Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Architecture Wednesday: Hog Pen Creek

First off, I fell in love with the name: the Hog Pen Creek Residence. I mean, if you name your house and it sounds like a place for livestock, but turns out to be a very sleek and modern residence sitting by a lake, well, I’m in.

And this house sits right beside the shady, tree-covered confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin, with much of the building’s design determined by three mature oak trees that forced the builder to orient the house in a certain way, and forced the architecture into an L-shaped footprint.

And since the owners liked the idea of accessing much of the house from outdoor covered porches and walkways the house is designed to have the main living area closely connected with the water, while respecting the flood plain which is the reason for the stair-stepping boardwalk spine.

The main living area, a two-story single width volume with a master bedroom loft and porches on either end, takes advantage of the cool prevailing breezes and shade from the adjacent trees. A movable door serves as a bedroom wall, providing privacy for both the bedroom and the “crow’s nest” office, when needed from the living room below.

But again, there’s that name ….

The Pope Is Not Our Ally

Once again, all of you out there who think that Pope Frankie is LGBT-friendly simply because he once said “Who am I to judge?” please remember that he said this, last week, when speaking before Congress:
“I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.”
Fundamental relationships? I guess he means the one-man-one-woman kind.

The Catholic Church is not now, no matter who wears the white dress sand the Prada slip-ons, or rides around in a Fiat, LGBT-friendly.

He may say the right words from time-to-time but his actions say something entirely different.

Lance Sanderson Wanted To Dance With A Boy And Was Suspended Instead

Yesterday we talked Charlie Baca, a trans male at Irondale High School, who became Homecoming King  see post HERE; and here I thought, ‘Well, this is a step forward.’

Cue the step back … Lance Sanderson is gay; and he attends Christian Brothers High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Memphis, Tennessee. He had hoped to attend the homecoming dance, and even had a date picked out — a boy from another school — but when he asked for permission he was denied because, well, gay and Catholic don’t mix.

Administrators cited a school policy which states that students “may attend the dance by themselves, with other CBHS students or with a girl from another school” but boys from other schools may not attend “for logistical reasons.” Lance says he didn’t know about the archaic rule and was given a different excuse when, last spring, he asked about bringing his date.
“[The official] said the school doesn't discriminate, and I could bring whoever I want.”
Sadly, that official left the school over the summer and now, apparently, there are rules and excuses, and wild excuses:
“I was given several examples of statistics like they said gay couples have higher divorce rates, and that they're violent; just different things that didn't make sense, and I’ve come to find aren't true. They said specifically as a Catholic school, they couldn't support that … and that they struggled with the idea of me taking a guy to homecoming or prom.”
The school stands by the policy, and insists that homophobia is not tolerated:
“Over the years, we have met with gay graduates who have asked about the school and we have assured them it is a kinder and gentler school and that this generation of students is very welcoming of students from all backgrounds. They are not homophobic and we are proud of their brotherhood.”
That kinda smacks of, and I'll paraphrase, Some of our best students are gay. 

The school also says that they have “never let boys from other schools attend these dances as the mixing of boys from other schools in such an open atmosphere can cause problems.”

Lance has a problem with that logic, and started an online petition urging the school to join the rest of us in the 21st century. And he makes it clear that it’s been tough for him at the school since coming out as a freshman.
“It's been a tough four years for me [at the school] … and I've experienced a lot of homophobia, but now it's not classmates causing the issue -- its administrators. School officials who should be looking out for students like me, not targeting us with discrimination.” 
Now, before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, I know this is a Catholic school, and I know how the Catholics feel about The Gays, and I know we shouldn’t be surprised by the school’s refusal to let Lance bring a date.

School officials refused to change their stand and so Lance Sanderson didn’t attend the homecoming dance this year, but the story doesn’t end there because now the school has chosen to punish Lance Sanderson.

After the story went viral, and after his online petition garnered nearly 10,000 signatures, Lance Sanderson returned to school and was promptly sent home, with the school saying they did not “appreciate the unwanted publicity” the story had generated and were receiving insults as a result.

Wow, it must be hard to be insulted; kinda like the way the school insulted Lance Sanderson, no?
“I am disappointed that I am unable to sit in class today. While many assignments can be reached online, I was going to take two tests today and an in class timed essay. Tomorrow at CBHS, I was going to meet with admissions representatives from around the country (they do not visit often). I hope to be welcomed back into a classroom setting soon.”
Why the punishment? Lance Sanderson didn’t do anything wrong. He asked to bring a date to a dance and was denied; he created a petition hoping the school might change its mind, and they did not. He didn’t attend the dance.

