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Aug 29 2016
6-PACK — Trump Gets The Bigot Vote + Don Cheadle Hopes Trump Dies In A Grease Fire + Bieber's Bubble + Thigh Gazing + Can't Keep His Weiner In His Pants — HUMA'S OUT! + RIP Juan Gabriel + Brian Sims = SIGH! Comments (0)

*widget boy culture59% of voters think Donald Trump's speech appeals to bigots. Is he already outta time? Don Cheadle goes Don Cheadle on his ass.

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of butts, Justin Bieber—God help me—has a pretty perfect one, and reveals it. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureUp-the-hirsute view of a muscleguy.

*widget boy cultureAnother Anthony Weiner sexting scandal. This time, he did it with an NRA/Trump supporter. HUMA'S OUT!

*widget boy cultureMexican icon Juan Gabriel dies of massive heart attack @ 66 in midst of tour.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 9.53.16 AMI want to steal Brian Sims's boyfriend's boyfriend. (Video still via Brian Sims)

*widget boy cultureKeep reading to watch Rep. Brian Sims lip-synching for his life as Ariel (while driving) ...

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Aug 27 2016
Nate Parker, Battling News Of A Past Sexual Assault, Just Keeps Digging Himself Deeper Comments (0)

Nate Parker, whose The Birth of a Nation is one of the year's most widely anticipated and pre-acclaimed films, is doing an amazing job of promoting himself as a self-righteous, sexually stunted A-hole—but let's not leave homophobe off his résumé.

Parker was accused of sexual assault 17 years ago, along with his current collaborator Jean Celestin, while a college wrestler. Both were tried and Celestin—but not Parker—was convicted. The conviction was tossed.

The men were also accused of harassing and stalking the young woman, though their supporters denied this claim. She committed suicide in 2012—why, no one seems to know (which is not CncT1ErWgAAiUbuuncommon with suicide; there is no indication it was due to the events of 1999). 

Last week, doing damage control, Parker instead did more damage, telling Variety the rape was all about him:

Seventeen years ago, I experienced a very painful moment in my life. It resulted in it being litigated. I was cleared of it. That’s that. Seventeen years later, I’m a filmmaker. I have a family. I have five beautiful daughters. I have a lovely wife. I get it. The reality is, I can’t relive 17 years ago. All I can do is be the best man I can be now.

Variety also noted they'd heard Parker was entertaining the thought that this was part of a Hollywood conspiracy against him. Keeping a black man down? Hardly, when the core of the backlash is a true event. He was not convicted, so he deserves to live free. But being acquitted does not mean someone didn't do something heinous, and there's never been any sense that the woman lied—the prosecution simply couldn't get the jury to buy it as rape because she was inebriated when Parker and Celestin had sex with her.

Parker has never said nothing happened.

Charmingly, Parker also said he hadn't thought about the incident in the 17 years since it had occurred.

Regarding LGBTQ issues, Parker said in 2014 he would not play a gay character in order to “preserve the Black man.” In his opinion, Hollywood offers too many negative roles—he includes effeminate black men in the mix—so he would refuse to take any roles of “questionable sexuality.”

I find his sexuality questionable, though not in the way he's worried about.

Parker is a grown man making juvenile anti-gay generalizations (I was reminded of Denzel Washington coaching Will Smith—OF ALL PEOPLE—not to kiss a man onscreen in his movie debut because of the young men who looked up to him) in 2016, and he wants to drag his race in front of him to excuse it?

Meanwhile, Parker also seems incapable of connecting some pretty big dots. On the one hand, he is telling Ebony:

[The resurfacing of his assault case] is happening for a very specific reason. To be honest, my privilege as a male, I never thought about it. I’m walking around daring someone to say something or do something that I define is racist or holding us back, but never really thinking about male culture and the destructive effect it’s having on our community ... The crazy thing is a lot of people—a lot of men, if I’m just speaking for myself—don’t really start thinking about the effect of hyper-masculinity and false definitions of what it means to be a man until you get married or until you have kids. Because then all of sudden you have something to protect. In all actuality, we got to do better about preparing our men for their interactions with women.

On the other hand, he has yet to disavow his hyper-masculine reaction to the concept of playing a gay character in a movie.

All in all, he sounds like a smug and, yes, privileged man who is cloaking himself in victimhood. It will be interesting to see how Ava DuVernay (who has supported him so far) and Oprah Winfrey (also a booster, but a rape victim, too) will settle in their reaction to the highly controversial Parker and his film. Until then, I'm with Demetria Lucas D'Oyley and not with Cheryl Boone Isaacs. I think Hollywood has a long history of embracing scandal-tainted stars, though, so I would not count Parker out at Oscar time.

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6-PACK/politics —Trump Obscenely Capitalizes On Murder + Trump's Quack Doctor, Dismantled + TV Goes Into Remission From Dr. Drew + They're With Her + Steve Bannon: Tax Opportunist Or Voting-Fraud Expert? + Gov. LePage: POC = Enemy! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 2.23.03 PMDoes anyone—at all—believe that Trump prays? (Image via DonaldJTrump.com)

*widget boy cultureStar athlete Dwyane Wade's cousin is shot dead in Chicago, so Trump capitalizes on it with this sick tweet.

