News: James Holsinger, Andy Baldwin, NYC Hurricane, Sopranos

road.jpg Seattle man beaten by group after being taunted with a gay slur: “On Sunday, the couple was together about 2:40 a.m. in the 700 block of East Pike Street when they heard someone utter a slur toward gay men, according to a police report. The victim, a man in his 20s, turned and approached the man who made the comment. That man, who was with a group, punched the victim and threw him to the ground, at which point four to six others joined in the attack, according to a police report. The victim suffered a cut behind his left ear. Firefighters treated him at the scene, a police report said. The group ran to a nearby car and sped away.”

Travolta_hairsprayroad.jpg Some gay fans call for a boycott of Hairspray because of John Travolta, Scientology, and the cult’s position on gays.

road.jpg Gay marriage bill likely to pass State Assembly in New York. Senate a tougher nut.

road.jpg New Fest: The New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival award winners announced

road.jpg Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell endorses Bush’s anti-gay Surgeon General nominee James Holsinger: “Dr. Holsinger is a proven leader who has dedicated his career to improving health education and services in Kentucky and across the nation. He is an excellent choice for Surgeon General and I look forward to his quick confirmation.”

road.jpg Jake Gyllenhaal spends some time with his fans.

road.jpg More on Armistead Maupin’s new tome Michael Tolliver Lives: “Instead of randy hippies who smoke joints, as they did when the series began in 1976, the aging lefties of ‘Michael Tolliver Lives’ pop joint and arthritis pills. Instead of plotting nightly sexual conquests, as they did as 20-something singles, many profess shock at the level of promiscuousness practiced by today’s youth.”

Whitneyroad.jpg Anti-gay Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo’s campaign webmaster Tyler Whitney is outed. Said Tancredo’s senior advisor Bay Buchanan: “A person’s sexual preference is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the campaign.”

road.jpg Sopranos creator David Chase on the show’s uneventful finale: “I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there. No one was trying to be audacious, honest to God. We did what we thought we had to do. No one was trying to blow people’s minds, or thinking, ‘Wow, this’ll (tick) them off.’ People get the impression that you’re trying to (mess) with them and it’s not true. You’re trying to entertain them.”

Andybaldwinroad.jpg Bachelor Andy Baldwin takes to the surf in Hawaii.

road.jpg U.S. States renamed for countries with similar GDPs. (via kottke)

road.jpg NYC due for major hurricane, experts say: “The last hurricane to hit New York was the so-called Long Island Express in 1938. It killed 50 people on the Island, more than 700 along the Eastern seaboard. In the years since, hurricanes with names like Bob, Floyd, and Gloria, have also made an impact, but we’ve been spared a direct hit. Experts say a major hurricane could pack 130 mph winds, and a 30-foot storm surge. There would be flooding in all five boroughs, the subways and much of lower Manhattan could be under water. Damage estimates would top $100 billion.”

road.jpg Ted Allen talks desert island cuisine: “First of all, I’m not eating Carson [Kressley]. He’d be all stringy. Carson is a little too lean. Tom Colicchio is a delicious-looking man, but I think I’d have to go with Rupert. Many of us in the community would find him the most delicious. If we’re on a desert island, I’d dig a pit. Something spicy or sort of Caribbean would be good for Rupert Everett.”

road.jpg Kevin Spacey attended the Tony Awards after-party at the Hotel on Rivington’s penthouse with his dog Minnie.

Comments

  1. Aaron says

    I think Hairspray looks great. And the boycott is ridiculous. If we started boycotting every actor whose religion hated gays, then we would have to boycott every catholic, baptist, jewish, muslim, mormon, scientologist, etc. celebrity out there. I loathe religion, but this is just absurd.

  2. whatever says

    The Soprano’s ending sucked ass. David Chase is totally full of shit. That finale was a complete set up for a movie. Nothing was explained, everything was left as a red herring. The absolute worst ending for a great show ever!

