Rihanna Won’t Share A Stage With T-Swift, Tom Hardy Addresses THAT Interview, Fallon Frustrated With Bieber: MEME

Ireland's high court dismisses challenge to marriage referendum, "Point Break" looks like a Red Bull video, your iPhone wants to know when you have sex

Rihanna was asked if she’d ever share a stage with Taylor Swift, and the answer was a resounding no, but she wasn’t throwing shade. “I don’t think I would. I just don’t think it makes sense. I don’t think our brands are the same. I don’t think they match. I don’t think our audiences are the same. In my mind she’s a role model, I’m not.”

The Real O'Neals
The Real O’Neals, loosely based on Dan Savage’s life, has hired veteran sitcom showrunner Tim Doyle, which is a big vote of confidence for the show, because he’s got a lot of experience with sitcoms. On the other hand, his most recent work is Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing, which isn’t the vibe I was hoping for.

If you want an Aww! moment, check out the Veterans Home of Chula Vista first gay wedding. 95-year-old WWII veteran John Banvard married his boyfriend, 67-year-old Vietnam veteran Gerard Nadeau. They’d been together over 20 years, and had just been waiting on the Supreme Court ruling.

Remember me talking about the North Carolina teens that were being tried as adults for sexting pictures of themselves when they were 16, which was considered child porn? They were being prosecuted for possession of lewd images of themselves, but tried as adults for it. The girl involved had already taken a plea deal, and while it looked like the guy was going to fight the ridiculous charges, he’s now accepted the same deal. How bad is it? “[One] year of probation. During that year… Copening must stay in school, take a class on making good decisions, complete 30 hours of community service, not use or possess alcohol or illegal drugs, not possess a cellphone and must submit to warrantless searches.”

Elton John
Sir Elton John may have been pranked into believing he was was talking to Vladimir Putin about gay rights, but he’s decided to look on the bright side. “Pranks are funny. Homophobia, however is never funny. I love Russia and my offer to talk to President Putin about LGBT rights still stands. I will always stand up for those that are being degraded and discriminated against. If this unfortunate incident has helped push this vital issue back into the spotlight, then I am happy to be pranked on this occasion.”

H. Alan Scott has an amazing essay about how he rejected a funny, cute, stable man on the second date when the guy came out as HIV+. He says it wasn’t the first time he’d done it, even though he felt guilty about it. “But it wasn’t broken, it was still there, deep down inside me. I let HIV scare me, like it had countless times before that carb-loaded night. It didn’t matter how knowledgeable I was about HIV—part of the attraction I had for Brandon died in that moment.” He’s gotten better educated since then. And he’s gone on PrEP, although that probably wasn’t necessary for the conclusion. “It’s hard enough to meet people you like enough to go on dates with—why make it harder by putting up unnecessary barriers? HIV shouldn’t be an automatic swipe left.” But I will tell you this: These reactions are a big part of why I don’t date. Or try and hookup from a club. These reactions are soul crushing, even for someone like me who is tough and cynical. It needs to stop.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray is taking the refugee problem very seriously, and so he’s decided to donate $50 to aid organizations for every ace he hits through the end of the year. And ATP and LTA, along with one of his sponsors, Standard Life, have agreed to match the pledge, meaning every ace he hits is worth $200. I have no idea how many aces he hits, but it’s something.

Ireland’s High Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the marriage equality referendum.This will allow lawmakers to go ahead and enact the changes put forth by the referendum, and couples should be able to marry before the end of the year.

Ronald Reagan
Michael Reagan is not impressed by the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, and thinks that all of them trying to prove they’re the next Reagan is ridiculous. “This Republican Party today, and maybe it’s because there’s so much talk radio out there today but many in talk radio would probably refer to my father today as a RINO, Republican in name only. You really look, when he was governor of California he signed an abortion bill. He raised taxes. No fault divorce. God, he was a union-leader of the Screen Actor’s Guild. How would that person fair today if he was on that stage tonight at somebody else’s library? They would say he’s no Ronald Reagan. He’s a RINO.”

Justin Bieber Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon says that Justin Beiber pulled out of a comedy sketch that his people had agreed upon at the last minute, making his team scramble to fill the show. “It’s like, I don’t care. I mean, I wish they’d told me weeks ago because today’s the day, and now we have to crunch and think of an idea to do. And I have to apologize to the crew guys who built the set and the wardrobe people and everyone.”

