Monday, January 22, 2018

Adam Rippon Doesn't Want To Meet Mike Pence ... Do You Blame Him?

Last week, openly gay US Olympic figure skater, Adam Rippon, expressed his distaste that Vice President Mike Pence, and Mother, I assume, is leading the US delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea:
“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”
Rippon added that he would avoid a meet-and-greet with Pence because of his anti-LGBT views: 
“If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick.”
Rippon blasted Pence’s ALLEGED “concept of reality” if he declares himself to be a “devout Christian” and yet stands by _____’s policies:
“If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘s—holes,’ I think he should really go to church.”
Naturally, Pence, well, not Pence, but one of his spokesbots, Alyssa Farah, has said that Adam Rippon’s claims that Mike Pence is anti-LGBT have “no basis in fact”:
“The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes. This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”
He supports all of the athletes, y’all, which makes one wonder that …

Mike Pence ran a think-tank that published anti-gay articles;

Mike Pence attempted to divert HIV/AIDS money to fund anti-gay conversion therapy;

Mike Pence refused to protect LGBT Indianans from discrimination;

Mike Pence tried to legalize anti-LGBT discrimination in Indiana;

Mike Pence supported a ban on same-sex marriage;

Mike Pence railed against the ‘mainstreaming of homosexuality in the military’ after DADT was repealed.

To be clear: Mike Pence’s record is among the worst on LGBTQ issues of anyone who has ever occupied the office of the Vice President.

I don’t blame Rippon for not wanting to meet him. Though I bet Pence would be afraid to meet an actual gay person for fear it would yank him from his deep dark closet of shame.

Then what would Mother do?

Just A Thought


Saturday, January 20, 2018

It's Snarkurday!

Anyone who watches The Real Housewives of New York knows that former besties Jill Zarin and Bethenny Frankel had a huge falling out in 2010 and stopped speaking. But this week, when Jill’s husband, Bobby Zarin, passed away, it looked like the fences would be mended.

On camera, at least.

Frankel was in Aspen when she learned of Bobby’s death and chartered a private jet to whisk her back to New York for the funeral, and she arrived just before the start of the ceremony. But Bethenny wasn’t alone; no, she had an entire camera crew from RHoNY following her … at … a … funeral. And even more pathetic, is that Jill Zarin knew they’d be filming at Bobby’s funeral and she was fine with it.

And, naturally, Bethenny Tweeted a photo of she and Jill holding hands:
“Today is a sad day with a silver lining. I laughed. I cried. I saw old faces & watched a family come together surrounding a loss. ‘I have a dream’ that Bobby’s death makes us realize what is important & treat each day as our last.”
Wow, she co-opted Martin Luther King.

Reality stars, like Frankel, and former reality stars like Jill, have zero shame.
Oops; fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino stand accused to sexual harassment of male models.

Last month, a male model named Jason Boyce sued Bruce Weber for ALLEGEDLY sexual harassing him during a photo shoot in 2014.  Since then, fifteen more models have come forward claiming Weber of asking them to join him in private clothing-free “breathing exercises” in which he would ALLEGEDLY guide their hands over his body and vice-versa.

Now, Mario Testino also stands accused of inappropriate behavior by thirteen male assistants and models going back as far as the mid-90s; accusations included subjecting them to unwanted sexual advances, groping, and masturbation. Two former Gucci models claim it was well-known that if you wanted to advance your career, you met with Mario for a nude shoot at the Chateau Marmont.

Weber released a statement:
“I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny.”
Testino’s lawyers also questioned the credibility of the models. You know, blame the victim.

Luckily, many in the fashion industry believe the models and have kicked Weber and Testino to the curb. In fact, brands Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman both said they will not to work on future campaigns with Mario Testino, while Ralph Lauren, who frequently works with Bruce Weber, announced that they will not do business with anyone who “behaves in a way that compromises” their commitment to a safe work environment.

But best of all is that Anna “Nuclear” Wintour issued a statement denouncing sexual harassment and assault in the fashion world, and announcing Condé Nast would no longer be working with Mario Testino or Bruce Weber.

They pissed off Anna?

Bye Felicias!
More sexual harassment stories? Matt Damon.

