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News: Mapplethorpe, Anti-gay T-shirt, Cher Auction

road.jpg Latvian foreign minister Artis Pabriks accuses Belarus of "aiming to humiliate" diplomat by broadcasting hidden camera footage of a gay sex tape found in the diplomat's apartment. Pabriks: "It is in breach of the Vienna Convention, because it was a violation of the private space of our diplomat. I think that it is not clear what exactly the Belarussian position is at this moment, because they are avoiding to give us any explanation."

Mapplethorpe_2road.jpg Robert Mapplethorpe portrait retrospective opens at National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Guardian: "Photographers' lives leak into their images, wherever they point the camera. In Mapplethorpe's case, death and the diabolic were always there. Gleeful Mapplethorpe, demonic with a bull-whip up his arse. Mapplethorpe facing the camera and facing death, holding a walking stick topped with a skull. Mapplethorpe posing with a machine-gun, a cigarette, a flick-knife. A bound penis, with a little brass devil dancing nearby with a pitchfork. His art is always priapic. And, at its best, it is full of life, even if pain and death are never far away."

Bikerroad.jpg Breaking away or breaking up: McConaughey rides solo.

road.jpg Larry McKeon, an openly gay Illlinois lawmaker who helped write the state's LGBT anti-discrimination law, is stepping down. Urges committee members to appoint another openly gay man as his successor: "I think if the community were to lose this seat, it would disenfranchise an entire community, not only here on the North Side of Chicago but throughout the whole state. I receive calls from people throughout the state who feel they have no representation with discrimination and health care."

road.jpg Young bigot Tyler Chase Harper, who caused an uproar in late 2004 by wearing a t-shirt with "homosexuality is shameful" scrawled on it to his San Diego school, will not be having his case reconsidered by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In April, the Court ruled that the school had the right to forbid Harper from wearing the shirt, saying that it might provoke attacks against gay and lesbian students.

road.jpg Swiftboaters out to get Iraq war critic John Murtha and "'Redeploy [him] From Congress' to his backyard."

road.jpg Cher to auction Bob Mackie gowns, giant Gothic "things": have loved everything I ever bought. I have loved them and kept them for all these years and now it's time for them to go on."

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  1. I wonder if people will buy her stuff! Wait, of course they will! There are tons of gays w/ huge disposable incomes that would die to have Cher's wardrobe on display....what a conversation her Oscar dress could be! But does it include the head-dress?

    Posted by: Roy | Aug 1, 2006 5:01:43 PM

  2. Of course people will by Cher's old crap. But it's funny, another celebrity cleaning out their closet so they can buy more shit. And she says some of the money will go to charity, but she doesn't say what percentage.

    Posted by: wtf | Aug 1, 2006 5:45:32 PM

  3. Re Tyler Blabla's t-shirt: I understand the dissenting judges' opinions regarding free speech and all, but to me the bottom line is this - would they allow him to wear a shirt that said "FEMALENESS IS SHAMEFUL"? Or "SEMITES ARE SHAMEFUL"? How about "NEGRITUDE IS SHAMEFUL"? Because a lot of people use the Bible to justify those beliefs, too.

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Aug 1, 2006 5:55:40 PM

  4. Amen Joe2, Amen...

    Posted by: Cory | Aug 1, 2006 6:49:25 PM

  5. wasn't there just a Cheney post?

    Posted by: Andrew | Aug 1, 2006 8:16:31 PM

  6. Nice Mapplethorpe post..

    It's just sad that his work always gets framed by the few extreme sexual images..when it's soo much more.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 1, 2006 9:11:23 PM

  7. I know this joke has been used before (thanks Tina Fey), but I'm going to use it again.

    Cher has decided to auction her stuff on eGay. :-)

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 2, 2006 2:54:14 AM

  8. Oh, yeah, one more thing. You can see Cher's gorgeous Malibu house on Windows Live Local by following this link. (Sorry, I don't know how to hyperlink in here - but if someone could inform me...)

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 2, 2006 2:55:47 AM

  9. Interesting blind item in Page 6 in the NY Post, eh Matt??

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Aug 2, 2006 9:15:52 AM

  10. Anyone read the Page Six blind item today? Talks about a male movie star and sports star dating. Sounds like Matthew & Lance to me. Hope it is. Hope they decide to come out. Much sexier than Lance and Reichan (spelling?).

    Posted by: Steven | Aug 2, 2006 9:55:06 AM

  11. Sounds like a complete stretch to link Matt and Lance together. Even the big G and Lance together just doesn't make much sense. Sorry. Let's hope though that little Lance has paved the way for at least one 20-something movie star to come out (as bi- or whatever). That's the real hope here.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 2, 2006 10:15:32 AM

  12. Movie star and sports star? The possibilities...

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 2, 2006 4:15:43 PM

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