It sounds like the stress of playing Omar got to Michael K. Williams. He admits to severe depression, and having issues being “Mike” instead of Omar, plus binges of cocaine and marijuana. “No one who was in my circle, who knew me as Mike, was allowing me to get high. I had to slip away to do drugs. I had to hide it. I’d be gone for days at a time. I was lonely in that part of my life. I was broke, broken and beat up. Exhausted. Empty.”
We showed you that ridiculously bad anti-marriage spot yesterday in Briefs, but it turns out that Gary Bauer intends to run that, and more just like it in battleground states leading up to the election, trying to scare Middle America with marriage equality.
MTV is shifting the start time of the Video Music Awards from the traditional 9 PM slot to 8 PM to avoid a conflict with President Obama’s acceptance speech. No word on if they’ll need to tone down the show for the earlier time slot. I will naturally be livetweeting the ceremony and blogging images on our Tumblr account.
Over at Back2Stonewall, they ask the question if it’s ever OK to retake gay slurs such as “fag” and use them for empowerment. They come down squarely in the no column. Personally, I think it’s possible, but tricky. I know I’ve done it to varying effect, plus there are some that hit differently in different cultures – I really have zero problem with “queer” and many people identify as queer, but I always get a complaint from the UK when I use it.
Senator Chuck Schumer seems to think it’s possible to pass ENDA sooner rather than later. ENDA to me is the single most important piece of GLBT legislation pending, but I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of it passing in the next 8-10 years under the current political climate.
You really need to go read this piece about a straight man who got unfriended on Facebook by a former coworker for cheering his gay brother’s wedding to a wonderful man, and how it seems to help him understand a little bit about how gay people feel rejection every day. h/t Allan
Jim Carrey has joined the cast of Kick Ass 2. Hopefully this will keep him too busy to make a Dumb & Dumber sequel, because the world doesn’t need that.
Dear Abby wastes no time in helping a closeted gay man who is under tremendous pressure to date a woman at work. She counsels him to go to the boss and file a complaint for harassment, and get a lawyer if need be.
If you heard an anguished scream, that was when snicks read that Flashdance was being prepped for Broadway.
I don’t know if this new rumor about the armor in Iron Man 3 tells us something about the plot or not, but it sounds like a CGI orgy.
Prince Harry isn’t the only royal showing the jewels. Prince Phillip was wearing a kilt in the traditional fashion and lost track of how he should hold his legs. That, or he decided to show some solidarity with his grandson.
Paul Ryan’s Secret Service code name is “Bowhunter” since he likes to kill things. His wife is called Buttercup for reasons that aren’t immediately obvious.
Bob Barker says that he wasn’t invited to the 40th anniversary of The Price Is Right because he’s been critical of the show for offering prizes that he sees as animal cruelty. He says that when he complained the first time, the show stopped returning all of his calls.
Here we have a picture of Aaron Ashmore cradling Eddie McClintock in his ample bosom. Does no one ship these two?
I’m afraid Memes will be canceled until further notice. I have to go get in line for the new Apple shiny
No, Kris Allen, you shouldn’t shave for Good Day L.A. today. I like you scruffy
Patti Murin and Andrew Rannells’ remarkably sexy legs share a glass of wine
I don’t know the artist to credit, but let’s face it, didn’t everyone assume Wesley Crusher was gay?
I don’t know the location, but Alice Cooper made Eddie McClintock’s day when he said “Aren’t you the guys from Warehouse 13?”
In what has to be the most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen, Utah Republicans, including Senator Orrin Hatch, do “Call Me Maybe.” This will get the song out of your head permanently. And no, there is no gay twist at the end. Shocker, for Republicans.
Celia Keenan-Bolger and Andrew Keenan-Bolger are starting a new group, Broadway for Obama, with ways that the theater community can work to help get President Obama reelected. Frankly, I’d do anything that promised to get me a hug from Andrew, which is exactly what he promises.
Dear Prudence answers a letter from a woman who is upset that the lesbians her husband works with are too explicit about their sex lives during office chatter. Basically, beyond saying that she should remind her husband that it could get him into sexual harassment issues at work, Prudence tells the woman it’s frankly none of her business.
In case you were wondering how we got into our stalemated two party political system, Buzzfeed has the animated answer for you.
Jimmy Kimmel ruined my evening with pixelation in this Emmy Awards promo spot. I mean, it’s not like we haven’t seen it before, right? Also: I’ve got a drain you can snake, Joe.
This new spot for Dredd shows that Karl Urban’s version of the character isn’t big on optimism. And that he has an amazing jawline.
But as for this promotion for Dorothy of Oz, well, I have to say, this looks positively terrible. And I can’t decide if Patrick Stewart’s voiceover is meant to be serious, or a parody of a voiceover. And Lea Michele’s singing voice is processed more here than it is on Glee. They should have just used a computerized voice.
You know I’m not terribly fond of cats. But when they’re used to tell the story of the awkward relationship between a big jock and a hipster who were roommates in college, down to the sex noises from the other bed, I have to admit, I think this is the only way I could have listened to this story.
This video contains serious spoilers for Game of Thrones, and specifically for Storm of Swords. It’s also a parody of the It Gets Better campaign by the Second City Network. Do you need someone to hold you after finishing the book?
It’s hump day, so there’s no better time to run this NSFW video for Andrew Christian’s end of summer sale. Sure, it’s just a commercial, but it has hot guys in their underwear, and a surprising use of pixelation. In the grand scheme of Andrew Christian videos, this is tame, with not a single bare bottom to be found.