No, he hasn’t been accused by anyone, but when the stories and stories and stories began to break, Matt kinda wished these women wouldn’t talk so much about it.

Now Matt has had a change of tune … and when he was asked what he learned from the whole mess, he said:
“I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this. I think ultimately what it is for me is that I don’t want to further anybody’s pain. With anything that I do or say, so for that I’m really sorry.”
And then he added:
I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while.”
Good on Matt for learning.
Last week we learned that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for ten days of reshoots for All the Money in the World while co-star Michelle Williams earned about a $1,000.

Michelle did the reshoots because she believed in the movie, because she didn’t want to be a nuisance, and because she wanted to “fix” the film after Ridley Scott decided to edit Kevin Spacey out.

Wahlberg just wanted more money and threatened to not do the reshoots if the coins weren’t served up to him; he didn’t care if the movie was saved, he didn’t care about Plummer’s recasting or any of that.

It was cash.

And when it was revealed that Wahlberg’s talent agency is the same agency that represents Williams, and that they screwed her over in favor of MarkyMark, suddenly Wahlberg looked like a greedy self-serving ass…because he is.

And so, after a week of people calling him a douchebag, Wahlberg announced he donate the$1.5 million to Time’s Up.

Oh, Mark, let’s all clap you on the back for doing the right thing, but not because you wanted to do the right thing, but because you were shamed into doing it.

Siddown.
Selena Gomez’s mom loves to talk and kinda loves throwing her daughter under the bus:

Case in point: Selena recently worked with sexual pervert Woody Allen and when Selena’s mom, Mandy, was asked about that: 
“No one can make Selena do anything she doesn’t want to. I had a long talk with her about not working with [Woody Allen] and it didn’t click… She makes all her own decisions. No matter how hard you try to advise. It falls on deaf ears.”
Well, now Selena and her team want you to know that she donated her salary from the film to Time’s Up, okurrrrr?

After Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall pledged to donate their salaries from Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York to Time’s Up, some fans criticized Gomez for not following suit, and so Gomez, who has yet to make a similar public stand against Allen, had a “source” announce that she “made a significant donation anonymously” to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund that “far exceeded her salary for the film.”

Wait. What. She donated anonymously and then released a statement saying she donated?

Selena is trying to have it both ways – she wants to work on Woody Allen films, but not have to explain why she’s working with an accused predator, and then, of all the nerve, she wants to give herself credit for her anonymous, large donation to Time’s Up.

Bitch. Please.
A little over three months ago, Jane Fonda appeared on Megyn Kelly’s NBC show and threw a shade face at the host for asking about her plastic surgery.

This week, Jane was on the second hour of Today with Lily Tomlin when she clocked Megyn who wasn’t even there!

Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie interviewed Jane and Lily Tomlin about the third season of Grace and Frankie and when Hoda brought up their friendship and wondered how long they had known one another, Lily looked at Jane and said:
“Oh my God… Before your first facelift.”
Jane snapped back:
“Who are you, Megyn Kelly?”
Lily countered:
“Oh, that’s right, I forgot she was the one!”
Both Hoda and Savannah tried to keep from laughing because Megyn Kelly was clearly nearby.

Still, good on Jane and Lily.

Friday, January 19, 2018

PR All-St★rs 6 Ep 3: Pairs Well With Drama

So, the designers get a night off … right … and they expect it to be no big deal … right … and then they arrive at New York City’s Daniel for a night of fine dining … right … where they pair off at random … right … and then are stunned when Alyssa Milano shows up to challenge them.

Right. At any rate, Alyssa has two bodyguards with her, Daniel’s executive chef Jean François Bruel and head sommelier Raj Vaidya, and she tells the designtestants they are going to enjoy dishes expertly paired with a wine complement.

Oh, Perfect Pairings … uh huh.  Alyssa then reveals that whoever the designtestants chose as their dining companion will also be they’re partner in this week’s challenge: to create elegant looks inspired by their dish and the wine pairing … in one day … and for $400 per team.

