Two-time U.S. Olympian Nick Symmonds not only won a silver medal in the 800 meter race last week at the IAFF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, but he decided todedicate his medal to his gay and lesbian friends.
The Olympian became the first to “to openly criticize Russia’s controversial anti-gay law on the country’s soil.”
Russia’s anti-gay laws, prohibiting “homosexual propaganda,” have been causing a lot of controversy considering the country is hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Even president Obama is upset with Russia’s laws, but thinks it’s unfair to boycott the Olympics.
“We’ve got a bunch of Americans that are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed,” he said. “Nobody’s more offended than me by some of the anti-gay and -lesbian legislation that we’ve been seeing in Russia
Symmonds said he would do all he could for the LGBT community short of getting arrested.
“As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them,” Symmonds said. “Whether you’re gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there’s anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested.”
Symmonds seems to be true to his word. While he wanted to wear a rainbow flag during his race, the Russian government made it clear they would throw him in jail.
“I’m trying to tread that fine line of being respectful as a guest in this country and also speaking against some serious injustices that I see,” he said. “As adamant as I am about this issue, I don’t know what me sitting in jail is good for.”
Symmonds will stay civil during his races, but as he explained in a column for Runner’s World, his gay and lesbian friends will stay in his heart.
“I will say now what I said before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, when people asked me how I felt competing in a foreign country with questionable human rights standards: The playing field is not a place for politics. In a world rife with never-ending political battles, let the playing field be where we set aside our differences and compete for national pride and the love of sport.
“If I am placed in a race with a Russian athlete, I will shake his hand, thank him for his country’s generous hospitality, and then, after kicking his ass in the race, silently dedicate the win to my gay and lesbian friends back home. Upon my return, I will then continue to fight for their rights in my beloved democratic union.”
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Along with being a talented musician she is a role model. Catie started the “Aspire to Inspire” initiative to provide funding to the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). The Foundation helps raise funds to purchase instruments for young musicians who can’t afford to buy their own.
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By Sierra Drucker
In the musical era of a major soul re-emergence, Electric Guest come across with a fresh new spin on the genre. Blending it ever so slightly with indie rock and a tinge of hip pop flavor, this Los Angeles duo burst onto the scene with a killer debut.
It’s kind of impossible not to fall in love with their single “This Head I Hold.” It’s catchy, effortlessly stylized, modern and yet tinged with an indiscriminate feeling of nostalgia for the musical decades of yore. From the layered and flowing instrumentation, to those super smooth falsetto vocals, this tune offers a little slice of cultivated perfection.
So who are the masterminds behind it all? Singer Asa Taccone, along with his uber-talented multi-instrumentalist bandmate Matthew Compton, has been busy behind the scenes producing hits for brother Jorma Taccone’s novelty project, The Lonely Island (as made famous by Andy Samberg and Saturday Night Live). Asa’s brother just happened to be longtime friends with the one and only Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). After hearing some of Asa’s songs, Burton knew he wanted to be a part of this passion project.
You can really hear that signature Danger Mouse sound on the track “American Daydream.” Take a listen and watch Asa completely lose his s&*t in their first official video, directed by Jorma Taccone.
Nearly six years and one stress-induced episode of shingles later, Electric Guest has a Danger Mouse-produced full length, and a shiny new label deal with Downtown/Fontana Records.
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The Tourist world premiere in NYC
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By: Tom Butts
Some Republicans are worried that an anti-government surge among conservatives will lead to lower participation in the U.S. census, which they fear could reduce the number of Republican seats in Congress and state legislatures. Conservative activists this year have argued it is unconstitutional for the census to ask anything beyond the number of people in a household. This year’s census form also seeks information on race, gender and age, among other things, and filling it out is required by law. The census has asked similar questions for decades. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is admired by many tea-party activists and ultra-conservatives, has said she will refuse to provide information about anything except the number of people in her household.
Okay…after reading the above on Fox News’s website…yes, I sometimes force myself to read the tabloids…
I was thinking, “why is it that we’ve had the Census every ten years and just in 2010 people are questioning it and doing the conspiracy thing?” I figured it out. In 1970, 1980 and 1990 we had Republican Presidents –no need to protest. In 2000 we were still talking about Bill Clinton’s blowjob, so I think Republicans forgot to protest queue 2010. A President “of color” and a Tea Party that still makes me smirk when I see their outfits and misspelled protest posters make a perfect recipe for people who are afraid to be counted.
To be honest, I don’t even know where to begin with Michelle Bachmann. I’ll just wait for her next fuck up that makes this look petty. I’m sure this will happen soon.
