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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Glee's Kevin McHale comes out with the help of an Ariana Grande song
"NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT," McHale tweeted of the singer's new single.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
American Idol is having its most LGBT-inclusive season yet
Idol is "proudly championing the LGBT community" for the first time in recent memory, says Andy Swift. "Beyond showcasing LGBT contestants, ABC’s Idol maintains a refreshing air of inclusion, encouraging contestants to celebrate their differences, rather than trying to fit them into pre-made boxes," he adds. "Moving forward, my concern can be boiled down to a single word: America." Will viewers also embrace these contestants in the coming weeks?
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
This Is Us and Brooklyn Nine-Nine win GLAAD Awards
The NBC drama and the Fox comedy were, respectively, named the TV's top drama and top comedy for their LGTBQ portrayals.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
Andi Mack might have TV's most pet-friendly set
In celebration of today being National Pet Day, People magazine is celebrating the pet-friendliness of the Disney Channel series, which allows dogs, a bunny, a cat and two turtles on its Salt Lake City set. ALSO: Andi Mack wins the first-ever GLAAD Kids and Family Programming Award.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Ricky Martin holds no grudges against Barbara Walters for pressing him about his sexuality in an awkward 2000 interview
“She was just doing her job, everybody was asking that question and she needed to ask it,” he said of the interview on Watch What Happens Live. “I didn’t say yes, I didn’t say no, and I just left it open for everyone to think whatever they wanted to think, and I insist, why didn’t I say yes? And I believe everyone should just say ‘yes, it’s OK.’ If you are, say yes, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 11:33PM EDT
Why do liberal comedians like Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler attack conservatives with homophobic jokes?
Even Stephen Colbert has used homophobic jokes to attack the president, but in recent days Kimmel and Handler have come under fire for using gay jokes to attack conservatives. "Why do 'progressive' comedians so readily jump to homophobic jokes when it comes to mocking conservatives?" asks Ira Madison III. "Either insinuating that they like receiving anal sex via bottoming—or any other homosexual sex act—is the surefire way to knock someone down a peg. Because insisting that they’re gay must be the ultimate insult, right? Because the insinuation that a man might want to have sex with another man is somehow funny. The act itself is comical."
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Broad City's Abbi Jacobson confirms her bisexuality
“I kind of go both ways; I date men and women,” the actress told Vanity Fair.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Sean Hannity calls Jimmy Kimmel "Poor man's Colbert," Kimmel responds that Hannity is the "Poor Woman's Rachel Maddow"
The Hannity-Kimmel Twitter feud went on all day Friday and into the night as Hannity promised "must see TV!!" on his Fox News Show. “I don’t take joy in this. But I have just had it with the utter hypocrisy," Hannity said in devoting his entire opening segment to Kimmel, while repeatedly calling the late-night host a "pervert" and "Harvey Weinstein Jr." Kimmel responded on Twitter to Hannity's segment, tweeting: "Dear @SeanHannity thx for the trip down Man Show memory lane. The idea that YOU'd call ANYONE a 'pervert' while slobbering over Trump, Ailes, O’Reilly and, YES, Roy Moore – who you DID SUPPORT is, to quote a fella you love very much, 'Sad!'"
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
It's simply not true that Roseanne is a rare comedy that tackles politics and the working class
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, in explaining last week why Roseanne in the wake of Trump's victory, said "we had not been thinking nearly enough about economic diversity and some of the other cultural divisions within our own country.” To which Vox's Caroline Framke and Todd VanDerWerff respond: "This falls in line with how some people, and especially conservatives, have been talking about the Roseanne revival. The way this logic goes, Roseanne is one of the only shows on TV that dares talk about 'economic diversity' and 'cultural divisions,' political correctness or whatever be damned. The weird thing about that line of reasoning, however, is that it’s not true. While Roseanne’s original run was indeed groundbreaking, in the years since, countless politically and socially relevant sitcoms have followed in its footsteps. Many of them are on the air right now; some are even already airing on ABC." In fact, Vox has a list of 11 shows that tackle politics and the working class, from One Day at a Time to The Middle.
