AfterElton Briefs: Russell T. Davies Talks Captain Jack’s Redemption, Carol Burnett Dishes “Glee” and Mr. Peanut’s “Friend”

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  • I’ve got two late additions to today’s Queerview. Nightline is going to air a two part report on a Texas retreat to help people deal with their unwanted same-sex attractions. And while you were probably going to watch How I Met Your Mother tonight anyhow, we’ve been told Scooter aka David Burtka is making an appearance.
  • Last night on Fox’s Animation Domination, we had three gay jokes. Since so many people say we have no sense of humor when it comes to Family Guy and American Dad, I wanted to say that I found two funny, and one just O.K. Feel free to check them out and let us know what you think in the poll.
  • The mother of the little boy who dressed up like Daphne for Halloween was on The Today Show, along with the mother who wrote My Princess Boy about her son loving all things frilly and nice. The Today Show expert had obviously thought ahead on what he wanted to say, and he did so beautifully.

  • Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell is no more. He’s just Andrew Shirvell after being firedfor his alleged harassment of out University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong.
  • Jonathan Ross has called George Michael a "great role model for young gay men" who don’t "embrace camp or feminised homosexual behaviour."
  • In Australia, the Nine Network has been hit with severe restrictions for future broadcasts after airing a gay sex scene from season one of Dante’s Cove. That seems odd since when I turned on the TV in my Sydney hotel the first time I visited there were men running naked on the screen in a beer commercial.
  • The Dish is Style Network’s answer to Talk Soup. But their spoof Brother Husbands is priceless, and goes gay at the end. Topanga, every gay boy’s beard.

  • An Ottawa school board is conducting a voluntary, anonymous survey of students in grades 7-12 to gather basic demographic information, including age, race, and sexual orientation. They say the information is to be used to provide better programs in the schools more tailored to students. h/t Cathy
  • Russell T. Davies has done a long interview on Torchwood USA. I can honestly say humility isn’t a trait I associated with Davies, and this interview validates that feeling. There are some money quotes in there for us though.

On John Barrowman playing Captain Jack:

He is an unusual mix of being matinee idol handsome and, at the same time, very modern. He’s an openly gay man, playing an openly omni-sexual character. You can’t say that of many shows, and he does that with such a glint in his eye, and so much cheek and charm. 

On Captain Jack’s emotional state in the two years since the last series (emphasis mine):

We will deal with it properly, sensibly and intelligently, but at the same time, the most important thing is to move on, as you would want for any of your friends. If your friend had suffered through a terrible time, you don’t want to be the friend who sits there and says, “Tell us about your terrible time, all over again.” Move on, look up, start a new relationship, and look towards the horizon and the dawn.

  • We want to wish a happy birthday to singer Sam Sparro, who turns 28 today, while Matthew Rhys is turning 36.

Yes, I chose some odd pictures.

  • Carol Burnett talks about playing Doris Sylvester, Nazi hunter on Glee, how they chose "Ohio" as a song to sing, and spills the beans that she will be back for an additional episode in the future. And below, Heather Morris takes you through the girls’ rock n’ roll mashups from tomorrow night’s episode.

  • Mr. Peanut is getting a 21st century makeover, with a gray suit and a voice by Robert Downey, Jr. He’s going to have new commercials talking about throwing fabulous parties with his friend, Benson. But before we get any ideas, Planters says they Mr. Peanut and Benson are just friends, and do not live together.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Lisa Miller, the biological parent of a daughter she had with non-biological parent Janet Jenkins. Jenkins was awarded sole custody, but Miller fled with the little girl. Miller has also "renounced her homosexuality" and has been represented in court by several anti-gay groups, including the Liberty Council.
  • Kylie Minogue performed in front of her sister Dannii Minogue, Simon Cowell and most of the United Kingdom on The X Factor results show Sunday night. Her performance of "Better Than Today" is one of my favorite songs on her new album, but I found the lack of beefcake thoroughly disappointing.

  • Sir Ian McKellen did a great interview about being out in Hollywood. He admits he wasn’t a huge star until after he came out in 1988, but still doesn’t believe that the gamble on fame for staying closeted in worth it.

If you’re going around telling a lie you may get by but you won’t be half as happy as you would be if you came out. If that means you have to give up hopes of being one of the three or four young sex symbols in Hollywood so be it. You probably weren’t going to be one of those anyway. That happens by chance and it doesn’t last for very long.

  • In Charlotte, a lesbian minister joined the volunteer police chaplains, and six other chaplains quit in protest. Hating gays is always more important that tending to one’s flock.

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