It broke down like this:

Marline and Candice: White Asparagus and 2011 Gruner Veltliner
Anthony and Kimberly: Lamb Chop and Syrah
Melissa and Ari: Citrus Cured Hamachi and Chablis
Ken and Fabio: Guinea Hen and Pinot Noir
Char and Stanley: Lobster and Rosé of Pinot Noir
Joshua and Amanda: Black Sea Bass and 2013 Chardonnay
Helen and Edmond: Minted Pea Soup and Chenin Blanc

And then came the bomb that ruined everyone’s appetite: while the winning pair will return to Daniel for a full Five Course meal, both members of the losing team will be eliminated.

Alyssa then tosses a little shade as she exits:
“Good luck you guys, and bon appetite.” 
Who can eat? So, let’s rip …
THE SAFES
Char and Stanley: I get Lobster and I get Rosé of Pinot Noir, and the dresses pair well together, but they’re really nothing special; just pretty dresses.

Edmond and Helen: I see Chenin Blanc in Helen’s look, but I don’t get how Edmond interpreted Minted Pea Soup into a scarlet crinkle gown.

Josh and Amanda: Black Sea Bass—though Josh told Anne it was Long Island Sea Bass—becomes two black looks, one slutty—really Josh?—and one very severe.
THE BOTTOMS
MELISSA and ARI
Melissa was inspired by “bright and colorful” Hamachi and the texture of the dish, so she wants to create a pink dress over pink pants. Bright? Colorful?

Ari opts for a cocktail, that became a gown at some point, based on the Chablis which made her feel happy and in the mood the bead a vagina … I guess.

Anne Fulenwider wonders how Ari will use the pearl beads to cover the crotch of her gown, the breasts of her gown and the exposed butt of her gown. She also tells Melissa that while she loves the fabric of her pants, they could go “Florida pant suit,” whatever that means and it’s clearly not good.

And so, when we return to Melissa, whose pants don’t fit her model, she decides to scrap the whole look and make a new dress.

WHAT MELISSA SAID
To me, it’s obvious they’re paired.

WHAT ARI SAID
I think the judges will love my look, it’s very elegant.

WHAT I SAID
Obvious they’re paired? Melissa’s looks like a dress Adele might wear and Ari’s looks like a Cher throwaway. That is not a pairing.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ agrees with me, that the dresses are for two different girls; she tells Melissa her dress “felt like nothing” and says that Ari’s bare belly-button missed Sensual-ville and drove straight into Slut-town. Guess Judge Whoopi Goldberg says Melissa’s looks like a dress she could have made, a boxy dress tied with a belt, but says she loves Ari’s from the back because it says, “I was here.” I thought it said, “Look at my ass.” Alyssa pointed out the odd pleating in Melissa’s dress, and Melissa points out how she wanted to pleat it, and it looks much better. Isaac wished Ari’s dress had no see-thorough bits and vagina beads in the front, saying a plain white dress with that exposed back panel would have been better.
MERLINE and CANDICE
I think this is a bad pairing, if only because Candice has such a strong POV and Merline has a strong POV she cannot seem to rein in. Her choice of the asparagus could have been good, but, as Stanley points out, she doesn’t sew so much as she places fabrics over one another.

In addition, Merline and Candice don’t seem to talk to one another, and are content to work separately; well, Candice works, while Merline frets and has nothing for the model to try on.
Anne points out that simply having the same color scheme doesn’t necessarily translate to a “good pairing” and neither designer seems to know what to do with that.

WHAT MERLINE SAID
I love the way I think. I’m just not really confident about this look.

WHAT CANDICE SAID
I just know we’re gonna be in the bottom. It’s not because mine is bad, or hers is bad, they just don’t pair.

WHAT I SAID
Merline’s is a hot mess of splotches and sheer, with the sheer bits being in places you don’t want sheer. Candice’s top is nice, but the pants are a little to Vegas.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Isaac says their designs remind him of mushrooms while The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ likes their pairing but is furious with Merline; she says her dress is “bothersome to look at” even though she loves the idea of crinoline and the geometric shapes. That emphasis on the crotch has her spitting mad and she vows to go off on Merline if this happens again. She does, however, think Candice’s top is lovely. Whoopi calls both designs theatrical, saying Merline’s looks like one of her old Star Trek looks. Alyssa tells Candice that sending pants down the runway with those hems is unacceptable.
THE TOPS
KEN and FABIO
Ken is a diva, and kinda mean, and even Fabio was worried, at first, about their pairing since he’s so mellow. But they show what two designers can do when they play well, er pair well, with each other.

