Either Ellen DeGeneres or her publicist tweeted something that some people are questioning as racist. I know this is yesterday's news for people I see daily on social media, but this blog is (and always has been) for the Internet and most of my hits come from random searches that aren't always related to social media. I also like to post these things in case I want to revisit them in the future for one reason or another. It's happened before.
In any event...
In the edited picture, DeGeneres is seen riding piggyback on Bolt using him for transport.
If you consider America’s history of slavery, where black women and men literally had their backs broken by their white slave owners, this did not go over well.
You can check this out here. There's a photo of the tweet.
I don't think for a minute that Ellen DeGeneres is racist or that she meant any harm at all with this tweet. However, I do think it's an excellent example of how cautious we all have to be these days with the PC police questioning everything.
Gay History In San Francisco
In one of my most recent books, Unabated, I have two young adult characters who are gay...openly gay. One was raised by two gay dads in a world where he has completely assimilated into the mainstream. His gay dads are, too, and they did that on purpose because they didn't want their family to be different. I think that's happening a lot these days in RL, and will continue to happen, but sometimes I worry it will be at the expense of all gay culture.
This article says a lot about how things have changed.
Back in the day, people looking for Osento on a similarly soupy afternoon were probably just as confounded. The women-only communal bathhouse, a frequent haunt for lesbians, didn’t have a sign out front. It was mostly known through word of mouth by its clientele, who say its founder ended a nearly three-decade run when she shuttered it in 2008 and moved north to Lake County, Calif.
You can read the rest here.
Another Gay Bar In London Closes
Speaking of gay culture, here's yet another story about a long running gay bar in London shuttering its doors for good.
The Queen’s Head on Tryon Street, Chelsea, has been serving gay customers since the mid-20th century.
On Sunday it posted the following message to its Facebook page: ‘Unfortunately it’s true, the Old Lady of Tryon Street will be closing her doors for the last time on 6 September.
You can check this out, here. I've written many posts on this topic, and about the reasons why bars like this are closing. At one time I went to gay bars all the time, and the truth is I haven't been to one in almost a year. Changing times...moving forward.
All three of these books are available in e-book format, or print.
Valley of the Dudes
Unabated Create Space In Print