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Marty McFly Worried That Feeling Up His Mother Would Make Him Gay In 'Back To The Future': VIDEO


Can a break in the space time continuum alter your sexuality? Apparently, Marty McFly worried that it might.

In a deleted scene from the seminal Back To The Future, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) talks to Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) about how uncomfortable he is with a plan the two devised wherein Marty is supposed to put the moves on his mom, setting off a chain of events that would, eventually, get Marty back to 1985 (the year he was from). But hitting on your mom is weird, Oedipal business. Which somehow led Marty to think the incident could be so traumatic that it could make him gay: “I can’t believe I’m going to feel up my own mother,” Marty complains. “This is the kind of thing that could screw me up permanently. What if I go back to the future and I end up being… gay?” It being the 1950s and "gay" not yet becoming synonymous with "homosexual," Doc Brown responds, "Why shouldn't you be happy?"

The brief exchange fits in with the style of jokes throughout the film that highlight the difference between life in America in 1955 versus 1985. In another scene, for instance, Doc Brown laughs at Marty when he says that Ronald Reagan is the President of the United States in 1985: "Ronald Reagan?! The actor?! And who's Vice President, Jerry Lewis?" But the reason why this "gay" joke is different is that it suggests that someone or something can make you gay. And ultimately, that may have been the reason why it was left on the cutting room floor.

Watch the scene for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t NewNowNext]

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E! Apologizes For Golden Globes 'Fun Fact' About Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's Diagnosis


During their broadcast of the Golden Globes this weekend, the E! Entertainment network mentioned actor Michael J. Fox's 1991 Parkinson's Disease diagnosis as a "fun fact" — because getting diagnosed with a neuro-degenerative disease that causes involuntary shaking and dementia is "fun."

Twitter users lambasted the tone-deaf graphic, and yesterday E! issued an apology:

"We regret the insensitive classification of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis during our Eonline live stream. We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize."

During the same broadcast, E! also mentioned as a "fun fact" that actor "Robert Redford suffered from polio as a child." Crippling childhood illness — fun! No word yet on any apology for that one.

What To Watch On TV This Week: 'Homeland' returns, 'Masters of Sex' debuts - VIDEO


As the TV season gets into full swing, check out our new weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green return alongside Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the fifth season of The Voice, tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC. 

More picks and previews, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Five New Shows To See (And Five To Skip) This Fall



With the fall TV season just around the corner, it’s time to clear the Law and Order: SVU reruns you amassed over the summer off your DVR and get ready to program some new series. 

If you haven’t been keeping up with the trailers and early reviews, we’ve rounded up some picks for the strongest contenders to earn your TiVo’s coveted season pass, as well as a few that aren’t worth the time.  


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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #963

KATHY GRIFFIN: Not influencing Anderson Cooper's morning wood.

GLORIA ALLRED: She will dance with any transgender person who wants to dance with her.

AMY WINEHOUSE: The late singer talks about her duet with Tony "Ton" Bennett.

MICHAEL J FOX: A message about the Nike Air Mag.

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Nike Unveils Air Mag 'Marty McFly' Shoe: Follow-Up VIDEO

Earlier today I posted about the imminent release of the Back to the Future Marty McFly Air Mag. It has now been introduced at Universal Studios.

2_airmag Just 1500 pairs will be produced. They're all being auctioned on eBay starting tonight through September 18, and all proceeds will go to the Michael J. Fox Parkinsons Foundation.

Nice Kicks writes:

Leading up to the release of the Nike Air Mag, a 50 million match grant was given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki; they will match all donations to the foundation, up to 50 million dollars, through the end of 2012.

“We wanted to translate the excitement people have for the ‘greatest shoe never made’ and for the Back to the Future into positive action,” said Mark Parker, CEO of Nike. “But the long term objective is to raise awareness so the Foundation can achieve their goal of eradicating Parkinson’s disease.

Watch Nike's video featuring the shoe, AFTER THE JUMP...

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