It should have been over except the school decided that since they were made to look like homophobic tools that Lance Sanderson deserved to be punished. And so he wrote the school a letter — and has yet received no response:
Dear CBHS Administration,
Today I arrived at school around 6:30am. I sat down to complete my assignments for the classes I planned on attending today. At 7:30am, I was speaking to a teacher when an administrator walked into the room and told me to gather my books and come to the office.
When I arrived at the office I was told that the administration “had 890 other students to worry about” and could not deal with me. I was told to go home for the week. I said goodbye to a few teachers and students, then drove home.
I am hurt by this exclusion. It goes against the Lasallian value of brotherhood that the school is supposed to stand for. You won’t let me dance with my date and you won’t let me go to class now either. I had hoped that today would be one for positive conversation going forward. Instead, I was sent home.
I haven’t done anything wrong and haven’t hurt anybody. I want to be welcomed back to the school building today and I want this mean-spirited semi-suspension ended, so that I can do my classwork like anybody else.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote from a Birmingham jail cell: “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.
Sincerely,
Lance Sanderson
As I said, I get it that it’s a Catholic school, and so, while I find it ridiculous that Lance couldn’t bring a boy to the dance, I understand it. But I don’t understand how that simple act, asking to bring a date, results in being suspended from school.

Rather than preparing these boys for the real world, Christian Brothers High School is preparing them for a world that hasn’t changed from the 1950s; a world where being gay means you’re less than; a world where someone like Lance Sanderson can’t dance.

Hopefully, kids like Lance, and his allies, will leave this school vowing to make a change so that there aren’t any more stories like this.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Charlie Baca Is His School's First Trans Homecoming King

Charlie Baca was named Homecoming King for this year’s dance at Irondale High School in Minnesota, and no one was more surprised than he.

At a school assembly, listening to the announcements, he heard the name Charlie Baca called out as this year’s king but he didn’t pay too much attention because it’s just been two months since Charlie Baca came out as transgender and he’s still not used to the name:
"It’s still new [for me] being called Charlie, so when I heard it at first I was like ‘OK.’ And then I was like ‘Oh wait, that’s me! Oh my gosh, I won. My heart was beating out of my chest, and I’m sure my face went bright red, and my friends in the stands were all hooting and hollering. It was just really euphoric because I’ve been trying so hard to make a difference this year as my senior year, and being crowned king is a really big step that I didn’t think I’d accomplish."
It’s not just a big accomplishment for Charlie, but a big accomplishment for his friends, his schoolmates, and his school; it wasn’t so long ago that a gay Homecoming King or Queen was considered unusual, but the times, they do change.

Charlie says he hopes to use this honor as a stepping stone toward creating a club for LGBTQI students at Irondale, another first for the school. He hopes the club can act as a support group for LGBTI students who are being bullied.
"I just want to let as many people as possible know that it’s OK, and that there are people you don’t even know about that are supporting you.”
Charlie is quite likely the first trans male student to be named Homecoming King in Minnesota, but he’s not the first in the country. That honor belongs to Texas student — that’s right, y’all, Texas — Mel Gonzales, top left who was named his school’s Homecoming King in September of last year, as well as North Carolina student Blake Brockington in February 2014 — though Blake, bottom left, tragically took his own life in March of this year.

So, the times do change, and with students like Charlie and Mel being chosen as Homecoming Kings at their respective schools, and with those student bodies so welcoming and accepting and understanding, perhaps we won’t see any more trans students like Blake Brockington who tried as hard as he could until he just stopped trying.

Trans Lives Matter, y’all.
Gay Star News
Charlie Baca photo via TwinCities.com
Mel Gonzalez photo via ABC Local
Blake Brockington photo via WBTV

My Two Cents: Matt Damon Saying Actors [Gay Actors] Should Keep Their Sexuality Private

I like Matt Damon, I do, but lately it seems to me he’s gone off the rails in giving his opinion on something, diversity for example, and then walking it back when people question his thoughts.

It was just recently he was heavily criticized for interrupting black film producer Effie Brown to lecture her on diversity on his and Ben Affleck’s show Project Greenlight. He apologized for offending people, but refused to actually apologize for what he said.
“I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.”
And now he’s talking gay actors, well, openly gay actors.

