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May 29 2016
6-PACK/politics — Palin In Trump's Cabinet Would Be Icing On The Coke + Phony Racketeering Story Yanked Off HuffPo + DNC Nixes Sanders's Demands + Meet Your Libertarian Candidates + State Polls Boost Hillary's Chances + HATER Judge Trumps Trump! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureSarah Palin act like she has a substance-abuse issue, or at least, she says stuff like it: “Suck it up, cupcake!” (Maybe she meant snort?) Let's give McCain back to Vietnam.

*widget boy cultureThis is the kinda header every POTUS candidate dreams of: “No, Hillary Clinton Is NOT Going to Be Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges.”

*widget boy cultureDNC blows off Bernie Sanders campaign's demand that Barney Frank & Dannel Malloy be ousted from key national committees.

*widget boy cultureGary Johnson & running mate William Weld are 2016's Libertarian ticket. If they win, their policy is probably, “You're on your own, idiots.”

*widget boy culturePolls pitting Trump vs. Hillary look a lot like the final results of 2012 electoral college, which is good news for not-Trump.

*widget boy cultureJudge unseals documents in Trump U case. Trump had called out the judge—a judge—as “a hater.”

 
May 28 2016
The Empower Station: Cyndi Lauper & Boy George's Bangin' Bang A Gong Show Comments (0)
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(10 images in above gallery by Matthew Rettenmund)

I've seen Cyndi Lauper perform live probably a dozen (?) times, going back to her True Colors World Tour in (December 14, 1986) and including the Twelve Deadly Cyns World Tour (in NYC sometime in 1994-1995), She's So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Tour (October 20, 2013), her opening slot for Cher (May 9, 2014) and quite a few of her holiday and fundraising gigs (like this one). She's great, but I wondered if I really needed to see her yet again, as I did at the Beacon Theatre here in NYC on Thursday night.

Img151My room, 1987. (L) Full Madonna-cover mags in bags on the wall, plus Eurythmics, Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Cyndi Lauper. (R) View of my ceiling, with Madonna, Molly Ringwald, Marilyn, Cyndi, Ally Sheedy, Debbie Harry, Sade and ... Boy George! (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

The real draw for me was Boy George. I absolutely loved Culture Club as a teen; I vividly recall the day I bought Colour by Numbers at a record store in Flint in the '80s. I even had a promo poster for one of the group's video collections on my ceiling, with a huge image of George in full makeup. I also remember the very first time my pals Mike Ashton (at his house) and Eric Olson watched the video for “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982) on MTV and openly discussed the novelty of the dude who totally looked like a girl. Liking George was somewhat of a political statement in a small town—in any town, really.

But even without the tantalizing gayness, I thought Culture Club created two amazing albums (and the other not-half-bad ones), records I listened to and memorized. I was a pretty fair voice mimic for George, too.

Back in the day, Culture Club had a bad reputation as a live act, and I didn't summon the guts to attend any pop tour until Eurythmics' Revenge Tour on August 21, 1986, by which time Culture Club was kaput. Also, I'd heard more recently that George didn't sound so hot on a reunion jaunt, but I believe that was due to vocal issues.

So when I failed to get tickets and the joint gig between Cyndi and George (with Rosie O'Donnell as a special guest) neared, I reached out to a friend with a connection and, after his previous invitees fell through, I found myself seated in the fourth row for what turned out to be a thoroughly satisfying show.

DSC08639You better pink! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi came out first, weirdly; I'd expected George would open for her, considering her relative success and being 3/4 of the way to being an EGOT. She looked great in her pink hair and punky leather get-up, and thanked us all for being there while also ensuring she educated the young'uns about the days when R&B and country were quite close in form. This was relevant because she's recently released a C&W album, Detour. Her roots with Blue Angel make this a good idea:

As reluctant as I was to see her again (at some point, seeing an artist over and over can almost dull my enthusiasm), and as little interest as I had in hearing her do country stuff, her set wound up being phenomenal. She had us on our feet the whole time and was in superb voice.