  3. says

    I can’t believe that little bastard Tyler Whitney has the balls to work for someone who is so clearly opposed to LGBT civil rights. I guess that doesn’t matter to the clueless little Tyler. While gays are beaten in the streets, fired from our jobs, banned from the military and prohibited from marrying, he is helping the enemy. Well, at least it will look good on his resume and help him to get other jobs where he can stab gays in the back for a paycheck.

  4. anon says

    I was going to boycott hairspray just because the original movie was great all on its own and didn’t nor doesn’t need a remake.

    Yeah though, scientology does suck.

  5. Gregg says

    I just don’t understand why they made ANOTHER Hairspray movie. It’s weird. The original isn’t that old, and it’s really good. They make a film into a play and back into a film? Why?

    Sopranos ending – I loved! Tony clearly got whacked and the camera blacked out at the moment of death. Genius!

  6. Jack! says

    Mitch McConnell has no shame. I think it’s about time someone brought him out of the closet. He’s too old for it and has harmed too many gay people in the process.

    Isnt’s it ironic that the same post that has Ted Allen discussing eating another gay man if he was on an island and Tlyer Whitney who works for Tom Tancredo. Tyler is basically eating his own by supporting Tancredo.

    I hope that Seattle man gets justice for that act of barbarism.

  7. davefromtampa says

    I agree with Gregg, he got whacked. Remember what Tony said, you never will see or hear it. The screen went black just as he got popped and died. And Andy Baldwin? My next husband, so hands off.

  8. peterparker says

    CAN WE PLEASE NOT GIVE AWAY THE ENDING TO THE SOPRANOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOME OF US DON’T SUBSCRIBE TO HBO AND RELY ON WATCHING IT ON DVD (which will come out in about six months)! PLEASE…I REALLY DON’T WANT TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS BEFORE I SEE IT FOR MYSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you.

  9. shane says

    Another reason to boycott Hairspray: It’s already been made into a movie (Jon Waters, Ricki Lake, 1988, anyone remember?) and this is just more Hollywood bullshit regurgitation.

  10. peterparker says

    Regarding Tyler Whitney…if you go to the link Andy has provied it will take you to Michael Signorile’s website…and from there you can go to Tyler Whitney’s myspace page. From myspace, I sent Tyler the following note:

    now that you’ve been outed, you need to wake up and smell the coffee. no one in the republican party is a friend to *anyone* in the gay community (and that goes double for tom tancredo). the members of the republican party have, with few excetions, sought to keep GLBT people from enjoying the same rights as heterosexuals. they’ve used their rhetoric to mislead american voters about who we are in an attempt to keep us from enjoying the same rights as other citizens. if you care about your own rights, if you care about being equal to every other american under the laws of this country, then i’d suggest you renounce the republican party and go look for a sympathetic democrat (there are many) or an independent who would hire you. the closet is a terrible place to be, honey. it makes people do nutty things like, well, join the republican party and work for tom tancredo.

  11. Zlexar says

    You know, I’m willing to give Tyler Whitney a few years to get his life in order before I’ll dump on him for good. Of course I can’t defend the dolt he worked for, but if I think back to when I was 18 I was sure a repressed mess….ugh, what a memory.

    There’s hope for this kid. He resigned from his hate group. He’s coming out, without being dragged out. He’s telling people. His whole perspective is changing. I actually give the kid a little credit for taking those steps rather than being busted for fondling pages 20 years from now. I’m sure he’s getting dumped left and right by a lot of his old ‘friends,’ and his family may be pulling the whole fire-and-brimstone act on him even as we speak. But he’s doing it anyway.

    Now, if he’s still working for the same types of people in 5 years, THEN he’s an asshole.

  12. Mike says

    If I’m not mistaken, this is the movie of the MUSICAL version of Hairspray. I loved both the original film and the stage musical (I was at the premiere in Seattle, what a night!)

  13. nycredneck says

    Nope. Even when i was severly closeted, very religious, and a republican (gasp) I never would have gone to an event and held a sign reading “go back in the closet” while standing next to someone holding one saying “gays go to hell.”

