75 posts categorized "ANDERSON COOPER"

May 06 2019
Madonna, Andy Cohen & More Honored At GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS; Queen Of Pop Urges Everyone To Give Back, But Never Give Up Comments (0)

IMG_1032Unyielding advocate for personal power and giving back (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I bought my ticket for the 30th GLAAD Media Awards upon learning that Madonna would be honored there as a tireless Advocate for Change, a much-needed reboot of our appreciation for all she's done for LGBTQ people over the years.

I always cover the carpet, but figured she would not walk — and was right — so wanted to be sure I had a nice spot inside.

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In the meantime, sadly, one of my dogs has been caught in a life-or-death health battle, so I thought I'd have to pass up the awards. As it turned out, he was in good hands Saturday, so I was able to take a breath, Screen Shot 2019-05-06 at 11.56.56 AMgo and enjoy a very memorable night.

Pictured with my longtime buddy Lav ->

I did the carpet with my old friend Peter Dee, who manned the Q&A part while I filmed. (It's Boy Culture, not Dad Culture.) I wore my familiar CK jacket but accessorized with a vintage Madonna purse to hold my video cam.

The carpet's always fun — you're stressed out that you don't deserve to be next to major news orgs, then overhear that they'd accidentally been recording their interviews on slow-mo, or that someone will IMG_4046hog too much time with the best gets, leaving you with the dregs, then find out the ones you really want have no problem circling back to you anyway.

My own snafu — my video sometimes records with all the audio pitched to one side, not stereo. And I can't figure it out. So watch our supercut of snippets from Shangela (she tackles MAYOchella), Gus Kenworthy (got to say hello to his boyf Matt Wilkas), May Hong of Tales of the City, the Pose cast, Trace Lysette and Alexandra Billings of Transparent, Yuval David (Madam Secretary), Jonathan Van Ness, Sonja Morgan, Adam Rippon, Benito Skinner and more ... but do so with one ear:

With the carpet behind me, I dashed inside to find I was seated at a great table, where I met the owners of the Stonewall Inn. (We also had a Jennifer Coolidge caricature at the table who was apparently a Trumper, as she loudly complained about a very pregnant Chelsea Clinton's passionate speech about tolerance.

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IMG_0966The dress was exquisitely, appropriately over-the-top-and-beyond ...

The show was one of GLAAD's best, with participation from the Pose cast, Rachel Brosnahan, and a hilarious presentation by Sarah Jessica Parker of the Vito Russo Award to Andy Cohen, who she teased for his younger wild ways. Shangela was a most capable hostess. One could even say she had the mostess.

I realized right away my camera gave me carte blanche, so I went from table to table getting lovely posed pics of Sarah Jessica Parker and Anderson Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen, Rosie O'Donnell and more.

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When Madonna strolled into the banquet room about 25 minutes before her presentation and took a seat, shielding her eyes with red sunglasses, I did not hesitate. I was the first photographer to approach and politely ask for a shot. She turned her head and said, “Nope, nope, nope.” Asked and answered!

IMG_1134Yes, Madonna got teary-eyed.

Still, I was able to park by the stage, so I got excellent close-ups when she was affectionately lampooned by Shangela (in a cone bra) and celebrated by Anderson Cooper, Rosie O'Donnell and queer rapper Mykki Blanco. Taking the stage to the strains of her new empowerment anthem “I Rise,” Madonna gave a lovely, funny, bittersweet speech, in which she thanked Christopher Flynn, Keith Haring and her best friend Martin Burgoyne for helping to form her values, remembering through some tears the plague years, when she went to St. Vincent's and embraced dying men in their beds to give them humanity. 

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She spoke of her refusal to turn her back on marginalized people, promising to never let her LGBTQ fans down.

IMG_1077The gays — including actual gay Gus Kenworthy & honorary gay SJP back there — watching Madonna speak

She was most emotional when talking about how her commitment to fighting AIDS led her to champion Malawi, from which she adopted four of her six kids.

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For comedy, Madonna recalled making Truth or Dare and having had no idea it would inspire men to come out as gay, let alone suck off so many Evian bottles.

Best of all, Madonna delivered a rousing reminder that we need to be who we are, whether people like it or not. She raised two middle fingers as she made this evergreen pronouncement, which came minutes after she'd pledged $25,000 to GLAAD during an auction run by celebrity benefit auctioneer Erin Ward that evening.

