Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Donald Trump's Words Make Their Own Point

New Day For America PAC (supporting Republican John Kasich) has issued this ad letting Donald Trump's words speak for himself.

I do appreciate the one word question: "Presidential?"

File under #InfightingIsFun.

MODERN FAMILY Star Reid Ewing Casually Comes Out On Twitter

Reid Ewing of MODERN FAMILY casually comes out on Twitter

Reid Ewing, of Modern Family fame, casually noted his sexuality in a tweet about Eugene Bata's recent appearance on Good Morning America addressing body dysmorphia, which Reid had recently written about.

Check Reid's essay on body dysmorphia on Huff Post here, and read his uber-casual response below :)


First Teaser For "Grease Live!"

Clip description:

FOX enrolls at Rydell High with GREASE: LIVE, a LIVE one-night musical production of the massively popular crossover musical “Grease.”

Coming to FOX JAN 31.

POTUS: No Specific/Credible Intelligence Indicating A Plot On Homeland Right Now

Adele Jams "Hello" With Jimmy Fallon & The Roots On Schoolroom Instruments

As if her record-breaking sales and live appearances haven't been enough, Adele sits down with Jimmy Fallon & the Roots for an acoustic/schoolroom instruments version of her now mega-hit "Hello."

No wondering here - she kills it.

Note the "cameo" appearance of a bust of Lionel Richie upstage of the band. Clever, Jimmy Fallon. Clever.

First Trailer for "Captain America: Civil War"

First trailer from the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War" is out, and it delivers.

Chris Evans' "Captain America" faces off against Robert Downey Jr.'s "Iron Man" in an effort to protect former side-kick "Bucky Barnes," played by the Auber-handsome Sebastian Stan.

Looks like the whole Avengers team makes an appearance throughout the film.

"Captain America: Winter Soldier" rocked, and this looks just as good. I applaud Marvel for keeping their super hero universe so intertwined across so many movies.

The new movie hits theaters May 6, 2016.

Homophobic Tweets By Kathryn Knott, Alleged Philly Gay Basher, Will Be Admissible

Kathryn Knott (R) with Philip Williams and Kevin Harrigan who pled guilty to assaulting two gay men in Center City

Bad news for Kathryn Knott, who heads to trial next month on charges of aggravated assault during events back in September 2014 when two gay men were attacked and beaten to the point of one man's jaw was shattered and had to be wired shut for months.

Her homophobic tweets she was happy to send out into the Twitterverse will come back to haunt her as they will be introduced as evidence to show her bias against gays.


A Common Pleas jury is expected to hear that Knott, 25, of Southampton, had posted the following on her @kathryn_knott Twitter account:

* "@krisssstenxoxo the ppl we were just dancing with just turned and mafe out with eatch other #gay #ew"

* "jazz flute is for little fairy boys"

* "@g0_nads he's gonna rip me today for my hair..just wait. #dyke"

* "this camo song is gay like all the other brad paisley songs"

Knott faces trial on a count of conspiracy, two counts of aggravated assault and related offenses in the September 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City. Jury selection is expected to take place Dec. 9. Opening statements would likely begin the next day.
Besides Knott, two others in her group, Philip Williams, of Warminster, and Kevin Harrigan, of Warrington, were also charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy and related offenses.

Last month, Williams, 25, and Harrigan, 27, accepted commonwealth offers to plead guilty before Common Pleas Judge Frank Palumbo. Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy and was sentenced to five years' probation.

Harrigan pleaded to simple assault and conspiracy and was sentenced to three years' probation. Both were ordered to perform community service at a center supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, to stay away from Center City while on probation and to pay restitution.

Knott turned down a plea offer and opted to take her case to trial.

Barry, in arguing Tuesday for Knott's tweets to be introduced at her trial, told the judge: "She does not like gay people. This is why the fight happened. . . . She's one of the people who jumped in and joined the assault."

The prosecutor said an independent witness saw Knott run into the fight and punch Hesse.

He said the victims also heard her call out the word "faggot."

Read more about the case here.

Sarah Palin Gets Schooled On Refugee Vetting Process

Sarah Palin, former half-term governor of Alaska, dropped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to push her new book and along the way the issue of Syrian refugees came up.

Palin told Meyers and audience that the reason governors across the U.S. are saying "no" to any refugees is because there’s not a vetting process to determine if they are “bad guys infiltrating under the guise of refugee.”

Without blinking or referring to any cue cards, Meyers calmly described the very real vetting process that takes between 18-24 months before refugees are allowed into the country.

Via Yahoo:

“In order for any refugees to come in, it is like an 18- to 24-month process for them to get through,” Meyers said. “It starts at the U.N., and then it comes through multiple government agencies here in the States. Is it maybe just that, at the core, I think there’s just a lack of trust across the board of the federal government? Do you think that’s what these governors are really saying, that ultimately anything the federal government tells them, they don’t trust?”