    I don’t think he’s stupid, as he appears to be very intelligent. I think he knew what he was doing. I think he is one of those “i’ll change them from the inside” — you can’t change evil dude. or a “gay is not who i am” – when it defines what rights you have, yes it is. Maybe he’s wised up, but its gotta be tough living with yourself knowing you’ve caused and helped cause so much pain through your works.

  14. Jordan says

    Tyler Whitney’s MySpace page still says he’s “Straight.” Right. I hope this kid does the right thing and owns his sexuality rather than doing some backsliding damage control – “Oh, I was just kidding” – but I can’t say I’m optimistic.

  15. whatever says

    They are not giving away the ending of The Sopranos. They are saying what they think was going to happen. The show ended without the audience ever knowing what happened. And I do not believe that we are supposed to assume that Tony gets whacked. When you see the final show you wil understand. IT SUCKED!

  16. Jordan says

    Oh yeah, and Kevin Spacey needs to publicly out himself. He’s a terrific actor, very charming and funny in interviews… I think he’d be a good public figure for gay teenagers to look up to.

  17. peterparker says

    Whatever,

    I get it that the show ended without fully explaining what happened…but even that is more than I wanted to know. It would’ve been nice to have experienced it for myself…it would’ve been even nicer if the folks posting here (and a certain New York Times critic) had prefaced their writing with ‘Warning: Spoiler Alert!’. Oh well. Now I know what happened…or didn’t happen as the case may be. Sigh.

    xo,
    peterparker

  18. anon (gmail.com) says

    18 is fairly young to make major life decisions or judgments, so I don’t think this is a major story. Remember people, that the candidates are the cynical ones, manipulating various groups into donating cash. They (think Romney here) don’t have strong beliefs themselves, other than the need to win votes. In a sense, Tancredo/Buchanan is displaying an almost mocking disregard to their supporters. Tyler sounds like a self-loathing guy in over his head. Get him a bf and he’ll probably change his tune.

  19. secretagentman says

    peterparker, unless you lived in a dark box underneath the sewers of NYC for the next 6 months,there is no way you would remain unspoiled til the DVD’s came out. Let it go.

  20. whatever says

    peterparker, there is nothing to give away. whenever you do see the final episode you will understand. what you are reading is viewer’s ideas of what David Chase had in mind. And what he really had in mind was to leave the audience completely in the dark. You never get any real answers at all!

  21. Joe T. says

    Ha ha! Victoria Peterson was just tossed from the courtroom in the Nifong trial for not be able to control herself and threatening a witness. Shows the true character of a vocal homophobe.

  22. Gregg says

    PETERPARKER – I am sincerely sorry and you are completely right. I realized after I posted that I should have said SPOILER ALERT!! but alas, no Edit function on Towleroad comments.

    Might I suggest, if you have access to digital cable, you subscribe to HBO for a month? For what is it, $10, you can watch the whole season on demand and avoid schmucks like me revealing too much.

    But, you’ll see with the ending, there is only one interpretation that fits with the entire series and is really logical. The rest is conjecture.

    Apologies again –

  23. what the f*** says

    gregg: how do you know tony got whacked at the end? the entire episode was so full of supposed hints that it is hard to imagine the ending you think was going to happen. and why not show it if that is what David Chase had in mind? so many things left up in the air, and all these people saying ‘well that’s just like life’. but this wasn’t life, it was a TV show, and it was a horrible ending for what had been a great show.

  24. Good ending says

    The sopranos ending answered beautifully the major dramatic question that had been set up by its author since the series’ beginning. That is, is is possible to change? It it possible to escape your destiny? The most hope for this lied with Meadow and and AJ. With this ending, we see both Meadow and AJ’s mob beginnings … and the fact that the family will always live in terror thanks to the life they’ve inherited from their sociopatic father who has always, since the beginning, been beyone rehabilitation, as Dr. Melfi finally realized in the 2nd till the last episode.

