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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #284

HEAD OVER HILLS: Belinda Carlisle's gay son lets it be known who his mother is supporting for president.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BARACK: Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: Behind-the-scenes of last week's Ugly Betty appearance.

OIL: John McCain reveals the real reason for the war in Iraq. More here.

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  1. Is there anything we can do to make Christian Siriano go away forever? Has anyone ever been so ubiquitous and annoying?

    Posted by: Sean | May 5, 2008 4:58:36 PM

  2. The Star Wars spoof is hilarious.

    It is especially ironic when you consider that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are of the "Diane Fienstein" wing of the California Democratic Party (and big-time Hillary supporters).

    Although they'll happily toe the party line, those two are decidedly less liberal than Obama's media moguls (David Geffen and Oprah).

    Posted by: John | May 5, 2008 5:05:26 PM

  3. Belinda Carlisle's son is cute, but couldn't he have drunk a glass of water to ward off coughs and try to get the name right of the candidate his mother believes in? What was the point of that video anyway? Hi, I'm a complete bed-headed mess and my famous mother is otherwise occupied, but I'll attempt to bleat out a pathetic endorsement so you'll all vote for that person? Waaah?

    He's better off recording a couple of wank videos on XTube, then writing Clinton's name in cum on his abs.

    Posted by: Tim | May 5, 2008 5:40:13 PM

  4. Good for Belinda! However, the boy's Daddy is Morgan Mason, a Repug and staunch supporter of the now rotting Ronald Reagan, a genocidal maniac who stood silently as AIDS ravaged the U.S. and beyond.

    From Wikipedia... "working in 1979 for the Ronald Reagan for President Campaign. At first he was Assistant Finance Director, then he went on to serve as Major Events Director, and he was also a member of the campaign's Executive Advisor Committee. He was a Delegate-At-Large from California to the Republican National Convention in 1980, and after the election, in which Reagan was victorious, Mason was made Special Assistant to the Co-Chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. When Reagan became President, Mason was appointed Deputy Chief of Protocol at the U.S. State Department, serving as Acting Chief of Protocol at the same time for several months."

    Hopefully, James Duke Mason, will is drawn to his mother's light and good common sense.

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | May 5, 2008 5:48:20 PM

  5. it should be noted that Morgan Mason has long since distanced himself from his support of Reagan in the late 70's and early 80's. he is adamant in his support of gays and lesbians, just like his son and his wife.

    Posted by: david | May 5, 2008 6:02:31 PM

  6. Reagan a genocidal maniac? I can understand feeling outrage at his inaction when AIDS first hit our shores, but he was hardly a violently insane lunatic intent on exterminating gays. I know it makes you feel better to believe such intemperate bullshit, but come on.

    Posted by: Dan | May 5, 2008 6:10:56 PM

  7. Dan's right. The truth is, Reagan simply didn't care about faggots.

    Posted by: Rey | May 5, 2008 6:21:31 PM

  8. Belinda's son seems like a very smart and aware 16 yr old- into politics, Student Council VP, openly gay. Good for him.
    There's hope for the future.

    (Handsome too!)

    Posted by: Arunz | May 5, 2008 6:25:44 PM

  9. "when AIDS first hit our shores"??? Fuck you, and not in the good way, Dan!!! There's genocide by direct action and there's genocide by INaction!

    Reagan was as homophobic as anyone wielding a baseball bat at us and far more dangerous. One can construct a line from his inaction to the infection and deaths of millions, gay and nongay, around the world.

    Active or passive genocide always begins with attitude. Months after their friend Rock Hudson had died of AIDS, Ronny & Nancy laughed on fucking national television during the 1986 Statue of Liberty rededication at this "joke" by Bob Hope: "I just heard that the Statue of Liberty has AIDS, but she doesn’t know if she got it from the mouth of the Hudson or the Staten Island Fairy.”

    The year before, in his first public comment, Reagan only added to public paranoia when asked in a press conference about "casual" transmission and public schools and he said he could "see both sides." While already Science knew better by then, Reagan advisor and now US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, anticipating such a question due to the Ryan White story, prepped Reagan to hedge because he himself was not convinced. The next day, the head of the CDC called a press conference to diplomatically deny Reagan's denial. [His Surgeon General has since said that he wasn't allowed to discuss AIDS with Reagan for years.]

    But, yes, Reagan's greatest sin wasn't what he said or didn't say but what he didn't do, for which I would like to believe he will ever roast in the fires of Alzheimer's Hell. Between June 1981 and May 1982, the CDC spent less than $1 million on AIDS, but $9 million on Legionnaire’s Disease. By then there had been 1,000 deaths among 2,000 known AIDS cases and fewer than 50 deaths from Legionnaire’s Disease. As thousands more died, as thousands more became infected, the President of the United States still made no public address about it until six years after the first cases were identified. By the time he gave that speech, 36,058 Americans had been diagnosed with AIDS and 20,849 had died. The disease had spread to 113 countries, with more than 50,000 cases. There are now over 30 million worldwide.

    Yes, his administration eventually began to release more money, and there were Democratic sinners, too, however smaller by significance of their lower station than "The Great Communicator." The following summary is from one of his Republican defenders: "He could have offered sympathy for the dying. He could have inveighed against discrimination. He could have urged prevention education. A master at using the bully pulpit for causes he believed in, Reagan manifestly failed to use it on the subject of AIDS." He didn't even bar discrimination against FEDERAL employees with AIDS until the last year of his Presidency—seven years after the first cases were reported.

