Morning Meme: Dee Snider Doesn’t Like Paul Ryan, James Van Der Beek Shows You His Grapes, and Nicole Kidman Doesn’t Think Peeing On Zac Efron Was Weird

Australian rugby player David Pocock challenged former tennis player John Alexander, who is now a minister of David PocockParliament, on gay marriage. “The biggest thing in this debate is that we’re dealing with people here. And how can you blame someone for what they are? People don’t choose their sexuality and we marginalise the LGBTI community for what they are. I think that this is a conversation that needs to be had and that needs to be discussed compassionately and actually come to something that’s reasonable. And in my mind, that’s marriage for everyone. We’ve moved forward on so many issues and this is the next progression.”

Gerard Butler has turned down reprising his role as King Leonidas in 300: Battle for Artemisia. I wonder if he just didn’t feel he could come up with the six pack again?

There’s a common myth that the Internet generation doesn’t read books, or indeed, anything longer than 140 characters. But it’s simply not true. In fact, Millennials buy 30% of all books sold, surpassing Baby Boomers, who have more disposable income and probably more free time to read.

The Office is ending after this season. I’ll be honest, it’s beyond time. I preferred the original British version in any case, and it knew when to quit.

You know how Monday is depressing compared to say, Thursday? Well, that’s really not true. Studies show that while we are happier on the weekend, the days of the week have very little impact on our moods.

Sam ClaflinThe contracts have been signed and it’s official: Sam Claflin is going to play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire. Better start working on those abs.

The Singapore High Court is set to hear arguments that the law banning gay sex is unconstitutional. The challenge stems from a man arrested for performing oral sex in a bathroom in CityLink Mall. I’m fairly sure I went to a gay bar in that mall when I was last in Singapore.

Oprah Winfrey reveals that after she appeared in “The Puppy Episode” on Ellen, she was the target of a lot of hate, much of which turned racial as it will tend to do in this country. “I did it because she asked me to do it and I wanted to support her. It didn’t occur to me that there would be a backlash.”

Nicole Kidman says that filming the scene in which she pees on Zac Efron in The Paperboy wasn’t weird at all. Zac Efron“The peeing thing, I didn’t think was that weird, because I was in character.” Sure you were.

Students in a  Fresno, California school district are going to be taught an abstinence-only sex education program, which the ACLU says is in violation of state law. Among the gems the program teaches is that you reduce your chances of getting HIV if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider is not happy that Congressman Paul Ryan is playing “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at campaign rallies. “I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan’s use of my song “Were Not Gonna Take It” as recorded by my band Twisted Sister. There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.”

Please Don’t Infect Me, I’m Sorry might be the best thing that Gawker has ever written. It’s a fairly honest look at how HIV+ people handle informing potential partners, in real life and hookups. It talks to several different HIV+ guys to see how they handle it, the rejection they get, and how they seek to educate people who do reject them. It’s handled from the author’s point of view as he tries to examine his reaction to the idea of knowingly hooking up with an HIV+ person. This is a real issue in the community, and one that many aren’t comfortable talking about.

Finding NemoA new study suggests that in the U.S, we waste about 40% of our food. In fact, the average person trashes 20 lbs of food each month.

Ellen DeGeneres is in talks to reprise her role in Finding Nemo 2. I find this unsurprising, since Ellen has been one of the most vocal proponents of making a sequel. Plus, she was the most engaging part of the film. Think about it – would you have watched it without Dory?

If you recall Karen Klein, she was the bus monitor who was relentlessly bullied by some children before the video went viral. The Internet exploded and raised $700,000 for her. Now she’s giving back, donating $100,000 to the start of the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation.

 

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