Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Big Bad John Gay Parody

Big Bad John Gay Parody

I came across this web site recently and wanted to devote a short post to it because it is a big gay story, with respect to gay culture, and it revolves around the kind of parody I've sometimes done with books like An Officer and His Gentleman, or Pretty Man. And when I write posts like this I'm trying to show people who don't know these things that there is more to gay culture than what you normally read online these days. This is a typical discussion I might have with any number of gay authors during the course of a week...always in private.

There are a few very interesting comments on this web site that all support/explain gay parody in general, and it's a topic I think gay men find interesting because we've been so ignored in music, books, and films for so long we craved something...anything...mainstream that we could call our own. Even the gayest authors of their time like Truman Capote were not able to write anything with gay main characters. The same goes for the gayest performers and actors. Men like Capote did the best they could with books like Breakfast at Tiffany's and took what they could get during a time when gays were considered either clowns, court jesters, or mentally unsound.

Here's the most interesting (and true) comment I found in a commentary by Randy Sparks:

This parody was all in good humor, and it became one of the best-requested numbers in my solo act. I quickly discovered that most Gay men had no problem with laughing at the ditty, but any Lesbians in my audiences seemed to immediately take offense, so I was careful where I sang it. I didn't want to make anyone uncomfortable.

It's the fundamental difference I've always found in writing gay parodies of mainstream films. And it's a huge problem for some who are not gay men and want to read about us or listen to our music, but not on our terms.

In any event, I'm not going to elaborate on that because this post would never end. But here's a link to 13 gay parodies of the hit song, Big Bad John, by Jimmy Dean. According to the site, there may even be more. If you click on the small music notes with each recording you can hear the songs to understand how they were done.

Gay culture is evolving and it is changing, especially with respect to assimilation, and I embrace all those changes completely. But that doesn't mean I'm willing to lose all that we've created.

Liam Payne Fake Gay Photos; SNL Going Gay for Pay; How To Tell A Gay Top or Bottom; George Burgess Waxed Balls For Cancer

Liam Payne Fake Gay Photos

One Direction's Liam Payne is denying the gay nude photos of him recently leaked are real. Evidently, someone photoshopped him with another guy standing in the background. I haven't seen the photos and I don't even care. I believe him and that's all that matters. I don't think he's gay either.

But here's where it gets interesting. Payne responded to the leaked fake photos with this:

He posted: "Wow as if people think that weird photo going around is actually me lol think id rather tweet a full frontal than have people look at that[sic]."
 
When challenged about this as homophobic comment, he replied this way:
 
I'm 100% not homophobic. But I'm also 100% not gay so when somebody says I am I'm gunna say I'm not which does not make me a homophobe.
 
See there's where he lost me. Why should it matter so much to him? Just say they aren't real. People who aren't homophobes don't have to say they aren't homophobes. There are plenty of other ways to respond and no one will call you a homophobe. This goes for everyone. By stating that you would rather do anything than be in a gay photo like that, and by denying you're not gay with such strong emphasis, only creates the impression there's something wrong with being gay. If the fake photo had been leaked with Payne standing with a woman in the background he would have just laughed it off and stated his case.
 
I don't write these posts for people like Payne. I don't really care what he thinks. I write them for other gay men who live with shame and who don't even realize the homophobia in Payne's comment. At a glance, it's hard to catch, but the subconscious misses nothing. And I think it's important to be aware of this, all the time.
 
You can read the rest here. There really needs to be more awareness about what's homophobic and what's not. At least we know deep down how these people really feel. Because you can't just say you support gays because that's the thing to do. You have to really believe there's nothing inherently wrong with being gay, too.

SNL Going Gay For Pay

During the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, an interesting question was discussed by the "Resident Young Person."

How much money would you go down on a guy for?

Davidson goes on to make a convincing argument about why being paid $1 million to go down on a guy 'is a steal.'

'I hope he starts at $1 million - I would do it for like $3,000 if I had to be honest with myself,' Davidson says with a big toothy smile.
 
Here's a link to a video of the segment. It's worth watching.
 
Frankly, I see his point. I'd eat pussy for a million. And I'd kill Tony if he refused an offer like that. You can always rinse your mouth out with Epsom salts, but a million dollar offer doesn't happen every day of the week.
 
How to Tell a Gay Top or Bottom
 
I often write these posts and laugh so hard while I'm doing them I can't see clearly. One thing is for sure, you won't read about fun things like this over at Barry Eisler's blog. I love his blog, but when you go there you need Ativan. (He's so serious all the time, and those big scary words he uses. It's absolutely quindillacious.)  
 
This following link will lead you to a video where vlogger, John Bird, tells you how you can tell a gay top from a gay bottom in a nightclub.
 
 
Frankly, it's obviously exaggerated, but about as accurate as it gets, at least as far as the gay top example goes. Gay bottoms can be a little trickier. Yes, many do what is shown in the video, however, not all are that open. Some prefer to leave a little to the imagination to help make things more interesting. In that case it usually doesn't take more than a look or a touch to know whether or not the legs go up or remain on the floor.
 
George Burgess Waxed Balls For Cancer
 
The twin brother of Rugby player, Thomas Burgess, recently had his balls waxed for charity. In this case it's cancer research. Anyone who does anything for cancer or cancer research is okay with me. Cancer sucks. I know that from personal experience, too.
 
There's not much to quote here because the whole piece, pardon the pun, has images I can't share legally. However, whether or not it's SFW is questionable. I wouldn't fire anyone for reading a link like this. It's not porn (unless you talk to Sarah Palin), but I usually warn readers in advance.
 
 Tom is one of four brothers who all play Rugby for the same team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs. And they are all wickedly hot.
 
Yes, indeed. You'll enjoy all the photos.
 
 
 
 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

TaskRabbit.com; Nuns Fire Lesbian Teacher; Pits and Pervs and Pride; Gay/Straight Celebrity Bromances

TaskRabbit.com

When I first heard about Taskrabbit.com I thought about Fiverr.com, and the posts I've written on that topic. The difference between the two web sites is simple. One is for outsourcing and the other is more entertainment oriented. For example, at fiverr you can hire someone for five dollars to sing you a song, do a dance in his underwear outside an old outhouse, or write you a book review. (As long as the person hired reads the book I see nothing wrong with it. I've never done it for my books, but Kirkus Reviews charges five hundred dollars to write book reviews and I don't see much difference between them and Fiverr.)  At taskrabbit.com you hire people to do things you don't really want to do yourself. And from what I gather you can hire people to just about anything and it doesn't cost all that much.

