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04/19/2007


Fantasia Barrino's Anti-Gay Remarks Ruined Her Week: 'Middle Finger Up to Those Who Seak (Sic) to Destroy Me'

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Former American Idol contestant Fantasia Barrino, whose remarks about gay marriage and The Bible made headlines last week, took to Instagram once again to express her anger (see the image she posted, above).

Said Barrino: "My whole team is gay, my manager is gay, middle finger up to those who seak (sic) to destroy me. It won't work."

Said Barrino in her original posting: "I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! I'm not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!"

She later released a personal statement, saying "I don't want to be judged."


Fantasia: Instagram Gay Nups Jibe 'Taken Far Out Of Context'

BarrinoFantasia Barrino's PR team claims the singer's comment about marriage equality being an example of a world gone mad were "taken far out of context":

Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight. Ms. Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community.

Whether it’s through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans.

Supporting an abstract community and supporting specific equal rights are not necessarily the same thing, mind you.


'World Is Gone Mad,' Says Fantasia Barrino About Gay Nups, Weed

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Fantasia Barrino, the singer made famous by winning the third season of American Idol, took to Instagram to tell the world that she is completely confused as to why marriage equality and weed are legal in some places yet she's still being "judged".

Judged by whom? An invisible jury? Ghosts of American Idol contestants past? Some omniscient being that goes like only one name? Cher?! Who knows?! But Fantasia is certain she's being judged and she doesn't like it at all. She thinks that judgmental shade should be thrown at the people legally getting married and legally smoking dope.

Yes, life is full of mysteries and Instagram is full of deep thoughts; just not on Fantasia Barrino's feed.

[via Good As You]


News: Paul Ryan's Mystery Marathon, Penile Suit, Kelly Taylor

1NewsIcon The sad state of American political engagement: shockingly engaging TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo beat the Republican National Convention in the ratings game.

RomneyGay1NewsIcon The book Romney's Gay America: Mormon Leaders, Same-Sex Rights — Bridging the Gap is currently the number one gay and lesbian non-fiction book at Amazon. "[The book] concludes that the LDS Church should apologize for its past regarding gays, should be more open to gays, and that the whole country should be more open to Mormons," says author Michelle Beaver.

1NewsIcon This is good news: "The Federal Bureau of Prisons recently supplemented its workplace-diversity program by adding an LGBT representative at each of its 125 prisons and administrative offices nationwide."

1NewsIcon A Texas man is suing the makers of an erectile dysfunction drug after he says it "broke" his penis.

1NewsIcon An official ethics complaint has been filed against Brad Wilcox for his role in securing funding for junk scientist Mark Regnerus' "gays make bad parents" study that appeared in Social Science Research, on whose editorial board Wilcox sits.

1NewsIcon Taylor Lautner joining 50 Shades of Grey movie as younger version of titular Grey?

1NewsIcon There is a salad pricing conspiracy currently squeezing every possible penny out of lettuce-loving New Yorkers. Does it go all the way to the top, where croutons belong?

SkarsGQ1NewsIcon Alexander Skarsgard looks as attractive as always in the latest issue of Australia's GQ Style.

1NewsIcon RIP UK-based LGBT activist Allan Horsfall. "Under Allan’s presidency in the 1970s and 80s, the [Campaign for Homosexual Equality] grew to be the largest ever mass membership LGBT rights organisation in the UK. Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said: 'Allan was arguably the grandfather of the modern human rights movement in Britain… We all walk in Allan’s shadow.'"

1NewsIcon LGBT activists in Zimbabwe have a joke that homophobic President Robert Mugabe is "an ambassador for gay rights" because his anti-gay rabble-rousing helps open people's eyes to the abuse and discrimination LGBT people face.

1NewsIcon Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan claims to have run a marathon in under 3 hours. That would be really, really fast, but it's also an unproven claim and Runner's World is currently looking for documentation to verify Ryan's alleged athleticism.

1NewsIcon Randy Jackson out as an American Idol judge.

1NewsIcon The Killers are alright with Mitt Romney liking their music. Said bassist Mark Stoermer: "He's, I guess, a guy and he listens to music and happens to like us. That's fine."

