Thursday, August 14, 2014

Queerty on James Franco; Ariana Grande on Gay Bully; Blogging vs Writing Credits; Ice Bucket Hot Guys;

Queerty on James Franco

Update below on Franco and ice bucket challenge.

The other day I posted about James Franco and the topic of passive aggressive homophobia, which he seems to have mastered. I'm not commenting much here. I'm reluctantly posting about the subject this time with two links simply because I wanted to show that I'm not the only one who's noticed this about Franco. Frankly, I'm bored with it all.

But Queerty recently commented about Franco and homophobia in this piece, which backs up my previous posts almost to the last letter. That doesn't always happen in such an accidental way, so I guess I'm not the only one.

Franco, a heterosexual man who has previously used gay sex, plagiarized work from gay artistsstarted his own gay rumors and fueled gay rumors about his brother for the benefit of his own career, draws the line HERE.

So for those of you taking notes, James Franco pretty much just labeled his own MO as homophobic

And here's a link to a more recent piece about Franco's latest attempts to self-promote his new film with gay content. I didn't know about the plagiarism allegations until now.

Because it’s only ok for James Franco to give a wink to his non-gay gayness, not anybody else, the actor is back again with some more uploads.

I haven't decided whether or not I'm going to see Franco's newest film, Michael. Of course by even stating that I'm helping him promote it right here on my own blog. I know that, and I know the difference. And I never once said that Franco wasn't a clever little guy either.

Do I think Franco is a homophobe? Actually, no. I just think he's an aging starlet looking for his last hurrah.

Ariana Grande on Gay Bully

Ariana Grande is a pop singer and her brother, Frankie, is participating in Big Brother 16 this summer. Frankie is openly gay (and adorable), but he's been keeping his sister's fame a secret. Frankie recently disclosed his sister's fame and his real identity to the other houseguests in the Big Brother house and someone commented about him on Ariana's social media with a negative gay slur. As a result, Ariana went to Frankie's defense and buried the online troll.


She said: ‘That “homo” is the fiercest, most incredible, funniest, most intelligent, kind hearted and most LOVED person on the face of the planet!

‘he also cleaned up his game and told the truth to everybody in the house WHICH by the way, nobody else on the show has done.

‘so i don’t give a flying fuck if or when he comes home!!! he is incredible and i am SO proud!!!!

‘oh and also “that homo” gets more ass than you’ll ever get in your life. k miss thing?’

How do I know all this? Admittedly, I've been a huge Big Brother fan since the show began a long time ago. I like the game, the concept, and the strategy of the game. I'm a poker player and in many ways the BB game is like poker. Personally, I think Frankie ruined his hand by disclosing his sister's fame way too soon. People don't like being duped with fake identities these days. But I could be wrong about that. He's one of the strongest players in the house this summer...or ever.

In any event, you can read more here.

Blogging vs Writing Credits

For those authors who are new, or new to querying, I thought I'd link to this next article. I don't always agree with this blogger on everything, but sometimes...more often than not...she nails it, and this is something I would have overlooked as a given and never mentioned at all.

But I do think it's important to know the difference between publishing credits and blogging/platform. Even here on this blog, where I blog for free, I never consider a single word I write as a publishing/writing credit. I think of blogging as a casual hobby and as a way to talk about things I see in pop culture, publishing, or in LGBTI news. Or, a way to promote/review sometimes. I don't always care about grammar when I write here because I work fast. It's also a place where I can talk about my books, which unfortunately I haven't done often enough in the last four thousand posts.

In any event, here's what publishing/writing credits are all about:

A writing credit is work that has been curated, edited or selected in some way.  Most work published on websites isn't curated. You submit a post, it's posted. That's GOOD for your platform, but it's not a writing credit.

You can read the rest here.

When it comes to these little things you might not think they're important. But they are in the sense that the more you know about the publishing industry and how it works the more professional you'll be. And even though a lot of things have changed, a lot have remained the same. Querying agents is one of them. You don't want to screw that up, because those ridiculous trumped up stories about literary agents finding a self-pubbed author and going into "a fit of shaking excitement" in the middle of the night come few and far between. Most of the time agents take on writers through the query process, and most serious writers would prefer an agent take them on that way...instead of in a fit of shaking excitement. You want an agent for the long term, not for the next kindle bestseller.

Ice Bucket Hot Guys

I've seen my fair share of comments about the ice bucket challenge this summer and I'm not sure it's all that bad. I even saw Ethel Kennedy on TV yesterday morning doing it. Someone actually dumped a bucket of ice water over the poor woman's head and she took it in her stride. It's all in fun, and Ethel's always been a good sport.

In any event, the ice bucket challenge is about raising awareness and money for ALS...people living with Lou Gehrig's Disease. And Ethel hasn't been the only one doing it. A lot of the hottest guys on the planet have been taking part.

Here’s how it works: someone challenges you to dump a bucket of ice on your head within 24 hours and upload it to social media or else make a donation to ALS. Seems a little counterproductive since the whole idea is to avoid donating, but it’s an awareness thing so fine. Then once you complete the challenge, you nominate more people to participate.

You can read more here, and see video images of guys like Justin Timberlake taking part. You'll be there for a while.

The only thing that makes me wonder is that I haven't actually seen anyone dump a bucket of ice. It always looks like a bucket of water. Maybe I'm being too literal.

So far, we haven't seen James Franco do it yet...but give him time.

Update: Did I call it or what? Everything in life should be this easy :)



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