I was going to launch into the idea that people who are so worried about this should just move to Northern Idaho, but I think I’ll take it one step further. I will quote my conservative friends (yes, I have a few) and say what they said to me when I was whining about GW Bush “why don’t you just move to Canada?” That feels really good; I’ll repeat myself. “Why don’t you just move to Canada?” Of course, I don’t think Canada wants these close-minded fools and their tea bags, so perhaps they need to find a nice country where prejudice, stupidity and ignorance are welcome. Is there such a place?
By: Tony Tripoli
Dealing with your parents as an adult can be even trickier than when you were a kid. And, some of us certainly do better than others. Since I am a stand-up comic, I talk about my folks on stage, so, you can imagine some of the fun conversations we’ve had as a result.
I just finished a run of my one man show, TONY TRIPOLI : I SHIT MY PANTS! (An evening of sophisticated stand up), and for my Father’s birthday, he wanted to come to L.A., and see the show.
You are probably looking at your computer right now, yelling: “Don’t do it, Moron”, but I cannot hear you, and this was a week ago, so shut up. Besides, you’re the one yelling at your computer, so, maybe you’re the moron.
So, I flew Dad in last weekend. I got him a hotel, and on the way to check in, he starts:
Dad: I don’t need a hotel, Son.
Me: It’ll be better.
Dad: But, I can just stay at your place.
Me: This is better.
Dad: I’ll just sleep on the couch.
Me: This is better.
Dad: That way, I’ll be there in the morning when you wake up, and we’ll have so much more time together.
Me: This is better for ME.
I took him to the hotel.
That night, we went to the Arclight to see a movie, which he chose. The film was called “Chloe”, and since Julianne Moore was the star, I was totally in, in spite of not knowing anything else about it. I’ll try not to ruin it, but, it’s a big piece of crap, and you should skip it. Basically, Julianne suspects her husband, Liam Neeson is cheating, so she hires a hooker, Amanda Seyfried, to hit on him, and report back. Good idea, but, it quickly unravels into a straight man’s idea of how female sexuality works, and Julianne gets so jealous of her husband’s encounters with Amanda, she seduces Amanda, and they have this really long, very naked, lesbian sex scene that no gay guy should have to watch sitting next to his straight father, okay?!
The next day, Dad came to see my show, which is an hour and a half of stand up. Lots of naughty dating stories, and more than one tale of having an accident in my pants. Really, I think the Pulitzer folks will be calling me any day…
My father laughed a lot, and told me he was very proud afterward, which is so sweet.
Then, the next morning, as I drove him to the airport, he said “Son, I couldn’t sleep last night, thinking about something you said on stage”. Oh shit, I thought. Here it comes.
“You said that your parents don’t ‘get it’, and I just want you to know, I’m so sorry”.
My Dad is wonderful, you guys. He’s affectionate, caring, interested, and involved. And, when I speak, he really listens. Even if I’m on stage in a room full of strangers, telling poop jokes. He really is the greatest.
I explained that I was only making a little joke about how all adult children feel like there parents don’t ‘get it’ sometimes, but that I wasn’t trying to hurt his feelings, and I was glad he told me.
Dealing with your parents can be tricky, but, it’s always worth it. And, sometimes, just like when you were a kid, it makes you a better person.
By: Brandy Black
Lol Kin Castaneda and Judith Vazquez made history on Thursday, March 11th, both in ivory dresses, they tied the knot. Mexico City is first in Latin America to legalize gay marriage. The couple and friends were ecstatic. Congrats to Vasquez and Castaneda and to Mexico City.
[photo credit: BBC]
By: Tom Butts
Okay, I find this odd, maybe even offensive. Sean Hayes, who played “Jack McFarland” on Will & Grace is gay as…well, gayer than a three dollar bill, right? When I saw this headline I thought to myself, wow, now you’re going to tell me that Richard Simmons is gay. You want to know why this pisses me off, well; I’m going to tell you either way. I equate closeted people with those Republican hypocrites that take wide stances in toilet stalls at Midwest airports. Seriously, how can we move forward and just be part of every day life if people pretend they are someone they’re not. My rant continues below…
After years of refusing to directly answer questions about his sexuality, Sean Hayes finally sits down with a major gay publication to reveals that he is indeed gay. Some quotes from his interview in the April edition of the Advocate:
“I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never.”
(What the f*ck does this mean? Sorry, still a bit pissed off about him at this point.)
“Why would you go down that path with somebody who’s done so much to contribute to the gay community?” he asks. “That was my beef about it. What more do you want me to do? Do you want me to stand on a float? And then what? It’s never enough.”
(The level of arrogance…ugh)
“I feel like I’ve contributed monumentally to the success of the gay movement in America, and if anyone wants to argue that, I’m open to it. You’re welcome, Advocate.”
