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Jan 23 2017
6-PACK — SNL vs. Trump + Tax-Return Lie + Hot Guys, Compromising Positions + March Madness + The Musical Life Of Brian + In Remembrance Comments (0)

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WIDGETBeck Bennett & Kate McKinnon tag-team Trump on SNL. Watch the Putin cold open and Kellyanne Conway doing Chicago

WIDGETIt's official: Trump will never release his tax returns, idiots.

WIDGETHot muscle in motion. Model Ricky Whittle caught touching it on Web cam. (Work Unfriendly) Milo Ventimiglia's butt. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETTotally awesome Women's March signage.

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WIDGETBrian Justin Crum's new video.

WIDGETA gay-porn actor who died of AIDS in 1984 is lovingly remembered:

 
Jan 22 2017
6-PACK — Gay Marriage Threat + Madonna's Comments Blow Up + Ivanka's Bro-In-Law At Women's March + Trump's Corrupt Picks + Zoe: GIVE TRUMP A CHANCE! + ILoveMakonnen Comes Out! Comments (0)

WIDGETDay 1: Here's the lawsuit that could be used to eventually overturn the SCOTUS ruling in favor of marriage equality.

WIDGETMadonna articulately explains her “blowing up the White House” comment:

 

Yesterday's Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context. My speech began with " I want to start a revolution of love." ♥️ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting “we choose love”. 🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸♥️🙏🏻🇺🇸 *******************************************************

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WIDGETIvanka Trump's Democratic bro-in-law spotted at Women's March — “observing.”

WIDGETTrump shamelessly handing out amazing, cushy jobs to already-rich supporters.

WIDGETZoe Saldana continues to be a delusional fool, carrying water for Trump by saying we should give him a shot.

WIDGET“Tuesday” singer ILoveMakonnen is gay, tweets, “it's time I've come out.”

 
Jan 21 2017
Madonna Leads Women's March In Rousing Renditions Of EXPRESS YOURSELF, HUMAN NATURE, Suggests: DONALD TRUMP, SUCK A DICK! Comments (0)

Madonna just made an electrifying appearance at the Women's March on Washington, at which she read a fiery speech with a special message for detractors who believe the march will amount to nothing: “Fuck you. Fuck you.”

She's also likely to make headlines for admitting she's fantasized about “blowing up the White House” (I guiltily agree) but that she has decided to stick with love.

She sang “Express Yourself” and “Human Nature” (a great rendition of the latter, finally) with zero vocal assistance on a cold day in the middle of a million people (take note, Mariah!).

In the latter, Madonna led the crowd in a chant of “I'm not your bitch! Don't hang your shit”! and ad-libbed, “Donald Trump, suck a dick!”

Truth to power — this is what a true gay diva, and a true icon is, a woman not afraid to speak up for her fanbase, and for her own gender.

I used to mock the idea of Madonna as president, but man, I would feel a lot safer with her in these days.

 
Jan 20 2017
6-PACK — Madonna Is Now Firmly A Feminist + Hip-Hop Star: I'M GAY + Naked Leaks: Max George, Chris Mears + Former Speaker Hastert, A Molester, Wants His Hush Money Back! + Trump's Russian Ties Probed + NYC's Anti-Trump Rally! Comments (0)

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WIDGETAbsolutely amazing, productive, positive, relaxed chat about feminism with Madonna & Marilyn Minter. Full video after the jump.

WIDGETHip-hop star comes out as gay on Twitter.

WIDGETWeb cam footage of The Wanted's Max George JOing to completion, naked JO shots of swimmer Chris Mears — these leaks have to be for PR. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETTypical Republican values: Former Speaker of the House wants his hush money back because the boy he molested squealed. Unfuckingbelievable.

WIDGETMultiple U.S. agencies are reportedly investigating intercepted communications between three top Trump advisors and the Kremlin

WIDGET25,000 at NYC rally: Cher, Baldwin, De Niro, Ruffalo, Michael Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Mayor de Blasio, Shailene Woodley urge New Yorkers to resist Trump at rally. Full:

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Jan 05 2017
Hard To Resist: New Feminist/Queer/Minority Performance Series In NYC vs. Trump Comments (0)

This sounds like a great idea for combatting the wave of anti-LGBTQ (for starters) policies and attitudes about to be unleashed by the — gulp — Trump Administration:

SANCTUARY, a home for feminist/queer/minority voices will take up residence at HERE beginning on Inauguration Day, Jan 20th as part of the Sublet Series. SANCTUARY is a pop-up venue for artists and activists to come together as a community and respond to current events, in particular the fears and anxieties felt in anticipation of the coming administration.

