Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
David Fitzsimmons, Dana Summers, Steve Sack, Drew Sheneman, Darrin Bell, Bill Day, Nate Beeler, Jack Ohman, Bob Gorrell
There are all kinds of places for gay men to find other gay men for a quick hook-up … Craig’s List, G, , Hornet, Jack’d, VGL, Surge, DaddyHunt, to name but a few. And yet there is one place you might never have thought about: the Republican Party.
I mean, it worked for Wesley Goodman, an up-and-coming Christian conservative family values, anti-LGBT asshat who served in the Ohio statehouse and thought he might, one day, run for the US Congress.
Now? Not so much.
The married Goodman—Good Man, that high-larious—was elected to the Ohio statehouse after working for the Conservative Action Project but this week his seat after House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger was alerted to Goodman's "inappropriate behavior" with a :::gasp::: man in his state office.
Goodman released one of those “Oops, I Got Caught” statements:
"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service. For those whom I have let down, I'm sorry."
No harassment complaints have been filed against Goodman—the other man was not a Statehouse employee or legislative member—and it appears the two men had a consensual “office visit.” Yet after that story broke, so did the dam. Suddenly all kinds of information came out about Goodman’s “double life.” It seems he liked to exchange salacious texts and emails with gay men he met on Capitol Hill, send sexually explicit messages to young men he met through conservative circles, and have sex with other closeted gay Republicans.
One of those men, Johnny Hadlock, met Goodman back in 2010 when Hadlock was a staffer for another GOP congressman; he confided in Goodman that he was a closeted gay man and the two began exchanging racy text messages, though they never engaged in physical sexual acts:
"Wes never sexually harassed me—we both knew what we were doing and we were both fine doing it.”
Hadlock went on to work for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and said he last talked with Goodman in 2014 in private Facebook messages that Goodman initiated when he said his wife was out of town and when she was asleep. In one conversation, Goodman said he was in his underwear and asked if Hadlock was sexually aroused.
And another conservative with Ohio ties—who chooses to remain anonymous … go figure—claims Goodman engaged in predatory behavior toward younger men, sending inappropriate material and propositioning them through text and Facebook messenger. He claimed Goodman would target college kids and offer himself as their “mentor” and many were too scared to report his sexual advances because they didn't want to damage their own careers.
Another former GOP congressional staffer, Chris Donnelly says Goodman replied to a Craigslist post on a board for men seeking men, and the two had a sexual encounter in 2008. In an email account using the name Brady Murphey, Goodman described himself as a "straight/curious" guy who needed to be discreet:
"Maybe we can hang and see what's up, no expectations really, but your post seemed cool so let me know bro."
Donnelly said Goodman was "all over Craigslist" and responded to several ads posted by Donnelly and other gay men:
"It became a running joke between me and my gay friends on Capitol Hill. It's not like it was some one-off thing."
Hadlock and Donnelly now say they reached out with their stories because they were disappointed Goodman would push anti-LGBT policies while secretly seeking out and being intimate with other men, except …
It was back in 2009 when Goodman saw Donnelly at a conservative event to support an Ohio Defense of Marriage act. So, um, yeah, why wait another eight years to speak up? Oh, yeah, because that was when Goodman was caught, perhaps with his pants down. If either of those two men were so adamant about Goodman’s anti-LGBT leanings they would have come forward years ago. But, hey, he’s a closeted gay man sexually harassing college boys so we’ll look the other way because … GOP. It’s that same mentality as those still supporting Roy Moore; as long as he pushes the GOP agenda they can harass young men and fondle young girls.
Donnelly says he warned Ohio Republicans that Goodman's behavior didn't match up with his so-called socially conservative views, and Donnelly shared his information with Kenny Street, political director for the Ohio House Republican Caucus, after Goodman won election in 2016. Donnelly says Street told him he would take the matter to Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and that the caucus planned to confront Goodman.
