Morning Meme: Matthew Mitcham Makes the Team, Prince Harry Talks About Granny, and Rhett & Link “Rub Bacon On It”

Andrew Rannells is a busy guy. The openly gay actor still has The Book of Mormon, he played a gay man dating a straight woman on HBO’s Girls (and he slapped Marnie!), and Andrew Rannellshe has Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal coming up. He talks about how he approaches gay roles, “I want to make him as fully fleshed out and human as possible. Because chances are he’s gonna represent somebody who’s a real person. With The New Normal, I feel even a larger responsibility because it’s sort of a new idea for a lot of viewers and Americans, to see Justin Bartha and I play this very much in love couple who just wants to have a baby. We’re telling that story for the first time, in a way, for a lot of people, so I think there’s a lot of responsibility there.”

Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp isn’t fond of the gays. “They should be put to death. That’s what happened in Israel. That’s why homosexuality wouldn’t have grown in Israel. It tends to limit conversions. It tends to limit people coming out of the closet. — ‘Oh, so you’re saying we should go out and start killing them, no?’ — I’m saying the government should. They won’t but they should.”

I never had any doubt, but now it’s official: Matthew Mitcham is part of Team Australia for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He says that after some injuries, he’s the underdog, but still feels he can win. So do we, Matthew, so do we.

Dominic MonaghanThe set of Lost must have been a fun place. Dominic Monaghan went on Twitter and accused Matthew Fox of beating women. No clue if there’s even the slightest truth to that, but he’s not worried about being sued, “it’s very difficult to sue someone for speaking the truth.”

I wish I’d written this piece on the AP story about UConn making a You Can Play video, because why the heck did the AP run to an anti-gay windbag for an opposing view? It makes me wish we did editorials here, because I’d love to approach this level of greatness.

East Africa’s largest media group has banned all advertising that includes any “hate speech” or “contempt” towards sexual orientation. This will affect media in Kenya and Tanzania’s largest newspapers, Uganda’s largest independent newspaper, and television broadcasting in all three nations.

We mentioned that The Paperboy includes a scene of Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron after a jellyfish sting. But out director Lee Daniels almost cut the scene as going too far, only to have Kidman insist that it stay. “Lee, you made me pee on Zac Efron, if you don’t put that in the movie, you’re out of your freakin’ mind. I did it! I did it!” Which brings up the question, did she actually do it?

I normally don’t mention Chris Brown, but will make an exception because this upsets him. Raz B‘s new book claims Brown is gay, in a very sideways way. He also “outs” Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, Ray J, and Omarion. If it’s all the same, I’m happy to not claim Brown for our team.

Dharun Ravi has finally issued an apology for his part in events that led up to Tyler Clementi’s death. Dharun RaviI suppose with appeals pending, I can’t blame him for the fact that it reads like his lawyers wrote it. I don’t want to sound bitter, but it rings so fake to me I don’t accept he meant the first word of it.

The best penis-vertising of recent months.

A week later, NOM’s Brian Brown has accepted Dan Savage’s invitation to debate him in Savage’s home, but won’t be bringing his wife and family. He says his wife is too busy being a mother to seven children and gestating another. He also wants his own camera crew present to avoid any “tricky editing.”

Tony Perkins has accepted the dinner invitation from Jennifer Chrisler of the Family Equality Council, and he will bring his wife to dine with Jennifer’s wife and children. It came about after Brooke Baldwin asked him if he’d ever been in a gay family’s home.

Zac EfronYou know what’s more politically toxic in Britain than equal marriage? Proposing a “snack tax” on hot foods. Don’t mess with the people’s nachos!

Various members of the Catholic leadership have come out against various things. Toronto’s Archbishop is against the requirement to allow gay-straight alliances. Britain’s Archbishop Vincent Nichols believes equal marriage will damage society.

Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Zac Efron and Leslie Mann are looking to star in Adam Shankman’s This Is Where I Leave You, the adaptation of Jonathan Tropper (Harvey)’s novel about four siblings who gather to sit shiva for their deceased father, and after seven days in the house together, years of family laundry is dragged out in the open.


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