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Jun 12 2017
6-PACK — Nobody Watched The Tonys + I Hope Nobody Watches Megyn Kelly Normalize Alex Jones + 49 Angels + McCain: Obama > Trump + Sponsors Freak Over JULIUS CAESAR Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 10.59.49 AMTonys ratings were almost at an all-time low! (Image via TonyAwards.com)

WIDGETEW: Tonys have some political oomph, Spacey me-me-me-ness, that epic Midler speech: “Bette Midler for president!” List of winners.

WIDGETSalon: Alex Jones, Sandy Hook denier and full-fledged nut, given prime-time Q&A by “cold” “sociopath” Megyn Kelly, who says, hey, Trump legitimized him first

WIDGETTwitter @KaraDuffyCBS12: 49 people dressed as angels stood vigil outside Pulse last night to commemorate today's anniversary.

WIDGETBloomberg: Will Trump testify? This guy sued Trump — and got him to admit to 30 lies while under oath. So bring it on.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: John McCain says America was better off under his old rival Obama.

WIDGETNew York Daily News: Caving to Fox News noise machine, Delta and Bank of America defund Public Theater over Trumped-up Julius Caesar.

Trump-Julius-CaesarThe Trump-like characters in this production rattled corporate backers. (Image via Joan Marcus)

 
Jun 11 2017
Gay Behind The Eyes Host Kevin Spacey Jokes About Being Closeted In Tonys Opening Comments (0)

Kevin-SpaceyUpdated header: KEVIN SPACEY HAS A POINTLESS SECRET. (Image via Esquire)

Kevin Spacey, widely known to be glass-closeted — and no, practically being out is not the same as being out — engaged in some coy jokes about being closeted in the (effortful) opening of the Tony Awards tonigth, which he hosted.

First, there was a closet joke with Whoopi Goldberg.

Next, he dressed up as Norma Desmond and sang, “I'm coming out ... no, wait.”

I don't like rich, successful, perfectly well-adjusted stars with zero reason not to acknowledge they're gay who do not actually acknowledge they're gay. It's 2017. Speaking of which, it's almost a year to the day since the Pulse gay nightclub massacre, and it's LGBTQ Pride Month and it's the same day as the National Equality March, so whatever you think of stars who remain closeted for any reason, is this really the day to be making cutesy closet jokes?

Nope.

Watch the opening number below ...

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May 30 2017
Edie Windsor To Receive Icon Award At TrevorLIVE New York Ceremony Comments (0)

Edie-WindsorEdie in 2013 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Edie Windsor, whose court case led to the end of DOMA, will receive the Icon Award at TrevorLIVE New York June 19.

She said:

Being honored by The Trevor Project is a very big deal for me. I'm thrilled and humbled to be recognized by an organization that does so much for our LGBTQ young people. The fact that The Trevor Project continues year after year to be there 24/7 helping prevent suicide and averting crisis gives us all a future we can believe in.

The fundraiser will also feature Imagine Dragons, whose lead singer Dan Reynolds will be named a Trevor Hero.

More info here!

 
May 09 2017
Billy Porter's Powerful Message: RESIST, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST Comments (0)

Billy-Porter(Video still via GLAAD)

Billy Porter, who was given the Vito Russo Award from GLAAD this weekend, made as rousing a speech as Debra Messing, calling on  gay people to get it together and go to war against discrimination.

He said we need to get our “war clothes” on, because:

... From slavery to emancipation to the 13th Amendment to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Movement to Stonewall to AIDS to marriage equality, we gotta remember the shoulders who we stand on, the ones who fought and died for those freedoms that we hold so dear.

He went on to call himself a survivor of the AIDS crisis and a grateful beneficiary of the marriage-equality movement:

It's time to take this moment and acknowledge that the reailty of  life is that it's ever-involving, and until we can figure out how to love on another unconditionally, no one wins — NO ONE. Freedom, equality, justice, have always come at a cost, and evidently they always will.

Keep reading to see his whole speech, which was punctuated by a repurposed gospel song ...

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May 08 2017
Why The MTV Movie & TV Awards Mattered Comments (0)

Aside from a catastrophic performance overall by otherwise endearing, adorbs host Adam Devine, the MTV Movie & TV Awards went bold this year, awarding actors instead of actors and actresses, and honoring a gay kiss, rewarding a diverse array of performers and performances.

I mean, the network's Best Kiss Award went to the young men who smooched in Moonlight — a black, gay kiss — which years ago would be about as likely as me not spending half my day on 7Sultans mobile casino app:

Some who rail against PC will find this move into the future irritating, but in particular, I've thought for a long time the arbitrary distinctions in Best Actor/Best Actress categories have felt like relics of the past. It feels like there is a Best Actor category, and then one for Actress just 'cuz, you know, the girls can't win.

But in MTV's first stab at a gender-neutral ceremony, a girl did win — Emma Watson took home the popcorn trophy for her role in Beauty and the Beast, itself a trail-blazing film for its somewhat “gay moment.”

I almost found Watson's speech ridiculous — she gave a heartfelt speech worthy of winning an Oscar, or a Nobel Peace Prize! — until I listened on and realized she was right to make a big deal about the award, and to take the time to unpack why she won it. She was right that it wasn't just for her acting, but also for what her film represents, and while we all know the MTV Movie & TV Awards are not going to be as free of politics and vote-rigging as the Oscars, I think the show's vibe and her speech really did make progress in the culture.

Sadly, though it took a move to VH1 for RuPaul to suddenly be recognized as the true icon he is — he was named an influencer by Time out of nowhere, finally! — and though he did win for Best Reality Series, he was not allowed to accept his award from the stage. Instead, host Devine dropped it at his table.

Choosing RuPaul (indeed, inviting him to a major awards show) was a big deal, but silencing him was pretty offensive, especially when there was a lot of crappy filler during the show — I mean, they could have cut the jaw-droppingly lame opening by 60 seconds to let Ru say something funny, no?

Still,  it was one false note in a show drenched in diversity — and not diversity for diversity's sake, but because diverse is what true excellence looks like.

Plus, it's always a pleasure to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson, especially when he's awarding my favorite movie of the year so far, Get Out, and seeing Maxine Waters given a hero's welcome was worth sitting through Noah Cyrus.

 

Tonight I had the pleasure of giving my buddy.. #danielkaluuya the @mtv Next Generation Award 🐯#getout

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Did you watch ... or were you, too, spending half your day on 7Sultans online casino?

 
May 06 2017
28th GLAAD Media Awards Handed Out In NYC Comments (0)

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I was traveling, so I missed the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, held in NYC at the New York Hilton Midtown today.

Following is a complete list of all the winners, including my girl Debra Messing!

From a press release:

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May 05 2017
Announced: The First Annual VILLAGE VOICE Pride Awards Comments (0)

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This sounds like a timely idea, considering Trump's viciously anti-LGBTQ swings: The Village Voice is launching an inaugural Village Voice Pride Awards ceremony, to be held June 21 in NYC.

From a press release:

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May 02 2017
Tonys! Tonys! Tonéys!: Full Nominations Comments (0)

Great Comet Josh GrobanGreat timing for the Original Cast Recording — get yours here!

Via NYT: The Tony noms are out, with Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Hello, Dolly! leading the way.

Surprised not to see Allison Janney nominated — I loved her in Six Degrees of Separation.

Any snubs that pissed you off?

Full list after the jump ...

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