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Nov 15 2016
My Last Pet Shop Boys Gig Comments (0)

 I've always loved the Pet Shop Boys. I think I first heard “West End Girls” on a family trip—our only fancy trip ever—to Hawaii, if memory serves. Cool Europop is my jam.

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Over the years, I've seen them perform quite a few times, but there's really only room in my heart for one overall musical inspiration, because as time has passed, I've become kinda a bad fan of my #3 faves (and of Blondie/Debbie Harry, my #2 faves)—like, I haven't even listened to their new album, and yet I bought VIP meet-and-greet tickets to their MSG show.

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Nov 04 2016
In NYC, Cher Sings Hillary's Praises, Says BIG PUSSY Trump Has NO SYMPATHY, NO EMPATHY, NO HUMANITY, Warns We Will Be Unsafe If He Wins Comments (0)

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I was pissed off when I missed my chance to get a pic-with alongside Cher earlier this year—the unpredictable diva did several meet-and-greet events nearby (Fire Island, for one), but none that worked for me. So I was thrilled when the Hillary campaign announced a new set of events—including one right in Chelsea: Cher is Strong Enough for Hillary in NYC. Thanks to Ben Ryan and Jeff Campagna and all the other chairs, it turned out to be a dream-come-true kind of event.

For $250, you got to share air with Cher, for $1,000 you got a pic-with and I'm sure people paid even more for a private reception, all worth it to help Hillary become president and to help ourselves to some face-time with Cher.

I polled Facebook to figure out what I should wear. I had bought a fake leather (Nasty Pig!) shirt that I thought looked good on me, and that would be very Cher, but I also had a more ME polo. Then there was a sleek black Hillary tee.

People liked the tee the best, but I stuck with my gut (and I'm sure my eventual pic-with will reveal said gut) because I wanted to try something new. I even left the house with stubble! Gasp. (Hey, once I'm totally bald, I'll need options.)

The event was held at The Park on 10th Avenue, which has lighted trees inside and so little other light you could mistake Cher for me, so it had a nice, romantic, upscale-NYC vibe. I hovered near the front, where it was obvious Cher would eventually speak. I was behind a cool chick and her crispy friend (in a cute way), who was angry when he thought I was asking him to take my picture with Cher (since he knew I was getting one anyway!). They were sweet, and they unwittingly held my spot for me when, 45 minutes late, those of us getting pic-withs were called into the receiption area to form a line.

Some queens who'd just met her were talking about her vampiric agelessness, suggesting they'd had long moments to drink it in, and it soon became clear from the slow line that she was taking her sweet time with each person. Right when I got to the door, before stepping into Cher's presence, the handler was saying they needed a better puller because people were taking too long. I said, “Not yet!” and he snapped, “No. We do.” Bad timing ... but they didn't get around to it until I was done, haha.

Scan 8My shots from the back of Cher's November '88 Marshall Field's Uninhibited event

When it was my turn, I approached Cher, who was luminous under black hair, in a black, cleavage-baring outfit and black accessories (and so tall). I told her I'd been at a Marshall Field's event for her perfume Uninhibited 28 years ago and had been able to ask her a question, which I'd thought was going to be my ultimate Cher moment. (At the event, I asked her what she thought of tabloids, to which she replied, “Just look at the pictures.” I also sent up a tube with her “Skin Deep” 45 sleeve in it and my address and the bitch sent it back to me autographed within days!!! Ah, the '80s.)

“But this is better,” I said, emphasizing how lovely it was to pose for a picture with her. Cher replied, “Well ... yeah!” She then leaned in, pushing her hair in my face, and said, “And I still smell exactly the same—smell me!”

It was, indeed, Uninhibited. Or a reasonable facsimile. Or I just think that's what it smelled like.

I got beside her and two snaps went off before I was ready, but Cher must've felt the same because she asked for a third and pressed her head right against mine. It was so warm of her to do that. I hope I don't look utterly terrified. In pleather.

I thanked her for doing her Hillary tour and went directly back to my front-stage spot, while everyone else was shooed over to the side.

It took her a good 30 minutes more to do the other photos, but she was finally introduced hilariously by an elected official (who noted her use of the toilet emjoi for Trump and suggested it might also be used to represent Comey, Christie, Thiel and Giuliani) and then strode out onto her short catwalk and stood behind a lucite lectern with STRONGER TOGETHER emblazoned on the front of it.

