36 posts categorized "ISRAEL"

May 21 2015
Need To Know: Server Trouble + Bomer On The Beach + Dipdonna + Maya Country 'Tis Of Thee + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureABOVE: That infamous “FAGS” receipt was actually just a joke.

*widget boy cultureAmazing al Qaeda document dump.

*widget boy cultureAloha, Matt Bomer's nipples!

*widget boy cultureMan whose HIV took 30 years to show symptoms.

*widget boy cultureThat infamous anti-gay church in Harlem is really spreading Christian love.

*widget boy cultureDIPDONNA!: Madonna dating Diplo?

*widget boy cultureControversial Madonna photo is old and a scam to plug an Israeli party.

*widget boy cultureMegyn Kelly's guest calls out Fox for “creating cloud of corruption” around Hillary.

*widget boy cultureTrespassing gynocopter pilot looking at hard time.

*widget boy cultureDuggar dad turned in his own son, Josh, for child molestation???

*widget boy cultureTed Cruz won't deny personal contempt for LGBT people.

*widget boy cultureDavid Letterman signs off for good.

*widget boy cultureMaya Rudolph parodies over-singers.

*widget boy cultureBELOW: Check out the BULGE on this one.

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May 02 2015
Fight The Real Enemy? We Are. Comments (0)

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Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass continue to be absolute train-wrecks. How people this tone deaf become wealthy is surprising. I have to assume they were born into part of it, allowing them much easier access to continuing success? Otherwise, I'm impressed. In a bad way.

After Reisner and Weiderpass initially defended their hosting of unapologetically anti-gay Sen. Ted Cruz in their apartment, where a guy died after a drug-fueled night of partying just a few months earlier, both have since issued statements acknowledging they were wrong and apologizing for it.

However, how sorry are they, when they continue trying to get press not to apologize and move on, but to explain why they were not wrong in the first place, and to defend themselves as pro-gay?

In their new sit-down with New York magazine, they're clearly treating the entire matter very lightly; their tone is that it's ridiculous that people were so upset:

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Very flippant. Very charmed by their own non-existent cleverness.

Weiderpass passionately defends his record as a gay-rights supporter, and continues to push what he sees as a big achievement—getting  Cruz to admit he would love his daughter all the same if she were a lesbian. See, I'm actually much more interested in how Cruz votes and in how he demonizes gay people in the public sphere, much more so than I am interested in whether he's a loving dad. Dick Cheney loves Mary Cheney, but he was still part of the most successful anti-gay pushes in history. Legally, he helped push gay to the brink of being illegal. So it matters not one iota to me whether or not he loves his gay daughter, unless we're discussing his humanity, in which case I'd say it makes him a slightly better person, but deeply hypocritical.

This is actually the problem with how they're arguing their own case, actually. They think because they've done good things for gay rights, they can't personally be anti-gay—that they're not the enemy.

It's not even about them as people. They're gay, they probably want good things for gay people. However, if they're willing to provide gay cover for a homophobe with actual power, and if they're supporting candidates who are anti-gay, that—as in the Cheney example—pits them against gay people. That is what gay-friendly people should protest, not, “These guys are anti-gay in their hearts!” Because that's not what counts, unless you're trying to be their friend.

As a bonus in how-not-to-resuscitate-your-public-image, Reisner throws in that The Out, which some people are boycotting, isn't making any money anyway. He makes this point while insulting his customers:

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They end by saying they want the issue resolved. I'm not sure why anyone should forgive and forget when they're clearly just struggling to make themselves look better and make anyone upset with them seem like they're overreacting.

 
Apr 23 2015
The Pines & The Out Hotel On W. 42nd St. Are Dead To Me Comments (0)

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This blows my mind, not that rich assholes are often Republicans, not that gay rich assholes could be Republicans, but that gay rich assholes who are Republicans could even bear to be in the same room with the virulently anti-gay (and forget the gay issue, anti-intelligent) Ted Cruz. 

Weiderpass (Reisner is saying he was merely a guest...in his own apartment) held an intimate event for the buffoonish Cruz at which Cruz allegedly said he'd be okay if one of his children were gay (how big of him!), though he is still opposed to gay marriage and any LGBT protections.

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Reisner's bullshit comment to the Times that he disagrees with Cruz on social issues is not helpful. It's the same thing as saying you don't personally care about those issues if you're willing to back or even support at this level a person who is actively opposed to them. What's the point of donating money to gay causes then supporting a president and party whose platform is against those causes?

Cruz is strongly for a business's right to refuse service to gay people!

What's even more mind-blowing is that Cruz would show up to an event at an apartment where a gay man died after a night of sex and drugging. It's not like Reisner murdered him, but Jesus, the optics are pretty shocking. I wouldn't let a pro-gay candidate set foot in that place, let alone would I advise a conservative to pose for photos there.