That never happened; Rosenberger says he never heard the allegations until this latest Goodman Hook-up, and had not heard allegations about Goodman sending inappropriate messages to younger men at all. So, Kenny Street took this information and did nothing with it because nothing matters more than party to the GOP, to conservatives, to Christians.
And therein lies the issue: the GOP is riddled with self-loathing closeted homosexuals who places ads for hook-ups or tap their feet in airport men’s rooms because they are afraid of coming out; they work tirelessly on anti-LGBT issues to cats aside any doubt that they are Christian conservative family men who only bend over for other guys sometimes when their wives are out of town or are asleep in the other room.
This is the problem I have with Christian conservatives; the holier-than-thou crap; the beating of the Gay Hate Drums so they won’t be found out.
And it isn’t just Republicans in office … stay tuned for Part Two.
I guess since Wonder Woman apparently saved the Hollywood box office this year by being one of the biggest films of 2017, it should come as no surprise that WW star Gal Gadot is trying to save Hollywood from at least one sexual harasser: Brett Ratner.
It seems that Gadot has refused to sign on for the WW sequel unless Ratner is removed from the franchise. Gadot, who just last month backed out of a dinner honoring Ratner, is taking a strong stance on sexual harassment in Hollywood and doesn’t want her hit film, or any sequels, to benefit a man accused of sexual misconduct.
Ratner’s production company helped produce WW along with Warner Bros and since the film made some $400 million internationally, Ratner’s company made a healthy profit. A Warner Bros. insider explained:
“Brett made a lot of money from the success of Wonder Woman [and] Gadot is saying she won’t sign for the sequel unless Warner Bros. buys Brett out and gets rid of him.”
Gadot knows Warner Bros. will side with her since it would be hard to have a movie rooted in female empowerment being partially financed by a man accused of sexual misconduct against women, and so this past week, Warner Bros. announced was severing ties with Ratner.
Gadot was right about one thing: hit ‘em in the wallet because that’s where it really hurts.
Speaking of sexual predators, there’s a new one:
Benny Medina, right, who manages both JLo and Will Smith, is accused of attempting to rape Sordid Lives actor Jason Dottley, left in 2008.
Dottley told The Advocate he met Benny Medina at an LA bar with fellow actor T. Ashanti Mozelle and then the three returned to Medina’s home. While Mozelle was in the pool, Dottley claims Medina gave him a tour of the house that ended up in his bedroom:
“We literally got to the door and he grabbed me by the chest of my shirt and threw me onto his bed [and] stuck his tongue down my mouth.”
Dottley, who is openly gay and was married to Queer As Folk writer Del Shores at the time, says he told Medina to stop by pointing out he was married, but the more he resisted, the more aggressive Medina became. Medina ALLEGEDLY forced Dottley, who begged him to stop, down onto the bed:
“His forearm was bearing down on my neck so hard that I don’t know how much longer I would have remained conscious.”
It ended when Mozelle burst in the room and told Medina to get off Dottley. Both men say Medina then grabbed Dottley by the shirt and shoved him toward the door saying:
“You two get the f**k out of here.”
Dottley also ALLEGES Medina further tormented him, texting when he saw him on the street with Shores:
“Is that the husband I have to have killed to have you?’”
Naturally, Benny Medina isn’t speaking.
On to another ALLEGED creeper, one Mariah Carey, who recently fired her longtime manager Stella Bulochnikov. Was it a power play, or a passion play, because according to rumors it was none other than Mimi’s back-up-dancer-turned-boyfriend, the years younger, Bryan Tanaka, who got Stella axed because, not only did Tanaka want Stella gone, he also wanted her job.
A source—and it’s clearly Bryan Tanaka—says:
“Bryan is behind the whole split between Mariah and Stella. Bryan believes that he should be the one running Mariah’s day-to-day life, and he’s been orchestrating Stella’s exit for a long time. No one enjoys working with Stella. There’s no secret that some people are happy she’s out of the picture.”
It’s shades of Britney and Kevin, or, better still, Margo and Eve. And I think I’ve seen this film before, with Bette Davis … and we all know how that ended.
