Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Olivia Newton-John, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato To Guest Judge On RuPaul's Drag Race


RuPaul has shared a list of celebrity guest judges for the upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race have been announced, and what a line-up it is.

Olivia Newton-John, Jessica Alba, Mel B, Demi Lovato, John Waters, Kathy Griffin, Jordin Sparks, Michael Urie and Rebecca Romijn are all slated to appear in the new season beginning March 3rd on Logo Network.

In addition to the guest star power, Ru brings in new judges - Queer Eye fashion expert Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews.

Executive Producer RuPaul had this to say about the new judges: "Yes, Virginia, there is a gay Santa Claus! I asked for a new, wickedly funny, smart and experienced judge…and I got two! Ross and Carson are the perfect addition to the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ family because they're not just show biz experts, they’re superfans and longtime lovers of the art of drag."

Now HERE'S A 2015 Super Bowl Commercial I Can Get Behind - Budweiser


Now THIS is how you do a Super Bowl commercial with a puppy.

Budweiser knows what it's doing. GoDaddy flunked this class.

Uber-cute. Dogs rule.



Alabama: Federal Judge "Clarifies" - Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Applies To ALL Counties


When Federal Judge Granade ruled that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, the Alabama Probate Judge's Association (probate judges issue marriage licenses in the state) issued an "opinion" that the ruling only applied to the plaintiffs in the case - not the entire state.

Plaintiffs ask for clarification from judge; plaintiffs get clarification from judge.

And it's exactly what we expected. Judge Granade doesn't suffer fools lightly.

From Judge Granade's Clarifying Judgement today:

"Because the court has entered a stay of the Judgment in this case, neither the named Defendant, nor the Probate Courts in Alabama are currently required to follow or uphold the Judgment. However, if the stay is lifted, the Judgment in this case makes it clear that ALA. CONST. ART.I, § 36.03 and ALA.CODE § 30-1-19 are unconstitutional because they violate the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."

[snip]

"A clerk who chooses not to follow the ruling should take note: the governing statutes and rules of procedure allow individuals to intervene as plaintiffs in pending actions, allow certification of plaintiff and defendant classes, allow issuance of successive preliminary injunctions, and allow successful plaintiffs to recover costs and attorney's fees."

Should the 11th Circuit Court not issue an extended stay on the ruling, the current stay placed on the ruling by Judge Granade will expire and marriage equality will begin in Alabama on February 9th.

You can read the clarification below:

Madonna Turns Interview Into A Drinking Game


The Queen of Pop, Madonna, sits down with Australia's Richard Wilkins for a chat about her upcoming album Rebel Heart.

BUT - there are rules in a Madonna interview and she makes them. Ask a stupid question and you have to take a shot of tequila. Ask a "rock her world" question and Madge takes a shot.

Seems to me there can be no losers here :)

I think she comes across smart, charming and funny.


Truth: For Those Disappointed In Snowmagedon 2015

(via Boy Culture)

Sen. Rand Paul Does Snapchat Interview


You'll recall the right-wing pundits howled when President Obama agreed to be interviewed by YouTube creators.

In this clip from CNN, Sen. Rand Paul becomes the first U.S. lawmaker to take part in a Snapchat interview.

I hardly think THIS qualifies as "dignified."

Cancelled Super Bowl Commercial From GoDaddy


In an attempt to riff on the popular Budweiser "lost puppy" commercial, internet website provider GoDaddy came up with this ad that depicts a puppy falling off of a truck and separated from his family.

After surviving treacherous conditions and finding his way home, "Buddy's" owner rejoices saying “I’m so glad you made it home… because I just sold you on this website I built with GoDaddy.com."

A Change.org petition of over 40,000 signatures encouraged GoDaddy to pull the ad and go with something else.

From GoDaddy:

At the end of the day, our purpose at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world build a successful online presence. We hoped our ad would increase awareness of that cause. However, we underestimated the emotional response. And we heard that loud and clear. The net result? We are pulling the ad from the Super Bowl. You’ll still see us in the Big Game this year, and we hope it makes you laugh. Finally, rest assured, Buddy came to us from a reputable and loving breeder in California. He’s now part of the GoDaddy family as our Chief Companion Officer and he lives permanently with one of our longtime employees.

I found the ad in very poor taste.



(h/t JMG)

Super Bowl Commercial: Carls Jr. "All Natural Burger"


One Million Moms is already protesting this "extremely inappropriate" commercial from Carls Jr. promoting their new "All-Natural Burger."

Via email:
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, both owned by CKE Restaurants, are at it again by using sex to sell burgers.

Their new ad is extremely inappropriate to air at any time, but especially while families are likely watching. Their "All-Natural" commercial will surely ruin family time once again.