(Because he played a gay character…WTF…thank you Sean, you have liberated the GLBT community…)
Okay, I’m finished with my comments. I’ll just end by saying, “he’s no Ellen Degeneres”. RANT COMPLETE.
By: Tony Tripoli
You know how celebs are always saying they were in bed asleep when the Oscar nominations came out, and the phone woke them up, when in reality, you know they were perched on the edge of the bed with a Meryl Streep voodoo doll and a pint of Ben and Jerrys, hoping to hear their names called?
Well, that’s ME when they announce a new batch of Dancing With The Stars contestants.
Sadly, again this year, I was not on the list. But, at least Niecy Nash was. And, she’s practically a gay guy.
Also making the cut was the most recent himbo Bachelor, who is just doing it to stay away from Vienna, as well as Kate Gosselin, who is for sure doing it to stay away from those kids of hers. Seriously, she saw them at Christmas, and she gooooood.
Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, but even then was REALLY slow, so….you do the math.
Shannen Doherty has a shot, as long as she only looks out of her good eye,
and Pamela Anderson will at least be entertaining. Watching her try the Vienese Waltz in those Lucite stripper shoes of hers will be must – see TV.
But, my prediction for the champ: soap hunk Aiden Turner,
who is paired with the always sexy Edita Sliwinska. These two are so hot, I’m not sure which one I wanna make out with first!
Twilight dreamboat Robert Pattinson was on the View this week,
and, was asked if he would ever date an older woman. His answer: ”I think Betty White is probably one of the sexiest women in America. She’s vibrant; it’s sexy. I think the more age the better.”
During the commercial break, things took an awkward turn when Barbra Walters asked if he’d be interested in “banging the LifeAlert bracelet right offa me”.
US Magazine claims that Real Atlanta Housewife Kim Zolciack is about to come out of the closet. And, not in some tacky outfit, as per usual, but with a lesbian lover!
They say she has been dating DJ Tracy Young for the past 3 months.
I’m not saying she’s a narcissist, but doesn’t her girlfriend look exactly like her, without the wig and drag makeup?
Oh, and, she’s totally a narcissist.
Sources claim that Tiger Woods has received phone calls from both President Obama, and former President Bill Clinton.
Obama chastised him for “Making us all look bad” and Clinton said “You go, brother!!! Haha. Damn, I’m just green with envy, brohiem. We gotta grab us a couple beers and chase some tail once this blows over….”
The singing and dancing cast of the hit show GLEE has announced a muli-city tour this May.
Expect arenas full of former class nerds that don’t think they are still nerds, but, are.
Jessica Simpson has been tweeting her love advice. Ok,…. thanks?
Her nuggets of wisdom include: “You can’t love someone else to change them. Happiness comes from accepting who they are.”
I guess she learned that after not accepting who Nick Lachey, Tony Romo, and John Mayer are.
You can watch Tony on TV GUIDE’S Sexiest Couples of All Time, playing now.
Listen to his podcast : THE COMEDY COUCH WITH DENNIS HENSLEY AND TONY TRIPOLI (free on iTunes)
OR, see him LIVE at the Fake Gallery, March 14, 21, and 28 at 7pm.
Go to tonytripoli.com for info, or friend him on Facebook.
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[photo credit Edyta: Flickr member burningkarma]
By: Tom Butts
ABC News’ take on things…
An angry Senator Jim Bunning refused to answer questions from ABC News about his decision to block a bill extending unemployment benefits; he is holding up funding for thousands of families. The exchange took place as Senator Bunning was getting into an elevator in the Hart Senate Office Building. “Excuse me! This is a Senator’s-only elevator!” Bunning thundered. I tried again to ask his reasons for blocking the bill, Bunning said he already explained his reasons last Thursday, when he said he wanted the $10 billion cost of the bill to be paid for, rather than simply adding to the national debt. “Excuse me!” he yelled. “I’ve got to go to the floor!” As the doors closed, I asked Bunning if he is concerned about those losing their benefits. He did not answer. This is all on-camera. Senator Bunning was even more expressive before the cameras arrived, using a little sign language. When Senate producer Z. Byron Wolf spotted Bunning exiting his office, Bunning said, “I’m not talking to anybody.” When Wolf asked him to stay and talk to our cameras, Bunning walked toward the elevator and shot the middle finger over his head.
Here’s the Tom Butts take on things…
Senator Bunning has explosive diarrhea and the Viagra he’s using isn’t working. He was in a hurry to get to the elevator because he was about to crap his pants. Earlier, the “middle finger” was caused by his failure to react to Viagra. Think about it, what’s worse than explosive diarrhea and being flaccid all the time? I guess the one thing that works in his favor is that Viagra is covered under the Senator’s insurance plan that WE provide him. Perhaps we should hold up his insurance payments, anyone in??