I’m starting to believe the right has given up on marriage, and will now focus on broadly worded bills that will give them the right to hate in the name of commerce.
Martina Navratilova thinks that trying to isolate sports from politics is futile. “The athletes are told by the IOC to not make any protests, any statements, and really separate the politics from sport, which is impossible. It’s a controversial situation there and it will be interesting how it all unfolds. “I think we can say that sports and politics are inextricably combined – they go hand in hand – and that’s where my disappointment was with the IOC.”
Coca-Cola has launched a new campaign that will allow you to have a name or a word printed on the side of a can of Coke. But they’ve banned some words. Trying to print “gay” on a can of Coke will cause the app to say “Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that.” Words like “straight” and “heterosexual” are just fine though. I really hope they find a way to not be so obstinate about this, because I kind of have an addiction to Coke Zero, and I don’t know what I’d replace it with.
Saturday Night Live tried to take on the homophobia in Russia as it relates to the Sochi Games with this skit about the U.S. having a backup heterosexual figure skating team in case gay athletes boycotted (but they really screwed up the intro). There are so many ways to feel about this. You can applaud them for trying to bring light to the issue. You can be happy that the target of the joke seemed to be straight men. Or you can be pissed that they stereotyped figure skaters as gay to begin with, which is really the problem here, though I doubt that even crossed their minds. It’s fairly obvious they thought they were lampooning straight men, but they weren’t, unless the straight men they were mocking were the entirely heterosexual men’s figure skating team (recent evidence says they may have had a better time with this during the Summer Olympics using divers). A swing and a miss. As was the Her parody, which has been done to death, and I won’t run here.
But what really pissed me off this episode was during Weekend Update, which is normally safe territory. But they chose to run the story about Sean Cody model Robert Marucci, who was briefly kicked out of school with graduation in jeopardy over his work in gay adult films. It’s not what they said, it’s what they didn’t say, and what they showed. They never said it was gay porn, and the graphic they showed onscreen was a DVD case with a woman’s legs. Is the idea of gay porn so gross to SNL that they had to go out of their way to make it look like he was in straight porn. This kid has been through enough, and my guess is that a lot of it is because he did gay porn and not straight porn, which would have earned him high fives from classmates and not bullying. Our stories deserve to be told honestly. And I’m just going to throw in the fact that anybody judging this kid for doing something totally legal, off school property, is completely wrong. Whether he did it to support his mother as has been reported, or just for pocket change, he did nothing wrong, nothing illegal, and the school had no right to put his education in jeopardy. This part of the segment kicks in around 6:15.
As we gear up for Super Bowl commercial season, we have something slightly new. This is reportedly a teaser for a David Beckham H&M underwear commercial that will air during the Big Game, and there’s a chance in the video to vote on the version that will air. I think it could be kind of fun to see what the typically straight audience of the Super Bowl thinks of a naked David Beckham.
Sometimes you just like geeky things. This is incredibly slow motion video of a match burning. Like really slow motion of the ignition. It’s fascinating, and perhaps a little gross. It almost seems like it’s alive and the insides are bubbling out.
What exactly is stalking our Scooby Gang on Teen Wolf? It looks like we might finally get to see tonight. But more important than that – who is Stiles making out with? And is it real, or another hallucination? Inquiring minds want to know.
Lance Bass might want to stick to making music rather than commenting on things, because I kind of like the official version of “Walking On Air” that he put out with Anise K. I had wondered for a bit if he was actually going to sing in his song, but he eventually kicks in.
CitizenLink has put out this hilariously deceptive video claiming that Christians lose any time there’s a conflict between their rights and gay rights, using the wedding cake example. But as Think Progress points out, public accomodation laws work for everyone. It’s what keeps a Jewish owned bakery from refusing to make a wedding cake for a Christian wedding.
Finally, we have the world premiere of the first trailer for The Dark Place, from the same folks who brought us Judas Kiss. In full disclosure, the director, Jody Wheeler is a friend of mine. But I’ve seen an early cut of the full movie, and found it to be really innovative. The perfect memory construct that drives the plot is innovative. There are plot twists that I just didn’t see coming, and it’s refreshing to have a thriller with primarily gay characters. I don’t want to call it post-gay, because I hate that term, but the reality is that most of the gay characters could have been straight (well, you’d have to swap out some of the actors to make that work) without changing the plot in the slightest, which really is a modern view on storytelling in gay cinema. It isn’t about coming out, AIDS, family acceptance of you being gay, or any of the tired tropes. It’s a real thriller, with a beautiful setting, gorgeous actors with complicated relationships. The full movie has distribution through Shoreline (who handled the release of Geography Club), and will be hitting the festival circuits this year.