'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn Apologizes for Blog Posts Perceived to be Homophobic and Sexist
James Gunn, writer and director of the Disney-Marvel adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic is apologizing on Facebook after old blog posts perceived to be homophobic and sexist were brought to the attention of the public by fan sites.
Writes Gunn on his Facebook page:
A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don't think it's funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many. I'm sorry and regret making them at all.
People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I'm an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said. We're all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us. I'm learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all - James
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The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
Charli XCX - 'Spoons (Extended Edit ft. Rudimental & MNEK)'
Charlotte Aitichison, better known by her stage name: Charli XCX, is a London-based songstress that has been making waves on the pop music scene since the release of her debut You're the One earlier this summer. In addition to her EP, she's released a few mixtapes via Soundcloud such as Heartbreaks and Earthquakes, which includes Charli's covers of some of her favorite artists such as Blood Orange, Blood Diamonds and Drake. With 'Spoons,' Charli gives us her version of the Rudimental track of the same name creating a deep house mix that maintains Rudimental and MNEK's verses and adds Charli's effusive vocals on top.
How To Dress Well - '& It Was U (Pional Re-work)'
Towleroad commenter and OXD fan, "Kirkyo," was the first person to bring singer-songwriter How to Dress Well (the stage name of Colorado-born Tom Krell) to my attention via Krell's haunting cover of Janet Jackson's 'Again.' Krell's sophomore album, Total Loss, includes the single '& It Was U,' a sultry R&B track that highlights Krell's beautiful falsetto. The Spanish producers known as Pional have already created a name for themselves with their remixes of Lemonade and The Rapture. With this re-work, the team has jumped on the altered-pitch bandwagon by lowering Krell's vocals and added a pulsing disco rhythm to the already sexy tune, creating a sensual, soothing track.
Solange - 'Lovers In The Parking Lot'
Solange released her latest EP, True, earlier this week to rave reviews around the music world. While the whole EP (produced by collaborator Blood Orange, née Devonté Hynes) is absolutely fantastic, 'Lovers In the Parking Lot' is a standout R&B track that tells the tale of a lover deciding to end her relationship because she's too young to be rooted down (the song is partly autobiographical, as Solange drew inspiration from her failed relationship with her son's father, NFL player Daniel Smith). With this EP, Solange has stated she wants to echo the genius of über-producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (the duo behind most of Janet Jackson's hits) which is evident by this song's familiar, nostalgia-inducing chorus.
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Punks Jump Up x Dubka - 'Feels Good (feat. Saint Saviour)'
If Pizzazz & The Misfits were to make music today I have a feeling it would sound a lot like this new original track by London-based Punks Jump Up and Martin Dubka. The song is a flamboyant homage to 80's disco (hence the Jem & The Holograms reference!) and features vocals by the soulful maven, Saint Saviour. In addition to the spectacular original version, check out the Moonlight Matters and Mighty Mouse remixes and continue to enjoy one of the best disco songs of this year.
Icona Pop - 'I Love It (Solidisco Remix)'
Icona Pop is a Swedish DJ and electro-pop duo comprised of Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt. 'I Love it,' the lead single off of their first EP, Icona EP, features vocals by none other than Charli XCX whose bubbly spirit perfectly matches the song's nonsensical lyrics. Buffalo-based Solidisco has turned the original into another dancefloor filler which is very reminiscent of the classic Armin Van Helden remix of Uffie's 'A.D.D.S.U.V.’ Both remixes use a churning disco beat and sloppy hi-hats to create a frenzied, "dirty disco" sound that is incredibly infectious.
Rihanna - 'Nobody's Business (feat. Chris Brown)'
When Andy first asked me to help him with a music column on Towleroad, I happily agreed but quickly said "don't expect a post on the latest Rihanna track, that's not what we do." Well, the time has come for me to eat my words. 'Nobody's Business,' is a track from Rihanna’s latest, Unapologetic , that features none other than the notoriously reprehensible Chris Brown. Produced by The Dream, the team has created a song that's true to their form: it's incredibly catchy, somewhat sensational, and delivers a whole lot of attitude. What makes the song worthy of OXD inclusion, however, is that the song has the potential to become a huge house anthem with its slick pianos, spirited synths and fantastic vocal delivery by Rihanna and Brown. It's unfortunate that any buzz this song will actually generate will most likely be due to the artists involved and not because the song is one of the best that either has delivered in quite some time.
OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD) curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear. It's music that will make you dance, dream, and most importantly, love.
Manhunt to Promote HIV Prevention Pill Truvada for World AIDS Day: 'A Choice When Condoms are in the Way...'
Gay hook-up site Manhunt will promote the recently-FDA-approved drug Truvada, which claims to reduce the risk of HIV infection, for this year's World AIDS Day, they announced via press release:
Manhunt™ will promote Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for this year’s World AIDS Day. Manhunt is the world’s largest online and mobile sexual networking site for gay men. This is the first time a worldwide promotion of Truvada, the recently approved U.S. FDA HIV Prevention Pill, has appeared on the site. Manhunt has partnered with Gladstone Institutes’ Dr. Robert Grant and The Fenway Institute to assure that the information conveyed is accurate and consistent with peer-reviewed published science. This promotion is part of Manhunt’s 2012 Social Responsibility Initiative, and it is entirely self-funded.
The promotion is being sent to over 2.5 million Manhunt members on World AIDS Day through Manhunt’s internal email broadcast system with the following tagline:
“HIV Prevention Pill for Negative Men (and women too): A choice when condoms are in the way or not enough?”
The campaign encourages members to visit Manhunt Cares™ dedicated PrEP page to learn more about this important biomedical intervention.
“We are thrilled to work with Manhunt and The Fenway Institute to educate a worldwide audience of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men regarding PrEP,” says Dr. Grant. “It’s critical to have an online community partner that sees the value of providing accurate information about this biomedical intervention.”
The campaign highlights three educational resources for Manhunt members to learn more about PrEP: reading the PrEP fact sheets and research articles; watching a short video from Huffington Post Live on PrEP; and reviewing Positive Frontier’s series called “My Life On PrEP”.
One of the research papers featured is The Fenway Institute’s PLOS ONE publication “Limited Awareness and Low Immediate Uptake of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis among Men Who Have Sex with Men Using an Internet Social Networking Site.” The study’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Ken Mayer, Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, believes that much work is required to increase awareness of PrEP, and that “this campaign is just the beginning of increasing men’s awareness of this intervention.”
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