Saturday, February 17, 2018

Gus Kenworthy Gives Shout-Out to 'Seoul' Mate Matthew Wilkas

Although his recent injury and this tweet hint at a "pre-flake," it's awfully heartwarming to see another out and proud gay man on the world's Olympic stage:
My Seoul mate! So happy to have my bf, my family and some amazing friends here in Korea to cheer me on! Tomorrow's the big day (tonight for y'all in the US) and win or lose I just wanna thank you all SO much for your support and encouragement. I wouldn't be here without you.
We're going out to dinner with friends from Washington tonight, but hope to make it to a bar with a television later on to cheer Gus on.


Saturday 'Stache

Woof! Not that he looks bad without the mustache -- and he's a cat dad!

Page 1 Roundup (02/17)

 Japan’s Shoma Uno finished with silver, Spain’s Javier FernΓ‘ndez took bronze and Adam Rippon skated a beautiful long program to finish 10th

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ryan Harrison Says ATP Clears Him of Racism Allegation, but Questions Linger -- UPDATE

The headline screams "ATP finds no evidence that Ryan Harrison directed racist remarks at Donald Young," yet somehow it still feels like there's more wiggle room in this statement from the ATP than there should be. As I've said before, Young can be exhausting and has a chip on his shoulder -- warranted or not. And Harrison is an arrogant hot-head who is always looking for a fight. But because so many white people don't seem to understand what racism is -- see also: MATTER, BLACK LIVES -- the ATP's use of the word "slur” really bothers me.

“The ATP conducted a full investigation into this week’s match at the New York Open between Ryan Harrison and Donald Young,” the tour said in a statement. “All available evidence was reviewed including match footage and interviews with match officials and other tournament personnel who were in close proximity of the players. Unfortunately, the audio recording of the match footage did not pick up verbal exchanges between the players. At this time no evidence has been found to support the allegation that Ryan Harrison used a racial slur during the match.”

The allegation is that Harrison said "That's what all you black people do." Is this a racist comment? Of course. But is it a racial slur? Perhaps not. But the distinction is definitely lost on Trump voters.

The star witness is Michael Bruno, a 26-year-old ballboy who was working the match. His personal statement makes it sound like he does understand -- or at least makes a point of saying nothing racial was said, period.
“I’m right there, and I didn’t hear it,” said Bruno, whom the [New York] Times describes as more of a fan of Young than Harrison. “No one heard a racial comment; no one on my side, no one on Young’s side. No racial terminology whatsoever."
So given that he said this, why did the ATP not repeat it this bluntly? Are we to assume that they are so woke that they consider "you black people" to be a slur -- and that there is no evidence that Harrison said that -- so that's why they said no evidence has been found to support the allegation that Harrison used a racial slur?

Call me guilty of (all but) convicting someone by association. But the charge seems hauntingly familiar to one leveled at Harrison's buddy Tennys Sandgren, who also didn't see how racist this tweet was. Does Bruno?

I've reached out to Bruno via Twitter and will update if I get a response.


Two things: I think the ATP should rephrase its statement to eliminate any reading between the lines (pun intended). And even if Bruno is correct that nothing specifically racial was said, I still question why Harrison felt he needed to confront Young about his cheering when virtually all of them do it. (Would Harrison go after John Isner or Sam Querrey if either of them behaved similarly?) As it stands, this appears to be a case of pox on both their houses. I'm still not convinced Harrison didn't say something like "you guys always do this" -- following Sandgren's critique of Serena -- or something more vague than "blacks" or an actual slur. (Why would Young make this up from whole cloth?) But I also don’t see how Young would think suggesting they “take it outside” was helpful in any way. The two of them have long needed to grow the f**k up. How sad that American tennis is now reflecting a very sad United States of America when it should be a way to escape from it all.

Remains of the Day (02/16)

Daly Nitro: When John Daly helped Steve Langton move into the Olympic Training Camp in Lake Placid

Dlisted: Kid Rock has allegedly been having an affair with Julie Andrews's granddaughter for the past 10 years(!)

The Randy Report: Special counsel files first charges for 2016 election meddling, accusing 13 Russians of using social media to influence U.S. voters

Greg in Hollywood: The Billie Jean King Congressional Gold Medal Act is introduced in the House of Representatives 

Towleroad: Jeffrey Tambor blasts Amazon and Jill Soloway after official exit from "Transparent"

The New York Times: FBI was told in January that Florida school shooter had "desire to kill"

Page Six: Deputy Raineesha Williams is selling her house in the Valley

Ronan Farrow: Donald Trump, a Playboy model and a system for concealing infidelity 

NewNowNext: Seven queer books being turned into movies in 2018

Outsports: This is why Adam Rippon's short program did not get a higher score

Washington Blade: Disturbing details in murder of D.C. lesbian

New York Post: Ex-Trump campaign aide working on plea deal with Mueller

OMG Blog: Gus Kenworthy uses broken-thumb announcement to take jab at Mike Pence

The Washington Post: Five states allow guns to be seized before someone can commit violence

The New Yorker: Men's figure-skating short program: Winne the Pooh, Meryl Streep, and Olympic history

IndieWire: Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomeir and Greg Kinnear to star in Ira Sachs's "A Family Vacation"

The Gay Almanac: When "M*A*S*H" aired an episode about a gay soldier

People: Lisa Marie Presley is more than $16 million in debt, court papers say

Baseline: Sloane Stephens and Genie Bouchard to appear in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue

Metrosource: A man looks at a life through the eyes of a person he loves: his outspoken, gay, octagenarian neighbor, who is still very much alive and loving

Daily Intelligencer: There's a pretty good chance Trump is being blackmailed

Confessions of a Boy Toy: What if Jeff Goldblum played every "Sex and the City" character 

HuffPost Queer Voices: Adult actor Tegan Zayne is one of five men to accuse a fellow actor of sexual assault -- he says his claims aren’t being taken seriously

It's Either Sadness or Euphoria: Looking for a weekend read? Check out queer reviews of Michael Farris Smith's "The Fighter"; Shaun David Hutchinson's "The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza"; Jess Kidd's "Mr. Flood's Last Resort"; and Richard Lawson's "All We Can Do Is Wait"

Hot Cat of the Day: Dog's best friend ...

Won Is the Loneliest Number

"Men don't make passes at boys who don't use apostrophes." -- Dorothy Parker, wasn't it? (As seen on a mailbox on my street. From HERE.)

These Guys Sleigh Me

With all of my reminiscing about Steve Langton's bromance with John Daly, a reader alerted me to what's going on with the U.S. bobsled team this week in  Pyeongchang


And these aren't even the openly gay athletes! 

Bobsledder pusher Lou Moreira gets Steve to himself ...

Am looking forward to seeing these guys in action in the days ahead.

From HERE.

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