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.

Fox News Host: Trump Looking At Eclipse "Perhaps The Most Impressive Thing Any President Has Ever Done"

During yesterday's total eclipse, Donald Trump looked at the sun without glasses even as someone shouted: "Don't look!"

Fox News host Tucker Carlson later said, in all seriousness, “Almost the entire country saw 60 percent of the sun covered up by the moon. Even the president saw it, but in a move that is not a complete surprise, he looked directly at the sun without any glasses. Perhaps the most impressive thing any president has ever done.”

News Round-Up: August 22, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Model Pietro Boselli is giving you serious face. #Handsome

• New York City news stand staple The Village Voice is ending it's print edition, going digital only.

• An 18-year-old transgender teen says she was invited to a pool party where she was attacked and beaten. The assault landed her in the hospital.

• CNN reports that the Secret Service is running out of money for overtime salaries to agents who protect Donald Trump's large, travel-heavy family.

• Donald Trump's choice to head the USDA believes giving rights to LGBTs could lead to legalizing pedophilia. #SRSLY

• The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says Trump's plan to ban transgender folks from the U.S. military “a message that fosters and encourages prejudice.”

American Horror Story fans are thrilled by the release of the opening credits and first trailer for the upcoming season of the anthology series, "Cult." With storylines inspired by last year's presidential race, Sarah Paulson plays a lesbian who loses it on election night. The new season premieres September 5. Watch below.

Randy Rainbow Parody - "Yes! We Have No Steve Bannon"

Randy Rainbow serves up some sassy parody with his take on the recent ouster of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Yes! We have no Steve Bannon!
We have no Steve Bannon today
He was a big shot at Breitbart
And now that old white fart is back where he started―hooray!

Check out "Yes! We Have No Steve Bannon" below :)

Pool Party Pals

Quick pause on the political punditry to enjoy two pool party pals enjoying their day.

Happy Tuesday!

(h/t kenneth-in-the-212)

AT&T Launches "Live Proud On Campus" Scholarship Contest

Every new generation brings imagination and innovation to make the world a better place.

If you've got a great idea for making college life better for LGBT students, make sure you check out AT&T's Live Proud on Campus Scholarship contest.

You could win a mentorship with the Human Rights Campaign, $2,500 to help make your idea a reality, or - wait for it - a $10,000 scholarship!

The deadline for submitting your idea is September 22, 2017.

Watch below for more details on how you make a difference for LGBTs on your campus.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Gay Couple Shamed For Attempting To Share Dessert

(image via flickr)

Upscale restaurant The Prime Rib in Washington D.C. prides itself as one of the top-five romantic restaurants in America.

But when Ron Gage, 55, and his partner, Henry McKinnon, 58, ordered one sundae with two spoons to close out their evening, the romantic atmosphere quickly died as their waiter told them two men eating from the same dish "doesn't go with the ambiance of the restaurant."

From the Washington Post:

“When it came time for dessert, we asked for one sundae with two spoons,” Gage said. Their server “said he would bring it in two separate dishes. He said ‘It wouldn’t look right with two gentlemen eating out of the same sundae. It doesn’t go with the ambiance of the restaurant.’ ”

The pair didn’t know how to react.

“We were speechless, we nodded,” Gage said. “We weren’t expecting it.”

Stunned, they kept their conversation with the server to a minimum for the rest of the meal, and tipped him 15 percent — they usually tip 20 — and left the restaurant without addressing it with a manager.

“I’m kind of embarrassed to say we didn’t say anything,” McKinnon said. “It just took us back to such a shameful place, in a way.”

But after they had slept on it, they were angry about the encounter and posted about it on Facebook and Yelp.

When contacted by The Washington Post, the Prime Rib’s general manager, James MacLeod, said he was still trying to piece together the situation and hadn’t had a chance to speak to the server in depth yet.

“The waiter in question is Bulgarian, and he does speak four different languages,” said MacLeod, noting that English is not the server’s first language. “I am not sure if he got confused as to what he was saying, or how he was saying it.”

