Morning Meme: Betty White Goes ‘Inside the Actors Studio,” Is “True Blood” Still Too Gay, and Joe McElderry’s Lad Mag

Plus Jane Lynch does iCarly, Lucas Grabeel is the Dancing Ninja, and Kylie is set to conquer North America.

So Kylie Minogue
is going to try to conquer the United States again, with a 2011 North American tour. She’s tried before and
never managed to catch the interest of Americans. When I traveled to Australia
in the late 90s, Aussies didn’t understand this, since she’s almost a religion
there — and most of the world.

Blondie is very
much a New York City band, and as AE reader Eric Hegedus discovered when he talked to the band, they remember each New York neighborhood when it was still
edgy and cool. Well, except Williamsburg. I’m pretty sure nobody but hipsters
ever thought Williamsburg was cool.

And as the headline of the article states, This week in manufactured True
Blood
controversy
we’re still discussing whether True Blood sucked us in with heterosexuality and then sprang all the
homo stuff on us. Because we never saw Lafayette
or Godric or any other gay
characters before Talbott and Eric got it on.

Evidently sensitive to issues of racebending after The Last Airbender, Paramount has updated the casting call for the role of Nico in their Runaways movie to specify an Asian-American actress.

We’re all going to spend the next month listening to people argue about how many people showed up for Glenn Beck’s rally on the steps of
Lincoln Memorial. Beck says 500k, while NBC news claims that the Park Service, which doesn’t
officially do estimates any more, nonetheless estimates 300k. Meanwhile, CBS News actually commissioned a
company to do an aerial survey who says it was only 87k people. Can well all
just agree that those who attended are scared, poorly informed old white people?

Betty White
continues to dominate the media conversation. She’s been booked on Inside
the Actors Studio
with James
Lipton
, so we’ll soon get to hear what her favorite curse word is.

The controversy of the “liberal” dad over at Salon trying to be supportive of his
son wanting to dress as Snow White for Halloween while simultaneously
discouraging him in the name of protecting the child continues to draw ink. But
Brett Berk, who normally reviews
cars for Vanity Fair gets
to the heart of the matter better than most
.

If you ask Scotland Yard, as opposed to the British tabloid
press, the MI6 employee found dead in a bag in his bath tub wasn’t
gay, wasn’t a cross dresser, didn’t have S&M equipment in his apartment,
and is much less interesting to write about than the British press can
tolerate.

If you believe Scott
Page-Pagter
, a producer on 450 episodes of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, David
Yost
(Billy, nerdy Blue Ranger) was a “pain in the ass” and left over money, not
homophobia on set
. Because you always believe the people accused of
homophobia when they try and play smear the queer.

Christopher Sieber
is going to pick up the role of Edna Turnblad in Hairspray September 22-October 24 at
the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

Before Bill O’Reilly
was telling America their morals were inferior, and even before releasing a
stream of profanity on the set of a tabloid news program, he was reviewing adult films such as The Devil in Miss Jones for print publications

Even if Desperate
Housewives
is nearly unwatchable these days, and usually doesn’t make decent
use of their myriad of gay characters, one thing they
do very well is cast older actresses
to play the mothers of their
mainstay characters. Next up is Lois
Smith
to play Tom Scavo’s mom.
You most recently remember her as Sookie and Jason’s Gran on True Blood.

To aggravate snicks, here’s the Ultimate Collection of Shirtless Rafa Pictures.

Word on the street is that it takes Paul Brittain, Taran Killam,
and Vanessa Bayer to replace Will
Forte on Saturday
Night Live
. But the dudes are both hot, so I’ll go with it.

I really can’t imagine anything more awkward than Margaret
Cho
on Dancing With the Stars

If you recall, the Catholic League, and the incredibly
anti-gay Bill Donohue were angry the Empire State building declined to light up
blue and white in honor of Mother Theresa’s 100th birthday. That
date came on August 26th, and the Catholic League lead a protest march against the building,
which was instead lit up to celebrate the 90th anniversary of women’s
suffrage. Because you know Bill Donohue is against uppity women wanting a voice
in democracy.

Here are the details on The Green,
which hunk-a-dunk Cheyenne Jackson
has been shooting in Connecticut.

And just for fun, what if John K, the artist behind Ren
& Stimpy
, drew a version of Justin
Beiber
?

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