Russell Brand offers the best description of addiction I’ve ever read. “This is when you know it’s a disease. It doesn’t matter that I sat in that flat in Hackney and now I’m in the [upscale hotel] Savoy. I’m jealous of me then. It doesn’t make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women — none of it. I’d rather be a drug addict.”
We just landed a one ton mobile laboratory on Mars, and we managed to get pictures from the event in 15 minutes, which beats the hell out of the six hour delay we’re getting for the Olympics, taking place in London. I stole that from somebody I’d like to credit, but now I forgot who.
The Human Rights Campaign has designated $250,000 each to Washington, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota to fight the ballot amendments on marriage taking place this November.
You really need to go read about this set that out comedienne Tig Notaro did after she found out she had cancer. It’s not something I can do justice to here, but everyone should read it.
Canadian mini-chain Chick-Felays, which serves a North African style chicken, is rethinking their plan to play off the American chain’s name after a lot of angry customers are complaining about their (nonexistent) affiliation.
A new report says that some doctors are using off-label steroids to treat at-risk fetuses for lesbianism and intersex conditions that may or may not exist. As many as 90% of the fetuses treated won’t need the drug, and it has alarming side effects in at least 20% of uses.
The new chair of the UK’s Diversity Role Models charity is saying “Evidence shows we will continue to breed bullying and fear unless gay sexuality becomes visible in schools. We need openness in the playground, in the classroom and in the behaviour of teachers. Make sexuality human and it becomes an issue of fairness – something young people feel passionately about.” As an American, I flinch at this, since our opposition is always screaming about recruitment and indoctrination, but maybe the UK is ready for it.
Sharon Osbourne says she’s quitting America’s Got Talent because NBC dropped her son Jack from Stars Earn Stripes after his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. No contract was signed, but she says they had a verbal agreement, and she can’t work for a network that discriminates. Sharon has long been the business mind behind the Osbourne fortune, and I’d hate to go up against her.
In possibly the best Olympic quote yet, Oscar Pistorius, the bionic Olympian says that he never felt different for not having his legs growing up. “My mother used to tell us ’Carl, put on your shoes. Oscar, put on your prosthetic legs.’ So I grew up thinking not that I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes.”
The gunman in the mass shooting at a Sikh temple over the weekend was discharged from the Army under “less than honorable conditions,” belonged to a white supremacist group, and had a 9/11 tattoo. The tragedy is being treated as a domestic terrorist incident.
Pat Robertson is blaming atheists for the shooting. Just when I thought I was going to escape the gays being blamed for this, he gets me on another attribute.
Meanwhile, CNN played “Only the Good Die Young” when they cut away from a segment on the shooting to a piece on politics. Someone really needs to ban all music from CNN.
The Vatican has said that it will not receive the new Bulgarian ambassador because a best selling book he wrote contained a gay storyline with a sex scene. Kiril Maritchkov is an attorney, is married to an Italian woman, studied in Italy, has two children, and speaks five languages. In other words, he’s a perfect ambassador, other than his book.
A Tennessee lawmaker is saying that President Obama is going to stage an assassination attempt on his life to impose martial law and delay the election. Tennessee is the gift that makes my home of West Virginia look sane.
No word yet on whether Comedy Central will come to their senses and remove any trace of the Joe Paterno costume Jeffery Ross wore to the roast of Rosanne Barr from the telecast, but at least they had the clarity to cut his joke about the Aurora shootings.
There are some weird rules in the Olympics, including that wrestlers must have a cloth handkerchief on them at all times during the match. Why?
While some Marines are still very anti-gay following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, it’s getting better, and I choose to focus on stories like Chase Davis, who says “They accept us fully because I share the uniform and because we are not ashamed of ourselves.” I feel that folks like Lance Cpl. Chris Cavey, who says “It was probably one of the worst decisions in military history. It makes everything more awkward and tense than it has to be” will fade away.
Of course, with my body’s completely unreasonable need for sleep, I woke up on Monday to discover there was a new Internet celebrity born overnight. It’s Bobak Ferdowsi, and he was the Flight Director for the Mars Curiosity landing. With that face, and that hair, he was destined for stardom, assuming that degree from MIT doesn’t pay off. Buzzfeed has some details on him, including the existence of a girlfriend.
Smart, nerdy, stylish, and straight. Almost perfect
When world’s collide – my Muppets, and Morgan’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is one of many announced guest stars for the upcoming season of Sesame Street. The only other one I recognized as family was David Hyde Pierce, making a return visit.
Does anyone sit and watch Sesame Street if you’re home during the day, even without a kid?
I’m not going to try and define what Bret Easton Ellis was trying to say, but I think we can all agree it’s nasty and mean
I’ve often said Colton Haynes cheeks were carved from marble, but sculpted from wax?
Is Gareth Thomas doing a Jane Fonda workout tape?
HijiNKS ENSUE captures my feeling about the Curiosity landing perfectly.
Matthew Mitcham with Jaele Patrick (virtually)
Would you accept a cookie from this rough looking man?
Liza after her show on Fire Island this weekend, photographed by Alan Cumming
Pink is the new face of Cover Girl, and she’s making it werk!
It appears that The New Normal has the same wardrobe consultant Blaine uses on Glee
The captions that Twitter has added to this picture of Tom Daley are unprintable
Trevor Donovan celebrates the first birthday of Tito Gordito
James Van DerBeek can put the cuffs on me anytime
Ryan Murphy keeps the deleted scenes coming for Glee. First up, we have Rachel (Lea Michele) giving Kurt (Chris Colfer) his yearbook inscription. It made Kurt cry, which obviously means that it made me cry. You’re gonna cry too. Ugly cry.
He also released this scene of Santana (Naya Rivera) coming out to the Cheerios. It’s sort of an unimaginable scene for a high school, standing up in front of the group like that, but it really does fit Santana. Now is anyone else noticing how gay-centric all these deleted scenes seem to be?
A new trailer is out for On the Road. We know it has some same-sex action with Sam Riley, but none of that appears to be in this trailer, probably for fear of scaring off the Twilight fanbase for Kristin Stewart, who are already divided over her indiscretion.
I’ve been a fan of Roison Murphy since season two of So You Think You Can Dance. Their new video for “Stimulation” would be a favorite of mine even if I’d never heard of them. So much sexy, furry, bearded hotness, I almost melted. This is definitely NSFW.
ParaNorman is getting great buzz, and looks to be a serious Oscar contender. This adorable Olympic-themed promo doesn’t hurt. But isn’t that a deduction?
666 Park Avenue doesn’t look like my kind of show. I’m not big on scary mysteries. On the other hand, it has Vanessa Williams in it, so it could be fabulous. Who else is wondering if Dave Annable can manage more than one facial expression?
I’m kind of beyond words that this is a real Ragu commercial that aired during the Olympics. Forget sauce, this kid is going to need some serious therapy. Who thought this was a good way to sell sauce?