In a recent interview to promote his newest film, The Martian, Damon spent some time discussing his role as Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson in Behind The Candelabra, and he was asked whether he thought it was harder to be an openly gay actor in Hollywood.
“I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease — then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus, but at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy — more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor — it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.”
Um, okay, let’s stop for a second and talk Rupert Everett.

Yes, he did come out quite early — way back in 1989 — before it was “the thing” to do, and maybe he did take a hit for that. But the reasons, I think, that his career didn’t flourish as Damon suggests it should have, is because of the angry tone in his interviews after coming out, where he, too, said gay actors should stay closeted, that gay people shouldn’t get married, that gay people shouldn’t have children. And then there’s that whole issue of what he did to his face via plastic surgery. I think looking less like Rupert Everett hurt him in getting work.

I think Everett is the classic case of shooting oneself in the foot. Rather than come out as gay, and be defiantly gay, and an actor, he whined about it, and complained about being gay and LGBT issues and I think that kind of made him less desirable to film producers and less interesting to audiences; it wasn’t being gay, it was his opinions of being gay.

As we well know, there are a lot of openly LGBT actors who have successful careers both before and after coming out.  Ian McKellen — who came out before Rupert Everett back in 1988 and his career flourished. Neil Patrick Harris. Wentworth Miller. Ellen Page. Zachary Quinto. Ben Whishaw. John Barrowman. Chris Colfer. Sean Hayes. Sarah Paulson. Jodie Foster. Jim Parsons. Anna Paquin.  Laverne Cox. Matt Bomer. Ezra Miller. Jussie Smollett. Cheyenne Jackson. Cherry Jones. Maulik Pancholy. Jane Lynch. Alan Cumming. Matt Dallas. Sean Maher. John Glover. Maria Bello. David Hyde Pierce. George Takei. Sandra Bernhard. Jonathan Groff. Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Cynthia Nixon, Wanda Sykes. Nathan Lane. Alec Mapa. Sara Gilbert. T.R. Knight. Guillermo Díaz. Russell Tovey. Andrew Rannells. Rosie O’Donnell. Victor Garber. Portia DeRossi.

That’s just some actors and actresses who’ve come out as gay and yet still continue to work in their chosen fields; and this doesn’t include singers like Adam Lambert or Chely Wright or Elton John, or athletes like Johnny Weir or Michael Sam, Orlando Cruz, or Martina Navratilova., or politicians like Tammy Baldwin, Brian Simms, Jared Polis, Barney Frank, or Mark Pocan.

Damon then went on to suggest that actors should be private about their sexuality in order to be more attractive to an audience.
“In terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.”
But how many photos are there of Matt Damon out in public with his wife? How does he justify the way so many straight celebrities trot out their wives and husbands and children all the time, but in the context of discussing openly gay actors he suggests they keep their private lives private?

I think maybe you should start first Matt, and leave your wife at home when you attend a premiere, and stop mentioning her in interviews because, you know, we don’t need to know anything about your sexuality. Except you keep telling us with every red carpet event.
And so naturally, because he has a movie to promote, Matt Damon is now trying to walk back his statements and recently appeared on Ellen to clarify his comments:
“I was talking about actors are more effective when you know less about their personal lives. And was talking about it in the context of when Ben and I first started and people wrote all these articles, when Good Will Hunting came out, that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote the script.
And feeling like oh, well we can’t even like then you have to address it and then it’s like well I’m not gonna throw my friends under the bus, who are gay, and act like it’s some kind of a disease. How do you even address it? So you’re always in these kind of weird things.
But in this day and age I said this thing to The Guardian and it got turned into… and I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery. Right? And somebody picked it up and said I said gay actors should get back in the closet. Which is like I mean it’s stupid, but it is painful when things get said that you don’t believe.
And then it gets represented that that’s what you believe. Because in the blogosphere there’s no real penalty for just taking the ball and running with it. Ya know what I mean? You’re just trying to click on your thing.”
I didn’t see a mention or question about the Ben and Matt Are Gay rumors in The Guardian piece, and I didn’t see an apology. All I saw was, once again, Matt Damon saying that actors “are more effective when they’re a mystery.” Only he doesn’t keep his sexuality a mystery, so again, is he just saying gay actors should keep silent?

And the irony that he’s telling Ellen DeGeneres that actors should keep their sexuality a mystery when she’s married to Portia DeRossi, an actress on Scandal, isn’t lost on me. I didn’t see him tell Ellen that she and Portia should be less open about their sexuality.