While the manager says he plans to reach out to the couple, Gage and McKinnon say they doubt they'll return to the restaurant. “It was unbelievable how it made us feel,” McKinnon said.

Song Of The Day: Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"

Happy Eclipse Day!

ABC News is reporting that Bonnie Tyler will perform her 80s mega-hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" during the actual eclipse today alongside Joe Jonas' band DNCE as part Royal Caribbean's special "Total Eclipse Cruise."

Sales of her 1983 hit have soared 503% in the week leading up to today's eclipse.

News Round-Up: August 21, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you may have missed:

• After Russian President Vladimir Putin shared a shirtless pic during his recent vacay in Siberia, a Russian social media entrepreneur challenged men to take the #PutinShirtlessChallenge (above).

• The president of Chile is set to formally introduce legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. Chile would become the 25th country on the planet to make marriage equality the law of the land.

• After this year's Kennedy Center Honor recipients were announced this week, dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and television writer and producer Norman Lear told the press they would not be attending the annual White House reception before the event. In response, Donald Trump and Melania Trump issued a statement saying they would skip the Honors event this year.

• Producers of the upcoming Will & Grace reboot have snagged a big guest star: Former First Lady Michelle Obama.

• There's currently a GoFundMe campaign that aims to raise $1 billion to buy a controlling interest in Twitter, and then delete Donald Trump's account.

• The USA Men's Wrestling team (below) closed the books on "Champ Camp" and are heading to the World Championships.

University Of Texas Moves Confederate Statues From Main Campus To History Center

The University of Texas at Austin is moving all statues of Confederate leaders from campus grounds to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History where they belong.

Via HuffPost:

The monuments “have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism,” the university’s president said.

The University of Texas at Austin joins the growing list of institutions and cities across the country removing statues that honor leaders of the Confederacy.

University president Gregory Fenves announced Sunday night that the school was taking down statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston, as well as Confederate Postmaster General John Reagan.

“Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation. These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism,” Fenves wrote in a letter to the UT community.

Fenves, in his letter, noted that the statues were “erected during the period of Jim Crow laws and segregation.” The statues “represent the subjugation of African Americans,” he said. “That remains true today for white supremacists who use them to symbolize hatred and bigotry.”

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Podcast: Texas "Bathroom Bill" Dies In Special Session; Kesha Dedicates "Rainbow" to LGBTs

In this week’s podcast:

• The special session of the Texas legislature closed this week without passing a proposed anti-transgender bathroom bill

• A Missouri lawmaker thinks there’s a difference between human beings and the gays

• Kesha penned an open letter to LGBTs explaining the title track to her new album, Rainbow

Those stories and more on this episode of The Randy Report

LGBT Teen Suicide Front & Center In Logic's Evocative Music Video "1-800-273-8255"

Dark societal pressures come down heavy on a gay teenager in the new video from Logic titled, "1-800-273-8255."

The title is the actual phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, where those in crisis can find confidential support.

The haunting short film tells the story of a gay teen (played by Coy Stewart) who is slowly coming to terms with his sexuality and his burgeoning relationship with another boy (Modern Family's Nolan Gould).

But the two boy's fathers (played by Don Cheadle and Matthew Modine) are not down with the gay thing, and life begins to spiral out of control.

Throughout the song, Alessia Cara and Khalid are featured offering positive counterpoint to the teen's turmoil.

The track appears on Logic's new album, Everybody, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Watch the evocative video below.

Submitted Without Comment

A Terrifying Secret From The Life Of A Meth Addict

(photo via Mark King)

Award-winning health and HIV/AIDS journalist, Mark King shares a decade old secret from his days of meth addiction.

He is sitting across from me and we are naked. Seconds earlier, we had both injected ourselves with meth. The pounding rush of the drug is in full force and the possibilities feel endless. I’m looking forward to the sexual promises we had made to one another when we chatted online. Desperately. Now.

