Dolce and Gabbana and Je Suis
I really didn't want to post about this again, but Dolce and Gabbana released another statement after they received backlash from celebrities...and virtually everyone...for things they said about the modern family vs the traditional family. This is how they responded to people like Elton John and Ricky Martin, and the proposed boycott of their brand:
They’ve appropriated the “je suis Charlie” slogan that was used after the Paris
attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left twelve people
Of course, D&G are screaming free speech as a defense, which is becoming the most convoluted argument of this decade for whenever someone sticks his or her foot in his or her mouth. D&G didn't get arrested for what they said, and they had every right to say it. They can say anything they want. But we who don't agree with them have every right to dismiss them and their brand now. That's how free speech works. There are always consequences. Always. Some topics are not up for discussion with me because my mind is set firmly and nothing will change it.
In any event, you can read more here. This has sparked some lively conversation on Twitter. I personally took on attacks that included calling me a "faggot" and a no good rotten "fag." I won't repeat the more detailed slurs they tweeted me. I deleted them from my twitter feed. And this is all thanks to Dolce and Gabbana and their right to free speech...but in their case free speech without consequences in some kind of alternate universe.
Thankfully, in this case the comments all seem to agree that this is big time WTF-ery.
New Release: The Way We ALMOST Were...Parody, Gay Parody
My newest release as an indie book is out this week and I really would like to promote this as fun, sarcastic sometimes, and filled with enough romance, sex, and emotion to keep m/m romance fans interested. And I hope, a few cross over readers who normally don't read m/m romance.
It's a novel that's very loosely based on The Way We Were...the film. I'm by no means laughing at the original film. I'm only adding a little satire to a storyline that worked well in a very exaggerated way. And the fact that it's sexy and very erotic I think makes this book even more tender in some respects.
As with all my books, you can gladly skip over the sex and still get the story. The sex scenes are there to move the story forward, but they don't actually carry the storyline. I don't believe in writing erotic romance where the sex carries the story. If you removed all the sex scenes from this book it would still work. I've proven that with my other books in several instances by releasing them in two versions, which I thought was important to do.
The main objectives for The Way We ALMOST Were are fun, escapism, and absolute fantasy. The kind of fantasy you won't see anywhere else because I don't think there's another one like it anywhere. In full disclosure, because I don't hide these things from anyone, this was released once before and when the rights were reverted back to me this summer I decided to release it again...as an affordable indie book. The reason I'm doing this is because it was marketed and promoted as a serious romance four years ago, and I never agreed with that marketing but had no way to challenge it. There are also a lot of new readers reading e-books now and I didn't want this book to just disappear from the shelves.
If anyone has any questions, please e-mail me. My e-mail is on the side bar.
Here are a few links. I'll post more as I get them. I do know it's available at iTunes and Google books as well.
Oh, and there's a brand new cover I hope people will like.