Our thoughts are with Joan Collins and her family upon the death of novelist Jackie Collins. The author of countless books my mother read as well as the source for Hollywood Wives, few have had the cultural output and impact that Collins has. She passed away at the age of 77 from breast cancer.
According to USAToday, Kim Davis is guilty of bigamy, or technically trigamy. She failed to have her divorce decree from her first husband properly notarized before marrying her second husband. Then she remarried after that, meaning that technically, she was married to three men at the same time. Add to that the fact that she's now legally responsible for such things as issuing valid marriage certificates, and this whole thing is a really bad sitcom. UPDATE: I got taken in by a satire site here, but it's still funny.
Meanwhile, lawyers are putting two questions in front of Judge Bunning this week. The most surprising is coming from the lawyer of Deputy Clerk Brian Mason, who says that since Davis modified the marriage forms to be issued "Under Federal Court Order" rather than her name, they may not be valid and she may be guilty of interfering with the court order, which could land her back in jail despite the governor saying the state recognizes them. The second question comes from the plaintiffs and addresses the issue if Bunning's order rightfully covers all couples seeking licenses or just the ones in the lawsuit. Bunning expanded his order but never ruled on it as a class action.
That second part is part of why the Sixth Circuit slapped down Kim Davis yet again last week, saying that if she wanted to challenge the scope of the order, she had to start in the District Court with Bunning and not with them. She says that's a waste of time, which is probably true, but that's true of every motion she files these days, because the Supreme Court has made this settled case law.
Speaking of wastes of time, her husband spoke at a hate rally as Kentucky lawmakers filed a bill that would void the Obergefell ruling. “Natural marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman as recognized by the people of Tennessee remains the law in Tennessee, regardless of any court decision to the contrary. Any court decision purporting to strike down natural marriage, including (a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision), is unauthoritative, void, and of no effect.” These people are lawmakers and don't understand how the system works.
It's been a long time since Donald Trump wasn't at the top of the polls for the Republican nomination, but now Carly Fiorina, on the strength of the last debate leads him in New Hampshire 22% to 18%. Ben Carson is third with 10%, while the sanest of the bunch, John Kaisich, is fourth with 9%.
Speaking of Trump, he's under fire for not shutting own a questioner at a town hall that said the country had a Muslim problem that President Obama was a Muslim. Trump says he's under no obligation to defend the President. “This is the first time in my life that I have caused controversy by NOT saying something. Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so! If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance! If I would have challenged the man, the media would have accused me of interfering with that man’s right of free speech. A no win situation!”
Here's the thing: He's right, he's under no obligation to defend President Obama. But if he wants to be a serious candidate for President, he has to be presidential, and that means not serving as a platform for crazy people. He didn't have to defend President Obama, but he needs to shut down divisive hate and look like a leader.
The Shures, made up of Chris Kennedy, 28, and Gabriel Cabrera, 32, became the first gay couple to audition for The X Factor UK, and wowed the judges, even if Simon Cowell thought one was better than the other. How they met is absolutely adorable.
The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is set to win the box office this weekend with $30.3 million, slightly under the opening for the first film. That beats out Black Mass starring Johnny Depp, which is opening to a successful $24 million. Depp is coming off a string of six bombs, so this was sorely needed.
Waka Flocka Flame is fighting comments that he's homophobic after making some horribly transphobic statements about Caitlyn Jenner. Flame had called Caitlyn Bruce, and said that the transgender community was rebuking God. “God didn’t put them feelings in you. That’s the devil playing tricks on your mind.” He said that "marketing transgeders" was "marketing evil." He's saying that doesn't make him homophobic. “Real people respect real sh*t not headlines. So now I’m #Homophobic because I don’t agree with #CatlinJenner Smh.” Well, I'll give him this much, he's not necessarily homophobic, be he's sure as hell transphobic.
Stephen Amell is apologizing for comments he made in the wake of Ahmed Mohamed being arrested for building a clock. Basically, he took issue with people stereotyping Texas in the wake of the arrest. After a brief break from social media, and an impassioned video from a fan explaining how problematic what he said was, he's back with an honest apology.
"I want to apologize. For a couple of reasons. First, just because. Pride gets in the way sometimes. So let’s get rid of that. I’m sorry. If you were offended, found me trite or disingenuous, I’m sorry. Second, I made specific statements… but in a medium where people can’t hear my tone of voice, and the inability to be particular in tone made people that were in my corner (that’s a weird thing to type) feel disrespected. So I’m sorry. I have a very, very large audience, a high school education and no safety net or filter in front of me. I’m an actor. I’m not a Professor of sociology or an expert on the psychology of anyone who has to exist in any culture as a minority. I’m not an expert on religion or the history of particular regions. Quite simply I should have left things to smarter people. So again, I’m sorry. Concurrently, this whole social (media) experiment is a two way street. I come forward with no filter and that has engendered me a lot of good faith. If that faith is jeopardized… Well, I’d regret that any of this happened even more than I already do."
