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Aug 29 2016
6-PACK/vmas — Beyoncé Wins The VMAs, Underscores Issues Of Race & Gun Control + RiRi: Video Vanguard + Fallon Tweaks Lochte + Britney Pulls A Britney + Nick Jonas's Slab Of BACON! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Beyoncé wins MTV VMAs Video of the Year for “Formation,” dedicates award to New Orleans.

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé brought the Mothers of the Movement to the show.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.52.37 AMRihanna said her success is shared by just about everyone. (Video still via MTV)

*widget boy cultureRihanna's performances knock 'em dead at VMAs; 28-year-old takes home Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Speech.

*widget boy cultureJimmy Fallon roasted Ryan Lochte for his lying scandal. ABOVE: Michael Phelps was shocked.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 12.57.16 AMI don't get the appeal of this song. Anyone? (Video still via MTV)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Britney decides to go sexy for a change with “Make Me ... ” performance at MTV VMAs with G- Eazy. 

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Not-gay Nick Jonas performed “Bacon” on the VMAs, and Joanne Prada scammed her way into it.

 
Aug 27 2016
Nate Parker, Battling News Of A Past Sexual Assault, Just Keeps Digging Himself Deeper Comments (0)

Nate Parker, whose The Birth of a Nation is one of the year's most widely anticipated and pre-acclaimed films, is doing an amazing job of promoting himself as a self-righteous, sexually stunted A-hole—but let's not leave homophobe off his résumé.

Parker was accused of sexual assault 17 years ago, along with his current collaborator Jean Celestin, while a college wrestler. Both were tried and Celestin—but not Parker—was convicted. The conviction was tossed.

The men were also accused of harassing and stalking the young woman, though their supporters denied this claim. She committed suicide in 2012—why, no one seems to know (which is not CncT1ErWgAAiUbuuncommon with suicide; there is no indication it was due to the events of 1999). 

Last week, doing damage control, Parker instead did more damage, telling Variety the rape was all about him:

Seventeen years ago, I experienced a very painful moment in my life. It resulted in it being litigated. I was cleared of it. That’s that. Seventeen years later, I’m a filmmaker. I have a family. I have five beautiful daughters. I have a lovely wife. I get it. The reality is, I can’t relive 17 years ago. All I can do is be the best man I can be now.

Variety also noted they'd heard Parker was entertaining the thought that this was part of a Hollywood conspiracy against him. Keeping a black man down? Hardly, when the core of the backlash is a true event. He was not convicted, so he deserves to live free. But being acquitted does not mean someone didn't do something heinous, and there's never been any sense that the woman lied—the prosecution simply couldn't get the jury to buy it as rape because she was inebriated when Parker and Celestin had sex with her.

Parker has never said nothing happened.

Charmingly, Parker also said he hadn't thought about the incident in the 17 years since it had occurred.

Regarding LGBTQ issues, Parker said in 2014 he would not play a gay character in order to “preserve the Black man.” In his opinion, Hollywood offers too many negative roles—he includes effeminate black men in the mix—so he would refuse to take any roles of “questionable sexuality.”

I find his sexuality questionable, though not in the way he's worried about.

Parker is a grown man making juvenile anti-gay generalizations (I was reminded of Denzel Washington coaching Will Smith—OF ALL PEOPLE—not to kiss a man onscreen in his movie debut because of the young men who looked up to him) in 2016, and he wants to drag his race in front of him to excuse it?

Meanwhile, Parker also seems incapable of connecting some pretty big dots. On the one hand, he is telling Ebony:

[The resurfacing of his assault case] is happening for a very specific reason. To be honest, my privilege as a male, I never thought about it. I’m walking around daring someone to say something or do something that I define is racist or holding us back, but never really thinking about male culture and the destructive effect it’s having on our community ... The crazy thing is a lot of people—a lot of men, if I’m just speaking for myself—don’t really start thinking about the effect of hyper-masculinity and false definitions of what it means to be a man until you get married or until you have kids. Because then all of sudden you have something to protect. In all actuality, we got to do better about preparing our men for their interactions with women.

On the other hand, he has yet to disavow his hyper-masculine reaction to the concept of playing a gay character in a movie.

All in all, he sounds like a smug and, yes, privileged man who is cloaking himself in victimhood. It will be interesting to see how Ava DuVernay (who has supported him so far) and Oprah Winfrey (also a booster, but a rape victim, too) will settle in their reaction to the highly controversial Parker and his film. Until then, I'm with Demetria Lucas D'Oyley and not with Cheryl Boone Isaacs. I think Hollywood has a long history of embracing scandal-tainted stars, though, so I would not count Parker out at Oscar time.

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Aug 01 2016
6-PACK — Proud P.M. + Bernie's With Her + So's This Right-Wing Newspaper + Choice Hottie + Salon Nutjob + Amell's Abs! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureGay Syrian refugee led Vancouver Pride, where Justin Trudeau also popped up (ABOVE).

