Tokyo's Disneyland hosted a gay wedding on Friday which went viral on social media there, the NYT reports:
“My partner Hiroko and I just held a gay wedding at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Even Mickey and Minnie are here to celebrate with us!” Ms. Higashi, 28, wrote in a Twitter post that also had a picture of the newlyweds posing with the big-eared Disney characters and a flower-festooned cake. Her entry was reposted more than 6,000 times, drawing largely positive responses.
“Congratulations,” replied Masaki Koh, a Japanese gay porn star. “Your wonderful wedding will bring inspiration and hope to many people who still hesitate to take the first step. I was also encouraged that Tokyo Disney Resort was so understanding.”
The lead-up to the wedding was not all smooth sailing, however:
She reported on her blog and on Twitter that she had inquired about weddings at Tokyo Disney Sea, a part of the Disney Resort. But when it became apparent to the organizers that her partner was female, Ms. Higashi reported, she was asked if one of them could wear a tuxedo — so that other visitors to the park would not feel uncomfortable.
Her posts set off the first stir on Japanese social media sites.
A week later, the organizers at Milial Resort Hotels, a subsidiary of the company that runs Tokyo Disney, got back to Ms. Higashi with good news: both brides were welcome to wear wedding dresses (or both tuxedos, for that matter). “Mickey Mouse supports gay marriage!” Web headlines declared.
George Kalogridis, who started bussing tables at Walt Disney World in August 1971, this week rose to the position of president, becoming Central Florida's most powerful gay man, Watermark reports:
According to his official Walt Disney World bio, Kalogridis, 59, has been with the company for 41 years. He comes to his new role in Lake Buena Vista from Disneyland Resort, where he has served as president since 2009. Kalogridis’ job titles also include CEO for Disney Resort Paris, vice president of Travel Operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and vice president of Epcot.
Kalogridis is a sociology graduate from UCF and was born in Winter Haven. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he and his partner, Andy Hardy, have been together for 12 years. The couple plans to build a home in Golden Oak, a subdivision being developed by Disney World on the northeast corner of the resort’s property. Hardy is a finance manager with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts global entertainment, according to the Orange County (CA) Business Journal.
The project will be expensive and the publicity will be immense. A flop would be egg on the faces of Marvel's otherwise successful movie team. Everything has to be as perfect as possible. Unfortunately, things are off to an inauspicious start, thanks to writer and director James Gunn's past remarks about gay people and women.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Gunn came under fire for a 2011 story posted on his blog called "50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With: 2nd Annual Poll Results," in which he used homophobic and misogynistic language.
Gunn has removed that post and another offensive missive, as well as another, but the power of the internet keeps them alive and well and will no doubt complicate his Guardians endeavors.
Gunn targets several of the male superheroes on the list with homophobic language and slurs, calling No. 5, X-Men's Gambit, a "Cajun fruit," before graphically describing a sex act he would perform on the character to satisfy a girlfriend's fantasy -- but the thought "makes me sick to my stomach.
He says he hopes for a Marvel-DC crossover so that Tony Stark "can 'turn' " lesbian character Batwoman straight, then says she "could also have sex with Nightwing and probably still be technically considered a lesbian."
As you may have heard, the Star Wars franchise was acquired by Disney:
Disney has just confirmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm Ltd, and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise that will now continue on. The companies have targeted a 2015 release for Star Wars: Episode 7, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 to follow as the the long-term plan is to release a new feature every two or three years. “The last Star Wars movie release was 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith – and we believe there’s substantial pent-up demand”, Disney said. The deal also includes rights to the Indiana Jones franchise.
The stock and cash transaction is worth an estimated $4.05 billion...
Watch Lucas discuss the deal, AFTER THE JUMP...
Meanwhile, internet Meme-watchers envision a new Epcot Center:
Season 9 American Idol contestant Todrick Hall pulled together an energetic retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale with a gay twist and a few other Disney characters thrown in for good measure.
Writes Hall: "I wanted to tell this famous fairy tale in a new and innovative way, combining familiar top 40's songs with classic Disney melodies. This story speaks volumes and I think that love is as classic as this fairy tale. It's time for us to legalize love in all shapes and colors."
The video features a colorful cast of characters including Lance Bass as Prince Charming, Janice Dickinson as the evil stepmother, Shangela and Willam Belli as the stepsisters, plus Glozell as the Fairy Godmother, Kimberly Cole as Jasmine, and Aubrey O’Day as Alice.
Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...