But even in my delirium, I have the feeling that something is off. I am blinking through watery eyes and have begun to focus on him. He is staring at me, his gaze fixed with an intense and completely unexpected contempt.

And there is a gun in his hand. A gun a gun a gun a gun.

“You’re not who you say you are,” he says, softly and suspiciously. He trembles from the impact of the meth. As he speaks, the gun the gun the gun is moving this way and that, pointed mostly in my direction.

I have no response. I don’t know what he is capable of, or if the gun is loaded, if he will pull the trigger, if this is a sadistic sex game. I met the man maybe an hour ago. I wonder if you can die of fright.

Read the full personal essay over at Queerty.

Mark is a recovering addict and is the author of the blog My Fabulous Disease. I highly recommend checking out more of his inspiring and powerful writing.

Donald Trump Covers Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel ("The Mirror"), Germany's weekly newsmagazine, and one of Europe's most widely read, puts their version of Donald Trump on the cover with the caption, "The true face of Donald Trump."

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Boston Hate Rally Met With Tens Of Thousands Of Counter-Protesters

From CNN:

Thousands of counterdemonstrators marched Saturday in downtown Boston in response to a self-described free speech rally that had sparked concerns of possible violence.

The largely peaceful march and rally came one week after racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly.

Amid a heavy police presence, men, women and children from diverse backgrounds showed up Saturday morning to march from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury to Boston Common, the nation's oldest park.

Some carried signs with messages such as "No Trump. No KKK. No racist USA" and "Americans against hate." At times, they chanted "Hey hey, ho ho, white supremacy has got to go" and "Black lives matter."

Police maintained a buffer zone between marchers and rally participants -- averting major incidents except for occasional clashes and shouting matches between the counterprotesters and supporters of President Donald Trump.

Out Music: Superfruit "Heartthrob"

Superfruit keeps the hits coming with their latest new retro music video for their 90s-themed party track “Heartthrob.”

Amid a candy-colored sleepover, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying crush hard on ’90s Tiger Beat poster boys like Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

Nineties heartthrob
Frosted tips and a middle part
TigerBeat said he's off the charts
Nineties heartthrob

Complete with sparkly phones, John Stamos posters, cucumber face masks and matching pajamas, Grassi and Hoying capture the spirit of those pre-Internet years.

"Heartthrob" is the latest in a series of Superfruit videos from their debut EP, Future Friends - Part One.

Over the past several weeks I've shared other tracks from the EP: "Imaginary Parties," "Worth It (Perfect)," "Vacation" and "Bad 4 Us."

Watch below.

A Man Plants A Tree Every Day For 37 Years

Um, wow.

Jadav Payeng has planted a tree in the same place everyday for 37 years.

Take a look at what he's accomplished. This is awesome.

Organizer Of Charlottesville Hate Rally: Heather Heyer's Death Was "Payback"

The organizer of the Charlottesville neo-nazi rally, Jason Kessler, tweeted last night that the counter-protester killed during the ensuing violence was a "fat, disgusting Communist."

Kessler also seemed to indicate that the woman, Heather Heyer, somehow deserved to die saying her death "looks like payback time."

This morning, Kessler claimed he was hacked:

And sometime later, Kessler changed his story blaming his hateful words on "stress" and a result of taking sleeping medications along with alcohol and anti-anxiety drugs.

Shortly after that, Kessler deleted his entire Twitter account.

Even his fellow white supremacists disavowed his hateful rhetoric:

Some far-right loons have begun claiming Kessler is actually a left-leaning "plant" trying to discredit the alt-right:

Weekend Wisdom

"You can’t control what others think. The only thing you can control is yourself. Some people will look down on you for your choices in life, no matter what they are. You can’t do anything about that. The only thing you can do is decide how to live your own life. And to hell with everybody else..." - via Instagram

I needed to read these words yesterday. A project I'm working on is creeping up on crunch time and a few folks have attempted to change my approach to how I face challenges, bringing a darker energy to bear which is not my natural bent.

