News: Posh Spice, Jason Lewis, Houston Pride, Baghdad Blood

road.jpg Catholic Bishop in Piedras Negras, Mexico calls recent legislation legalizing same-sex unions in the state of Coahuila “an attack on the institution of marriage.”

road.jpg Two of Saddam Hussein’s aides have been hanged in Baghdad.

Beckhamvictoria_1road.jpg Victoria Beckham and her nipples arrive in L.A., inspiring attention from the locals.

road.jpg Police officer in Corvallis, Oregon tasers man during traffic violation pick-up: “Rodney Quinn, 49, was pulled over at NW Jackson Avenue and NW 10th Street after committing several traffic violations in his pickup truck, police said. According to police, Quinn crawled out of his pickup window and yelled, ‘Are you a homosexual?’ and other statements at the officer who pulled him over. Quinn didn’t respond to orders from police to stay back and continued to approach the officer, police and witnesses said. Authorities said the officer defended himself by using a Taser gun on Quinn.”

road.jpg Setting Rosie O’Donnell aside for a moment, Donald Trump weighed in over the weekend on a couple of political figures. The New York Daily News reports on some comments he made to Sean Hannity about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: “[Americans] want someone that knows how to negotiate, that knows the art of the deal. In all fairness, I see Condoleezza Rice – she goes on a plane, she gets off a plane, she waves, she goes there to meet some dictator. … They talk, she leaves, she waves, the plane takes off. Nothing happens, it’s a joke, nothing ever happens. I think she’s a very nice woman, but I don’t want a nice woman. I want someone that’s not necessarily nice.” On another note, Trump said of Hillary Clinton: “She is a very capable woman. She has done an amazing job as a senator of New York.”

Jasonlewisroad.jpg Sex and the City‘s ‘Absolut Hunk’ Jason Lewis, who has just started a seven-episode stint as Matthew Rhys’ love interest on Brothers & Sisters, tells Extra that having to kiss a man on screen was “scary”.

road.jpg Tim Gunn in, Queer Eye out at Bravo. Gunn: “I’m practically delirious that Bravo has given me this incredible opportunity and together, we vow to redefine ‘makeovers.’ This series aims to be one-part education and two-parts fun, and you’ll see me being a fashion therapist, not a svengali.”

road.jpg Houston considering moving gay pride parade out of gay Montrose neighborhood. Activist Ray Hill: “I mean, there’s queer blood on most of these . There’s lesbian blood on some of them. … We may not all live here anymore, but this is where we built a community. And we built a community because we cared for one another.”

road.jpg Madonna threatened in high-speed Fifth Avenue car chase.

Comments

  1. Manny says

    I couldn’t even read the entire article about the two hangings of Hussein’s aides in Baghdad. Gruesome. How we reap what we sow!

  2. Bard says

    Love the show “Brothers & Sisters.” Best writing on TV at the moment. Not such a fan of Jason Lewis. Think he’s strong on the looks, weak on the acting skills.

    That said, the gay brother he’s hooking up with is HOT!!!!! Nothing sexier than a normal looking gay man (no extra fuss with products, tweezing, etc..) who keeps himself in “healthy” shape.

    Is someone could find me one of those in NYC, I’d be happy to forward my pictures and personal blog for his consideration.

  3. Thor says

    This Jason Lewis is a bit of a whiner, isn’t he? I mean, I’ve had to kiss girls on stage and in films. It was more funny than scary at the time, but I didn’t complain. It’s like people think that somehow kissing a guy is disgusting for all guys, but gay guys do it anyway, but kissing a woman is good for everybody. Or something. That was somewhat convoluted. Oh, well, anyway, what a moron.

  4. peterparker says

    Since ‘Sex in the City’ I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Lewis. How very disappointing to see his interview on xtraTV.com in which he says kissing another man is ‘scary’. For those of you who haven’t seen the interview, it’s noteworthy to mention that they spent half the interview flashing pictures on screen of Jason with his real life love interest, Rosario Dawson as if to say “HE’S STRAIGHT! HE’S STRAIGHT!’. I would have immediately added ‘Brothers and Sisters’ to my ‘must-watch’ television shows based on the fact that Jason Lewis was guest starring…especially in a gay role. Now, I think I’ll probably go out of my way to avoid it.