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DSC08598Cyndi is an instrumental part of my musical taste (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi gave us four hits and four C&W covers from her new record:

(1) “Funnel of Love” (originally by Wanda Jackson)

(2) “She Bop”

(3) “I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart” (originally by Patsy Montana)

(4) “Walking After Midnight” (originally by Patsy Cline)

(5) “The End of the World” (originally by Skeeter Davis)

(6) “I Drove All Night”

(7) “When You Were Mine” (originally by Prince, covered by Cyndi on her first album)

(8) “Money Changes Everything” (originally by the Brains, covered by Cyndi on her first album)

For her encore, she treated us to one more cover and two of her biggest hits:

(9) “Misty Blue” (originally by Eddy Arnold)

(10) “Time After Time”

(11) “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (with Rosie O'Donnell on the drums)

DSC08644A moment when she was mine (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Just a fantastic performance from her, and I couldn't believe I'd been unenthused going in. She also said something that relates to my false fatigue while she was honoring Prince. She said: 

I hope you appreciate all the artists while you have 'em.

Noted!

DSC08737Wanna be a cowboy 'n' you can be my cowgirl... (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Her other remarks about Prince were respectful without attempting to make it seem she was a major part of his story (she sang his “When You Were Mine” on She's So Unusual, an excellent cover that she performed live at the show perfectly):

I did one of his songs on my first record, and when he passed I couldn't believe it and it broke my heart—a bright light went out ... Life is short. But he was funny, and he was smart as a whip ... he was quirky—but I loved him.

Cyndi joked about Madonna's English accent but quickly said she loved her, and also gushed about being on Sire Records now, a label she had always considered to be so creative, the home of so many punk acts and also Madonna.

DSC08885Cyndi Lauper is 62 years old, y'all! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi loves Madonna and Sire, but there was no love lost on Donald Trump when Rosie O'Donnell took the stage for what amounted to a quickie cover while Boy George and his band prepped behind the curtain. Awkwardly, George's voice and other distracting noises were coming through on the monitors, so Rosie kept getting interrupted and eventually just had to shout over it all—glad it was her and not, say, Mindy Kaling.

DSC09117Rosie's set trumped anything The Donald could ever say. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Rosie used her brief time onstage to lambaste Donald Trump. Though she declared the Beacon a Trump-free zone, that wasn't quite true—it was more like an anti-Trump zone, and rightfully so:

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6-PACK — Unholy Mess + Mark Salling Indicted + HOT-Guy Roundup + COMING TO AMERICA Again + Eggplant Money Shot + Ultimate Video That Highlights Trump's Racist Bloodlust! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureReview of Holy Hell, a doc shot by a former gay porn actor who had a bit part in Rosemary's Baby (1968) who spent 20+ years in the Buddhafield cult.

*widget boy cultureMark Salling has been indicted on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

*widget boy cultureHEAT INDEX: Furry guys galore. Nude sunbathing on Fire Island: Status report. Lewis Hamilton shirtless on the beach. Ricky Martin's new BF nude. (Work Unfriendly) 

*widget boy cultureMI teens recreate scene from terrible movie Coming to America (1988) for their prom. Pretty damn cute, actually.

*widget boy cultureThai man decides to pleasure himself in the booty with an eggplant while on a public bus. Someone helpfully recorded and posted it.

*widget boy culturePerfect visuals to go along with Trump's bloodthirsty comments about how his protesters, mostly POC, should be treated: 

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May 27 2016
6-PACK — Randy Cohen GIFs + Jimmy Kimmel Guest No-Shows Over Trump + FOX News Hits New Low In Propaganda + AIDS Activist Feels Burned, Not The Bern + Yuge Sponge + How Many Gays In The U.S.A.? Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureGIFs of Ben Cohen in his underwear in the locker room are always a good way to kick off a holiday weekend.

*widget boy cultureA big music star bailed on Jimmy Kimmel once he found out the dastardly Donald Trump (who can't feel his hair) would also be appearing. Vile Shkreli endorses Trump.

*widget boy cultureEven some top conservatives found FOX News airing Meet the Trumps reminiscent of state-run TV propaganda. Will it next do Meet the Clintons?

*widget boy cultureAIDS activist Peter Staley feels “used and abused” by the Bernie Sanders campaign over hijacked messaging from meeting.

*widget boy cultureLargest sponge ever discovered may also be one of the Earth's oldest animals.

*widget boy cultureShould the next U.S. Census ask if you're gay? Would you answer it honestly? 

