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04/19/2007


Towleroad Guide to the Tube: #802

LOUIE GOHMERT: The Ed Show on the Texas lawmaker's hateful words about gays.

QATAR: FIFA President Sepp Blather's remarks about gays and the World Cup get the Next Media Animation treatment.

MARY TWEETED JOSEPH: The digital story of the Nativity.

UP IN FLAMES: Model's hair catches fire live on UStream at Diddy's album release party.

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Watch: FIFA President Sepp Blatter Jokes That Gays Should 'Refrain from Sexual Activities' at 2022 Qatar World Cup

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter was asked about gays who would like to go to Qatar for the World Cup in 2022 but are too afraid because homosexuality is banned in the country.

After laughing and looking around, Blatter responded, jokingly, "I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities."

He quickly clarified, but not before media took note of his rather tasteless joke.

Added Blatter: "We are definitely living in a world of freedom and I'm sure when the World Cup will be in Qatar in 2022, there will be no problems. You see in the Middle East the opening of this culture, it's another culture because it's another religion, but in football we have no boundaries. We open everything to everybody and I think there shall not be any discrimination against any human beings be it on this side or that side, be it left, right or whatever."

Watch clips of Blatter's statements, AFTER THE JUMP...

Former NBA star John Amaechi slammed Blatter:

“Anything less than a full reversal of his position is unacceptable and if the FA and football associations around the world fail to acknowledge this insult, they too will be complicit. If sport cannot serve to change society, even temporarily during the duration of an event like the World Cup that invites the world to participate, then it is little more than grown men chasing a ball and we should treat it as such."

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Enrique Iglesias Says He'll Keep Promise to Water Ski Naked

Enrique Enrique Iglesias was asked about his World Cup promise:

"If Spain wins, I'm going to get drunk and ski naked in Biscayne Bay. That is what we used to do when we were kids."

Said Iglesias when asked if he would honor it: "A bet is a bet!"

No schedule has been announced.


Top German Football Agent Claims There are 'a Bunch of Gays' on the World Cup Team

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Germany's World Cup Team 2010

German football agent Michael Becker, agent to top footballer Michael Ballack, is making sports headlines across Germany after an interview was published in which he attributed the elegant style of the World Cup team to the fact that "a bunch" of its players are gay.

The Guardian reports:

In an essay entitled New German Men, Aleksander Osang recounts an interview he had with Becker prior to the World Cup in which the agent allegedly told him which of the players in the team were gay. He later said that a former national player was ready to reveal the "bunch of gays" in the German team, according to Osang. Asked about the sexuality of one of the newer players, Becker, who is a lawyer by profession, referred to him as being "half gay".

Osang went on to say that Becker put the new adroit, lighter and elegant style of play that has become a trademark of trainer Joachim Löw's players down to their homosexuality, in contrast to the typically more aggressive and offensive German style of past years, but suggested they played too delicately to assure themselves a place in the final.

According to Der Spiegel, when Becker made his remarks about the "bunch of gays" he expected the ears of fellow journalists present to "prick up". "But they only nodded placidly," said Osang. "All sports journalists seemed to already know the alleged homosexual conspiracies enveloping Löw's team. The rumours accompanied our team to South Africa and evidently belong to the team."

Germany came third in the World Cup, going further than expected, after an excellent run that included wins over England and Argentina.

Becker responded to the controversy: "Becker has neither denied nor confirmed that he made the comments, but has since said he was 'misunderstood' and that the interview was not 'authorised', a common journalistic practice in Germany whereby the interviewee has the right to change his remarks after the interview. Osang said he stood by his article, saying that Becker had told him 'unbelievable stories that I took down in my notebook and Becker didn't seem to have anything against me doing so'."

Michael Ballack did not play in the World Cup due to an injury.


News: Alexander Skarsgard, Church of England, Sarah Palin, Ex-Gays

 road Samantha Ronson and Joan Rivers are in the middle of a Twitter war over Lindsay Lohan.

 road Hearing delayed for those two marines who are accused of a hate crime in Savannah.

 road The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is taking nominations.

 road Alexander Skarsgard looking all shady at LAX.  Alex

 road Report about Argentinian Cardinal's views on gay marriage in that country: "'Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God,' writes Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires, where he is archbishop. 'We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.'"

 road The Church of England might soon have female bishops: "The Church of England inched closer to allowing women bishops this weekend, with a vote that traditionalists warned could split the church. The church's governing body narrowly rejected a measure that would allow parishes that oppose women bishops to have an additional male bishop. The proposal, floated by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams - the titular head of the Church of England - was an attempt to satisfy conservatives."

 road Freelance writer Ted Cox infiltrated a camp called Journey Into Manhood which claims to turn gays totally straight (yeah, right): “'They’ll take any sort of negative event in your life, any kind of negative thing in your childhood and say, ‘A-ha! That’s why you’re gay,' Cox contended, claiming one participant struggled to come up with something in his life that made him feel isolated; the man then pointed to a time in childhood when his father shooed him away because he was reading a newspaper. The participant proceeded to act out beating his father with a bat, Cox said."

 road Tar balls wash up on the non-Gulf side of Florida.

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 road Salon takes a look at cinema's most important gay sex scenes

 road Austin Scarlett and Santino Rice get their own roving fashion show called On the Road with Austin & Santino.

 road The Kids Are Alright, star Mark Ruffalo on marriage equality: "It's the last dying, kicking, screaming, caged animal response to a world that is changing, a world that's leaving a lot of those old, bigoted, un-accepting views behind. It's over."

 road Sarah Palin her lack of eloquent tongue by tweeting this about the President: "He's got most disconnected, backasswards plan ever imposed on the country we love."

 road The World Cup is over but most importantly, Paul the psychic octopus predicted the winner correctly.


News: Mel Gibson, The Sun, Earth Day, Outfest, The World Cup

 road Meredith Vieira borrows Lady Gaga's smokey shades.

 road Scientists believe that dark matter has been building up in the sun over the last 5 billion years.

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 road It was only a matter of time before it exploded over the Internet. Listen to audio of Mel Gibson's incredibly racist rant here. And, yes, it's just as bad as you think it is.

 road Posh Spice is just like us: "I am a gay man in woman's body so God supposes I should love singers like Lady GaGa."

 road The top 10 presidential fashion flubs.

 road I think it was the fake lesbian kiss that put the final nail in Miley Cyrus's career.

 road Kylie Minogue on being diagnosed with cancer: "Oh yeah. It changes. I look back on it now and the terror is still very real. But going through that and then going straight back on the road as soon as I physically could do it, I look back on that and think 'were you nuts?'"

 road Gay bar in Slovenia met with Molotov cocktail and hateful graffiti such as "Death to faggots."

 road Lady Gaga will release an album of remixes next month.

 road A judge in Tennessee has approved a same-sex sexual harassment lawsuit involving two straight men.

 road The blue people of Avatar netted James Cameron a whole lotta green.

 road The man behind the gas mask in a well-known Earth Day photo is revealed.

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 road Gail Collins on Levi Johnston: "(He) told People that he hoped that the Palins would 'forgive my youthful indiscretion.' This does not really sound like something that would come from a high-school dropout who gave his son the middle name of Easton because that is his favorite hockey equipment company. Bristol responded to her ex-boyfriend’s statement with one of her own, saying that 'part of co-parenting is creating healthy and honest relationships between the parents.' Also not the kind of word choice you normally hear from a 19-year-old."

 road Outfest opens in LA.

 road Glee will get an all Britney episode.

 road Spain will win the World Cup. Or so says an octopus.


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