Friday, January 26, 2007

Page 1 Consider (01/26)

  • Girl Gone Wild: So it seems wacky Anne Heche left her latest husband for her hunky "Men in Trees" costar James Tupper. He's married with children too, so it's perfect (you know how the straights are). I'll bet Ellen Degeneres will be having schadenfreude for breakfast for the rest of the year. (ContactMusic)
  • Off Limits: During a sit-down interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Vice President Dick Cheney got a little bitchy when asked what he thought of conservatives who are critical of his lesbian daughter Mary having a baby. The grumpy veep said any questions about the topic -- you know, politics -- were "out of line." At least he didn't shoot him in the face. (M&C)
  • Rhimes & Reason: Kudos to "Grey's Anatomy" creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes for finally breaking her silence on the Faggotgate scandal that has shaken her hit series to the core. For the bosses in a situation like this to not immediately condemn workplace discrimination sends a very bad message to not only the people who work there, but to all people facing a hostile work environment. I really respect the way Rhimes -- who is black -- avoided portraying this as a gay or race issue, but a diversity issue. Here's what she had to say: "I speak for all the executive producers here at 'Grey’s Anatomy' when I say that Isaiah Washington's use of such a disturbing word was a shocking and dismaying event that insulted not only gays and lesbians everywhere, but anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference." Rhimes added that she was working "within the Grey’s family as well as with ABC and Touchstone Television to address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing. We applaud and encourage Isaiah’s realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues." (AH)
  • Clouded Judgment: A new study show that a certain type of brain damage can cure smoking addiction. I thought it was the other way around. (NYT)
  • God Said Ha: Nancy Pelosi's daughter Alexandra is a documentarian who recently set her lens on evangelicals for her new HBO special, "Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi." In an exclusive Q&A the new mom tells The Advocate what she unearthed -- and what Ted Haggard is really like. (This is gonna be good.) (Advocate)
  • Bar Code: The North Carolina State Bar filed additional charges of ethics violations Wednesday against embattled Durham District Attorney Michael B. Nifong, the original prosecutor in the sexual assault case against three Duke University lacrosse players. (WP)
  • Move On Up: Openly gay journalist Jonathan Capehart will join The Washington Post's editorial board next month. Capehart has been a national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News, a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg's New York mayoral campaign and a deputy editorial page editor at The Daily News. As an editorial writer at the News, he earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1999. (FishbowlDC)
  • Skin Deep: When Clinique made its debut in 1968, the cosmetics brand altered America's beauty landscape by using scientific language and clinical iconography at a time when highly perfumed, elaborately packaged creams dominated department stores. But now Clinique has gone one step further in aligning itself with therapeutic imagery by opening the new Clinique Skin Wellness Center at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in Manhattan (talk about product placement). I can remember the first time I was old enough to buy whatever I wanted -- so I marched straight over to Dillard's and bought the entire Clinique for Men line that came in those snazzy gray containers. I spent the next three months breaking out covered in zits like I had never had even as a teenager -- and switched back to plain old bar soap in the shower. My skin has been clear and healthy ever since. (NYT)
  • Splendor in the South Lawn: The legendary Elizabeth Taylor thinks Hillary Rodham Clinton has what it takes to be commander in chief. The actress announced Thursday she'll give $2,300, the legal limit, to the New York senator's presidential campaign. (AP)
  • No Dream, It's Not Over: The world breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was announced that Crowded House was reuniting for a world tour. Well, a few people did. (Reuters)
  • RIP: Anthony Castro, a Southern California teen who came out to his high school football and wrestling teams, was killed in a car crash over the weekend, reports. Castro was 19. (365Gay)

    Anonymous said...

    Anthony seems like such a neat kid who touched many lives.

    Anonymous said...

    The ex-Mrs. John Warner (R-VA) always comes through in the end, doesn't she?