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Nov 22 2016
6-PACK/politics — Trump Foundation Is Dirty + Gigi Hadid Is Sorry (Jay Pharoah Isn't) + Gay Man Injured By Package + Liberal Redneck Returns + Trump Rages Against NYT + Trump Decides Against Prosecuting Hillary (For ... Something)! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureTrump Foundation openly admits it broke its rule of self-dealing in new IRS filing.

*widget boy cultureGigi Hadid apologizes for her Melania impersonation, co-host Jay Pharoah does not

*widget boy cultureGay man injured by exploding package in suspected hate crime; LOVE TRUMPS HATE sign on abode.

*widget boy cultureThe Liberal Redneck talks about Thanksgiving under President-elect Trump: 

*widget boy cultureTrump continues his media-hatred tour, is now warring (again) with The New York Times.

*widget boy cultureKellyanne Conway confirms Trump doesn't wanna pursue charges (for what?!) against Hillary to help her heal: 

 
Nov 21 2016
6-PACK/politics — Settling For POTUS + Unconstitutional Trump + 1st Things 1st Lady + Pence & Trump Eye Torture + Trump's Conflict$ of Intere$t + Twitter Can't Handle Melania Snark! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureEveryone can relate to/weigh in on etiquette, but THIS Trump story needed more coverage.

*widget boy cultureTrump set to violate Constitution on Day One of presidency.

*widget boy culturePART-TIME 1ST LADY: Melania and Barron won't live in the White House in January.

*widget boy culturePence & Trump won't rule out torture, but McCain said over his dead body. (Win/win!)

*widget boy cultureTrump's conflicts of interest regarding his businesses are piling up—something's gotta give.

*widget boy cultureSeeking the nearest safe space, Twitter users were triggered by Gigi Hadid's Melania impersonation.

 
Oct 14 2016
Madonna Is BILLBOARD's Woman Of The Year Comments (0)

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Billboard has announced that Madonna is its Woman of the Year, and she'll collect her prize in NYC in December!

The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group President & Chief Creative Officer Janice Min said of the Queen of Pop:

Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music. With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.

Perhaps charitably, Billboard lists Madonna's widely—and, I would argue, unfairly—derided Prince tribute as one example of how she has remained a part of the “cultural conversation” in the past year. That, she has! In a myriad of ways.

A number of other assertions in the Billboard piece announcing the honor should be especially gratifying for her fans, since some have been contested:

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She's earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.

Madonna is slated to receive her award at the 11th Annual Women in Music Event, held December 9 in NYC. It will be filmed for Lifetime, airing December 12.

It will be interesting to see who hands her the award, who shows up, if tribute performances are tied to this appearance and how quickly people being snarking that this award was bought and paid for.

 
Sep 12 2016
6-PACK — Cue Democratic (And Media) Hand-Wringing Over Pneumonia + WikiLeaks' Unhealthy Obession + Trump Gets A Pass (Again) + Trump Lied (Again) + Slain Jogger's Last Moments Alive + RuPaul Gets The Respect That He's Entitled To! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureWaste of space Cokie Roberts claims Dems are “nervously whispering” about replacing Hillary Clinton. Which can't really be done.

*widget boy cultureWikiLeaks is openly campaigning against Hillary, has lost all semblance of being a whistleblower: Poll mocks her health.

*widget boy cultureMedia colluding to elect click-magnet Trump: Hillary's health overreported, Trump gets a pass on his foundation, his taxes.

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*widget boy cultureCIA Director says Trump lied about security briefing—there was no anti-Obama body language to read.

*widget boy cultureSlain jogger's final moments alive captured on video—cops have a DNA profile of her at-large male killer.

*widget boy cultureRuWARDING EXPERIENCE: RuPaul wins Emmy for Best Talk Show Host! “I don't know if I'm dreaming or not.”

 
Sep 06 2016
Funny Business: An Interview With Bruce Vilanch On The Occasion Of MOTOWN & MORE: On AIDS, Body-Shaming, Eartha Kitt & That Bette Midler Caitlyn Jenner Joke Comments (0)

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When you get an opportunity to interview Bruce Vilanch, one of the most celebrated comedy writers in history and a way-out gay man to boot (and boots go with anything), you do not pass it by.

Vilanch spoke with me last week about a cause close to his heart, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and the great work it does and will continue to do thanks to the bucks it seeks to rake in from a one-night-only Help Is on the Way cabaret benefit: the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful will perform in Motown & More on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco.

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The highly anticipated show will be co-hosted by Vilanch and operatic drag diva Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Get your tickets here.

Vilanch's career took off when a friendship with Bette Midler (before she was Bette Midler!) led to him writing for her 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell. He's collaborated with her many times, and has written for a dizzying array of TV shows and performers, from Donny Osmond to Elizabeth Taylor, and for some of the funniest people of our time: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr (she really did used to be funny), Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and more.

Help Is on the Way performers speak out about the charity:

Somehow, Vilanch has been able to be a part of the best and worst of pop culture, writing for the Oscars for 27 years and counting, and also counting The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-1977) and that infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) among his credits. He is the nuclear cockroach of HA!, and always the best thing about whatever project he's tackling.

Vilanch survives in any milieu because everyone knows he knows from funny. He's beloved because, unlike some very funny people, he also has a sense of humor about himself, and a sense of duty toward the gay community and people in need.

Read on for my chat with the most hilarious person in the room, because the room is usually filled with people delivering lines he's given them to say ...

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Aug 30 2016
Colton Haynes Accepts HRC Visibility Award, Gives Tearful Speech Comments (0)

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Before you moan that Colton Haynes shouldn't be getting an award when he just recently came out, that is exactly what this particular award is about: HRC has given him a Visibility Award. What else is a famous actor doing other than achieving LGBTQ visibility by coming out? As a bonus, he also came out as having anxiety issues, to which I'm sure many can relate.

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Watch his heartfelt acceptance speech after the jump ...

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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.

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*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.

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*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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