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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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Mar 18 2017
6-PACK — Bootylicious Life + JERSEYLICIOUS Death + A New Kind Of GLASS MENAGERIE + North Miami's LGBTQ Legacy + A Trump Voter Who Gets It + Trump, Who Does Not Get It! Comments (0)

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WIDGETManRumpsXXX: Check out “Talk Like Sex,” a François Sagat butt-a-thon (Work Unfriendly), after the jump below ...

Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 5.40.14 PMMike Aktari died at 28, Auntie Fee at 59 (Images via Facebook)

WIDGETExtraTV: Sexy Mike Aktari of Jerseylicious and sassy Auntie Fee of YouTube cooking fame have both died.

WIDGETThe Film Experience: Is Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie sublime?

WIDGETPress Release: Artist Alan Gutierrez unveils sculpture to “celebrate the legacy of Miami-Dade County's LGBTQ champions.” It covers 1977-2017, includes Moonlight.

UnnamedHonoring those who blazed trails (Image via News Travels Fast)

WIDGETDaily Kos: White Southern male voter for Trump admits he was wrong — goes viral:

WIDGETAOL: Trump rages against FAKE NEWS, claiming his awkward meeting with Merkel — he refused to shake her hand! — went great. I say:

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Keep reading for that amazing, butt-tastic Sagat short subject ...

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Mar 02 2017
6-PACK — Kathy Griffin Crowned + Jeff Sessions RECUSED + Oscars Flub The Fault Of Totally Incompetent PwC Accountants + Dunham Does LGBTQ Detroit + Born (This) Way! Comments (0)

WIDGETSFGMC: Kathy Griffin will be honored at Crescendo, the annual San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus charity event. Also at the gala: Jinkx Monsoon, Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 3.56.34 PMChely Wright.

WIDGETAlternet: WaPo broke Sessions story, framed it to minimize political fall-out.

Update from HuffPost: Sessions recused.

WIDGETWaPo: Six times Jeff Sessions has spoken out about perjury and special prosecutors.

WIDGETThe Wrap: The Oscars' veteran stage manager juicily describes incompetence of the PwC accountants!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Lena Dunham is matching donations to an LGBTQ center in Detroit. You go, Girls.

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WIDGETGay Times: BBC forced to explain why it de-gayed a cover of Lady Gaga's “Born This Way” on the TV show Let It Shine.

After the jump, watch the bowdlerized “BTW” ...

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Mar 01 2017
Oscars Flub For Kids Comments (0)
 
Feb 28 2017
6-PACK — Gary From Prison + Oscar Despoiler Was Emma Stoned + Bob Harper's Near-Death Experience + Swimmer's Mind + Mack Beggs: The Question! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.47.42 AMPeace out of prison three days ago! (Video still via ABC)

WIDGETTMZ: “Gary from Chicago” spent 20 years in the slammer on petty theft charges, was kissing Meryl Streep's hand at the Oscars three days later.

WIDGETNYDN: Confirmed by PwC, partner Brian Cullinan handed his dupe Best Actress envelope to Warren Beatty. He was distracted by tweeting a pic of Emma Stone.

WIDGETExtraTV: The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper had a heart attack, almost died was unconscious for two days, but says he is on the mend.

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.33.28 AMBob Harper wants you to know he is okay, and still hot. (Image via Instagram)

WIDGETOutsports: Former college swimmer on being gay: “If you're really young, don't let anyone tell you that you don't understand your feelings. You do.”

WIDGETCNN: Local newscaster pipes up articulately on the unfairness in the case of Mack Beggs, trans wrestler being forced to wrestler girls (his birth gender):

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Kenneth wants answers about what the rules should be regarding trans athletes — should a trans boy be wrestling girls?

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.30.32 AMMack Beggs (Images via Facebook)

 
Feb 27 2017
It's A Warren Piece Comments (0)

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Feb 02 2017
6-PACK — MOONLIGHT Man + The Late, Great David Oliver + Anti-LGBTQ Exec Order Coming? + Hot Guys + Fashionably Mature + Keke, Tamron, Lena! Comments (0)

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WIDGETTrevante Rhodes of Moonlight covers Out. He felt the pressure of being in a rare movie about “the coming-of-age of a young gay black man.”

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WIDGETKenneth remembers David Oliver, cut down in his prime by AIDS.

WIDGETHate pastor sees anti-LGBTQ discrimination as half-full.

Topman-SS17-Lookbook_fy13This is what Topman is hawking for spring. I just aged 10 years. (Image via Topman)

WIDGETGUY GAWK: The (hot) face of my (hot) singlet model. All American horse trainer. Topman twinks.

Allamericanguys-dave0Hi, Dave. (Image via All American Guys)

WIDGETBill Nye & Buzz Aldrin walk the runway at Men's Fashion Week!

WIDGETENTERTAINING TIPS: Keke Palmer drops into a squat for pap love. Tamron Hall leaves NBC. It's Girls: The Movie!

 
Jan 24 2017
MOONLIGHT Scores 8 Oscar Noms, LA LA LAND Frontlash Continues With 14 — Full List Comments (0)

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The Oscar nominations are here!

I used to find this stuff wildly exciting. My friend Tim Wright would lead a cabal of Jess Cagles (without the title) who would mincingly prepare our full lists of predictions and award points to each other based on who actually got nods, later doing the same for the awards.

As of now, I barely care. But I do care enough, especially this year — I'm so happy for the wonderful film Moonlight, which is beautifully written, acted and photographed, and which is gay to the molecular level while also tackling other themes (race, drug abuse, the concept of family, peer pressure, love). The movie becomes one of a select group of indisputably gay films (strategically, it was never marketed as such) to be nominated for Best Picture.

Moonlight also nabbed recognition for Actor in a Supporting Role (Mahershala Ali), Actress in a Supporting Role (Naomie Harris), Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score) and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) — eight nominations, which makes it the most-nominated gay film of all time, three ahead of Brokeback Mountain (2005).

I liked, but did not love, La La Land, and I have found it to be the recipient of a major backlash. It feels like it's half-loved, half-hated. Hollywood loves it, giving it a record-tying 14 nominations. Therefore, it is the one to beat.

Noteworthy exclusions:

No Hugh Grant for an admittedly light performance in Florence Foster Jenkins.

No Aaron Taylor-Johnson for an admittedly heavy performance in Nocturnal Animals; he was replaced by his co-star, Michael Shannon, who was even better.

I'm shocked Amy Adams didn't get a nod for Arrival. She was great in that, and she was great in Nocturnal Animals, and she always get nominated. Plus, Arrival did very well in the nominations otherwise. Competitive category.

Also, Hollywood continues to despise Annette Bening, the Susan Lucci of the Oscars.

No Pharrell for his Hidden Figures song.

I was surprised they found nine films to honor. I'll not be seeing all nine this year because you couldn't pay me to see Hacksaw Ridge. I've seen three outta nine so far and have tepid interest in most of the others, though Manchester by the Sea is definitely going to join my seen list.

All the nominees below ...

 

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