Here's a list of some of the things people will do:

     Wait in line for the new iPhone
  • Wrap my coworker’s desk in tin foil
  • Deliver my Christmas gifts around the city
  • Deliver dinner to my sick friend
  • Decorate my house for the holidays
  • Help me propose to my girlfriend
  • Help me design and assemble my nursery
  • Put together my new bedroom furniture
  • Help me clean out my closet, sell items on eBay

  • You can read more about it here. It's an interesting concept, and it's free to join, unlike Angie's list. For busy authors this could be invaluable just for managing social media alone. And while it doesn't look like it's as much fun as Fiverr, it certainly can be if you decide to wrap your coworker's desk in tin foil.  Or, maybe get a man to kill that big spider.

    Nuns Fire Lesbian Teacher

    This article to which I'm linking is long, detailed, and filled with interesting facts. It's not just about a group of nuns firing a teacher for being a lesbian. But I'm focusing on that one topic here...the nuns firing the teacher, because I've become jaded with this kind of mindset and the shame it promotes to all gay people...especially those who have not come out yet.

    So it was a shock to many when the IHM-sponsored all-girls Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., fired longtime chemistry teacher Barb Webb, a lesbian whose pregnancy through nontraditional means goes against Catholic teachings. The outcry over Webb's dismissal was passionate — and voluminous.

    Now, the sisters who oversee Marian say they don't want what happened to Webb to happen again to any of their employees.

    "We want to make sure the gospel values and our values are lived out at the school," said Sister Mary Jane Herb, president of the 377-member IHM order and a onetime Marian teacher and vice principal.

    I find this personally interesting because I went through 12 years of Catholic school and saw plenty of same sex situations that were always covered up. I might have told this story before, but, in short, when Tony and I were first together we had three gay friends. Three gay men in a three-way long term relationship. We never asked questions. They all seemed to work it out together. But there was something odd about them. They never actually mentioned what they did for a living. They kept us all guessing for years. They even joked around that they were spies. There was always a great deal of money being tossed around in a carefree way. Until one day I found out by accident one was a high ranking bishop in the Catholic church, the other was his monsignor, and the third was just their younger kept lover. These people were not Catholic priests who left the priesthood. They were practicing priests, with parishes, in close contact with Rome because of their positions, and were living double lives in the most furtive way I've ever seen. If that doesn't say it all about hypocrisy, I'm not sure what does. And that story is not rumor. I knew these people personally. I don't bother with them anymore. I don't see how you can have it both ways.

    You can read the full piece here. And before anyone decides to comment in support of the Catholic church on this topic, please understand that I've been through it all before on this topic. I know many Catholics support gays, but the church itself doesn't...at least not openly. The only thing new I could experience with being gay and the Catholic church would be a welcome with full acceptance, not just a condescending we'll pray for you. That guilt doesn't work for me anymore. It might work for you, but not for me.

    Pits and Pervs and Pride

    There's a new film titled, Pride, out in Britain that's about an unlikely alliance formed about 30 years ago between gays, lesbians, and miners. Margaret Thatcher's government ordered the closure of 70 mines, which sparked a controversy that lasted for one year. Gays and lesbians came together to raise financial support for the miners.

    Deprived of income from their jobs and of benefits from the government, many families in the collieries were struggling to scrape by.

    In the end Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) offered the money to miners in the South Wales valleys.

    Mike Jackson of LGSM was in the first group to meet David Donovan of the Neath, Swansea and Dulais Valley Mineworkers.

    While the movement was bigger than two individuals, without them, much of what followed may never have happened.

    Donovan told GSN: ‘LGSM brought together disparate lesbian and gay women and men around London in a common cause to help the striking families in Wales.

    It's a long uplifting article about two very different groups pulling together to gain power and support. The film looks excellent and I'll be looking for it. You can read it all here.

    Gay/Straight Celebrity Bromances

    I find this highly entertaining because it shows how little the mainstream knows about gay men, especially web sites that discuss gay books and gay men as if they're lab rats. I have straight male friends, always have, and I'm not the least bit attracted to them sexually. The dynamics between straight men and gay men in a friendship has changed and evolved, and is probably one of the most underestimated topics around today.

    This article about Andy Cohen and his straight best friend is worth reading if you're interested in learning more about gay men and their straight friends.

    Perhaps straight men have let down their guards after figuring out that not every gay guy wants to sleep with them. Or perhaps gay and straight guys alike have simply realized that, at the end of the day, the sexual attractions of your friends don’t matter. Sex is irrelevant to friendship.

    Whatever the reason, there seems to be a whole new comfort level between the orientations.

    You can read more here, with photos of other gay men and their straight male friends. What actually worries me more than anything is the topic of gay men and their stereotypical girlfriends who like to exchange make up tips and go shopping together. I have plenty of good women friends, too, but we don't braid each other's hair, and we don't shop for shoes together.

    Just think about all the things you learned about gay men on TV shows like Sex and the City and try to block them out of your mind forever.


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    Sunday, September 28, 2014

    Tasteless Gay Sex Joke; Gays Deserting Facebook; Ellora's Cave Sues DearAuthor/Jane Litte

    Tasteless Gay Sex Joke

    An Australian singer, Rob Mills, posted a photo on Instagram that many are referring to as a tasteless homophobic reference to gay sex. It seems Mills was watching football and when one team lost he posted a photo of two plastic dolls engaging in what appears to be anal sex. The losing team is the bottom, and the winner is on top.

    He added the hashtags #hilarious and #criticssaidwhaaaaaat.

    This prompted several critics on social media to hit out at the star for offensive views about gay sex.

     ‘It equates receiving anal sex with being beaten or losing - that is homophobic,’ said @erinrileyau.

     ‘Shame on you @RobMillsyMills for instagramming that vile, homophobic lego picture about the Swans v Hawthorn. I thought better of you,’ tweeted @bec_barrett.

     ‘@RobMillsyMills Yeah nah, Millsy. Not cool. You're supposed to be a friend of the rainbow community!’ said @katiemelb.

    Mills has since removed the photo from his account, and published an apology on his website.

    You can read more here. He really did go out of his way to apologize. But I think the bigger point here is that the LGBTI community deserves the same respect, and the same form of PC enlightenment other minorities receive. And I've reached the point where I won't tolerate any form of homophobic slur, not even if it's passive aggressive.

    Gays Deserting Facebook

    I've posted about the most recent FB issue with the LGBTI community with respect to FB not allowing drag queens to use stage names in their profiles. FB claims it wants every user to have a profile with a real identity. I'm still not getting this totally, and I've been a FB user since they started. I happen to use my real name, but I would estimate that 90% of the thousands of FB friends I have don't. That's what I don't get. In all the years I've been on FB I've only had one or two incidents, and one was with some wing nut who DID use his real name. For the most part, I haven't seen many issues in my circles. Why start all this now if it's been going on all along? My poor friend Barry who has FB stock isn't too thrilled about it either.