I think unless Matt Damon has walked in the shoes of a black filmmaker, or a gay actor, he doesn’t know whereof he speaks, and to suggest that someone’s sexual orientation, the gay kind, I mean, should be kept hidden, while his straight counterparts exhibit theirs ad nauseum, is ridiculous.

Sorry, Matt, I like you, I do; but you need to stop and think, and then perhaps say nothing.
Gar Star News
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Lo and Behold: Kim Davis Does Have a Gay Friend ... Who Isn't So Happy With Her

One of the phrases I love most is the racist who says, “Some of my best friends are black,” as a way to justify, or hide, being a bigoted asshat. Or, the person, like say, oh, I dunno, let’s say, Kim Davis, who went to hail and kissed up to lunatic like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz because she doesn’t think gay men and women should be allowed to get married — even though it’s the law — and says, “Some of my best friends are gay and they understand what I’m doing.”

Well, it turns out she’s right; Kim Davis does have gay friends, er, a gay friend, execpt he doesn't understand why she's doing what she's doing.

Dallas Black says he’s known Davis for years and even respects her personal opinion, but she’s an embarrassment to what he says is a progressive, LGBT-friendly town of Morehead, Kentucky.

Black, who is a distant cousin to Kim Davis’ first of three husbands, says he and the clerk became close after she helped him with paperwork after his mother died. While he said Davis wasn’t someone he “would get lunch with” he did consider her a friend, though now he doesn’t even recognize her.
“I really don’t know who Kim is at the moment. I really want to believe that the kind, sweet person who was there when my mom passed away is still there. I was friends with Kim in the past, but I don’t know this woman I’ve been seeing.”
And he says the change came when Kim Davis became a born again, holier than thou Christian four years ago, after three husbands, one adulterous affair that produced two children, and four marriages. But he does respect her opinion, and her right to that opinion, though he’s most annoyed that the “media fiasco” she created is turning Morehead into a backwoods” laughingstock.
“Kim Davis has become the face of Morehead, and that’s not the face we want to portray.”
Morehead is one of the most progressive college towns in Kentucky — which is saying something, yet not saying much because it is Kentucky, not exactly known for being so progressive. But, back in 2013, the Morehead city council unanimously passed an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, making it just the sixth city in Kentucky to do so. And with its vibrant arts scene, influx of college students, and coffee shops, Dallas Black says many LGBT Kentuckians to make it their home.
“This is kind of like a sanctuary for people who came to [Morehead State University]. They live here now, they’ve made it their home because it’s so progressive. And now it’s like, what is this place we live in? This is not the home we know. We don’t feel safe now. That’s ultimately what [Kim Davis] did. She made us feel like our home was invaded by strangers, and she made us strangers to it.”
And it’s changed a lot since Dallas Black came out in 2002. In those days, he felt the backlash for being openly gay, but today this is the same town where the local printing shop makes and sells t-shirts that say:
“Small town does not mean small-minded.”
For Dallas Black, that means he would offer support to Kim Davis if she ever came to him for help, but he wants it known that she will not be on his wedding list; that’s reserved for close friends and family and people who support same-sex marriage and the law.

But the best part of this story, for me, is that Kim Davis gay ‘friend’ I speaking out, and talking about how great their hometown is, and how progressive. And one can only hope that if Kim Davis doesn’t resign and just fade away, that the good people of Morehead, and Rowan County, will vote her out of office the very first chance they get.

That’s what friends are for.

The Daily Beast
Photo credit: Dallas Black
Carlos gets up first, and showers first, every morning. I usually wake up, see the lights on under the bathroom door, hear the shower running, and know i can snooze a bit longer.

And I do; until Carlos comes out of the bathroom and makes his way in the dark to his nightstand and his glasses and watch. Then I wake up and order breakfast. I kid; I tell him what I'm having for breakfast. He only makes the Cafe con Leche.

But one morning last week, at the time Carlos is exiting the bathroom and coming for his glasses, I hear a loud thump and an "Oh shit."

"Are you okay?"

"I ran into the door frame."

"You can turn the light on."

"I didn't want to wake you."

"Oh, okay then. Thanks for the thump and the 'Oh shit.'"

Starting Off The Week With A Giggle And A 'WTF?'

I like PETA, I do. I mean, what’s not to like: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. A person who doesn’t like PETA has got to be nuts, though there are time when PETA itself gets a little crazy.

British nature photographer David Slater went to Sulawesi in 2011 and created a book called "Wildlife Personalities" with the pictures taken on that trip, and that’s where PETA is pissy.

