New alleged pic of Dylan Sprouse, Dot Marie Jones’ surprise wedding, and A Charlie Brown Christmas flashmob
Phil Robertson broke his silence at a Bible study in Louisiana on Sunday. ““We are a bunch of rednecks from Louisiana, but I am not uneducated, I have a degree from Louisiana Tech. But this week I have been called an ignoramus. This week I have been asked, ‘Is this the first time you have brought up sin?’ I said, ‘Are you kidding? I have been traveling to and fro spreading this message. ‘Then he said, ‘Well do you invite yourself to go and get your Bible and tell people what you are now sharing with us?’ I said, “No they are inviting me.”
Meanwhile, an insider tells Entertainment Weekly that A&E has no intention of dropping Phil or the show, but instead is just using the Christmas holiday as time for the controversy to die down. “There’s no negotiation to have; we’re doing the show. We’ll figure out a solution. It’s just not going to happen overnight. Everybody will take a break for the holidays and regroup afterward. That’s probably the smartest thing for everyone to do. Time heals a lot of wounds.” Which is pretty much what we all expected them to do.
Cracker Barrel caved on the Duck Dynasty merchandise and put it back out. “Dear Cracker Barrel Customer: When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done. You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened. Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And, we apologize for offending you. We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different. We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.”
A possibly more explicit, well splattered image allegedly of Dylan Sprouse has surfaced on the web. I saw it a few days ago on Tumblr and thought it was a fake. The moles have moved around a bit and something just looks off.
Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the GLBT community’s biggest Republican supporter doesn’t believe that Cuba has done anything meaningful by enacting job protections for the GLB (a transgender bill is pending) community. “The tyrannical regime in Cuba likes to fool those who are easily fooled but, unless there are human rights for all, there can be no true rights just for gays. One would have to be quite gullible to give any credence to reports that the non-freely elected sham of a parliament has passed an non-discrimination law regarding individuals who are LGBT. The Castro regime allows no freedom but it knows how to sugar coat its horrid human rights record by promoting a law that will never mean a thing. The Cuban people deserve freedom, whether they are gay or straight. Liberty knows no gender identity.”
The 10th Circuit has denied the emergency request for a stay of the Utah marriage equality case because they say the request doesn’t meet the requirements for an emergency stay. The state goes before the trial judge today to request a stay, at which point they may be able to refile with the 10th Circuit.
Is Amazon making it harder to find and buy supernatural erotica? I know we’ve got some purveyors and aficionados here, so I was curious about your experiences.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hung on to the top spot at the weekend box office with $31.4 million, topping Anchorman 2 which brought in $26.7 million after endless promotion. American Hustle did well in expansion with $19 million.
Congratulations to Dot Marie Jones, who wed her longtime partner Bridgett Casteen in a surprise wedding. They invited family and friends to a holiday party, then surprised them with a wedding.
The Mormon-owned Deseret News wrote an editorial calling the Utah marriage decision “judicial tyranny.” They seem particularly mad that there was no trial, and it was decided on summary judgments, but that’s what the state asked for in the overconfidence. “The essence of judicial tyranny is when a single, unelected federal judge declares the laws and constitution of an entire state null and void with an opinion clothed in the barest of legal precedent.” What’s amusing, at least when I read the article, is that the comments call the editorial biased and baseless, lacking a complete understanding of the issue.
Oh, Saturday Night Live. You do try. There were some fun moments in the show this week, from “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to Jimmy Fallon losing it when Justin Timberlake played him on a game of Family Feud. And then there was the Scrooge sketch. I’ll be honest, the idea that Scrooge is miserable because he’s a closeted man is an interesting one, and one that could probably be made into something good in the right hands. Those hands were not in Studio 8B this week however, and we got horrible stereotypes and mincing. It was awful, and the entire internet seems to agree that it was one of the worst things they’ve done in years. Diversity would help, guys.
But on the bright side, there’s Kate McKinnon, who killed it on Weekend Update as Billie Jean King talking about going to Sochi. This is one of those glorious examples of how the show can handle minorities when a member of that minority is around to shape the gag.
The Powerpuff Girls are coming back to Cartoon Network for a special in January, and the girls have had a makeover. Still, we have the original voice cast and Mojo JoJo is back as the villain, so the only question remaining is if they managed to work Him into the show. Because I’m not sure that in today’s climate Him is a character that would be allowed on children’s television.
Bryan Fischer says that the arrest (and cavity search) of an Indian diplomat is retaliation by the Obama administration for their Supreme Court restoring the ban on sodomy, just like the very gay Sochi delegation is retaliation against Russia. I actually do believe the second part, but the idea that we’d retaliate against India with a diplomatic incident when they’re trying to reverse the ruling seems ridiculous.
Queens & Cowboys is the story of the IGRA, as seen by a straight man who went searching for cowboys, and found a whole class of them he didn’t know existed. Matt Livadary says that while doing the documentary was mostly an accident, there’s a lot to learn from the IGRA. “Well the cowboy is so iconic. This film sort of restarts those traditions to include a wider array of people: women, gays, trans people. It even challenges stereotypes within the gay community. More often than not my gay friends are like, “wait…there’s a gay rodeo?” So this film is an opportunity to show gay people living with country western values.”
I really tried to understand my mortal enemy, the cat, with An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0, but I finished more confused by these creatures than I was when I started.
Carlos tips me to this flashmob that Mashable did of the iconic dance scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and it brought me almost as much joy as watching the original did on Friday night while I was wrapping my final Christmas presents.