Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chris Hemsworth Makes The Case For Aussie Marriage Equality

Chris Hemsworth

We already know there are lots of reasons to love Avengers star, Chris Hemsworth.

Movie star, super-hero, super-easy on the eyes...

But as a vote looms on the horizon for Australians to cast a vote via mail on whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage (skipping the part that it's icky from the get-go to vote on folks' rights), Hemsworth took to his Instagram to urge fellow Aussies to vote for marriage equality.


Dear open minded, free speaking, laid back, life loving Aussies. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone! Vote now for marriage equality ✌️#equality

Trump Rewrites History Regarding His Comments On Charlottesville

Donald Trump repeatedly went off-script at his rally last night in Phoenix as he railed against the "dishonest" media. He also rewrote history a bit along the way as he recounted his comments on the violent events in Charlottesville last week.

Via the New York Times:

President Trump, stung by days of criticism that he sowed racial division in the United States after deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., accused the news media on Tuesday of misrepresenting what he insisted was his prompt, unequivocal condemnation of bigotry and hatred.

After declaring, “What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of America,” Mr. Trump delivered a lengthy, aggrieved defense of his statements after the Aug. 12 violence that left one woman dead and the nation reeling at the images of swastikas in Thomas Jefferson’s hometown.

Notably, he omitted blaming “both sides” for the violence as he had on Aug. 15. Those remarks had prompted intense criticism, including from fellow Republican leaders, for seeming to equate the hate groups and the protesters who turned out to oppose them.

Removing his earlier statements about the Charlottesville violence from his jacket pocket, Mr. Trump on Tuesday glibly ticked off a list of racist groups that he had been urged to explicitly denounce, and ultimately did two days after the clashes. But he said the news media quoted him selectively, accused him of responding too late and ignored his message of unity.

“I hit ’em with neo-Nazi. I hit them with everything. I got the white supremacists, the neo-Nazi. I got them all in there. Let’s see. K.K.K., we have K.K.K.,” Mr. Trump said sardonically of his rebuke to Charlottesville racists, after being faulted for failing to condemn those groups in his initial response on the day of the clashes.

You can watch side-by-side comparisons of Trump's original comments on Charlottesville versus his edited version he shared in Phoenix below:

Poll: Trump Approval Rating Still Severely Underwater

The results of a new survey by Public Policy Polling are not good news for Donald Trump:

• Only 40% approve of the job Trump is doing versus 53% who disapprove

• Only 15% of those polled feel he has been successful in "draining the swamp"

• 57% disapprove of his plan to ban transgender service members in the U.S. military, only 31% approve

• 55% oppose Trump's plan to build "The Wall" along the U.S./Mexico border; 34% approve

• Only 39% think Trump is honest versus 55% who feel Trump is dishonest

• 48% say Trump should be impeached while 41% disagree

Things look even grimmer over at the Gallup Daily Tracking poll which shows Trump at a dismal 35% approve/60% disapprove rating.

New Music: Hercules & Love Affair "Rejoice" Feat. Rouge Mary

Pump up that bump in your step as you boogie through hump day with the new track from Hercules & Love Affair, "Rejoice."

Stereogum says the track is "exultant and ominous, a thumping industrial-tinged gospel-dance banger."

Via press release:

“Rejoice” does exactly that. Taking things back to the dancefloor, this celebratory song marks four years of sobriety for Butler after years of serious drug addiction. Hercules regular Rouge Mary “a gender non-conformist” of Algerian heritage takes on vocals – a fitting choice given Rouge once found shelter in a church, finding his/her musical voice there, and given how, after Andy’s life was shattered by drugs, Rouge played a key role in helping him rebuild his life.

Rouge Mary explains - “The lyrics to ‘Rejoice’ were written in a day. It's so obvious when you look around, that we all have so many reasons to be sad and we are so used to complaining about sticky situations. So much that we forget the ancient secret. ‘Rejoice’ highlights the importance of gratitude and the power of positive thoughts. ‘Smile though your heart is aching,’ Charlie Chaplin once said. I interpret it in a very powerful way, to symbolize the urgency of the message. I feel this song is like a solution to face problems of all kind. It truly is an ode to positivity.”

The song is from the disco-house project's upcoming album, Omnion. Release date September 1.

Check it out below.

Australia: "Stop The Fags" Posters Appear Ahead Of Marriage Equality Vote

(image via Twitter)

The campaign for marriage equality is getting ugly fast down under in Australia.

Check out the poster above that's been spotted in Melbourne which claims children of gay parents are disproportionately abused, suffer depression and are obese.

Additionally, a brochure seen in Sydney declares homosexuality as “a tragedy of a family” and a “curse of death in terminating the family line.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who opposes same-sex marriage, denounced the propaganda urging supporters and opponents to “focus on the substance of the debate.”

“I deplore disrespectful, abusive language whether it is directed at young gay people or people of other religions or other races,” he said, according to The Guardian. “If you have friends who are really distressed by this sort of language, stand up for them, put your arms around them.”

Official Trailer For Whitney Houston Documentary "Whitney: Can I Be Me"

The new documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me, offers viewers a behind-the-scenes peek into the life and early death of the late pop music legend Whitney Houston.

Including never-before-seen footage from Houston's 1999 world tour, the documentary provides insight into the final days of the six-time Grammy Award winner.

The pop icon's sudden death in 2012 at the age of 48 left her millions of fans around the world devastated.

The documentary explores, in part, Houston's relationship with her childhood friend, Robyn Crawford, that fueled much speculation about her sexuality.

Whitney: Can I Be Me debuts Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, on Showtime.

Hillary Clinton: "My Skin Crawled" As Trump Was "Literally Breathing Down My Neck" At Debate

Hillary Clinton has released audio clips from her new book, What Happened, wherein she reflects on the 2016 campaign.

In one clip she says her "skin crawled" during last October's second presidential debate when Donald Trump followed closely behind her, practically stalking her, as she spoke.

"My skin crawled," Clinton says in her memoir. "It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, 'Well, what would you do?'"

“Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, ‘Back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’”

Listen below.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Customers Defend Trans Woman To Rude Sales Clerk On "What Would You Do?"

Hidden camera show “What Would You Do?” sets up social situations in order to explore how everyday folks will react when presented with morally questionable behavior.

In a recent episode, two actors played a women's clothing shop saleswoman and a female transgender customer.

When the "salesgirl" makes derogatory comments to the trans customer and calling her "sir," the unsuspecting customers step up and defend the trans woman.

“Could you just take the dress off?” the salesgirl asks in front of the other customers. “I don’t want you ripping it and no one else is going to want to wear it after you.”

Stepping in to defend the trans woman, one customer calls out the salesgirl's bigotry, “That’s not what this town or what this store is about!”

Another shuts down the saleswoman by reminding her, “It’s 2017!”

This is will definitely lift your heart.

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