When I saw this I have to admit that even I was shocked. So shocked I didn't believe it. And I'm glad I didn't believe it.
Evidently, Elton John thought Putin was reaching out to him, then this happened:
Vladimir “Vovan” Krasnov and Alexei “Lexus” Stolyarov told Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda on Wednesday that they had fooled Elton John by calling him on Tuesday and pretending they were Peskov and Putin. The two men, known for prank-calling Russian and Ukrainian celebrities for television shows, said the audio of the call would be broadcast on a prime-time show later Wednesday.
You can read the rest here.
In case you want to read even more, here's a link to the NYT with a similar piece.
Mr. Putin’s press secretary, Dmitri S. Peskov, said late on Tuesday that Mr. Putin had never spoken to Mr. John. “This does not correspond to reality. There was no conversation,” Mr. Peskov told journalists.
This hoax would have been a lot funnier if they'd pulled it on Madonna.
Between the Covers
Between the Covers is an author, publisher, and reader event held in NY every month, where people who write, read, and publish erotica gather to listen to authors read and they socialize. I haven't been to one...yet...however, it looks like fun. If you live in the NYC area and your write erotica, you might want to check it out.
From my inbox:
New York, New York (September 15, 2015) – Riverdale Avenue Books, the innovative hybrid publisher will host British erotica maven Lucy Felthouse at a special Between the Covers on Thursday, September 17th at 8:00 pm at the upper level of the People Lounge.
Felthouse writes erotica and erotic romance and has over 100 publications to her name. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. She has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.She will be joined by erotica legend Laura Antoniou, author of the classic Marketplace series, as well as the hilarious Killer Wore Leather murder mystery, and too many fabulous short stories to even begin to list.
Also reading will be DL King, an erotic anthologist of renown, who has edited and published many of Lucy Felthouse’s short stories. She will be reading from her latest work in progress.
Lambda award-wining author Debra Hyde will be reading from her just published lesbian homage to Sherlock Holmes, The Tattered Heiress.
Mara White joins us with selections from her latest steamy work, Maldeamours. White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.
Between the Covers features our signature “dirty word” raffle with a chance to win signed books and fabulous smutty prizes.
Riverdale Avenue Books is the only publisher with a monthly reading series.
“Authors of erotica and erotic romance don’t often get the chance to read at the local bookstore or library, so we are pleased to offer an opportunity for them to mingle with their fans, “ said Lori Perkins, Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books and an a erotica author herself. “And since Fifty Shades of Grey has sold 300 million copies world-wide, we know there are a lot of fans out there.”The People Lounge is located on 163 Allen St.
About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books publishes e-books, print, and audio books under eight imprints: Pop, a pop culture imprint; Riverdale/Magnus the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; HSF, a horror, science fiction and fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Desire, an erotica and erotic romance imprint; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; and Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles. Started in 2011 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full service publisher, with a foreign rights and film agency department. Visit us at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com.
Gay Waiter To Burn In Hell
A gay waiter who seems like a really nice guy thought he was serving a quiet middle aged couple. As it turns out, they left him a vicious message after they left that's as homophobic and hateful as it gets.
And before we all laugh at the giant mixup that Mr. and Mrs. Straight always seem to wind up in (those scamps), the pamphlet titled What you miss by being a Christian with the eye-popping (and soul-damning) headline “HELL!” made their intention crystal clear.
You can check out a photo of the pamphlet they left here.
Tom Hardy's Ambiguous Sexuality, Again
Here's a follow up on the post I did about Tom Hardy and the journalist from a gay web site that asked about Hardy's sexual orientation.
The web site is defending the question:
Though actor Tom Hardy bristled at Daily Xtra’s questions about sexuality during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sept 13, 2015, touching off a media firestorm — other actors have embraced our questions at TIFF, and even welcomed the opportunity to shine a spotlight on sexuality and gender identity.
As Canada’s gay and lesbian news source, we feel it’s our responsibility to examine sexuality and the ways in which it’s portrayed on screen, especially once it’s in the public eye.”
In my own lame attempt to think logically, because as gay people we've been fighting for equality and pride all our lives, I don't think there should be any shame or stigma attached to being gay, being asked if you're gay, or openly admitting you're gay...or not gay.
If Hardy didn't want to answer the question, there are ways that Hardy could have handled the situation with a little diplomacy.
Here's the source.