Now another tale of sexual harassment in Hollywood only this really is nothing new ... It appears John Travolta isn’t always faithful to Kelly Preston … say whaaaaaat … and is accused … again … of putting the squeeze on yet another male massage therapist, this time in Palm Springs back in 2000.
Now, to be fair, accusation that Travolta gropes the groper, er, massage therapist, are as old as, well, John Travolta’s first rug, but this time there is a police report from the time that John Travolta’s “Olivia Pope”—Jonathan Krane—that seems to spill the tea.
In the report, the unnamed says that, while getting a body scrub treatment, Travolta ALLEGEDLY told the masseuse he was “very attractive” and that he’d gotten Little Johnny “very excited.” Travolta exposed his wee Johnny and then prattled on and on about all sorts of gay fantasies he’d like to share with the masseuse, and then told the man to join him in the steam room, dropped his towel and tried to grope the massage therapist.
The man was sickened—and who wouldn’t be—and tried to leave as Travolta kept making nasty comments like if he’d “ever had his a**hole licked buy another man” and “what would he do it he ever had a sexual encounter with another man” and, if so, “tell him what he would do, so [Travolta] could have something to fantasize about.”
That’s the story, but there’s a little more; Jonathan Krane’s old diaries detail how he told John to flee the hotel after the masseuse left:
“[I] persuaded the hotel it was in their best interest to get their employee to drop the criminal charges, and any civil claims, and to persuade the police not to investigate because it was just a misunderstanding.”
You know, how you grope a man while asking to lick his nether regions is always just a misunderstanding.
In the STD Pool this week we have The Weeknd and Yovanna Ventura, a 21-year-old model from Miami. Yovanna was quite cozy The Weeknd at both French Montana’s birthday party last week and when they went out clubbing the following night. Now, that’s not bad really, except …
Yovanna used to date Justin Bieber who just got back together with Selena Gomez who just broke up with The Weeknd.
And now I have a rash … down there.
Is ARod afraid of what JLo might do to BFra? Or to him?
See, last week Alex Rodriguez was shooting a commercial in an apartment across the hall from Bethenny ‘BFra’ Frankel’s home and ARod ALLEGEDLY hid to avoid talking to her.
Why? Oh, cuz ARod and BFra were an item for about a half minute last year and we all know how jealous JLo can be. And that’s clearly why, when Frankel appeared in the hallway on the way to her own home, ARod tried to “lunge for the apartment” where the shoot was set up.
ARod is whipped by JLo and is in fear of BFra, I’m guessing.
The shocking things isn’t that Diana Ross lost her fanny pack while shopping and a good Samaritan turned it in; the shocking thing is that Diana Ross wears a fanny pack, followed by the more shocking news that she was shopping at Marshall’s.
Hey, Diva likes a discount, m’kay? And Ross Tweeted her gratitude to the nameless angel:
“Thank U to the Angel I lost my fanny pack in Marshall’s in LA on Olympic & someone turned it in. What a blessing. Again this morning I’m so grateful. I will ‘pay forward.”
No word on what a Diana Ross fanny pack might look like—feathers? Beads?—but I’ll end with Andy Cohen’s take on it:
“The only thing that would make this story better is knowing that Diana Ross shops at Marshall’s and Penny Marshall shops at Ross.”
Ah, finally the Finale of PR 16, and it didn’t end the way many of us, or any of us, expected.
As we begin, the designtestants are taking the critiques from the judges and either applying it to their collections, doing what they want, or taking a nap … Brandon.
After the critiques—cohesion, cohesion, cohesion—Kentaro has decided he’s already out and so he’s just gonna do what he wants to do. Margarita, who is worried about the hurricane headed toward Puerto Rico, is also worried that her collection is too tropical and she won’t be able to salvage it.
Ayana is taking the critiques to heart and focusing on fit and some different kind of head wraps, or hijab, for her models. Brandon, after a season of being the judge’s darling, and never being in the bottom, is feeling confident, and sleepy.
