Thursday, April 05, 2012

Ransom Musings

So, there was this small kerfuffle a week or so ago, just after that JetBlue pilot went batty and had to be subdued by passengers. 
It seems radio "personality" and The Voice "host" Carson Daly made some  ludicrously tired joke about the incident, and said, with his luck he'd be on a  plane headed for Pride in San Francisco, and the passengers, you know, because they're gay, couldn't tackle the wayward pilot and calm him down. 
Because they're gay.
♪ ♫ We're here, 
We're queer, 
We don't wanna break a nail ♫ ♪
It wasn't an offensive joke, except in the idea that it wasn't at all funny. It was a lame-ass joke you'd expect from someone like a Carson Daly. But people got all upset and GLAAD got involved and Carson apologized and apologized.
And it was over.....until; Alice Hoagland, mother of 9/11 hero, and out gay man,  Mark Bingham waded into it: 
"Yes, my gay son was known in our family for bringing me flowers on my birthday and Mother’s Day. He also was known for careening down the rugby pitch, and, on the morning of September 11, 2001, for charging unarmed down the aisle of a doomed Boeing 757 to face knife-wielding Islamist thugs in a hijacked cockpit....No one among his pick-up team of fellow passengers was asking 'Are you straight? Are you gay?' No one doubted that a guy who weighed 220 and stood 6’4” tall - who could run over a charging opponent on the field, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona earlier that summer - would be an asset to a desperate group trying to overcome a threat onboard an airliner....The world has its share of strong, heroic gay men. Gay men in sports uniforms and military uniforms have been winning America’s games and fighting America’s battles for a long time: quietly, humbly, and in the face of vicious bigotry." "I hope you and I may have an opportunity to talk sometime. I prefer to believe you didn’t mean to offend. Good luck to you."
Okay. Let me get this queer. We aren't allowed to laugh at a lame gay-stereotype joke? Even one uttered by some relatively unknown TV/Radio host? I mean, come on, it was a silly joke, and then we jump his shiz and demand an apology.
Sometimes I think we need to calm down. Daly didn't utter any anti-gay epithet. He made some innocuous lame-ass joke using gay stereotypes. And some gay folks are stereotypes, and some gay folks are Mark Bingham.
That's the glory of being gay, we can be whatever we want: mincing flaming divas, or rugby playing superheroes, or, just a gay guy in a small town in South Carolina.
Build a bridge LGBT.


And I will also wade into the whole Madonna thing.
You know, where the powers that be in St. Petersburg have some silly anti-gay laws and will arrest people who promote The Gay.
Or some nonsense.
Well, Madonna will be appearing in St. Petersburg and has said she'll speak out about how anti-gay they are and stuff, arrest threat be damned.
Nice, no? No. Because this is Madonna, and Madonna, while some folks like her, revere her, worship her, is really a very capable self-promoter.
All this kerfuffle serves only to serve as free publicity for her tour.
And I ain't buying it.

Serial baby-maker Michelle Duggar was asked if she was concerned about overpopulation and her family’s impact on the environment, and so she attempted to explain that there was no such thing as overpopulation since everyone in the whole wide world could fit inside Jacksonville, Florida:
The idea of overpopulation is not accurate because, really, the entire population of the world, if they were stood shoulder to shoulder, could fit in the city limits of Jacksonville.”
Now, technically, she's accurate, if you take out all the trampling and deaths that would occur if you attempted to shove the entire world into Jacksonville.
But still.....really Michelle?
And then she goes on to add: We’ve had other countries coming to our doorstep asking us to let people know that they need to have more children, because they are seeing that their death rates are outnumbering their birth rates, and they’re in crisis. They don’t have people of marrying age for their youth now…. So I think we are so deceived when we believe [in overpopulation]. It’s not true, it’s a lie.”
It is true that there are countries with negative population growth, but there are many more countries with overpopulation issues, which of course affects the entire planet negatively, but, if Michelle Duggar wants to have a child every nine-and-a-half months let her.
But let her do so in silence.
Oh, and Michelle Duggar also believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old.
And she's raising children.