See, while taking photos Slater left a camera on the ground and a macaque monkey took a series of selfies that are, well, fabulous. Selfies that prove this macaque is the Selfie King and every single person on the planet needs to stop taking selfies right now because, in the words of The [t]Rump, ‘You’re a loser.’

But, and this is the WTF I referred to up top, a novel lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco by PETA saying the court should issue an order allowing PETA to administer all proceeds from the photos for the benefit of the monkey, which it identified as 6-year-old Naruto, and other crested macaques living in a reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Yes PETA is claiming that since the monkey took the selfies that PETA should become the administrator of the income generated by the selling of the selfies—they appeared in Slater’s book, and at many online sources—so they can care for the monkey and others.

Seriously; PETA maintains that no one owns the copyright to the images because they were taken by an animal, not a person.

Again, seriously. And they have a leg to stand on because last year, the U.S. Copyright Office issued an updated compendium of its policies, including a section stipulating that it would register copyrights only for works produced by human beings. It specified that works produced by animals, whether a photo taken by a monkey or a mural painted by an elephant, would not qualify.

And so PETA struck, and used Slater’s own account of his interaction with Naruto against him stating that Naruto "authored the monkey selfies by his own independent, autonomous actions in examining and manipulating Slater's unattended camera."

Slater, for his part, believes the British copyright obtained for the photos by his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., should be honored worldwide. And he has offered to sell copies of one of the "monkey selfies" and will donate $1.70 per order to a conservation project dedicated to protecting Sulawesi's macaques. But he also wants some of the money from the sales for his daughter:
"I sincerely wish my 5-year-old daughter to be able to be proud of her father and inherit my copyrights so that she can make my work into an asset and inheritance and go to university. I have very little else to offer her."
Seriously, PETA, aren’t there bigger fish to fry? Perhaps a lawsuit, or even a request, that Slater donate some of the proceeds from his book to a conservation project in Sulawesi might have made you look better and less like a monkey with a camera.

And again, selfies addicts of the world: when a monkey takes the Best Selfie Ever it’s time for y’all to stop.
HuffingtonPost

Saturday, September 26, 2015

It's Snarkurday!

Remember when those Looney Lohans—chardonnay loving Dina and her cracktress daughter Lindsay—filed a lawsuit against Fox News because Michelle Fields , a guest on Sean Hannity’s show, accused them of doing coke together?

 Well, Fox News apologized; I think they said something like we’re sorry someone said you do coke together, when it’s actually crack. But the Lohans weren’t buying that apology because neither one of them has a job and so, yeah, lawsuit, claiming Fields’ comment smeared their reputation.

Stop laughing! That’s what they said.

Well, I guess even the judge wasn’t laughing because he tossed the Lohan Lawsuit out of court saying the comment wasn’t “malicious” because the Lohans are public intoxicants figures.

Maybe they’ll get a job now?

I said, Stop laughing!


It appears that Deborah Norville went Christian Bale on her crew the other day.

Y’all recall when Bale had an epic meltdown on a movie set because someone was ruining his scene? Well, it happened to Norville, too.

Apparently, Deborah Norville, who has been on Inside Edition since she was run out of town by The Today Show, was working a Harper’s Bazaar party in New York last week when a band of rude and mean bitches did not give her the time of day and off she went.

A witness says that Deborah was interviewing celebrities but was growing more and more irate that all the pretty girls—models, mostly—walked through her shot during filming, but she finally blew her stack when a lowly publicist entered her filming arena.

And so … She.Kicked.Her.

Yes, while Christian Bale f-bombs when he’s angry, Deborah Norville will actually kick you if you piss her off, and all the while smile for the cameras.

But then, I’m guessing because she was so enraged, she began hijacking interviews from other, for lack of a better word, journalists. As one celebrity was speaking with someone on camera, Deborah Norville ALLEGEDLY busted in and began interviewing said celebrity, starting off with an “I’m Deborah Norville.”

But the best part of the night was when she saw a celebrity wannabe circling the carpet and she screamed “Willow” at Willow Smith.
Except it was Willow’s brother, Jaden.

Ouch.


More drama at The View and the season’s barely begun.

It all started the morning after the Miss America pageant when co-host Michelle Collins brought up the monologue about being a nurse that Miss Colorado gave during the talent section. They showed a clip of Miss Colorado delivering the monologue while wearing her nurse’s uniform. Joy Behar asked, “Why does she have a doctor’s stethoscope around her neck?”  

