Gay couples read Grindr convos, Chris Evan’s giant missile launcher, Ellen Page slams Queen Elizabeth’s honors
Nick Jonas has joined James Franco in the fraternity movie Goat. Yes, it’s probably going to be awful, and it’s probably going to be filled with homoerotic crap that borders on offensive. The tagline is “19-year-old [who] enrolls in college with his charismatic younger brother (Jonas) and pledges the same fraternity.” I can’t be the only one hoping for a paddling scene, right?
GLAAD has broken what seems to have been a long, long silence in order to condemn the TLC show My Husband’s Not Gay. “This show is downright irresponsible. No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to. By investing in this dangerous programming, TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm’s way.” TLC responds by saying they’re just telling these guy’s story. “TLC has long shared compelling stories about real people and different ways of life, without judgment. The individuals featured in this one-hour special reveal the decisions they have made, and speak only for themselves.” Personally I long for the days when TLC was largely gory surgery shows that were at least mildly educational, yet caused me to faint every time I flipped past them.
As far as the degaying of the U.S. DVD for Pride goes, Buzzfeed says that while neither CBS Films or Sony will speak on the record yet, a source tells them “The DVD distribution rights, however, were outsourced to Sony Home Entertainment, and the source told BuzzFeed News that CBS Films had no control over or knowledge of the alterations to the DVD boxes, and those at the studio are unclear as to who made the changes. The source said Sony and CBS Films are working together to find out who altered the language and the artwork, and why. Though the DVD isn’t being recalled, the source said the studio and Sony plan to ensure that anywhere the synopsis appears online, it is the original version and not the one on the U.S. DVD. ”
Ben Roberts of the BFI Film Fund, which backed Pride, thinks it’s probably less of a creepy conspiracy than that. “I’m not surprised that the U.S. distributors have taken a decision to sell more copies by watering down the gay content. I’m not defending it, it’s wrong and outmoded, but I’m not surprised. It’s an unfortunate commercial reality both here and in the US that distributors have to deal with and consider in getting films onto the shop shelf. LGBT material is largely marginalized outside of rare hits like Brokeback Mountain.”
Ellen Page is not happy that the Queen included anti-gay Northern Irishman Maurice Mills in her holiday honors, bestowing a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Mills has previously blamed homosexuality for things such as Hurricane Katrina. Page says of the honor “F*ck that.”
When 12 Monkeys premieres on SyFy January 16, owners of Philips’ Hue lighting systems can use the SyFy app to synch their room’s lighting to the show. I happen to have a few Hue bulbs around my home and love them. I think I’ll watch the premiere of the show just to see how it works.
You don’t need Photoshop to have pictures that make you look like an elite athlete. A good photographer can make you look amazing with just a rain machine and some lighting. Seriously. I need him to take my Grindr pics.
When CNN launched 34 years ago, they promised “Barring satellite problems, we won’t be signing off until the world ends.” And they were ready for that eventuality with a video they’d play as the world ended, which has finally been leaked by a former staffer. It’s old school, it’s not high def, but it stands at the ready for when it all comes tumbling down. Or CNN’s ratings drop so low that the world ends just for them.
Yeah, about the love of your cat…
The UK government is considering a study to see what it would take for monogamous gay couples to be able to give blood outside the celibacy requirements. Still in the early stages, but it’s a step in the right direction.
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV is blaming Grindr for a rise in STIs. “Thanks to Grindr or Tinder, you can acquire chlamydia in five minutes. You don’t have to be a genius to work out that these sorts of apps make having casual sex a damn sight easier. You can find, down to a metre or two, the nearest available person who is interested. This is something that just hasn’t been available before.” Unless you were in a brothel. Or red light district. Or nightclub. Seriously, technology isn’t to blame. Bad behavior is.
Jeb Bush has put out a more polished version of his statement on marriage equality. “We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law. I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue – including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.” He managed to hit every single note on all the dog whistles.
While accepting the ensemble performance award for The Imitation Game at the Palm Springs Film Festival, Benedict Cumberbatch took time to not just gently mock some of his co-stars, but to also honor the man that gave them a story to tell, Alan Turing. He didn’t shy away from the brutality of the way that Turing was treated
Chris Evans and his huge missile launcher (literal) and big guns (figurative and literal) drop into a hotel staff’s clandestine Call of Duty Online game. Just who does he think he is?
There’s a new trailer for the Peanuts movie. I’m slightly concerned that the movie is basically a Snoopy movie after two trailers. Not that I’m against a Snoopy movie, but that’s not what I was looking forward to. Also, I’m still very against the musical selections they’ve made in the trailers. Stop it. Get someone to compose music that fits the history of the characters.
We’ve seen lesbians read Grindr conversations before, but having cute YouTube couples do it by taking on each side really shows just how uncomfortable these conversations would be in real life. After all, these guys do have sex with each other and have done some pretty intimate things, yet they’re obviously and justifiably uncomfortable with the NSFW and just plain dumb things that get said on Grindr. They’re probably incredibly happy they’re not single anymore.