SANCTUARY opens on January 20th with an Inaugural Ball and continues with a full month of work by more than 50 different artists from a wide range of backgrounds. The schedule includes new theatre works; panel discussions with major arts leaders; and a variety of dance, concert, and other non-traditional works.

SANCTUARY will transform the mainstage at HERE into an immersive venue that draws on the history of activist/counter culture spaces. Audiences and artists alike will commiserate, process, grieve, organize, learn, and ultimately unite in celebration of the values we refuse to let America turn its back on.

Among the most interesting offerings:

January 26 at 8:30pm:

The Persecution and Assassination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the  MaxresdefaultDirection of the Marquis de Sade by S.P. Monahan

The lunatics are running the asylum. After two hundred years in confinement, the Marquis de Sade revolts against the doctors and attendants at the asylum of Charenton. Having successfully overthrown the established order of the world, de Sade stages a “victory performance” inspired by the rise and fall of Hillary Rodham Clinton for his captive audience.

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In Theory: Notes on Home, Love, Diaspora, and Failing Adulthood by Cristin Gordon 6a00d8341c2ca253ef01a511908172970c-800wi

A spoken word/dance fusion about converting the pain of our past into the resistance of our future. The piece seeks to provide relief for trauma, incite empathy, and center the marginalized within our own narratives of navigating a sociopolitical climate that was not built for us.

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January 27- 29 at 8:30pm:

Next Fagg*t Nation by Scott Davis and Spencer Armstrong

Utilizes the groundbreaking novel Fagg*ts, a variety of gay literature, and investigative interviews with gay men, artists, educators, and influential drag queens as a catalyst for examining the current gay landscape. It holds a mirror up to the younger generation of gay men to bring a call to action; the fight to acquire knowledge of the past in order to make future change is not over.

Get your tickets for these and the many other performances here.

 
Dec 12 2016
NY TIMES Compares Hillary With Madonna On Feminism, Sexism, Gay Rights Comments (0)

From a great read in The New York Times:

Madonna and Mrs. Clinton: both trailblazers, both polarizing figures, and both attacked for actions, choices and behavior that are broadly accepted — even applauded — when done by their male peers. Madonna herself made a connection between the two women before her speech Friday, saying it was “really important to make a stand and speak my mind” about women’s rights after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in November.

Caryn Ganz and Patrick Healy compare the women, both of whom they note were forced to sell their own legacies in 2016.

 
Dec 09 2016
Madonna Shows Up To Collect BILLBOARD Woman Of The Year Award, Gives Amazing, Deeply Personal Speech About Feminism Comments (0)

During Billboard's Women in Music Awards, taped Friday for air Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime, Madonna was given a Woman of the Year Award (handed to her by Anderson Cooper), immediately following a souful rendition of “Like a Prayer” by Labrinth and a gospel choir. She liked the performance!

“I always feel better with something hard between my legs,” she Mae Wested while straddling her mic, before beginning.

She went on to deliver a powerful speech that kicked off with some feminism:

I stand before you as a doormat — oh, I mean a female entertainer... Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career Billboard 2016 for 34 years in the face of blatant misogyny, sexism, constant bullying and relentless abuse. When I started, there was no Internet, so people had to say it to my face.

She name-checked the LGBTQ community early on in her speech:

There were very few people I had to “clap back at” because life was simpler there. People were just dying of AIDS everywhere, Manhattan was under the siege of a plague and it wasn't safe to be gay — it wasn't cool to be associated with the gay community.

She got deep discussing her formative years in NYC, which began in 1979:

In the first year, I was robbed at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop with a knife digging into my throat and I had my apartment broken into so many times I just stopped locking the door. In the years to follow, I lost almost every friend I had, to AIDS or drugs or gunshot. As you can imagine, all these unexpected events not only helped me become the daring woman that stands before you, but it also reminded me that I am vulnerable, and in life, there is no real safety except self-belief. And an understanding that I am not the owner of my talents — I'm not the owner of anything. Everything I have is a gift from God. And even the shitty, fucked-up things that happened to me, that still happen to me, are also gifts, to teach me lessons and make me stronger no matter how much I cry about it, I'm alone, no matter how much I ranta bout the unfairness of it all, I'll take any friend that'll listen.

She went on to say that she doesn't care about awards, but still wanted to use the moment to speak about being a woman, and a woman in the recording business.

