Decision in Virginia marriage equality suit expected soon, Zac Efron and Miles Teller discuss boners, Vampirichaun is coming
Jonathan Groff says that when Looking filmed at Folsom, they were the least interesting thing there. And he wore the leather vest because he didn’t think Patrick would be comfortable shirtless. He tried on ten different leather vests. “I thought, Maybe Patrick would wear one without buttons and then spend the whole time wishing that he had buttons, and that’s what we went with. It’s so symbolic of where the character’s at. It’s where I’d be at.”
Flea has admitted that the Red Hot Chili Peppers faked playing their instruments at the Super Bowl, although the vocals were live. “I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.”
Rex Lee has been confirmed as being back as Lloyd, Ari’s long suffering assistant on the Entourage movie. I was kind of hoping he wouldn’t be back so I’d have an excuse not to cover the film.
A semi-NSFW Guide for Men On How To Dress and Undress for Maximum Sex Appeal. I can agree with most of this, although there are a couple of shirt removal techniques that I haven’t mastered, and I think they underestimate the value of sexy underwear. Do straight guys wear sexy underwear?
Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen heard arguments in the Virginia marriage equality suit yesterday, and told all parties that they would be hearing from her “soon” which seems like she already has a ruling in mind.
Neil Patrick Harris is deep in rehearsals for Hedwig and the Angry Inch right now, and says “I’m doing all kinds of prep. I’m studying Bowie and Iggy and Lou and Tina. I’m working; I’m dancing around in heels for hours, and wigs, and changing my posture and losing weight. It’s a lot of flection. I’m used to standing kind of in stasis more, but I’m realizing now that women in heels stand at attention a lot more than guys do. I’ve got to stick my tits out a lot.”
Yesterday we ran the moving speech on homophobia from Panti Bliss, which came out of comments she made on television about people being homophobes, and being accused of defamation. Graham Norton is who I originally got the clip from, and he’s outraged at how it’s played out.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not be marching in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because it excludes the GLBT community. But he won’t follow activists’ calls to ban city employees from marching in uniform. “I am not planning on marching in the parade, I haven’t in the past in my capacity as a public official. I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city … But I simply disagree with the organizer of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in the city.”
Svetlana Zhurova, the mayor of the Olympic Village at Sochi is calling for no protests during the Games. “I have never seen (this) at any Olympic Games and I would call on the people who are going to protest, that it doesn’t make sense…For the spectators, it is more important who wins than whether he or her is homosexual or not…We are all participants of the Games and we are going to applaud the straight people and the homosexuals just like the previous Olympic Games.”
As Oregon prepares to likely pass a referendum allowing marriage equality this year, another issue is on the ballot to allow businesses to discriminate against GLBT people on religious grounds. This is of course dangerous, and flies in the face of history. Even “Justice Antonin Scalia scoffed at the notion of ‘a private right to ignore generally applicable laws’—think basic anti-discrimination ordinances—labeling the idea ‘a constitutional anomaly.’” And don’t be fooled – it will extend beyond churches, who are already protected, beyond bakers and photographers. We’ll end up checking to see if a hotel we want to stay at when we visit town will allow us to stay in the same room with our same-sex spouse. This is the new frontier beyond marriage, keeping the religious right from creating a segregated business environment, forever making us second class citizens that they paint themselves to be when they hold the majority of power.
Mark Jones, the director of Leprechaun, is teaming up with Warwick Davis for a film about a leprechaun who gets bitten by a vampire, creating Vampirichaun
AT&T isn’t a global sponsor of the Olympic Games, but is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, and they have done the unlikely and issued a statement condemning the Russian anti-gay laws. “The Olympic Games in Sochi also allow us to shine a light on a subject that’s important to all Americans: equality. As you may know, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community around the world is protesting a Russian anti-LGBT law that bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” To raise awareness of the issue, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called on International Olympic Committee (IOC) sponsors to take action and stand up for LGBT equality. AT&T is not an IOC sponsor, so we did not receive the HRC request. However, we are a long-standing sponsor of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), we support HRC’s principles and we stand against Russia’s anti-LGBT law. AT&T has a long and proud history of support for the LGBT community in the United States and everywhere around the world where we do business. We support LGBT equality globally and we condemn violence, discrimination and harassment targeted against LGBT individuals everywhere. Russia’s law is harmful to LGBT individuals and families, and it’s harmful to a diverse society. We celebrate the diversity of all Olympic athletes, their fans, Russian residents and all people the world over – including and, especially, our employees and their loved ones.”
Utah’s arguments against marriage equality have been filed by the outside counsel, and they chose to make it all about the children, which hasn’t proven effective in other equality cases. Utah wants a definition of marriage “principally a child-centered institution, one focused first and foremost on the welfare of children rather than the emotional interests of adults. And by reinforcing that understanding, the state gently encourages parents to routinely sacrifice their own interests to the legitimate needs and interests of their children.” The state also rejects any similarities to interracial marriage. “Anti-miscegenation laws were odious measures that rested on invidious racial discrimination. Defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman may be controversial in today’s political climate, but it is hardly invidious.”
The editor of Pravda says that homosexuality is terrorism. “What is happening now is nothing but terrorism against normal people. Those propagandizing homosexuality organized a system of political terror against normal people. They lobby for their interests, new laws, and their main goal is to get into power.”
Andy Cohen says that he didn’t feel it right to go to Russia for the Miss Universe Pageant right after the anti-gay laws were passed. And while he doesn’t want to second guess A&E over Duck Dynasty, you can hear the disapproval in his answer. “I don’t want to be the guy saying, ‘Here’s what I would have done.’ It’s so hard. I have my share of Housewives who say things that and I get asked, ‘Are you going to fire them?’ People have beliefs that are not always popular. We live in an intensely politically correct world. I’ve said many times, and I fear this, but I’m one Tweet away from getting fired. You can’t get away with anything. Do I agree with his views? Absolutely not. He was mentioned within the Jackhole segment of my show around that time. Just as I did with The Bachelor, who called gay people ‘perverted.’”