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  1. Of course obama thanked lieberman. He's as much to blame for the refusal to expand medicare and the death of the public option as lieberman is. This bill is nothing to be proud of, and is a mark against the democratic party and obama administration. This is change we can actually believe in.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 17, 2009 2:42:59 PM

  2. Matthew Weiner CAN GO FUCK HIMSELF!!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2009 2:44:25 PM

  3. Matthew Weiner's 100% correct and reasonable, DE. You're delusional.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 17, 2009 2:50:00 PM

  4. Thank you for that meaningful contribution, David. Jeez.

    He's not condoning this attitude, merely acknowledging it. And if we ever expect to fix things, we need more frank and honest exchanges like this one.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 17, 2009 3:11:54 PM

  5. You're just a fucking KAPO, "Tank." You and your Log Cabinette buddies can go crawl up Mitch McConnell's ass.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2009 3:17:03 PM

  6. He's condoning it, and encouraging it, Dan.
    It's obvious now that Bryan Batt won't be back next season as "Salvatore" cause Weiner just can't bear to work with an openly gay actor.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2009 3:19:28 PM

  7. And you're an old dirty fucking hippie, DE. Why? I dunno, mebbe mommy gave you too much of the tit when you were a kid.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 17, 2009 3:23:26 PM

  8. When I read the full exchange Weiner had at this talk, I cringed a little. Not because he had said anything untoward or wrong, but because I knew there'd be professional whiners (like David) who would use his words as an excuse to bleat about homophobia.

    Could he have been a little more sensitive in how he worded things? Perhaps. But I think he's ahead of most straight hollywood executives in the fact that he'll directly and honestly discuss the realities of being an openly gay actor. Would you prefer a few saccharine bromides and a pat on the back, David?

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 17, 2009 3:38:47 PM

  9. The following is not news:
    "Facebook group demands _____."

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 17, 2009 3:54:36 PM

  10. I'd prefer you sit back with a nice hot steaming cup of "SHUT THE FUCK UP!" "Dan."

    He's not "honestly discussing" anything at all. He's simply jerking the old knee. Things are changing rapidly for the LGBT community.

    And I'm sure you and your friends are very disappointed that they are.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2009 4:01:55 PM

  11. I never realized how much Mike Rowe looks like vintage Brando.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 17, 2009 4:15:30 PM

  12. my, my david ehrenstein, aren't we a shrill little thing.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 17, 2009 4:19:28 PM

  13. "Shrill" = I win.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2009 4:38:18 PM

  14. Yeah, my name is Dan. I'm 32, live in Seattle, and have a lovely boyfriend named Nick. I'm also a long suffering 49ers fan.

    So the quotation marks are unnecessary, David. Unless, of course, you can only resort to innuendo and shrill invective to support your arguments.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 17, 2009 4:40:17 PM

  15. Meanwhile.... that other Matthew, Broderick, i.e., was flying solo and trying desperately to be incognito on a flight from Athens to Mykonos sporting a beard, the facial kind, at the height of the gay summer migration season to that fabled Greek isle while snarling at anyone who even deigned to recognize him. He has tried to keep his sexuality under wraps as Matthew Weiner suggests, but wither has his career gone? Nowhere. So even the closet is not a guarantee of success. Better to live in the truth of oneself.

    Posted by: bading | Dec 17, 2009 5:13:12 PM

  16. "Pee wee thinks he's Jason Mraz."

    Did anyone else read that and think Paul Reubens was embarking on a music career?

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Dec 17, 2009 5:32:15 PM

  17. A majority of supposedly "straight" people will NEVER be comfortable with gay sex or even gay love and gay marriage. Does that mean the millions of us born gay on this planet and the millions more that will be born gay on this planet need to be condemned to second class citizenship while we pay our taxes and contribute more than our share of joy and happiness to this world? Do "straight" people really believe we should ascribe to what the "celibate" anti-sexuality catholic priests,the pope in her bullshit drag,the moron mormons in their "magic underware",the "keeping their marriage vows" heteros like Tiger Woods and Britney Spears or all those overpaid and undereducated athletes,politicians and gatekeepers in the entertainment industry believe we should be? Do they think killing us,legislating against us,marginalizing us makes the world a better place and that we won't fight them at every turn? Where is the leadership of Harvey Milk when we really need a voice?
    The more visible we become the more they hate. What a world we live in.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 17, 2009 5:46:34 PM

  18. That's total bullshit. Of course the closet is not a guarantee of success, but if you've the chance of making a big name for yourself as an A list celebrity, coming out of is a guarantee that that won't happen. And sure, it'd be great if we became more visible by having high profile celebrities come out of the closet. But they, like you, are about themselves.

