Plus Jennifer Aniston is a stripper, Joe Francis is sorry, and Colton Haynes gets dripping wet with Tyler Hoechlin
The Wrap has a fascinating essay by Scott Thorson, Liberace’s lover of many years. He talks of Liberace’s public dating of women when he needed to squelch the gay rumors, of his wildly expensive porn collection, and the rumor of an affair with Rock Hudson not being true. As for why Liberace stayed in the closet, he says Lee once said ““I can’t admit a thing, unless I want to be known as the world’s biggest liar.”
While I have mixed feelings about the Boy Scouts allowing junior gay members but not adults, one nice thing is that it made Texas Governor Rick Perry sad. “The Boys Scouts of America has been built upon the values of faith and family for more than 100 years and today’s decision contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness. While I will always cherish my time as a scout and the life lessons I learned, I am greatly disappointed with this decision.”
Universal Orlando isn’t just expanding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but is building Springfield itself around the existing Simpsons Ride, complete with the streets, houses, and Moe’s Tavern, which will serve specially brewed Duff’s Beer. Does this mean I can buy a Flaming Moe?
Google equates “gay” with “worst” in some searches. Type in “Gay Trends” and the first link is “10 Worst Fashion Trends of the Decade.” It works for other terms too. As for why, Google says “Google’s results, including when a search term is synonymized with another, are a reflection of content on the web and how people search. These results are determined by algorithms and we don’t manually correct this process, but we are always looking at how we can improve our algorithms.” So there you have it – the largest artificial brain in the world thinks “gay” and “worst” are synonyms.
Is mens’ underwear advertising set to become less sexy, and more accessible in order to lure straight men in? It sure sounds like it. Thank heavens for Nasty Pig and Andrew Christian. And what do we think about brands that gay men built, like 2(x)ist, abandoning us for the larger market?
ENDA won’t be getting a committee markup until at least after the July 4th recess because the Senate is too busy with “two or three things.” Does anyone remember the last time the Senate actually seemed busy?
Girls Gone Wild producer Joe Francis “deeply regrets” saying that the jury that convicted him should be shot. Evidently he was drunk during the interview.
A Ukrainian court has blocked this weekend’s Gay Pride festival after it became clear that the government wouldn’t be able to provide adequate security for the event.
A world record has been set for the largest Lego structure ever built – a full size X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars, made up of over 2.8 million bricks.
The Nevada Assembly has passed a repeal of the constitutional ban on marriage equality in the state. It’s still a long road, with the bill having to be passed again in 2015, and a public vote in 2016, meaning the first marriages won’t happen until 2017, assuming all of that goes correctly.
The Fashion Police writers who are striking took to the picket lines to demand back wages and union representation. My favorite chant was “We’re still poor, you’re still rich, give us back our paycheck, bitch.”
Cat Shaming is now a thing. But cats are too vain to be shamed.
Elliott Morales, accused of killing Mark Carson last week, has been indicted. He didn’t appear in court, but his lawyer says he’s not guilty. “He didn’t murder anybody. He was sexually abused as a child by a male authority figure which led to a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse. It’s a terrible tragedy.” Uh. I’m pretty sure that none of those things mean he didn’t gun down a gay man while shouting homophobic slurs.
Lena Dunham is upset that there’s a porn parody of Girls. I wish I had a better attitude about the Girls porn parody. I really can never predict what will trouble me and it’s simply exhausting.” I’m mostly upset because I’m sure that Andrew Rannells’ character won’t be getting any action in the film.
Most morning shows have major chart toppers like One Direction, Taylor Swift, and Kenny Chesney for their summer concert series. Fox & Friends went a different route.
Everything you need to know in life is in the Discworld novels.
In a statement sure to upset religious scholars around the world, Pope Francis says that even atheists can go to heaven, if they’ve done good in life. He even goes so far as to call the Disciples “a little intolerant.” His Holiness says Christian doctrine applies to all of God’s children, not just Catholics. “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
Philadelphia is celebrating National Masturbation Month with a Masturbate-a-Thon to raise money for charity in much the same way teams get sponsors for charity 5K. No word on how the verification is done.
There’s a new trailer out for Rush, the race car driving movie with Chris Hemsworth, based on a true story. He looks glam, and talks about death, and there are a lot of crashes, which is what most people watch racing for, so it might be a hit.
Howard Stern talked to Bill Hader about his years on Saturday Night Live, and Hader offered up a tale of two Justins that is probably the best reason to keep sneering at one of them.
The new CBS comedy We Are Men follows a guy who just got left at the altar and moves into an apartment complex that’s centered around men in transitions in their lives, falling in with a group of guys including Tony Shaloub, Kal Penn and Jerry O’Connell who try and teach him to grab life by the balls. It looks completely atrocious, but it does feature O’Connell in a Speedo and playing shirtless basketball.
Also, we finally get an extended look at The Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michele Gellar as advertising executives. I had high hopes for this based on the behind the scenes look we got, but with a deeper look, I’m not sure that this remains watchable over the long term. Maybe as a movie, not a series.
We’re the Millers stars Jennifer Aniston as a stripper who pairs up with Jason Sudeikus and two kids to smuggle some pot across the border disguised as a family. It’s hard to imagine any of them in these roles, and I can’t see this one being a hit, but it’s probably the perfect straight date movie, because it has Jennifer Aniston for the ladies, who seem to love her, and Jennifer Aniston as a stripper for the men in the audience.
Finally, as we head into the holiday weekend here in the U.S., we need some fun, so here’s the behind the scenes video of Gaz from Geordie Shore doing his DNA Magazine underwear shoot. This one is NSFW.