NOM goes Hawaiian, Walt to struggle on The Carrie Diaries, farewell Mrs. Krabappel
Morgan Freeman thinks the Republican Party has destroyed itself. “The lengths that people will go to to show their prejudices! You see some of these signs that say, ‘TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!’ What the f— is that? Whose country are you talking about? They are being pushed to the side, which is a good thing for them to realize: you don’t have the power you think you have in this country.” He also slammed the party for their views on gay rights. “Marginalizing people for that? These people who are ignorant enough to think that being gay is a ‘chosen lifestyle?’ That’s the height of ignorance. It’s like saying being black is a chosen lifestyle. Get out of here!”
Sean Hayes feels guilty about how long it took for him to come out publicly. “I was so young. It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn’t want the responsibility, I didn’t know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms. They don’t stop to think about what’s going on in somebody’s personal life, and the struggles that they’re having. It was all very scary. We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life.”
Lance Bass says that his wedding might be televised, which would be a landmark event for marriage equality. But don’t expect it to be traditional. “I don’t know if we will even have groomsmen or bridesmaids. Since there’s no wedding dress and half the excitement of a wedding is to see the wedding dress and what it looks like … we’re wanting all of our guests to come completely over the top, high fashion like you’re heading to the MET Ball or the Royal Wedding.”
Julianne Hough is apologizing for wearing blackface as part of her Halloween costume. She went as part of a group, all dressed as characters from Orange Is the New Black, and she went as Crazy Eyes, complete with dark makeup. “I am a huge fan of the show Orange is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize.”
Bad Grandpa is finally set to knock Gravity out of the top spot at the box office, grossing around $28 million, while Gravity settles down to earth with a respectable $22 million.
The Media Research Council thinks that television has too many gay characters. “In the 2012-13 TV season, GLAAD found a record number of LGBT characters — 4.4 percent, or at least double their actual percentage of the population. Fox was honored for having these characters in 42 percent of their programming hours — although that wasn’t enough for ‘Excellent’ status, merely ‘Good.’ There’s no wonder that a Gallup poll in 2011 found that on average, American adults estimate that 25 percent of Americans are homosexual. They’re getting that crazy idea from TV.”
After threat of a lawsuit, the Air Force is making the “so help me God” portion of the oath optional. “Here at the academy, we work to build a culture of dignity and respect, and that respect includes the ability of our cadets, airmen and civilian airmen to freely practice and exercise their religious preference — or not.”
I’m sad to report that Marcia Wallace has passed away. I knew her best as the secretary on The Bob Newhart Show, but most of you are probably exposed to her comic brilliance as Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons, suffering through having Bart Simpson as a student for 25 years. Al Jean says that the character will be given a dignified retirement on the show, and was not the regular character that was named as being killed this year. Our thoughts are with her friends and family.
Quincy Jones is suing the estate of Michael Jackson for $10 million, saying that master recordings used in the Cirque du Soleil shows and the 25th anniversary of Bad were remixed and edited to deny him royalties.
An organizer for the Human Rights Campaign approached Cindy McCain while she was shopping and asked her to sign a petition in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which she gladly did, even posing with the postcard. Hopefully she can get her husband to change his mind and support the bill.
Does sex count as exercise? Was that why I was so thin when I was younger? The answer is probably not, although you’re closer to exercise as a man than you are as a woman according to one study.
County Clerks in my home of West Virginia have been granted an extension in filing a response to two marriage equality lawsuits while they wait to see if the Attorney General chooses to intervene, which I’m certain he will.
An 11-year old boy was arrested in Washington state for bringing a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to school after his mother phoned the school and said he might have brought a knife. He reportedly planned to shoot a classmate who had called his friend gay. We were all lucky his mother alerted authorities before we had a tragic school event.
Herman Rowland, Jr., chairman of Jelly Belly Candy Company has donated $5,000 to a campaign to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act which protects transgender students in California schools. This isn’t the first time the candy company has been in the news with anti-GLBT ties. In 2010, NOM planned a stop at the factory on their tour to “save marriage” but the company denied any involvement in the stop. This makes it just a little bit easier to stay on my diet.
Gawker just won’t stop digging into what they allege is Shepard Smith’s personal life, and it’s making me very uncomfortable.
The Carrie Diaries is back, and Walt and Bennet won’t be on the same page. “Because [Walt] doesn’t have very many gay friends and is not experienced in the gay world, that looming birthday is a big day for him. The issue is it might not be a day that is looming as big for Bennet, because Bennet is in a world where he’s comfortable and is dating and is out there. So that’s going to create some conflict between the two of them right off the bat. For Walt, it’s a twofold struggle this year. In Castleberry, [with] his parents, he is not going to be out of the closet. Although he’s coming to terms with being gay, it’s not a safe enough environment for him to be openly gay. There are no communities or clubs to join that will make you feel safe in 1985, so that’s going to be a big issue throughout the season. And then as homophobia is running rampant throughout the suburbs, the AIDS epidemic is running rampant through Manhattan.