Monday, July 30, 2007

Page 1 Consider (07/30)

  • Eternally Homophobic City? Two gay men have been charged with "lewd conduct" for kissing in front of the Coliseum in Rome. The pair were rushed into a police car and taken to a police station where they were held for several hours. Eventually they were issued a summons to appear in court and released. If convicted the pair could be sentenced up to two years in prison. The incident has sparked a public outcry in Italy. It's a good job no one saw what Michael and I did behind the Vatican. (365Gay)

  • Go West, Young Man! George Bush doesn't like black people and Kayne West doesn't like homophobes. (Advocate)

  • Leaving Normal: Tabloid staple Star magazine -- wisely reasoning that pissing off The Gays is not a good way to sell magazines -- quickly apologized for listing the kiss begin Kevin James and Adam Sandler as "Not Normal." But as I told my friend who made a big stink about it in the first place, is there really anything normal about being willing to kiss the King of Queens? (BoyCulture)

  • Woo Hoo! "The Simpsons Movie" raked in a whopping $71.9 million to debut as the top movie this week. Am I alone when I say I'm truly stunned? (AP)

  • Murder in Connecticut: Not sure if this has made the national news, but this poor man was brutally attacked and his wife and two beautiful daughters were raped and murdered in their own home last week. How he got through this memorial service is beyond me. My thoughts are with him and his. (NYP)

  • Midget Skeleton: Before his election as mayor in 2001, it seems squeaky clean New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the target of a sexual harassment suit by a female executive who accused him of making repeated raunchy sexual comments while he was chief executive of his financial company, Bloomberg LP. Among the allegations in the complaint: Bloomberg asked the woman who sued if she was giving her boyfriend "good" oral sex. (Is that an inappropriate work question?) Analysts wonder if this might stop him from becoming the next U.S. president, but I think Jon Stewart's explanation why that will never happen is a little more on the money. (AP)

  • A Father's Plea: As Congress moves to make the Matthew Shepard Act a reality, Dennis Shepard, urges us all to take action. (Advocate)

  • Rough Justice: Fed up with deadly drive-by shootings, incessant drug dealing and graffiti, cities nationwide are trying a different tactic to combat gangs: They're suing them. This should be an effective way of dealing with it. The witness list -- aka snitch central -- will make nice new targets. (AP)

  • Left Wing: Stephen Colbert really did break his hand? (AP)

  • Queen of All Media: Did you see blogger bad boy Perez Hilton on the cover of The Times' Sunday Styles section? He says he sees three to four children in his future, some adopted and some biological, like a “gay Angelina,” he said. (NYT)

  • Moving On: "Grey's Anatomy'' creator Shonda Rhimes said she's confident fans will put last year's unsettling season in perspective and remain loyal to the ABC medical drama. Rhimes acknowledged story lines that included death and infidelity represented a "darker journey,'' one that provoked some critics and fans. The series was hit by the real-life drama involving Isaiah Washington, who was fired after he used an anti-gay slur. Rhimes said the show rose above that crisis. "It was a difficult season for us behind the scenes. But creatively we moved in the direction we planned to move,'' Rhimes told a meeting of the Television Critics Association. (AP)

  • Safety First: Concertgoers at a festival in the Dutch city of Lichtenvoorde were treated to an unusual sight Friday: A pink hot air balloon 127 feet high, shaped exactly like a condom, drifting lazily across the sky. The balloon, with the words "Vrij Veilig" -- Dutch for "Safe Sex" -- was launched by the public health service in the eastern district of Gelre-Ijssel, near the German border but most residents were so high they thought it was just a figment of their imagination. (AP)

  • Soap Opera: Has anyone seen "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox" that new documentary about that crazy guy who invented those fabulous glycerin soaps? I'm oddly fascinated by the idea of an escaped mental patient striking it big. (Official Site)
  • 1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    ' is there really anything normal about being willing to kiss the King of Queens?'

    I guess I'm not normal then. I think he's kind of hot.