Morning Meme: Matthew Mitcham Makes the Team, Prince Harry Talks About Granny, and Rhett & Link “Rub Bacon On It”

Andrew Rannells is a busy guy. The openly gay actor still has The Book of Mormon, he played a gay man dating a straight woman on HBO’s Girls (and he slapped Marnie!), and Andrew Rannellshe has Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal coming up. He talks about how he approaches gay roles, “I want to make him as fully fleshed out and human as possible. Because chances are he’s gonna represent somebody who’s a real person. With The New Normal, I feel even a larger responsibility because it’s sort of a new idea for a lot of viewers and Americans, to see Justin Bartha and I play this very much in love couple who just wants to have a baby. We’re telling that story for the first time, in a way, for a lot of people, so I think there’s a lot of responsibility there.”

Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp isn’t fond of the gays. “They should be put to death. That’s what happened in Israel. That’s why homosexuality wouldn’t have grown in Israel. It tends to limit conversions. It tends to limit people coming out of the closet. — ’Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t but they should.”

I never had any doubt, but now it’s official: Matthew Mitcham is part of Team Australia for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He says that after some injuries, he’s the underdog, but still feels he can win. So do we, Matthew, so do we.

Dominic MonaghanThe set of Lost must have been a fun place. Dominic Monaghan went on Twitter and accused Matthew Fox of beating women. No clue if there’s even the slightest truth to that, but he’s not worried about being sued, “it’s very difficult to sue someone for speaking the truth.”

I wish I’d written this piece on the AP story about UConn making a You Can Play video, because why the heck did the AP run to an anti-gay windbag for an opposing view? It makes me wish we did editorials here, because I’d love to approach this level of greatness.

East Africa’s largest media group has banned all advertising that includes any “hate speech” or “contempt” towards sexual orientation. This will affect media in Kenya and Tanzania’s largest newspapers, Uganda’s largest independent newspaper, and television broadcasting in all three nations.

We mentioned that The Paperboy includes a scene of Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron after a jellyfish sting. But out director Lee Daniels almost cut the scene as going too far, only to have Kidman insist that it stay. “Lee, you made me pee on Zac Efron, if you don’t put that in the movie, you’re out of your freakin’ mind. I did it! I did it!” Which brings up the question, did she actually do it?

I normally don’t mention Chris Brown, but will make an exception because this upsets him. Raz B’s new book claims Brown is gay, in a very sideways way. He also “outs” Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, Ray J, and Omarion. If it’s all the same, I’m happy to not claim Brown for our team.

Dharun Ravi has finally issued an apology for his part in events that led up to Tyler Clementi’s death. Dharun RaviI suppose with appeals pending, I can’t blame him for the fact that it reads like his lawyers wrote it. I don’t want to sound bitter, but it rings so fake to me I don’t accept he meant the first word of it.

The best penis-vertising of recent months.

A week later, NOM’s Brian Brown has accepted Dan Savage’s invitation to debate him in Savage’s home, but won’t be bringing his wife and family. He says his wife is too busy being a mother to seven children and gestating another. He also wants his own camera crew present to avoid any “tricky editing.”

Tony Perkins has accepted the dinner invitation from Jennifer Chrisler of the Family Equality Council, and he will bring his wife to dine with Jennifer’s wife and children. It came about after Brooke Baldwin asked him if he’d ever been in a gay family’s home.

Zac EfronYou know what’s more politically toxic in Britain than equal marriage? Proposing a “snack tax” on hot foods. Don’t mess with the people’s nachos!

Various members of the Catholic leadership have come out against various things. Toronto’s Archbishop is against the requirement to allow gay-straight alliances. Britain’s Archbishop Vincent Nichols believes equal marriage will damage society.

Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann are looking to star in Adam Shankman’s This Is Where I Leave You, the adaptation of Jonathan Tropper (Harvey)’s novel about four siblings who gather to sit shiva for their deceased father, and after seven days in the house together, years of family laundry is dragged out in the open.


 Ben Cohen with the Bingham Cup. His StandUp Foundation is sponsoring the event

 The upfronts in Canada were happening, and Katie Couric caught some facetime with Partners Michael Urie and Brandon Routh.

There better be a lot of shower scenes for Brandon

 She also cuddles up to Max Greenfield

 I don’t know where this photo came from originally, but I love it

 This one also can’t be proven to be real as far as I know, but I can hope that it is, because this is one way that It Gets Better. Those two awesome dads raised an awesome linebacker.

This one actually made me tear up a little

 Kym Johnson and Carson Kressley checked in with the Chippendales

 Is this thing a snack?

 I’m not sure what Jonathan D. Lovitz spends more time doing – rehearsing for Legally Blonde or catching rays. I don’t care as long as he keeps showing the abs.

How does he have abs like that with a boyfriend who bakes cookies for a living?

 Today is my Friday at the day job, so I feel like cuddling up and hiding from the world at this point. But you know what makes work better? Baby monkey feeding time!


Prince Harry talks about his mother, but more importantly his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. It’s a little odd to think of the Queen as just “granny,” but I suppose she has a life of her own, and from the way Harry talks about her, she’s a loving woman who has led an extraordinary life.


Only Graham Norton would ask Sir David Attenborough to narrate a video of a tortise humping a croc. And I love Attenborough for pulling it off so well.


David Cooley, the owner of The Abbey, talks with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin about the decision to ban bachelorette parties from the bar. She brings up the point that it could be called discrimination, and while I would agree that we have to tread carefully, that’s using the word awfully liberally. He’s not banning straight women. He is making a statement, but no one would expect McDonalds to host a bachelorette party, so a business can have it’s own rules.


I didn’t really find this video of Tom Brady getting mocked in a California store for his Boston accent that funny (Brady is from California), but it’s watchable just because Brady is cute. called this look at Stephanie Meyer’s The HostDawson’s Creek meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” but I didn’t see anyone who reminded me of Pacey, so I’m calling shenanigans.


This is a candle commercial to die for. It’s NSFW due to a brief flash of tushie, but I immediately wanted to see if I could order John Saint-Denis candles, and most candles just make me sneeze.


The Muppets may have spawned the world’s longest, silliest blooper reel. It’s kind of weird thinking of Muppets, who seem like people but not, flubbing their lines or missing their marks, but hey, they’re only human.


I adore Rhett & Link. This obviously isn’t one of their commercials, but I support anything that involves bacon, and the censored shot of a naked Rhett inspired all sorts of thoughts.


Jennifer Saunders seemed genuinely surprised to win Best Comedic Actress at the BAFTAs. Who would think that after 20 years of playing Edina, this was her first win for the role?


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