GLAAD, an organization that works directly with news media, entertainment media, cultural institutions and social media on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, released today the details of a new initiative that attempts to gauge and analyze the representation of LGBT individuals within films produced by the “Big Six” studios in the entertainment industry.
TW: gratuitous use of gay slur/Azealia Banks Promotes New Video, Suddenly Can't Stop Using Antigay Slur
Bisexual rapper Azealia Banks has released a new song and music video and is once again creatingheadlines for calling people “faggot.” Banks created a remix of the current viral sensation, “Harlem Shake,” without permission from the artist who created it, Baauer. He doesn’t like that she raps over the beat. They got into a Twitter feud that included her conclusion: “you guys are all faggoots…. May you drown in faggotry.”
The last time bisexual rapper used a gay slur on Twitter to attack out gossip blogger Perez Hilton, she got a stern lecture from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and a rash of backlash in tweets from fans. Then her album sales went up by 18%, according to figures from Billboard. "I Guess I’m the first Homophobic Homo," Banks chided people on Twitter, included Hilton, who jumped into the fray.
Then Banks tried to explain her use of the word as forward-thinking, instead of backward. "Here we go again. Everyone pretending to be so shocked and moved by the word faggot," she wrote. "It’s like society is so bored with itself it needs to hold on to these outdated rules of what you can say and cannot say. Why has society accepted ‘nigger’ As a colloquialism … But will not accept "faggot"? Everyones always acting like its fucking 1905 in this bitch."
That quote is unedited and comes from a string of tweets. Then she mocked Baauer and anyone else bothered by her use of the antigay slur. "Faggot means coward, liar, backstabber……," she wrote. "Perez tries to get every gay person all riled up when the only faggot I see …….. is him. what a baby lololol.. Waaaaaaah Azealia called me a faggott :(((((((((( LMAOOO"
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The film premiered on Friday night at Sundance Film Festival. Afterwards, Radcliffe told MTV: “it’s interesting that the [‘gay scenes’] are deemed shocking. For me, there’s something very strange about that because we see straight sex scenes all the time. We’ve seen gay sex scenes before. I don’t know what a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene.”
Radcliffe, who is straight, has spoken out for gay rights in the past and has worked closely with Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Questioning support organisation the Trevor Project. As he reminded inquisitive crowds on the red carpet at the Eccles Theatre on Friday, this isn’t his first provocative project. Radcliffe starred in Equus in 2008, playing a man who has a sexual attraction to horses. The role saw him perform naked on stage. He said, “What weirded me out the most last night was people were asking me all these questions about gay sex scenes. I was like, “You know I did Equus? Some people are asking me questions like this is a more shocking subject, which is so strange.”
While everyone is debating the merits of Jodie Foster’s Golden Globes speech, another distinguished performer, albeit one with a lower profile, has quietly confirmed that he’s gay: character actor Victor Garber. Garber, perhaps best known for Titanic and the TV series Alias,and currently on-screen in Argo,confirmed the information to Greg in Hollywood blogger Greg Hernandez in a recent interview.
In a post published today, Hernandez writes that he met Garber last week at the TV Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. He asked Garber about a Wikipedia entry that said he is partnered with a man, Rainer Andreesen, with whom he lives in New York. “I wondered if that’s something public, that you’ve confirmed,” Hernandez said to Garber.
“He seemed surprised by the question but said: ‘I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows,’” Hernandez writes. “Garber then added: ‘He’s going to be out here with me for the SAG Awards.’”
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Out actor George Takei tackled the bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey with his characteristic candor and catchphrase in a new video posted Tuesday.
"Many fans insisted I’d enjoy a special connection to the book, and that I ought to do an audio narration for it," says Takei, sitting down with E.L. James’ erotic novel. "I was intruigued, so I grabbed a copy to see what all the fuss was about."
The video is, in honesty, a promotion for Takei’s new book Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet), a reflection on how Takei, a 75-year-old actor best known for playing Mr. Sulu in Star Trek, came to be crowned king of the internet meme.
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The New Normal, featuring a gay couple and their journey to have a baby, premieres this week on NBC. The show has become a target for antigay activist group One Million Moms, which claims the depiction of same-sex parents was something unprescedented on television, and symbolized “the decay of morals and values,” the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reports.
But GLAAD counters that same-sex parents have been depicted on television since the 1970s. Check out their rundown of gay parents on the tube.
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The Green Lantern is gay now
From James Robinson:“The original version of Alan Scott was an older man, and he had a superpowered son, Obsidian, who was gay. The fact that Scott was young now [thanks to a universe-wide reboot] meant Obsidian no longer existed. I thought it was a shame that DC was losing such a positive gay character. I said, “Why not make Alan Scott gay?”
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