*widget boy cultureTrump's quack doctor, Dr. Bornstein, wrote his rousing assessment of Trump's health in all of five minutes!

*widget boy cultureTrump's doctor — IN QUOTES — has shady credentials, and his letter is B.S. — P.S. Shady Dr. Drew got canceled!

*widget boy cultureAnother endorsement Hillary doesn't want but can laugh about having: Wolfowitz (!). Also, the Teamsters = yay!

*widget boy cultureTrump's campaign chief Steve Bannon is either committing voting fraud or tax evasion?

*widget boy cultureGov. LePage of Maine, comparing skin color to uniforms, says POC are “the enemy” and “you shoot at the enemy”:

 
Aug 25 2016
Hillary Clinton On E-Mails (Again): I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT Comments (0)

Candidate Hillary Clinton has made her most directly apologetic remarks yet regarding the media-driven, lingering e-mail, er, scandal.

Speaking with CNN's Anderson Cooper, she took on the current narrative, that she was blaming former SOS Colin Powell for her woes:

I have the utmost respect for Secretary Powell. He was incredibly gracious and helpful after I was nominated and before I took the job. I appreciated the time he took when I was preparing to become secretary. I valued his advice. I'm not going to re-litigate in public my private conversation with him... I've been asked many, many questions in the past year about emails, and what I've learned is that when I try to explain what happened, it can sound like I'm trying to excuse what I did. And there are no excuses. I want people to know that the decision to have a single email account was mine. I take responsibility for it. I've apologized for it. I would certainly do it differently if I could.

I will never understand why this particular issue continues to fester, other than the media's desire to try to keep the presidential election a horse race, even when one of the candidates is a horse's ass.

 
Aug 23 2016
6-PACK — Courtney Acting Up + W Official Backs HRC + Clinton Foundation Helps People, Just Not Hillary At The Moment + Melania Suing Mad Over Hooker Smear + Josh Duhamel's Skivvies + 58-Year-Old Dancing Queen! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Courtney Act attended a Trump rally, had no problem finding idiots. Please vote for Hillary.

*widget boy cultureHighest-level Republican yet backs Hillary Clinton, cites experience, value, character.

*widget boy cultureWhat the Clinton Foundation does, did, does not do—and why it's Swiftboating 2.0.

*widget boy cultureMelania Trump using Hulk Hogan's lawyer to sue Daily Mail over escorting claims.

*widget boy cultureJosh Duhamel's underpants.

*widget boy cultureGreat footage of Madonna dancing in Cuba for her b'day after the jump ...

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Aug 21 2016
6-PACK — Ryan's Still Lyin' + Cher-able Assets + Who's That Girl On Film + Clinton Foundation Lodestone? + Kim Cattrall Older Than The Sexual Revolution + Céline Dion's Fan-Filled Arrival! Comments (0)

Nbc-lochte-lauer-team-160820-825x580He told Matt Lauer he was still drunk when he made up parts of this gunpoint-robbery tale. (Video still via NBC)

*widget boy cultureRyan Lochte says he “over-exaggerated” his Rio story, still clings to basic truth of it.

*widget boy cultureCher stumps for Hillary, calls Trump “the worst person I've ever seen.”

*widget boy cultureI KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE NOT HALF-BAD: Madonna's film career, revisited.

Desperately-Seeking-Susan-madonna-13413034-400-213This is me, the Cheetos are you. (GIF via Orion)

*widget boy cultureClintons urged to shut down controversial Clinton Foundation, avoid high-profile bash.

KimCattrall-Porkys004When Kim was in 1981's anti-gem Porky's (GIF via 20th Century Fox)

*widget boy cultureFlawless Kim Cattrall just turned 60, is probably having bendy, bendy sex somewhere.

*widget boy cultureCéline Dion knows how to make le freakin' entrance:

 
Aug 19 2016
6-PACK — '80s Fleshback + Trump's Ukrainian-Crook Campaign Manager Resigns Amidst Rumors The Candidate Is Sane + Lochte's Sowwwwy + Liz Land + Heard Mentality: Give Back + Gawker Thoughts! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: P-Town goes totally tubular with Carnival 2016's '80s theme!

*widget boy cultureTrump's top guy, Crooked Paul Manafort, has resigned. Can't run a campaign, how can Trump run the U.S.? 

*widget boy culture“Traumatized” (32-year-old) Lochte sorta apologizes for Rio robbery lies, launches a million white-privilege tweets.

*widget boy cultureYears after Elizabeth Taylor bought the farm, someone's now sold it.

Tumblr_m5fyoeCP431qg39ewo1_500(GIF via Paramount)

*widget boy cultureAmber Heard's Johnny Depp-divorce money—all $7M—is going to charity.

*widget boy cultureMeanest blogger ever will not miss Gawker.com

 
Aug 18 2016
Olympic Shame: Did Four U.S. Swimmers, Led By Ryan Lochte, Lie About Hold-Up? Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.42.04 AM(Video still via ABC)

Brazilian authorities believe that Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, totally fabricated their unbelievable—and, from the first, disputed—story of being held up at gunpoint by armed men posing as cops.

There is now video showing the group tussling with an armed guard at a gas station, and Brazilian police are considering filing charges against the men.

Lochte, who is home free in the U.S., reiterated to Today, “I wouldn't make up a story like this.”

 


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