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Fleabag star Ben Aldridge comes out as a ‘proud and thankful’ member of the LGBT+ community
Ben Aldridge, known professionally for being attractive and also starring in British comedy-drama Fleabag, revealed he is a member of the LGBT+ community.
‘Golden Girls’ blackface episode removed from Hulu
Not even “The Golden Girls” are immune to blackface backlash.
“Mixed Blessings,” a 1988 episode of the beloved comedy series, has been yanked off the content-streaming platform Hulu for its depiction of two white characters sporting darkened faces, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The episode features Michael (Scott Jacoby), the son of Bea Arthur’s Dorothy character, planning to wed African-American fiancée Lorraine (Rosalind Cash), who’s twice his age.
While Dorothy is anxious over the extreme age difference, Lorraine’s family disapproves of her marrying a white man. The two families then scheme to sabotage the couple’s engagement.
NY Daily News
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Hulu’s Love, Victor is caught up in the mythology of white gayness
In spite of the varied histories of the irreparable contributions of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color to queer liberation and artistic production, whiteness continues to be the implied standard for LGBTQ people in film and media. Such a bar begins to coalesce into a potentially poisonous political project of homonormativity, an ideal of queerness that still subscribes to systems and institutions that privilege white, cisgender, middle class, heterosexual presenting queer people at the expense of queer and trans people who are not afforded the same liberties due to institutional and systemic injustices (coined by scholar Lisa Duggan). White gays, whatever their occasional usefulness, have long been inclined to throw others under the bus.
Ellen DeGeneres isn’t as nice as she wants you to believe, insiders confess
“The stories are all true!” said a former “Ellen DeGeneres Show” staffer of recent reports that the richest comedian in the world is also, allegedly, one of the rudest.
“Is she always nice? No,” said the former staffer. “It irritates me that people think she’s all sweetness and light and she gets away with it.”
Lately, DeGeneres, 62, who famously tells viewers to “be kind” at the end of her show, hasn’t been getting away with it.
Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood Is an Insult to the Real-Life Trailblazers It Overwrites
Murphy has repeated in interviews the idea that Hollywood was motivated by the desire to give a happy ending to people who didn’t get one in real life: Hudson, whose homosexuality only became public after he was diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s; Wong, who died of a heart attack before she could make her planned return to the screen in 1961’s Flower Drum Song; and the progressives of Hollywood itself, which took decades to reach the milestones the series transplants to the 1940s. “When I was growing up, I didn’t have anybody to look at in terms of somebody who was like me,” Murphy explained to one interviewer. He hopes Hollywood begins to right that wrong and demonstrate the power that cultural representation has to change society at large.
The trouble is that Hollywood isn’t making history; it’s rewriting it. And when you rewrite history, you’re never starting with an empty page. The movie that Meg replaces as 1948’s Best Picture winner is Gentleman’s Agreement, an indictment of anti-Semitism that also won the Oscars for director and supporting actress the show gives to its fictional message movie. It feels like an intentional choice; Gentleman’s Agreement was nominated for eight Oscars that year, and another five nominations went to Crossfire, a film noir that also takes anti-Semitism as its subject—an indication that the movie industry of the time was pushing for change, if not the kind Hollywood has in mind.
In Hollywood, the world is already ripe for change, and it’s just looking for a reason to take that last step. When Meg is released, viewers of all races flock to it without hesitation (never mind that in 1947 a good chunk of them would have had to sit in the “colored” section). As a newsreel reporter puts it, “Racial protests of every kind simply melted away as audiences rushed out to see a new kind of motion picture.” Hollywood, the non-italicized entity, has long trafficked in inspirational stories about determined individuals overcoming social injustice—so long, in fact, that it’s bizarre for Hollywood, the series, to suggest that the movie industry was ever categorically resistant to them. But those stories tend to reflect cultural shifts as much as, if not more than, they inspire them, and for Murphy and co. to suggest there’s an ironclad causal relationship between progressive mass entertainment and profound social change is … well, exactly the kind of story the industry has always loved to tell about itself. “I used to believe that good government could change the world,” Eleanor Roosevelt (Harriet Sansom Harris) tells Ace’s top executives during a visit to the studio. “I don’t know that I believe that anymore. However, what you do … can change the world.” When you factor in that the art Hollywood is talking about includes Hollywood itself, the self-congratulation verges on the obscene.
Why don't we celebrate the old black Hollywood whose accomplishments broke the barrier? 05-May-2020
Mercedes Javid's husband Tommy accuses Reza Farahan of being a serial cheater... after the Shahs of Sunset star refuses to lift his restraining order
On Friday night's Shah's of Sunset finale, Reza Farahan dramatically reversed his promise to withdraw his restraining order against Mercedes Javid's husband.
Then, on a subsequent episode of Watch What Happens Live, the subject of that court order, Tommy Freight, retaliated with cheating accusations against his wife's former friend.
'I need the court of public opinion to know what a piece of shit this guy is,' Tommy told host Andy Cohen.
It's not cheating, it's gay normalcy. 02-May-2020
Michelle Visage Loves Pop Divas, Well Except This One
Self-described "Anglophile" Michelle Visage sat down with British LGBTQ+ publication Gay Times and was as prim and polite as you'd expect. Eh, we're just taking the piss — she was Jersey as hell!
