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Sep 11 2017
Hieeee Energy: Inside RuPAUL'S DRAG CON NYC 2017! Comments (0)

Sasha *IMG_8522_newSasha, fierce, above; playing the Miss Fame game, inset (All images by Matthew Rettenmund; feel free to share with watermark)

*IMG_8879_newI just spent two days flying around RuPaul's Drag Con NYC 2017, the inaugural East Coast version of the popular West Coast dress-up confab, and boy are my charms tired — it takes a lotta energy to approach dozens of lovely ladies and laddies and ask them to pose, even when it's written all over their faces (in MAC) that they'd be more than happy to do so.

It was a balls-to-the-wall-of-your-thighs blast, though. World of Wonder once again struck wonder into the hearts of its legions of fans, I saw things I'll never forget and I got to meet the one and only RuPaul. Luckily, I already love myself, so there was no question how in the hell I was gonna love that particular someone else. 

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Jul 15 2017
6-PACK — Tate Modern + I Ru! + Museum Of Ex + Free Ryan Lochte + ALADDIN Casted + Drip, Drip, Bish! Comments (0)

Lg_d401f7-SharonTate-valley-of-the-dollsThe late Sharon Tate (Image via 20th Century Fox)

WIDGETDListed: Sharon Tate's sister says Jennifer Lawrence isn't pretty enough to play the late actress.

WIDGETNewNowNext: This gay couple's wedding will be officiated by Michelle Visage. Gagging!

WIDGETBravoTV: You can personally view that infamous Madonna letter that references Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone in NYC.

WIDGETExtraTV: Ryan Lochte, like, um, got off on those potential criminal charges in Brazil. Cool, dude!

Massoud-Mena-headshot-22hr-933x1024Aladdin's Mena Massoud (Image via headshot)

WIDGETJust Jared: For some reason, Guy Ritchie is being allowed to direct a live-action Aladdin. Meet his cast.

WIDGETTwitter @kylegriffin1: Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks points out all the parallels between that scandal and Trump/Russia.

 
May 08 2017
Why The MTV Movie & TV Awards Mattered Comments (0)

Aside from a catastrophic performance overall by otherwise endearing, adorbs host Adam Devine, the MTV Movie & TV Awards went bold this year, awarding actors instead of actors and actresses, and honoring a gay kiss, rewarding a diverse array of performers and performances.

I mean, the network's Best Kiss Award went to the young men who smooched in Moonlight — a black, gay kiss — which years ago would be about as likely as me not spending half my day on 7Sultans mobile casino app:

Some who rail against PC will find this move into the future irritating, but in particular, I've thought for a long time the arbitrary distinctions in Best Actor/Best Actress categories have felt like relics of the past. It feels like there is a Best Actor category, and then one for Actress just 'cuz, you know, the girls can't win.

But in MTV's first stab at a gender-neutral ceremony, a girl did win — Emma Watson took home the popcorn trophy for her role in Beauty and the Beast, itself a trail-blazing film for its somewhat “gay moment.”

I almost found Watson's speech ridiculous — she gave a heartfelt speech worthy of winning an Oscar, or a Nobel Peace Prize! — until I listened on and realized she was right to make a big deal about the award, and to take the time to unpack why she won it. She was right that it wasn't just for her acting, but also for what her film represents, and while we all know the MTV Movie & TV Awards are not going to be as free of politics and vote-rigging as the Oscars, I think the show's vibe and her speech really did make progress in the culture.

Sadly, though it took a move to VH1 for RuPaul to suddenly be recognized as the true icon he is — he was named an influencer by Time out of nowhere, finally! — and though he did win for Best Reality Series, he was not allowed to accept his award from the stage. Instead, host Devine dropped it at his table.

Choosing RuPaul (indeed, inviting him to a major awards show) was a big deal, but silencing him was pretty offensive, especially when there was a lot of crappy filler during the show — I mean, they could have cut the jaw-droppingly lame opening by 60 seconds to let Ru say something funny, no?

Still,  it was one false note in a show drenched in diversity — and not diversity for diversity's sake, but because diverse is what true excellence looks like.

Plus, it's always a pleasure to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson, especially when he's awarding my favorite movie of the year so far, Get Out, and seeing Maxine Waters given a hero's welcome was worth sitting through Noah Cyrus.

