Stephen Fry appeals Olympic venue, Catholics aren’t hateful to gays, Cheyenne Jackson’s Opening Night
Cheyenne Jackson and Anthony Rapp have signed on for Opening Night, a movie about the disasters, both onstage and behind the scenes of a student drama, their teacher, and a visiting B-list TV star.
Meanwhile, both Cheyenne and his husband Monte Lapke have both hired high end divorce attorneys, but don’t think this is going to drag out and get ugly, because the deal is evidently almost worked out.
According to the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, “Nothing the Catholic Church has ever said about the moral status of homosexuals—which is as irrelevant as the moral status of heterosexuals—could possibly be construed as hateful.” I think the reason there hasn’t been a second coming is because explaining everything to guys like this would take an eternity.
Just in case you still aren’t feeling the Catholic love, in Illinois, Cardinal George has defunded eleven charities, including one that refurbished bikes for underprivileged children. Their sin? Belonging to Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which supports marriage equality.
Last week I ran a clip of radio host Sandy Rios comparing gay love to the love of kidnapper Ariel Castro. She’s now clarifying what she meant, and I have to say, I feel so much better! “I would never say that homosexuals cannot love. They can, of course. Capable of great love. And I know there’s been tremendous heartbreak in the homosexual community – and I’ve talked about this before – heartbreak when you lose a loved one, heartbreak when you break up. Because, you know, there aren’t many lasting relationships – maybe among lesbians, but certainly not among gay men, that’s not the norm. So, there’s a lot of heartbreak, a lot of rejection when you get older, so I know that you’re capable and able. You’re humans, you love. The point is, the right kind of love. The right kind of love is life-giving. And the right kind of love is love for God, love for your natural family, love between a man and a woman and a woman and a man in marriage. Not cohabitating. There’s just some standards that God lays down.”
Internet personality B. Scott is suing BET and Viacom (our parent company) for $2.5 million after being told to change into more masculine clothing for the BET Awards Red Carpet, then being replaced as host anyhow. “I have been vehemently trying to come to a resolution with BET and Viacom behind the scenes. After a few weeks of back and forth dialogue with no foreseeable resolution, I have filed a lawsuit against BET and its parent company Viacom for discrimination on the basis of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.”
Remember the pink headband in WalMart incident we were so outraged over? It probably didn’t happen, and the blogger who wrote it has been hospitalized for a mental evaluation.
I’m really enjoying Camp of NBC this summer. It’s the perfect summer series, light, fun, with just enough hot bodies to keep it interesting. But One Million Moms is out to make it a ratings hit, because they hate it. “Unacceptable content in the program included: ‘This is a p*rn desert.’ ‘Fifty Shades of Little Otter’ (Little Otter is the name of camp), mom walks in on son m*sturbating, g*mbling add*cts, p-word used, and one camper has g*nital h*rpes, s*xual innuendos, politically correct situations with a h*mosexual couple. NBC’s newest show is irresponsible and tasteless. It is appalling that NBC intends to air a show that features immoral behavior in a positive light while attempting to draw in young viewers with the title and adolescent plot of the program.”
Exorcist author William Peter Blatty has delivered a 198-page petition to Georgetown University for “moral relativism” for allowing a gay student body president and generally being a tolerant place, which he thinks means they should have to give up their Catholic affiliation.
I don’t make much of the notation in the New York Times that the IOC could send home athletes for making any political (pro-gay) statements or symbols at the Olympics. It’s an old rule that’s been defied so many times it’s more like they just forgot to take it off the books. The PR nightmare alone would kill sponsors. I really can’t believe the big to do the blogs made about it.
While the official reason that President Obama canceled his summit with PM Putin was a lack of progress on many strategic items along with human rights concerns, an administration official said part of the issue was the new anti-gay laws. But if that was true, I’m sure they would have actually said, along with the long list of reasons they did give. I’ve reached the point where some unnamed official saying “oh, that too” doesn’t cut it for me anymore.
Stephen Fry has written an open letter to PM David Cameron asking that the Olympic Games be pulled from Sochi due to the anti-gay laws in Russia. “He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing. All I saw reflected back at me was what Hannah Arendt called, so memorably, “the banality of evil.” A stupid man, but like so many tyrants, one with an instinct of how to exploit a disaffected people by finding scapegoats.