  5. jessejames says

    Just a thought about Jason Lewis and his role on Brothers/Sisters: Maybe it’s scary because it’s so close to real life for him. Gay guy on tv persuing career afraid of consequences if he comes out.

    It’s too bad B/S has all those straight interludes interrupting the action.

    So pugs are gay, I thought it was poodles. 😉

  6. bard says

    Tend to like guys for dating within 4 years of my own age–40. The young guy obsession seams to be lost on me.

  7. Jack says

    GOD DAMN IT!

    I maybe rude and abrasive but I’m right. I predicted this months ago and here everyone is shocked that STRAIGHT Jason Lewis said those things. IT’S CALLED STUNT CASTING FOLKS!!!!! They know the gay audience. They know you will fawn over a “attractive” straight man. That’s why all these gay roles go to straight men. So they can further their career and attract a loyal (gay) audience.

    I hope to h*ll Tim Gunn doesn’t makeover just straight people. How much do gay people have to do for them? How much?

  8. patrick nyc says

    I was happy to see that Jason Lewis was going to be on the show, loved him on Sex in the City, even though blonds are not my type. Now I think he’s an ahole. I wonder when all the blog discussion gets back to him, his manager, and the show’s producers, how long will it take him to say he’s sorry. Too late schmuck, I hope your stay on the show is cut down.

    Ironic that he plays a closeted actor, who has to put up a front.

  9. stevo says

    Houston’s brilliantly stupid idea to move the pride parade from Montrose to downtown is beyond comprehension. The nighttime parade is enjoyable because many people can walk from their houses to the parade and then walk to the bars and clubs afterwards. This new plan will have everyone driving downtown and then driving back to Montrose. Stupid! The last thing Houston needs is more people driving if they don’t have to. Not to mention, most queens I know will just skip the parade and go straight to the clubs.

  10. Barnie says

    What happened to the other cute actor that was playing the gay brother’s bf on Brothers & Sisters? The first three episodes they had him queening out. By the fourth episode he was as masculine as many gay men tend to be. Surprised he wasn’t kept on.

    Guess now that the show is a certified hit they are able to get bigger names. Really like Rob Lowe on the show. Now there is a handsome man who is growing older gracefully. Anyone else find those sexy lines on n his brow a turn on?

  11. Giovanni says

    Considering it actually might have been Lewis’s first time kissing another man why is it so hard to fathom that it might have indeed been “scary”? He didn’t say it was a terrible experience or that he was scarred for life (unlike the litigious snatch unhappy waiter in the previous post) so why get all bent out of shape?

  12. Da says

    Jason Lewis’s story isn’t so bad as Ving Rhames.

    On his last film his fireman character was supposed to kiss another guy, and he would not do it..the producers’ solution? bring in a female extra who they dressed up in male drag. Vin Rhames played the whole incident on Conan with a fake kiss with him when he was out promoting the film. Mind you, he played the victim of a gay rape scene in Pulp Fiction.

    But really, this isn’t so different from a gay for pay actor in porn demanding to have a girl on set he can stroke off to in order to keep it hard.

    The real question is: why do producers refuse to hire gay actors & why do straight actors keep taking on characters they’re not willing to defend fully?

  13. 000000 says

    I believe “scary” came to mind for Gyllenhaal too. On a scale of the dark to plane crashes, I don’t know where that fear fits in. But he gets an instant reprieve around here anyway. Why this knee-jerk homophobia (he said “scary,” not me) matters escapes me. The impact of a show based on the lives of whiny, frigid relatives ain’t that big. Not even as masturbation material.

  14. Johnny says

    Considering the multitude of sexual situations that Jason Lewis endured on Sex & the City, it does seem ridiculous to describe a simple kiss as scary. Typical Hollywood PR bulls***.

