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Dustin Lance Black Accepts Re-Invitation to Serve as Pasadena City College Commencement Speaker

After being un-invited as Pasadena City College commencement speaker over the existence of sexually explicit photos on the internet, and then re-invited following public outrage over the slut-shaming, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has accepted the school's offer and will speak at the graduation ceremony, the school announced in a press release:

D_blackPasadena City College Superintendent-President Mark Rocha announced today that distinguished alumnus Dustin Lance Black will deliver the 89th commencement address, Friday, May 9, 2014, 7:00 P.M., Robinson Stadium.

President Rocha spoke with Mr. Black personally over the phone this morning to extend the invitation and to apologize sincerely for the way the college has handled this matter to date.

"It’s time to move forward and put the focus where it should be—on the students,” Mr. Black said. “I look forward to the honor of returning to PCC to support the 2014 graduates of Pasadena City College.”

“All of us at PCC are so proud of Mr. Black and are delighted he is returning to his alma mater," said President Rocha. “Mr. Black’s career represents a rare blend of public leadership, and creativity. Additionally, He has generously committed his attention and resources to fighting for LGBTQ equality, the arts, and—not least of all—education.”

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  1. Another win for the Kim Kardashian years.

    Posted by: Arrow | May 6, 2014 10:26:51 AM


  2. "It’s time to move forward and put the focus where it should be—on the students”

    I'm pretty sure Black's focus will be firmly on the students.

    Although they are probably 21 or 22 so way too old for Black, who likes them barely legal, despite being middle-aged himself.

    Some enterprising student needs to ask Black if he ever attended parties where teenagers were plied by drink and drugs by the middle aged hosts to make them easier to prey on.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 6, 2014 10:36:27 AM


  3. According to Yahoo, Black has moved into Daley's London apartment and the two have now taken up housekeeping together. More power to them.

    Posted by: Gorgeous | May 6, 2014 11:00:13 AM


  4. Distinguished? In what way

    Posted by: Tristram | May 6, 2014 11:20:01 AM


  5. Poor Tom Daley.

    How is he going to cope when his middle aged boyfriend dumps him for being too old, when he turns 20.

    And has Dustin Lance Black been named as a co-defendant yet in the Bryan Singer lawsuits.

    He attended those teen-only parties after all.

    And he met his teenage boyfriend at the Kids'Choice Awards - an unusual location for a middle aged, childless man.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 6, 2014 11:21:50 AM


  6. @MARYM

    You defended Michael Alig who committed the gruesome murder. Given your constant trolling you have no moral credibility to lecture anyone whatsoever on ethics.

    Posted by: Red | May 6, 2014 11:26:45 AM


  7. DLB is on a collision course with wizened queen. I await the to read of when Tom tires of the desperate pawing...

    Posted by: Jake | May 6, 2014 11:54:02 AM


  8. Red, you got Mary's name wrong. It's actually Rick. And trolling under different names is all he has. He's pathetic.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 6, 2014 11:54:06 AM


  9. I thought Mary's name was Doug. Rick is not that obsessed with DLB and Tom Daley

    Posted by: aki | May 6, 2014 12:42:43 PM


  10. This is such a great opportunity. Dustin Lance Black truly is a lightning rod and an agent for change.

    Posted by: AKChris | May 6, 2014 12:49:46 PM


  11. Lightening rod? It's obvious that the only rod he cares about is his.

    Posted by: Jake | May 6, 2014 1:48:07 PM


  12. "Distinguished? In what way."
    Well, he won an award. He is rich I suppose. Some day he may donate to the school's foundation. Isn't that obvious?

    Posted by: simon | May 6, 2014 1:51:35 PM


  13. Distinguished HOW? HE WON AN ACADEMY AWARD, ffs.

    Posted by: Jack | May 6, 2014 2:11:21 PM


  14. And the movie "Crash" won an Oscar that year for Best Picture. Ang Lee won as director, but "Brokeback" lost. Hollywood homophobia was in full gear. Even Black couldn't crack that, but his real crack in those photos was not a high point, and became a real pain in his career. Let's hope he makes the students understand that condoms are not optional attire today.

    Posted by: Arrow | May 6, 2014 11:07:35 PM


  15. No. DLB won in 2008. Brokeback was in 2006.

    Posted by: Matziabb | May 7, 2014 4:22:08 AM


  16. I am not Rick.

    Nor did I defend Michael Alig who is far worse than DLB.

    DLB is merely a creepy, exploitative predator who makes sure that his teenaged boyfriends are legal.

    Michael Alig is a murderer.

    While I would question the ethics of a person like DLB (the same moron who told the LGB community that giving money to a homophobic extremist like Orson Card was OK) I would not compare him to Alig.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 7, 2014 5:53:53 AM


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