Amidst congratulations to British diver Tom Daley on his recent coming out, Lady Gaga recently shared her feelings on the Olympics, in particular why she's advocating for a boycott of Sochi. From The Independent:
“I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all,” she told Alan Carr on his Channel 4 show Chatty Man.
“I mean, I would never take anything away from [the athlete’s] hard work, I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to send money and economy in the way of a country that doesn’t support gays.”
“They pepper spray and beat them in Russia,” she added.
Despite the fact that Daley, a diver, does not compete in the Winter Olympics, she continued: “It made me very sad to see the pain that some of the gay kids are in in Russia, and for the world to send their finest for the Olympics… I can’t, it just feels so wrong and sad. I hate saying that, because I’m so excited for those like Tom Daley to go and to win and to rejoice.”
Asked whether she would ever go back to the country for a visit, she said: “I don’t think I’m even allowed in anymore because I screamed ‘I’m gay, arrest me’ on stage last time I was there, so…”
Last December, amidst fears that her show would prominently feature "gay propaganda," Gaga told a crowd in Moscow, "You can be gay in my house."
Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 10:51 AM EST by Sean Mandell in Lady Gaga, Russia, Sochi Olympics, Tom Daley |
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As many of you may know, come January 1 it will be legal to purchase marijuana in Colorado. Stephen Colbert, meanwhile, is none to pleased with this because, he argues, marijuana leads to that "other moral sinkhole slowly swallowing America": gay marriage.
As Colbert put its, if "you've got the munchies bad enough, you'll put anything in your mouth."
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Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 10:29 AM EST by Sean Mandell in Colorado, Gay Marriage, Marijuana, News, Stephen Colbert |
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Arguably, the LGBT-themed creative projects on Kickstarter and other crowd-funding sites represent the next wave in up-and-coming queer art. So from time-to-time we'll take a look at what's currently fundraising and highlight a few projects that seem worthwhile.
While funding online projects does have its risks, each successfully funded LGBT art project has the potential to highlight the true diversity of our community while shattering outdated stereotypes about us and our passions.
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Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 10:01 AM EST by Daniel Villarreal in Film and TV, Kickstarter, Video, Video Games |
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Surely this will be a contender for this year's Super Bowl Doritos ad .
Written and produced by Gary and Larry Lane (the gay twins who appear at the beginning) and featuring Tim Pocock from CAMP, and male supermodels Joel Rush and Nick Ayler.
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Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 8:50 AM EST by Andy Towle in Leslie Jordan, News, Super Bowl |
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What did you think of last night's extravaganza, The Sound of Music Live?
Was your favorite moment watching Michael Campayno prance around the forest as Rolf in short shorts during "Sixteen Going on Seventeen"?
If so, you can rewatch that and all the other performances, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 8:20 AM EST by Andy Towle in Carrie Underwood, Michael Campayno, News |
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Despite some discussion that they would be canceled because of threats he might speak out, Elton John's concerts in Russia tonight and tomorrow will go on as planned, according to the Hollywood Reporter:
“Contrary to groundless rumors disseminated over the Internet and in the media about possible cancelation of Elton John’s performances in Russia, the promoter confirms that Elton John’s shows in Moscow on Dec. 6 at Crocus City Hall and in Kazan on Dec. 7 at Tatneft Arena are to be held as scheduled,” SAV Entertainment, which is organizing the gigs, said on its web site...
...Meanwhile, SAV Entertainment also denied The Times’ claims about John’s extravagant tour rider, or set of requests or demands, which allegedly included a miniature forest with live birds and diamond-adorned cutlery. The report “is false and discredits the artist’s image,” the promoter said.
Elton has said he would not boycott the country because he needed to go to support the LGBT community there:
"I'm supposed to be going to Moscow in December.I've got to go. And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the anti-gay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go."
He later said he would not speak out against the government from his stage:
You don't just go in there with guns blazing and say, 'Well, to hell with you.' Because they're going to say, 'To hell with you, and get out of the country.' That's not going to solve anything. But if I can go there, maybe I can talk to some people in the administration.
We'll soon know which of those promises he intends to keep, and how he'll do it.
Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 7:50 AM EST by Andy Towle in Elton John, News, Russia |
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