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07/15/2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic Skewers Bad Grammar In 'Blurred Lines' Spoof: VIDEO

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If you get infuriated by people who misuse their, there, and they're, you'll love musician "Weird Al" Yankovic's takedown of horrid grammar in his video for "Word Crimes," a hilariously pedantic spoof of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."

And if you like the video, revisit the video parody of "Blurred Lines" that some Texan women made in response to Texas' restrictive anti-abortion legislation.

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 15,2014 at 8:29 PM EST by in Music Video, Robin Thicke, Weird Al Yankovic | Permalink | Comments (18)


Comedy Series Inspired By Gay Soccer Player Robbie Rogers in the Works

Robbie rogersA comedy series detailing the story of openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers has received a production greenlight from Universal Television, Deadline reports.

The series, part of producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron’s deal at Universal TV, will center on Rogers’ experiences as the first openly gay man to compete in a top U.S. professional sports league. Rogers came out in February 2013 before joining the LA Galaxy team later that year.

Zadan and Meron, the openly gay duo behind the film versions of Chicago and Hairspray, will serve as executive producers for the upcoming series. Rogers will also serve as a producer. 

Posted Jul. 15,2014 at 7:45 PM EST by in Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Film and TV, MLS, News, Robbie Rogers | Permalink | Comments (10)


Malawi Solicitor General Says Country Has Suspended Anti-Gay Laws

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At a meeting with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva last week, Malawi’s Secretary for Justice and Solicitor General Janet Chikaya-Banda said that the southeast African nation has suspended arresting people for homosexuality until its anti-gay laws are reviewed.

MalawiBack in 2012, it was first reported that Malawi was suspending its anti-gay penal codes and ordering police not to arrest gays. However, the country’s Justice Minister quickly backed away from claims that he was reversing any anti-gay laws, leading to doubts as to whether gays in the country were safe from legal prosecution.

Nyasa Times adds that Banda told the committee the review of the anti-gay laws was stalled due to lack of financial resources but that there was political will to deal with the matter. 

Malawi, like most other African countries, has harsh laws on the books that criminalize consensual homosexual acts. Individuals convicted under Malawi’s anti-gay laws can be punished with up to 14 years imprisonment with hard labor.

Posted Jul. 15,2014 at 7:00 PM EST by in Africa, Malawi, News | Permalink | Comments (5)


Gay Journalist and Immigration Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained by Border Patrol in Texas

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Jose Antonio Vargas, the openly gay Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who came out as an “undocumented immigrant” in a high-profile piece in the New York Times back in June 2011, was detained earlier this morning by U.S. Boarder Patrol agents in McAllen, Texas.

The Washington Post reports:

Jose Antonio VargasDefine American, the nonprofit U.S. immigration-reform campaign founded by Vargas, announced the detainment. In a statement Tuesday, Define American campaign director Ryan Eller said: “This morning, Mr. Vargas attempted to board a plane to Los Angeles, where we are scheduled to screen our film ‘Documented.’ Mr. Vargas did not make it through security at the airport. Our understanding is that he is currently being questioned by border patrol. The community leaders standing with me work with constituents and live this reality each and every day.”

Eller called on President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson “to exercise prosecutorial discretion and immediately release Jose Antonio Vargas from Customs and Border Protection custody.”

White House and U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesmen declined to discuss the detention further however. 

The Post adds:

Last week, shortly after his film, “Documented,” aired for the first time on CNN, Vargas wrote in a Politico magazine piece that he’d gone to the U.S.-Mexico border “to visit a shelter for unaccompanied Central American refugees and participate in a vigil in their honor.” He wrote: “I realize that, for an undocumented immigrant like me, getting out of a border town in Texas — by plane or by land — won’t be easy. It might, in fact, be impossible.”

Vargas was held for 8 hours, according to the Washington Post. He was ordered to appear before an immigration judge.

[photo via Twitter]

Posted Jul. 15,2014 at 6:15 PM EST by in Immigration, Jose Antonio Vargas, News, Texas | Permalink | Comments (43)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1589

FRISBEE TOSS: "The lead singer said he would give a guy in the back a high five if he would throw his frisbee to the stage. He threw the frisbee."

NO COMMENT: Freaky Florida Governor Rick Scott ducks a few questions.

ICONA POP: "Get Lost".

ZOO JEANS: Pre-chewed.

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Posted Jul. 15,2014 at 5:15 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)


News: Tim Howard, Cheetahs, Ted Strickland, Drake, Gay Mormon

RoadDrake likes his salad tossed, allegedly.

RoadTwo former GOP Utah attorneys general arrested in corruption case.

CheetahRoadCheetah smuggling driving species to extinction.

RoadLindsay Lohan will not miss any rehearsals or performances of Speed the Plow, believes nobody anywhere.

RoadThe AP profiles Crystal Moore, the Latta, South Carolina police chief fired for being gay, and the town that rallied behind her. "When Moore returned to work June 30, people honked their car horns and gave her thumbs up as she drove around in her police SUV, according to television reports. When an AP reporter rode around with her recently, nearly everyone waved as she drove by."

RoadConnecticut man arrested for stabbing watermelon.

RoadTim Howard covers Adweek, shirtless. “It’s important that I’m a role model, and that the companies that I associate myself with feel the same way about their own images,” Tim said about companies he’d like to partner with. “Those are companies I’d like to be associated with. I try not to and I don’t think I ever have just jumped at any opportunity because a company wanted me. Just because there was money on the table doesn’t mean that I took it.”

RoadRosie O'Donnell continues Elisabeth Hasselbeck feud on Twitter.

HornsRoadTRAILER: Daniel Radcliffe in Horns.

RoadFormer Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to headline marriage equality rally on August 6, when the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear appeals in cases challenging gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

RoadTom Hardy's doggie kisses.

RoadAP: Gay candidate Carl DeMaio faces criticism from opposing camps.

Road"Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner's lawsuit arguing that President Obama is not implementing Obamacare fast enough 'contains a glaring misrepresentation of a recent Supreme Court decision that undermines much of the basis for this lawsuit.'"

RoadKellan Lutz's shirt knows him intimately.

RoadGay Mormon known sperm donor speaks out in the NYT: "It’s funny to watch the wheels go round when people learn this bit of information about me: So David’s from Utah, but if his shoes are any indication, he’s also gay, so that probably means — wait for it — a gay Mormon! After this epiphany, a look that’s equal parts awe and pity will typically cloud my new friends’ faces, as one might also gaze upon a three-legged unicorn."

 

Posted Jul. 15,2014 at 3:42 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (5)



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