For a few minutes, I doubted myself. And then, in the flip of a switch in my head, I changed that thought, changed my mind, and it was gone.

I was/am back to my chosen perspective of putting one foot in front of the other, in a positive frame of mind, and knowing all goals will be accomplished.

Not to be too pithy, but never forget - what others think of you doesn't matter. How you choose to handle yourself is always up to you.

And wine. Wine is important, too :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Snopes: Pic Of 'Antifa' Member Beating Cop In Charlottesville Was Photoshopped

Fact-checking website Snopes looked into a photo which went viral after last weekend's white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and found the image had been doctored to look like an anti-fascist protester beating a police officer.

Neo-nazis/white supremacists shared the pic as proof that protesters denouncing the "white power" rally were just as violent as the haters themselves.

Not true.

The pic was actually taken during a clash between police and protesters in Athens, Greece in 2009.

Watch the video below, and remember: everything you see on the internet isn't

CNN Trolls Trump With List Of Recent White House Debacles

CNN's Brooke Baldwin read a list today, in no particular order, of White House disasters from just the last four weeks of Donald Trump's presidency.

The list includes classic Trump hits such as hiring (and firing) "The Mooch," cutting Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon loose, shaming Attorney General Jeff Sessions, making up congratulatory phone calls from the Boy Scouts and the Mexican president, threatening nuclear war with North Korea and more.

Trump supporters will accuse CNN of bias, but the fact of the matter is America has never seen a White House in this much disarray. And, every single news story listed did happen.

Watch, and enjoy.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Music Video: Neon Trees "Feel Good"

Neon Trees knows how to throw their own pop-colored pool party in their new music video, "Feel Good."

Shot on location at the uber-groovy Saguaro hotel in Palm Springs, CA, the pure-pop video is a high-energy shindig complete with patio dancing under neon colored skies, all wrapped up in a retro-tinged package.

As has often been the case, pop music lyrics can capture our prevailing societal current, and frontman Tyler Glenn's message is clear.

“Thematically it's essentially me saying 'enough' of feeling bad all the time. Late last year I was waking up each day, but I couldn't wait to get back to bed. It took so much effort to just feel ok. I turned to music like I always do, and wrote "Feel Good" at a time when I was feeling pretty low. I think beyond who's right and who's wrong about everything going on in the world, there's a human desire in all of us to feel ok, to 'Feel Good.' That's one truth everyone can agree on."

"Feel Good" marks Neon Trees' first new music in more than two years.

Watch the TGIF-worthy video below.

Steve Bannon Out As White House Chief Strategist

UPDATE: As predicted, Bannon has already returned to the alt-right news site, Breitbart. He told Bloomberg Businessweek that he plans to fight for Trump “against his opponents ― on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war,” he added.

The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump has made the decision to remove right-wing nationalist Steve Bannon from his role as White House chief strategist.

The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time.

As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said. A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week, but the move was delayed after the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va.

Mr. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.

For months, there have been reports from behind-the-scenes that the West Wing has endured endless friction between Bannon and his White House colleagues.

In addition to bad mouthing other White House staff, his image on the cover of Time Magazine and rumors of being the "shadow president" didn't do him any favors in Trump's eyes.

Also, on August 16, Bannon gave a self-initiated interview to The American Prospect where he downplayed the idea that Trump would ever resort to a full-on military response to North Korea, saying, “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

Expect to see some positive "spin" that attempts to send him out into the private sector continuing as a Trump advocate.

News Round-Up: August 18, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Germany's Olympic javelin team (above) offers us a good reason to talk about the country without having to mention "nazis." Check out this one minute video from the hunky gentlemen from Germany.

• Two lawsuits in Northern Ireland challenging the current ban on marriage equality have been dismissed. The judge in both cases ruled the ban does not violate LGBT couples' rights.