    DE is a titty baby.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 17, 2009 6:08:13 PM

  19. Not bullshit Tank. Olympic Air, September 9th, Flight # OA 650, he was on seat 9C and 9D, yes, he was the only one on the plane who did not have a seatmate, he must have purchased 2 seats to further insure his privacy. My partner and I were in seats 6A snd 6B.

    Posted by: bading | Dec 17, 2009 6:37:30 PM

  20. Actually I was the flight attendant who slipped you a roofie.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2009 7:15:40 PM

  21. God, Matthew Weiner can go fly a kite. And so can Todd Holland and Don Roos.

    I've been hanging around the indie film community and message boards and gay websites for 15 years and this asinine argument comes up over and over and over again.

    Nothing will ever change for gay actors until the Matthew Weiners in Hollywood grow some balls and retire this old saw once and for all. And nothing will really change until the Todd Hollands and the Don Roos types get past their self-loathing.

    Change will be painfully incremental in Hollywood UNLESS THEY GROW SOME BALLS AND MAKE IT HAPPEN.

    Yes, obviously, they don't market or distribute their TV shows and movies. But they have the ability to cast openly gay men and women in roles with visibility and substance that aren't gay roles already. They can cast them and they don't do it.

    And gay men who aren't filmmakers have to stop fucking whinging about how straight people hate us and would never, ever, ever, EVER pay their hard-earned money to go see a gay man playing an action star or a gay men playing a straight leading man.

    Grow the fuck up. Most straight people don't care one way or another about gays. Most straight people never think about it. If the media didn't make such a huge fucking deal about this kind of stuff -- if we didn't LET THEM do it -- most straight people would never know or care. Don't believe me? Get off the computer and go talk to some straight people who aren't religious fanatics. Most of them are too wrapped up in their own lives to care about whether some actor is gay or not.

    Even if you don't buy that, how many of us know straight people who GOT OVER IT once they had time to process the fact that you came out to them? How many straight people are perfectly fine with being an ally of the gay community now that they've had time to get over their preconceived prejudice?

    God almighty, we don't have more openly gay actors because WE ARE THE PROBLEM. The Matthew Weiners in Hollywood just don't have enough gay people in their lives to snap them back the fuck into place when they moan about how hard it is for an openly gay actor to have a career in this business.

    We are the problem. Period. I mean, look at the slagging Adam Lambert gets. Who cares if you hate his music or his fashion sense or his publicity-whoring? He's an openly gay singer and one of the biggest celebrities in the United States. That alone is cause for celebration. Jesus, people.

    Posted by: Turtle | Dec 17, 2009 8:57:42 PM

  22. SING OUT LOUISE!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 17, 2009 10:54:42 PM

  23. Why thank you David E., that explains why I enjoyed myself even more than usual at that night's bacchanalia on Paradise Beach!

    Posted by: bading | Dec 18, 2009 10:30:52 AM

  24. "..Why? I dunno, mebbe mommy gave you too much of the tit when you were a kid...Posted by: TANK"

    Typical Moronic Gash-sucking heterosexual comeback: Lacking originality AND wit.

    But hey, sTank, thanks for playing!

    Posted by: New Jersey girl | Dec 18, 2009 12:48:08 PM

  25. NJG is a deranged angry faggot (and yes, I reserve that word for homosexuals that act like faggots). Accusing me of being a heterosexual homophobe just underscores how insane it is... it's a frothing at the mouth mad dog (emphasis on dog). One of this angry sloppy queers who's been exposed to some queer theory, and thinks of itself a radical fag activist with victim blaming slogans like "bash back!". This crazy UGLY BITCH probably accuses everyone who won't fuck it of being heterosexual. Not only that, but this mentally unsound freak is an antisemite, too. You're utter trash, and I hope you die of cancer. That's pretty harsh, but so is antisemitism. Are you going to use the 'n' word here again? You're a complete fucking douche bag.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 18, 2009 2:22:59 PM

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