Weekend Meme: Madonna Banned from “AbFab,” Cheyenne Jackson Is a Porn Star, and Scissor Sisters Show Us How To Have a Kiki

I want to apologize for abandoning you on Friday, but the computer upgrade at the day job went horribly wrong. Quincy JonesEvidently I can install a half dozen clients and a new server flawlessly, but plugging in the printer that we didn’t replace was one step too far and kept me up all night. On to the news!

Quincy Jones is set to write the score to the star-studded Lee Daniels’ film The Butler. Is there an A-list name in Hollywood not associated with this film?

Las Vegas is set to get an 80,000 square foot gay nightclub complex called Krave Massive, built in an abandoned multiplex. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been to Las Vegas, and I don’t really have any desire to go – I find casinos to be depressing places. Can anyone explain the attraction?

Ryan Murphy says that there will be no ghosts in the new season of American Horror Story. I’m fine with that as long as we get hot naked guys and sexual depravity. They’re still including that, aren’t they?

The Jim Henson Company made news when it dropped Chick-Fil-A over their anti-gay activism. But it’s hardly the first time that Henson creations have jumped into political activism, from the environment to HIV, they’ve been teaching us to make the world a better place for years.

Kristen StewartJust to clarify the biggest story of the week (sorry, Olympics, but it’s a TwiHard world), Kristen Stewart is saying she never had sex with her director, just kissed him.

Earlier this week, Jonathan Merritt called for civility in gay rights debates. He was promptly outed by an activist as gay himself, despite his evangelical associations. He now admits to a liaison, calling himself a “broken vessel” which, if I understand how this works, means he can do anything, and get forgiven for it. See also: Ted Haggert.

The family from Sister Wives is suing to overturn the bigamy laws in Utah. I have no doubt this will come back to bite marriage equality in the ass for no discernible reason.

From the Southwest Tea Party, with love.

Apple producers are fighting a new genetically engineered version that won’t turn brown when you slice it. I’m eating a lot of apples on my healthier diet these days, and find it disturbing seeing the edges turn brown even as I’m eating it, so I’d welcome a fruit that doesn’t look like it’s rotting on the way from my teeth to my tongue.

I’m a big fan of Surviving the World, which is your daily dose of wisdom written on a chalk board. The author is an Eagle Scout, and a major supporter for gay rights. But he’s not returning his Eagle Scout medal, or leaving the Scouts. He thinks there’s a case to be made for working within the organization for change, and he probably has a point, and the fact that he’s doing so publicly may have an impact.

Did you know that Madonna is not only banned from Piers Morgan for life, she’s also banned from Absolutely Fabulous?Madonna It’s not that they think she’s a bad person, it’s just that she’s turned them down so many times, they now won’t have her. According to Jennifer Saunders, “We have had loads of celebrities who have said no to us, but always Madonna. Madonna is the bane of our lives. In fact even if she said yes now we would have to turn her down. Madonna has always said no – and so are we.”

Henry Winkler and Cheyenne Jackson are set to play porn stars (I’ve dreamed of typing part of that sentence) – on Broadway. Sadly, it sounds like they’re playing straight porn stars, but hey, I’ll take what I can get, even if it’s in The Performers.

How to find the phone number of an office from a picture of a building. This is some serious Google-fu, people.

Serious props to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife for donating $2.5 million to the marriage equality fight in Washington state. And how brave was his employee for emailing him directly to ask for the donation?

The Modern Family adult cast has signed deals estimated in the range of $180,000/episode for this season, and increasing dramatically after that. But this week, the Modern Family kids head to the negotiating table, and we all know how Manny can be about his investments.

Josh HutchersonThe notorious Regeneres study, funded by anti-gay groups and condemned for shoddy methodology has been shot down by the auditor appointed to look at the peer review that took place. James D. Wright pulls no punches, saying “It’s bullshit.”

