Armie Hammer, my Husband-In-My-Head, on not considering himself a millennial:
“I am a millennial. You’re right. I totally should. And I can’t say I am not a millennial, but I’m not a millennial. I don’t get it. It doesn’t resonate with me. I don’t know why millennials will go to a wedding and take a picture of themselves on the dance floor and then post it on social media and be like, ‘Congratulations to Sarah and Jeff, so happy for you guys!’ Just what the hell is that? That just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Nor me; the people that photograph their food or drinks and then post it? WTF is that about?
I can’t and I am so happy my Husband-In-My-Head feels the same way … and that I get to post his picture … again.
Howard Schultz, the billionaire former Starbucks CEO who’s running for president but doesn’t wish to be called a billionaire:
“The moniker ‘billionaire’ now has become the catchphrase. I would rephrase that and I would say ‘people of means’ have been able to leverage their wealth and their interest in ways that are unfair. And I think that speaks to the inequality, but it also directly speaks to the special interests that are paid for by people of wealth and corporations who are looking for influence, and they have such unbelievable influence on the politicians who are steeped in the ideology of both parties…If I should run for president, I am not in bed with any party. I am not in bed with any special interest. All I’m trying to do is one thing: walk in the shoes of the American people.”
Walk in my shoes? Then you’d have to lose almost all of your billions, and all of your homes and clothes and possessions.
Look, Schultz, I don’t begrudge you being a billionaire. But the last thing I want is another unqualified “person of means” in the White House, So, again, I’ll say to you, if you wanna be president start locally, start small, prove you can do the job. I don’t imagine you started at the top of Starbucks so why do you think you should you start at the top of America? Is it because you’re a billionaire?
Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, on signing legislation that requires state Boards of Education to “include instruction, and adopt instructional materials, that accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals:
“This law would require that LGBTQ Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, are included and recognized for their significant historic contributions to the economic, political, and social development of New Jersey and the United States. Specifically, this legislation would add LGBTQ people and individuals with disabilities to the existing list of underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, which are covered by current law related to inclusion in textbooks and other instructional materials in schools.”
Great news, though New Jersey is just the second state to mandate LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in its schools. California passed the requirement in 2012.
Pete Buttigieg, on running for president and if America is ready for a gay president:
“Look, I get the audacity of somebody like me talking about running for this office, but frankly it’s a leap for anybody … And yet all of the people who had that job have been mortals who just bring their experience to the table. My experience is that of guiding a city through a transformation, and I think a mayor at any level has the kind of executive, front line, government experience—and by the way, problem-solving experience—that we need more in Washington right now. [And] when I came out, it was in the middle of a reelection campaign. I just reached that point in my life where I was ready. And we didn’t know what would happen. I’m from a socially conservative community. Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana at the time. And I just did it because it was time. That same year, I wound up getting re-elected with the 80 percent of the vote. [People] are prepared to get to know you and judge you based on the quality of your ideas and your experience and your work. And I trust that America could do that too. There is only one way to find out for sure.”
I don’t think he has a shot … this timer …but he is definitely worth watching.
Jussie Smollett, Empire actor and singer, on his attack in Chicago last week:
“I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served. As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident … Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me. My body is strong but my soul is stronger.”
I am waiting, and hoping, for the thugs to be caught and paraded in front of cameras so we can see the face of hate.
The MAGA hat is the new White Hood.
Ellen Page, acress, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, ripping _____ and Pence for the hatred of LGBTQ Americans:
“We have a media that’s saying it’s a debate whether or not what just happened to Jussie Smollett is a hate crime. It’s absurd. This shit isn’t a debate. Sorry, I’m like really fired up tonight. It feels impossible not to feel this way right now with the President and the Vice President Mike Pence who wishes I couldn’t be married. Let’s just be clear, the Vice President of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife. He wanted to ban that in Indiana. He believes in conversion therapy. He has hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the governor of Indiana and I think the thing we need to know, and I hope my show Gaycation did this, in terms of connecting the dots, in terms of what happened the other day to Jussie—I don’t know him personally [but] I send all of my love—connect the dots. This is what happens. If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career, trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are gonna be abused, and they’re going to kill themselves, and people are going to be beaten on the street. I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you could be. I am lucky to have the time and this privilege to say this. This needs to fucking stop.”
I get tears when I hear this, every single time. She’s right … it needs to fucking stop. Every single anti-LGBTQ politician has hate crimes blood on their hands; every single so-called pastor who preaches an anti0LGBTQ sermon, has a hand in a gay bashing, in a child’s suicide, in child abuse.
Bravo, to Ellen Page. And to Stephen Colbert for just letting her talk.