News: Gay Grant, Rick Sanchez's Offensive Remarks And Guatemala

Alex Towlesmall A Boca Raton man has been charged with aggravated battery after allegedly attacking a man simply because he thought he was gay. The reported victim, it turns out, was straight, thus proving homophobia isn't only a "gay issue."

Towlesmall True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard has nothing but praise for Battleship co-star Rihanna's work ethic: "This is her first movie but she’s great, she’s really really good in it and her working. She’s got a crazy schedule. She’s really diligent and I’m impressed."

Towlesmall Two Scottish men have been arrested for reportedly attacking a 27-year old gay man. The alleged victim was knocked unconscious and remains absolutely astonished the incident even happened: "I've lived in Edinburgh for eight years and nothing has ever happened like this before."

Towlesmall The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center just received a $13.3 million federal grant to help LGBT kids in foster care. Conservatives are going to have a field day with that one...

Nickelodeon_1993a-1Towlesmall Children's network Nickelodeon will address anti-gay bullying as part of its latest news special, Sticks, Stones and Cyberslams. (P.S.: Does anyone else remember the promo this Nickelodeon image came from? I had completely forgotten about it. So cool.)

Towlesmall New Jersey prosecutors are investigating a potential anti-gay bias in the events that led to Tyler Clementi's suicide this week.

Towlesmall The United States government has apologized for knowingly infecting Guatemalans with STDS in the 1940s. "The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a joint statement.

Towlesmall Rumor has it Rachel Zoe's with stylish child.

Towlesmall Twilight actor Kellan Lutz likes the gym and Calvin Klein. Pass it on.

Towlesmall Straight CBS newsman Harry Smith offers his thoughts on this week's gay suicides: "Gay bashing is still with us. There is still an otherness that goes along with being a homosexual that gives license to all kinds of prejudice... Being gay can cost you your family, maybe your employment. Tyler Clementi was caught on camera kissing another man. It cost him everything."

Rs_b2-1 Towlesmall CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez said that Jewish people aren't really a minority because they control the media. Yes, really: "I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like [Jon] Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart. And to imply that somehow they -- the people in this country who are Jewish -- are an oppressed minority?" Oy...

Towlesmall Moscow police yesterday detained anti-gay protesters for disrupting a gay rally. This is a step in the right direction for a city that's famously banned pride.

Towlesmall Joy Behar on gay suicides: "A lot of times you’ll hear politicians gay bashing and so-called religious people, hypocritical religious people, gay bashing, and I think that this sort of thing has an effect on the society as a whole."

Towlesmall A woman in China has been awarded $12,000 U.S. after being "harassed" by a lesbian online.

Towlesmall Federal authorities have filed a lawsuit against Fox News after the cable channel allegedly retaliated against a female reporter who accused them of gender bias.

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  1. Sanchez is an idiot. However, he did not say that the Jews are not a minority. He said that they are not an oppressed minority given how well-represented they are in the ranks of those who run the media. Which, c'mon, is certainly true.

    Posted by: Christopher | Oct 1, 2010 4:32:25 PM

  2. Sanchez is a fucking douche bag, so are you CHRISTOPHER.

    Good for Joy Behar for being the only one in the MSM I've seen to lay the blame of hate at the right wing bigots.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 1, 2010 4:45:47 PM

  3. I cringe whenever I see Rick Sanchez on the air. Yesterday, while discussing the Clementi case, he expressed outrage at the term "cyber-bullying" and how it's used to describe similar cases. He said it's nothing more than "a psycho-babble, media term that [the media] made up". To him, "bullying" doesn't exist.

    Dude's an unwatchable asshat.

    Posted by: JJ | Oct 1, 2010 4:46:31 PM

  4. I cringe when ever I read comments here because everyone is so negative and unhappy.

    Posted by: dinkleberry | Oct 1, 2010 4:59:08 PM

  5. I think Rick Sanchez just put his foot in his mouth. If will be interesting to see how he tries to extract it.

    Posted by: Ninong | Oct 1, 2010 5:06:39 PM

  6. Patrick, I certainly own up to being a douchebag, but what does that have to do with my pointing out that what Sanchez actually said is different from what was mis-reported here (I've actually taken the time to listen to his Sirius radio interview, have you?)

    Posted by: Christopher | Oct 1, 2010 5:12:23 PM

  7. oh my, a bitch fight, again.

