Pope Francis, on the transgender community:
"Let's think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings. Let's think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation. With this attitude, man commits a new sin, that against God the Creator. The true custody of creation does not have anything to do with the ideologies that consider man like an accident, like a problem to eliminate. God has placed man and woman and the summit of creation and has entrusted them with the earth. The design of the Creator is written in nature."
Yeah, he really sounds like an ally of the LGBT community.
Neil Patrick Harris, on the risk of going onstage in underwear during the Oscars:
“So we did the dress rehearsal, and I just had the pair of regular underwear on. But the lights! They see through things! So the Academy or the network or someone said we had to do something so you couldn’t tell my religion, so what they did was they had to take a second pair and sew it to the first to make it so that you couldn’t sort of see through it.”
Might have been a far more interesting moment, don’t you think, had he worn the original briefs?
Graham Moore, Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game, on his 'It Gets Better' speech at the Oscars:
"I’m not gay, but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much. I think we all feel like weirdoes for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own and that’s what always moved me so much about his story.”
And so why not embrace those who are different or weird, or whatever. We might learn a thing or two about the world, or ourselves, if we aren’t so quick to judge the differences in all of us.
Jon Stewart, on the media scrutiny that has been re-focused on FOX News' Bill O'Reilly and allegations that he may have embellished his own experience during the Falklands War:
"Really?! We're going after O'Reilly for exaggerating being in a war zone? I don't know if you watch his program...misrepresenting 'the zone' he is in is kind of his hook. 'You're in the no spin zone' are the words he utters right before throwing it to some jackass who disproves global warming by wandering around Boston by pointing at snow...You're basically putting in a tremendous amount of work to say, 'The Emperor has no clothes,' when the emperor has spent, like, twenty years going, 'Look at my dick, I'm naked.'"
Hee Hee. It’s funny, cuz it’s true.
Madonna, on ageism:
"It's still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody … and talk shit … because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect we still live in a very sexist society. No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay. But my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They're judging me by my age. I don't understand. I'm trying to get my head around it. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they're not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don't follow the rules. I never did, and I'm not going to start."
People look up to, and marvel, Mick Jagger for still rocking at his age, so why should Madonna be held to a different standard?