Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ricky Martin In His Underpants; Olivia de Havilland Comments On Feud; LA Pride Trump Haters Scare Advertisers Away

Ricky Martin In His Underpants

Ricky Martin recently did a parody of the infamous Tom Cruise Risky Business underwear scene, and he didn't do a bad job at all.

On Spike’s Thursday night episode of Lip Sync Battle, you can watch Ricky Martin, dressed in an overly floppy dress shirt and a pair of boxer-briefs, channel Tom Cruise channeling Bob Seger, and then, presumably, change the channel.

You can see that here. Of course, as far as I'm concerned, no one will ever top Tom Cruise in that scene, but Martin was well rehearsed.

Olivia de Havilland Comments On Feud 

For those who might not know, there's a series out right now on TV's FX channel called Feud that's all about the bitter relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Olivia de Havilland who is 100 years old now was there, and she's still around to talk about it. However, when she was asked to comment about the feud between Crawford and Davis, she shut them down fast. And she did it with style.

“I have received your email with its two questions,” De Havilland replied. “I would like to reply first to the second of these, which inquires of me the accuracy of a current television series entitled Feud, which concerns Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and their supposed animosity toward each other. Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it. However, in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves.”

De Havilland added, “As to the 1963 Oscar ceremony, which took place over half a century ago, I regret to say that I have no memory of it whatsoever and therefore cannot vouch for its accuracy.” 

You can read the rest here. Frankly, that's always been my opinion about these types of films. And unless either Davis or Crawford return from the grave to comment in person, I'm just going to think of Feud as yet another Ryan Murphy camp film with an embellished story line. It's good camp. But camp is camp.

LA Pride Trump Haters Scare Advertisers Away

Full disclosure: even though I have been openly gay most of my life, and I've worked as a gay writer and blogger to help advance gay rights for a long time, I have never been to a Pride event and I have no idea what they are like. So if you're straight and you're just as curious as I am about all this, you're not alone. Millions of gay men just like me who work and pay taxes and contribute to their communities have never been to Pride events either. I only mention this because I don't think enough people know this fact. And I think it's time they do know. If for no other reason than to show how diverse the gay community really is.

With that said, this article discusses how more than a few advertisers have backed away from LA Pride, allegedly, because of the hate for Donald Trump.

In March, local LGBTQ activists succeeded in making official changes to this year’s L.A. Pride lineup. Instead of a celebratory parade — the norm at major Pride festivals — there will be a march against the Trump administration’s threats to LGBTQ rights, to immigrants, to people of color, to the environment — you name it.

That tension — plus the absence of gogo boys and general gaiety — is enough for advertisers to flee, reports FourTwoNine

You can read more here. Even though I've never been to a Pride event, I've always been led to believe that one of its main goals is to celebrate gay culture, and all of the more positive aspects of the gay community. But more than that, it's supposed to be fun. I hope they aren't ruining that with all this hate for Trump. I really don't know, and it should be interesting to see how this all turns out a few years from now. All I do know is that as a gay man who will not be silenced, I don't identify with the people I'm seeing in the photo with this article, and, I never will.



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