Let’s rip …
Tim comes by for his last critique, and he tells Ayana to push forward; on the subject of hijabs, she seems to suggest she’s going to do something avant-garde and I worry that it’ll become Hijab Runway.
She soldiers on, at least until a ruffle is ripped from a dress at the last[?] minute, and until the power goes out, or the steamers don’t work; on the PR it’s always something.
WHAT I SAID
That last look is everything and I wish the collection was more like that. Some of the ruffled pieces seemed very—and I’ll apologize now if anyone is offended—much like Grandma Victorian dresses. The first three looks weren’t giving me much at all, and the miniskirt over the jeans was not good. But that last on e … sigh … breathtaking.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Zac called her collection “stunning” and especially loved the final look. He was impressed that Ayana could take her modesty POV and make clothes that were hip and seductive; he said Ayana was beyond talented and loved the way she could make modesty empowering and sexy.
Nina was impressed by the variation is styles, from ath-leisure to street to the final look, that she called “precious,” but in a good way. Her one criticism was that she wanted some color …
Guest judge Jessica Alba loved the tailoring and Ayana’s alternative POV; she also thought that the hints of skin at the ankles and the wrist were quite sensual.
Heidi was not a fan of the first three looks, but said things got better and better after that; and, while we all know, and saw last night, that Heidi loves to show skin, she loved the second-to-last, fully modest, look. She also loved the different hijabs, and called the one with the finale dress “poetry.”
Margarita met with Tim and she worried about her family, and her flashy, feathered, glittered, and sequined collection; but, as Tim pointed out, there was no time to change, so she should own and love it.
And she owned it, or had Jazzmine own, when she suggested Jazzmine, wearing a swimsuit and cover-up, rip off the cover-up on the runway for a “moment;” that was a wise call.
WHAT I SAID
Wow, and not in a good way. I liked the first look because, while being bold and colorful it wasn’t over-done. But after that it turned into Too Much and Too Costume and Where Do The Latina Extras Stand? I’m all for colorful and exuberant, but the feathers? No. No. And Zac was right about the jumpsuit … hideous. But that moment when Jazzmine took off the cover-up was fan-freaking-tastic!
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Nina loved the energy, passion, gutsiness and color of the collection. She did think the feathers were too much, but said Margarita did one thing right: the “moment” when Jazzmine ripped off her sarong and the crowd cheered.
Zac called it spectacular and “joyous” but wasn’t a fan of the ill-fitting jumpsuit.
Jessica Alba dubbed it fun, sexy, Latina and loved the glittering fish prints.
Heidi—“I’m not a Latina, but I might as well be one”—was also loving the glitz and glam and the prints; she admired all the work that went in to creating the prints.
After the judge’s reviews last week, Kentaro decided this wasn’t a competition anymore; it was just about showing what he could do. Wise, grasshopper, wise.
Tim liked that he was sticking to his Gunns, er, guns, but did remind him to try and work the cohesion, which he did, when Margarita helped him set the lineup for his show. I think that’s what made a difference because the cohesion worked with the order in which the clothes walked.
WHAT I SAID
Wow; and in a good way. That first look was stunning and cool and a piece of art. The third look was nothing much until the model turned around and there was a kind of Diaper Duck Butt thing happening. Mt favorite, though, was the Goth-iness of the last look; it gave me the creeps but in a good way. And the little red Can-Can number was fun and that model’s legs are ten feet tall!
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Nina pointed out that there are two signs to a great show: the noise and the silence; and the crowd was silent during Kentaro’s show. She called it thoughtful, and loved the drama of the first look and the way it all moved from black and white into skin tones and reds and then back to black and white.
Heidi was surprised by the first look when it appeared in shadows at the start of the show and then said it was one Wow after another, from color to silhouettes.
Zac said he might have tossed out the second red dress—and the ladies completely disagreed—but he loved the evolution of textile and color.
Jessica Alba called the collection the most curated and purposeful, saying that it was “poetic” and that Kentaro’s Japanese-inspired collection would make his country proud.
