Frank Bruni, on fear-mongering in the defeat of HERO:
I refrained from the typical sort of ebullience and friendliness that an adult summons when introduced to an acquaintance’s kid for the first time. I didn’t want to arouse suspicion. I flashed back on that when residents of Houston voted last week against an anti-discrimination law that did all sorts of unimpeachable things because it supposedly did one thing that scared the bejesus out of them: enabled men in dresses to sneak into women’s restrooms. And we’ll someday cringe about this, just as most Americans now cringe about the verbal garbage that was thrown at gay people, the lies that were told, the lies that were believed.”
It’s fear, and when the conservative Christian republicans can use fear to allow people to discriminate against others, then what have we done?
Tom Hanks, accepting the Outfest 2015 Trailblazer Award:
“It turns out, we all know someone that is gay or lesbian or transgender and there is an excellent chance that we love them exactly as they are. It turns out, the pandemic that was — and still is — AIDS made for a horrifying passing, and the loss of so many has made the world a lesser place, and care for those still in need of care remains a burden we must share. And, it turns out, that the United States of America was not broken by the homophobia of that time nor by the attendant prejudice, ignorance and intolerance. We the people have continued on in the formation of a more perfect union. Yes, there are those who wish to codify inequality and continue to promote fear and outrage rather than recognize the strengths evident in our diversity. But the truth will have its day, that our nation is wiser and stronger because we are more open and increasingly honest about what love really is — 'a force as constant as the speed of light and surely as good as the warmth of our own sun.'”
Again, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, of fear, is for good men to do nothing. So, speak up against the fear, stand up against the fear, and vote the fear-mongers out of office.
Hal Sparks, actor and comic, from Queer As Folk, on if the gay sex scenes uncomfortable because he’s a straight man:
“The reality is no, it had no bearing on my discomfort or comfort in doing the scene at all. The sexual aspect, who the partner was in these particular scenes, had no bearing on my comfort level…The discomfort that I felt [on Queer As Folk] ever was mainly physical to the environment … I felt so proud that we were actually shooting something worth doing, that it just never came up.”
I wonder how many people questioned Neil Patrick Harris if his portrayal of womanizer Barney on How I Met Your Mother was difficult because he’s straight, or are these just idiotic homophobic questions.
Hal Sparks was playing the role of a gay man, a sexually active gay man, and as an actor he played the part.
Adele, on why she no longer posts her own tweets:
“I’m not a drinker any more, but when Twitter first came out I was drunk tweeting and nearly put my foot in it quite a few times. So my management decided that you have to go through two people and then it has to be signed off by someone. But they’re all my tweets. No one writes my tweets. They just post them for me. So yeah, that’s very, very true.”
I think there are a lot of folks on Twitter who could use a chain of command before aTweet goes out, drunk or not.
Michele Bachmann, on converting the Jews because the Baby Jeebus is coming:
“This week really was about biblical prophecy in many ways. And we’re seeing as events are speeding up, events are speeding up so quickly right now, and we see how relevant the Bible is, and we’re reading our newspaper, at the same time we’re learning about these biblical events, and it’s literally day by day by day, we’re seeing the fulfillment of scripture right in front of our eyes, even while we’re on the ground. We recognize the shortness of the hour. And that’s why we as a remnant want to be faithful in these days and do what it is that the Holy Spirit is speaking to each one of us, to be faithful in the Kingdom and to help bring in as many as we can — even among the Jews — share Jesus Christ with everyone that we possibly can because, again, He’s coming soon.”
She tosses a word salad better than anyone I know, because when you take this whole rambling mess apart, she says nothing, and reveals nothing, other than that she’s a loon.