 

Tonight I had the pleasure of giving my buddy.. #danielkaluuya the @mtv Next Generation Award 🐯#getout

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Apr 21 2017
6-PACK — Getting To The Bottom Of Who Joey Stefano Was + French Terror Victim Was Cop, Gay-Rights Champ + Ellen Chats With Makeup Maven Reuben de Maid + Caitlyn Hits Trump Where He Lives + Richard Simmons Spotted + Gilbert Baker's New Font! Comments (0)

Joey-StefanoA new biopic will attempt to bring gay-porn legend Joey Stefano's life into focus.

WIDGETUnicorn Booty: There's a Joey Stefano biopic coming, and both Michelle Visage and Alaska will be in it! 

Rare Videos of Joey Stefano & Downtown A-Listers Speaking Candidly

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: The French cop killed in last night's terror attack was a member of a pro-LGBT police organization. Insanity, and right before the election.

WIDGETEllenTV: Little Big Shots star Reuben de Maid chats with Ellen about being bullied for wearing makeup, performs:

WIDGETABC News: Caitlyn Jenner won't play golf with Trump over his anti-trans ways. What a powerful statement. (Eye roll.) Also, she's 100% for marriage equality:

WIDGETExtraTV: Proof of life — Richard Simmons is pictured (kinda) for the first time in three long years.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): How cool! There's a new font that honors the contribution of LGBTQ-rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, who recently died:

 
May 29 2016
Embedded In RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE: BATTLE OF THE SEASONS! Comments (0)
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(All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless otherwise noted) 

I've watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, I've done drag as Samantha Fox and I just co-wrote a book with none other than Alaska, so count me in when another RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons event hits NYC.

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This past week's extravaganza was a blast! I was able to do the VIP meet-and-greet hour, where I shot all the girls—Manila Luzon, Miss Fame, Sharon Needles, Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Adore Delano, Ginger Minj and Alaska herself—and then even managed to work my way backstage for some quality time with the low-lifes in high heels.

IMG_6278The merch available was incredible.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.28.20 AMThe Ru queens attract more female than male fans. Discuss.

IMG_6348Alaska's necklace really got into the groove.

IMG_6346Purr-fect Adore Delano

IMG_6300Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki! Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki!

IMG_6373A fan, in the pink

IMG_6311She skipped her hometown (Atlanta) show because Katya wasn't in it, instead hopping on a plane to NYC!

IMG_6287BeatenFaceTime with Courtney Act

IMG_6291America knows good drag queens when they see them. Here, actual girls give drag a woman's touch.

IMG_6321The Miss Fame game

IMG_6352Who killed Marilyn Monroe? Ask her! Sharon Needles serves old-time glamour.

IMG_6310Ginger Minj goes blonde. Does the carpet match the drapes? Honey, what about that curtain rod?

IMG_6377Katya, in the act

IMG_6390Jinkx Monsoon season

IMG_6331It takes two, it takes two ... Michelle Visage and friends

IMG_6362With so much feminine beauty around, I still couldn't help noticing the boy of anyone's dreams.

IMG_6423This one also would not have to sashay away.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.58.50 AMEven Bianca was “there.” I could only think of this book cover. (Book cover via Simon & Schuster)

Backstage was a hoot. Or a hooter.

Sharon was friendly as could be, and embracing a far less Goth look, one of which Eve Arden would approve.

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Nov 22 2015
Need To Know: Page/Old Problem + Pittin' Out + Flight Of Farsi + Shirley Bassey Is Wrong—Period + Rugby Studs + MORE! Comments (0)

Mark-FoleyFoley's Lewinsky exposed him for the greater good, not for attention or even to take down a Republican.

*widget boy cultureFormer Rep. Mark Foley's page finally opens up about the creep. Images

*widget boy cultureBrad Pitt goes full-on silver daddy.

*widget boy culturePassengers almost kicked off flight for speaking Arabic.

*widget boy cultureBeing openly gay will get you killed in Iraq.

*widget boy cultureThis is in the middle of NYC for some reason.

*widget boy cultureUnfortunately, Shirley Bassey is an ignoramus.

*widget boy cultureMichelle Visage tells you how to be a diva.

*widget boy cultureHOT nude rugby calendar is on the way. Images

Nude-rugbyLet me count the days ...

 
Oct 21 2014
She's A Wonder: Michelle Visage Has Brass Drag Balls Comments (0)

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Michelle Visage finally gets around to doing Jonny McGovern's Hey Qween!, and it's a match made in homo heaven...

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