Morning Meme: Kevin Richardson Gets Naked, Cyndi Lauper Shows Her Pride, and Benedict Cumberbatch Sets the Record Straight About “Downton Abbey”

What is myocardial infarction? Alex Trebek has been hospitalized after suffering a minor heart attack, but it doing well, and will be ready to start tapingAlex Trebek the 29th season of Jeopardy! next month.

The Republican Party has decided that the Air Force is hostile to religion after they removed the line “if you attend chapel regularly, both officers and Airmen are likely to follow this example. If you are morally lax in your personal life, a general moral indifference within the command can be expected” from their Squadron Officer Training school manual. Having been in the Air Force, they’re anything but hostile to religion. I recall in basic training the choice to either go to church on Sunday morning or stay and clean the barracks. Even I went. They confuse not pressuring people to have a religion with being hostile to religion.

The soundtrack listing of the London Olympic opening ceremony has been leaked, and it’s full of classically British pop music from the likes of The Who, Eric Clapton, Queen and The Sex Pistols.

Police restraineBen Cohend a group of people who attacked a gay pride celebration in Greece, throwing bottles and eggs.

Major Bruce Hammer of the Australian Salvation Army is apologizing for remarks from Major Andrew Craibe that suggested that the organization felt that gay should be put to death. “The Salvation Army sincerely apologises to all members of the GLBT community and to all our clients, employees, volunteers and those who are part of our faith communities for the offence caused by this miscommunication.” They’re promising education internally so that misinterpretations of their teachings don’t happen in the future.

Iran has revoked the publishing license of a firm for “promoting homosexuality, incest, and immoral sexual relations.”

I’d like to correct something from yesterday – there will be underwear on sale for Ben Cohen’s Stand Up Foundation, it just wasn’t available when I looked yesterday. This came up in a glowing profile of the athlete/activist in the New York Times. As for Ben’s sex appeal to gay men, “I was flattered. Any attention is nice. It’s good for your ego.”

Benedict Cumberbatch is mortified that his comments about Downton Abbey were taken as serious.Benedict Cumberbatch “First of all, I knew it was the first [season] that it was getting awarded for, so that was the first part of the joke. The second part is that Rebecca Eaton, the executive producer on Sherlock and Downton, is a friend. The third, and probably the most important, is that [Abbey creator] Julian Fellowes has known me since I was born. [Abbey leading man]Dan Stevens is one of my good friends — one of my closest friends in England — as is Michelle Dockery. There’s just no way I would say something like that without it being tongue-in-cheek. And I don’t walk around town saying ‘Begone, woman!’ And suddenly [I’m in the middle of] a PR disaster.”

Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson has a pair of movies coming out, including The Casserole Club, which has him stripping down for nude sex scenes, which is something I’m sure that a much younger me would have died for back in the day.

Aaron Johnson and his amazing abs have married longtime girlfriend Sam Taylor-Wood, with who he has two children. They’ll both be using the name Taylor-Johnson now, which I find wonderfully modern. The 22 year age difference between them Aaron Johnsonis also terribly modern.

Michael Musto sat down with 22-year-old gay actor Jason Wise to discuss the gay generational divide. “I don’t know if you can blame the young generation because things have changed more in the last 10 years than they have in 100 years. The only way this can be fixed is if younger gays spend time with older gays and talk about this stuff, but that’s not going to happen. Gay bars are not a central part of a young person’s life anymore. You used to go there to feel safe or to hook up, but now you don’t need it for that—it’s just a place to hang out. With Grindr and other social tools, gays are not mingling with each other because they don’t have to.”

snicks will be liveblogging Days of Our Lives today and Tuesday, bringing you the latest with Emmy winner Chandler Massey.

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