Tickets are available to a celebrity basketball tournament in Los Angeles featuring Josh Hutcherson and benefiting the Straight But Not Narrow group, dedicated to eliminating homophobia. If Josh promises to wear 1970s basketball shorts, I’m in!

 

 On the set of Glee between takes, we see that Kurt’s graduation hasn’t affected Blaine’s wardrobe

 I don’t have a daily Tovey for you (something he tweeted was deleted by yFrong, which is intrguing, so accept this Ben Cohen instead

 Grant Gustin, proving life is a Ralph Lauren ad

 Jonathan Knight gets nautical with Kirstie Ally

 A Lambert family photo, with Sauli, mom, and Adam

 Does Lance Bass have a pet monkey, or does he just hang out where monkeys hang out? Can I hang out there?

 So I’m guessing Matt Doyle is into guys with hair

 I think this guy could give Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps a swim for their money

 Parker Young shows us what we have to look forward to on Suburgatory

 And Matthew Mitcham took in some fun (and tweeted about it) before the start of the Olympic Games

I know that as a kid, I watched more PBS than I do now – Mister Rogers, Sesame Street, The Electric Company. And young me was always disappointed when I turned on the television and encountered Bob Ross, painting. I wanted puppets! But as I’ve aged, I’ve learned the charms of Mr. Ross, and this remix by PBS Digital Studios is charming.

 

The folks at Next Media Animation made this bit about the Olympic Opening Ceremonies that I planned to include for Friday before my life was chewed up by a printer. In all honesty, having now watched the Opening Ceremonies, I think they undersold it. Was that the most British thing you’ve ever seen or what? And the Queen didn’t look particularly happy, nor did Prince Harry, for that matter. For a global event, the opening ceremony certainly was Britain-focused. Hi, Darrien!

 

When was the last time you hit the playground with your D.A.D.? In this case I mean Digital Amusement Device, but it just goes to show, artificial life form or human, in life, you sometimes need a little push from dad.

 

As we enjoy the sea of perfectly toned flesh that is the Olympic Games, we can take a minute to look back at the making of the ESPN Body Issue and Jose Bautista letting it all swing loose. Definitely NSFW.

 

These young conservatives say there’s nothing incompatible with being conservative and supporting the right to marry. Except that the people you vote for would like to not only outlaw equal marriage, but also sodomy. I’ll never understand people who want one thing and vote the exact opposite.

 

Think your childhood was rough? Try being a sea turtle. It’s not all surfing the ocean currents like Finding Nemo.

 

Conan O’Brien introduces us to the new Chick-Fil-A spokeschicken, Chaz the Intolerant Chick-Fil-A Chicken. Honestly, I looked for him to be the new toy in kid’s meals when I walked past the restaurant in the mall.

 

Dave Holmes was one of the earliest MTV VJs, and these days he’s an out creator still working in Hollywood. He has a new feature on Logo called Was This Week Good For The Gays? Listen and decide (note: Bristol Palin swears it was the other f-word, not the one Dave discusses).

Also from the mothership, Conner Habib is back as the NewNowNext SexPert, and he takes on the hot button issue of sexual racism in the gay community. It’s a tough subject, but one that he might be perfectly equipped to handle. At the very least, I expect it to spark a lively discussion.

During the positively awful NBC broadcast (seriously, who wrote for Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer?), one of the few bright spots in the endless commercials (other than my tweeting) was the teaser for the new James Bond film Skyfall. The one scene near the end when the train/truck rips apart and he fixes his cuff was just so classic.

 

The Terrance Higgins Trust has put out this sexy video encouraging condom use, with that moment in your head when things get hot and heavy, and you wonder how you’re going to broach the subject of what you’re carrying in your wallet.

 

Jeffrey Self and Bryan Safi bring us the answer to the question that’s been bugging you all weekend: Guess What Bebe Neuwirth Is Doing Right Now

The Scissor Sisters have finally released a video for my Song of the Summer, “Let’s Have a Kiki.” No one has rocked a mesh tank top like Jake Shears does since the International Male catalog I kept between my mattresses in the 1980s.

 

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