Eminem cleverly avoids using the word "faggots" in his new song "Elevator" when referring to Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken, replacing it with the words "fake it's":
Sorry Lance, Mr. Lambert and Aiken ain't gonna make it They get so mad, when I call them both fake it's
All these f@#king voices in my head I can't take it
Someone shut that f@#king baby up, 'for I shake it
You're standing adjacent to Jason's last slut, they're facing
Together makes 'em, a f@#king bad combination
I lashed at the doctor in my last operation
Shoved the weiner snitzel up his ass, hopped away some-
body please stop the patient, get the cops to mase him
Of course, phonetically, it sounds just like "faggots."
Upset by assumptions that Mariah Carey's recent foray into man drag (above, left) in the video for her track "Obsessed" takes aim at him, Eminem has released a rapping response in which he attempts to set straight her claims that the two of them weren't at one time involved.
Gays in Syria beginning to come out: "Most of those behind the bold move are born into the urban
middle-class, "the driving force behind homosexual emancipation," adds
the young reporter, speaking to AFP on condition that he not be
identified. 'It's on the Internet that they truly come out,' he adds. The
world wide web is a way for gays to 'overcome social restrictions' and
unwind in safe anonymity, or to build up a circle of acquaintances, he
says. Some 200 Syrian gays banded together to form a group labelled 'I'm just like you' which published an appeal for tolerance."
James Franco pulls out of UCLA commencement speaking engagement: "I deeply regret not being able to keep my commitment to giving the
commencement speech at UCLA's graduation this year. Unfortunately the date conflicts
with me needing to be on location to begin pre-production on my next
film. I wish everyone in the 2009 class the best of luck in all of
their future endeavors." Or, you know, maybe this is why.
NGLTF reports reveal need for religious voices in fight for equality. Report author: "The findings of these two reports are highly relevant for future
battles on marriage and family equality because these are deeply moral
issues. Faith voices have much to contribute to the debate and
authentic religious-secular partnerships are essential to achieving
human and civil rights for LGBT Americans."
KRXQ radio host Rob Williams and Arnie States incite violence against transgender children.
Lesbian couple allege discrimination at Fresno hospital: "Orbin said the paramedic told the nurse on duty that she had collapsed
after marching 14 miles for civil rights, and the nurse gave her a
dirty look and said 'ooooh.' She continued, 'I asked if Teresa could
come back with me, but the nurse told me I was in a no visitor zone.
When I asked her why everyone else had visitors, she said 'those people
Second 'Million Fag March' held near Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church: "Love, who organized the march, said he picked the Gage Park location
because it is the same place Westboro leader and anti-gay preacher Fred
Phelps began staging his protests in 1991."
Washington Poston the Robert Wone murder case: "So began a real-life parlor mystery -- an unsolved killing and alleged
coverup in the guest room of an elegant home in the heart of
Washington's gay community, with a trio of seemingly unlikely suspects:
a self-described "polyamorous family" of three men. The bizarre murder
that evening of a young Ivy League lawyer named Robert Wone, still
grist for gossip and conjecture on the city's gay blogosphere, has
vexed police and prosecutors since the 911 call just before midnight
Aug. 2, 2006."
THIS was a laugh-and-a-half last night for its pure pathetic-ness.
Scotland Yard alarmed at rise in homophobic crimes: "Campaigners say anti-gay violence has surged, and Scotland Yard
statistics reveal a 9% rise in homophobic and transphobic offences to
1,372 in the year to April...Acting Detective Superintendent Gerry Campbell, of the Metropolitan
police, who headed a recent operation against hate crime that led to
292 arrests, said: 'Homophobia cannot be considered a thing of the
past, it's on the increase.'"
L.A.'s Outfest film festival announces 2009 line-up: "The impressive list of films and filmmakers involved with this year’s festival include writer-director Peter Bratt’s powerful drama 'La Mission' starring Benjamin Bratt, as the Opening Night Gala; Adam Salky returns to Outfest with his stunning debut feature 'Dare' starring Emmy Rossum, Alan Cumming and Zach Gilford, as the Closing Night Gala."
55 Pilot whales die in mass stranding in South Africa: "Authorities shot dozens of exhausted whales that beached on a shore
near South Africa's storm-lashed southern tip Saturday amid scenes of
grief and despair from volunteers who had tried to save them."
Band of Thebes looks at the new exhibition at the New York Public Library: 1969: The Year of Gay Liberation. "Fifteen years ago, in honor of Stonewall 25, the library held a huge
lgbt show in the premiere gallery on the first floor, complete with
giant pink triangle banner outside, emblazoned with 'Becoming Visible.'
Now for the 40th anniversary, we get half the hallway on the third
Gay Ugandan immigrant deported from Britain and then returned is now suing the Home Office: "The 38-year-old originally fled to Britain in 2001, fearing that being gay - which in Uganda can result in life imprisonment or even death - put his life in danger.
He had an outstanding application for a judicial review on his case
when he was taken by four security men and bundled on to a flight to Kampala on September 18, 2008."
Dressed as an angel in a white and silver thong, Sacha Baron Cohen as his gay Austrian news reporter Bruno was lowered from the ceiling at last night's MTV Movie Awards to land strategically in Eminem's face. Shouted Cohen: "Argh, scheisse! Argh! My kugelsack! My kugelsack!
'The wire is trapped round! Help me! Let me down! One of the wires is trapped around my kugelsack!"
Said Eminem: "Are you f*cking serious?" The rapper, who may or may not have been in on the joke, got up and left angrily.
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Just as Steven Patrick Morrissey approaches his 50th birthday — and on the heels of his latest stellar “comeback” album, Years of Refusal — The Pope of Mope is seeking some retroactive love for two discs from, arguably, his least loved period: the ‘90s.
Maladjusted (out June 9) may never rank with Morrissey’s best, but the nixing of two tracks and the addition of six B-sides (including the bi-curious “I Can Have Both”) makes for a fuller package. (Southpaw Grammar, also expanded and available now as an import, is a revelation.) Listen to an exclusive pre-release stream of the newly revised Maladjusted, in its entirety, below.
From Nip/Tuck to kick/strut: Ryan Murphy’s new high school musical-comedy series Glee premieres after American Idol tonight on Fox. It’s set in what seems to be the gayest town in America and it stars Broadway favorites Matthew Morrison (The Light in the Piazza) and Lea Michele (Spring Awakening). In other words, we already can’t wait for the second episode, which — in an unprecedented move — won’t air until the fall. The premiere episode’s two big musical numbers are on iTunes today: covers of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'.” More tracks will be released over the summer and a full soundtrack album in the fall.
Maxwell rocks a hot new look for his first studio album in eight years, BLACKsummers'night (out July 7).
Idol threat or Idol chatter? 2007 American Idol contestant Lakisha Jones debuts with So Glad I’m Me.
Papa Bear Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine releases the b-sides and remakes double disc Around the Well.
Mika — the man who would be Mercury (Freddie, that is) — has a four-track digital EP available only via his website (on CD June 8). Sorrow for Songs features a 68-page booklet of artwork illustrating the aching acoustic songs, with contributions from Peter Blake (who did Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), comic-book illustrator Jim Woodwing, and many more. Talk about extravaganza! Freddie would be proud.