ABOVE: Come follow Boy Culture here.
KENNETH IN THE (212): The week's gay mags, cover to cover.
NBC NEWS: Straight Pride organizer:
We're a totally peaceful racist group.
YAHOO! FINANCE: Billionaire Stephen Ross is doubling down on his support of Donald Trump, which should make your decision to avoid Eqinox and SoulCycle a little easier, and your decision to ignore the calls for a boycott a little harder. He says:
Trump is a centrist. He has a different style than most people are used to but he is strong. We need him as a strong leader. What he's done with China and taking on China — somebody had to do it, and he was probably the only person that would take them on. That’s important for the future of the United States.
Taking on China hasn't done wonders for the markets, and there is evidence the U.S.'s current relatively healthy economy (thank you, President Obama — check the graphs) is in danger. Aside from that, asserting that Trump, a virulently anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-woman pig is a centrist is cognitive dissonance at best, and gaslighting at second best. At worst, it's just being an anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-woman pig-lover.
Meanwhile, SoulCycle and Equinox adherents talk about possibly boycotting.
GAY.FLESHBOT (WORK UNFRIENDLY): Horrifying — and self-posted! — Macaulay Culkin pic analyzed.
THE HILL: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) promises people will lose health care if the GOP wins in '20.
JOE.MY.GOD.: Trump still employs undocumented workers.
TWITTER: Oldie but a baddie: Crazy Christian explains how Monster Energy Drink is Satanic:
What the sweet fuck 🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/Z4Y72PuU2Y— WTFGOP? #ImpeachTheMF (@DogginTrump) August 9, 2019
SLATE: If there is a gay divide over Marianne Williamson, I know which side I'm on.
TOWLEROAD: 600+ Alabama Methodists sign letter of apology to LGBTQ people.
HYPEBEAST: One of the best TV soundtracks ever: Euphoria, a challenging show that manages to effortlessly (and sometimes effortfully) touch on a litany of hot-button topics without sacrificing emotional engagement and entertainment value. And the tunes are consistently evocative.
TRUE CRIME DAILY: A douchebag in Missouri waltzed into a Walmart in fatigues, carrying an assault rifle and 100 rounds of ammo, deciding it would be cute to film everyone's terrified reactions a week or so after two highly publicized mass shootings. He was held at gunpoint by a firefighter. Oh, and he apparently did nothing illegal in the state of Missouri. Now, be black or Latinx or an Arab and try it. (Actually: Don't.)
VOGUE: In a new Vogue profile, Taylor Swift defends herself against allegations that her silence during the 2016 presidential election was a tacit endorsement of Trump. On the contrary, she says, not altogether credibly:
Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement. He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you. I just knew I wasn’t going to help. Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar. These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women. Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.
I'm not a Taylor hater, but this is kinda nonsensical.
Full Vogue cover credits:
Taylor Swift wears a Louis Vuitton jumpsuit. Rings by Cartier and Bvlgari. To get this look, try: Dream Urban Cover in Classic Ivory, Fit Me Blush in Pink, Tattoostudio Sharpenable Gel Pencil Longwear Eyeliner Makeup in Deep Onyx, The Colossal Mascara, Brow Ultra Slim in Blonde, and Shine Compulsion by Color Sensational Lipstick in Undressed Pink. All by Maybelline New York. Hair, Christiaan; makeup, Fulvia Farolfi. Fashion Editor: Tonne Goodman. Photographed by Inez & Vinoodh, Vogue, September 2019.