17 posts categorized "BOY GEORGE"

Jun 15 2014
Birthday Boy Comments (0)

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Boy George enjoyed a particularly celebratory birthday, including being sung to by Rufus Wainwright, Josh Groban, David Byrne and others. Video to follow...

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Jun 14 2014
Need To Know: The Gay Vote + OBVIOUSly Funny + His World Cup Runneth Over + The Graduate + Don't Ask, Don't Tel Aviv + MORE! Comments (0)

Smiley-for-MayorSmiley-inducing

*widget boy cultureSmiley for Mayor = cutest, gayest campaign ad ever. Madonna-Jimmy-Scott

*widget boy cultureLesbian premier for Ontario!

*widget boy cultureGod, I miss Patrick Nagel.

*widget boy cultureSinger Jimmy Scott (seen with Madonna) dies @ 88.

*widget boy cultureFresh Obvious Child clip.

*widget boy cultureWorld Cup primer featuring HOT Gerard Piqué.

H-GERARD-PIQUE-768x768Wherever, whenever...

*widget boy cultureLana Del Rey's emo outburst: “I wish I was dead already.”

*widget boy cultureIowa reverses outrageous HIV conviction.

*widget boy cultureMadonna kept her baby...now, she's a high school grad.

*widget boy cultureNoy's heart-wrenching “Let Her Go.”

*widget boy cultureRufus Wainwright on singing love songs with Boy George & other dudes.

*widget boy cultureSir Ivan's “Here Comes the Sun.”

*widget boy cultureWillam Belli & Amanda Lepore do Tel Aviv.

Amanda LeporePooling their resources

 
May 05 2014
Boy George, I Think He's Got It Comments (0)

Boy-GeorgeHow do you think Boy sounds after all these years?

From this fanarazzi's description, it sounds like Boy George did up to seven songs for Jimmy Kimmel, though most will never see te light of day. Luckily, this admirer ignored the no photos rule, so we get a rare performance of “Everything I Own”...

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May 04 2014
I Was Gonna Cancel: Kylie, Boy George & Other Stories From The GLAAD Trenches Comments (0)

IMG_6426 kylieKylie's for gay rights, her handler was against gays' right to snap photos while she spoke...too bad!

Peter-DeeLast night was The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Or at least, the latest 25th Annual; GLAAD likes to hold the same event with different stars for a different pool of potential donors in different cities. I just covered L.A. weeks ago. The Oscars might consider doing this—then everyone could win! Best Picture (L.A.): Crash! Best Picture (Every Other City): Brokeback Mountain!

Held at the Waldorf Astoria, the event had a pretty darn good list of celebrity attendees, perhaps in part fueled by the fact that medium-sized gay stars who would normally have to pay good money like any other schlub in order to share air with Kylie Minogue—who was performing, perhaps her new UK single “I Was Gonna Cancel”—would get to kibbitz with her on the carpet free-for-nothin'.

Matthew-Rettenmund-Peter-DeeI was in good hands with King of the Selfies, Peter Dee!

IMG_6429 Peter DeeTrying something new, I got a mic and asked Peter Dee (pictured) to do the honors as my red-carpet face man. It was nice having his optimistic energy (“Maybe we'll get Kylie and maybe Lindsay Lohan will show up!”) to temper my...own energy (“We'll never get Kylie. We'll be lucky if they remember to give us a spot.”)

We arrived early and discovered that my two spots on the carpet were non-existent. Score one point for the power of negative thinking. GLAAD knew I was supposed to be there, so squeezed me between a Howard Stern reporter (I had nightmares of stuttering insult questions, but he was a doll, very off-brand) and some lesbians who were having a blast. One of them told Peter, “It's like everyone in New York is 25.” Yes, it is.

IMG_6371 RollerenaNot everyone in NYC is 25: Ageless Disco Era icon Rollerena!

The carpet went fairly well; we were able to squeeze in interviews with most of the names we wanted (we missed Looking's Frankie J. Alvarez and Raul Castillo, had to skip Laura Prepon for Boy George, Natasha Lyonne bypassed everyone—boy, that GBF cast sure loves to promote their adorable movie!—didn't recognize country star Kacey Musgraves, another of the evening's performers, and never saw Emmy Rossum, Abigail Breslin, Chely Wright or Naomi Watts on the carpet), and a few interesting things happened, which is all you can ask for when you're not People, Us or, at this one event only, Logo and Instinct Magazine.

