Birthday shoutouts! Aziz Ansari (above) is 33, Niecy Nash is 46, Dakota Fanning is 22, Emily Blunt is 33, Howard Jones is 61, and Peter Fonda is 76.
My apologies for the lateness of today’s Briefs. My internet was down for a few hours. Sadly, I realized I would never survive the Apocalypse without it.
Badass lesbian Batwoman makes her animated debut in Batman: Bad Blood DVD. And it only took a decade!
Zac Efron has a “handsome” and “veiny” penis, Adam DeVine confirms.
Drag Queen Julia Sugarbaker goes off on Donald Trump in rant from Designing Women creator.
Justin Trudeau will be the first Canadian Prime Minister to march in Toronto pride.
IN OTHER NEWS
ABC has renewed The View for Season 20. There’s no word on who may be back, as Whoopi’s contract is up, and most of the new deadweight signed one season contracts. If they keep Candace and get rid of Michelle Collins … I’m done.
Henry Cavill asks kids “Batman or Superman?” Don’t ask the question if you don’t want the answer.
Dan Savage says enough already on people constantly bringing up Hillary and Bernie’s former positions on marriage equality.
“It’s fucking moronic—it’s political malpractice—to attack a politician for coming around on your issues. There are lots of other issues the queer community is going to be pressing politicians on, from passing equal rights bills and trans rights bills to defeating anti-trans bathroom legislation and RFRAs. If pols who are currently on the wrong side of any of those issues see no benefit to changing their positions—if they see no political benefit—they’re going to be harder to persuade. Why should they come around on our issues, why should they switch sides or change their votes, if we’re going to go after them hammer and tongs for the positions they used to hold? (“Please change your mind and support us.” “No.” “Pretty please?” “OK, I’ve changed my mind and I’ll vote to support you.” “FUCK YOU FOR NOT ALWAYS AGREEING WITH ME! I’M NOT VOTING FOR YOU! FUCK YOU SOME MORE!”)”
Okay, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fans, what do you think about the big reveal? Apparently, White Josh has come out as gay and Darryl has come out as “Bothsexual?” Do we need to start paying more attention to this show?
— Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (@CW_CrazyXGF) February 23, 2016
Here’s the Puzzler! “Off The Hook”
And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition.
This week our 154th ShoutOUT™ is to … Dan Butler
Dan enjoyed his greatest primetime success to date with a recurring role as the lecherous sports DJ Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe on 53 episodes of the classic sitcom Frasier starting in 1993.
Here’s a clip of some of Bulldog’s greatest hits.
Yesterday we concluded The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten, and Monday we’ll start a new list (you’ll be able to vote for what list comes next on Thursday), but for the remainder of this week, let’s take a look at a few songs that didn’t quite make the cut for the Lost Hits list. Consider them … “Bubbling Under” the list.
First up is “Energy” by Melissa Manchester.
The fabulous Melissa had a disastrous time on the chart after “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” won her the Grammy and became the biggest hit of her career. She would never hit the top 40 again. On the last Lost Hits list we saw “Thief Of Hearts,” and on this list we heard “No One Can Love You More Than Me,” both of which undeservedly flopped.
She made one more go of it in 1985, switching labels to Motown and releasing the album Mathematics. It would be the lowest charting album of her career (#144) and the title song would be her final Hot 100 entry, peaking at #74 in May.
Because the first single failed, the second single “Energy” did not receive the support it deserved, and failed to hit the Hot 100 (although it did Bubble Under briefly). It’s a shame, because it’s fun, high-spirited, pure pop.
BUT HOLD ON! That’s not the end of “Energy.” Two years ago Duck Sauce resurrected it to bring us the terrific “NRG,” turning it into a dance hit and an epic video.
Congrats to nobody! No one guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was NCIS.
Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Since it’s a new year, let’s switch things up again. Here is the cast from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?
And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Marc F.
And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. Because our comments system is notoriously unreliable, his new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!
Steven Grossman (1951-1991), a Californian, has the distinction of being the first artist to release an album dealing with openly gay subject matter to be released on a major label. The album was Caravan Tonight (1974) and included Eric ’Duelling Banjos’ Weissberg in the musicians line up. It was produced by Bobby Flax & Lanny Lambert, the writers of the Stories’ Another Love, which was presented yesterday. The album’s style was similar to those made by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, etc at the time. It only sold around 15,000 copies, which was sad. It contained some lovely songs though.
I chose to share a poignant song from this album, called “Out”. The lyrics are inspired, especially for the period that the song came out: the first verse deals with the singer coming out to his mother, the second involves the same with his father and the final verse is meant for his little brother. Here’s how it goes:
Brother, hey little brother, tell me what you gonna do
If everything that has happened to me someday happens to you
Will you try to grin and bear it, will you hate yourself inside
Or will you walk with me in the sunshine cause there’s really nothing to hide.
Cause there are all kinds of people who happen to be this way
And there’s really nothing wrong with being any way that you want to
Nothing wrong with being – you know it’s OK – nothing wrong with being gay.
The sound is not perfect, but it’s the only video that I could find: It’s not embeddable, so click here.
He broke up with his lover, Chris Bergman, around 1977, which led him to a decade of sex and drugs. He cleaned-up in the mid 80s and on Xmas 1986 he met the love of his life, Jimmy Price. Months later, Jimmy was diagnosed with AIDS and soon after Steven was too. But not until Jimmy’s death in 1990, did Grossman develop full-blown AIDS. He died the following year, not yet 40…