    In retaliation, gays are allegedly going to other social media sites.

    A new social network is enjoying a surge of new users, as many people are deserting their Facebook accounts due to their controversial name change policy.

    Ello is an ad-free, invitation only social network which was established in 2013. It is now being hailed by some as the ‘anti-Facebook’, and has seen many new users from the LGBTI community.

    You can read more about this here. The comments are interesting, too.

    Ellora's Cave Sues DearAuthor/Jane Litte

    Update Below*

    I'm only posting this as basic information right now because I don't feel qualified to make any comments. I have no personal association with either party. And frankly, it's not big enough or newsworthy enough for me to research in depth.

    So here you go. Journalism 101 for freshmen year college students:

    Who: digital publisher, Ellora's Cave, took legal action against, Dear Author, and blogger, Jane Litte.

    What: it's a $25,000 lawsuit for defamation, to legally force the blogger to cease posting about Ellora's Cave, and to force the blogger to reveal her anonymous sources.

    Where: the lawsuit was filed in Ohio.

    When: last week.

    And...

    Why: A blog post was published on Dear Author, written by Jane Litte, titled The Curious Case of Ellora's Cave.

    For me to post any personal commentary without knowing the facts would be highly mendacious of me with respect to both parties involved in this case...and to all of those associated with both parties. I'm an American; I believe in due process.

    I do, however, think cases like this are significant to bloggers with respect to shield laws...and to future cases like this that should, and will, arise.

    *Update: I actually found a link to an LA Times piece that I think discusses this topic objectively. You can get there from here.

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    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Stealing a Likeness; Tyler Ferugson's Humiliating Coming Out; Top 10 Gay Tumblr; Grindr Police Entrapment

    Stealing a Likeness

    I've gone on record before stating that I think pen names are, and always have been, important to authors in every single genre. Ryan Field is my real name; my photo on the sidebar and wherever else I post it on social media is my likeness. But I have used pen names on certain occasions when working on projects outside my comfort zone.  Pen names, for me, are more bother than they're worth. But I still believe they are important for many authors, especially those writing erotic romance of any kind.

    I only wanted to get that out of the way to make this one point clear: using a pen name is a completely different thing than using someone's likeness without his permission. Because it is, indeed, illegal to use anyone's likeness without permission, in writing.

    In a victory for college athletes, a federal court of appeals ruled in favor of former Rutgers University starting quarterback Ryan Hart in his case against gamemaker Electronics Arts (EA) who used his likeness in its popular NCAA Football video game without his permission.

    For me, stealing a likeness...even if it's a random photo on google of a hot young guy...without permission is like stealing someone's soul. It's about as low as low gets.

    If you can get permission to use someone's likeness and you want to try to pull that off, I wish you luck. From what I've always seen, the most successful authors who use pen names always focus on their book covers and leave their images to the imagination. But more important, it shouldn't really matter what an author looks like. It's not about the author's image, it's about the author's work.

    Tyler Ferguson's Humiliating Coming Out

    I don't think there's a gay man out there who can't relate to this story. I also think it's an important lesson for those straight people who think they know it all about gay men to pay attention to. Up until recently we didn't get a normal adolescence like straight people. We didn't date 14 year old boys when we were 14 because that would have been laughable and scandalous...mostly shameful. While other straight teenage guys were trying to get into backseats with teenage girls we gay men were left to one thing: porn. And that's only if we were lucky enough to find a place that had gay porn. Yes. I said porn. I'll repeat that for those of you straight people who know all there is about gay men even though you aren't gay. PORN.

    Before I digress and wind up on a completely different topic (because this irritates me so much lately) here's a link that talks about Tyler Ferguson's experience with stealing porn when he was 14 years old, and then getting caught. I don't think there's anything more embarrassing or traumatic for a young gay man, because it's pushing him forward and forcing him to come out long before he's ready. Ferguson speaks about this lightly, and I give him credit for that, but I know deep down how he must have felt because it was my worst fear when I was a teenager hiding the porn under my rug.

    'I had been stealing porn and I had three magazines underneath my shirt, so tucked into my pants and my shirt over the magazines,' he said.

    'I guess a certain magazine that I had picked up had a little sensor in it and I set off the alarm and I had to go back to the woman who asked me if I had anything in my backpack.

    'She was giving me the benefit of the doubt, she was like, "Did you forget to pay for something? Maybe something fell into your backpack?"

    'I couldn't be like, "Some porn fell inside my pants!" Instead, I lifted up my shirt and I had tears in my eyes and she took me to the back room.

    'They brought my dad in, showed him the nature of the material that I was stealing,...it was really, really humiliating.'

    Now THAT'S a real gay story about coming of age and humiliation. You can read the rest here.


    Top 10 Gay Tumblr

    I think one of the things I like most about Tumblr is that I don't see the cheese I often see on Facebook. In fact, I think the cheese I see on Facebook is the main reason why it's my least favorite social media. On Tumblr ( or even Twitter) I find it's easier to control what I'm seeing and doing, and I don't have to suffer through the visual of someone's hideous winner chicken bacon dinner if I don't want to.

    Tumblr is different in this sense, too:

    We’ve compiled a list of our favorite gay interest Tumblrs for you to follow covering the breadth of what the system has to offer. Well, most of the breadth. Due to our charter, some excellent Tumblrs that have nudity and R+ related content didn’t make the cut. But finding those really isn’t that difficult, and we’re sure you can manage. And we bet you have favorites of your own you’d like to share in the comments.

    You can read more about this here.

    Of course I have a few favorites. I'm going to make a point of putting together a post with links on this soon.

     Grindr Police Entrapment

    This article about gay men dealing with police entrapment on Grindr is for Egyptian users. But I find it interesting because this kind of entrapment has been going on in the US for decades...or longer. A cop will lure an unsuspecting gay man into a sexual situation and right before anything happens the gay man is arrested and he didn't even know what hit him. In most cases, in the US, they bait gay men with hot young undercover cops who drive sports cars.

    In any event, this is what's happening on Grindr:

    That was enough to get Grindr to implement a warning message when users open the app. Seen in the screen-grab above, it reads:
    “Speak Safely — Egypt is arresting LGBT people, and police may be posing as LGBT on social media to entrap you. Please be careful about arranging meetings with people you don’t know, and be careful about posting anything that might reveal your identity.”
    Of course there haven't been any confirmed arrests, but how many confirmed arrests like this do you ever hear about in the US? Who's going to admit it? And yet it happens all the time. Very few gay men will ever challenge something like this for fear of shame and exposure...even those who are openly gay.

