One Direction loses their pants, Good Luck Charlie brings lesbian moms to Disney Channel, and is Paula Deen racist?
Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as the fairy godmother in the live action production of Cinderella, which should make for a trippy version of a Disney fairy tale.
Human Rights Watch is demanding the International Olympic Committee protect GLBT athletes from the Russian propaganda laws. I think it’s safe to say that Sochi won’t be having a Pride House.
Which might even mean physical protection, as a Russian MP is calling for a law that will allow gays to be whipped in public, and not in Folsom Street way. “In Russia for many centuries the ass was used for educational purposes and not for love entertainment. So we should use it according to its intended purpose.” I’ll let you chew on his choice of phrase for a bit.
The Supreme Court has struck down a law that required NGOs receiving AID money to pledge that they would not cater to sex workers, which was causing problems reaching at-risk groups for AID HIV prevention.
A coalition of Christian groups including the Family Research Council, Focus On the Family, Concerned Women of America, and more has released a joint statement calling on Christians to defy the Supreme Court of it rules in favor of Marriage equality.” Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.”
Anthony Weiner was collecting signatures to get on the NYC mayoral ballot when an elderly woman said she wasn’t voting for the dyke (Christine Quinn). Weiner initially didn’t react until he saw a horrified reporter, then said that she shouldn’t talk about people like that, but followed with “That’s OK.” He’s being raked over the coals for not responding more forcefully, but really, I can’t get worked up about this. Weiner has a pro-gay record. The woman was described as elderly, and he was in a campaign scrum. Was he supposed to lecture this woman from a different generation on homophobia? Maybe make her cry?
The villains for the Doctor Strange movie have supposedly leaked, but since I don’t know anything about Doctor Strange, I have no idea if this is a good thing.
Elsewhere in the Marvel universe, Disney has agreed to back up a caravan of Brinks trucks to Robert Downey, Jr.‘s house to get him to appear in two more Avengers movies, but there’s no mention of more Iron Man films. Downey had the best contract of any Marvel actor, and reportedly netted $50 million from The Avengers and another $35 million from Iron Man 3.
Also, there will be no Avengers in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Evidently, there’s a decent amount of evidence that Paula Deen is a bit of a racist.
As we approach Broadway Bares again, Playbill has put together a photo gallery of some of the best shots from the last three years. I own the coffee table book, but seeing the show live is on my bucket list.
It’s really no surprise that Texas Congressman and general nutjob Louis Gohmert isn’t a supporter of ENDA. “Who wants to go talking about sexual orientation when they’re working? Good grief.”
How will history judge Ken Mehlman?
Just a month after being suspended for his inaccurate reporting on Jason Collins, Howard Kurtz has announced that he’s jumping ship to Fox News, where bigots are not only welcome, they’re family.
Taylor Swift fans have forced Abercrombie & Fitch to pull a t-shirt that said “# more boyfriends than t.s.” An online campaign had tweens bombarding the customer service line until the company decided to make the greeting on the line that they’d already pulled the shirt.
A waitress says she was fired for dressing in drag during gay pride to show her solidarity with the gay community. But the restaurant says she was fired for insubordination because she’d asked permission to wear the costume and been told no. Some are calling this an issue under the gender identity protections in Kalamazoo, but there’s nothing in the linked story to say she was transgender, just that she wore drag to work, which doesn’t seem like it qualifies based on the available information.
Disney Channel is going to break some new ground on Good Luck Charlie. The family will arrange a play date for Charlie, only to discover on arrival that the toddler’s friend has two moms. This plays out fine on the show, except as the parents pair off to chat, one gets stuck listening to Charlie’s dad’s dull stories. Disney seems to realize they’re taking a step forward with the storyline. “This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors. Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”
A (straight) man is suing Bally’s in New York after slipping on a “white substance” in the sauna and hurting his shoulder. He alleges that the staff knew there was hanky panky happening in the sauna and turned a blind eye, or worse, since they provided a hose to clean up with. As part of his evidence, he used a post from a cruising website talking about how good the sauna was for hookups.
The FCC is undergoing a listening period on how to enforce decency regulations on broadcast television. Conservative groups (I get four emails a day on this subject) have flooded the FCC with 100,000 request for strict enforcement, but Fox filed today asking the FCC to get out of the indecency business since there are so many cable outlets now, and being racy is required to compete.