- Roseanne isn't the only "real" working class sitcom: What about Mom and Superstore?
- What about black working-class shows?: It's "frankly ludicrous" to say Roseanne represents the working-class voters who elected Trump
- Former Fresh Off the Boat writer Kourtney Kang explains her problem with this week's Roseanne slam
- Why the whole Black-ish-Fresh Off the Boat controversy is dumb: Roseanne is supposed to be a modern Archie Bunker!
- Is Roseanne's gender nonconforming grandson designed to appease "anti-trans feminists"?
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Mike Pence family tops John Oliver on The New York Times bestseller list
Last Week Tonight's Marlon Bundo book ranked sixth on The Times' list of Childrens' Picture Books bestsellers, while the Pence family's Marlon Bundo book placed fifth.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:44AM EDT
Rejected The Voice contestant apologizes after accusing Kelly Clarkson of doing a "disservice" to gay artists
Molly Stevens, who is gay, called Clarkson "small minded" for comparing her to Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls. Clarkson responded that "this really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY. I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller." Stevens later apologized, posting on Instagram: "I don’t think Kelly Clarkson meant ANYTHING by this and even gave it any thought but clearly I did."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Gay senior citizens comedy Silver Foxes is in the works
Turner Broadcasting-owned Super Deluxe is developing the comedy about "two older gay men and one twink (their buddy’s young lover) that rescue a friend who’s been forced-back-in-the-closet at his homophobic assisted living facility. After they bring him back to their mid-century Palm Springs house, the foursome creates a fabulous family of friends."
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
RuPaul's Drag Race has become pop-culture's dominant slang engine, but that slang has been stripped of its valuable context
"The vernacular of drag culture has been absorbed so quickly that few even know where the terms originated," says Lexi Pandell, adding: "If you’re new to drag culture, watching Drag Race—which debuted in 2009 and is part America’s Next Top Model, part Project Runway, and part SNL—can feel a little like stepping into unknown linguistic territory. In watching queens serve any and all manner of realness, viewers are absorbing an argot that has birthed everything from 'realness' to 'kiki to 'spilling the tea.' And unless you've been living off the grid for the past few years, you've likely been 'yas, queen!'-ed into oblivion via Broad City, 2 Dope Queens, or the umpteen million GIFs that celebrate the full-throated celebration." ALSO: Drag Race alums respond to RuPaul's transgender controversy.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Is Riverdale equipped to do a gay conversion therapy storyline?
"If we aren’t going to actually spend time with the trauma that conversion therapy creates, then it’s problematic to even go that route, because that isn’t a one-shot episode topic," says Princess Weekes of this week's episode. ALSO: Here's your first look at Riverdale's musical episode.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
John Oliver's Mike Pence-trolling book about a gay rabbit is actually pretty lame
The Last Week Tonight host's stunt doesn't make sense, says Benjamin Frisch of Oliver's Marlon Bundo book. "What about this children’s book makes it ripe for a gay parody?" he says, adding that "the primary reason is because gay stuff is the way we troll Mike Pence now. It’s predictable, it’s lazy, and the joke is starting to sour." Despite Oliver's "fluffy victory lap" on Ellen and Seth Meyers this week, Frisch says the book actually fails at skewering Mike Pence -- in fact, the family has turned it into positive press for themselves. "The story of the book is rote and uninteresting, because it’s not a book about a story," says Frisch. "It’s a story about a book: about how heroic comedy liberals served a truly legendary dunk—your rabbit is gay, dude!—in order to remind us that Mike Pence is annoyed by gay people. As if we gay people needed reminding... If our only recourse against bigotry is using gayness as a Styrofoam cudgel to knock down a Pence-shaped piñata, perhaps we need to revisit our tactics."