Oh, the Today Show is so current and edgy. As current and edgy as a show that's been on TV for nearly a half century can be.
See, the producers invited the Mama Grizzly Bore™, AKA The Serial Winker™, to appear as guest host. 
How edgy, to have the woman who blames her innumerable failings on the "lamestream" media actually appear on the "lamestream": media.
How current. How edgy. How.....what's that?
Oh, MGB™ appeared on Today the same week that former Today host Katie Couric was filling in as guest-host on Good Morning America
Couric, who infamously stumped the Half-Term Quitter™ during an interview by asking the tough question, What newspapers do you read?
See, Today wasn't trying to be current or edgy. They were trying to score a ratings point over a former co-host.
Yawn.

The biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a site called Backpage.com. And this pick-a-girl-any-girl website that features girls and women--many under age and forced into prostitution--is, in turn, owned by an opaque private company called Village Voice Media. 
And it was recently revealed that Village Voice Media is owned by several private equity financiers, including, wait for it....it's rich, and by rich I mean......Goldman Sachs, who owns a 16% stake stake.
And, as the story broke, Goldman Sachs began working frantically to unload its shares, and on Friday afternoon it called to say that it had just signed an agreement to sell its stake to management.
You know, after the fact. See, to Goldman Sachs, it's okay to be part-owner of an illegal prostitution ring as long as you cut ties when the story breaks.


The Drag Race.
I am still soooo Team Sharon Needles.
I.Love.Her. Funny. Fierce. A bit scary. 
I'Love.Her.
But man oh man, I gotta give it up for Latrice Royale, who was in the bottom two and forced to Lip Sync For Her Life. 
Again.
And again she brought it. 
Little Kenya pranced on the floor, tore off her shoes and her wig, flailed around like a seizure victim, did the splits, the cartwheels, the pas de deux. And Sashayed Away.
Latrice stood in one spot and bur-rought it.
It doesn't take a big show, it takes talent.
Now, get PhiPhi outta there and let Chad, Sharon and Latrice battle it out.

Jenna Talackova, a 23-year-old transgender beauty pageant contestant, who was disqualified last week from the Miss Universe Canada competition after the organizers discovered that she had undergone surgery to become a woman, may be allowed to re-enter the competition if she can prove she meets the “legal gender recognition requirements.”
 pageant organizers announced Monday.
Initially, pageant officials said each contestant must be a “naturally born female,” but in a statement released Monday, they now say: “The Miss Universe organization will allow Jenna Talackova to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant provided she meets the legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, and the standards established by other international competitions.” Interestingly enough the statement does not specify what such requirements entail, and it came on the heels of the news that Talackova had hired Gloria Allred and may have been planning to sue.
Good luck Jenna, in your suits, both swim and legal.

Funny Tweet:



Welcome to the new United States; the new United Police States.
See, the Supreme Court has ruled that police can mace people, arrest unconstitutionally, and beat protesters to no end with little or no punishment. And now, they can strip search anyone at any time for any reason. Yup. The Supreme Court ruled that police can strip search anyone for any offense no matter how minor before going to jail. 
It's gonna cost a bundle to reprint all those things that say United States and change them to United Police States.


Eye Candy Of The Week:
Rupert Penry-Jones of BBC America's Whitechapel
Jason Isaacs of NBC's Awake

5 comments:

R.J. said...

Who is this Carson Daly and should I care what he thinks?

froggy said...

We are sooooo torn between Sharon and Latrice!!

Miss Ginger Grant said...

And Madonna has a "new" "fragrance" out just about the time she's gonna make big news. And it smells like rest home gardenias. Ugh! Perhaps she's preparing for her days at Shady Pines?

Craig said...

I LOVE Sharon and I LOVE Latrice.

Can't make up my mind if I want a girl who is large and in charge or a girl who likes to scare folks with her cutting edge looks.

Can't they both win, please Ru?

Sam said...

you know I'm really on the fence about the Carson debacle. You know on one hand I see your point on building a bridge but it had me to wondering, was that a written joke or adlib?
Either way who gives a shit. Look it's cool to rag on queers, it's happened for years. Why should it stop now?
Also, The fucking joke wasn't even funny, like the great Comic Leader of the Gays has said time and time again. If you are going to humiliate a person, at least make the shit funny, cuntrag.
I'm a kind of fan of the Today Show, so I had to tune in. I also am a fan of Jane Pauley er eh, I mean Katie Couric. So i dvrd and flipped back and forth.
That ho was so lame, it really did make her look dumber than before. I was really hoping to see a different side of MGB and I did, the real side. She's just a lucky ho, and the HBO movie was dead on. Katie was, Katie. One of the best news morning personalities ever, and her legs are gorgeous, FYI she's two years older than meemaw(madona)too.