    You can read more here.

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    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Release Day: Too Hard to Handle; Gay Prison Sex; Philly Gay Bashing Suspects; Most Evil Women in History;

    Release Day: Too Hard to Handle

    Another book in the Glendora Hill series, Too Hard to Handle, is coming out tomorrow (I hope) and I'll post the links as I get them. I know I've explained before how the launch of e-books can get tricky sometimes and it's not like the release day of a print book where they unpack the boxes and set the books up on shelves. I've had release days with digital books where servers have done down, web sites have crashed, and sometimes larger places like Amazon just take their time. On the rare occasion, everyday life can hinder a launch if someone gets sick. It happens and I've learned to expect anything. But I will update with all the info as I get it, and you can always e-mail me with questions. My e-mail is on the sidebar in the about section.

    This particular book in the series was interesting to write because the entire book is told from Sebastian's son's POV. This is a stand alone and it can be read alone, but in conjunction with the series it picks up after Kick's rough trade boyfriend has a motorcycle accident. I can't say anymore without spoilers.


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    Gay Prison Sex

    This article is fascinating because it debunks the age old concept that gay prison sex almost always involves forced rape. Frankly, I could live without the left wing commentary, but the topic in general is on target with regard to the dynamics about how gay prison sex actually works.

    It's complicated in the sense that there is rape culture involved in some cases, at least a certain kind of rape culture with respect to men this time. It comes through intimidation, victimization, and in the simplest form, bullying. But there are a few different dynamics that a lot of people don't know about. I've actually heard this discussed before and everything adds up.

    Here's an excerpt from the article, from a book titled, A Gentleman's Guide to Sex in Prison.

    Openly gay men are not as oppressed as one might fear. The feminine ones are often desired, and there is quite a bit of prostitution going on. I once saw oral sex performed in exchange for two cigarettes and a honey bun, a bargain offered by Dirty Tommy, who told people he had “the AIDS” as soon as they met him. There are many transsexuals (still called “shemales” in the system), especially in the maxes, for some reason. Some truly look like women, and as a consequence they are well taken care of by their admirers. Others just look like men with breast implants. There was one called Grandma who was quite a fright, but apparently had customers anyway, because his dentures came out. The old-timers call these guys “lizards” and have nothing to do with them, but the younger guys who grew up with Will and Grace and so forth are more easygoing about it.

    You can read the rest here. Considering the highly controversial gay prison sex fantasy in adult entertainment, it's a topic that is not without controversy...as you will see from the comment thread.

    Philly Gay Bashing Suspects

    Here's more about the suspects that turned themselves in with regard to the gay bashing incident in Philadelphia last week that went viral nationwide. So far, three have turned themselves in and I'm not sure whether or not there will be more. One of them is the daughter of a police chief in Chalfont, PA...only about six miles away from where we live in New Hope. I know Chalfont is gay friendly because I have gay friends who live there. It's not as progressive or artistic as New Hope, but the suspect is not a reflection on her community.

    Here's something about the woman charged, Kathryn Knott, who is the one from Chalfont, PA.

    A Twitter account listed as belonging to Kathryn Knott, 24, who surrendered to authorities Wednesday along with Phillip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, not only shows confidential photos of patients' X-rays while working in an emergency room but tweets about getting drunk and "ew" gays.

    "the ppl we were just dancing with just turned and [made] out with [each] other #gay #ew," Knott tweeted in March, 2012.

    She additionally appears to have used homophobic hashtags like #dyke and described a taxi cab driver as "shouting some jihad s--t," according to a collection of tweets posted on website,

    Neighbors were questioned and refused to comment, other than saying they weren't surprised to hear she's part of this.

    You can read more here, where there are photos of the two young men charged. I would like to think this will set an example to the rest of the bullies out there who have something against gays. Be afraid. That's right. We deserve to walk down the street anywhere in America without having to worry about getting beaten, bashed, or called names.

    Most Evil Women in History

    Men always seem to get the most attention when it comes to crime and the most vicious acts in society. In an ironic sense, women criminals are often discriminated against. I think that should be balanced out. In an attempt to disabuse people of this sexist stereotype, this next link will lead you to photos of some of the most evil women in history. These women are more along the lines of Mary Ann Cotton, the old fashioned killers who went after people with their own names. I thought it was interesting.

    When Mary Ann found out that she would receive payments for the death of a family member, she wasted no time. She murdered 21 people via arsenic poisoning, 12 of which were her own children. She also killed several husbands and even her own mother just to make a quick buck.

    You can see the rest here.





    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Emma Watson Nude Photo Hoax; Big Brother 15 David Girton Full Frontal Nudity; SF Gay Sex Clubs Going Extinct

    Emma Watson Nude Photo Hoax

    In a more complicated story about the nude celebrity photo leaks recently, this one about Emma Watson is really a lot more serious than I think most people realize. It combines feminist discrimination, privacy issues, and censorship...plus a few more. In short, Emma Watson delivered a speech on feminism and a group called 4chan didn't like it. In response, 4chan allegedly planned to release nude photos of Watson. There was a special Watson web site launched, with a countdown to the release of the nude photos. Somehow a group called Rantic got involved and they made things even more complicated. I'm still unsure about whether or not the photos were released.

    Rantic wrote an open letter to the President:

     "We have been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this disgusting issue to attention. The recent 4chan celebrity nude leaks in past 2 months have been an invasion of privacy and is also clear indication that the internet NEEDS to be censored. Every Facebook like, share & Twitter mention will count as a social signature -- and will be one step closer to shutting down www.4chan.org. "

    You can read the entire piece here. The thing that worries me the most is the part about censorship.

    Big Brother 15 David Girton Full Frontal Nudity

    Well over a year ago I did a few posts about racism and gaycism on Big Brother 15, issues that really turned a lot of people off on the show. It got great ratings, but at what future expense? I haven't felt the same about BB since then. Which is a shame, because I think the game itself is fascinating. This season has been tame in comparison to BB 15 and it was pleasantly reminiscent of the game when it first aired over a decade ago. I think all BB fans hope this continues.

    In any event, here's a link to an article about David Girton who happened to be a BB houseguest during season 15...the racist season. I don't even remember him because he was one of the first voted off...if not the first. He's recently gained attention from his unusual tweets and the personal full frontal nude shots he's been posting on twitter. He has over 22K followers and he's only following 228 people. They aren't following him because of his clever, witty tweets.