She generously listed as influences Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Aretha Franklin and especially her “muse” David Bowie, who she says made her think there were no rules.

But I was wrong. There are no rules ... if you're a boy. If you're a girl, you have to play the game . What is that game? You are allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy, but don't act too smart, don't have an opinion, don't have an opinion that is out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don't own your sluttiness and do not, I repeat, do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men what you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age, because to age is a sin. You will be criticized, you will be vilified and you will definitely not be played on the radio.

Madonna remembered posing nude for art students, saying she recalls the media expecting her to be ashamed when the pics came out in 1985, saying people probably left her alone because she was “taken off the market” by Sean Penn. She also recalled being called a whore, a witch and like Satan during her Sex era even while Prince got to run around in provocative gear. She said this was when she fully got it that women and men were not the same in our society, period.

After the Sex backlash — about which she cried today — she felt like “the most hated person in the world,” feeling paralyzed. She also settled the score with Camille Paglia for dogging her (noyce!) and declared herself a “bad feminist,” in a good way.

Her memory of that American Bandstand moment when she declared she wanted to rule the world was that she never planned to say that, but that her ego later understood:

...if you ask the universe for a lot, you're gonna get a lot — it just won't always be pleasant. So once you embrace and accept this universal law, you just might survive not only the entertainment business, not only the music business, but you must might survive this crazy thing called life ... People say that I'm so controversial, but I think the most controversial thing that I have ever done is to stick around.

She listed such famous departees as Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Prince, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse (wrong era, but okay), David Bowie in declaring herself “still standing.”

Toward the end, she seemed to reference Donald Trump by stating:

Women have been so oppressed for so long they believe what men say about them, and they believe they have to back a man to get the job done. And there are some very good men worth backing, but not because they're men, because they're worthy.

She showed up to collect her award in a custom Gucci pantsuit, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Dec 05 2016
BILLBOARD Woman Of The Year Madonna On Being Okay With Trump The Person, Not Trump The President, Plus: WOMEN HATE WOMEN Comments (0)

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In Billboard's new cover story, Madonna — the trade publication's choices for Woman of the Year 2016 — speaks articulately about the Trump phenomenon, as well as her own past with the Not-My-President-elect. Fabulously, she is interviews by the politically passionate Elizabeth Banks, who deliciously references their appearance together in the abysmal Swept Away, Madonna's so-far-last starring movie role.

Banks writes:

[Madonna] told me that my audition was funny and that I’d be good in the movie, and I just tried to keep ­breathing. I assume it was in that moment that Guy concluded I’d be the perfect, nubile idiot to cast in Swept Away. I won the part. The next few weeks were surreal for all of us. I had seen Madonna in concert as a teenager and had splurged on tickets for her Staples Center show scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001. Needless to say, that concert was postponed as the world came undone. But a couple of weeks after we met, I watched Madonna finish her Drowned World Tour. Before the music began that night, she started with a prayer for peace: “If you want to change the world, change yourself,” she told the crowd. Through tears, I sang along for the entire show.

On the topic of relevance and ageism, Madonna is painfully on-point:

I don’t ever think about my age until someone says something about it. I feel that I have wisdom, experience, knowledge and a point of view that is important. Can a teenager relate to that? Probably not. But that’s OK. I understand that. “Relevance” is a catchphrase that people throw out because we live in a world full of discrimination. Age is only brought up with regard to women. It’s connected to sexism, chauvinism and misogyny. When Leonardo is 60 years old, no one is going to talk about his relevance. Am I relevant as a female in this society that hates women? Well, to people who are educated and are not chauvinists or ­misogynists, yes.

Saying she felt “like someone died” when Hillary lost, Madonna speaks of interacting with Trump in the past. She is surprisingly even-handed, if clearly a critic:

I did a photo shoot years ago at [Trump’s] Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach [Fla.] for a Versace campaign. He’s a very friendly guy, ­charismatic in that ­boastful, macho, alpha-male way. I found his political incorrectness amusing. Of course, I didn’t know he was going to be running for ­president 20 years later. People like that exist in the world, I’m OK with it. They just can’t be heads of state. I just can’t put him and Barack Obama in the same ­sentence, same room, same job description.

On why so damn many women voted for the cheerfully misogynistic Trump, Madonna goes there fearlessly and ain't lie:

Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children.

More of Madonna's pearls of wisdom from this fascinating piece here. Madonna will receive Billboard's Woman of the Year award at Billboard's Women in Music event December 9 in New York City. It airs on Lifetime December 12. 

 


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