Ken was inspired by the clean lines of the Guinea Hen Duo and creates a floor-length with over-exaggerated hips. On the other hand, Fabio was inspired by the description of his wine as having “restrained elegance” so he creates a black jump suit with a lace skirt overlay.

Still, even though they are working well, Anne tells them they need to amp it up; clearly, they don’t know what that meant so they kept moving in their same direction.

WHAT KEN SAID
I think the judges are gonna react very well to the pairing, but I don’t know what they’re gonna think about my hip moment.

WHAT FABIO SAID
They’re strong individually, but stronger together.

WHAT I SAID
At first, I didn’t think a white gown and a black cocktail dress would pair, but they do work well together; just as much as Fabio and Ken did.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Isaac says their designs “actually felt like a pairing,” unlike the other groups. He loved the fit of Fabio’s and the movement of the lace, and called Kens architectural and with a sense of grandeur, and loved the, ahem, hip moment. Whoopi loved both designs saying women of all sizes can wear them—Ken’s? I dunno about that. The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ loved the lace over the pants in Fabio’s look and called Ken’s draping “exquisite;” she was, however, a little put off by the slit in the back of Ken’s gown. Alyssa simply called their pairing unbelievable, and a good pairing because it wasn’t “too on the nose.”.
ANTHONY and KIMBERLY
Anthony and Kimberly decide to create complementary looks out of Char’s “stunning” blue fabric and Ken’s plain white gown with paint splattered across it, reminiscent of the way his plate was decorated.

I’m not seeing Lamb Chop and Syrah and blue and white, but maybe I’m too literal?

Anyway, Anne seems to like what they’re doing, but says that since their colors are so disparate, they need to bring cohesion through form and shape.

Char scraps part of her look, and simple goes with a boxy coat over pains, while Anthony shrieks as he splatters paint on his gown and then whimpers when he realizes he needs to sew the model into the look.

WHAT ANTHONY SAID
It looks stunning. I am so proud of my dress.

WHAT KIMBERLY SAID
I don’t know what the others are thinking about our looks, but they should be worried.

WHAT I SAID
Again, I don’t get a pairing so much, from Kimberly’s boxy bold blue and Anthony’s elegant white sleek gown.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Isaac thinks Kimberly’s look is one size too big for the model, though he says it might fit him, but Whoopi says the look is good at any size. For some reason Alyssa brings up the African wine Kimberly has and then says her look appears almost tribal and I thought, Wow, that’s a reach. The Beautiful Georgina Chapman™ likes Kimberly’s bold blue, but says it does border on frumpy; she is thrilled with Anthony, and loves his use of colors, and Whoopi tells him that his dress is one of those pieces “you wish you could wear” on the red carpet. Isaac tells Anthony he’s onto something and hopes he gets it this week.
While Anthony and Kimberly were good, it was clearly Ken and Fabio who take the top spot.

As for the bottoms, I kinda wish Merline would go because I hate that she has time issues and confidence issues and seaming issues and issues; but then that means Candice would go and I like her style.

Luckily, or not, Ari and Melissa get the boot for being boring and tacky.

I loved Anne Fulenwider’s fashion history lesson about great pairings in fashion like Dolce & Gabbana, and Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, but then she slaps into the mix Mary-Kate and Ashley of The Row. Do they actually design, or do they have people design for them?

Lines of the Night:
Anthony and Kimberly share a table at Daniel and he says:
“Yes, we on a date. The new lesbian couple.”
But then he says, of Edmond and Helen’s pairing:
“It look like a tampon and blood, like right before they come together.”
I could have done without that.

Candice, on her pairing with Merline:
“I can pick up the direction that I know Merline’s going to go in … Actually, you know what? That’s bulls—. I’m not quite sure where this is going.”
Merline didn’t even know where it was going.

Anyone who thinks the pairings were random doesn’t know the PR: Diva ken and Mellow Fabio? Brash Josh and Hippie Amanda? Strong Candice and Scattered Merline? It was planned that way from the beginning. Next time, spare us the drama and Button Bag this mess.