1NewsIcon Did Prince Harry's instantly infamous Las Vegas adventure also include cocaine and prostitutes?

1NewsIcon How does it make you feel to hear that Luke Perry and Jennie Garth, fictional star-crossed lovers on Beverly Hills, 90210, are reportedly dating in real life? Yeah, me too.

1NewsIcon A more pressing question than Dylan and Kelly's love life: "San Diego bus drivers' dizziness linked to pot-laced brownies?"

Patisserie1NewsIcon Openly gay Top Chef: Just Desserts winner Yigit Pura wants to share behind-the-scenes shots of his forthcoming San Francisco patisserie Tout Sweet Patisserie. Go ahead, give him what he wants.

1NewsIcon In this song inspired by Clint Eastwood's RNC speech, the actor speaks to all kinds of objects, including a bucket of mackerel and a dirty, dirty mop.

1NewsIcon Taylor Swift has released the full-length video for every recently jilted lover's favorite song, "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together".


Phillip Phillips' 'Home' Video: WATCH

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The first single given to this year's American Idol winner has exploded in sales since becoming the theme song for NBC's Olympic gymnastics coverage. It's also a peaceful way to start your day.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Retroactive Retirement, Celeste Holm, And Heckles (VIDEO)

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Towleroad-roadicon Senior Romney advisor explains discrepancy over Romney's Bain retirement dates: He didn't leave 'til 2002, but he retired retroactively to 1999. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

Towleroad-roadicon Rahm to Romney: Stop whining

Towleroad-roadicon Obama's humblebrag, and the ill health of campaign discourse:

when Charlie Rose showed up at the White House asking the president what he thought his big mistake was, all that remained a mystery was how Obama would evade the question.

President Obama chose the humblebrag: "The mistake of my first term—couple of years—was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that's important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times." 

... The president was essentially saying that he was working so hard trying to help the American people, he forgot to tell them about it.

Towleroad-roadicon This was the gayest Comic-Con ever:

“Queer fandom is absolutely galvanized by seeing more accurate representations of ourselves,” [says Justin Hall, author of the just-released “No Straight Lines,” a retrospective of LGBT comics.] “There’s a snowball effect.”

“It’s always been going on under the surface, but now there’s a real queer presence,” adds Love Ablan, a self-described pop culture nerd who’s bisexual. “Even among non-queer fans. My super-straight guy friend is totally into this comic about queer bears.”

Towleroad-roadicon Aretha Franklin would like to be the new J-Lo.

Towleroad-roadicon Actress Celeste Holm has died. She was 95. 

Celeste-holm-02 Towleroad-roadicon Here's a very sad, very compelling story written about Ms. Holm last year, detailing the conflict between her children and young husband about the disbursement of her ravaged fortune:

To its various players, this story is about a young husband coveting his elderly wife’s fortune, or jealous sons guarding their inheritance or an independent-minded woman trying to maintain control of her finances even as her faculties decline. It is a cautionary tale for families trying to manage one of our age’s emblematic conflicts, between elderly parents who want to live autonomously and adult children who want to protect them, made more vivid by the presence of the Broadway and screen actress at its center. From all sides, it is a story of loss. 

Towleroad-roadicon Father arrested in Iran for son's contributions to Imam-mocking Facebook page:

The Facebook page, dubbed the "Campaign to Remind Shias about Imam Naqi," features a robed man, presumably Naqi, with a face like Charles Manson's, flanked by a camel wearing sunglasses and the donkey from "Shrek." It also shows a picture of a Shiite tomb that has been pooped on by a flock of pigeons.

With more than 21,000 likes, the page explains, "Our goal is to use satire to take out the superstition from religion."

... On May 23, Khameneh got a call from his father, Abbas Khameneh, in Iran.

"He said, 'some people from the intelligence service had come (to our house), and they want you to cooperate,' " Khameneh recalled. "My father said, 'they want your passwords to your Facebook, web blog and e-mail ... '"

Towleroad-roadicon Madonna sued for comparing Marine Le Pen to Hitler. 

Towleroad-roadicon Olympic shooter complains that gay couples get to cohabitate in Olympic village, while he and his wife do not. 

Towleroad-roadicon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heckled in Egypt with cries of "Monica! Monica!"

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