The executive producers of Once Upon a Time says that a same-sex romance is coming to the show, but won't confirm that it's because Mulan is returning. Eddy Kitsis says “We know that [the LGBT] community has been a big supporter of the show, and we would love to be able to tell a love story that reflects that." Meanwhile Adam Horowitz says “We want the show to reflect the world as it is now. Whether that’s going to be with any particular character, we’re not going to say.” While I have no specific knowledge of what's happening here, I smell the hands of Jane Espenson all over this development, and if I thought that Horowitz didn't have her on a gag order I'd call her and ask her.
A mother figured out that her 15-year-old son was gay when her gay friend was showing her some Grindr messages and she recognized the brrrummmmp sound as something she'd heard in her own home. She reached out for help on how to confront him. She didn't actually care that he was gay, she'd had her suspicions, but she thought 15 was way too young for Grindr. It wasn't exactly the most graceful confrontation, but I think it went well.
I have my own reservations about how adult The Muppets is going to be based on the promotional materials and some of the reviews, but I'm not upset like One Million Moms is upset. "It’s sort of an adult Muppet show,' Kermit the Frog said during a promotional video for the show. One ad read, 'Finally, a network TV show with full frontal nudity.' Technically, the advertisement is correct – seeing how Kermit doesn’t wear pants. The mature version of The Muppets will cover a range of topics from sex to drugs. Miss Piggy came out as a pro-choice feminist during an MSNBC interview. The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s and beyond are now weighing in on abortion and promiscuity. ABC hopes children watch the show and predict they would enjoy some of the humor, but 1MM would disagree.
"It is not the show it once was. ABC has ruined The Muppets. How many parents want to explain the punchline of sexually charged jokes to young children? Many parents unknowingly will let their children watch an episode only to find out its perverted nature too late, unless they are alerted ahead of time."
As Pope Francis prepares to arrive, a lot of Catholics, including Rick Santorum, are upset about who the White House has invited to the reception, which is a massive outdoor affair. He's invited transgeder Catholic leaders, LGBT leaders, Bishop Gene Robinson, among others. “As you know, under Sharia law, they throw gays off buildings and kill them. But you won’t see the president standing up to the Muslim community, the radical Muslim community, and having gay Muslim activists out there. But when it comes to the Christian faith, then all bets are off. You’re allowed to impose and try to influence as best you can the spin on these meetings and that is what the president is doing.”
Evan Rachel Wood dropped some truth about being bisexual on Twitter. “Actually I am divorced with a son and no matter who I am with I am #stillbisexual. I can assure you that whatever 'straight privilege' I sometimes get accused of having, gets erased by #biphobia. Remember, bisexuality doesn’t mean halfway between gay or straight. It is its own identity. I think in some cases people don’t want to be labelled because they are ashamed to be bisexual. And this needs to stop. I have battled with myself most of my life because I wasn’t gay or straight enough. I used to think I would never be happy. #biphobia. I had to go through the same panic and shame and depression a lot of people in the LGBT community go through – but when I came out a new found shame took over. Bi-shame. Feeling like people are judging you all over again but for different reasons."
The trailer for season three of Please Like Me is out, and Josh seems to be as happy as someone like Josh can be. I laughed out loud a few times, particularly when the issue of monogamy came up. I recently had a hookup who later admitted he had a boyfriend. He said that his boyfriend told him that he didn't intend on bringing anyone else into the relationship, and he replied "OK." Seems to fit here too.
Patti LaBelle is not one to be messed with. When she was performing, she invited some audience members on stage. One young man started stripping, and she was not having it. And for him to start to moon her, a living legend, while she was chastising him, well, that's when she has to use a bad word. She. Is. Not. The. One.
Ricky Martin's new Nescafe ad is very Christian Grey. Or it certainly seems that way, I can't understand it and there were no English closed captions. It could have been better if his costar was male, but I'll still sit here and fan myself.
Brick + Mortar's new song "Hollow Tune" has a powerful message about brotherhood with a gay soldier preventing a gay bashing in a bar. The band says “We make music for people who believe in equality and acceptance for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or belief. This song was written about love to say, ‘You’re not alone, I’m not alone,’ to the one you love. Love is love period.’“ I had to watch it twice to get it, but when I did, it was like being punched in the gut, then being hugged.