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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)

Madonna Billboard(Image  by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott via Billboard)

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. 

Nov 17 2016
Every Word Of This Comments (0)
Nov 16 2016
6-PACK — Engaging Gay Celebs + Gosselaar Bears All + One SCOTUS Pick Wants Gays Jailed + Trump's Alleged Victims Speak + Trump Political Arm? + Joe Simpson Ailing Comments (0)

Sun rays, tittays ☀️

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*widget boy cultureABOVE: Ricky Martin is engaged to this. BELOW: Jonathan Knight is engaged to this. I'm single!

*widget boy cultureMark-Paul Gosselaar goes full-on bear.

*widget boy cultureOne Trump SCOTUS possible believes gay people should be imprisoned for having sex. Period.

*widget boy cultureThe women who have accused Trump of sexual impropriety speak out: “We as a country did not listen.”

*widget boy cultureTrump wants political arm outside White House — sounds like he's making good on this.

*widget boy cultureJessica Simpson's manager/photographer dad Joe, rumored to be gay, reportedly has stage 4 cancer.

Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 10.14.11 AMI worked with Joe in my teen-pop days. Always a lovely  man. (Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

Nov 10 2016
This Is Painful ... And It Will Be For A Long Time: Chelsea Handler Reacts To Hillary's Crushing Loss Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-11-10 at 11.12.49 AM(Video still via Netflix)

Chelsea Handler welcomed the wonderful Sen. Barbara Boxer to her show Chelsea for a day-after-the-election postmortem that wound up awfully emotional.

This is a deeply touching time for me, watching Boxer tear up while contemplating writing to Hillary to console her over her loss.

Boxer, struggling to be optimistic, offers many words of wisdom, with the upshot being:

You pick yourself up ... and you fight even harder for our country, 'cause it's ours! It's ours!

It's very hard to find the inspiration at this point, but I am still seeking it.


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Nov 09 2016
Hillary Clinton's Classy, Gracious, Deeply Personal Concession Speech: I'M SORRY — This Is Not At All The Kind Of Speech Trump Would Have Given Had He Lost Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-11-09 at 11.51.15 AMHillary chokes back tears during her historic concession speech. (Video still via CNN)

Hillary is gonna be fine. The rest of us, not so much. She didn't forget anyone in her speech.

Top quotes:

I'm sorry that we did not win this election ...

Being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it, too, and so do tens of millions of Americans ... This is painful, and it will be for a long time ... Our campaign was never about one person, or even about one election.

We have seen our nation is more deeply divided than we thought.

We must accept this, though, and then look to the future.

Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind ...

Let's do all we can to keep advancing the values and causes we all hold dear.

I am so grateful to stand with all of you.

To the Obamas: We thank you for your graceful and determined leadership.

To her family: My love for you means more than I can ever express.

To secret supporters: Make sure your voices are heard goin' forward.

To the young people in particular ... I've had successes and I've had setbacks, sometimes really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your ... careers. You will have setbacks, too. This loss hurts, but please, never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it. And so, we need you to keep up these fights and for the rest of your lives.

And to all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

I know that I haven't shattered that hightest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.

To little girls: ... you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.

If we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions and love for our nation, our best days are still ahead of us.

Quotes scripture.

There is more work to do.

Matthew: [Shimmies, ugly-cries] Woo!

Nov 08 2016
Georgette Michael: Allison Lane/Hillary Clinton Will Be Your Mother Figure Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-11-08 at 10.04.30 AM(Video still via Allison Lane)

Allison Lane—as Hillary—promises we will “put those tiny hands away” and urges you to VOTE TODAY ...

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Nov 05 2016
Women Are Outvoting Men In Every State Where Date Is Available By Higher-Than-2012 Margins Comments (0)


Women skew Democratic.

Women favored Obama over McCain in 2008. (Even with a woman as his veep.)

Women favored Obama over Romney in 2012.

Women are now—in every state where data is available—outvoting men by a greater margin than they did in 2012, when they were 53.7% of the voters. They could be on track to be 56% of the electorate, or even more.

That data has to favor Hillary Clinton.

This is before we get into the skyrocketing Latinx vote in Florida and elsewhere, and the fact that the black vote—which was off in early voting—has picked up.

Keep calm and vote.

6-PACK/politics —Beyoncé Tosses Cookies In Trump's Face + Philly Unions Planning For Election Day + Trump Fighting For Right To Disenfranchise Voters! + Florida: We Got This + Hillary vs. Bullying + The Brainless Elector! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Pantsuited Beyoncé's appearance with Hillary used Hillary's own words to great, feminist effect.

*widget boy culturePhilly unions plan van service on Election Day. SEPTA should just relent a day out of self-preservation.

*widget boy cultureTrump & the RNC have been served a restraining order for voter intimidation in Ohio—and they're appealing!

*widget boy cultureFlorida's Latinx population is going to bring that state into Hillary's column—period.

*widget boy cultureMelania's uses Marla's words to fight bullying, but Hillary has a $500M plan to stop it.

*widget boy cultureIn 240 years, the U.S. has had 100+ faithless electors: Here's the latest, a #NeverHillary one in Washington State.


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