    We can’t say he was on our radar for long (or at all), but here he is now, posting fully nude dick pics, wearing women’s panties, cruising for a dick to suck and seeking weed on Twitter. Consider him back on our radar.
     
    There’s really no explanation for what caused Girton to turn his profile into a XXX paradise, but some things are best left unexplained, right?
     
    Of course there's an explanation. He wants attention and this is the only way he'll ever get it. Why gloss over it? Frankly, I've seen authors do far worse in my time. At least Girton's up front and honest about it.
     
     
     
    SF Gay Sex Clubs Going Extinct

    Here's an article about San Francisco gay sex clubs becoming extinct, which if history repeats itself shouldn't surprise anyone. A great deal of gay culture is changing and the gay bar is nothing at all like it used to be unless you go to select places in the US where there is a small concentration of gay men holding on to what they've always known. At one time, not more than fifteen years ago, we had three gay bars in New Hope and all were destinations for gay men coming from as far away as Connecticut and Washington, D.C. on weekends. We have one bar left, and it's mostly a mixed crowd now. Interestingly, we have probably more gay men...couples...living in the area than ever before. Tony and I have neighbors that back up to our property on the west side who are gay and we've never actually met them.

    This article says there are five reasons why these sex clubs are going extinct. Here's one:

    Hookup apps
    Apps like Grindr, Jack’d and SCRUFF have revolutionized how we go about finding Mr. Right Now. Once upon a time, gay men relied on bathhouses and sex clubs to meet one another. These days we’re all about efficiency and location, location, location. With just the swipe of a finger, your next paramour can be in your bedroom in five minutes flat. No more driving across town and paying a $20 entrance fee.

    I think that's the biggest and most important reason...the Internet.

    You can read the rest here. I wonder how I'll be posting about this topic five years from now.

     
    Cowboy Howdy
     
    by Ryan Field
     
     
     

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Naked Crossfit Anyone? Senator Jim Ferlo Comes Out; Naked Warwick Rowers; 5 Rimming Tips

    Naked Crossfit Anyone?

    The other day I was on social media for a few minutes and I spotted an update on FB that made a claim that FB would be charging people to join on a monthly basis in November. At first, my instinct was to laugh because I don't think I'd pay to be on FB even if they only charged a dollar a month...50 cents would be too much. The comment thread on the update grew fierce and I started to wonder if the article was true. I never forgot the time I shared an update about Marty McFly and Back to the Future that wasn't true.

    Ultimately, I did a check and the FB update about FB charging fees turned out to be a hoax that went viral, and it's not the first time that's happened with that topic. That same FB story has been going around for a couple of years. So when I spotted this article about naked Crossfit classes I got the same feeling I did about the FB update, and sure enough, fake, fake as ever.

    Here's the original article about naked Crossfit...which has never been updated.

    A CrossFit gym called Spartan Mentality in Aarhus Denmark, is offering its gym-goers a nude CrossFit workout session on Sunday evenings, according to The Gaily Grind.

    But then I found this article that claims it's a hoax. 

    But sadly the news that a gym in Aarhus is offering these workouts, which is going viral as we speak, is no more real than that Terminator scene.

    It all started with an article in the Gaily Grind yesterday (while the story is a hoax, that apparently exists) that was soon picked up by the Huffington Post and many, many more.

    My point here is simple: beware of anything you see that sounds as if it's too peculiar to be true. It probably is a hoax. And be even more careful about clicking links on any social media that sound as if they are too interesting to be true, you could wind up with a virus. I know people who have paid hundreds of dollars to tech people thanks to those links.

    To be fair, Gaily Grind did update their article, stating it was all a hoax. You can read that here.

    Now if we could only get a few bloggers in romanceland to stop printing hearsay.

    Senator Jim Ferlo Comes Out

    I actually watched this unfold on my local Philadelphia news station this evening, and I felt almost the same way I did when I watched NJ Governor, Jim McGreevey, come out on TV during a press conference years ago. Only this time Sen. Ferlo came out with a smile on his face, without a hint of shame, and there wasn't a hint of defense on his part. I honestly never thought I would see that come to pass in my lifetime.

    Flanked by members of Philadelphia’s LGBT community and out Rep. Brian Sims, Ferlo told a crowd of LGBT supporters that “hundreds of people know I’m gay. I just never made an official declaration.”
     
    Speaking for the first time as Pennsylvania’s first openly gay senator, Ferlo added: “I never felt I had to wear a billboard on my forehead. But I’m gay. Get over it. I love it. It’s a great life.”
     
    For those of you who haven't come out yet, that just about says it all.
     
    You can read more here. Ferlo and others were fighting to push Senate Bill 42 and House Bill 177 in order to get protection for LGBT people who are not protected under state hate crime laws as they stand. This is all in direct response to the gay bashing that recently took place in Philadelphia...
     
    Today, six days after assailants in the crime were identified, there have been no arrests made. We’ve been reporting that even when if they are, they will not be hate-related as the state’s current hate crime law does not recognize hate crimes as LGBT-inclusive.

    However, there has been an update since that was written. Three people have been charged in the Philadelphia gay bashing incident, all from right here in Bucks County, PA. But NOT from New Hope. Bucks County is large, and going from New Hope to some parts of the county is like going from New York to Mississippi.

    District Attorney Seth Williams said Tuesday that charges have been approved for three of them, 24-year-olds Philip Williams and Katherine Knott and 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, all of suburban Bucks County.

    "This vicious attack shocked the entire country. An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia," the district attorney said in a statement.
     
     
    Naked Warwick Rowers
     
    There's a new crowdfund video out with the naked Warwick Rowers that everyone's talking about.
     
    Not only are these Grecian statues absurdly easy on the eyes, their annual calendar raises money to combat homophobia in sports. So double win.
     
    You can check out the video here. It's a little lame because the TV people say dumb things, as usual. But still worthy of a glance, so to speak.
     
    5 Rimming Tips

    The title of this part of the post is self-explanatory and I'm not going to elaborate much. It talks about the act/art of anal oral sex and offers five tips, plus, on how to do it correctly. It mentions nothing about holding your nose.

    Here's one, verbatim:

    1. Clean out your ass. It is important to shower before getting your can canoodled. Stick a wet finger into your anus to eliminate fecal remnants from your pucker, or you can use an enema for a thorough rectal rinsing.

    Now doesn't that sound inviting? Well, the rest are even more interesting. Sorry, it's just not something I'm into and I don't even use it in sex scenes in books too often. I have done it, but it's never easy to write because I'm holding my nose for the character performing the act in the book.