The commercial that will be shown at the Super Bowl features a woman who appears to be naked as she walks through a farmer’s market. This is as close to complete nudity as you can get because she appears to be nude until the end when she is in full view wearing a string bikini top and tiny shorts while eating a hamburger from Carl's Jr.

TAKE ACTION: Please contact Carl's Jr. (CKE Restaurants) through our website and ask them to pull their Super Bowl ad immediately! Also encourage them to be more responsible next year if they choose to run ads during the Super Bowl again. If they would like our support, they must no longer air sexually explicit ads.

Trust me - this commercial will NOT ruin any male viewers TV viewing experience. Straight and gay men will love this. Plus, several lesbians I know.  So, no worries One Million Moms.




Mike Huckabee: Women At Fox News Are "Just Trashy"


Former Arkansas Governor  (and Fox News show host) Mike Huckbee on Des Moines radio show "Mickelson in the Morning" on the staff at Fox News:

“In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the F-bomb or use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting. In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women. My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk. As we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.”

Huckabee ended his Fox News show just last month to prepare for a possible run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

(via Politico)

Tony & Oscar Winner Joel Grey Comes Out At 82


"I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man. All the people close to me have known for years who I am.  [Yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was." - 
Joel Grey, 82, formally coming out today in People Magazine

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Second Alabama Gay Couple Wins In Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

James Strawser (R) and John Humphrey (L)

A second Alabama gay couple has sued - and won - the right to marry.

And this time, without an attorney.

From AL.com:

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. "Ginny" Granade, who on Friday declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, ruled on Monday in favor of James Strawser and John Humphrey in a separate case. The Alabama Attorney General's Office immediately vowed to appeal.

Humphrey, 38, said he did not have the highest level of confidence when he and Strawser filed the federal lawsuit in September. Alabama is a conservative state, he noted, and the couple did not even have a lawyer.

"I am just ecstatically pleased. We didn't realize it would be so soon and did not even think she would consider it," Humphrey said. "This is the Bible Belt for Christ sake."

As she did earlier this week, Judge Granade placed a 14 day stay on her ruling to allow the state to head to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for a longer stay. The state would like to hold until SCOTUS rules in June on the issue of marriage equality.

Trailer: Fantastic Four


First look at the upcoming reboot of Marvel's The Fantastic Four.

Squeee!!!

From the clip description: The FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways.

Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

In theaters Summer 2015.


Utah: Mormon Church Offers Support For LGBT Protections - On One Condition


At a press conference held at Mormon Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, members of the Church's top tier promised to support anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community - with one condition.

For their support of LGBT non-discrimination laws, the Mormon Church wants LGBT activists and the government to back off.

“When religious people are publicly intimidated, retaliated against, forced from employment or made to suffer personal loss because they have raised their voice in the public square, donated to a cause or participated in an election, our democracy is the loser,” said Elder Dallin Oaks, a member of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles.

“Such tactics are every bit as wrong as denying access to employment, housing or public services because of race or gender.”

The Mormon church is one of several religious groups to complain about religious freedom coming under “attack” in recent years. The Catholic church and Southern Baptists, among other evangelicals, have sounded the alarm as well.

[snip]

“It is one of today’s great ironies that some people who have fought so hard for LGBT rights now try to deny the rights of others to disagree with their public policy proposals,” said Oaks.

While offering this conditional support, the Mormon Church says it will not change it's position on same-sex marriage.

Openly gay state Sen. Jim Dabakis issued this statement via press release:

"I am proud that the LDS Church has seen fit to lead the way in non-discrimination. As a religious institution, Mormons have had a long history of being the victims of discrimination and persecution. They understand more than most the value and strength of creating a civil society that judges people by the content of their character and their ability to do a job."

"Since serving as a Senator, and as the only LGBT member of the Utah legislature, I can say one of the joys of the job has been to meet and enjoy the company of LDS officials. I know that together, we can build a community that strongly protects religious organizations constitutional liberties and, in addition, creates a civil, respectful, nurturing culture where differences are honored and everyone feels welcome."

"Now, lets roll up our sleeves, get to work and pass a statewide Non-Discrimination Bill."

NYC's Naked Cowboy Don't Care About No Snowstorm

(via Facebook)

New York City's Naked Cowboy say, "I don't care about no snowstorm. I got some money to make."

You gotta give it to this guy.

For those outside of NYC, Naked Cowboy has been a fixture in Times Square singing and entertaining for years.

Dallas Tech High School Students Get Down With Their "Uptown Funk"


Theatre Arts teacher Scot Pankey at the A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School in Dallas organized what looks like an entire school of tech students to get down with their "Uptown Funk."

The video poster on YouTube says, "This is a great example of how a bunch of technology students let go of their fears, trusted their teacher and got down to Uptown Funk!!!"



(tipped by TRR reader Kim)
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