Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Story Behind The Miss Universe Donald Trump Called "Miss Piggy"

Near the end of last night's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the issue of how Trump sees and treats women came up, along with a story I hadn't yet heard.

Apparently, the Miss Universe of 1996 (Trump owns the beauty contest) was called "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" by Trump when he noted after winning the crown she had gained some weight.

In addition to names, Trump blind-sided her by inviting reporters to "watch her work out."

Machado is now an American citizen, and she plans to vote this November. Guess who she's casting a vote for?

Just another entry in the long list of ways Donald Trump lacks the proper temperament to serve as the president of the United States.

Monday, September 26, 2016

How Did Lester Holt Do As Moderator Of The 1st Presidential Debate?

The experts weigh in on how NBC News' Lester Holt did as moderator of the first presidential debate:

Who Won The 1st Presidential Debate?

I won't go into all the details right here - tomorrow is another day - but I will leave you with this.

According to the CNN/ORC poll, Hillary Clinton won the first presidential debate by 35 points.

Also from Public Policy Polling:

PPP notes that among young voters, who Clinton has under performed with, 63% think she won the debate to only 24% for Trump.

I watched the full debate, and as most political teams are acknowledging, Hillary did very well. Preparation paid off.

Trump, on the other hand, was exactly who we might have expected to show up.

Suffice to say, it was a good night for the good guys.

More later.

More wine :)

For historical context, let's look back at the first 2012 presidential debate:

First Presidential Debate Tonight 9PM ET/6PM PT

Here we go, kids.

The first face to face between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in their first presidential debate promises one of the biggest audiences in television history.

Tonight at 9PM ET/6PM PT on just about any news channel you can imagine (CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS and more).

You can watch on TV or below at the CNN live feed:

New "Will & Grace" Scene About 2016 Election

Debra Messing teased about it earlier, and now here it is: the four original stars of WILL & GRACE in a new scene about the 2016 election.

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Donald Trump By +5 Heading Into First Debate

From NBC News:

Just hours ahead of the first 2016 presidential debate, Hillary Clinton continues to lead Donald Trump by 5 points, 45 percent to 40 percent, unchanged from last week, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson trails behind with 10 percent support, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 3 percent support.

In a two-way match-up without the third-party candidates, Clinton has a 7-point advantage over Trump, 51 percent to 44 percent. The margin is up from 5 points last week among likely voters.

Pundits have posited today that typically the candidate who leads going into the first presidential debate tends to win the election.

Not sure how useful that info is in this topsy-turvy election year, but there you go.

Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivors Say "Thank You"

The survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando have released this video to say "thank you" for the incredible outpouring of support from around the world in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States.

In addition to the messages and prayers sent their way, over $9 million has been raised via Equality Florida to help pay for the medical and psychological needs of the survivors and their families.

Those funds will begin to be distributed tomorrow.

From LGBTQ Nation:

The money raised by more than 120,000 donors from over 120 countries will be distributed starting Tuesday, said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. She noted 100 percent of the “funds will go to the survivors of those killed and those who were victims, whether they were physically injured or emotionally traumatized,” Smith tells LGBTQ Nation in an email.

Smith said her organization isn’t keeping any money for overhead or fees and that even the interest earned on the funds in the bank will be donated. Equality Florida is also absorbing more than $150,000 in staff time and management of the fundraising campaign.

“Checks are being cut directly to victims to spend according to their own needs which will vary a great deal. We know people lost income, some lost their jobs. Those with serious physical injuries will need to modify their homes and prepare for long-term care. All will need help dealing with the trauma. The decision on how best to spend it is entirely up to each person.”

“Equality Florida made two promises in the aftermath of Pulse,” Smith said in a statement. “The first was to do everything we could to take care of the survivors and the families left behind by this heinous act of hate. Today we’ve kept that first promise. Now our attention must focus entirely on fulfilling the second promise – to honor our dead with action.”

In addition to the video, Equality Florida has launched a new campaign, the Honor Them With Action fund, to ensure public work on behalf of the LGBTQ community and to reduce gun violence continues.

L.A. Times Goes After Trump For "Routinely" Lying

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The newspapers of America are suddenly interested in Republican Donald Trump's lack of interest in the truth and his constant stream of false statements.

Earlier today it was the New York Times, and now, the L.A. Times steps up to bat:

Never in modern presidential politics has a major candidate made false statements as routinely as Trump has. Over and over, independent researchers have examined what the Republican nominee says and concluded it was not the truth — but “pants on fire” (PolitiFact) or “four Pinocchios” (Washington Post Fact Checker).

Trump’s candidacy was premised on upending a dishonest establishment that has rigged American political and economic life, so many of his loyalists are willing to overlook his lies, as long as he rankles the powerful, said Republican strategist Rob Stutzman.

“It gives him not only license, but incentive to spin fantasy, because no one expects him to tell the truth,” said Stutzman, who worked against Trump during the primaries. “They believe they’re getting lied to constantly, so if their hero tells lies in order to strike back, they don’t care.”