    But, there are a few more tips, in addition to the first five and I don't want to be remiss. This list is about the best position for the receiver:

    1. Sit on your partners face. (and smile)

    8. Suspending yourself upside down, open your legs in a V formation. (just be careful)

    And here are a few tips for the giver:

    1. Use your breath. Blow warm air onto the anus and the skin surrounding it, or just hover above and breathe against it.

    Just to be clear, this is not blowing smoke up someone's ass. That's a metaphor. What they're talking about is real.

    And, I would imagine rimming young ass is probably better than old ass, but don't quote me on that. I don't have the slightest clue on this one.

    You can read the rest here.



    .99 Gay Romance
     
    Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street
     
     
    by Ryan Field
     
     
     
     
    

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Where's That Dildo 2; Jeff Bezos' Little Amazon Campfire; David Burtka Solo Cabaret Act

    Where's That Dildo 2

    Here's a follow up on a post I did previously on a project where they take a dildo and hide it in a subtle place in a room, and then they take a photo, post it, and people have to find the dildo.

    Are you surprised that it's already catching fire?
    We thought the idea had a lot of potential from the start just because everyone loves Where's Waldo and everyone loves a good dick joke, and this is a combination of the two that's simultaneously childish and very adult. However, the actual public response has definitely exceeded any expectations we had when this started and is great encouragement to push Subtle Dildo even further.

    So who are the "we" behind Subtle Dildo?
    We're a group of 20-somethings that all live together and work in varied, separate fields. We don't think our names are all that important when it comes to Subtle Dildo.

    So far they claim they've had all positive responses. Maybe they did for all we know. I think it's interesting as a human nature project.  I also think it's interesting they won't use their names. It seems to be the typical mind set these days.

    You can read more here.

    Jeff Bezos' Little Amazon Campfire

    I'll bet most authors I know didn't even realize that every year Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, has a highly guarded, secretive event where he invites the most elite authors. They fly in on private jets and pull up in limos. It's held at an exclusive resort in Santa Fe, NM. Most of the authors sound as if they're from big publishing houses...the old guard of old publishing, and THE most privileged of us all. But it's so highly protected no one speaks its name...so to speak...and like everything else Amazon related Bezos wants to keep it that way.

    But this year there's been so much controversy over the Amazon/Hachette issue about book pricing some didn't attend, and some didn't even get invited. Some are even talking about it, in a lame attempt to break the Amazon secrecy.

    Some repeat Campfire attendees who have supported Hachette in the dispute say they were not invited this year. Others say they are having second thoughts about going. The event has become as divisive as the fight.
     
    “My guess is a lot of writers turned it down this year,” said James Patterson, who attended last year’s festivities. Mr. Patterson, whose novels are published by Hachette, gave a speech in May, when he warned that Amazon needed to be stopped “by law if necessary, immediately.” 
     
    You can read the rest here.
     
    I wonder if they play hide the dildo at THIS event. Might do them all some good.
     
    David Burtka Solo Cabaret Act
     
    David Burtka is Neil Patrick Harris' husband, and he's been in the background for the length of their marriage/relationship. That's about to change now, with Burtka taking on his own solo act in New York next month. Harris is directing it.
     
    That chance will come in November when Burtka stars in a solo cabaret act entitled Burtka, David at 54 Below in New York City on 25 and 26 November.
    The show will be directed by Harris who directed the Hollywood Bowl production of Rent a few years back.

    It's being promoted as a show that's unlike any cabaret act before, which is interesting to me because I not a huge fan of typical cabaret, torch songs, or any kind of show tunes. But this looks like it could be different.

    In any event, you can read more here. There's also a link to the night club web site with a video of Burtka and Harris performing together. I watched it and I LOVE it. They're great together and it's not without humor and a little classic camp.

    Side note: I love the remark about Burtka being Harris' new "hubby." I know that's cheesy magazine talk for cute and adorable, but seriously, these guys have been together sharing their lives for over ten years.


    Cowboy Howdy
     
    by Ryan Field
     
     
     
    Amazon Review: Do you know who you are? What you are? Howdy finds out in college, when he meets his roommate. We become what's expected of us. What is right or wrong in life? What is love? Who do you supposed to love in life? Find out in COWBOY HOWDY. A great book, too short, but great!
     
    

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Neil Patrick Harris: Lady and the Tramp; Neil Patrick Harris Wedding Tears; Mr. Gay Iceland Raped


    Neil Patrick Harris Lady and the Tramp

    If you like schmaltz, you'll love this one (I do...like schmaltz). Neil Patrick Harris and husband did a video parodying the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. I saw a tweet about this same scene the other day, totally unrelated to Harris, and I was amazed at how many people didn't even get it.

    In any event...

    But what is getting the most attention is the adorable reenactment Harris and Burtka do of the classic spaghetti eating scene from the animated Disney film Lady and the Tramp.
     
    Harris is also promoting a book I probably won't get a chance to read. I usually wait for reviews to see what's in any celebrity bio or memoir. It's got to be a little edgy to keep my attention, and I've been burned too many times by celeb books that weren't, that I thought were a complete waste of time and money (big publishers). Tell me something I didn't know before, like Barbra Walters did in her book. I'll still be watching Harris' book.  
     
     
    Neil Patrick Harris Wedding Tears
     
    I didn't want to turn this entire post into a Neil Patrick Harris tribute, but this is also the kind of schmaltz I love...because it's true. Harris admits to getting very emotional during his wedding vows.
     
    'It was so crazy,' he told Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg during an interview this week on The View.
    'When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, "Come on, pull it together." Then when you're standing there and it's you, you can't help but get super duper choked up.'

    And that's exactly how it works. I didn't think I'd get emotional during our wedding, especially because we had a film crew shooting the entire thing. I thought I'd be a nervous wreck. In fact, I was sorry I'd agreed to do it. As it turned out, I was gone the moment we started reciting the vows. The film crew was wonderful and I forgot they were even there. The magnitude of it all just hits, especially when you been together for over twenty years, and something weird happens that's hard to explain.

    You can read more here.

    Mr. Gay Iceland Raped

    These stories interest me because for so long male rape has been ignored and pushed under the proverbial rug. And the fact is that male rape is relevant and damaging, and the shame that goes along with it. In this next link Mr. Gay Iceland, Troy J√≥nsson,  talks about how he was raped as a child by his brother's friend.

    You can read the entire story here. This is just a small excerpt of the detailed experience, quoted exactly as it was published.

    He told me “just bend over, bend over” and I said “no, no” and he put his hand on my shoulder and bent me over and said “I promise it won’t hurt, just try it”. And he had inserted and I was like, “this really hurts, I can’t do with it” but he kept repeating “just go with it, just go with it”.’

