Meme: Snoop Lion Says Rap Is Too Masculine For Gays, Facebook Home Features Calpernia Addams and Shangela, and “Kinky Boots” Kicks High On Broadway

For reasons that aren’t completely clear, Denise Crosby will be the Celebrity Grand Marshall for the Boston Pride Parade. CrosbyTasha yar is most famous as Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but if she’s been an advocate for GLBT rights, I’ve missed it beyond appearing in Star Trek: Blood and Fire. Still gay geeks are no doubt thrilled.

Also from the geeky side, NASA is planning to send a robotic space craft to retrieve an asteroid in 2019, pulling it into stable orbit past the moon, then send astronauts to study it. It’s the ambitious type of exploration we’ve been missing.

Snoop Dog Lion doesn’t think gays will ever be welcome in rap, or the locker room for that matter. “Frank Ocean ain’t no rapper. He’s a singer. It’s acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don’t know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine. It’s like a football team. You can’t be in a locker room full of mother*cking tough-ass dudes, then all of a sudden say, ‘Hey, man, I like you.’ You know, that’s going to be tough.” Hey Snoop, 1) I think we can control ourselves; 2) Gays are tough, we have to be with all the crap we take from the likes of you, and a gay athlete at the professional level would be tougher still.

Beyonce and Jay-ZRay J is trying to get some publicity for his new album by putting a pixilated version of Kim Kardashian on the cover and using the title “I Hit It First.” Some of the charming lyrics include “She might move on to rappers and ball players / But we all know I hit it first” as well as “If you woulda come back to me girl we’ll make another movie.”

In a move that should surprise no one, Congressional Republicans are demanding to know what kind of permission Beyonce and Jay-Z received to travel to Cuba on vacation. Travel is hugely restricted for Americans, and the Carters are major Obama supporters, so everyone smells scandal. Personally, while Cuba still has some major issues and a dark past, I think the best way the U.S. could effect change (if it wanted to) is to lift travel restrictions and let the resort money flow in and we can corrupt their society like we’ve done with much of the world.

Congratulations to Christopher Schelling and Augusten Burroughs, who wed Monday on Staten Island.

S.H.I.E.L.D. is now known as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is a bit unwieldy if you ask me, Agent Coulsonand the Marvel seems redundant. But like most bloggers, I just hate typing all those periods in the name. The show has no buzz, but that’s because a select few are all that have seen it, and it’s considered pretty much a lock to get picked up to series.

Fox News reporter Jane Winter is under pressure to reveal a confidential source in relation to the James Holmes trial in Colorado, and nobody is talking about it. The only mention before the Buzzfeed piece I had seen was a brief note on The Five on Fox News at the gym on Friday, and some say that it’s hatred of Fox News that’s keeping the story from being talked about. Generally speaking, the confidentiality of journalistic sources is a big deal, and no court should be threatening a reporter with jail time to reveal.

Codebreaker, the docu-drama about Alan Turing, is heading to theaters under the “theater on demand” program, where any theater can book the movie when a sufficient number of movie goers pledge to see the film in advance. Current screenings are lined up in Chicago, New York, Seattle, and San Francisco, and details on how to purchase tickets is at the link.

Paul ReubensJonathan Knight left the stage of a New Kids On the Block concert Thursday, then tweeted “I’m sorry.” Knight has talked about suffering from anxiety before. He never returned to the stage, but did make his Today Show performance Friday morning.

Kinky Boots, the new Broadway musical from Harvey Fierstein and Cindy Lauper is getting positive reviews, even if they say it can be a little preachy. Notably, the music from Lauper carries you through the message moments.

Paul Reubens is set to voice the White Rabbit in Wonderland, the Once Upon a Time spinoff. The Rabbit will be a CGI character in the show, which can’t be cheap.

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