I guess from being the one to beat all season long made Brandon feel a little too comfortable; even after the judge’s last criticisms he was certain he would win and so he just stayed the course, only changing the top that Liris wore from something baggy to something sleek.
And Tim agreed, so Brandon just waited for the show to start.
WHAT I SAID
I like how modern it is’ I like that Brandon has a style and a Point-of-View. But man did it need a Wow moment, or a splash of color, or something. It was a sea of pastels, which was nice, but when you have Liris walking, for the love of Dior, put her in something fierce, and not a tank and some wide –legged trousers. That said, I loved how clean-lined the first look was, and I loved the play on lengths and sizes. It was cool but needed Oomph!
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Jessica Alba loved the first look, and called the whole collection hip, street, modern, flirty and feminine.
Zac called it “cool romanticism” and said the collection was strong, though the lack of variation was troubling.
Heidi loved the newness of Brandon’s POV, but agreed with Zac about wanting a different color in some of the looks. Brandon explained that he admired designers who do 30-look shows where ten looks are very similar and the next ten are new, and the final ten are something different.
Nina agreed, but said this was just a ten-look show and it needed to be amped up a bit. Still, she loved his signature details of strap and loops, and admitted he has a new POV that even the other designers on this season tried to copy.
Well, Margarita was out first; I saw that coming because, while her collection as fun and loud, it wasn’t Project Runway; I felt it a bit too commercial, but then …
Brandon is Auf’d. I was surprised after being the Golden Boy all season, but I did agree with the judges that he needed a pop of something in his collection. Even Liris worried that there wasn’t a Wow moment.
So that leaves us with Ayana and Kentaro, one of whom wanted and needed this, and one of whom just wanted to show clothes.
And that’s what won this season when Kentaro was declared the winner. And I’ll agree because his collection was by far the most dramatic and stunning and wow.
I loved the moment when Jazzmine ripped off that cover-up and then stomped the runway in a bathing suit; and I was surprised at the crowd’s reaction, and of Nina and Zac standing up for that. Perhaps the tide will change in fashion regarding plus-sized, full-figured women.
Line of the Night goes to Klum for her review of Kentaro’s collection:
“You could hear a mouse fart in the room.”
I did not know that.
I also loved when Heidi asked Liris about how she felt and she got a wee bit weepy and thanked the PR for the chance to walk. Liris, and Jazzmine, and some of the others, might be bigger models than we’ve seen, but they are fierce and gorgeous and stomp the hell out of a catwalk as good as any other models.
As the show began, I sorta knew Brandon would win, especially when he was given the “Take A Nap Over-Confident” edit, but when I saw Kentaro’s full collection I thought, “Uh oh.” I think he deserved the win.
That said, Brandon’s reaction at losing was a surprise since he was also the Zen designer this year. But I can see why he was shocked, because he’d been heaped with praise all season and then at the last minute he got some criticisms. I did like his looks—there is a very specific client for that style—but as far as show and variation went, it was all Kentaro.
I was shocked that this season there wasn’t “Create an Eleventh Look” challenge at the last minute. I always liked the last minute rush around.
And I was hoping for a reunion show so I could see the other designers confront the twins and was thrilled to see that there is one and it will air on November 30th. I loved watching Amy come for Cheating Claire and Sobbing Shawn … just sayin’.
Lastly, why oh why did the producers leave in Kentaro’s father tumbling off the stage? That just seemed all kinds of wrong.
What did YOU think?
Chris Murphy, Democratic Senator from Connecticut, during a Senate hearing reviewing the powers of the president to order a nuclear strike:
"We are concerned that the President of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests."
Seriously. We need to stop the Fat Bastard before he gets his idle feelings hurt and drops a bomb on someone … literally!
