The Absolutely Fabulous movie is looking to cast nearly 100 drag queens. “On top of eight drag queens to perform individually – as well as seventy to be in an audience – the production team are also hoping to cast eighteen celebrity drag lookalikes.” So is that 96 including Patsy or not? Because despite her being a woman, I’ve always felt like she was still a drag queen.
Despite NBC having gone through approvals from their legal department and out NBC president Bob Greenblatt to have Donald Trump host Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels is under pressure to drop the Republican presidential candidate. A petition at MoveOn.org has 100,000 signatures, and the National Hispanic Leadership Agendais says “we are appalled … and ask that you rescind the SNL invitation.”
There is such a thing as Wealth Therapy to help the 1% deal with the fact that they are the 1%. “The Occupy Wall Street movement was a good one and had some important things to say about income inequality, but it singled out the 1% and painted them globally as something negative. It’s an -ism. I am not necessarily comparing it to what people of color have to go through, but … it really is making value judgment about a particular group of people as a whole.”
Goosebumps is going to take the weekend box office with $24.5 million, unseating The Martian, which will take second place with $22 million, and Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies will be in third place with $15.9 million.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus thinks that if his party can’t win the presidency in 2016, they may be in real trouble. “However, I think that we have become, unfortunately, a midterm party that doesn’t lose and a presidential party that’s had a really hard time winning. We’re seeing more and more that if you don’t hold the White House, it’s very difficult to govern in this country — especially in Washington D.C. So I think that — I do think that we’re cooked as a party for quite a while as a party if we don’t win in 2016. So I do think that it’s going to be hard to dig out of something like that. I don’t anticipate that. I think … history is on our side.”
Sir Ian McKellen thinks that the world for out actors is a bright place, and they can play anything. “In San Francisco, I was in conversation with Armistead Maupin, and he talked about coming out. For some gay activists, it is a duty and destiny to eschew the mainstream. I can’t do that. Heterosexuality is far too interesting a phenomenon to be ignored. You can’t play King Lear if you are an actor who won’t play straight. I wouldn’t be adverse at all at working with gay people on a queer project. The crew of Gods and Monsters was gay, and yet it became a mainstream movie. Some gay people don’t want to get married because they think that’s mainstream. They don’t want to assimilate; they want to be proud of their differences. To each his own, I say. But movies should be about truth, whether they are about gay or straight people, old or young. They will attract my attention as an audience or an actor if the story is well told.
In her new book, The Facts of My Life, Charlotte Rae talks about how her marriage ended when her husband of 25 years, John Strauss, came out to her as bisexual and revealed that he’d been cheating on her with men. “He finally came out and told me that he was bisexual and it just blew me away. I was absolutely devastated. It made me feel like I was not much of a woman, but we were friends and supported each other until he died.”
The Houston Texans say that despite their owner donating $10,000 to defeat the Houston LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, the team itself is neutral. “Our team Founder, Chairman and CEO, Bob McNair made a personal contribution relative to the HERO issue. Mr. McNair’s rationale for his personal opposition to the HERO issue is based on the way the current ordinance is written, it has begun to separate rather than unite our community. He believes this problem can be solved by defeating the current bill in November, thoughtfully rewriting it and then resubmitting it to voters for approval. The Houston Texans as an organization are neutral to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) and believe that the issue should be decided by Houston voters. We encourage Houston residents to study the issue and vote their conscience on November 3rd.”
So they believe civil rights should be subject to the whims of the majority? And how long is the NFL going to stay silent on this? Roger Goodell has a gay brother.
Justin Bieber is taking what seems to be a smart and nuanced outlook to the nude pictures of his vacation. “My first thing was like…how can they do this? Like, I feel super violated. Like, I feel like I can’t step outside and feel like I can go outside naked. Like, you should feel comfortable in your own space… especially that far away.” I’d note that most of us can’t go outside naked anywhere, but he has a valid point. He then joked “That was shrinkage for me.”
I hate to support Ann Coulter on anything, but she dragged Raven-Symoné on The View this week, and she had a point. During a discussion on immigration when Raven-Symoné asked her why she liked to mudsling and how she feels about having built a career off that, Coulter came back strong. “Well, I’m at least talking about policy. You have a position on what people’s names should be. Watermelondrea … I mean, you’ll insult people for their names. I’m talking about a government policy that affects all Americans, and immigrants, and the people living here. And it’s harming our country. So you don’t follow it.”
You can either take this ad from a company that does DNA testing for dogs as just happening to use a really good looking gay couple, or you can see it as a shameless ploy to target a segment of the population that has too much disposable income, and who might be so into labeling things that they have to know what breeds make up their rescue pup and willing to drop large amounts of cash into DNA testing. It’s up to you.
Pat Robertson encourages a grandfather to not allow his grandson to bring his partner to Thanksgiving dinner because they won’t condone his “lifestyle.” There’s so much that’s offensive here – like the grandfather claiming to love his son, but obviously not unconditionally. Or how the grandfather obviously has doubts because the rest of the family isn’t completely supportive. Or when Pat claims the grandson might outgrow being gay. But really to me, it just says that someone in that family that understands what family actually means needs to take over hosting the holidays.
Steam Room Stories takes on Straight Hot vs. Gay Hot, which I always felt was a thing, but never really thought to define it. Just like I always knew Gay Fat vs. Straight Fat was a thing, but never really thought about it until American Dad explained it.
Sanjay’s Super Team is the short that will be playing before The Good Dinosaur next month, and it’s about a boy attempting to marry his love for modern popular culture with his father’s more traditional views. In 38 seconds here, they’ve already got me hooked.