Snoop Lion’s garbled view on gays in rap, Monsters University really is Animal House, and Barney Frank doesn’t care what al-Qaeda thinks of his marriage
If you can, imagine a time when Tom Daley donned a Speedo, and it wasn’t a good thing. At the 2013 Diving World Series in Edinburgh, Daley’s beautiful body was marred by some serious razor burn. You’re not a swimmer, you’re a diver Tom – I can’t imagine letting your fur grow will make a splash. Try out your natural look.
Sir Elton John says that Lady Gaga is godmother to both his sons, and she’s not afraid to go hands on. One time he recalls her coming to Las Vegas for his show, and was already dressed for the show when it was time for Zachary’s bath. “She was already dressed to go to the show, and she was sitting there and she bathed him, and she was like dressed like Audrey Hepburn. We’re all bonkers in this business, but we’re human beings at the same time.”
The FCC put out a call for people to respond to a proposal to relax indecency standards on broadcast television, from nudity to swearing. While the networks haven’t filed responses, the public has weighed in with 80,000 of them, overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the status quo.
Justin Tuck of the New York Giants was asked about the possibility of a gay teammate, and had the perfect response. “If the Giants bring in a gay football player and he’s helping me win football games…I could give a damn.”
Accountants say they’re getting a ton of questions from same-sex couples about the tax implications of the Supreme Court striking down DOMA. While there are many things to plan for, they do recommend filing a protective claim. This would entitle you to a refund if your tax bill would have been smaller had your marriage been recognized, but there’s a statute of limitations on when you can file the claim,and a protective claim extends that.
Ke$ha says that Perez Hilton ruined her relationship when he published intimate photos of the singer and her boyfriend in 2010. “He single-handedly ruined the only relationship that’s ever meant anything to me. My family doesn’t have to deal with this. He stands for everything I hate. Everything I’m against.”
In Paris, high-end salon The G-Day, which caters to gay men will be hosting a wedding boutique centered around gay men wishing to marry, with vendors who are ready to cater to the new field of same-sex weddings. The boutique is going to be open by this Saturday.
The Employment Non Discrimination Act was introduced yesterday, and while I consider passage to be dicey at best, advocates are already worried about the religious exemption being too broad. “It gives a stamp of legitimacy to LGBT discrimination that our civil rights laws have never given to discrimination based on an individual’s race, sex, national origin, age, or disability,” the four progressive organizations wrote, adding that the exemption could, for example, allow hospitals and universities with any religious affiliation to discriminate.”
We’ve been hearing for a week about a man being deported from Saudi Arabia for being too handsome, and now we know it was Dubai photographer Omar Borkan Al Gala. I have to say, he’s beyond handsome, but is that really a reason to kick him out of the country?
I’ve been thinking that the proposed lifting of the ban on gay youth the Boy Scouts are planning, and how maintaining the ban on adult volunteers was making the situation worse, but this managed to say it better than I ever could.
UK gay novelist Neil Spring’s The Ghost Hunters was released on pre-order last week, and has rocketed to the #1 spot on Amazon Hot New Releases Bestseller List of Horror Thrillers.
Joss Whedon says that in The Avengers 2, “I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic books, a brother/sister act. They’re in the movie, that’s exciting.” Everybody is speculating this means Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, which is interesting because those characters are also mutants, and are normally associated with The X-Men, which Fox owns the rights too. But evidently those two characters’ rights are complicated, and it comes down to who uses them first, Disney or Fox.
Al-Qaeda attacked Barney Frank’s marriage in their latest issue of Inspire, the irregular magazine they publish. But Frank doesn’t really care what al-Qaeda thinks, and is amused by the similarities to other critics. “I thought there was an irony there. It sounded like what the tea party said when I got married. I wonder how the right wing in America feels about being aligned with al-Qaeda. There is an irony that the most active anti-gay [groups] are al-Qaeda and the American right-wing.”