Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, responding to the news that _____ has officially changed his primary residence from Manhattan to Mar-a-Lago in Florida:
"Good riddance. It's not like he paid taxes here anyway ... He's all yours, Florida."
And Florida kinda deserves him.
Sean Doolittle, World Series winning Washington Nationals pitcher, will not be attending the congratulatory meeting with _____:
"There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. At the end of the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can't do it. I just can't do it."
He wins on principle, too.
Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright, coming for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for allowing political ads on the site because there are Free Speech, even when they lie:
“I admire your deep belief in free speech. But this can’t possibly be the outcome you and I want, to have crazy lies pumped into the water supply that corrupt the most important decisions we make together. Lies [like the Super PAC ad that falsely claimed Joe Biden paid a Ukrainian attorney general $1 billion to stop an investigation into his son] that have a very real and incredibly dangerous effect on our elections and our lives and our children’s lives. Every square inch of that is a lie and it’s under your logo. That’s not defending free speech, Mark, that’s assaulting truth. In most cases, in a democracy, I believe people should be able to see for themselves what politicians they may or may not vote for are saying and judge their character for themselves. If I’d known you felt that way, I’d have had the Winklevoss twins invent Facebook.”
Sorkin wrote the screenplay for The Social Network.
Look, Zuckerberg is not about Free Speech, he’s about the coins, and if people with coins want to lie on Facebook in their political ads, he’s fine as long as the checks clear.
Sidenote: in The Social Network the Winklevoss twins were played by My-Husband-In-My-Head Armie Hammer. That’s all.
Brian J. Smith, actor … Sense8 and Treadstone … coming out as gay and growing up queer in Texas:
“I was terrified. At school I really couldn’t fit in anywhere. I wasn’t a jock or a nerd. Forget about any [LGBTQ+] union or groups. There was absolutely nothing. I was completely alone. I heard all the names: pussy, faggot. I was constantly having to check myself and make sure I wasn’t looking at someone too long or making someone feel uncomfortable. A lot of my work is about that. The things that move me as an actor are those echoes that come up [about being gay].”
Welcome out, Brian, and know that just by coming out, you are helping all the younger LGBTQ community to come out and be themselves and know that they are okay.
And so, please accept as our gift, from HOMO HQ, the Official Coming Out Toaster Over™ and a copy of The Gay Agenda.
PS We’ve been watching Treadstone and you’re awfully hot. Just sayon’.
Kerr Smith, former Dawson’s Creek actor, on being half of network television’s first gay kiss almost twenty years ago:
“We were the first ones to do that. It was a crazy experience back then but you’re right, look at every single show now, it’s pretty amazing. There’s always a gay storyline, or a lesbian storyline or whatever. I was talking to Casey [Cott, on Riverdale] and he’s playing pretty much the same character I played on Dawson’s. I remember the day when Kevin Williamson came down to … where we shot, and he took me out, he said, ‘Kerr, let’s go get some coffee.’ I’m going, ‘Oh no, am I fired?’ And he throws this idea, ‘We want to go down a different avenue with Jack,’ and I go, ‘What does that mean?' Obviously, he always had the intention of making one of his characters gay, he was still in the closet at that point and every character in ‘Dawson’s Creek’ is an extension of Kevin Williamson. My storyline ended up being largely Greg Berlanti’s. It was an intense experience and I remember calling everybody that I respected and said, ‘Hey should I do this?’ Doing the first male-male kiss, I remember it was intense. Josh Jackson, I remember it was the only time he came into work when he didn’t have to work. I’m glad we did it and it was part of history.”
It was probably the first time that a lot of young gay men saw themselves, or who they could be, on television, and that counts for something.
Billy Porter, on the challenges of being black and gay in Hollywood:
“We must speak life into ourselves, even when everyone around us is doing the opposite. I never saw anything that looked like me, and visibility … when we see ourselves reflected back… is so important.”
I don’t imagine Billy saw himself in Kerr, so much, but he did see a glimpse of what might be. And Billy is now doing that for a lot of gay black men.