Pope Francis thinks that churches that rent out unused properties or turn them into hotels should pay taxes if they’re not helping the poor. “Some religious orders say ‘No, now that the convent is empty we are going to make a hotel and we can have guests, and support ourselves that way, or make money.Well, if that is what you want to do, then pay taxes! A religious school is tax-exempt because it is religious, but if it is functioning as a hotel, then it should pay taxes just like its neighbor. Otherwise it is not fair business.”
Sensing a crowded field of movies targeting men, the release of Legend has been pushed back from October 2 to November 20 for limited release. The film has been doing incredible business in the UK, and the hope is to have it go up against Mockingjay as counter programming here.
Last night at the kiddie table debate, George Pataki said that he would have fired Kim Davis. “An elected official can’t say ‘I’m not going to follow that law if it conflicts with my beliefs.’ I think she should have been fired and if she had worked for me I would have fired her. There is a place where the religion supersedes the rule of law. It’s called Iran. It shouldn’t be the United States.”
Matt Damon is apologizing, sort of, for lecturing a filmmaker of color on diversity on Project Greenlight. But mostly he blames the editing. “My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of Project Greenlight which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood.”
By now, everybody has heard the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at his Texas high school after bringing in a homemade clock as a project to show off. The student, who is characterized as a wiz with robotics, showed his own teacher, and it was fine, but when another teacher saw the clock it was reported as a bomb, prompting police to handcuff him, arrest and fingerprint him, and threaten to charge him with making a hoax bomb. The police say they took the measures because when the scared 14-year-old was interrogated about the clock he built, the only thing he would tell them about it was that it was a clock. Which is what it was. An outrage ensued, and no charges were filed. He’s been invited to JPL, President Obama has invited him to bring his clock to the White House, and Chris Hadfield has invited him to visit him in Canada. Raise your hand if you think the same chaos would have ensued had the kid been named John Smith. Anyone?
Speaking of insane things that happen in schools, a student in South Carolina was suspended for wearing a “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian” t-shirt. After quite a bit of outrage, the suspension was dropped. The school district says “The dress code disciplinary decision you inquired about was overturned, when administration realized that although the shirt was offensive and distracting to some adults in the building, the students were paying it little attention.” Sometimes we get tired of the online outrage engine, but these are two examples where it does some good.
Caitlyn Jenner wants to clear the air about her support for marriage equality. “I want to help each of you understand something that I only recently embraced: Being different is okay – in fact, it’s great! But I also understand it takes some getting used to. Like many people, there was a time when I didn’t realize how important it is for gay couples to have the right to get married. But after hearing from my gay friends and learning more about the hardships they faced because of discrimination, it became clear to me that everyone should be able to marry the person they love. I can only hope that by sharing my story, there’s someone out there whose mind has been changed about trans people.”
The French love the cock.
The Alabama bill that would have stopped the state from issuing marriage licenses and instead had the people getting married file a contract with the probate judge has died. The law passed 53-36, but since it was passed during a special session of the legislature it needed 2/3 majority to be sent to the governor.
Mindy Kaling says that celebrities that say they don’t enjoy filming sex scenes are full of it. “There must be lots of other actors who love doing sex scenes too, right? Wrong. If you interview any actor about having to do sex scenes, you always get the same answer: they ’hate’ doing them. I am here to tell you they are all lying. Every last one of ’em. Obviously on-screen sex is not actual penetrative sex, but as any religious high schooler will tell you, simulating sex can be pretty damn enjoyable as well.”
Kim Davis’ motion to suspend the requirement that she issue marriage licenses has been rejected by the Sixth Circuit. “Davis has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on her federal constitutional claims.”
Michael Lucas says that it’s time for the naysayers to stop bashing PrEP – because it works. “One would think that all who deal with HIV and AIDS would embrace a nearly miraculous medication like this with open arms. Not the case, despite the fact that approximately 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV every year.” He then picks apart all the arguments against PrEP, including slamming the scandal-ridden AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
It’s Halloween, or at least Halloween season when it comes to retail and media, so that means Hocus Pocus is on the minds of all the gays. And this year Disney Parks have the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, bringing the Sanderson sisters to us live. This is the entire performance, shot from multiple angles for those of us that can’t make it to Disneyworld over the next month, which includes me. The best I can manage is Busch Gardens in a couple of weeks.
The latest BBC One Live Lounge has Sam Smith and Disclosure covering a Drake song that I’m sure I would have heard of if I were still cool. But it sounds like it could be a Sam Smith song, and it finally let me see what it is that Disclosure actually does.
On the Jeremy Kyle Show, this homophobic asshat, whose wife is accusing him of a gay affair explains how he hates gay people, only to have Kyle shut him down hard.
The epic burn from Paul Bettany is going to leave Jason Statham covered in soothing aloe for at least a month.