Morning Meme: Billy Connolly Never Read Tolkien, Madonna No Longer Cool Enough For BBC 1, and “Glee” Does Courtney Love

Congratulations to Rachel Maddow, who beat Sean Hannity last week in the ratings, largely on the strength of Rachel Maddowher reporting on Mitt Romney’s 47% remarks. Maybe the American public is finally learning to be interested in facts.

Cardinal Cordileon, who will lead the Catholic Church in San Francisco, has said “Gays and lesbians who are in sexual relationships of any kind, he said, should not receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, the central ritual of Catholic life.”

Not to be outdone, in Chicago, Cardinal George says “There must surely be ways in our civil society, where we can honor friendships, where we can respect other people, without destroying the nature of marriage. It is very important, for your whole lives, give witness to what marriage truly means. And while civil laws might change – if they do – then society will be the worse for it.”

Joel and Ethan Coen are teaming with FX to turn Fargo into a television series. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that.

Sherri SaumTeri Polo and Sherri Saum have been cast in the leads of ABC Family’s The Fosters, about a lesbian couple raising a blended family and children from the foster care system. One Million Moms hated it from the moment it was announced.

For his book You Can Be Right (Or You Can Be Married), Dana Adam Shapiro interviewed people about their marriages and determined that about 17% of marriages are happy, 17% are happy enough, and 17% are unhappy, leaving of course, the 50% of marriages that fail. Cheerful.

The Weinstein Company has acquired out director Lee Daniel’s movie The Butler, which pretty much guarantees a masterful Oscar campaign.

General Mills shareholders questioned the company on why it would take a stance against the Minnesota marriage amendment when it might offend half their customer base (I remain happy that now bigots can’t say “the majority of your customer base”). General Mills Chief Executive Ken Powell took a pretty brilliant, yet forceful stance. “We see it as a business issue that’s not good for our state, our employees and our company. We did not do it as a public relations move.”

Billy Connolly may be starring in The Hobbit, but don’t’ expect him to actually read the book.Billy Connolly “I could never read Tolkien. I always found him unreadable … I didn’t read [the books], and I normally don’t like people who have! The people who love it, they’re kind of scary. They talk all this gobbledygook and they think of it as the Holy Grail.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide and personal spokesperson lost his temper when dealing with a Buzzfeed reporter concerning the Libyan consulate assault. “I now understand why the official investigation by the Department of the Defense as reported by The Army Times and The Washington Post concluded beyond a doubt that you’re an unmitigated asshole. How’s that for a non-bullsh*t response? Now that we’ve gotten that out of our systems, have a good day. And by good day, I mean F*ck Off”

The FCC intends to back off from most of the indecency complaints it has received in light of the court ruling it received for Fox.

MadonnaBBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mill says that Madonna is no longer cool enough to play. “I don’t think we play Madonna anymore and if you ask a 17-year-old about her, they go ‘don’t care’…it’s a sign of the times, things change, it’s a generational thing. I like Madonna, does a 17-year-old? [she’s] probably not at the top of their list.”

Rep. Paul Ryan has said that to him, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is settled, and trying to revert to the policy would be bad for the military now that people are out. While Ryan voted against repeal, he says that was a matter of timing with the two wars, but now that it’s done, it’s done.

I know that this popped up in the comments on the Ultimate Slash Madness Tournament results, but I just want to point out that the Vhelton ship now has a Wiki page, of which I am extremely jealous. I’ve always wanted to have my own Wikipedia entry, but this is the closest I’ll ever get.

In what has to be one of the funniest pieces I’ve read recently, a straight man begs the world for marriage equality so that wedding can be saved from the horror they have become. “Viewed from the pews, weddings are theater produced by straight amateurs using their own money. Chevy ChaseThe resulting spectacle is what a dog show would be like if it were organized by the dogs. When gays remake weddings, the lighting will be the first thing to improve. Secondly, no one’s going to think that a fatless steak fryer is a suitable pres­ent, and the flowers won’t look ordered for a clown’s funeral.” But he also makes some great, touching serious points about equality.

For the record, Chevy Chase hates television, doesn’t really care for Community, and mostly did it for the money.


 This photograph pretty much wins everything. Timeless

 What is Zachary Quinto doing at the Emmys?

 And I bet he still couldn’t get Congress to pass a decent budget

 Cheeks and Jane Espenson hit the Emmy red carpet. Doesn’t she look very Tina Fey?

 Logo’s Jonathan D. Lovitz is the new face of Vitamin Shoppe

 This is how Kris Allen dresses for a baseball game

 Tom Hanks didn’t have room for his Emmy Award in the car

 Trevor Donovan asked the Brits if this belonged to them, but I can’t stop starring at him

 Sarah Jessica Parker joins Glee this week, but she’s still surrounded by Carrie Bradshaw’s closet

Matthew Mitcham is back training again, but with a foam pit (always wanted to play with one) instead of water. Things don’t go quite right in this dive, but don’t worry, he’s fine. In fact, he said he “Lollled”


The international trailer for Life of Pi is out, and while it keeps the absolutely stunning cinematography, it does reveal more of the plot than the previous trailers did. I think I’d have to watch this just for the visuals even if it didn’t have a plot.


The NewNowNext SexPert Conner Habib is back, and this time he’s addressing dating outside your conventional age bracket. Amusingly, I’m the age of the older guy in this question, and these days most of the guys who hit on me are 25 or younger. I just can’t imagine dating one of them, but maybe I need to try Conner’s advice.

On Glee this week, we’re going to have Sam and Brittany doing Courtney Love’s “Celebrity Skin.” It seems an odd choice, but it has the advantage of Blaine dressing Sam, and Sam choosing to undress himself in front of the mirror. Admit it, if you had Chord Overstreet’s body, you’d probably stand naked in front of a mirror and stare too.


College Humor has a fairly believable version of Mythbusters trying to bust the ultimate myth, “Does God Exist?” They manage a considerable amount of carnage and blasphemy in this, so please don’t watch if you don’t have a sense of humor about religion.


Hudson Taylor makes an excellent ally, but you already knew that. Now he joins with The Four to explain why everyone has to vote for equality this election season. Except GOProud, who wouldn’t recognize equality unless it stole their wallet.


You may recall Airman Randy Phillips, who became a sensation a year ago when he came out to his parents on YouTube while stationed overseas as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell came to an end. A year into repeal, his job hasn’t changed, but his life has, and for the better. It’s so nice coming out of the shadows.

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