The RuPaul's Drag Race judge was promoting her numerous projects, from RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. to its two spin-off BBC shows — the advice/makeover series Get Off Your Ass and the COVID-inspired How's Your Head, Hun? — and the planned Werq the World Tour, which may or may not happen thanks to Ms. Rona.
Visage also spent a good portion of the interview gushing over another ambitious woman and listing her as her first choice for dream celebrity guest.
Jeff Goldblum Faces Social Media Backlash Over Islam Comments on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
Jeff Goldblum came under fire on social media for asking if Islam was "anti-homosexuality" and "anti-woman" during Friday night’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Crew from The Ellen DeGeneres Show are furious over their treatment during coronavirus crisis
DeGeneres is currently running her daytime talk show from her $45 million Beverly Hills mansion, having sent her staff home to abide by California’s coronavirus lockdown.
“I wish I hadn’t. I miss them,” the star recently said in a tearful video – but accounts from staff reveal they have been dismissed and ignored for weeks on end.
According to two sources who spoke to Variety under condition of anonymity, for more than a month the core stage crew of more than 30 employees received no written communication about their working hours or pay.
They also received no inquiries about their mental and physical health from producers during this time – although DeGeneres regularly makes the effort to “check in” with her fans over social media.
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Trans Woman Johanna Metzger Murdered in Baltimore
Transgender woman Johanna Metzger was stabbed to death in Baltimore Saturday, making her at least the sixth trans American to be murdered this year.
Metzger, from Pennsylvania, was staying at a recovery center in Baltimore, TV station WMAR reports.
Peru Held Responsible for Police's Anti-LGBTQ Rape, Torture
Netflix slammed as ‘Islam’s enemy’ by bigots over rumours of gay character in Turkish teen drama
Texas sanctions judge for displaying rainbow flag in court
Being attracted to chandeliers is not a protected sexual orientation, according to a landmark ruling
Florida doctors arrested for ripping down senior citizen's Trump flag, and it's all caught on video
Next season of Harley Quinn will explore her romance with Poison Ivy
Supervillain / anti-hero Harley Quinn is a fan favourite in the LGBTQ community, and not least for her relationship with fellow villain Poison Ivy. And although the cartoon series on the DC Universe streaming service has hinted at their relationship, it hasn’t been explicit with it.
But in the second season, which began airing on Friday (3 April), this is set to change, with a small moment in the trailer showing Harley and Ivy briefly holding hands.
And speaking to Metro, the show’s showrunner, Patrick Schumacker has confirmed that this relationship will be explored. “It will develop more, and it’s definitely going to evolve into, I think, what a lot of people are hoping it will,” he explained.
'Elite's Omar Ayuso Just Posted His Whole Bush on Instagram
If you're a huge fan of Elite you may be going through withdrawals. The show's third season came out over a month ago and it's likely that you've binged all of the episodes and gotten all that you can out of Omar and Ander. But now, Omar is giving us a little something extra.
Tiger King's Joe Exotic Is Not a Good Person, and We Need to Stop Celebrating Him
Netflix's Tiger King has stirred up a lot of feelings on social media, but perhaps the biggest trend of all is the outpouring of celebration and support for disgraced big-cat breeder Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic. Although Maldonado-Passage is currently serving time in prison after being convicted of trying to put a hit out on one of his rivals, plenty of fans have taken his side and elevated him to minor celebrity status. While it's understandable why Maldonado-Passage is able to grab so much attention, it's also important to look closer and realize that this isn't the kind of person we should be celebrating.
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'Bravo's Andy Cohen Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus
Andy Cohen, host of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and executive producer behind many popular Bravo shows including the Real Housewives franchise, has announced that he is the latest celebrity to be diagnosed with COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavius. In a short post, the host suggests that production for WWHL will be paused momentarily.
"After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus," he wrote. "As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better. I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves."
Calls for Wendy Williams to be cancelled are renewed after catfish victim is mocked on air
Ben Shimkus was the first person to reveal that he had been catfished by Sherry Pie, also known as Joey Gugliemelli, a contestant on the current season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. “I have a weird story to tell about Sherry Pie,” Shimkus opened a Facebook post with two weeks ago.
If that’s not difficult enough, Shimkus has now become the punchline of jokes for tabloid shows and comedians. Yesterday, Shimkus took to writing about his experience in a GayCities article.
In the clip that Shimkus refers to, comedian and personality Michael Yo discussed the controversy around Sherrie Pie in a segment of The Wendy Williams Show known as ‘Inside Scoop.’
Yo tells host Wendy Williams and the audience of the syndicated talk show, “So this Ben guy, said that Sherry Pie catfished him, said she was a casting director, would send emails to him, back and forth, getting him to do lewd things…like masturbating on audition tapes. Is that lewd enough for you?”
“I mean, why didn’t these people do research?” Yo asks about the catfishing victims. “I’m not blaming them, but they’re young, the guys are young – they’re 23, 24 years old, trying to get their big break…so, man, but you have to do the research.”
Williams and Yo also giggle about the name of one of Sherry Pie’s fake movies that he pretended to cast for, “Bulk”.
In his article, Shimkus talks about how Yo told the story incorrectly in a “dismissive and vapid” segment