    The rape lasted less than five minutes.

    ‘He was in control, he was “just go with it, it’s not going to hurt, stop complaining”. But you could see how scared he was. He was very afraid he would be discovered.

    It really does hurt, even when you're an adult and you're not sure what you're doing. It takes a while to figure out how to do it so you can enjoy it and it doesn't hurt, especially with highly aggressive men. I can't even imagine how horrible it would be to be forced into doing it that way. But I hope more men who've been assaulted this way...and have been assaulted by women because that happens, too...continue to speak up about it.

     
    .99 Gay Romance
     
    Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street
     
     
    by Ryan Field
     
     
     
     


    A real, honest Amazon review for Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street that wasn't paid for or gamed to build the Amazon Rating...






    4.0 out of 5 stars JONAH SWEET OF DELANCEY STREET, January 23, 2013
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    This review is from: Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street (Kindle Edition)
    Ryan Field, writes good stories. A story about someone who fails at everything, he has no light at the end of the tunnel. He lives with his parents, he has no hope in life. Read the book, you will love it.

    

     
     

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Derek Jeter and Rim Jobs; Clay Aiken on Naked Selfies; Philly Gay Bashing

    Derek Jeter and Rim Jobs

    This isn't earth shattering, but ass is ass and people seem interested in ass. Pro baseball player, Derek Jeter, *allegedly** enjoys getting a good rim job every now and then. So much he gives orders during the process, so to speak.

    Straight men everywhere are finally opening up to the wonders of anal pleasure and discovering the many uses for their buttholes —  booty eating” is now a thing among them, which means we should expect to hear more stories about celebrity men on the forefront of this fascinating renaissance. Right? Right.

    Frankly, I'm not sure why the author of this article seems so shocked that straight people like rim jobs...and know about them. I remember reading a biography of a former President of the United States who tended to fool around a lot during a time when those things were almost always overlooked and silenced. He allegedly fooled around with a famous Hollywood actress, and as the story went, the actress rimmed him. This dates back decades. I won't mention names even though it was in the book, but just so you don't get totally freaked out with a visual it was not Richard Nixon.

    My point is that rimming is NOT exclusive to the gay community. In fact, it's NOT something I'm all that fond of personally. I won't even eat cheese that smells like ass. I also know plenty more gay men who will agree with me. If you don't believe me, go ask James Franco.

    You can read more here. This info is questionable, and from a tweet that's definitely a perfect example of hearsay.

    Clay Aiken on Naked Selfies

    When the nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were leaked I posted about them here, with a short commentary about Perez Hilton.

    I said this about the photos:

    Frankly, I find it interesting that Jennifer Lawrence has dirty pictures of herself on her phone. You can search my phone and you won't see on nude photos of me or anyone else. And it's not because I'm a prude. I just know what I'm doing. If you don't want nude photos of yourself floating around in a cloud have the good sense of a goose and don't take them.

    And now it seems as if Clay Aiken agrees with me. Interesting. Two gay guys are now shunning nude photos on phones and according the Christians we're the bad guys, and we're the sinners. Just interesting.

    Aiken said this:

    Clay Aiken, the former American Idol runner-up now running for Congress in North Carolina, says celebrities victimized by the recent nude photo hacking scandal and “anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserve exactly what they get.”

    You can read more here. The article gets a little catty, but I think the point still remains the same. Don't want nude pics leaked from your phone. Don't take nude pics of your ass and leave them on your phone. Plain and simple, male or female.

    Philly Gay Bashing

    There's another witness now who is speaking up about the horrendous gay bashing that happened last week in one of Philadelphia's nicest neighborhoods. This particular witness happened to be looking out of his third floor window and he watched the event unfold, first hand.

    Here's some of what he saw:

    Do you have a sense of what set this off?

     It seemed to me that the two larger guys were fed up with what the other guys were saying, and one of the victims was pushing one of the women away, but just a little bit. And I could also hear some slurs like “fucking faggot” and I also heard someone say “I am sick of this fucking faggot.” If you saw the victims, they were small, not as large as the two guys. And then, it happened so quickly, one of the victims is lying unconscious, bleeding from the head. There wound up being a one- to two-foot puddle of blood where he was hit and knocked unconscious. He wasn’t moving. There was a blood stain on the ground until it rained two days later.


    I'd like to know what constitutes anyone using that kind of violence on another human being for something so minor? So far, there has yet to be an arrest in this case. Some I wondering if there ever will be an arrest.

    More here.

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    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    James Franco's Orals; Doubdickdude's Video; President Obama on Joan Rivers

    James Franco's Orals

    Sorry, this isn't about James Franco and Gay oral sex. I wish it were, but it's not. But he would have taken advantage of that title so I figured why not do it myself.

    The title is not completely misleading. James Franco did do orals this week, at Yale University. I don't have any links to give because the media seems to go dead when Franco actually does something that most people would think is worthy. Maybe there will be a few, but as of right now I didn't see anything.

    But I did see this. It's a link to Franco's fracebook page where he's standing with a group of what I assume are professors, posting about passing his orals. It's one of his better images because it's real...no Beyonc√© photo shopping deal there.

    You see, this is the kind of thing that frustrates me most about Franco. He does five or six dumb things and gets all kind of attention for it...like shaving his head or getting a tattoo...and then he does something absolutely fantastic like this and he only promotes it on Facebook. I've done orals; they aren't easy.

    Of course most of the comments on the status update are congratulatory, but some devolve into the smut you'd expect, mostly laced with gay slurs. But that's not Franco's fault. It is what it is.

    Doubledickdude's Video

    A while back I posted about a guy with two penises, Doubledickdude. He made headlines and seems to be popular on Twitter. I follow him on Twitter and today I saw this. Oddly enough, and I swear this happened by accident, the post I did previously on Doubledickdude also involved James Franco and an open letter by someone from the Village Voice.

    And there's even an open letter in The Village Voice to James Franco about the guy with two penises.

    Let's get through the superficial reasons first. This magical male unicorn (er, twonicorn?) is anonymous, which I estimate will last about another week. But here's what we know about him so far: he's sex-positive, brave, bisexual, and in a committed relationship with a man and a woman who've given him permission to cheat -- but only with you.


    Well, I guess the author of THAT piece was wrong in one respect. Doubledickdude is still around, and a lot of people find him interesting. I do. But that piece was from the Village Voice and they used be a lot edgier than they are now. In fact, the Village Voice was once the Grindr of yesteryear in hard copy, where you could hook up with anyone for any kind of sex. I'm not sure if they still do that. But that's what it used to be.

