Justice Ginsburg to officiate same-sex wedding, Uma Thurman views the whoring bed, Harry Connick, Jr. signs for American Idol
After months of speculation, hopes of Adam Lambert, deals gone wrong for Dr. Luke, it appears that Harry Connick, Jr. will be taking the third judge’s seat for American Idol.
One Direction: This Is Us is expected to win the holiday box office with $22 million, with The Butler taking second place. It’s a fairly dead weekend for the box office overall, with nothing with broad appeal opening.
Liz Cheney is running for Senate in Wyoming, and recently came out as anti-choice and anti-equality after being backed into a corner by some robocalls. This puts her far to the right of her married lesbian sister Mary, and even her father, Dick. As for Mary’s reaction, “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage. Freedom means freedom for everyone. That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other. It’s not something to be decided by a show of hands. Please like and share if you agree.”
Lady Gaga thinks that athletes shouldn’t attend the winter games in Sochi. “I don’t think we should be going to Russia for the winter Olympics, that’s my personal opinion. I care so much about these issues and I don’t think we should be bringing any commerce to a country which enforces such a lack of equality and a lack of human rights. A country where so much abuse of youth is happening, how can we bring so much attention to that part of the world and reward them for that? For me it’s shocking, then again everyone thinks Miley Cyrus is shocking and that’s the world we live in…”
Tim Tebow has been cut by the New England Patriots after only twelve weeks. It’s unlikely he can find another team for the season, and probably ends his NFL career. I wonder if he’ll go on to be a speaker for the conservative anti-gay ministers he pals around with?
The National Organization for Marriage is upset that the IRS will recognize the place of celebration for tax purposes. “The Treasury Department is grossly overstepping its authority. This is a nation of laws. Only Congress has the authority to change the law….[the] Obama administration is intent on forcing same-sex ‘marriage’ on an unwilling public.” I’m actually pretty willing.
Chicago Cardinal Francis George is worried that the Illinois legislature will pass marriage equality this fall, which he finds irrational. “This is first of all a rational issue before it’s a faith issue. That is, it’s nature that tells us what marriage is, that in marriage, men and women aren’t interchangeable. We didn’t invent marriage. The church didn’t invent marriage. Nature gives us marriage. The Chinese are not Americans, and they’re not Catholic. They know what marriage is. Where did that come from?” He really seems confused about who makes laws in the world.
Voices of Conservative Youth is a new group of young Republicans that wants to swell its ranks and drown out the loud nutjobs it feels has hijacked the party. And at the top of the list is equality. They don’t think that young people are inherently liberal, just that they have no other place to go. “They vote for Democrats but that is not a function of their genuine political philosophy. And that’s not their fault, it’s ours. The party and the leadership has given them no attention, has done nothing in terms of outreach, and we’re going to change that.”
Scotland is set to make up for lost time on marriage equality, scheduling rare double sessions to get through the debate, hopefully wrapping up for a vote by spring 2014.
The Mars One project is an idea to launch a team to the Red Planet that wouldn’t return, but set up a colony that could grow, and invited the general public to apply. And when you ask for the general public, evidently most of what you get are people who have no skills to colonize a new planet. Very few bring practical skills, but all have enthusiasm for going to be part of something bigger than themselves. The only thing that could keep applicant Brian Hinson from going is “I would only consider changing my mind if it turned out to be an all-dude crew.” Important, since he wants to take an iPad full of porn with him.
h/t to Jack who sent over this interview with Russell Tovey from just before he got the roll on Looking. It’s hard to summarize the extensive interview that covers him from the time he was a lad to mentioning his current four year relationship. As for why he’s out and proud, “I love my personal life and having a social life. And I didn’t ever want to have to compromise. I could imagine being at this stage now and having skeletons in the closet, and you sitting here going, ‘So have you got a girlfriend?’ and me saying, ‘I’ve not got a girlfriend at the moment, I’ve not met the right girl, there’s a few people around.’ And in my head going, I’m going back home to my boyfriend in five minutes. D’you know what I mean? I just can’t be arsed with that.”
This weekend brings a first in our post-DOMA world, with Justice Ruth Ginsburg officiating the wedding of Michael M. Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, and economist John Roberts. She hints that she soon won’t be the only Supreme Justice who has officiated at a same-sex wedding.
New York City politicians wrote the IOC expressing grave concerns about holding the Winter Olympics in Russia, and the IOC has responded in yet another useless manner. They have no answers, and don’t seem to be capable of getting any from the Russian government. “The IOC agrees that the Olympic Games should be free of any kind of discrimination and I can reassure you that we work hard to make this a reality at each of the games. However, it is important to stress that the IOC remit is limited to the scope of the Games. For instance, the IOC cannot influence national legislation and has to respect the law of any host country. In regard to Sochi 2014, the IOC is currently in close discussions with the highest government level in Russia and has received a number of assurances, but we are continuing the dialogue with Russian authorities on this important topic. As you will understand, it would be inappropriate and counterproductive to comment publicly on the details of the discussions while they are on-going.”
Bradley Cooper is confirmed as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, rounding out the cast. Is he a good fit? And should he ever play roles that don’t require him to be onscreen shirtless?