IMG_6397 boy georgeBoy George was in the pink while chatting with Mike Diamond.

The toughest get was Boy George. He caused a huge commotion when he arrived in what reminded me of a pink and red hat tip to Madonna's recent Colonel Sanders look, as if the photographers were going to make a mint off of posed Boy George photos. I think that no matter what he does or what year it is, Boy George is a real-deal icon of the '80s, and an original character, so he (you should pardon the expression) engenders genuine excitement.

I was not excited when his handler had him skip over three or four outlets only (mine included)—he did extensive interviews with the big press to my right and then also did long chats with everyone further down the carpet, inexplicably. Got his PR's attention and gestured that I just wanted one question. She said, “You can do photos.” I shook my head no; one question. He was doing stand-up comedy with some of these other outlets. It was nuts. She agreed, then ignored it when George continued down the carpet, further away.

So we just went to the end of the carpet and grabbed our one question. I was happy that we were able to ask about his recent Kylie and Madonna faux-quotes scandal, because he told us we were the only ones to ask it (hello, Kylie is at the event!) and he gave us a great take on the situation, was playful, noted the name of my site in relation to his own name and did a high-five. The only thing that would've made it better would be if he'd initially been steered to stop and talk to us like we existed in the first place. George himself was great. Good moment:

“Rubbish. And in fact, I knew someone was gonna ask me this. I sued the TETU Magazine and they've actually taken responsibility for printing...and they're gonna pay me some money as well, so I might buy a new hat...I'm here to give Kylie an award, and I've traveled a long way to do it. I've actually had four hours' sleep. If I didn't love her, I wouldn't be here, would I?”

I was personally psyched to speak with Swoosie Kurtz, and to have Peter ask her about her 1981-1982 TV series with Tony Randall, Love, Sidney. After all, that show—the first with a gay (albeit subtly) gay character as a lead—made her kinda like the first “Grace.” (The first “Jack” was “Mr. Mooney”! The first “Karen Walker” was Eva Gabor on Green Acres! I like this game...)

IMG_6376 Swoosie Kurtz

IMG_6377 Swoosie Kurtz
IMG_6378 Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie-Kurtz Swoosie talked about Love, Sidney...yayyy!

Swoosie was pure class. When I admitted I, the cameraman, was the Love, Sidney fan, she said I must have been a very little boy (in truth, I'd been close to puberty).

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Boy Meets Girl: Boy George & Kylie Minogue @ GLAAD Comments (0)

KYLIE-MINOGUE

You can see Boy George's introduction of Kylie Minogue and her entire speech/sing-along from the end of The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in NYC last night  after the jump. I have cartoonized it because I learned in the past that TV stations enjoy using stuff from YouTube and simply crediting the platform. I'm sure GLAAD has un-cartoonized footage, but here's mine...enjoy!...

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Mar 25 2014
Gay Gratitude Comments (0)

Tumblr_n2xdpbnqxA1qfwa93o1_400Via fukkkres.

Veep Joe Biden made a "forceful" case for gay rights, saying much has been achieved but that there is still "much to be done." I'll go along with all of that.

Boy-GeorgeNOH8 for Madonna

In a semi-related matter, Boy George (who does not hate Madonna after all) makes a very smart point when asked, in this piece, about a straight artist like Macklemore doing a gay-rights anthem. He says he is glad, but not grateful.I think that is the best way to win over the gays who think anyone non-gay who expends some of their social and/or political capital on furthering our cause is some kind of used-car salesman who should be doubted and even rebuffed.

 
Jul 05 2013
Room With A View: My '80s Walls Comments (4)

80s-room
I didn't come out until the very end of high school, but I was slowly, inexorably working my way out via the décor of my room. I started slowly. The first poster I had up was Cyndi Lauper by Lynn Goldsmith. I'd bought it in Hawaii, but it had gotten a little crushed, so it was waved through the entire poster. I learned quickly that posters have souls.

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Jun 10 2013
Time, Oh, Give Me Time Comments (3)

Culture-Club-now
Wow! It's a Culture Club reunion, at 75% capacity. The only one missing is Jon Moss, the one I found bewitchingly hot.

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