207 posts categorized "AGING"
Burt Reynolds, who is on my list of icons 80 and over— and who I reckon is among the Top 20 biggest stars alive based on his phenomenal box-office run and iconic status as a sex symbol — is quoted in the Guardian on quite a variety of topics, from posing nude for Cosmo (regrets it) to leaving Dinah Shore due to their ages (majorly regrets it).
As for his friend Donald Trump, he sounds very reasonable indeed:
I was terrified that my friend Donald Trump would ask me to be part of his presidential campaign. I’d have said no. I’m afraid now that he’s president we could get involved in a war very quickly. There’s a part of him that is so much fun and so sweet, but he’s doing what I used to do — having a good time being arrogant. And he has so many hangers-on.
Shockingly, he talks about almost marrying Bette Davis. Never knew they were an item or even pals:
I’d love to have become Bette Davis's fifth husband. We were great pals and there was a mutual romantic attraction. We were at a function once when a guy asked her if I was her new conquest in front of me. She slapped him so hard the whole room went silent.
He also talks about those days when it was suspected he had AIDS:
There were rumours I had AIDS in the '80s after I broke my jaw on a film and lost lots of weight. I was treated like a leper in Hollywood and it was the worst time of my life. I sure found out who my real friends were and I wasn’t surprised by those who turned out to be real assholes.
I changed loads to lots and arses to assholes; I have no way of knowing his exact quote, but I know an American doesn't talk like that — and I despise it when the British press changes quotes to suit how things are said there. When in doubt, at least put it in brackets.
30 years ago, a right-wing miniseries predicted a Russian takeover of the U.S. Today, right-wingers welcome it.
Via Towleroad: Rachel Maddow on Trump's blatant lies about Russian election interference:
Trump hire Monica Crowley plagiarized hugh chunks of her book.
Hard to believe, but there's even more of MMA fighter James Gallagher right here:
(GIF via WOW)
VIDEO: It's just his job, guys:
Did George Michael pay for a woman's IVF treatments after seeing her story?
Mariah from Sister Wives comes out as a lesbian.
SEEING THE LIGHT: Megyn Kelly up and leaves Fox for NBC.
Guess which ex-wife of an evil tyrant/rumored F.B. of another evil tyrant is now dating this bulge-tastic 21-year-old model:
Half-sister Joely Fisher speaks about day-before-death texts with Carrie Fisher about age, their “frail” moms. (Hers is Connie Stevens.)
Above is the most insightful and aggressive part of author and TED speaker and Start with Why author Simon Sinek's (great primer on him here) September 2016 interview with Inside Quest's Tom Bilyeu. He is expressing his thoughts on what's wrong with millennials — a controversial premise — but is doing so in a way that is, if nothing else, empathetic and thoughtful, and that attempts to offer some fixes for the future. (The title on the FB embed is rather insulting; ignore that.)
I think he makes some great points, including the oft-repeated conservative talking point (which does not mean it's automatically wrong) that kids who are told they're special and can have anything they want and get participation medals are being done a disservice. I, too, worry about the implied promise in such things; I have never responded well to people saying dreams come true, even though I have understood it to mean that dreams (can, sometimes) come true.
He loses me a bit by characterizing the entire generation as having been failed by their parents. That is extreme. A new parenting strategy that he suggests is failing is not the same as having overall bad parenting.
Where he strikes paydirt is in discussing the downside of our innovations that have led to the expectation of immediacy — in other words, put down the cellphone. (How?!) It's hard for us because — as has been scientifically proven — social media and texts and such trigger dopamine bursts in our brains, meaning they're all potential addictions.
Where he loses me a bit is the idea that if social media/cellphones are same/same as drugs, alcohol and gambling, that means we have only one new addiction to deal with; all those other generations before had three, and new generations have four. Is that one extra addiction powerful enough that it should be blamed for leading to the tipping point? Or is he suggesting this addiction is far worse than all that have come before? I guess he doesn't lose me there so much as I think it's glossed over.
I'd also like to ask him if he thinks the advent of social media/cellphones is not actually affecting people born well before 1984. As someone born in the '60s, I think I have actually lost some of my better attributes due to that addiction, even though I was raised with them (I, too, hate seeing that a video will run 14 minutes when I click on it, I now despise writing in longhand and my blog/cellphone/social media preoccupations certainly have affected relationships and productivity. I have a great novel that's been cooking in my so long Herman Melville could have written it out on onion paper in the time I've spent thinking on it and escaping it via Internet self-medication.
I do think it's insanity to suggest leaving your house without your cellphone, even if you're going to dinner with friends. That's why we have cellphones, to have portable contactability. What if there is an emergency? I think we can leave them in our pockets and check before and after a fully engaged meal.
All that said, it's food for thought, and it doesn't come from a place of saying that millennials are assholes and we're better than them and fuck them.
Watch the full hour after the jump. If that feels like a loooooot of tiiiiiiime, you may have a problem ...
Actor Michael B. Jordan went out of his way to circuitously deny he is gay.
Eddie Murphy apologized for his horrendously anti-gay special 20 years ago — so why is it still casually available?
People are celebrating Mary Tyler Moore turning 80, but she needs to keep her head down for a few more days.
Boston's No Pants Subway Ride is a comin'.
Jake Gyllenhaal, some board shorts, and his furry tits.
Vintage dudes in the tub.
Trump and his supporters promise to roll back gay marriage ... but can they? Yep. Here's how.
Fully illustrated jockstrap suggestion.
Ben! (Image via Ben Kline)
... and he's a poet.
Early, early, early RuPaul!