  15. Joshua says

    Good for you Giovanni……the only sensable comment here about this Jason Lewis guy.
    It could very well be scary, many actors express fear, or nervousness at doing many different kinds of scenes for the first time, why would this be any different. The guy is str8, this would be against all his hetero make up.
    I have no clue who this guy is because I have a life, and television isn’t much of a part of it…..but there are a lot of people on here who apparently live and die by this stuff, and forget that 60% of the Gay community could give a rats arse about what is essentially fantasy, and are concerned, just like any other person of any sexual persuasion, about real life.

  16. akaison says

    I always love with folks like Joshua announce that they have a life as a way of putting down others who are commenting on a subject like TV. If you have a life Joshua, that is so much more than the rest of us, then what are you doing commenting here on the same subject ??? Just curious.

  17. Joshua says

    Actually Akaison, if you read my comment, it’s not about the show, it’s about the other comments.
    I read Towler along with 9 other sites(all news or tech) each day as part of my day, usually after coming home from my run after work. I watch television maybe 3 to 4 hours a month, but usually less than that.
    If you pay attention to my comments on this blog, you will see that they usually concern the other comments rather than the story itself.
    I consider this blog as being part of my *life* because of it’s perspective on gay issues, the gossip is just part of it, and even I like cute guys. And this is the only gay site in my bookmarks for my first reason.
    So, yeah…..I do have a life, and the 30 mins I spend here is a small part of it……the other 23 hours and 30 mins are quite full of things other than celeberty worship.

  18. says

    I haven’t been that into Brothers and Sisters, but I did tune in for the “I’m not gay I just like to have sex with men” episode and I have to say it was really well written. Totally spot on for anyone who has been in the same situation. Of course for everyone involved it’s like a car crash, but instead of Volvos it’s two hearts colliding at the intersection of sexuality and society.

  19. Noah says

    It’s strange how people are quick to attack Jason Lewis without bothering to listen to the interview. The interview was a hatchet job that cuts Lewis off in mid-sentence. We have no idea what was the lead in question. What we do see is that he ends the interview saying that Matthew Rhys is hot. Hardly the words of someone who is homophobic.

    Andy, would you consider changing the headline about Jason Lewis’ statements to clear up the issue? This seems to be just another case of taking words out of context and making a mountain out of a molehill.

  20. Da says

    I’m mostly in accord that Jason’s words are taken way out of context, and that he didn’t mean it etc etc..

    However, there is a much bigger story here – which is that gays are tired of being continually made a fool by TV producers who make them endure gay shows with one insulting twist after the other (ie “the contestant you’re watching might, or might not be gay, find out after the break as he gets eliminated and our lovely straight couple walks away with a vacation!”).

    It’s like, what the heck is that?

    Don’t get me wrong, I have a sense of humor about television…but when it comes down to it I don’t enjoy any of gay-themed shows in the US because of all the straigt actors in it. It does absolutely nothing for me to watch (scared) actors awkwardly wincing through a kiss, and actually it gives me the reflex of being disgusted (and scared) along with them, so I tune out.

    I think that a lot of those shows are a quiet disservice to the community, because I’ll tell you what: the real TRANSFORMING thing for me was discovering shows from Canada like “House of Venus” and queer musicians online, cause it made me go ‘ok I get it! I can be me and not have to play it straight’.

    That’s the real power of having authentic gay entertainment on TV..it’s no longer about the actors who have to be adulated for “braving their fears”, it about the ART. The script. No other distractions. And the beautiful thing is that it empowers the viewer into loving what they see in the mirror, as much as what they see on screen.

  21. resuurect says

    well put, DA. enought with the “bravery” to play a gay character. shut up and get on with the role. you’re an actor and it’s work – (well paid work I might add.) make us believe in your character – not your backstory on how/why/what you’ve overcome as a promo/PR stunt.

  22. says

    I have to agree with Noah that the interview was butchered. They wanted something controversial and Jason Lewis somehow gave it to them without meaning to. I don’t fault him for the comment, I just fault him for not putting much thought about how his comment would be received.

