Morning Meme: Sweaty Cheyenne, Sigourney the Vamp, plus our GLAAD Media Awards Vlog

Glee gets honored, South Park‘s back, plus Lee Daniels casts Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and talking to Tyra Sanchez.

First things first: there’s a blogswarm today with The
Bilerico Project
, Pam’s House Blend, AMERICAblog, Joe.My.God, David Mixner, Dan
Savage
and a host of others. The goal is to bring pressure on Speaker Pelosi for a vote on the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). At 9:30am EDT
go to The Bilerico Project for details on how you can be part of this big push
for equality. ENDA affects GLBT person who works. An ENDA vote by the end of
March was promised to the GLBT community by Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, and Rep. Andre Carson.

Now on to other important things, like Smurfs. Word is that Gargamel,
the bumbling sorcerer, is going to be animated, and voiced by Hank Azaria of The Simpsons
fame. This works for me.

Southland’s ratings are in, and well, it’s not pretty.
I love the show, but I have to admit, it’s a bit grim even for me.

The TV Academy Honors
selections have been announced, and most notable is that the Glee episode “Wheels”
is being honored. What’s unusual is that though this episode tackled Artie’s (Kevin McHale) feelings of life in a
wheelchair, and Kurt’s (Chris Colfer)
desire to sing a traditionally female song, it was still a fun and lighthearted
episode. None of the other seven nominees could be described that way.

The Marijuana Policy Project is proposing a boycott of WalMart because the retail giant has
fired an employee for testing positive for THC. The trick here is the man has a
terminal brain tumor, and a legal prescription for medicinal marijuana. This is
evidently legal, but it could just be that WalMart is a d**k.

Vamps is still
being described as “Clueless with
vampires” and not just because Alicia
Silverstone
is starring with Krysten
Ritter
. Now comes news their vampire maker is none other than GLAAD honoree Sigourney Weaver.

A Scottish man was sitting at home getting totally blitzed
on what I have to assume was whiskey when his girlfriend thought he’d gone too
far and called police. They found him in his underwear, which he then removed
and attempted to thrust his junk at an officer’s face who took evasive action
in order to avoid being struck. In Scotland, this would evidently be assault
with a weapon, legally. You should read the uncensored version.

The Bilerico Project invades our space a little with their
interview of RuPaul’s Drag Race
contestant Tyra Sanchez
. I’ve got my eye on you, Bil…

The recession continues to impact those least able to
survive it. Budget issues meant California and South Carolina had to slash their AIDS Drug Assistance Programs that provide HIV+ persons
with life saving drugs. The gay and African-American communities are
particularly hard hit. 

The NFL is proposing changes to their overtime rules that
are more confusing than how Americans find soccer.

South Park creators
Trey Parker and Matt Stone
sat down with the New York Times prior to
last night’s Season 14 premiere. They took on their detractors, and even
discussed last year’s kerfuffle with GLAAD. I still maintain that it’s always fun
when a couple of rich white guys decide to tell a minority how to feel about
oppression, but I don’t think they meant to offend. I do think they mistake
society’s progress.

Out super producer/writer/director Greg Berlanti was
previewing
his film Life As We Know It at
ShoWest while on a break from shooting Green
Lantern
. There he revealed that before he directs The Flash
he’s going to make a “hip period feature” version of 77 Sunset Strip.
Much like Neil Patrick Harris, he survives on 37
seconds of sleep a day. 

Lee Daniels has
cast David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma. He’ll star opposite Hugh Jackman as the racist sheriff who opposed the march.

Local crush Cheyenne Jackson has left New York City for sunny Los Angeles to shoot a pilot called It Takes A Village that could beam him into our living rooms every week. He and his nearly-as-delicious (need more evidence) onscreen boyfriend Christopher Sieber joined him for a sweaty, shirtless canyon hike.

I’m hoping for lots of this in the series.

But if you’re like me, your morning is more like this.

Stop whatever you’re doing (even reading this blog) and click over to see these seven portraits of America’s endangered species. Takes your breath away. Then come back here, because I’m not done.

California Condor/Photo: Joel Sartore, National Geographic

For reasons unknown on Wednesday, but I saw at least a ten photos of ticked-off seagulls.

There’s a new cartoon premiering on on Cartoon Network, and it’s kind of whimsical, while at the same time looking a bit dark and twisted. These are the credits for Adventure Time, which isn’t on Adult Swim.

You know the problem with heroes in comic books? They never actually take out the bad guy, so the bad guy just keeps coming back. I have no idea how the economy of Metropolis survives. But the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have finally figured out how to solve the problem.

And finally, we have a great little vlog from the GLAAD Media Awards that I’m sure you’ll want to watch. You’ll probably recognize some people. I can’t help but notice there’s not a winged simian to be seen. Whatupwittat?

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