Cher spoke with no notes for about 20 minutes. Here are the highlights (all transcribed by me—please provide link and credit if used anywhere):

On her right to speak up and her empathy for the poor:

Mostly Trump supporters and usually Republicans say, you know, “Libtard, you have no idea what's going on, you have no right to have a voice, just vote and shut up.” And if you read my Twitter, sometimes I'm very pleasant. And sometimes not so much ... I understand shame and I understand poverty. My grandmother picked cotton, my mother when she was 8 years old helped support her family by singing on bartops ... We were poor for the most part, really poor for the most part, but then my mother did marry this really rich guy and we moved to Beverly Hills and it was like the Clampetts. Okay? And I realized that rich is better.

Relating her dyslexia to being simpatico with LGBTQ people:

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Oct 27 2016
Cher Ecstasy: Support Hillary, Meet Cher! Comments (0)
 
Oct 10 2016
RuPaul's Drag Queens Drag Donald Trump! Comments (0)

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Hilarious lip-synch mash-up of Trump's dumbest statements by RuPaul's drag stars ...

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Oct 07 2016
Cher Madness: Trump Must Be Stopped Comments (0)
 
Sep 03 2016
Cyndi Lauper Rips Into Donald Trump Comments (0)

Celebrity-apprentice_510Cyndi as part of Celebrity Apprentice in 2010 (Image via NBC)

Cyndi Lauper wants to have more than just fun—she also wants to have a qualified person running the United States.

That's why she took to the radio—KOGO's Morning News in San Diego—to express her opinions on the current race for the White House:

A reality show is not credential to be president The things that he says are appalling to me and shocking. I was so shocked when he started to talk about the LGBT community, when in fact, people working who did amazing work on his Celebrity Apprentice show were gay. And you don’t talk about your employees like that, ever.

She wrapped by saying Trump has said stuff she's “never in my whole entire life heard except, you know, Hitler.”

Cyndi's old former touring partner, Cher, also hates Donald Trump, and is also not shy to explain why—as in this interview with MSNBC.

 
Aug 21 2016
Cher To Hillary's LGBT Supporters In Miami: AT 9, I KNEW THAT WE WERE DESTINED TO BE TOGETHER Comments (0)

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Cher dazzled her diehard LGBT fans—and Hillary Clinton's—in Miami this week, taking a few moments to praise us for our refusal to abandon her during the lowpoints of her 51-year (!) career:

I am a terrible speaker—I'm not, like, kidding, I'm a terrible speaker. So I wrote down some stuff ... can you hear me well? ... because I wanted to not forget anything and I'm nervous, so ... First of all, I'm here because [gay people and I] have had a relationship, in one way or another, since I was 9 years old. When I was 9, you know, there were lots of men around me—very cool, my father, my mother's friends, we had artists, everyone I knew, like artists and actors and whatever, and then one day my mother brought home these two guys and I thought, “Oh, God, these guys are so much fun—why are they different?” Hairdressers. And I loved them so much. We went to Palm Springs and it was one of the greatest weekends of my life and I was 9 and I could tell then, okay? At 9! At 9, I knew that we were destined to be togther. One thing that's kinda serious. Well, it's kinda serious for me. You know,  I've been doing this for 51 years ... [makes gagging gesture] and I've had many, many, many ups and downs in my career and through it all, you guys never left.

See the video, plus snaps from today's P-Town event after the jump ...

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6-PACK — Ryan's Still Lyin' + Cher-able Assets + Who's That Girl On Film + Clinton Foundation Lodestone? + Kim Cattrall Older Than The Sexual Revolution + Céline Dion's Fan-Filled Arrival! Comments (0)

Nbc-lochte-lauer-team-160820-825x580He told Matt Lauer he was still drunk when he made up parts of this gunpoint-robbery tale. (Video still via NBC)

*widget boy cultureRyan Lochte says he “over-exaggerated” his Rio story, still clings to basic truth of it.

*widget boy cultureCher stumps for Hillary, calls Trump “the worst person I've ever seen.”

*widget boy cultureI KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE NOT HALF-BAD: Madonna's film career, revisited.

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*widget boy cultureClintons urged to shut down controversial Clinton Foundation, avoid high-profile bash.

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*widget boy cultureFlawless Kim Cattrall just turned 60, is probably having bendy, bendy sex somewhere.

*widget boy cultureCéline Dion knows how to make le freakin' entrance: