I suppose there are some advantages to following Vanessa Minnillo on Twitter.
Nick Lachey Hub
Some bigots still think that anti-bullying teachings are part of an agenda by the LGBT community.
Keith Olbermann emerges from seclusion via Twitter: "Greetings From Exile! A quick, overwhelmed, stunned THANK YOU for support that feels like a global hug & obviously left me tweetless XO."
Pastor Jim Swilley's son, the lead vocalist of the Black Lips, talks about his dad's coming out: "When he called to tell me that he’s gay I was in Berlin on tour. It was definitely shocking, but I was actually glad when he told me. I feel closer to him now because he’s being honest with himself and everyone around him. It took him a long time to do it, and I honestly think he’s hoping to live his whole life and never come out and do it, but now that he has I think he’s a lot happier."
Chicago's Unabridged Bookstore still going strong after 30 years in business.
Teaser poster for the new Star Trek sequel hits the Web.
Massive worldwide debt: "Next year, fifteen major developed-country governments, including the U.S., Japan, the U.K., Spain and Greece, will have to raise some $10.2 trillion to repay maturing bonds and finance their budget deficits, according to estimates from the International Monetary Fund. That’s up 7% from this year, and equals 27% of their combined annual economic output."
Now that he's been elected Lieutenant Governor of California, the Washington Post ponders the political future of Gavin Newsom.
What's wrong with this picture?
Megamind pulls in $47 million at the box office this weekend.
According to some reports, Irish Senator and LGBT advocate David Norris "has said that not only has he planned out his own funeral, he's also started recording his own eulogy, to be played as his coffin is buried into the ground."
The National Enquirer, the publication that broke the John Edwards love child story, is now accussing Rielle Hunter of being a starf*cker.
Nick Lachey's been hitting the gym pretty regularly these days.
Music News: The BBC Edits "Faggot" Out Of The Pogues' Christmas Classic, Plus Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Shelby Lynne, Gary Barlow
Please welcome Robbie Daw, who will be penning weekly music posts for us here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own pop music site called Chart Rigger.
In the U.K., the BBC backed down a day after announcing its decision to censor the word "faggot" from Radio 1 plays of The Pogues' holiday classic, "Fairytale Of New York". The 1987 song, a duet with deceased vocalist Kirsty Maccoll, features reminiscent bickering between fictional ex-lovers, wherein Maccoll admonishes Pogues' singer Shane MacGowan with "you scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot," and he refers to her as "an old slut on the junk."
The BBC had previously said, "We are playing an edited version because some members of the audience might find it offensive." Today, the BBC reported, "Controller Andy Parfitt said the original decision was 'wrong'."
The decision came after the Stonewall organization took the BBC to task for its apparent hypocrisy, as popular morning show DJ Chris Moyles refuses to apologize for his frequent use of the word "gay" in a manner "more associated with homophobic playground language."
Stonewall chief Ben Summerskill said to PinkNews.co.uk: "We would be happier to see Radio 1 take action against the persistently anti-gay Chris Moyles rather than bleep one word of a Christmas classic." In an awards ceremony put on by Stonewall last year where Chris Moyles was named Bully Of The Year, host Ian McKellen commented, "Chris Moyles repeatedly uses the word gay in the playground sense, without apology, that is inappropriate language for a host of a national breakfast show who speaks to millions of young children."
The U.K. paper The Telegraph also published comments from readers regarding the censorship of "Fairytale Of New York." Said one man identifying himself as gay: "To begin altering songs made long ago would mean bleeping out a lot of the music back catalogue. However, if the song was made today and directed at homosexuals solely then I do think that would be a whole different story."
"Fairytale Of New York" is a Christmastime staple on U.K. radio. The song originally peaked at #2 on the British chart in December 1987, held back by the Pet Shop Boys' "Always On My Mind." It has been re-released on several occasions, and is currently at #8 in this week's U.K. Top 10.
Within three days of its YouTube debut, Britney Spears' "Piece Of Me" video has garnered over 1.6 million views. There's nary a Chris Crocker cameo to be seen in the paparazzi-themed clip, but dig those backing vocals by Robyn.
Specifically designed to make you feel old, Epic will release the Thriller: 25th Anniversary Edition (pictured left) February 12. Michael Jackson's landmark album will feature the nine original songs -- which include "The Girls Is Mine," "Beat It," "Wanna Be Startin' Something" and "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" -- as well as remixes, unreleased tracks "Carousel" and "Someone In The Dark," and a bonus DVD with three music videos and Jackson's original performance of "Billie Jean" from the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today And Forever special, where he first unleashed "the moonwalk" upon an unsuspecting world.
Martha Wainwright will join her brother Rufus on stage tomorrow at New York's Highline Ballroom for a Christmas charity performance benefiting SaveDarfur.org.
TODAY'S NEW RELEASES:
Pretty much the only album from a major artist this month, Mary J. Blige's Growing Pains, is out. The singer worked with Ne-Yo, The Neptunes, Polow da Don and Stargate on the record.
HOLIDAY CLIPS: I'll leave you with the music video (featuring a Matt Dillon cameo) for The Pogues' "Fairytale Of New York," and a perhaps less-offensive clip -- or more, depending on your tolerance for schmaltz -- of a 15-year-old, pre-Take That Gary Barlow performing his original composition "Let's Pray For Christmas" in a 1986 song competition on BBC's Pebble Mill. He didn't win.
