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Cop Suing Everybody to Get Out of Village People, for Good

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Victor Willis, the original cop from the Village People who left the group in 1980, is suing the current group, saying they use his voice and image to promote themselves, and he wants none of it:

Willlis"The lawsuit filed last week in San Diego by Victor Willis claims companies continue to use his voice and picture to promote the new Village People. He is seeking at least $1 million and a judge's order that they can no longer use his image or voice. Willis was the original police officer in the group and helped pen the Village People's greatest hits, including 'Y.M.C.A' and 'Macho Man.' He is suing Sixuvus Ltd., a New York company that promotes the new Village People. He's also suing the William Morris Agency as well as Can't Stop Productions, which owns the trademark to the band's name, and several venues where the new group has performed."

In 2007, Willis claimed the the lyrics in "Y.M.C.A." were not about gay cruising but about hanging out with your straight buddies.

Said Willis' publicist Alice Wolf: "Victor Willis wrote about the YMCA and having fun there, but the type of fun he was talking about was straight fun. When he says, 'Hang out with all the boys'... he's talking about the boys, the fellas.... But it's one of those ambiguous songs that was taken that way because of the gay association with Village People.'"

Wolf said Willis has nothing against gay people. The former fake cop also made news in 2005 when he was arrested after police found a loaded .45 and crack cocaine in his convertible Corvette.


GOP Senator Wicker Attempts to Scare Voters with Costumed Gays

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GOP Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi is being challenged for his seat by former Governor Ronnie Musgrove and he's pulling out all the stereotypes in a new ad accusing Musgrove of taking money from liberal interest groups like the Human Rights Campaign, which Talking Points Memo notes is untrue. What is true is that the DSCC (who does accept money from HRC) is spending heartily against Wicker.

So, there's nothing to scare the Mississippi voters like the specter of the gays Village People!

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Barack Obama, Tea, Malaysia, Village People, Wedding March

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road.jpg New Obama ad questions McCain's honor.

road.jpg Fifth annual gay and lesbian 'marriage march' crosses Brooklyn Bridge.

road.jpg Ultra-orthodox vigilantes are Jerusalem's brutal bullies: " Some residents say the self-styled "modesty squads" are spreading terror among those seen as straying from the strict moral code demanded of the ultra-Orthodox in the more conservative neighbourhoods of the Holy City. There life revolves largely around the study of holy texts and a strict dress code that has men sporting black coats and wide-brimmed hats and women covering their heads, arms and legs."

road.jpg Britney Spears' new album will be called Circus and is set for release on December 2.

road.jpg Prince William wants to be a full-time military man.

<Beanoroad.jpg Dennis the Menace comic toned down in late 80's to avoid accusations of gay-bashing: "Euan Kerr, who edited the children’s comic between 1984 and 2006, admitted that he took some of the menace out of Dennis in the late 1980s. 'I definitely felt a sense of responsibility in making sure the characters did nothing that was easily imitable,' he told The Times. 'The evidence is that kids understand a comic is a comic and that it isn’t anything like real life. But the relationship between Dennis and Walter was always one that worried me.' Executives at D. C. Thomson & Co, publishers of the Beano, decided that the victimisation of Walter could be interpreted as offensive."

road.jpg San Mateo County to formally oppose Proposition 8: "The Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a resolution opposing Proposition 8, as the ban on gay marriage is known on the ballot, at its Tuesday meeting. Barring any unexpected positions, the decision will bolster positions taken by the board in previous years. While none of the resolutions carry any legal weight, the stances send a clear message to the county of where its elected leaders stand in the contentious election battle."

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road.jpg Robert Greenwald: Release John McCain's health records.

road.jpg Malaysian police raid massage parlor catering to gay men: "An anti-vice police team led by Chief Insp Mohd Rozi Aziz raided the well-known centre at about 10pm on Saturday and found the men, in their 20s and 30s, in various rooms getting massages. Six of the men were released, while the remainder -- the operator and masseuses -- were arrested. The centre had been raided at least three times over the past year. OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid said the operation codenamed Ops Rose was aimed at curbing immoral activities and 'cleaning' up places such as these."

road.jpg Village People get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Scientology test center.