And suddenly nurses everywhere shrieked and turned off their TV sets and refused to ever watch The View again.

Not because of the nurse bashing but because the show is over … like by about five years.
And two advertisers also seized this non-event o pull out of the show; both Johnson & Johnson and Eggland’s Best Eggs announced that they were done giving advertising money to The View. 

Again, not because of the nurse bashing but because the show is seriously over.


Rumor has it that Jessica Simpson appeared on the Home Shopping Network last week to hawk her shoes or purses or sunglasses or something, and she was all kinds of drunk.

Of course, though both Jessica and her people, and HSN have all chimed in saying she was not drunk, or tipsy or blotto, but maybe she’s just dumb?

Okay, maybe I said that.

Sources say that Jessica was on for two hours selling and selling and that she wasn’t drunk, but maybe she was just tired, and, oh, by the way, she slurs when she talks.

Wow.


Well, That Woman must be rolling over in her crypt with the news that thirty-eight-year –old Orlando Bloom is hooking up with her nineteen-year-old daughter Kendall after the two met at a party.

Yes, the math is correct, he is twice her age, but That Woman only cares about the fact that if they continue being a couple, she’ll get Orlando to sell his soul to her and he’ll be forced to either appear on her rancid reality show or spend and eternity in Hell.

I’d pick Hell, myself.


So, last season Empire was the hit show, and so naturally people wanna talk Taraji and Terrence; well, maybe not Taraji because she’s normal, but lotsa folks ask creator Lee Daniels about that hot mess known as Terrence Howard and Daniels opts to stick up for the lunatic wife beater.

And that’s how Daniels now finds himself at the suing end of a lawsuit brought by Sean Penn.

It’s no secret that Howard has been accused of physically assaulting nearly half a dozen women, and so when Daniels was asked about that he said:

“That poor boy. [Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

And cue the $10 million lawsuit brought by Penn against Daniels.

Seriously, though, is Daniels suggesting that since Sean Penn beat up on Madonna — and let’s face it, he did — that Terrence Howard be given a pass?

Two wrongs make a right, Lee? And quit making light of Howard’s abusive nature by saying someone else did it, too.


Azealia Banks doesn’t have a career any more, unless you call attacking people on social media a career. And maybe even she doesn’t because now she’s taken her act off the internet and into the sky.

Banks was on a flight from New York to LA this week and gave passengers quite a display of asshatitude. It all began when the plane landed and Banks was ready to get off. Trouble was, she was in the 6th row and she was blocked from exiting by a French couple in the 3rd row. Azealia tried to squeeze by them but the man put his hand out to, she says, “stop her.”

And she was off!  Witnesses say Banks spit in the man’s face, punched him and clawed at his shirt. When a flight attendant stepped in, grabbed Banks’ bag and told her to calm, she really lost it.

Well, her balance at least; She fell into a seat, got back up and tried to get her luggage back from the flight attendant while calling him a “f**king f*ggot.”

And so a co-pilot got involved and threatened to call the police and that’s when Banks ran, dropping her phone along the way. Police caught up with her at baggage claim, but she wasn’t arrested or anything, because the French couple, on vacation, didn’t want to be bothered with some “low-rent, low-class piece of trash with a filthy mouth.”

Oh, yeah, I said that part.

Friday, September 25, 2015

PR 14, Ep 8: The One Where Lindsey Is Pan[ned]

Finally! They get to see a Broadway show. Sadly, it’s ‘Finding Neverland;’ and not Michael Jackson’s Neverland because at least there might have been chimps.

No, this ‘Finding Neverland’ is the hit [?] Broadway musical; sure, it’s making money — some $800,000 a week — but it isn’t making, say, ‘Wicked’ money because that’s around $1.5 million a week after running on Broadway for 13 years. But, and this is important, and this is why they used this show,  ‘Finding Neverland’ is a Harvey Weinstein production and he is also a producer of Project Runway. Yup, he’s using his TV show  to promote his Broadway show. Just sayin’.

And so, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Tim introduces Matthew Morrison, the star of ‘Finding Neverland’ and they explain that the designtestants will first see the show and then use it as inspiration for this week’s look. There are no limits this week; they can do anything they choose with $250 and, finally, another trip to Mood. Hello Swatch!

Let’s rip …
THE SAFES
MERLINE
She goes dark and almost simple, but then creates a kind of armor on the sleeves. I’m liking this more Goth Merline.

