Vladimir Putin signs gay adoption ban, Teen Wolf’s gay sex episode to carry “Viewer Discretion” warning, Helen Mirren wants a gay black woman as The Doctor
Happy Birthday to the U.S.A.! We’ll be on a lighter schedule for the holidays, but we’ll keep up with the Meme, Briefs, and a few assorted posts.
Playwright Tony Kushner will join George Lucas, Herb Alpert as National Medal of Arts nominees July 12 at the White House.
Through a new reputation system on the Xbox One, Microsoft intends to isolate homophobic, sexist, racist gamers in a way that they’ll only be able to play each other online.
A newly released tape of a Rupert Murdoch speech seems to say that he knew about much of the violations at his newspapers that the company is under investigation for. “I don’t know of anybody, or anything, that did anything that wasn’t being done across Fleet Street and wasn’t the culture. And we’re being picked on. ” Further “payments for news tips from cops: that’s been going on a hundred years, absolutely. You didn’t instigate it.”
Maggie Gallagher is really upset with the Supreme Court, and also seems to have a poor grasp of what words mean. “What you are really asking is: Will we concede the legitimacy of Kennedy’s fatwa against us, or will we respond with a sustained opposition — legal, political, cultural, and of the moral imagination?”
Marriage equality organizations in New Jersey have filed for a summary judgment in the supreme court there demanding marriage equality on the basis of the DOMA ruling, and in light of the court’s ruling that the state allow marriage equality, which has been blocked by Governor Chris Christie.
In Brazil, the bill to legalize reparative therapy for adults has been withdrawn from consideration after it was realized that it had no chance of passing.
Vladimir Putin has signed the bill barring foreign gay couples from adopting Russian children. So orphans are now better than placing a child with a loving gay couple.
The Warwick Rowing club has more than doubled their fundraising goal for their annual calendar benefitting anti-bullying organizations, and still has a ton of time to raise more money. Donations can get you uncensored footage, or even land you a role in their filming, where you can keep you clothes on or not. And they also released a ton of sexy new photos.
Sir Elton John is not a fan of singing competitions, and notes that The Voice is yet to produce a star. He hates that the shows are more about the judges than the talent. He also says his own music career is going to have to change when his kids start school. “I can’t be away from them, things will have to change.”
Treasurer of the Singapore Democrat Party, Vincent Wijeysingha has come out as gay, in a country where homosexuality is illegal. He also headed to the growing Pink Dot festival after saying “yes, I am going to Pink Dot … and yes, I am gay.”
Father Paul Scalia, son of Justice Anthony Scalia, shares many of his father’s views on gay people. “In short, we should not predicate ’homosexual’ of any person. That does a disservice to the dignity of the human person by collapsing personhood into sexual inclinations. The chronology of the books helps us to see the development in this area of language. Indeed, the Church is still trying to find the right vocabulary to speak about this modern phenomenon.” Dude, it’s only a modern phenomenon if you’re living in the stone age.
Two more patients who have received bone marrow transplants have been able to come off of the antiretroviral therapy, and show no symptoms of the AIDS virus. But scientists caution that such a transplant isn’t a viable cure.
Dame Helen Mirren says that she is not in the running to play the new Doctor. But she has some opinions about who should be cast. “I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all.”
Conservatives just can’t get past the Lucky Charms campaign in support of equality. “Your children’s breakfast cereal is now gay. Just so you know. Your children’s breakfast cereal is now gay. I don’t think that’s a sentence anybody not a comedy writer ever imagined penning. What’s next? Snap, Crackle, and Poppers?” I’m pretty sure I had those back in my circuit days.
The Weinstein Company is engaged in an insane fight to keep the title of out director Lee Daniels’ movie The Butler, because Warner Bros. is blocking the title, since they used it on a film already. In 1916. And it’s not in print anywhere. TWC has hired Prop 8 attorney Davie Boies to find a solution.
David Flynn has been cast as the gay best friend in the buddy comedy for midseason Undateable. The show revolves around two men who bond over their inability to attract women. Flynn will play their gay friend who is also too picky and undateable because he always finds something wrong with the guy. This role flew under my radar during pilot season, and it’s good to see they cast someone who resembles Max on Happy Endings more than a plucked gym bunny.
Steve Grand is out to be a country music star, and an out one at that. He’s got the whole package – great voice, musically talented, incredibly hot, and fearless, as you can see in his video for “All American Boy” which he created out of pocket, as he doesn’t have a label yet. He’s ready to be upfront and honest from the start of his career, ““time to be brave. the world does not see change until it sees honesty. I am taking a risk here in many ways, but really there is no choice but to be brave. To not tell this story is to let my soul die. It is all I believe in. It is all I hold dear. We have all longed for someone we can never have… we all have felt that ache for our #allamericanboy.” The video is a story of a gay boy and a straight boy with their wires crossed, along with straight boy’s girlfriend, who sees what’s happening. Honestly, if I hadn’t gotten over a crush, this could be my life right now.
The three finalists for the 2020 Summer Olympics have all put out a video in support of their bids. Personally, just based on the videos, I’m rooting for Istanbul, although Madrid could work as well. Just didn’t feel the Tokyo bit.
As many of you know, I have a fondness for Rube Goldberg machines. I also adore puppies, so this Dog Goldberg Machine, while really just being a commercial for Beneful dog food, pretty much made my day.
Teen Wolf says that next week’s episode, “Motel California,” will be the first episode ever to have a “Viewer Discretion” warning before the episode. I hope it’s not because it’s also the first episode with a gay sex scene.
According to reddit, this Popsicle commercial was almost banned in Slovakia. I do admit, it makes me wish for a frozen treat to cool down, but I’m not sure why it’s controversial.
TEDed looks at the physics of super powers, and what it would mean to have different ones. This one is about the power of flight, but at the end you can click on other episodes. Basically, Superman is a lie according to Newton.