Short story writer, poet, and activist Grace Paley has died after a battle with breast cancer, at 84: "A published writer since the 1950s, Paley released only a handful of books over the next half century, mostly short stories and poems. Writing was a passion, but not a compulsion: She never felt the need to put every experience into words. Her fiction, although highly praised, competed for time with work, activism, family and friends. 'None of it happened, and yet every word of it is true,' she once said of her fiction. 'It's truth embedded in the lie.'"
Gays to protest unveiling of statue of former mayor, senator, and governor Pete Wilson on Saturday near Horton Plaza in San Diego because he "turned a cold shoulder to the gay community when it complained about police harassment." Human Relations Commission chair: "We refer to the Wilson years as the Dark Ages."
Is nudity all Mariah Carey has left?
Gays in Poland draw up list of political enemies: "There’s a parliamentary election coming. We want to enable the gay community to make a conscious choice and this is the reason for creating a list with the names of the people who have hindered us from achieving our goals."
One of the new Timbaland/Duran Duran songs, "Skin Diver", has leaked.
Reichen Lehmkuhl talks to the Windy City Times about his jewelry collection, Fly Naked: "The name actually came from a dare we had in pilot training; during a solo flight, you could take your clothes off while in the cockpit and you actually fly naked. So I ended up putting that on my license plate, and Udi Behr [ of LoveandPride.com ] saw it and said, 'That’d be such a great name for a jewelry line.' So over the next year, we developed the jewelry and came up with the pieces. It’s a very masculine line. The jewelry is made of titanium, which is what a lot of aircraft is made from—and the [ items ] are focused on aviation. For example, there are propellers and even dog tags [ in keeping with ] the military theme. Coming from the military myself and having to live in the closet under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I really sympathize with those who are in the military who are living a lie, so I find it really important to do as much work as I can to lift the ban."
DNA held its "sexiest men alive" party which drew Big Brother contestants and cover models to Will & Toby's in Taylor Square.
Nick Lachey offers up an O-face.
Russian activist interrogated over outing of politician: "On June 21, gay activist Nikolai Alekseev took part in the NTV talk show 'K baryeru!' during which he called deputy of the State Duma Alexander Chuev, member of pro-Kremlin party Fair Russia, 'gay, a coward and a hypocrite' who is only using orthodoxy and fight against homosexuality to reach his political goals."
Renovated theater opens to host North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Durham, beginning today.
New England Patriot QB Tom Brady's former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan had a baby boy yesterday. Brady, as you may know, is the daddy.
Gay Catholics want the term "family" back.
A look at Christiane Amanpour's exploration of God's Christian Warriors, which explores fundamentalism in America...
Family Research Council wingnut issues warning that religious freedom is under attack, citing "declining alarm" over same-sex marriage as an indicator that expression has been stifled. FRC's Tony Perkins: "There are a number of pastors that said, 'Look, we don't get involved in politics, I'm not going to get involved in this issue, I just want to preach the gospel. When they realize their ability to preach the gospel may very well be at stake, they may reconsider their involvement."
Make-up artist/renovator Billy Brasfield is remaking Aberdeen, Mississippi, house by house. Mom: "From a very small age he would build houses from Legos. He’s been creative all his life, and when he sees something that needs to be done he just does it.’"
Bush: Capturing Bin Laden "not a top priority use of American resources."
Nick Lachey says the most adventurous place he's ever had sex is an airport bathroom. And last time we checked, those hadn't gone coed yet.
Exercises in branding: Cleveland Browns launch unfortunately-named marketing gimmick.
Michael Chertoff: If we inspect cargo for nukes, the terrorists win. NYT: "Congress and the American public must accept that the government cannot protect every possible target against attack if it wants to avoid fulfilling Al Qaeda’s goal of bankrupting the nation, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a Senate committee Tuesday."
STUDY: "[UK] Gay men face considerably lower wages than their heterosexual colleagues and are less likely to be in work, despite the introduction of a law to prevent discrimination against sexual orientation in the workplace more than two and a half years ago."
NYT perpetuates Christina Aguilera/Britney Spears rivalry in a new profile on Xtina: "As Ms. Spears, a proud hillbilly and soon to be mother of two, attempts to clean up her image and quash speculation that her marriage to a backup dancer turned rapper is on the rocks, it’s her former rival, Ms. Aguilera, who has found the road to respectability. And the once-dirty singer is convinced that it is she who will have the last laugh."
Lambda Legal and ACLU ask Nebraska court to reconsider ruling reinstating Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage: "The federal appeals court panel ... just ignored the U.S. Supreme Court, which has ruled that states can't pass laws just to discriminate against gay people. We are hopeful that the court will recognize this decision simply can't be squared with constitutional guarantees of equality."
Apple may introduce its iPhone in August, according to recent rumors: "A reader is reporting to us that a coworker's tech-unsavvy friend, who is regularly hired by Apple to do marketing photo shoots, was recently brought on to take some shots of 'the sleekest, sexiest damn phone he's ever seen.'"
Suburban Chicago gay bar Nutbush City Limits celebrates its 30th anniversary: "There are obviously still people in the suburbs who are very closeted and leading double lives, but much less than before. It's not so unusual for a male couple to live openly in a small city or a suburb, whereas 10 years ago that was unusual and 20 years ago, if it happened, it was very hidden."
Nick Lachey reportedly roughs up 18-year-old who attempts to take photos of him with a cameraphone. Spokesman: "This harassment with camera phones - it's just out of control."