SWAPNIL
He decides to smoke less and work more — it took him weeks to decide that? And he creates a flowing skirt with a very sculptural — think Butterfly wings — top. It’s pretty but not great.
THE TOPS
THE ADORABLE EDMOND™
He wants to make something colorful and dreamy and at Mood he goes for every color imaginable and prints and feathers and … then in the workroom he tosses them all out the window — not literally  and settles on a sleek black cigarette pant and bustier top beneath a billowy purple cloud. Tim loves his idea of the cloud top and the nighttime bustier and pant idea, but is worried that the cloud will go unfinished.

WHAT HE SAID
I do feel as if I’m picking up momentum.

WHAT I SAID
Love the pant; love the bustier. As for the purple cloud? I like it, but wish it had been a different color, perhaps more cloud-like?

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Heidi loved the pants and the sexy top but she hated the cloud; she was impressed by his ability to create such a great pant in one day though. Guest judge, and fabulous model, Coco Rocha also hated the cloud, but loved the rest, though she called it two different looks in one. Zac called it strong and sporty and sophisticated, but asked that The Adorable Edmond™ ‘lose the Muppet.’ Nina loved the drama of the look, and called it polished and balanced and loved the reveal of removing the cloud.

WHAT HAPPENED
The Adorable Edmond™ is gathering momentum; he’s also safe … and so adorable.
KELLY
She is less inspired by the show, and more by the photos she saw on the wall while waiting in line for the restroom. And so that means bringing old-fashioned yet updated modern glamour to the runway … with gloves.

And Kelly actually made gloves, though for a moment I was worried that they looked like something Minnie Mouse might wear to the opera, but in the end they turned out fairly well. Tim likes her taking a risk — she has immunity so why not — and loves the idea of the lacy long vest over a mini-skirt.

WHAT SHE SAID
I wanted to add flirty and playful.

WHAT I SAID
I hate the idea of a mini under a floor-length anything; and I am not a fan of green pool tile fabric.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Zac loved that she made gloves — later, he showed the model how to work a glove … seriously — and loved the color and loved that Kelly stepped out of her urban raver comfort zone. Coco thought it too costume-y, while Heidi didn’t like that it looked like a dress — with a center seam for the love of Chanel — under a negligee; she also questioned who might wear it and where. Nina said it was editorial and perfect for photography, though she also didn’t care for the mini dress; she did love the fabric and called that the star of the whole look.

WHAT HAPPENED
Kelly is Safe, though even if she’d fumbled this week she’d still have been safe.
CANDICE
It was a quote from Hook about embracing your darkness that inspired Goth Candice — go figure — to do a bustier in leather under a big, wild coat and a skirt that actually morphed into a bustier coat dress worn over pants. Tim loves her fabric choices, and the mix of textiles, but when Candice says she wants to use white to signify heading into the light, Tim cautions her against it. In the end, there was either no white, or maybe it was hidden from sight.

WHAT SHE SAID
I’m a bit worried about the arms [looking] like bat wings.

WHAT I SAID
I like it, though I could have done without the Capri pants. I think it would have been better as a dress.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Nina loved that it wad dark and romantic, and loved the leather bustier and the draping and mixing of the fabrics. She called it beautiful and editorial and dreamy and fantasy and drama. Nine like. Heidi loved the sexy hardness of it, while Zac said, Brava! And he also called it a great interpretation of the play and Candice’s aesthetic while being original, with just a hint of costume. Coco loved that Candice embraced the darkness and said this was ‘baddie gone goodie.’

WHAT HAPPENED
With raves from Nina it’s clear: Candice scores another Win.
THE BOTTOMS
ASHLEY
She decides that since Peter Pan is like a guardian angel to the children, and since her grandmother is like her guardian angel, she’ll do an ombré gown that is either mermaid or flowy; or both. I didn’t get the connection either, unless the grandma was a mermaid who liked a body conscious ombré gown? At any rate, Tim urges her to do both mermaid and flowy, but Ashley gets so far behind in time that it gets scary. And, after she adds boning to her top, it doesn’t fit the model and so, yeah, it’s kinda rough for Ashley this week.

WHAT SHE SAID
I kinda lost what my inspiration was for this design.