 
May 26 2016
6-PACK — #BernieTrumpDebate Will Never Happen + Pines Party Promo: Xanadu Me, Baby! + Natalie Wood's Sister Continues To Accuse Robert Wagner + Elephant Speaks + Bath Time With Reardon + Pocock's Pro-Gay Mission! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTrump, trolling Hillary, seemingly agrees to debate Bernie in CA. Bernie, trolling Hillary, seemingly eager to make it happen

*widget boy cultureAbove: Red-hot Pines Party 2016: Xanadu ('now that you're here, now that your queer...') vid stars Joshua Michael Brickman, uses Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

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*widget boy cultureNatalie Wood's sister Lana speaks: “I think R.J. [Robert Wagner] was absolutely involved in her drowning.” Lana recently confronted Wagner.

*widget boy cultureThis elephant, driven by desperate loneliness, has learned to speak—actually say—five words in the native tongue of its handlers.

*widget boy cultureModel and rugby stud Stuart Reardon gets nude, sips some wine, takes a bath for you to see.

*widget boy cultureWhy David Pocock decided he had to speak up for LGBT rights

 
May 25 2016
6-PACK/politics — Trump Ponies Up To Vets, Under Pressure + Debbie Down? + Hillary's VP: Tony Goldwyn + Popping Trump's Populism + Zimmerman Shooting His Mouth Off + Samantha Bee Zings Bernie Bros! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump tried to get away with reneging on a donation to a veterans' group ... until they and the Washington Post called him on it.

*widget boy cultureReport: Debbie Wasserman Schultz may exit before the Democratic convention. Who would miss her, exactly?

*widget boy cultureHillary plays “Who'd You Rather?: VP Edition” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sorry, Bernie, but she picked pretend-prez Tony Goldwyn over you. Airs today.

*widget boy cultureHillary goes after Trump's populism, highlighting his on-the-record bragging that he could cash in on the housing crash in 2006/2007.

*widget boy cultureZimmerman says he sold the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin because he's “sick of Hillary Clinton's anti-gun rhetoric.” Buyer will give to son for his b'day.

*widget boy cultureSamantha Bee directs Bernie Bros to take several seats over the ugliness that emerged out of Nevada. It's just true. Video after the jump ...

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May 24 2016
6-PACK — Re-Strike A Pose + Naval-Gazing + Billy Reilich's Wardrobe + Hulk Hogan's Billionaire Booster + Not Pudding You On: Cosby To Court + GUYS READING POEMS Trailer! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureAbove: Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour/“Vogue” video dancers performed together for the first time in 25 years!

*widget boy cultureNaval plebes stripping to the waist and shimmying up that monument—it never gets old.

*widget boy cultureBilly Reilich swears he only has four outfits, not counting his birthday suit. Well, wear what works for ya:

*widget boy cultureAre you Team Hulk Hogan in his legal actions against Gawker? Well, so is nutty, Trump-lovin', gay Libertarian Peter Thiel, who is reportedly bankrolling the right-wing wrestler.

*widget boy cultureA judge has cleared the way for Bill Cosby to face his only sex-abuse accuser whose claim is not outside the statue of limitations.

*widget boy cultureThe official trailer for Guys Reading Poems is here—right after the jump ...

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May 23 2016
6-PACK/politics — Bad News (By Association) For Hillary Via Gov. McAuliffe + Former Miss Universe Lashes Out At Trump + Clinton Poised To Win CA + No FOX News Dem Debate, Thanks + Accused Rapist Trump Attacks Accused Rapist Bill Clinton + Texas Tyrant! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton's associate, Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is reportedly being investigated over campaign donations. Oh, joy.

*widget boy cultureAlicia Machado, former Miss Universe, opens up about disgusting treatment by Donald Trump. Hillary reaches out via Twitter:

*widget boy cultureClinton is poised to win California, and clean up in the delegate race.

*widget boy cultureHillary nixes FOX News's invitation for a Democratic debate. That would be like Madonna agreeing to be a presenter at the next BET Awards.

*widget boy cultureThe Trump groping story didn't faze his fans, and he's already rolling out Bill Clinton's past accusers (paying at least one), and Trump just name-dropped Vince Foster.

*widget boy cultureTexas Board of Ed candidate Mary Lou Bruner thinks Obama was a gay prostitute, wants to ban Islam & more. What can stop her???

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