Morning Meme: Chelsea Handler Attacks Angelina Jolie, Bristol Palin Gay Baits, and What Is Matthew Mitcham Wearing?

It’s just gay rights everywhere these days. Last week it was
Senator John McCain chipping away at
his legacy and reputation with his undignified treatment of the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs, and this week is the Prop 8 appeal. Chris Geidner has a great post explaining the issues and foundations for
the arguments. And Pam Spaulding has a good summary of how you can follow live.

If you needed any proof that Andrew Garfield was British (the American accent in The Social Network was good), you only have to listen to him talk about Jesse Eisenberg. Most straight American
men don’t profess affection for other men this easily. It only makes me like
Garfield more.

 Chelsea Handler went off in a rather spectacular fashion on Angelina Jolie during a stand up act. I
seriously doubt that Jolie cares what Handler thinks, but for a talk show host
that relies on guest bookings, this made international news, and the
Jolie-Pitts are friendly with most of Hollywood.

There are likely some really ticked off authors with new
books who hoped to be Oprah’s Book Club
selection for the holidays. That pick guarantees weeks on the top of the best seller
list. But instead Oprah is going to name A Tale of Two Cities and Great
from Charles Dickens,
which will be released as a double volume. Conveniently, the book company has
no author to pay.

Illinois Governor Pat
is expected to sign the civil unions legislation early next
year in a public ceremony. The law will go into effect July 1, 2011.

Postsecret has some holiday cards devoted to each Glee cast member. If the Kurt card doesn’t make you go “awww!” then
you’re reading the wrong website. h/t Vivienne

Tangled dethroned Harry Potter at the box office this week, raking in a rather lackluster
$21.5 million. I have to admit, I wasn’t thrilled with Tangled. For that reaction, editor Michael Jensen is not thrilled with me.
Oh, and Burlesque continues to tank
with $6.1 million over the weekend. I think at this point, it will become a
cult favorite movie a decade from now.

Those Palins,
such class acts. Bristol released a note on Facebook that was written to sound like
a second year English major (you know, before they learn that content matters
more than structure). It was meant to be a response to Margaret Cho’s (admittedly tacky) assertion that Sarah Palin forced Bristol into Dancing With the Stars. But she had to
finish with some gay baiting. “You say you ’don’t agree with the family’s
politics at all’ but I say, if you understood that commonsense conservative
values supports the right of individuals like you, like all of us, to live our
lives with less government interference and more independence, you would
embrace us faster than KD Lang at an Indigo Girls concert.” 

Disney reportedly is so pleased with what they’ve seen of
the new Pirates of the Caribbean
movie that they’re planning a fifth and sixth movie, to be shot back-to-back. No word on whether Johnny Depp is on board.

 My Zombie, Myself: Why
Modern Life Feels Rather Undead

Google has reportedly bought a massive building in Manhattan.  The 2.9 million square foot building covers
an entire city block and Google is currently a tenant in about a quarter of the
space. The selling price is reportedly $1.9 billion, which Google is more than
capable of writing a check for, mortgage free.

While we obsess over Chris
, the other Glee cast mates
are building empires of projects. Lea
has her Dorothy of Oz, Matthew Morrison and Matt Salling have solo albums, Harry Shum, Jr. has his The LXD. And
now Cory Monteith has multiple
movies. Having just wrapped Monte Carlo
over the summer, he’s going to headline an upcoming workplace comedy.


Scott Herman is still a friend of the gays. He’s on the cover of Pulp in his briefs, and of gay rights and his own agenda, “Some people wonder why a straight guy would fight for the rights of the
gay community. They assume I must be gay. It doesn’t matter to me what
people think because true equality means we don’t look at people as
straight or gay – just people.”

What part of Scott haven’t we seen yet?

These ferrets are wearing sweaters. Your argument is invalid.

Remember when Matthew Mitcham met Johnny Weir? It turns out those pictures in a t-shirt weren’t the only shots taken. I really don’t know what to say about these. But Johnny does not have the abs that Matthew does.

I prefer Matthew’s unicorn

And more candid.

I love Chuck & Beans. And I often wonder why we can’t have more fun with holiday decorations without scaring the neighborhood kids. That’s why I always loved living in the gayborhood, where you’d see Santa in Drag in people’s yards.

But maybe this is too violent.


Meanwhile, backstage at the gala for the Trevor Project, Kathy Griffin ran into Dave Navarro, who in a rare instance of modesty was wearing a shirt. But it’s good to see them out for a good cause.

But Kathy got her girls right there at face level.


I remain fascinated with A Game of Thrones. This behind-the-scenes piece has me practically drooling. When is HBO going to premiere it, I have to know!


The good folks up at InTorontotTV scored an interview with out rapper Cazwell, and devoted considerable time to his “Ice Cream Truck” video. But for all the skin, I find it incredibly endearing how Cazwell focused on the smiles.


To help get you in the Christmas spirit, CBS has Chely Wright performing Christmas music with the Indigo Girls. It’s going to be a very lesbian Christmas, which in my history is the best kind. I had a very good lesbian friend who was a chef, and her Christmas parties were to die for.


I still haven’t had time to watch the Robert De Niro hosted Saturday Night Live. But I did see this skit with Andy Samberg asking “Who do you have to screw to get a drink around here?” and finding out that it’s a scary Robert De Niro. I didn’t find this sketch particularly funny, but I like that the jokes were about De Niro’s unkempt appearance rather than about the gay aspect. Other than it not being funny, it was a gay joke well done.


On Modern Family, Phil may have finally won me over. How often have you wanted to get even with the cologne guy at the department store? Phil’s my new hero.


Here’s a teaser for “A Very Glee Christmas” that focuses on the songs that everyone sings, and it doesn’t appear to spoil much of the actual plot. And it has nothing at all about Kurt or Blaine, which for spoiler purposes is a good thing.


Meanwhile, also without Kurt or Blaine (who were busy filming), the cast of Glee performed “Don’t Stop Believing” on The X Factor. It was a fairly complicated arrangement to give everyone a verse, and it appeared to be sung live, which was interesting to hear. But most amusing was Amber Riley getting up in Simon Cowell’s face and just wailing on the big notes. For those who don’t know, Riley auditioned for American Idol but was turned down by producers.


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