HIV harder to cure than thought, Halloween in Hollywood, Katniss takes a stand in Catching Fire
Possibly the last person on earth I want to write about is Chris Brown, but then he goes and gets arrested for felony assault in Washington, D.C., after allegedly hurling “I’m not into this gay s**t, I’m into boxing” at two guys who were trying to photobomb a picture with some girls before slugging one, who says he needs surgery. Brown claims the guys were trying to board the bus. Still, a felony assault charge won’t go well for Brown’s probation.
The New York Times has a lengthy profile on gay couples who aren’t getting married. While I fall into that group, I wonder why this is a story. Fewer and fewer couples of any orientation are getting married these days, and with GLBT folks locked out of marriage for so long, many just never saw that in their lives.
In another incident of someone being arrested for Shopping While Black, Treme actor Rob Brown is suing Macy’s for calling the police on him when he purchased a $1300 watch for his mother, assuming that his credit card was stolen. The police detained him long enough to make him miss his mother’s college graduation.
After two incidents at the upscale Barneys came to light this week of less famous people detained for Shopping While Black, Jay-Z has been targeted as a partner of Barney’s due to his activist profile in the African-American community. Jay-Z has an event coming up with the store, but he’s not making money on it, the proceeds are going to the Shawn Carter Foundation which helps people further their education. Jay-Z thinks he’s being unfairly singled out (like those other black shoppers?) “I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?”
You may remember the story of the Tennessee judge presiding in case over the surname of a baby that was in dispute. She decreed that the baby’s first name, Messiah, be changed. “The word ‘messiah’ is a title, and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ.” The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has found that Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew likely committed judicial offenses by introducing her religious and personal biases into the case.
The D.C. AIDS Walk raised $600,000 for services in our nation’s capital, with 5,000 people walking the event.
Luke Grimes, who you may remember was yet another Walker child on Brothers & Sisters, and lately on True Blood, has signed on to play Christian Grey’s brother in Fifty Shades of Grey. I have no idea how the brother fits into the sexual side of the book.
The American Sociological Association has filed amicus briefs in the marriage lawsuits in Nevada and Hawaii. The organization takes special care to refute the infamous Regenerus Study, which has been cited by marriage opponents in both cases. “The Regnerus papers and other sources gay marriage opponents often rely on provide no basis for their arguments because this research does not directly examine the well-being of children raised by same-sex parents. These analyses therefore do not undermine the consensus from the social science research and do not establish a legitimate basis for gay marriage bans in Nevada, Hawaii, or anywhere else.”
Singer, songwriter and general badass Lou Reed passed away at the age of 71. Reed founded Velvet Underground and pioneered a musical movement.
A new study shows that HIV may be much harder to cure than previously thought, with reservoirs of the virus lying inactive in the body up to 60% larger than previously thought. And while I understand how this makes prevention the top priority, I have to admit that this statement from Terrance Higgins Trust Policy Director Lisa Power more than a little disheartening as someone living with HIV ““Prevention is not only better than cure; it’s also the only viable option we have for the foreseeable future.” Trust me, Lisa, a cure is pretty damn good.
Saturday Night Live with Edward Norton didn’t give me a lot to work with this week. The show just didn’t pop. Still, you can’t go wrong with Kate McKinnon as the cold open, and when she gets to spoof Secretary Sebelius talking about what’s wrong with HealthCare.gov, you get to see her true wackiness come out, because it’s been a wacky week talking about the subject.
The only other sketch that caught my eye was Halloween Candy, and mostly because Edward Norton played it so fey. I’m not entirely sure what to make of that, other than Saturday Night Live goes for gay when they want to make a character creepy. Still, the total absurdity of this sketch made me laugh.
We’ve all seen the classic Tootsie Pop commercial with the owl (I wonder if it’s the longest running commercial in the history of television), but Jimmy Fallon has the Director’s Cut of the film, and you can see why they edited the film, but I’m totally on board with the kid, because that was a dick move.
Of all the Halloween costumes I wanted to see, the main one that didn’t have pictures was Keahu Kahuanui, who looks to have gone with The Lone Ranger in this Vine he put out about the other guy’s costume. Kind of disappointed after the sexy custom costumes he does for Cons.
The latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire puts the politics of Katniss front and center, and will test her resolve to protect the ones that she loves, even if it means a revolution.
When you’re filming a television show, and you happen to be outdoors, you need to be careful if you have food around, because the local animals may be attracted, like Pancho, who really wanted a snack.