The House of Lords says that the UK needs to do more to combat colonial-era sodomy laws that linger in so many of it’s former colonies, often to devastating effect. Lord Scriven says “Out of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, where we should have much more influence on this issue than we do, 42 criminalise same-sex relationships. Two in particular—Brunei and a state in northern Nigeria—have the death penalty for same-sex relationships. “What pressure are we putting on Nigeria and Brunei, and other countries outside the Commonwealth, that have the death penalty? That death penalty is for one thing—loving the person whom you naturally love. What action will be taken against those countries?”

Tom Hardy Woody
Tom Hardy addressed the questions about his sexuality at the TIFF press conference in an interview with the Huffington Post. No quote I give here is going to do it justice, so you should read the whole thing. I buy parts of his reasoning, and some of the others I find problematic. “I’m under no obligation to share anything to do with my family, my children, my sexuality—that’s nobody’s business but my own. And I don’t see how that can have anything to do with what I do as an actor, and it’s my own business. If you knew me as a friend, then sure, we’d talk about anything. But that was a public forum, and for someone to inelegantly ask a question that seemed designed entirely to provoke a reaction, and start a topic of debate”

“It’s important destigmatizing sexuality and gender inequality in the workplace, but to put a man on the spot in a room full of people designed purely for a salacious reaction? To be quite frank, it’s rude. If he’d have said that to me in the street, I’d have said the same thing back: ‘I’m sorry, who the fuck are you?’ What he had to talk about was actually interesting, but how he did it was so inelegant. And I appreciate that I could probably have more grace as a human being, but I’m just a bloke. I’m just a man. And I’m just a man doing a job. I’m not a role model for anyone, and you’re asking me something about my private life in a room full of people. I don’t want to discuss my private life with you. I don’t know you! Why would I share that with a billion people?”

“Also, if you felt it was so important for people to feel confident to talk about their sexuality, why would you put somebody on the spot in a room full of people and decide that was the time for them to open up about their sexual ambiguity? There’s also nothing ambiguous about my sexuality, anyway. I know who I am.”

One of the new features of iOS9’s Health app is that it wants to know how often you have sex. “Sexual activity can affect both physical and emotional health. A record of sexual activity may be useful in relation to other records of physical and emotional health.” It then creates a graph of your sex life, which could either allow for bragging rights or be very, very depressing. I haven’t done the upgrade yet, and will probably wait for the bugs to shake out before upgrading the iPhone 5S I’m passing down to mom, but I’ll have my new iPhone 6S on launch day, so we’ll see if I give up that kind of information.

A Boston man is claiming that Mutual of Omaha denied him health insurance because he disclosed that he takes PrEP. He tried to argue that it was a responsible course of action, but says he got a letter stating “We do not offer coverage to anyone who takes the medication Truvada, regardless of whether it is prescribed to treat HIV infection, or is used for pre-exposure prophylaxis.” Which I find difficult to believe, as Truvada was part of my treatment for a decade, and can’t imagine any insurance company denying that, especially under the Affordable Care Act.

Ryan O'Connell
The funniest and most touching thing you’re going to read today is Ryan O’Connell’s essay I Wouldn’t Fuck Me: My Life as a Gay and Disabled Man. “It took me a long fucking time to have the self-esteem to go after guys I wanted. I had to basically tell myself, “YOU ARE WORTH HAVING A DICK IN YOUR ASS” over and over again until I believed it. Once I did, I got a boyfriend and things became pretty chic, but by no means am I “cured.” In the last year, I’ve lost 30 pounds and have become obsessed with working out. Deep down, I think I want to become a hot gay on Instagram and have guys objectify me. Sure, I’m in a great relationship, and finally having regular sex, but I still want to post a shirtless selfiie so some random stranger online will tell me he wants to come on my face.”

There’s a new trailer for the remake of Point Break, and I’m honestly having trouble distinguishing it from a video on the Red Bull channel. It just seems too serious for me to take seriously.

There’s also a new trailer for Steve Jobs. This is the Jobs film that Wozniak says is so good, and so true, and if there’s anyone that should know it’s the Woz. The thing is, it’s not terribly flattering to Jobs.

The Taiwanese Animators took on the Republican debate, and there message seems to basically be that these people are boring, CNN is boring, and why do we have this system of government?

There’s a new campaign called #KissesForKim designed to let Kim Davis know that love always wins. The basic idea is to grab the nearest friend and kiss them, taking a photo and posting it with the hashtag #KissesForKim. It’s kind of pointless, because it’s not like she’s going to become aware of it, but it might be the perfect opportunity to kiss that straight buddy of yours.

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