Sandy Rios, Fox bimbo and Hate Group, the American Family Association, radio host, defending child rape:
“Honestly, do you think there’s a person alive on the planet—certainly, I’ll limit it a little bit, I will say any man listening to my voice—that doesn’t have something in his past, in his box of secrets, that he’s ashamed of sexually? Especially, let’s just say, beginning in the ‘60s. I mean, look I’m not excusing—I’m just saying if a person can be destroyed over something he did 37 years ago that was wrong and sinful? Where did we get to point where the standard for Christians is that there is never been anything ever? That they’ve lived a perfect life? I just don’t understand that.”
Um, Sandy, you idiot, Moore didn’t steal a candy bar thirty-seven years ago; he sexually assaulted a minor, and has been accused of sexually assaulting other women as well.
Those are not little secrets that we all have, well, maybe except for Roy Moore, and perhaps you?
Mitch McConnell, GOP lapdog from Kentucky and Senate Majority Leader, admitting he "misspoke" when he said that "nobody in the middle class is going to get a tax increase":
"I misspoke on that. You can't guarantee that absolutely no one sees a tax increase, but what we are doing is targeting levels of income and looking at the average in those levels and the average will be tax relief for the average taxpayer in each of those segments."
'I misspoke' is the new ‘I lied.’ And McConnell lies every single time his little turtle yap flaps.
Mo Brooks, GOP Congressman from Huntsville, Alabama, sticking with Roy Moore because of the conservative agenda:
“America faces huge challenges that are vastly more important than contested sexual allegations from four decades ago. Who will vote in America’s best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like? Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong. Roy Moore will vote right. Hence, I will vote for Roy Moore.”
There you have it, Alabama, one of your own elected officials is putting the GOP agenda ahead of a sexual predator because, I’m guessing, being a sexual predator is okay as long as you get a conservative on the bench somewhere?
Hey Mo? Fuck off.
Winona Ryder, on being bullied in high school and then meeting one of her bullies years later:
“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, faggot.’ They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies … Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of.’ And I said, ‘That was me. Go fuck yourself.'”
Bravo! Sure, the girl might have felt remorse for what she’d done, but she didn’t feel stitches and kicks; she didn’t feel “kicked out of school” and she didn’t feel home-schooled for a year because the school tolerates bullies but not the bullied.
E.W. Jackson, a “Christian” radio host, supporting pedophile Roy Moore:
like when you said God will punish people who voted for trans lawmaker Danica Roem; like when you blamed the Charleston shooting on The Gays and Obama; like when you said Christians must b willing to die to stop marriage equality; like when you petition to legalize LGBT discrimination; like when you work to make being gay a crime.
Clearly, you’re the one filled with hate, asshat.
Armie Hammer, saying he had a transformative experience playing Oliver in Call Me By Your Name and saying he “fell in love” with his director Luca Guadagnino:
“I’ve never had such an emotional journey with a director. I’ve never even considered directors to be emotional people! I don’t even know if I’ve worked with a director who even cared if I was mad at them before. It was more like, ‘Shut up and stand on your mark and do your job.’ [As we finished production] everybody was sort of lashing out because this thing was ending and nobody wanted it to. Honestly, I think I had fallen in love with Luca.”
Well, I don’t know about falling in love with Luca, but if Armie Hammer said he’d fallen in love with me ::: swoooooon::: it would never be over!
Luca Guadagnino, Hammer’s director, on their inevitable “breakup”:
“For reasons that could be personal to Armie, I had the feeling that he was pulling away. The movie wasn’t finished, and I had to bring him back. For me to make a movie, it’s really creating a family. Having a very profound familial bond with the people I’m doing the movies with, where you literally and constantly fall in love with all of them. Sometimes, this emotional flow can be very intense. Very! As it was with Armie. And then it can be very complicated.”
Seth Meyers, on the “dumbest” _____:
“While [President] _____ is focused on bragging about his endurance, back here at home, his inner-circle is dealing with yet more information about potential involvement in Russian election meddling. And you’ll never guess which _____ family member is once again mixed up in all of it– I’ll give you a hint. He has the same name as a famous idiot.”
Nope, we were all wrong; it wasn’t Eric, it’s Junior who is The Dumbest _____. And in that family, that’s saying a lot!