• Apple is donating $2 million to anti-hate groups, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

• On the same day, both the American Cancer Society and the Cleveland Clinic have canceled their planned gala events at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago venue. A local Chamber of Commerce official told the press, “The glitter, the shine has gone from the club and I can’t help but think there will be more fallout from it.”

• Openly gay former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken laments his past defense of Donald Trump:

The Wrap is reporting Glenn Close is in advanced talks to star in a film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard. Close won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in 1994 and recently ended an enormously successful revival run on Broadway.

• Australian song bird Dannii Minogue dropped her new dance tune last week, "Holding On," and the title/lyrics couldn't be more appropriate for the times. Listen below:

Tina Fey Advises Sheet-Caking To Cope With Neo-Nazi Rallies

On last night's summer edition of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update," University of Virginia graduate shared her thoughts on the violent racist rally in Charlottesville. Along the way, she calls out Donald Trump, Ann Coulter and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

She also offered her own special technique for coping with neo-nazi get-togethers; a practice she calls "sheet-caking."

“I would urge people this Saturday, instead of participating in the screaming matches and potential violence, find a local business you support. Maybe a Jewish run bakery or African-American run bakery, and order a cake with the American flag on it, and just eat it. Sheet-caking is a grassroots movement, Colin. Most of the women I know have been doing it once a week since the election.”

Along the way she added:

“Part of me hopes these neo-Nazis do try it in New York City. I hope they do try and get their ham salad kicked out of them by a bunch of drag queens. Cause you know what a drag queen still is? A six foot four black man.”

“Who drove the car into the crowd, Hillary’s emails?”

We all can use some laughs these days, and Fey brings the big-time tasty humor.

Watch below and enjoy.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Song Of The Day: Pink "What About Us"

Pink's striking new music video for "What About Us?" is as stunning as it is timely.

Making a powerful political statement, "What About Us?" puts the focus squarely on the communities whose rights are in danger in Donald Trump's America: minorities, same-sex couples, and immigrants.

We are problems that want to be solved
We are children that need to be loved
We were willin', we came when you called
But man, you fooled us, enough is enough
What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?

The video was directed by Georgia Hudson, accompanied by evocative choreography via the Goldenboyz.

And, there's a gay relationship center stage for much of the video.

And as Pink was releasing the video, MTV announced she will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 Video Music Awards on Aug. 27.

I'm a big fan of Pink. I loved the song when she first revealed it a few weeks ago. But she puts the disenfranchisement of many Americans in the spotlight here.

Which makes me love her even more.

Watch below:

KKK Leader To Univision: "We Killed 6 Million Jews, 11 Million Immigrants Is Nothing"

Christopher Barker, KKK leader

"We killed 6 million Jews, 11 million (undocumented immigrants) is nothing."

Those were the words of Christopher Barker, a leader of the Ku Klux Klan's 'Loyal White Knights' during an interview with Univision's late night news anchor, Ilia Calderon, for the show Aquí y Ahora.

"We're going to burn you," said Barker. "To me, you're a ni**er," he added.

No doubt Mr. Barker is one of those "very fine people" Donald Trump has been defending for several days.

Watch below.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Poll: Majority Disapprove Of Trump's Response To Charlottesville Violence

According to a new CBS News poll, a majority of Americans - 55% - disapprove of Donald Trump's handling of the white supremacists' violent rally in Charlottesville last weekend.

But, among Republicans,  67% approve of the Trumpster's comments on the issue.

The poll began Monday night, before Trump's contentious press conference Tuesday, and continued through Wednesday. The disapproval numbers ticked up after his comments to reporters asserting there were "fine people" on both sides of the clash between neo-nazis and counter-protesters.

Additionally, only 12% of those polled feel Trump's policies promote racial unity, while 44% say his comments stoke further racial division.

Trump Laments The Loss Of Beautiful & Cultural Racist Monuments

Donald Trump's latest Twitter rant bemoans the loss of "history, "culture," and "beauty" when Confederate monuments are removed from public parks.

Here's an idea: take all the statues dedicated to Confederate racism and put them in the lobby of Trump Hotels. How's that?