Madonna's gratitude to gay men in particular (no mention of her gay, estranged bro Christopher Ciccone) was palpable, her wit was in good order and she was, as ever, unready to back down from anyone or anything.

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IMG_1208Wrapping up

I also loved her use of a James Baldwin quote about how we don't own anything, but are mere shepherds of our talents — and we owe it to everyone to give back.

All this, and she was 15 feet away from me!

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IMG_1259Madonna was feeling both Rosie and Shangela — and Shangela had made fun of her cone bra!

After that, she sneaked back through the stage and vanished, hand-in-hand with Rosie O'Donnell, but everyone else stayed and after-partied. She had, after all, told us in parting that Madame X is a freedom fighter, and a freedom fighter's work is never done.

Check out a chunk of Madonna's speech here:

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Feb 20 2019
Shawn Hatosy Moons Ya + Trivago Guy Shucks His Shirt + Jussie Case Is Like If RuPaul Robbed A Bank + Meet Big Dipper + Bernie's Millions + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Such fun-derwear!

BELOW: Keep reading for Hatosy's tail, Trivago guy shirtless, a darkly comedic take on Jussie Smollett and more ...

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May 04 2018
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Junk, Trunk + Pence Swears In Revolting Homocon Grenell + Roseanne Barr Gets Owned By Stormy Daniels + Kenworthy & Rippon Team Up + Trump Says Giuliani Will GET HIS FACTS STRAIGHT + More! — 12 PACK Comments (0)

Above: Model Evan Harman matches a tank with a crank.

Below: Keep reading for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's greatest tits, Pence swearing in a (racist, sexist) gay man, Stormy Daniels trouncing Roseanne Barr, Kenworthy & Rippon to reunite, Danny Montero: Coverboy, Ada Vox speaks, Anderson Cooper gobsmacked, and more ...

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Apr 25 2018
Comey On Talk Of Deep State: NONSENSE Comments (0)

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James Comey during his CNN Town  Hall special with Anderson Cooper denied there is a “deep state,” but spoke of how dangerous it is when the POTUS is intentionally trying to harm the FBI, the rule of law and our other institutions of justice:

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Mar 26 2018
Gus On GAY TIMES + RIP Colton Haynes's Mom + Stormy's Big Ratings + Can Stormy ID Trump's Junk? + You Can ID Adam DeVine's Junk + Adam Rippon's Lewks + Trump's Trans Ban Via Pence + Puerto Vallarta Hate Crime + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Matteo Lane giving Tony Sansone vibes.

Below: Keep reading for Gus Kenworthy on Gay Times, Colton Haynes's tragic loss, Stormy's double-D ratings, Rippon's lewks, Trump's trans ban, hate crime in Puerto Vallarta, ACT UP anniversary, Adam DeVine full monty, cute dude, Bieber shirtless and Todrick Hall's hot new track ...

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Mar 25 2018
Stormy Daniels: HE KNOWS I'M TELLIN' THE TRUTH + Avenatti The Hottie + Santorum's Verbal Diarrhea + Sam Smith's Honor + Speedo Calendar + Sexy Copper! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

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Above: If you heard me on The Adam Sank Show, here is that gays-on-TV piece I was talking about!

Below: Keep reading for Stormy's storm, her hot lawyer's hot promise, Santorum's colossal foot-in-mouth comments, Sam Smith's joy, a Speedo calendar and a sexy cop ...

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Mar 15 2018
Anderson Cooper Breaks Up, Hooks Up + Dylann Roof's Racist Sis + Natalee Holloway Ghoul Dies + Hollinghurst On Gay Sex + LOVE, SIMON Is Needed + Trump Brags Of Lying + Coming Out By Stealing Porn + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Guys galore here. (Follows & likes appreciated.)

Below: Keep reading for the scoop on Anderson Cooper going from taken to taken, Dylann Roof's insane sibling, the dude who dug up Natalee Holloway got stabbed to death, Alan Hollinghurst on sex, the idea of whether Love, Simon is gay enough, Mueller subpoenas Trump Org, Trump boasts of trade lie, trans suicide, Jesse Tyler Ferguson's embarrassing coming-out story, guy mostly in a kilt, Village People imposters, Dua Lipa on The Ellen DeGeneres Show ...

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Feb 05 2018
Kathy Griffin Speaks Out At Length On The DOUBLE STANDARD That Has (Temporarily?) Marred Her Career Comments (0)

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The THR piece on Kathy Griffin's flame-out and hoped-for comeback is well worth a read ...

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