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RoadWhen is it okay to ask whether a public figure is gay?

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RoadOrange County's Tet Parade votes to allow gays: "Supporters called the move historic, pushing opponents not to tarnish the community's image by locking out a vocal segment of its immigrant population. 'When there's a vote to include or exclude, it makes me sad. But we have always been fighting for inclusion and equality -- and we knew that inclusion and equality will eventually triumph,' said Hieu Nguyen, founder of Viet Rainbow of Orange County. The group formed after last year's battles with the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California, the organization leading the charge against visible LGBT participation."

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  1. "When is it okay to ask whether a public figure is gay?

    Someday, when it is inconsequential.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 6, 2014 4:10:42 PM

  2. I think Scorsese is so popular in large part because of the amount of otherwise pointless swearing he manages to fit into a movie. It makes it seem more macho to watch what would otherwise be an artsy Shakespearean drama.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 6, 2014 4:20:07 PM

  3. I know the stories about Otis Charles and Bobbie Jean Baker are supposed to be sad, and I'm sure they were both very nice people (I'm not really sure of that, but whatever), but I really don't see anything noble in gay or transgender individuals wanting to be a part of an institution which has marginalized us for centuries.

    Don't misunderstand, my main beef with Christianity (and all other organized religions) is that they're simply WRONG, and if I truly thought that they weren't, as Mr. Charles and Ms. Baker obviously did, I would follow their tenets to the letter. As much as I love my friends who have decided to do the mental gymnastics required to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation, it is plainly stated in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments, that homosexuality is forbidden.

    I have a similar reaction to feminist Catholics (an oxymoron if ever there was one) who insist that women should be allowed to enter the priesthood. Paul plainly states that women should not speak in church. Religion is a terrible thing, and not to be celebrated, or sanitized to make it more palatable to modern sensibilities.

    Posted by: Zell | Jan 6, 2014 4:30:37 PM

  4. As much as I like Scorsese as a director, I just wish he didn't lace his movies with so much anti-gay dialogue.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jan 6, 2014 4:36:38 PM

  5. Wait, so Madonna is Regina George's mom now?

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 6, 2014 4:36:56 PM

  6. All those clucking hypocrites on TODAY this morning were up at arms about the profanity, drugs, and sex/nudity (including Scorsese's first gay orgy!)-but apparently the horrific violence of "Goodfellas" "Gangs of New York" and "The Departed" was just fine with them. We're a nation of Puritan idiots. (The film definitely shows the hypocrisy of its homophobes, however.)

    Posted by: Dback | Jan 6, 2014 5:37:57 PM

  7. I'll say it. Rocco Ritchie's furry friend is hot. Madonna better watch her step.

    Posted by: Wisebear | Jan 6, 2014 6:03:49 PM

  8. Scorsese paved over or ignored the historical facts & threw in a butt-full of F-bombs so that you wouldn't notice.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jan 6, 2014 7:01:47 PM

  9. Oh Harlow. Even if your boyfriend stabbed the guy and burned down his home (and body), you were complicit. Charles Manson wasn't at Sharon Tate's home that night.

    Posted by: MIke | Jan 6, 2014 8:43:04 PM

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