Meme: Thomas Dekker Takes Gay TV Role, Jim Parsons Buys Robert Pattinson’s Home, “Date and Switch” Team Offers Novel High School Comedy

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How I Met Your Mother apologizes for yellowface episode, Rupert Grint witnessed Shia LaBeouf’s naked violent acid trip, Olympic runner Nick Symmonds has a great backside

Jim ParsonsCelebrity real estate is a lot like chlamydia, it gets passed around a lot. But I like to take note when a big out star makes a purchase, and this time, it’s Jim Parsons, who purchased Robert Pattinson’s Los Feliz estate. It’s pretty gorgeous, with three bedrooms, a lagoon pool and gardens, built in 1920. Parson’s got it for $6.375 million, which is a drop in the bucket of his Big Bang Theory money.

Italian IOC member Mario Pescante isn’t happy with the delegation the United States is sending to Sochi. “It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established). The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.” Daily. Which is why we have so many out athletes.

Universal is set to release a new How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie in 2017. Before you groan, it’s being done by their Illumination Entertainment, which gave us The Lorax and Despicable Me. Plus Audrey Geisel will be executive producing.

How I Met Your MotherHow I Met Your Mother featured their characters in yellowface this week, and it understandably upset a lot of people. Producer Carter Bays hit Twitter to respond head on to the criticism, and landed an apology that might be one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Comcast is building a huge new campus next to their existing headquarters in Philadelphia, complete with a Four Seasons hotel and a top floor restaurant. I mention this mostly because last year’s GLBT Blogger Convening was hosted by Comcast in their existing HQ, and it was stunning, with a massive video wall in the lobby and a dining room on the top floor with stunning views of the city that will be hard to top.

It’s become evident that with the signing of the new anti-gay law in Nigeria, police are on witch hunts for gay citizens, with 38 reportedly arrested. But in the Islamic north, 11 have been turned over to the clerics for trial under Sharia law, which could result in the death penalty.

China is building a full size replica of the Titanic in a theme park, meant to be an exact copy, including the ability to allow guests to experience the sinking. The cost for the attraction is said to be $165 million.Nina Tassler

CBS President Nina Tassler says she was mortified by the racist and homophobic comments from houseguests on Big Brother this year. “This is the part where we have to remind ourselves that [Big Brother] is a social experiment. You are taking people from very disparate walks of life, and confining them in a house for a finite period of time. I sit in those auditions, those interviews. When you are talking to people, you get one perspective on their personality. You ask very probing questions, and you develop an opinion about that person. We do the requisite background checks, which we are obviously upgrading with more and more resources. At the end of the day we felt the producers handled it responsibly. They dealt with it as well as they could.” Not quite as well as the producers of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, who pulled contestants out to explain to them their language was unacceptable in real time.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has added sexual orientation and gender identity to their code of ethics, which they say binds thousands of engineers worldwide to a code of conduct. “It means that hundreds of thousands of engineers worldwide — including in Russia, Uganda and over 60 other nations where being gay or trans is considered a crime — are now honor bound to treat their colleagues with respect.”

Rupert GrintIn the first four months of marriage equality in New Zealand, 5% of all marriages were between same-sex couples.

Rupert Grint was around for when Shia LaBeouf dropped acid to get ready for his role in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Never mind that his character does LSD. “He smashed the place up, got naked and kept [hallucinating] this owl. If anything will make you not do drugs, it’s watching that.”

I tend to watch my sugar intake, and well, everything I eat, but I quit tracking a lot of it on my iPhone and go by instinct (and a lot of repetition). But some of these foods that one thinks are healthy have more sugar than five Krispy Kreme donuts, which I avoid like the plague (because they are a plague – if I eat one, I eat a box).

Out has a story about the rise of monogamy in the gay community titled The New Monogamists: Are These Men Depriving Themselves of a Gay Perk. Except that’s not at all what the article is about. It’s mostly about a couple of young monogamous couples and a bunch of older couples who say that monogamy is fun – for about 10 years, then you do something else. I’m on the record as not being a fan of monogamy, but I found the whole article a little condescending and the title completely misleading.Thomas Dekker

Is homophobia in men what happens when they feel like they’re the prey and not the hunter for the first time in their life? Probably not, because it doesn’t really explain homophobia in women, but this is Slate we’re talking about, so I’m not really expecting deep thinking here.

Thomas Dekker will be staying with Fox’s Backstrom, and yes, he’s playing gay again. Backstrom is about an overweight, offensive detective who fights his own self destructive tendencies. Dekker will be playing “Gregory Valentine, a whip-smart young gay man — an ex-hustler turned fence/entrepreneurial crook who is Backstrom’s (Rainn Wilson) tenant, decorator and underworld connection.” Out sister site AfterEllen reports that the show’s lesbian character is no longer a lesbiNick Symmondsan. “She is not a lesbian, however I’d say that in the same way as I’d say she is not a heterosexual. She’s an adventurous woman and a lot of things are going to happen with men and women. Backstrom has a dark, inward sexuality…[he’s] tight in his sexuality and she’s opposite of that. She’s very open-minded to the world. It’s better. I should’ve done that in the first place.”

We’d mentioned that The Frisky had asked a lot of questions about ballsacks. They also got a lot of answers about them. Some of it questionable in nature – if your ballsack can lie on top of your thigh if you don’t sit splay legged, well, you should consider a career in porn.

Runner Nick Symmonds was one of the first Olympic athletes to speak out against the Russian gay propaganda law. He’s also got an amazing NSFW ass.

NOTE FROM ED…

A bit of housekeeping. I’m leaving you. Well, for a week. I’m overdue for a vacation away from all things digital, and my family rented a nice oceanfront condo at Myrtle Beach this month. So I’m leaving behind the laptop and will be staring at the ocean, running on the beach, playing with the dog, eating things not on my diet, and generally remembering how to be a social human being for a week. In my absence there will be crowdsourced Memes with contributions from other TBL writers.  Please help them out by sharing interesting links and stories in the comments. I’ll be back either next Thursday or Friday. Everyone play nice, because I will be watching you!

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