Former heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield is making headlines in Britain for remarks he made on UK Celebrity Big Brother that being gay is being "handicapped" and "is a choice."
He added, "What would be good about it? That ain’t normal."
Holyfield was warned by the show's producers in a 'private' talk that his comments were "extremely offensive" and have caused outrage from viewers, including pop star Boy George, who tweeted, "Shame, I had such admiration for Mr Evander Holyfield, he seemed dignified and I was sure he was a cool, smart, giant!", later adding, "I think anyone visiting this country for any reason should be cautioned and forced to swear allegiance to 'Queens & country!!," before adding: "At customs there should be a huge sign! Welcome to Britain, racism, sexism, homophobia and bad hair are not tolerated!"
Watch Holyfield's remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...
The star of CW's Arrow Stephen Amell has shown that he quite loves his time in front of the camera, be it doing the Harlem Shake, posing for beefcake promo posters, or comparing before-and-after shots of his physique. For the new year, Amell has decided to start posting his pictures in one place via a brand-new Instagram account and has started things off with a soothing tide video and a shirtless beach pic that is sure to appeal to straight and gay fans alike.
EqualityMaine, the state's most prominent gay rights advocacy group, has officially backed openly gay Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud (right) in the 2014 gubernatorial race. The independent candidate, Eliot Cutler (below, right), who has a strong history of financial support for EqualityMaine and ideological support for gay rights, has fired back at the decision. Cutler, and other critics of the decision, agree that Rep. Michaud's support for gay rights issues has not always been so steady, though he has arguably evolved and become, in recent years, a huge ally for Maine's LGBT citizens. This evolution is, of course, in line with his own sexuality; he officially came out in November.
Bangor Daily News reports:
Cutler’s campaign on Thursday dismissed the EqualityMaine endorsement as “a partisan political decision, not a principled one.” Cutler spokeswoman Crystal Canney issued a statement contrasting the independent’s history supporting gay rights with Michaud’s background on the issue.
“Eliot Cutler and his family have stood side by side with the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual] community for decades as outspoken advocates and supporters. Mike Michaud’s voting record in the Maine Legislature — 19 consecutive votes against equal rights for the LGBT community — speaks for itself,” Canney said. “EqualityMaine cannot take away Eliot Cutler’s record on these issues, any more than they can create a new record for Mike Michaud.”
Michaud was of course more pleased by the announcement:
“I’m deeply humbled by this endorsement. The efforts of EqualityMaine have truly changed hearts and minds, and made our state a better place for all Mainers to live, work and raise a family,” [Michaud] said. “For years I have been honored to stand with EqualityMaine and other LGBT organizations as we’ve fought for full equality for all Maine people, and I will continue to stand with them as governor of Maine. Together we have made tremendous progress at the state and federal level, but there is still more work to be done.”
What do you think about Equality Maine's decision?
Once upon a time ago, A&E stood for "Arts & Entertainment" before a 2002 management change turned it into the Walmart of television stations, a comparison made apt by the ever-enduring popularity of its hit show Duck Dynasty. We've covered the show and its attendant controversy, particularly the never-ending stream of nonsense from patriarch Phil Robertson, ad nauseum. LA Weekly's Henry Rollins has chosen to weigh in on the show with an acerbic editorial that makes an interesting proposition: turn the show into a gay porn.
On the flip side of things, one of you supremely talented graphic artists should start a comic book series starring the Duck dudes as homosexual bears. Talk about crossover potential. The thing writes itself. At the next major gay pride event, there should be hard-bodied men in camo hot pants, ridiculous beards pasted to their chins, blowing through duck calls. Dick Dynasty is a gay porn series just waiting to happen.
It will be interesting to see if anyone actually follows through on these suggestions, and you can rest assured we'll report on any that we hear about.
A couple of months ago we told you about Ultimate Gay Fighter, a gay-themed fighting game by Handsome Woman set to be released in the coming months for mobile devices. The title has been stirring up mixed opinions because although it is ostensibly a tongue-in-cheek pastiche of GLB clichés (thus far no transgender characters appear to be in the game), a lot of the characters have very questionable designs that really stretch the definition of "parody" and border on offensive, such as the black thug with a chain noose around his neck or the lone bisexual being a drunk "straight" chick.
Handsome Woman has now released a follow-up trailer that presents the three villains: Anne Paylin, the politician; Maxx 2.0, the cyborg; and Preach, the boss. Plus, the trailer provides samples of some of the combat chatter uttered by the different characters, some of which, like the character designs themselves, are in questionable taste, such as when Asian character Timmy Spears speaks with heavily-accented Engrish.
You can watch the trailer AFTER THE JUMP...
Michael Musto speaks to Zeke Thomas, the gay son of NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas in an OUT magazine interview. Zeke is a DJ who has been chosen to play the NBA All-Star Game in February.
Said Zeke to Musto:
I came out in 2008, my sophomore year at college. My parents like to say they always knew I was gay. I came out to them, and they were very accepting. I always knew they would be accepting. Growing up, I had gay uncles, like every kid in America. I never was so scared that my parents were going to shun or disown me—the horror stories you hear. I was just nervous about, “Are my friends gonna accept me?” because I was a jock kid, so to speak, with an athlete father.
Read Musto's full interview here.