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Jan 28 2023
The Tyre Nichols Killing Shocks The Nation + Paul Pelosi's Attacker Speaks + Sam Smith On LOTS OF FEAR Surrounding UNHOLY + The Gay History Of THE WAY WE WERE + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: 80 for Beck.

BELOW: Keep reading for the Tyre Nichols tragedy, Paul Pelosi's attacker given airtime on Fox News, Sam Smith coming out of their shell and more  ...

Hot-guys-shirtless-boycultureA slot is open. (Image via video still)

SOCIALITE LIFE: By George, I think he's got it!

TWITTER: The Tyre Nichols video and the entire story is so heartbreaking. It's impossible to wrap my mind around this, and I can not understand how a Black person would feel watching the video and reading the details. How do all these Black officers go this far with a Black man knowing it's all being filmed, knowing the history? So many — too many — police officers are just total brutes. I don't know how his family can go on after this senseless thrill-killing.

“The police dept. Knocked on my door..” The mother of #TyreNichols tells Don Lemon @CNN#memphispd cover-up started the minute cops showed up to say her son had been arrested. They implied he was on drugs. “What they were describing was not my son.”

— Rebecca Aguilar (@RebeccaAguilar) January 28, 2023

Way-we-were-redford-streisand-gay-boyculture-hoflerMisty, water-colored memories ... (Image via Citadel)

AMAZON: Robert Hofler's new book on The Way We Were focuses on its gay inspiration, courtesy of the late Arthur Laurents.

DAILY BEAST: Things every gay teen did in the late '90s. When I was in my late 90s.

NYT: A new bombshell report reveals how then AG Bill Barr tried to expose flaws in the Trump-Russia investigation, which accidentally led to secret criminal investigations against ... Trump:

But after almost four years — far longer than the Russia investigation itself — Mr. Durham’s work is coming to an end without uncovering anything like the deep state plot alleged by Mr. Trump and suspected by Mr. Barr.

Moreover, a monthslong review by The New York Times found that the main thrust of the Durham inquiry was marked by some of the very same flaws — including a strained justification for opening it and its role in fueling partisan conspiracy theories that would never be charged in court — that Trump allies claim characterized the Russia investigation.

TWITTER: David DePape, the right-wing loon who damn near murdered Paul Pelosi, has issued a message from prison — and this should clear things up for righties who still pretend he was (checks notes) Pelosi's gay boyfriend:

HUFF POST: Rep. George Santos (R-New York) is now officially under criminal investigation.

BROADWAY WORLD: Title of the week: The Unimportance of Being Gay. The show is about a gay man who has been a sex maniac from a young age. Wait, that's the description of the week, too.

VARIETY: Danielle Deadwyler was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Till, but not necessarily by Andrea Riseborough, who is amazing in To Leslie. But Riseborough could be disqualifed from her nomination due to some Academy rules regarding campaigning, which is ... frankly, weird. Studios campaign all the time, and their gripe is a single Instagram post (deleted) and all her famous friends saying she was amazing. Worst of all, in a year with so many lead performances that deserved a slot, if Riseborough is iced out, NOBODY takes her place. Just four nominees. No Viola, no Danielle. (But as some have said, were they to give a nom to whomever came in sixth, imagine what would happen if that were Jennifer Lawrence for Causeway or Olivia Colman for Empire of Light?)

YOUTUBE: Sam Smith is getting dragged for that latest video's lewks, but of interest is the fact that they see their new album, Gloria, and its offshoots as personally liberating:

KENNETH IN THE (212): If you're a Blondie fan, books galore. If you're not, you should be.

EXTRATV: RIP Sylvia Syms, 89. Among many other career highlights, she was in Victim, the 1961 film about a barrister (Dirk Bogarde, who was gay in real life) being blackmailed for his sexual orientation. Groundbreaking film and still very entertaining and insightful.