As one Twitterer notes, Germany certainly didn't leave monuments to Hitler standing.

And, just to remind: If this is all about "beauty" and "history," what was this chanting of "Fuck you, faggots" during the Charlottesville debacle?

Charlottesville Nazi Strips His "White Power" Costume To Escape Protesters

Documentary-maker C.J. Hunt was in Charlottesville this past weekend to finish a doc on Confederate monuments.

Caught up in the violent turmoil of Saturday's neo-nazi events, he came across a young white supremacist who came running by him, clearly separated from his pack and afraid.

Via GQ Magazine:

It was Saturday, and the police had finally called for everyone to clear the park. As I filmed officers opening up a blocked street, a young man ran into view, screaming for help. He wore the khaki-and-white uniform of the white nationalist group Vanguard America. He had been separated from them and was being chased by at least one protester. He ripped off his shirt and begged the crowd for mercy. He wasn’t actually into white power, you see.

"Barely,” he clarified to me. As he shoved his polo shirt into a plastic bag, the fear on his face settled into a smirk. “It’s kind of a fun idea,” he explained. “Just being able to say ‘white power,’ you know?”

I didn’t know. But by the look of things, the fun of shouting “white power” stopped as soon as he was threatened with the same violence his group brought to bear on others. Cut off from the pack, forced to face the consequences of his inflammatory behavior, he found escape in a costume change.

Hunt goes on to note that the simple ability to shed his white supremacist skin demonstrates, in part, the white privilege the alt-right denies exists. People of color have no access to such immediate camouflage. The privilege to disappear by removing a shirt.

Watch below as the young neo-nazi explains before he walks off with a smirk.

Just Because...

Sometimes, on the journey of life, you've just got to take a pit-stop.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Just Because...

Happy Hump Day!

I'm inside a dark theater these days, so I'm not seeing much sunshine.

This brightened my day, though.

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Trump's Twisted Equivalency Of Neo-Nazis & Those Who Protest Them

Jake Tapper of CNN sums up Trump's twisted version of reality that attempts to equate neo-nazis and those who protest them.

NY Daily News: Pressure Of Presidency Getting Under Trump's "Very Thin Skin"

The editorial board of the New York Daily News goes after Donald Trump in today's edition:

Donald Trump launched the Civil War’s Battle of Fifth Ave. in a staggering display of verbal weaponry Tuesday — and America lost.

In no particular order, Trump took aim at the truth, history, decency, equal justice, fair play and common courtesy in a freewheeling assault on core American values that confirms his utter unfitness for the high office it is our misfortune he occupies.

Not least on display: the pressure of the job is getting under his very thin skin.

Rebooting his Saturday blame of “many sides” for “hate, bigotry and violence,” Trump then smeared counter-protesters like Heyer — who came to support the city’s decision and stand against the retrograde forces of the alt-right Trump fans — by saying they came armed and looking for trouble.


For good measure, Trump has enormously complicated the prosecution of accused Charlottesville killer James Fields by calling him a “murderer,” creating an opportunity for lawyers for Fields to argue their client cannot get a fair trial now. Not bad for 15 minutes.

After the spectacle, as Trump continued to spout off even as he heading for the elevators, behind him dourly lurked his new chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, brought aboard to bring some control and order to the chaos. Mission definitely not accomplished, sir.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Seth Meyers On Trump's "Clinically Insane" Press Conference

Seth Meyers is not suffering President Trump lightly after the Donald stunned the country at a Tuesday afternoon press conference asserting that the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, should be blamed on “both sides” — alt-right white supremacists and counter-protesters.

From a segment titled, "Breaking Crazy," the Late Night host went after the Trumpster:

“President Trump gave a press conference this afternoon that can only be described as clinically insane. You know that list of side effects at the end of a pharmaceutical ad? He apparently has all of them.”

"Normally when someone is talking that level of crazy, Batman crashes through the ceiling and punches him."

Watch below:

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