    It doesn’t matter if Tony died or not. The only thing that matters is that he’s not leaving the mob. Chase has always suspended judgement on Tony Soprano since the beginning of the series. We all know he’s going to die at some point (note: 2nd till the last scene with junior), but it doesn’t matter when and how. It’s how he and the family continue to LIVE their life that ends the series. It goes on and on and on and on …

  25. John says

    Believe it or not, I don’t think we should be too harsh on this Whitney kid. I remember being a closeted young Republican in my teenage years. My extended family is pretty much all Christian and Republican. I did what was expected of me – I played the role of the the dutiful, church going, and conservative son.

    I grew out of it during college though. Eventually, my parents also bucked the trend and became pro-gay liberals. But that took a very long time. And although they wouldn’t admit it now, when I first came out (as gay AND a Democrat), they were not pleased to say the least.

    It’s tough being 18 and having to deal with your familial programming. Give the kid some time to sort it out. Now, if you’re 40 and still an anti-gay closet case, that’s a different story.

  26. MJ says

    Anybody outing a 19-year-old kid is a bitter gay dork. Let him get his foot in the political door. He could have turned into a great ally once he came out himself in a few years. At 19 one is still developing.

  27. HR says

    Cut the kid some slack. Tyler Whitney isn’t exactly Karl Rove. He’s a 19-year-old webmaster for a third-tier kook of a candidate who will have been consigned to oblivion this time next year. Anyone that age is entitled to a little confusion and a lot of privacy to sort it out in. Warm welcome to the “community,” Tyler. When you see the rantings that these kind folks have posted on your myspace page, no one will blame you for thinking the YAF’s not the only hate group you’ve been involved with. Hope you like your new friends.

  28. Zeke says

    THE MAN (he is not a kid) WAS NOT OUTED!

    Please stop repeating this bogus statement.

    The man came out in Republican circles two months ago. The paper REPORTED on HIS coming out. That is NOT “outing”.

    As far as giving him slack, Karl Rove, David Dreier, Roy Cohn and all the other rabidly anti-gay politicians and advisors were once 18 too you know. Should we wait until a man is 40 and done 20 years of damage before we call a spade a spade?

    And for those who are saying that his orientation is a private matter. If he thought sexuality was a private matter then why did he take to THE PUBLIC STREETS waving signs flaunting issues of sexual orientation? If he didn’t believe that his sexual orientation was anyone’s business then why did HE include a sexual orientation declaration on his MySpace page? Why is it that people who go out of their way to ADVERTISE their sexual orientation (though advertising a lie) suddenly become so private about it when their REAL orientation comes out?

    And as for his being young, that explains and excuses his being ignorant and confused and radically conservative, it DOES NOT explain OR excuse his being hateful, rabidly homophobic and extremely vocal with statements calling for violence against “faggots” etc.

    Most, if not all, of us were in various levels of closetedness but that doesn’t mean that we were raging homophobes who were working tirelessly to harass and oppress gay people.

    Did it ever occur to anyone that this could be the best thing that ever happened to him? I have a number of friends, who were closeted, married and with kids until they were in their 30’s, 40’s and even one who was in his 60’s. They say that they wish someone had outed them when they were 20 because they feel that after a difficult transition they would have gotten on with their lives and saved themselves years of shame, turmoil, hiding, lying and hurting others. Food for thought.

  29. Gregg says

    WHAT THE F***: David Chase is an amazing writer, and the build in the final scene is unmistakable from a dramatic standpoint. Of course, anything is open to interpretation, but there is only one ending that fits with the tone and logic of the series, and with the level of quality of the writing.

    I agree that, if the choice was to simply end the series with everything up in the air, then that is indeed a lame cop out. The quality of the rest of the writing on the Sopranos leads to the only real conclusion, that the finale truly was a finale.

    As for why he didn’t show it – I think it’s because he made a brilliant artistic choice. Any fan of the show knows exactly how all of the characters will react when Tony is shot. There is no need to show it. The ending he chose is far more powerful than any visual shooting would be.

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