Reisner and Weiderpass own The Out on W. 42nd Street, a gay hotel (which, whenever I say that to anyone from outside NYC, never fails to elicit confusion).

Reisner also now owns the Pines. What an insidious thing—anti-gay forces (even if they're gay tools) will be taking gay money and, in all likelihood, funneling it to political interests that are anti-gay. It's a self-defeating cycle.

Does anyone want to explain to me why I should ever feel good about setting foot in The Out again? I've already got a damn Braodway Bares Solo Strips ticket. (I've never been to Fire Island, so me not going to the Pines is a hollow declaration.)

Boycotts, some say, are not effective. Others disagree. But how about, results aside, boycotting aside, just feeling sick giving money away to someone who thinks Ted Cruz is a serious person?

I am against denying services to people for their political beliefs. If I owned a printing press, I'd print anything legal. If I owned a bakery, ditto. But this is discretionary money spent for enjoyment, and I don't see why I shouldn't take mine elsewhere.

UPDATE: Reisner issues a damage-control statement. He's got young, cute NYC nightlife types stanning for him on Facebook, too, arguing that we should be able to sit down with people with whom we have differences. Not when the difference is that person thinks I should be illegal.

 
Apr 03 2015
Need To Know: Kerry On + Ash Crack + Rehab Workout + Gay Joke + The Fix Is In + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureAmazing nuke deal with Iran. Last grasp for Kerry.

*widget boy cultureAshley Parker Angel's not on crack, but you'll wish you were.

*widget boy cultureYES, YES, YES: New Amy Winehouse doc is on the way.

*widget boy cultureSam Smith's April Fool's Day joke makes some people mad.

*widget boy cultureGov. Pence (R-Indiana) signs so-called “fix” bill.

*widget boy cultureNYC photo exhibit is a can't-mister!

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*widget boy culture“Religious freedom” mixed bag from Arkansas.

*widget boy cultureGay h.s. jock berated and chased.

*widget boy cultureWhy Rebel Heart is tanking.

*widget boy cultureMadonna Rebel Heart mega-mix, after the jump...

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Mar 17 2015
Gay You, Gay Me + Right Makes Might + Try Me A River + So Funny They Forgot To Laugh + Prodigal Son + Fresh Kills + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureJames Franco is not exactly gay. Let's say he's post-straight.

*widget boy cultureIsrael seems to be voting against peace, ever.

*widget boy cultureNetanyahu plays the race card, straight outta the Republican playbook.

*widget boy cultureRiver Viiperi gets pumped.

*widget boy cultureJokin' about a guy's dad dying in 9/11 and about Paul Walker's death.

*widget boy cultureWill Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy is queer for prison-rape jokes.

*widget boy cultureD&G exec quits over their gross comments. Piers Morgan plays bullying card!

*widget boy cultureThe Breakfast Club mini-reunion.

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*widget boy culture(Almost) More Michael Hoffman than you can handle.

*widget boy cultureLET'S MAKE A DEAL WITH IT: Getting en-gay-ged on daytime TV.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay Chief Justice Moore's son is a career criminal already.

*widget boy cultureMiley's Bangerz tour DVD trailer is up.

*widget boy cultureI'm remembering Jane Krakowski's Madonna jokes on 30 Rock.

*widget boy cultureNatalia Kills is NOT sorry for her vicious words to wannabe.

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Mar 09 2015
Age Of Treason Comments (0)

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Members of Congress attempting to undermine President Obama's work toward a nuke deal with Iran. They seem to be treating Obama like a terrorist and seem completely in the thrall of foreign interests. I can't wait until this hopefully short-lived Republican power burst is squelched.

 
Mar 03 2015
Prime Cuts Comments (0)

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's 45-minute speech to Congress has been described as a shocking affront. Hopefully, it will backfire on him at home and on Congress here. I'm telling you, 2016 can't get here fast enough.

 
Jan 22 2015
Need To Know: Throwing SHADES + By Alien Means + Jeb & Mitt 2016 + Je Suis Idiot + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFifty Shades of Grey looks ridiculous, but it's tracking to be huge.

*widget boy culture130,000 pages of declassified UFO files hit the Web.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's victory-lap Facebook post as hacker is arrested.

*widget boy cultureRunaways Svengali Kim Fowley has died @ 75.

*widget boy cultureMAYBE THEY'LL CANCEL OUT?: Jeb & Mitt meeting in Utah.

*widget boy cultureISIL executions were real, but not necessarily about homosexuality.

*widget boy cultureThese are the only states that care about transgender students.

*widget boy cultureParis vs. Fox News—“this guy's clearly a complete idiot.”

*widget boy cultureMinnesota dad vs. his black daughter's school bullies.

*widget boy cultureThis poor ball boy at the Australian Open really lived up to his name: