This is interesting for several reasons. A dad in the UK went on a Facebook rant and made threatening remarks about gays. Although he pleaded guilty he claims he's not homophobic and he just had a hard day at work.
In a post under an article about a Pride event in Newcastle, north England, he said:
‘If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay cunts wouldn't of [sic] been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting cunts!’
Gair posted another message that gay people should be ‘slaughtered’.
The chairman of Northern Pride was worried something more serious would happen. You can read more about it here.
I do think it's noteworthy to mention this happened on Facebook, on social media. I've seen posts like this in my time on Facebook and other social media where no one was even reprimanded. And it's not always about homophobia or gay hate. In fact, there was one woman author in m/m romance known to make vituperative threats, rants with the most obscene language, and she would bully other authors and readers to the point of despair. But that was back when the Internet was still young. I think we're moving toward more civilized times where these types of online issues won't be ignored any longer.
As for the dad who made these comments, I wonder what he considers homophobia. I hate to even think about it.
Teaching Gayle King
A while back I posted about Laverne Cox teaching Katie Couric a lesson. Katie Couric covered her tracks by calling it a "teachable" moment. I found that amusing. More recently, Cox found herself having to explain a few things to talk show host, Gayle King, of the Oprah camp. Cox made the point clear and concise without holding back.
Cox recently appeared on CBS This Morning where co-host Gayle King - also known as Oprah Winfrey's BFF - was stopped cold when she began the conversation this way: 'Let's let people know about you, Laverne, because you were born a boy but ... '
Cox stopped King short and said:
'I was assigned male at birth is the way I like to put it, because I think we're born who we are and the gender thing is something someone imposes on you. And so I was assigned male at birth but I always felt like I was a girl.'
This isn't the first time, and I don't think it will be the last time, when an overpaid TV host doesn't have a clue on this topic...or at least the basic sensitivity to tread lightly. The most interesting part is that it's not all that difficult to research even if you don't have a freaking clue, especially if you're getting paid what these people are getting paid. You never saw Barbara Walters do these things.
You can read more here.
Human Ken Doll
I find this interesting on so many levels I'm not sure where to begin. There's a guy, Justin Jedlica, who's had more than 150 cosmetic surgery procedures in a quest to become perfect and he's still working on it. I've had a couple of cosmetic surgery procedures and I know the pain involved. I can't even imagine going through 150.
"Ever since I was in my teens, I wanted to have plastic surgery. To me, it meant luxury and it meant wealth, and that was something I wanted in my life," he explains in the above video.
Jedlica says he got his first of five nose jobs shortly after his 18th birthday, costing him nearly all of his savings at $3,500. Afterwards, he experienced a sense of empowerment.
I know people laugh about this, but I can tell you first hand that there is a feeling of empowerment after a surgery like that. I had my nose done about twenty years ago and I really did feel very different afterward. Of course I only had it done once. I had a great doctor and I was thrilled with the results. But my point is that in most cases the psychological benefits from certain cosmetic surgery procedures far outweigh what the critics proclaim. And, I could breathe better, too.
You can read more here. The problem is that sometimes these things become addictions and that can be dangerous. They're also expensive and most insurance won't cover them.
Joan Rivers' Career
Speaking of plastic surgery, Joan Rivers has a new book out, and we've been seeing a lot more of her than usual. At one time I probably would have run out to buy her book, but now that I have access to so many different books I usually put books like this one on hold for a while...unless it's priced competitively.
In any event, Rivers gives an interview about what her life as a struggling woman in comedy was like back in the 1960's and I think it's interesting to hear some of her comments. Even though I haven't always been thrilled by the way Rivers treats gay men (like pet poodles), I have always admired her tenacity.
It's an interesting interview.
You can check that out here.
The Preacher's Husband
by Ryan Field