Morning Meme: A Tribute To U.S. Men’s Gymnastics, “The New Normal” Talks Olympics, and Blake Shelton’s War On Turtles

On Twitter, Blake Shelton tweeted about swerving to run over a turtle in Oklahoma. NPR’s Barbara King questioned the star, as did some fans. Blake SheltonThen things got ugly. Shelton eventually admitted he wasn’t even in Oklahoma and it was a joke. But some of his fans are still threatening turtles to “defend” the star against “liberals,” showing the danger of a careless joke, on any subject.

Over at Huffington Post, Conor Gaughan has a great Chick-Fil-A essay titled We Are Not Arguing Over Chicken. The whole thing is a great read, but I feel I, like everyone else, must call out this great passage. “When gays get so angry about a chicken sandwich, it is because Chick-fil-A has given around $5 million to fight to discriminate against us. When we praise brave Eagle Scouts who give up their badges in protest of the Boy Scouts of America’s prejudice, it’s not about scoring political points; it’s because there are kids in dens who are being taught to believe that they are less than equal. When we rant about the pastor who preaches that gays should be thrown into a concentration camp, we scream out of fear. And our fears are justified — in the last seven days, a lesbian in Nebraska was carved with a knife, a gay man in Oklahoma was firebombed, and a girl in Kentucky was kicked and beaten — her jaw broken and her teeth knocked out — while her assailants allegedly hurled anti-gay slurs at her.”

Game of ThronesThe television Critics Awards were fairly gay-free this year for a change, with Game of Thrones, Louie, and Breaking Bad taking home most of the honors. I feel that this year’s Emmy Awards are going to follow suit.

The AARP has a great post up about dating over 50 for gay men, reminding us that if we find ourselves single and we don’t feel comfortable in the bars of our youth, there are other options in the world now. Including discovering it’s perfectly fine to be happy and single.

Vietnam is considering legalizing same-sex marriage as it revamps marriage laws in general. The country has been undergoing a massive change in social acceptance of gays and lesbians over the last few years.

Sally Ride left a gift to the gay community when she wrote her own obituary mentioning her partner, even if my friend Chris Geidner was the only one who initially picked up on it. When was the last time that someone already in the history books in schools came out?

In an effort to globalize our Olympic coverage, here are the men of the German gymnastics team.Bishop Gene Robinson

Bishop Gene Robinson is heading into the belly of the beast by attending a summit on same-sex marriage at a San Diego megachurch headed by Rev. Jim Garlow, who recently said gay marriage “may cost us our lives.”

I’ll be honest: I have no idea what Romney has been trying to say during his overseas trips, because he’s walked back every statement he’s made, from the London Olympics to whether he would support a preemptive strike on Iran by Israel.

Blink and you missed it, but there was a lesbian kiss that aired during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, and since it aired worldwide (even NBC’s coverage had it), there’s a good chance that it was a first for many countries around the world.

But before that happened, head of the Gay Footballers Association Chris Basiurski kissed his boyfriend as his torch was lit in front of crowds during the official torch run.

A bigot wSenator Scott Brownent to Chick-Fil-A (no, not Sarah Palin or Rick Santorum), and recorded himself chatting with the staff about how at least the fast food chain would “be safer for families” now that it had “purged the filth.” The employee giggles right along and agrees. Who wants to bet that despite Dan Cathy saying that all customers would be respected, nothing happens to this agreeable employee?

It’s amusing to be to see someone like Senator Scott Brown being dragged to the left a bit in his election battle with Elizabeth Warren, since it seems most politicians get dragged right. But he’s come out and said he disagrees with Chick-Fil-A about gays.

Speaking of corporate involvement, despite Target advertising a same-sex wedding registry, the company says that it will be remaining neutral on the marriage amendment in Minnesota where it has headquarters. Can we just be honest and say “remaining neutral” at this level is the same as being either anti-gay or totally afraid of the people that are?

Olympic Opening CeremonyNBC remains tone deaf to criticism of their Olympic coverage.  As to why they tape delayed the Opening Ceremonies, “They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.” Like Meredith Viera saying she didn’t know who Tim Berners Lee was? And as for cutting the memorial segment, “Our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience. It’s a tribute to [producer] Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”

CNN says that when they played Pink!‘s “Stupid Girls” as an intro to a story on Sarah Palin, it wasn’t meant to be a commentary on the former governor

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