    But I digress. Here's Doubledickdude's video. It is SFW. I'm not posting it here because Youtube is having issues sharing today. But I think it's interesting.

    President Obama on Joan Rivers

    A while back I also posted about a joke Joan Rivers made about the President and First Lady, with gay references. I can't find the link now, but it was a gay joke that sent some PC elite liberals into a tailspin, and I commented on it at the time. In any event, President Obama seems to have understood Joan Rivers' comedy and her brand of wit. So much that he wrote a letter to Melissa Rivers after Joan's death, in condolence.

    During the TV special tonight entitled, Fashion Police: Celebrating Joan, the comedy icon's daughter will read a handwritten letter she received from President Obama after her mother's death.

    Says Rivers in a preview clip: 'I received a letter from the White House from President Obama, someone who was often a target of her jokes, as was Mrs. Obama.'

    She then goes on to read from the letter: ‘Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.’

     Rivers then shared her own observation: 'I think that's one of the things people now are realizing. It wasn't just the funny, she made us think.'

    And that's really what it's all about.  You can read the rest here.

     
     
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    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Ben Affleck Slams Tabloids; Bryan Silva's Gay Porn; Cher Sued for Racism; Melissa Rivers Does Tribute to Joan

    Ben Affleck Slams Tabloids

    The entire link to this part of the post talks about a new film Ben Affleck is in called, "Gone Girl." The premise sounds interesting and you can read more about that with the link I'm posting below. But part of the article discusses how he feels about the tabloids. And frankly, I'm glad he's bringing the topic up. Nowadays writers are dealing with this same type of thing on a much smaller scale, especially genre authors. There are a few web sites that are notorious for exaggerating the truth, fabricating lies, and publishing sensationalized fiction about publishers and authors and they get a way with it just as the tabloids get away with the lies they print about celebrities. One shabby blogger who claims to be an attorney doesn't even publish his own content. He copies and pastes content from other bloggers and simply links. He gets hundreds of comments and I'm not even sure why or how he gets them.

    Affleck said this:

    "See, that's tabloid shit. That's all bullshit," Affleck protested. "They completely lie. I mean, I can show you 10 articles of Star and OK! -- those magazines feel totally comfortable absolutely fictionalizing every single element of the story. And there's nothing you can do about that. My only hope is that people with any common sense recognize that those stories are false. And, I don't know, there're worse stories ..."

    He's absolutely right, and I do think people know most of the content in these tabloids are outright lies...or highly exaggerated truths. But I often wonder if readers and other new authors know that gossip web sites like Absolutewrite and a few others I won't mention at this point are basically on the same level, and as unprofessional, as a sleazy tabloid.

    In any event, you can read more here. It always seems as if Affleck has taken more than his share of hits and I've never understood why. I've gained a new respect for him recently. He dated Jennifer Lopez years ago. Big deal. He's moved on with his life, started a family, and done some of the finest films produced in years.

    Bryan Silva's Gay Porn

    If you're not sure who Bryan Silva is you're not alone. He found fame on Vine, through a series of Vine posts I'm not even sure I understand. He's actually become fairly famous for doing pretty much nothing at all. He even did a gay porn film he seems to take fairly lightly. But he is gifted in one respect. You'll have to use your imagination with that one, and I did post a link to his twitter page below with a visual of his biggest gift, so to speak.

    He’s managed to extend his 15 minutes because at one point, he filmed hardcore gay porn for Next Door Studios under the name Max Payne. He tells Tosh in the interview below that performing in gay porn was actually “lame,” and that he’s (still) not with “that fufu lame shit.”
     
    Silva also explains his clearance for using the N-word, his chest tattoo, and where the famous “gratata” noise comes from. At around the 6:45 mark, he starts dancing (or having a seizure?).
     
    You can read more here, or at the link above. I think it's interesting from a pop culture POV. This summer watching Big Brother 16 several of the house guests were said to be "Youtube Stars." I guess that's kind of like a Davey Wavey? I guess it's possible for anyone to get that proverbial 15 minutes now...on youtube, vine, or wherever.
     
    But will it last? Here's his tumblr. Here's his twitter page, which has photos that will show why he's become so famous. This one is NSFW.
     
    Cher Sued for Racism

    I think the thing that bothers me the most about this next link is that it tries to play down this story about Cher getting sued, in a highly subjective way.  And while I do believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty, I don't believe in commenting on the actual lawsuit when it comes to pieces like this. It's not fair to either party. It's almost the exact opposite of what Ben Affleck has experienced, but just as bad.

    In short, gay icon, Cher, is being sued by a former choreographer for alleged racial discrimination.

    Plaintiff Kevin Wilson, who is black, alleged in court papers that Cher told him “we have too much color onstage” after he advised her to cast “a minority female dancer.”
     
    He also claims that Cher instructed him to instead find a white, blonde dancer, and “not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour.”
     
    Cher's rep denies all allegations. But it gets even more complicated with allegations about Cher covering up a sexual assault incident.
     
    The article I'm linking to right now refers to the actual lawsuit as "absurd" and "obviously erroneous," which is in poor taste on their part. The thing that bothers me even more is that when it comes to Cher it's absurd, but when it comes to Paula Deen or anyone else it has to be true.
     
    You can read the entire piece here, where they do everything short of crowning Cher Queen of the Gays and Rainbows.
     
    And, if you're interested in the facts without subjective comments, you can read this piece at CNN.com.
     
    While the complaint alleges racial discrimination by Cher, accusing her of hiring a white, blonde dancer over a more qualified African American, the lawsuit centers on California's whistleblower law that protects employees who are fired for reporting illegal activity.
    "Cher was personally involved in the coverup of a sexual assault against a female fan by one of her other male dancers while on Cher's Dressed to Kill tour," the suit said.
    The alleged sex assault happened in a St. Louis hotel on June 3, after a show on the tour, the lawsuit said.
     
     Melissa Rivers Does Tribute to Joan
     
    On a more positive note, Melissa Rivers will be doing a Fashion Police tribute to her mother, Joan Rivers, who recently passed away during an endoscopic procedure at a Manhattan clinic. I think Rivers' fans are still in shock and I'm glad they're doing this quickly.  
     
    The producer of the E! show will present a 90-minute edition of the show honoring the late comedian, who presented the show since 2010.
     
    Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos will also be there to remember Rivers and her legacy.
     
    You can read more here. I didn't see an actual air date, but I think it's today...Friday.  The tribute show will air during an all day marathon of Fashion Police shows. I actually never watched much Fashion Police, but I think I'll tune in with DVR on this one to see how they handle it.

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