“Well, I don’t trust what the federal government is telling us,” Palin — who is out promoting her new book, “Sweet Freedom” — replied. “But even you should not trust that the federal government is telling you about the 18- to 24-month vetting process is as legit as perhaps they’re trying to make the public believe, because truly, there is no way to filter out those that would want to do this country harm with the process that we see in place today. And that’s why it’s not just Republican governors but Democrats too who are saying, ‘Wait a minute. Somebody’s got to be the last line of defense here, so the states are taking on that authority.’”

Meyers went on to ask of we can ever truly get to a place where everyone feels absolute safety about vetting all refugees, and Palin quickly did a u-turn agreeing with him.

“If we were to strive to reach absolute safety, we would not have freedom,” Palin said. “If people have the choice here — I mean, we can have both, but we’re all about freedom. That’s a foundation of our country, so we’re not going to give up freedom for that.”

Meyers also addressed the cynicism of assuming all refugees only want to come here to attack us, and that he believed people want to come to the U.S. because they seek the freedoms we all have.

Freedom, Meyers said, is why the refugees “are so desperate to come here.”

“I think this idea that they’re coming here to infiltrate — I think that is fear-based,” he said. “I do think they want to come here and enjoy the same things you and I are lucky enough to enjoy.”

Palin, again, u-turns and agrees with Meyers.

Announcing "The Randy Report - Podcast Edition"

After months of thinking and postponing and more postponing, I finally launched the companion podcast to The Randy Report this week.

Many readers here know that for years I co-hosted an online radio show, The Candi & Randy Show, with my fab friend Candi Fox.

It was a fun, enriching experience where Candi and I laughed together, and also explored a lot of topics I'd never thought about. Along the way we racked up over 500,000 targeted listeners.

But after two and a half years, I found my calendar was booking up with lots of theater projects that I was really looking forward to working on, and plus, I found I was a bit out of ideas. I stepped away thinking that at sometime in the future I might see myself sitting down at a microphone again.

So, Monday night I debuted the first episode of The Randy Report (the radio show) on BlogTalkRadio. I hope many of you will click over to the show page there and click "Follow" so you can be notified of upcoming episodes.

The first show featured two interviews - one with Lee Roy Reams, who is currently starring in Hello, Dolly! in Boca Raton, Florida (the first American male actor to play the title role); and the second with award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Zarley discussing his acclaimed musical short film "hopefulROMANTIC."

I refer to the radio show as a "companion" piece to the blog here as I hope to explore via talk radio many of the stories and issues I bring up here on a a daily basis.

I'm still working on some details - one of which being exactly when I'll air shows live. But the great thing about BlogTalkRadio is every show is available for free on-demand listening within a few minutes of a show airing. So, whether you join me and my guests live or catch up later on your own schedule, you can be a part of the ever-expanding Randy Report experience :)

Listen below and I hope you all will join me on future episodes.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gus Kenworthy On The 8 Things Straight Friends Should Never Say To Gays

Teen Vogue‘s Phillip Picardi and newly out (and hot) Olympian Gus Kenworthy discuss the 8 things straight folks should never say to their gay friends.

I'm not so sure some of these things are actually "offensive" to say to the gays - like, "How did you come out?" is offensive?

But I'm having a thing about Gus lately, so I like the video :)

How teenage girl of me is that?

Viral Video: Adele's "Hello" In The Style Of 25 Different Artists

No, wait. This is brilliant. Seriously.

From the artist:

"My name is Anthony Vincent and I'm the voice of Ten Second Songs and I hope you all enjoy my cover of Adele's "Hello" performed in 25 different vocal styles."

Over 500,000 views in a day.

(h/t JMG)

TV Listing Of The Day: The Wizard Of Oz

It Gets Better Project Turns 5

Amazing changes have happened in the world for LGBTs in the five years since Dan Savage launched the It Gets Better Project.

The question for today is: what will you do to help continue making things better over the next five years?

Raise you voice. Share your journey.

Adele Breaks NSYNC's Sales Record In Just Four Days

The juggernaut that is Adele keeps on killing it.

Adele's newly released album "25" sold 2.43 millions units in less than four days.

The record for single week album sales had been held by boy band NSYNC since March 2000 when they released their massive "No Strings Attached" album, selling 2.416 million in the first week.

Adele was only about 100,000 copies shy of that number after just three days of sales: “25” dropped last Friday.

In case you missed it, check out Adele's live performance of "Water Under The Bridge" on last night's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

First Look: Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit & Vanessa Hudgens in "Grease Live!"

Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit in Grease Live!

FOX has shared the first peek of Danny (Aaron Tveit), Sandy (Julianne Hough), and Rizzo (Vanessa Hudgens) from their upcoming live version of Grease.

I think this looks great! Clearly, the producers are paying respectful homage to the enormously successful 1978 film starring Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and Stockard Channing. I like that.

Btw - I hear there may be a cameo from a certain "Pink Lady" in the upcoming television presentation. Wanna guess who?

Grease LIVE! will air on January 31 on FOX.

Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens

Julianne Hough as "Good Sandy" in Grease Live!
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