James Avery passes, YMCA is not a gay anthem, Rose Parade wedding float wins award
As Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the mayor of New York City (succeeding Emperor Bloomberg), he promised more equality in the nation’s largest city. “Black, white, Latino, Asian, gay, straight, old, young, rich, middle class, and poor. A city that remembers our responsibility to each other — our common cause — is to leave no New Yorker behind. It’s a place that celebrates a very simple notion: that no matter what your story is – this is your city. Our strength is derived from you. Working together, we will make this One City. And that mission — our march toward a fairer, more just, more progressive place, our march to keep the promise of New York alive for the next generation. It begins today.”
Because of course this is the type of bong Madonna would have.
Think you know your sex toys? Probably not, because the new generation are sleeker, modern, and almost works of art. And some of them are connected, allowing them to be controlled by a partner via the internet or even your smart phone. Gone are the days of holding the phone with one hand while talking dirty with your partner while on a business trip.
If you’re on social media, particularly Tumblr, you’re probably guilty of using the word SQUEE! when you’re excited about something, possibly to do with Tom Hiddleston. But do you know the origin of that word isn’t really with excitement, but the sound that a dying robot makes? Seems somewhat inappropriate now, doesn’t it?
The Washington Blade issued their annual Year In Superlatives, and while they loved things like Edie Windsor, they were pretty brutal on folks like Anderson Cooper, who they called “Most Sanctimonious Johnny-Come-Lately Activist” and Thomas Roberts who they called “Biggest Tool.”
James Avery, who was a part of many of our lives as Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has passed away at the age of 68. Uncle Phil was fun, silly, stern and wise, and I think a lot of us probably thought he’d make a pretty good surrogate father.
Victor Willis, the songwriter behind The Village People’s big hit “YMCA” says that the song really isn’t a gay anthem, and that’s why he won’t perform it in Sochi. ”If they want to use the song that way, go right ahead, but I think it’s silly because the lyrics were written by me as an expression of urban youths having fun at the YMCA. The words were crafted by me to be taken any number of ways but not specific to gays. It’s much broader than that. The song is universal. I don’t mind that gays think the song is about them but I won’t perform the song in support of any protest. But I would consider performing the song as part of the opening ceremonies and lead the stadium into the YMCA dance as a show of world unity because that’s something I believe the world can relate to. But I have only been asked to perform as part of a protest. And to that, I say no.”
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation float in the Rose Parade that featured a gay wedding won the award for Best Presentation of Color and Color Harmony. When the float passed, Al Roker acknowledged the ceremony saying “A sincere shout-out to the newlyweds and the happy couples on the float.”
While we have high hopes for Justice Sotomayor concerning the stay request in Utah, she does surprise and go conservative sometimes, like issuing a stay of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate at the last minute for Catholic organizations using a particular insurer. The stay in this case gives the Obama administration until Friday morning to reply.
The latest on Phil Robertson comes from a 2008 speech in which he takes a swipe at Muslims, Shintos (mostly the citizens of Japan that he lumped under that title), Nazis and communists. “What will do the Muslims (pronounced “Moose-limbs”) in? What will do the Chinese in, if they don’t turn to Jesus? One violation.” He says that they’re “controlled by the evil one.” He then goes on to say “That’s why they run jet aircraft into buildings, because they’re under control of the evil one, that’s why they rob and kidnap and rape and pillage, because they’re under control of the evil one. That’s why they murder, from the Nazis, to the Shintoists, to the communists to this latest crop! You say ‘Why do they murder, why do they hate us?! Because all of them, those four groups, 80 years of history, they all want to conquer the world, they all rejected Jesus, and they’re all famous for murder. Nazis, Shintoists, communists, and the Muhammadists. Every one of them, the same way.” Now I understand why the right loves him so. And I am more disgusted with A&E every day.
As for the other members of the family, when Willie appeared on Fox News’ New Years Eve show, he says “A&E and us are fine [and] we’re looking forward to getting back to making some funny shows. It’s a new year, so we’re ready to break in a new year and start all over again. We got a new season coming up in a couple weeks, and we’re really excited about that. We got a couple of episodes filmed … and we’re ready to move on. I think we all learned a lot, and we’re just ready to move on, and the family’s happy and ready to go.” His wife Korie doesn’t even attempt to sugar coat that Duck Dynasty is a show about religion. “At the end of day, we sit down and thank God for our blessings, and we’re gonna continue to do that and hopefully we can spread that message. And I think, as a country, if we can come back to that a little bit, we’ll have a great 2014.”
And here’s how Phil Robertson’s hate speech is affecting the youth in places like Louisiana. Do take time to read it all, it’s a nice check on what’s really happening.
And here’s a nutjob suing A&E and President Obama for suppressing his religious freedom by A&E “suspending” Phil from absolutely nothing.
Closer to home the couples suing my home state of West Virginia for marriage equality have asked the court for a summary judgment much like the one granted in Utah that allowed marriage equality to take effect. But in that case, the state asked for the same thing. I doubt we’ll be so lucky here.
Since New Years Eve takes place in Times Square for most of the U.S., and a chunk of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does as well, it was a natural tie in for Sony to put out a special clip this weekend focused on that action. Introduced by Stan Lee, it shows epic battles between Spidey and Electro, and some of that famous Peter Parker wit.
Attitude has been releasing the animations of their covers for the year, but Ben Cohen is special, so he got a behind the scenes video of his cover, which takes him out of the Tuxedo we saw him in on the previous page and into a bit of nothing for this video.
Ke$ha is one of those artists that I either love or hate their songs, and I never know what I’ll think of each new one. “Dirty Love” is a big win for me. I love the rock style that sounds very early 80s to me, and I can totally see the message of the one night stand being remixed for big gay clubs, which should be an interesting thing considering the guitar base.
Back when Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera performed “Do What U Want” together, a lot of people said that it should be the official version of the song, rather than the R Kelly version that was on the album. Well, the ladies have heard you, and have released this studio version of the song, which is great, but could really use a video, because their chemistry was half the fun of the live version.
I’m always amazed when I see giant intricate Lego sculptures. Most of my output with the little blocks was pretty lame, and mostly featured big blocky things I could crash into my friends’ creations to see which held up to smashing best. So when I saw this monstrous animated Joker’s Funhouse, I was obviously blown away.
As far as I know the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is one of the few major sporting events we’re not upset about the location for the next few years (heck, I even think the location of this year’s Super Bowl is dumb). And the first EPSN promo really seeks to capture both the energy of the game as well as the cultural significance to Brazil. And that’s before you even add the song that Ricky Martin is recording for the event.