Please, Gay Men, stop using the word ‘moment’ as in Ken’s “hip moment.” It’s giving me a Throw My Shoe At The TV Moment. See how bad that is?

Now, about The Tents: Fabio and Ken, maybe? Anthony, if he keeps getting better. Candice? I can’t really see Helen or Char or Kimberly; Stanley? I don’t think so. Edmond? Sadly, no. Josh? Please no; Amanda? Bored.

Next week it’s all about balls, who has them and who can design with them.

What did YOU think?


Just A Thought


I Didn't Say It ....

Martin Luther King III, on _____ and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday:

“When a president insists that our nation needs more citizens from white states like Norway, I don’t even think we need to spend any time even talking about what it says and what it is. We got to find a way to work on this man’s heart. [Former Alabama Governor] George Wallace was a staunch racist and we worked on his heart and ultimately George Wallace transformed.”

Um, all well and good, but _____ doesn’t want to change because he wants to appease his base of racists and alt-righters.
Jeff Flake, Arizona GOP Senator, on _____’s declaration that media is “the enemy of the people”:

“[He] borrowed that phrase. It was popularized by Josef Stalin, used by Mao as well—enemy of the people. It should be noted that Nikita Khrushchev who followed Stalin, forbade its use, saying that was too loaded and that it maligned a whole group or class of people, and it shouldn’t be done.”

That’s the first line of a dictatorship: malign the media and make the people not to believe what they read, but only what comes from the asshats mouth.
Don’t succumb.
Mia Love, GOP Representative from Utah, on _____’s “shithole” remarks:

“I can’t defend the indefensible. You have to understand that there are countries that struggle out there. But their people, their people are good people and they’re part of us. We’re Americans. I think [his remarks] were [racist], yes.”

Love is the first Haitian-American elected to Congress.
Yes, her family came from a “shithole” country.
Cory Booker, Democratic Senator, and Hottie, from New Jersey, to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over her failure to recall whether _____ said “shithole” countries:

“The commander in chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referring to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language–that language festers. When ignorance and bigotry is alive with power, it’s a dangerous force in our country. Your silence and your amnesia is complicity. When Dick Durbin called me I had tears of rage when I heard about his experience in this meeting, and for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues … when tens of millions of Americas are hurting right now because of what they’re worried about what happened in the White House, that’s unacceptable to me!”

Word.We all need to be like Cory.
Speak.Up.Vote.
Seth Meyers, on _____ calling himself the “least racist” person ever:

“Why do you do that to yourself, man? If you’d just said, ‘I’m not a racist,’ then maybe you could muddy the waters and people would have to debate it. But when you say ‘the least racist person,’ you just set off alarm bells. It’s the difference between saying, ‘I’m a tall person’ and ‘I’m the tallest person on Earth.’ With one, you go, ‘Yeah, pretty tall, I guess,’ and with the other you go, ‘Oh, he’s crazy.'”

Cuz he is crazy.
And a racist.
Seth Meyers, again, because he’s rocking it lately, on ____’s demands that immigration be merit-based:

“You want immigration to be merit-based? Your job isn’t even merit-based! Your whole life has been the opposite of merit-based. You’re a celebrity billionaire despite the fact that you’ve declared bankruptcy six times and you’re president despite being wildly unqualified. If you want a merit-based immigration system, fine. But then you should have go back to whatever bog your family crawled out of and get in the back of the line.”

Damn!
Maxine Waters, Democratic Representative from California, saying she will not attend _____’s first State of the Union address following his “shithole” comments:

 “Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar? Someone who lies in the face of facts, someone who can change their tune day in and day out. What does he have to say that I would be interested in? I don’t trust him, I don’t appreciate him and I wouldn’t waste my time … listening to what he has to say. He does not deserve my attention.”

Unless it’s impeachment, right, Maxine?
Adam Rippon, openly gay U.S. Olympic figure skater, on Vice President Mike Pence leading the U.S. delegation at the Winter Olympics:

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it. If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick. [And] if he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘s—holes,’ I think he should really go to church.”

Again, bravo, sir. Stand tall.
Rippon said he might speak to Pence if he felt there was a way to have “an open conversation.”