*widget boy cultureBernie vows to campaign vigorously for Hillary.

*widget boy cultureThis very Republican newspaper just endorsed Hillary Clinton

*widget boy cultureSeemingly EVERYONE took home a Teen Choice award last night, including adorbs Grant Gustin.

*widget boy cultureGod, I hope this bitch got arrested..

*widget boy cultureMy favorite Amell:

 

Weird night shoots in a supermarket. Happy Friday everyone. #whenwefirstmet

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Jun 25 2016
6-PACK — Stonewall Statues Come To Life + Emma Stone Hearts Billie Jean King + Biden, RuPaul & More Honor Orlando Victims + Brits Want Second Bite At Apple + J'Adore Delano + ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Pride! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureWomen who posed for iconic statue by Stonewall reflect on nearly 40 years of progress.

*widget boy cultureEmma Stone pays tribute to the incredible achievements of Billie Jean King on tonight's VH1/Logo Trailblazer Honors.

*widget boy cultureAlso on Trailblazer Honors: Biden, RuPaul, Aguilera, Etheridge and many more pay tribute to the fallen 49 from the Pulse mass shooting.

*widget boy cultureMore than a million Brits want a second referendum on leaving the EU following this week's disastrous result.

*widget boy cultureAdore Delano on working on her new tunesas a boy.

*widget boy culturePatsy & Edina don't mind queer-baiting, but they won't do anal:

 
Jun 13 2016
6-PACK/tonys — Corden's Statement Of Support For Orlando + HAMILTON Wins 11 + Miranda's LOVE IS LOVE Sonnet + Streisand Returns! + Diversity Rules + Amazing Tony GIFs! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culture James Corden opens Tonys somberly, with pledge of support for Orlando, LGBT community: “Hate will never win.”

*widget boy culture Hamilton didn't break the record for most Tony Awards won by a single production, falling just one short + complete list of Tony winners.

*widget boy culture Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda read an emotional sonnet at the podium: “Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.”

*widget boy culture How good is Hamilton? So good that Barbra Streisand appeared on the Tonys for the first time since 1970 to announce it the year's best musical.

*widget boy culture Diversity worth curtsying for: All four musical acting Tonys went to actors of color.

*widget boy culture 15 amazing Tony GIFs that the editors of BroadwayWorld.com simply can't live without.

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Jun 02 2016
6-PACK/madonna — Madonna & Shep Win VOGUE Lawsuit + Madonna Is One Rich B*tch! + Rocco & Lola In NYC + Prince's Keyboardist Speaks On Tribute + Madonna Supports Gay Man Wrongfully Convicted! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureMadonna & Pettibone prevail in “Vogue” suit: “A reasonable jury could not conclude that an average audience would recognize an appropriation of ... 'Love Break.'”

*widget boy cultureMadonna is worth about $560 million, making her America's 25th richest self-made woman, and the #1 richest female musician ever.

*widget boy cultureMadonna took Rocco to Sleep No More in NYC. So glad I wasn't there! I would've been following them around, ignoring the (excellent!) show.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's daughter Lola is also in NYC at the moment.

*widget boy culturePrince's keyboardist speaks out: He loves Madonna, says her heart was in her tribute, critiques song choices, claims the Revolution was never asked to join.

*widget boy cultureMadonna shares video in support of Kerry Max Cook, a gay Texas death-row inmate who wrongfully spent 20 years behind bars and is still fighting to clear his name:

 
May 28 2016
Madonna Claims ALL Of Prince's Band Members Were Invited To Join Her At BILLBOARDS Comments (0)

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Not sure why entertainment sites haven't picked up on this more—maybe the holiday week, maybe the effort it takes to dig through Madonna's many Instagram comments—but Madonna has made the assertion that she asked all of Prince's band members recent and previous to participate in her tribute to the late Purple One. She also says the declined due to being in a state of mourning. (More likely, many felt she wasn't the right centerpiece.)

If true, she seems to have done her best to be inclusive.

 
May 24 2016
6-PACK — Tutu's Lesbian Daughter Expelled From Church + Pay Attention To Madonna, But Leave Her Alone + Too Late To Apologize? + Joe Jonas On Kissing A Girl + Trans Attack + Iranian Gay Activist! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureArchbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter has been kicked out of her church—for marrying a woman.

*widget boy cultureWe have entered “Leave Madonna Alone” territory with all the hysterical attacks on Madonna's Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince. Leave Britney alone, too.

*widget boy cultureAustralian state of Victoria apologizing for recent-historical convictions of people for the crime of being gay.

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*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas gushes about his prolonged kissing scenes with Ashley Graham in DNCE's new “Toothbrush” video.

*widget boy cultureBrooklyn trans woman comes forward with details of attack at the hands of a gang of men: “I was just trying to get away ...”

*widget boy cultureIranian gay activist thriving in Canada: “When people are attacking you a lot, it shows you are on the right track. If I wanted to give in ... I would have stayed in Iran.”

 


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