Morning Meme: “SYTYCD” Schedule Slashed, James Van Der Beek’s Fashion Faux Pas, and Maurice Sendak Is Not a Whore

The shortlist for Britain’s National Television Awards is out, and it will pit Downton Abbey against Doctor Who for the top prize, though Downton inexplicably received no nominations for the cast. Downton AbbeyThey face off against Merlin and Waterloo Road.  Interestingly, John Barrowman and Eve Myles both got nominations for what to me at least was a very forgettable Torchwood.

Congratulations to couples in Delaware and Hawaii, where civil unions became legal January 1st. It’s not full equality, but it’s a step forward.

Queerty says a company is planning to bring male-only nude gyms to New York, Sydney and London. They point out that there are women-only gyms, but not men-only in most markets. I know my mother goes to a women-only gym, but I’m pretty sure that it’s not naked.

Nigel Lythgoe says that Fox has cut summer staple So You Think You Can Dance down to one episode a week, axing the results show. The format will obviously have to be tweaked.

The Boston Globe takes a rather amusing look at the Top Ten Gay Reasons to Vote GOP in 2012.

Aiden JamesLast month we told you about Aiden James’ new single “Best Shot” and now the entire album, Trouble With This is available on iTunes for your listening pleasure.

In what sounds like a lot of fun, Disneyland and Magic Kingdom are doing a special event beginning February 29th at 6 AM and staying open a full 24 hours until 6 AM March 1 in honor of Leap Year.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol dominated the weekend box office with $31.3 million, surpassing the last MI movie in total gross after only three weeks. Sherlock Holmes held at #2, and Chipwrecked provided amusement for the younger set.

While Stephen Fry topped Pink News list of most influential Twitter users, my future ex-husband charted at #26, Chris Colfer at #12, and my friends, activists David Badash (#18) and Blabbeando (#19). Congratulations all!

The Chicago Tribune basically rips Cardinal Francis George to pieces for repeatedly comparing gays to the KKK.

Donna Douglas has settled her lawsuit with Mattel as it relates to the Elly May Barbie Doll. I totally would have loved to have had one of those as a kid – I loved that show.Elly May Clampett

Speaking of nutjobs making something out of nothing, Fox News is warning of the Girl Scouts’ promoting the liberal agenda. Their reasoning? In the Girl Scouts Media Guide, they encourage fact checking on snopes.com and MediaMatters, which they feel lean to the left.

Does this explain crop circles?

Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly takes a look back at the legal landscape of gay rights, which changed in ways both big and small in 2011.

A new study says that gay seniors face housing discrimination and are less likely to have family to help them out, either from being ostracized or not having children of their own.

Amazon has finally pulled Joe King’s calendar, largely thanks to the efforts of Towleroad.

Matt DoyleHugh Hefner has stated the obvious: “I am clearly not meant to be married. Married life isn’t for me.”

Matt Doyle took to his blog to reflect on his incredible 2011 with his EP Daylight (I listen to it all the time) and War Horse, and how amazing his 2012 looks with both Giant and a secret musical project lined up. I wish nothing but the best for him.

Evidently, you can convince Siri that the name of the iPhone 4S owner is something foul, like “Shut the f*ck up, you ugly t**.” If you do this with a Tesco demo unit, it can call a small child that very phrase.

Helena Bonham Carter was bestowed with a CBE at the new year, which seems only appropriate for someone who has played the queen before.

 

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