    I’ve lost too many loved ones to AIDS, including friend Leonard Matlovich who was arrested in front of the White House in 1986 protesting Reagan’s failure, to countenance any crap about how wrongfully demonized he is.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 5, 2008 6:54:28 PM

  10. He got up at 10:50AM. Oh I'm sorry. Then it took him an hour to set up his camera so he could tell us his MOTHER BELINDA CARLISLE is supporting Barack Ob... I mean Hillary Clinton. What a bonehead!! He should go back to bed.

    Posted by: z | May 5, 2008 6:54:47 PM

  11. Back in 1982, how many gay men had unprotected sex with other gay men, thus sentencing them to death? If you want to use hysterical language, then use it against all involved parties.

    I think demonizing, rather than criticizing Reagan, is not only unfair, it makes reasonable people think you're a complete nutjob. And I might add, what language do you reserve for true homophobic tyrants like, say, Fidel Castro?

    PS I'm sympathetic for your loss, but that doesn't mean the rules of argument and fair play go out the window.

    Posted by: Dan | May 5, 2008 7:04:30 PM

  12. Dan, Reagan's homophobia was so well-known that Woody Allen satirized him in 1974's "Sleeper" with a nelly robot named Regan. True, the other gay character in that scene was offensively effeminate but the flick did have a sort of all-over outrageousness (Howard Cosell as an early form of torture, the Orgasmatron, Diane Keaton eating raw meat), plus it was the early 70's. A couple of years later Truman Capote made fun of himself in "Annie Hall".
    Reagan was a bastard and any gay man who defends him must be a Log Cabin Republican or a self-hating apologist.

    Posted by: Matt | May 5, 2008 7:34:39 PM

  13. Matt, I think you used that last line on me once before. Let's see ... I'm not a Log Cabin Republican (I've even come around and would grudgingly vote for Clinton if she somehow got the nomination) so I guess that makes me ...

    Wait a minute! I'm not self-hating, I'm other-hating! I hate people who get hysterical over every little thing and call me self-hating just because I don't agree with them! I defend Reagan, not for his inaction on AIDS (which was abhorrent), but because he was certainly among the most important transformative figures in 20th century America. Dumb and misguided, yes. Evil, no.

    And I really have to agree with Dan here, demonizing Reagan, rather than the really REALLY bad ones, makes reasonable people think you're just a loony lefty queer who should be disregarded.

    And I'm a reasonable person.

    Posted by: Morgan | May 5, 2008 8:06:08 PM

  14. Okay, maybe evil too. But there are degrees of evil, right?!?

    Posted by: Morgan | May 5, 2008 8:10:51 PM

  15. Who the hell is Belinda Carlisle??

    Posted by: Hephaestion | May 5, 2008 9:16:00 PM

  16. Well THANK GOD and HALLELUJAH! I was affraid that I was going to have to go all the way to the convention without knowing who Belinda Carlisle was endorsing.

    I'll finally sleep well tonight.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 5, 2008 9:28:30 PM

  17. I have to agree with Zeke, 80's pop-rockers are as unrepresented in the upcoming conventions as delegates from Michigan.

    When mentioning Reagan, don't forget Tip O'Neill and his shill Chris Matthews, who still makes gay jokes on national TV, who sold out gay men to win the Catholic vote in bean-town. Things didn't change for the better until the deaths of the sons of several congressmen hit DC in the mid-80's and lobbyists from big pharma companies realized that a mint could be made from govt. sponsored research. Power and money are really what move politicians, not ideology.

    Posted by: anon | May 5, 2008 10:56:29 PM

  18. Dan,

    You make a comment about gay men having unprotected sex in 1982 saying that their behaviour "sentenced them to death". Isn't that blaming the victim? I wasn't out or having sex then, but I can only assume that many gay men in that early era in the epidemic didn't even know how HIV was contracted and therefore were having sex without the knowledge that they could be infecting themselves or their partners.

    In the 1970s, men were having sex like bunnies for the first time during a post-Stonewall liberation, and the only serious and incurable STIs were genital herpes and Hep C (although the others would have sucked to get).

    While some gay men might have heard of a mysterious "gay cancer" in major cities, I think a lot of them would have been in ignorance and would have been receiving conflicting or misleading information. Where was Reagan in educating the public on prevention? In funding research? On ensuring that partners were able to visit their dying lover in the hospital without discrimination?

    Sure, later, some men MAY have willingly took the risk of unprotected sex knowing that they were chancing contracting HIV, but I would argue that most would not.

    The fact remains that as an elected leader who is supposed to serve and protect ALL of his citizens, Reagan stood by and did nothing for the majority of his tenure. Why? Because he didn't care about queers, blacks, drug users, street workers and the other "trash" who first contracted the disease—partly because he didn't like us and partly because we didn't vote for him.

    Was he guilty of genocide? That might be overstating it, but the guy was a fucker with a lot of blood on his hands, and in part, because of him, we are now all dealing with his lack of leadership on this issue.

    Posted by: GraphicJack | May 6, 2008 3:13:18 AM

  19. uhm. did anyone watch the mccain clip?

    Posted by: John T | May 6, 2008 11:35:44 PM

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