The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart married his longtime boyfriend, TV writer Robert Sudduth, on a gorgeous Maui beach on Wednesday. The Emmy award-winning Rikaart announced his nuptials on his Twitter page, posting the above photo from the modest ceremony.
So much love today. Thanks for it all. Rob and I have enjoyed reading your kind wishes. Mahalo, as they say here on Maui.
In a recent interview with Uptown magazine Queen Latifah opens up with what it was like to portray 1920’s blues legend Bessie Smith, who was known for her sexual fluidity and numerous relationships with both men and women. Unlike Latifah, who is notorious for keeping her personal life out of the public spotlight, Smith as an unabashedly sexually free woman. Her portrayal of Smith, Latifah explained, underlines the ways in which our ideas about sexuality have become less tolerant with time.
“People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,” Latifah explained, specifically focusing on the gay black community. “We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there’s always been gay people in the black community, so it’s not foreign to us. And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole.”
“Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it’s not something you should be judged on. I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me. It’s not unusual so let’s be adults and let’s move forward.”
Psychotherapist Matthew Dempsey succinctly tackles the topic of gay labels and bottom shaming within the gay community with a new video he posted to his YouTube page. Dempsey expertly deconstructs the heterosexual masculine/feminine framework that surrounds "tops" and "bottoms," while also rationalizing that it's perfectly ok for people to prefer one position over the other, with the caveat that it’s not motivated by shame.
Watch the intelligent, and incredibly handsome, Dempsey discuss the gay community’s fixation on "Who topped? Who bottomed?" using humor and logic, AFTER THE JUMP…
Melissa Rivers had some choice words for Kathy Griffin during an interview with Hoda Kotb saying the comedian "kind of sh*t all over (Joan Rivers') legacy," with the way she departed from Fashion Policereports pinkisthenewblog.com.
Fashion Police encountered controversy after host Giuliana Rancic made what many called a racist comment concerning singer Zendaya's dreadlocks. Host Kelly Osbourne quit the show over the incident and Kathy Griffin departed shortly afterwards. Rivers' expressed disappointment with the hosts of the show and blames them for "smashing" the last "piece of her mother" she had left:
"It was a very, very difficult time, I had a lot of conversations with everybody involved … It really shows that we were a family. We went back too fast, and when the matriarch died the sisters started fighting. It was extremely frustrating as I had to keep my eye on the franchise and the legacy of it and not get involved in the personal.
"I felt like Fashion Police was this little jewel, and it was the last piece I had of my mother and I working together. I felt like all these people were so out of control including the one who made the allegations of racism. They took the last thing I had and smashed it. I felt like I was Humpty Dumpty and I was on my knees gluing it back together. It never would have happened if (Joan) was alive."
You can watch Rivers' full interview with Kotb (Fashion Police discussion begins around the 16:45 mark), AFTER THE JUMP...
In 1985 Marvel and Hasbro teamed up to co-produce Jem and the Holograms, one of the single greatest (and queerest) American cartoons of all time. The show told the story of Jerrica Benton, a young music mogul who harnesses the vast, holographic powers of her late father’s supercomputer, Synergy. What began as a collaborative effort to sell action figures quickly became a stealthy cultural phenomenon, capturing the imaginations of an entire generation.
As was true with other wildly popular Hasbro properties like G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Battleship, a Jem and the Holograms cinematic reboot has long-since been in pre-production. The first trailer for the movie just dropped and as you might expect, fans’ reactions have been...critical. Watching the trailer, it quickly becomes clear that the film won’t have much in common with the original cartoon other than its title.
“Here's what I didn't see: A computer called Synergy. The Misfits,” Ben Kuchera explained, writing for Polygon. “There was nothing outrageous about any of that. It's just a dull, suburbia-to-riches story that starts on YouTube and ends with Juliette Lewis giving these kids David Bowie-style makeovers?"
The thing about Jem and the Holograms that appealed to gaggles of children back in the 80s and still keeps the Jem fandom alive today was its unabashed glam rock camp. Jem and her bandmates weren’t just your ordinary YouTube phenomenon. As Jem, Jerrica became a glamorous neon vision who was every bit a magical girl superhero as she was a rock star.
Universal’s reimagining of Jem and the Holograms isn’t due out until later this year, and perhaps there are a number of major narrative plot points that just aren’t in this first trailer. Fingers crossed this gem channels a bit more of her inner Ziggy Stardust and a bit less of her Hannah Montana. Check out the film’s first international trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...