WHAT I SAID
It’s so sloppy and raggedly and completely unfinished looking.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Zac liked the ombré and the purple — he was dressed as The Joker last night — but called it droopy and messy and pointed out the awful unraveling hemline. Heidi liked the ‘idea’ but not the construction, especially of the rabbit eared bodice; up close, however, she found it shockingly bad.  Coco loved the color against the model’s skin but said it looked like Ashley fought with the drapes and the drapes won. Nina simply said it was ‘prom gone wrong’ and when Zac said he liked some of the ideas she added, ‘I hate it.’

WHAT HAPPENED
Luckily Ashley has done better work, and luckily she at least had an idea, because she’s Safe.
LAURIE
She’s inspired by her own childhood  she says she has wings  and so she’ll make hot pants. I don’t get the correlation unless it is the idea that under the hot pants one can still wear a feminine hygiene product that has wings? I don’t know. Tim is less concerned about that and more concerned that her choice of fabric for the jacket looks too mature, but that is the least of Laurie’s problems.

She is running out of time — she opts to do three pieces and then mentions in the comments that she’s never done that before — and so her model’s ass hangs out until scrap of fabric are tacked onto the skirt. There is no lining for the top, so Laurie uses nipple pads — who knew there was such a thing — to cover the lady bits, though they don’t really help.

It's all so tragic ...

WHAT SHE SAID
At this point I’m hoping to be safe.

WHAT I SAID
Keep hoping, because this hodgepodge of crap is so far from safe you can’t even see safe in the rearview mirror.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Zac said it was a lot … of bad construction, glued on bustiers with no coverage of boobies and such. Nina said, and I quote, “Oh.My.God. It’s not Tinkerbell, it’s Tinkerhell!!!!!” She called it a mess from head to toe with bad proportions, floppy sleeves and too many issues. Heidi said there were some good ideas — Nina snapped, “Like which?” — but was amazed by the see-thru top and nipple pads; she liked the coat, but said it was crooked; she liked the silhouette because it was different, but maybe different is bad in this case. Coco shuddered at the idea of having to model this mess.

WHAT HAPPENED
I guess because she had an idea — even though it was an Epic Fail — Laurie lives to die another day.
LINDSEY
She wants to make a magical evening gown and selects a variety of dark fabrics and prints, and then settles on using just one: green. Tim seems to like her idea of a high-necked, backless mullet dress in Kelly green and I’m beginning to wonder if Tim isn't secretly working to get Lindsey Auf’d after so many weeks in the bottom. And Lindsey, like Ashley and Laurie, her Bottom Three counterparts, also struggled with time and the fact that her model has actual breasts. 

I didn’t get it because the dress seems so simple and yet she could barely finish.

WHAT SHE SAID
My dress is my kind of fantasy where it’s still wearable.

WHAT I SAID
It’s boring and one-note and doesn’t fit very well.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
Heidi loved the color … that’s all. She hated the high front, the mullet skit, and the slit up the back. Coco called it nice … ouch … and pretty plain, and pointed out that the waist was so awful it made the model seem short. Zac asked if it was supposed to be symmetrical and Lindsey said, ‘Yes, in concept, but in practicality there was a question mark.’ Zac snapped back, ‘Oh there’s no question about it.’ Nina liked the color and the back, but hated the front.

WHAT HAPPENED
After so many weeks in the bottom, bad construction wins out over boring and Lindsey is Auf’d … and thankfully not given the Tim Gunn Save™.
Tim gives a little Tough Love to Swapnil for coasting through each challenge but never winning; he tells Swapnil he’s been working at 40% and needs to amp that up, and stop taking a hundred smoke breaks a day. Otherwise, no matter how good he is, he will end up outside The Tents.

I loved when Merline said: “You’re telling me I can go outside of the box, but I go back in because now everybody is outside of the box. Maybe that’s the problem.”

But the best line goes to Tim, who said this to Laurie: “I feel as though you have two different people here. You have this modern warrior of sorts, and then you have her mother. You need to beat back the old lady.”

The Tents: The Adorable Edmond™, unless he totally screws up. Candice, too. But that third spot? Swapnil, if he steps it up or perhaps Merline if she continues with her Goth-chic-cool POV. I’d say Ashley has a chance but she’s flailing and Laurie is failing. Kelly could be a long shot.

All through the PR there was a timer in the corner remind us that Rachel Zoe’s new show, Fashionably Late, was on after the PR. I stayed up to watch it and found it so awful and so try hard and so full of itself that I might just have to watch it every week. Zoe says that’s called ‘I Can’t Even’ when something is so bad that you can’t even watch it, wear it, see hit, hear it, but you do.

I.Can’t.Even.

What did YOU think?