    This reminds me of Hal Sparks’ comment about kissing a guy is like kissing a dog. Now, even if did expain that comment later, it was still stupid and unnecessarily inflammatory.

  23. k says

    I’m not a big TV watcher, but Brothers and Sisters is one of the best shows on TV. Skip over the lame Desperate Housewives (only the first season was really great) and stay up for B + S afterwards. I’m willing to give Jason Lewis the benefit of the doubt — I am sure his interview was totally chopped up. If not, he’ll be gone in a few episodes. Kevin’s old flame (Scotty) is supposed to come back at some point…

  24. Johnny says

    What if Jason Lewis had expressed fear about kissing someone of a different race? Or a Jew? Would the reaction of those defending him here be the same?

    Why do people give it a ‘pass’ when someone is homophobic, like it’s a normal state of being? Yes, homophobia exists in society – but that doesn’t mean we need to coddle it.

    I could almost forgive Mr. Lewis’s stupidity if he was much younger. But he’s a big boy and has been in Hollywood a long time – dealing with many many gay people on a daily basis I’m sure.

    The fact that this guy was scared of kissing another straight (therefore non-threatening) guy shows how shallow an actor he really is.

  25. says

    Last year there were similar concerns here in Seattle about moving pride from the traditionally gay neighborhood (Capitol Hill’s Broadway) to downtown. Despite lots of disagreement culminating in a separate “rebel pride” the day before the official parade, the parade downtown was by most accounts better than ever before. There were wider sidewalks, wider streets, better facilities for handling larger crowds at the parade and at the festival. Most importantly though, bringing the parade downtown and the festival to the Seattle Center meant the event was the focal point of the whole city that day. Moreover, the bars were still packed afterwards eventhough everybody had to trudge up the hill a bit.

  26. soulbrotha says

    Johnny I totally disagree with you.
    If it concerned race or religion, I’m sure that the results would have been fairly the same

    Secondly, homophobia is rarely given a “pass” on this blog, nor do I think that this is an exception. The interview WAS chopped to pieces and he WAS in the middle of a sentence. So yes, it is fair to give him the benefit of the doubt until the complete interview is heard.

    Finally, age has nothing to do with this at all. It wouldn’t have mattered what Lewis said, because in true sensationalist form, they would have edited him to say what they wanted him to say. How do you think “reality” shows are made?

  27. Johnny says

    Soulbrotha –

    Jason Lewis is not a reality star. He is a semi-famous actor with PR reps guiding his every interview.

    This isn’t about a poor maligned actor being slandered by a chopped up interview. It’s about the fact that it’s still considered ok to be freaked out by homosexuality.

  28. kane says

    Jason Lewis broke up with live-in girlfriend Rosario Dawson in November. Rosario lived with her uncle Frank and his husband starting at age 16, and they were featured in P-FLAG’s ‘Stay Close’ campaign. It appears that Rosario understandably takes gay issues personally.

    I wish Jason and Rosario were still together so she could smack him upside the head for saying something stupid. I doubt he meant ill will toward Gays In General, but it was a rather boneheaded thing to say.

  29. soulbrotha says

    Johnny,

    I know he isn’t a reality star. That wasn’t my point. I was commenting on the way all media will edit to create senationalism. They do it with lead-in stories for REAL news. So why wouldn’t they do the same thing with semi-news about semi-stars? Maybe his PR people guide what he says, but you will never know what he said by watching this clip. Haven’t your words ever been taken out of context? Then what’s the difference here?

    “This isn’t about a poor maligned actor being slandered by a chopped up interview. It’s about the fact that it’s still considered ok to be freaked out by homosexuality.”

    Umm…considred ok by who exactly? You directed the first half of your post to the commentors on this blog and their supposed willingness to give a “pass” to homophobia, to which I disagreed and still do.
    The second half of your post maligned and slandered Lewis based on a chopped up interview. So yes, that’s exactly what it was about.