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Tampa Bay Times Names 'Modern-day Anita Bryant' Pam Bondi Its 'Loser of 2014'


Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's declaration back in August that she was "just getting started" in her fight against gay marriage came to an abrupt end on December 19 when the Supreme Court denied her emergency request for a stay on a federal ruling overturning Florida's same-sex marriage ban. 

Since then, Bondi has managed to further assert her incompetence by failing to communicate exactly what will happen in Florida after the stay on the federal ruling expires January 5. She's acknowledged the stay will end, but her refusal to clarify the scope of the situation at hand has led the Florida State Court Clerks Association to issue a statement warning that county clerks may face legal consequences if they issue marriage licenses to gay couples next month. Gay rights groups, meanwhile, are disputing the association's claims and have said clerks are "compelled" to issue the licenses to gay couples. 

Needless to say, things are messy in Florida right now and Bondi isn't helping at all. And so for these reasons and more, it's apt the Tampa Bay Times has awarded Bondi its "Loser of 2014" award.

Writes Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith:

It's hard to imagine how someone who won re-election so handily (rival George Sheldon could not afford a single TV ad) could emerge from 2014 more wounded and diminished as our Republican attorney general. Put aside the unseemly junkets funded by groups seeking to influence her. Bondi's clumsy communication skills and relentless defense of Florida's gay marriage ban have made her a modern-day Anita Bryant. Antagonizing Florida's gay voters over same-sex marriage and Hispanic voters over immigration reform ensures Bondi has a bright political future ahead of her — if she moves to Mississippi.

If Bondi decides to throw an awards night party to celebrate, someone better bring pie. 

Nancy Grace: Anita Bryant Was a 'Sweet Lady' with Issues 'Dear to Her Heart': VIDEO


Rather than explain to her audience that Anita Bryant was an anti-gay activist who sought to dehumanize gay people by saying they recruit children, comparing them to prostitutes and people who have sex with animals, and saying they're against God while campaigning to keep rights away from them, HLN's Nancy Grace simply said this of Bryant in a segment that aired late last week:

"She makes me think of my own mother. Why would you do this to a 'sweet lady'" who was "speaking on some issue dear to her heart?"


(via JMG, clipped by Dave Evans)

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Uma Thurman to Play Anti-Gay Activist Anita Bryant in New Biopic: VIDEO


Uma Thurman has been cast as anti-gay activist Anita Bryant in Anita, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

BryantThe film follows Bryant, a former celebrity singer and orange juice spokeswoman, who, when she allows a gay screenwriter into her home, is forced to confront her past as an anti-gay Christian crusader who successfully campaigned to overturn a gay rights law in Florida and destroyed her show biz career in the process.

The film will be directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman from a screenplay by Chad Hodge and produced by Darren Star, Howard Rosenman, Jeffrey Schwarz and Dennis Erdman.

Watch the famous news clip of the moment Bryant was hit in the face with a pie by gay activists, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anita Bryant Wants a Gay Best Friend, Screenwriter Says: VIDEO

Chad Hodge, a screenwriter working on a film about anti-gay activist Anita Bryant's life, met with Bryant and her husband Charlie Dry, Hodge tells E!'s Marc Malkin:

BryantNow 71, Bryant runs a ministry from an office she shares with her husband in Oklahoma City.

"She was panicked to meet me and I was panicked to meet her," said Hodge, who most recently was executive producer of The Playboy Club.

The two eventually warmed to each other. "We talked about everything," Hodge said. "Religion, homosexuality, her life and every detail of her life. I mean, everything! She really opened up to me. It started very standoffish...but then it slowly took a turn and she opened up and cried to me."


Hodge smiled, "Turns out she wants a gay best friend just like everyone else."

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News: Dan Savage, iPhone 4, Stephen Fry, Spain, Linda Lingle

Road Anita Bryant returns to the stage in Oklahoma.

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RoadBoo! Tom Colicchio will not ride on L.A. Pride Bear float.

RoadMaryland candidate Dana Beyer hopes to be the first transgendered American elected to statewide office: "By running for election to the state legislature, Beyer essentially outed herself to the 60,000 potential voters in the traditionally liberal district (where the race is generally decided during the Democratic primary). Her male-to-female transition had occurred only three years earlier, but she knew she had to tell her story in full."

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RoadA first look at the new season of Project Runway.

RoadFinale of The Hills leaves viewers wondering, 'was it real?' Note: it wasn't.

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RoadSignorile: On false prophet and apologizer to gays, Andrew Marin.

RoadNYT on GMHC's new home: "In order to get that approval, the organization agreed to a number of restrictions, some of which have aroused the ire of AIDS activists, including Larry Kramer, a co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In a series of e-mail messages and meetings, Mr. Kramer went so far as to call on Dr. Hill to resign for, in his view, putting the interests of the landlord ahead of those of the organization’s clients."

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RoadSPAIN: Man held in brutal murder of gay couple is freed after only four years in jail.

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RoadNow that the campaign is over, the "teacher" in Stand for Marriage's anti-gay Maine ad comes out of the closet, as a Concerned Woman for America.

RoadChrissie Hynde has a new band.

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RoadCollege instructor charged with sex assault on student tells court he thought the student was awake when he performed the sex act on him: "Smith, 48, said he believed the student was consenting because he widened his legs and became aroused as the accused caressed his inner thigh."

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HBO Developing Biopic of Anti-Gay Beauty Queen Anita Bryant

HBO is developing a biopic of anti-gay activist and beauty queen Anita Bryant, with Sex and the City creator Darren Star attached to direct.

Anita Reuters reports: "In 1977, she switched to political activism, launching a crusade to repeal a new Miami-Dade County ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. 'As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children,' she said. Her Save Our Children coalition got the new law overturned within a year, and it took 20 years for it to be reinstated. Celebrating her victory, Bryant promised she would 'seek help and change for homosexuals, whose sick and sad values belie the word 'gay,' which they pathetically use to cover their unhappy lives.' She stayed on the anti-gay-rights cause with speaking tours and went to California to support the Briggs Initiative in 1978, a failed attempt to ban gay teachers from the state's public schools. Archival footage of Bryant was featured in the 2008 film 'Milk,' which chronicled Harvey Milk's campaign against the initiative. Bryant's outspoken activism led to a nationwide boycott of orange juice by the gay rights movement. She eventually lost her Citrus Commission contract, and her record and book sales fell sharply. Bryant remarried, tried unsuccessfully to revive her singing career and eventually filed for bankruptcy."

In Des Moines in 1977, gay activists hit Bryant with a pie as a form of protest. She responded, "at least it's a fruit pie."

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