PolitiFact, a Tampa Bay Times site that won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the 2008 election, has rated 70% of the Trump statements it has checked as mostly false, false or “pants on fire,” its lowest score. By contrast, 28% of Clinton’s statements earned those ratings.

“As we noted when we awarded Trump our 2015 Lie of the Year award for his portfolio of misstatements, no other politician has as many statements rated so far down the dial,” PolitiFact writer Lauren Carroll reported in June. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”

Additionally, news site Politico published a piece titled, "Donald Trump’s Week of Misrepresentations, Exaggerations and Half-Truths," which chronicled nearly five hours of remarks by Trump over five days on the campaign trail.

The results bore out that Trump said something untrue every 3 minutes and 15 seconds. That adds up to 87 false statements in five days.

But do any of his supporters, or more importantly, any independent voters care?

New H&M Spot Features Two Women Kissing Plus Cameo By Trans Model Hari Nef

H&M has dropped this sassy commercial for their new autumn collection celebrating all kinds of women in all kinds of situations, including two women kissing, plus a cameo from transgender actress and model Hari Nef.

Set to a cover of Tom Jones' "She's A Lady" by Lionbabe (daughter of Vanessa Williams), the lively, spirited ad features women who are “Entertaining, opinionated, off-beat and fearless. Bad-ass, independent and free-willed.”

I love that the spot showcases women of all shapes, sizes, age range and more.

Check it out below.


Trans model Hari Vef

(h/t Towleroad)


Much excitement surrounding the release of the trailer for King Cobra, the upcoming Christian Slater/James Franco flick. And why not? With gay porn, murder and crazy/insane characters, what's not to like?

The flick chronicles the meteoric success of gay adult film star "Brent Corrigan" and his personal/professional relationship with the producer who created him, "Bryan Kocis" played by Christian Slater.

When Corrigan decides he might be better off as a free-agent, Kocis informs Corrigan he’s legally bound to work only for him. As a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by utilizing Corrigan's talents as well, things take a turn for the dark side.

Starring James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Garrett Clayton, and Keegan Allen.

Directed by Justin Kelly (I Am Michael), King Cobra had it's premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was featured Outfest.

In theaters October 21st, 2016.

WILL & GRACE Stars Tease Possible Reunion Show

Debra Messing tweeted this video teaser this morning that seems to indicate there's a Will & Grace reunion happening soon.

The title cards for the video read, "“A band of heroes WILL assemble to protect the world from aliens & destruction. Only an act of GRACE can save them in their battle for what is right. Only they can bring America back from the brink.”

See what they did there?

We shall see if the reunion ends up being a special or more. The fans of the show recently celebrated the series' 18th anniversary of it's launch.

As seannie said...We're BACK!!!!!" @seanhayes @meganomullally @ericmccormack

A photo posted by Debra Messing (@therealdebramessing) on

Radio Show: The Randy Report On @BlogTalkRadio

Check out my latest radio show on BlogTalkRadio where I recap the week's top pop culture and political news for the LGBT community, including:

• Out country singer Billy Gilman makes a splash on THE VOICE

• After 14 years, lesbian news and entertainment site AfterEllen shuts down

• This was Bi-Week (they only get a week?) and openly-bi Andy Mientus, of Broadway's Les Miserables and Spring Awakening, shared his thoughts

• "Sexually fluid" hottie (Dancing with the Stars, America's Next Top Model) Nyle DiMarco dropped a campaign spot for Hillary Clinton: "Your vote is the greatest voice we have."

• Short film "American Male" examines hyper-masculinity and internalized homophobia to a chilling effect

Commercial: Tecate Beer Trolls Donald Trump With #TecateBeerWall

Riffing on Donald Trump's infamous "wall," Tecate Beer trolls Trump with their own idea for a wall.

A three foot high wall where folks can get together and have beers.

Note this "Trumpian" statement from Saatchi & Saatchi New York's Chris Moreira:

“This is a tremendous idea for Tecate. It really is the best idea. We worked with the best clients and hired the best people to work on it. Only the best. It’s terrific.”

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Campaign Ad: "Lies"

In advance of tonight's first presidential debate, the Clinton campaign has released this spot highlighting many of the lies Donald Trump has told on the campaign trail, and may try to get away with tonight.

Clinton And Trump In Deadheat In Colorado & Pennsylvania

Now, THIS concerns me.

From CNN:

Just one point separates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in two states that are critical to both candidates' chances of becoming president, according to new CNN/ORC polls in Pennsylvania and Colorado.

In Colorado, likely voters break 42% for Trump, 41% for Clinton, 13% for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 3% for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Pennsylvania's likely voters split 45% for Clinton, 44% for Trump, 6% for Johnson and 3% for Stein. Those divides are well within each poll's 3.5-point margin of sampling error.

Colorado and Pennsylvania have been considered fairly solid for Clinton.

Super-stats guy Nate Silver has dropped Hillary's current chances to 52%:

And RealClearPolitics "No Toss Up" map shows Hillary winning the electoral college with only 272 votes. No one wanted to see this get this close.

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