'Don't Suck Me Into Your Gay World': Stephen Colbert and Anna Wintour Have A Fashionable Sit Down: VIDEO
Because I am an old fart who retires at 8:30 sharp, I missed last night's edition of Colbert Report, on which Vogue editrix Anna Wintour chatted about gay marriage -- so fashionable! -- eating shrimp at Long John Silver's and why Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli planted seeds on her face. (No, it's not what you're thinking. Get your head out of the gutter.)
Also, there's a joke in there about The Devil Wears Prada -- so last year, darling -- and a few quips about how gay men make the fashion world go 'round.
Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP.
The fact that President Obama came out for gay marriage mere days after Vice President Joe Biden "flubbed" by showing support on Meet The Press raised many eyebrows, most of them wondering if Biden's off-script admission put more pressure on Mr. Obama.
In a video of Obama's interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, we get the answer: yes. Kind of. Obama says he always intended to come out for same-sex marriage, but accelerated his response in the wake of Biden's remarks.
Watch what he has to say, AFTER THE JUMP...
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign clearly wants to put the story of him cutting a presumed gay student's hair behind him. The candidate just now offered a vague apology for his youthful misadventures.
Via Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney offered a qualified apology for his behavior as a high school student, without specifically saying whether a report that he bullied a student thought by his classmates to be gay was accurate.
“Back in high school I did some dumb things and if anybody was hurt by that or offended by that I apologize,” Romney told FOX radio host Brian Kilmeade Thursday. “If I did stupid things, I’m afraid I’ve got to say sorry for it.”
Romney, 65, noted he graduated from high school nearly five decades ago, and said, “I’m quite a different guy now.” He admitted “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks in high school and some of them might have gone too far, and I apologize.”
Romney also said that he doesn't recall thinking the student in question, John Lauber, was gay. "I certainly don’t believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual,” Romney said. “That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s.”
In what could be a damning anecdote from Mitt Romney's more youthful days, Jason Horowitz at the Washington Post reports that the presumptive GOP nominee not only participated in but led what could be described as an assault on a fellow student thought to be gay.
Apparently John Lauber, a fellow student at the upscale Cranbrook High School in Michigan, didn't fit the 60s-era mould of "masculinity," and faced constant torment from his peers, including Romney.
After a spring break, Lauber returned to school with bleached blond hair, a look of which young Romney did not approve. "He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!" Romney reportedly told a friend. He subsequently organized a crew to hold down Lauber and cut his hair.
John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
"He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record.
Lauber passed away in 2004.
It is tempting to claim this story will bolster Romney's standings among anti-gay conservatives, but let's keep in mind that bullying has since the death of Tyler Clementi become a national, bipartisan issue and the idea that a potential president initiated such an incident could turn off moderate or wary voters.
Prince Charles was recently invited to view the taping of BBC Scotland's lunchtime show Reporting Scotland. Rather than just standing on the sidelines, however, Charles decided to get before the camera and deliver the weather.
Against a backdrop of the BBC's weather map, Prince Charles delivered a specially written script which included references to royal residences in Scotland.
Looking directly into the camera, he said: "The best of the bright and dry weather will of course be in the northern isles and the far north of the mainland. So, a little hazy sunshine for the Castle of Mey in Caithness.
"But a cold day everywhere with temperatures of just 8C and a brisk northerly wind. Thank God it isn't a bank holiday."
He did a bang up job, as you'll see AFTER THE JUMP...
President Obama's reelection team wasted no time in turning the commander-in-chief's gay marriage support into a political attack on rival Mitt Romney.