News: Spider, Piper Palin, Outweek, Sally Kern, Village People

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road.jpg McCain threatens legal action over National Enquirer Palin affair rumor. Steve Schmidt: "The smearing of the Palin family must end. The allegations contained on the cover of the National Enquirer insinuating that Gov. Palin had an extramarital affair are categorically false. It is a vicious lie. The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it."

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road.jpg Yves Saint Laurent head designer Stefano Pilati says being gay helps him see women objectively: “I always wonder why 99 percent of the top male fashion designers are homosexual. In my case, I would say that my sexuality has led me to love women to death and to hate them as well … [Being gay] helped me understand the male mind. But when I do a fitting with a woman, I think, Would this woman seduce me?”

road.jpg Michelangelo Signorile's interview with Sally Kern at the RNC. FLASHBACK: Meeting.

road.jpg France to call on United Nations to step up action against homophobia, violence against women: "Junior Human Rights Minister Rama Yade told the 61st annual conference of non-governmental organisations at UNESCO headquarters in Paris that a text would be submitted to the EU in the coming days. France, as holder of the six-month EU presidency, hopes to 'set the criteria for EU intervention' in the fight against violence towards women, including by mobilising Europe's diplomatic networks. Paris also plans to submit a draft declaration to the UN General Assembly in December aimed at combating homophobia and decriminalising homosexuality, which is punishable by prison in 90 countries and in theory by death in six of them, Yade said."

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road.jpg Second chance: Britney Spears to kick off 2008 VMAs...

Lucasroad.jpg Adult film mogul Michael Lucas launches fashion site:

road.jpg Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson says it's time to get serious about Obama: "With John McCain, we will see the conservative near-majority on the Court shift to a solid majority – with devastating results when the 'full faith and credit clause' of the Constitution is challenged in the recognition of gay marriages. With Barack Obama, we have someone who is utterly sympathetic to our full and equal rights as citizens. I know, he won’t say he’s for equal marriage rights (neither did Hillary), but he still is the most LGBT-friendly president we will have ever had. I know from my own private conversations with him that he is totally in our court. I believe him, and I trust him, not to throw us under the bus when the election is over."


The Birth of the Village People and "Y.M.C.A."

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Here's a fascinating roundtable piece in Spin magazine which talks about the origins of the Village People and, more specifically, the anthem "Y.M.C.A." A few choice quotes:

CONSTRUCTION WORKER DAVID HODO: "It was 1977, and we were leaving a photography session on 23rd Street. Jacques Morali saw the big pink YMCA on 23rd and asked, 'What is this YMCA, anyway?' And after laughing at his accent, we told him the Y was a place where you could go when you first came to New York when you didn't have any money -- you can stay there for very little. And of course, someone joked, 'Yeah, but don't bend over in the showers.' And Jacques, bless his heart, said, 'I will write a song about this!'"

COWBOY RANDY JONES: "David's a little off. Yeah, Jacques came up with the idea. But what happened is that when I moved to New York in 1975, I joined the McBurney YMCA on 23rd Street. I took Jacques there three or four times in 1977, and he loved it. He was fascinated by a place where a person could work out with weights, play basketball, swim, take classes, and get a room. Plus, with Jacques being gay, I had a lot of friends I worked out with who were in the adult-film industry, and he was impressed by meeting people he had seen in the videos and magazines. Those visits with me planted a seed in him, and that's how he got the idea for 'Y.M.C.A.' -- by literally going to the YMCA."

Much more at Spin...

And incidentally, that McBurney YMCA is now David Barton, arguably the gayest gym in NYC.


Tom Cruise Did Not Attend Gay Artist Party with Gay Cowboy

Nor will he be appearing in any book named after a gay disco anthem.

Cruise_gay_cowboyThe NYDN's Ben Widdicombe reports on a chat he had recently with the Village People's original gay cowboy Randy Jones, who recently sold his memoir Macho Man to a publisher:

"Jones had a story about meeting Cruise in 1982, when the young actor's most notable film was 'Taps.'...'Tom and I had the same management company at the time,' Jones told me at the new Bowery hot spot Antik. 'I met him at a party Andy Warhol threw for Peter Gatien's Limelight [nightclub offshoot] in Atlanta.' To hear Jones tell the story, it was quite a party. But after calls went out to a spokeswoman and attorney for the 'Mission: Impossible' star yesterday, the book's editor assured me that Cruise's name had been removed from the final version."

Tom Cruise outguns the Cowboy [nydn widdicombe]


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