    Posted by: dinkleberry | Oct 1, 2010 5:14:07 PM

  8. This should be enlightening ...

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Oct 1, 2010 5:57:30 PM

  9. Why are there quotes around "harassed" for the story from China? If what was reported is true, it was VERY much harassment. The woman who was doing this stuff was a serious stalker.

    Posted by: Joey Y | Oct 1, 2010 6:08:42 PM

  10. This is not the first time Jon Stewart's been called out on his ethnic bias and, well, anti-Gentilism:

    Posted by: Vegemite | Oct 1, 2010 6:57:36 PM

  11. I'd hardly say calling Jews out on their privilege and power in untruthful. But because it is unwise proves the truth!

    Posted by: Spotlight | Oct 1, 2010 7:29:58 PM

  12. @Spotlight

    Don't you mean: " I'd hardly say calling Jews out on their privilege and power is untruthful. But because it is unwise proves the truth! "

    Posted by: James | Oct 1, 2010 7:32:58 PM

  13. Wow, CNN fired Sanchez! That was quick.

    Posted by: bierce | Oct 1, 2010 8:25:00 PM

  14. Quick? What's the supposed to mean? This douchebag has a jimmy the greek moment, and gets his marching papers. That's how it should be. Unless you're trying to suggest something else at play...which would imply that he's wrong, wouldn't it?

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 1, 2010 8:38:38 PM

  15. oh wow...didn't see the other comments. Yes, antisemitism thrives, even amongst the faggots.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 1, 2010 8:40:23 PM

  16. Thanks for reading a negative connotation into the benign comment "That was quick." Maybe I should have said "Firing him the same day wasn't quick enough"? What kind of crusading asshole are you?

    Posted by: bierce | Oct 1, 2010 8:44:04 PM

  17. Re: The Sanchez comment,

    The building next door to me houses a Jewish fraternity. Interestingly enough, none of them are offended by this and they actually agree that they are not an oppressed minority. See, the thing is that only gay people seem to want to desperately defend their status as an oppressed minority. The rest of the world would take this statement as an acknowledgment of the fact that they have managed to overcome the oppression of the past and insert themselves into powerful, influential roles throughout society.

    Posted by: lightenup | Oct 1, 2010 8:46:13 PM

  18. Given the other comments and general antisemitism in the gay community and beyond, I think I was justified in that conclusion. But it was false...right? You weren't implying that due to the number of jews involved in cable news...that that's the reason for its expedience, were you?

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 1, 2010 8:48:34 PM

  19. Hey, oprah! Racism's over, lightenup.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 1, 2010 8:49:56 PM

  20. Ha! Rick Sanchez just got canned!

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 1, 2010 8:56:11 PM

  21. lol.

    Back the f*ck off, "Tank". Not a damn word comes out your mouth that is not an overly-zealous, emotional reaction to some sort of perceived threat or other. If you had read my comment instead of reacting to it, you'd see that all I was doing was giving kudos to the Jews for not defining themselves as a disadvantaged fringe group, like many of our fellow gays do. Instead, they embraced the strengths they had and (post-WWII) established their culture and their people into a very invaluable, essential part of society.

    Just chill. Seriously. Everybody is not just out to hurt you. Don't get so wrapped up in hate that you can't even see when people are saying something positive.

    Posted by: lightenup | Oct 1, 2010 9:02:17 PM

  22. yeah, but was it hiv positive?

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 1, 2010 9:06:42 PM

  23. that was probably the dumbest response you've ever typed, Tank. You're usually far wittier than that. But I guess you really had nothing else up your sleeve once you realized that I wasn't being a neo-nazi...

    Posted by: lightenup | Oct 1, 2010 9:12:07 PM

  24. anyone else think it's kind of a double standard that when a talking news head says that Jews aren't an oppressed minority, he's fired instantly, yet when far more negative things are said about gays, the best we get is an "internal ethics investigation"?

    Posted by: hmmm | Oct 1, 2010 9:22:12 PM

  25. Tank, be careful with that 'anti-semite' label you are throwing around. It definitely does exist, obviously, but you seem to be applying it merely to anyone who doesn't think that the Jews are 100% Perfect Gods.

    The problem with placing any group on such a pedestal is that you are not encouraging people to treat the group with equality and respect. Instead, you are actually encouraging treatment that resembles the way humans behave toward animals in a zoo; They become mere novelty instead of humans like everybody else.

    Posted by: brian k. | Oct 1, 2010 9:30:40 PM

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