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Morning (Um, Early Afternoon) Quickies: Patti Stanger Apologizes, Sort Of, For Gay Comments

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  • Patti Stanger visited Joy Behar’s show last night to explain WTF she said about gay guys on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” Patti got herself in a wee bit of trouble Sunday night when she basically told Andy Cohen that gay dudes are promiscuous queens. Last night, Patti defended her record on gay rights and reiterated that in her experience, gay men in Los Angeles do not settle down. Honestly, Patti is a big supporter of gay rights and it is sad she’s being whacked for making stupid-ass comments. But girlfriend should just apologize for misspeaking and shut up. She’s digging herself in a deeper hole! [Washington Post]
  • Morgan Freeman’s divorce is finally finalized. Does that mean he’s ready to marry—gulp—his 27-year-old step-granddaughter? [YourTango]

Evening Quickies: Patti Stanger Pisses Off The Gays With Homophobic Comments

  • “Millionaire Matchmaker”‘s Patti Stanger pissed off the gays last night when she started yapping on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” about gay men and promiscuity. Apparently in Patti’s world, they’re allllll slutty queens. “There is no curbing the gay,” she told a male caller who asked a question about gay, open LDRs. “I’ve tried to curb you people and you just don’t … [trails off] I’ve decided to throw in the towel and say ‘do what you want.’” Later in the episode, she told a gay male caller that he looked straight and then said it was a compliment because he “wasn’t queen-y.” Even Andy Cohen was giving Patti major side-eye and that dude deals with the “Real Housewives.” [YouTube]
  • In more “ugh, Bravo, you didn’t!” news, a tipster tells Radar Online that “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has decided to air footage from Russell and Taylor Armstrong’s therapy sessions. Russell Armstrong committed suicide last month after a separation from his wife. [RadarOnline]
  • Kyle Massey says the guy who screamed “your mother’s a whore!” at Bristol Palin — after she dismounted a mechanical bull — was possibly planted by TV producers for their reality show. Both the screamer, a Hollywood talent agent/douchebag named Stephen Hanks, and the TV producers claim the confrontation was “real.” Kyle is not so sure because there were lotsa TV cameras present. [Dlisted]

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Today’s Lady News: On Being Over 50 And Pregnant

  • New York magazine has a controversial piece about whether it’s unethical — morally, biologically, etc. — to be 50+ and pregnant, which is now possible thanks to science. Rather than wrap my head around that conundrum, I’m going to marvel at what it must be like for this kid to have a big brother who’s 35 years older. [New York]
  • The first African woman to win a Nobel Prize has died at age 71. Wangari Maathai, an environmentalist and feminist, paid women to plant trees to fight erosion and create firewood. [New York Times]
  • Amber Rose says people hate on her all the time because she’s a woman. There’s probably a lot of truth to that. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Celebs who want you to know they are not feminists. [The Gloss]

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Black Men Targeted By Anti-Abortion Billboard

Fatherhood beings in the womb billboard

Not content to just shame black women for having abortions, an anti-abortion group is now targeting black men with their controversial billboards. “Fatherhood starts in the womb,” reads a new billboard in California paid for by Issues 4 Life and The Radiance Foundation (the same group behind billboards in other states that compared abortion to slavery and other offensiveness). It depicts a black man kissing his partner’s pregnant belly — which, judging by the size of it, is about nine months along. “The abortion industry has created a culture of abandonment. Responsibility has become someone else’s concern, and death the solution to ‘unplanned’ pregnancies — the natural result of sexual behavior,” anti-abortion activist Ryan Bomberger, told LifeNews.com. “There’s nothing natural about an industry that generates over $200 million, annually, by killing a child left defenseless by the absence of a father.” Keep reading »

Is “Up All Night” The Most Feminist New Show On Television?

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It’s a good time to be a woman holding the remote: We are supposedly in a renaissance of women producing, writing and starring in their own TV shows. There’s “Whitney,” produced by and starring comic Whitney Cummings; there’s “Two Broke Girls,” written and produced by Cummings and starring the amazing Kat Dennings; “Pan Am,” starring Christina Ricci; “Ringer,” starring Sarah Michelle Beller; “Hart Of Dixie,” starring Rachel Bilson; and “New Girl,” starring everyone’s favorite manic pixie dream girl, Zooey Deschanel. We’re told (by people who financially benefit from us watching “The Playboy Club“) that “The Playboy Club” is another win for feminism.

I’ve watched nearly all of the shows that debuted last week and enjoyed a couple of them. I suppose it was naive for me to think I’d love them all just because I’m a chick and, oh hey, Zooey Deschanel is a chick, too! I don’t mean to be a hater; it’s just that none of these comedies approach the cable TV raunchiness I’ve come to love from my beloved “Chelsea Lately.” Plus, I am skeptical that a bunch of TV shows starring gorgeous, skinny white women will be really that transgressive. Alas, there is one new show that seems more realistic than, say, Zooey Deschanel being single for longer than 36 seconds. It’s “Up All Night,” the new comedy on NBC starring Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett (aka Mr. Amy Poehler). It’s funny, it’s original, and I think it might just be the most feminist new show on television right now. Keep reading »

App Helps French Mothers Figure Out If Sons Are “Le Gay”

Apparently even French mothers have trouble answering the question “gay or European?” A new smartphone app offers French mothers a questionnaire to help figure out if their sons like sticking their French bread in a warm, buttery croissant … or not. The $2.69 app asks 20 questions which inquire whether their bébé mimics gay stereotypes like enjoying show tunes, dressing well, and eschewing sports. Somewhat more controversially, some questions assume it’s the parents’ “fault” a child is gay, like asking if he had an absent father or the mother was authoritarian growing up. If the questionnaire assesses mama‘s crisply dressed, show-tune loving frog is gay, it tells her to “accept it.” But if he’s just a little, uh, European, the questionnaire reads, “You have nothing to worry about, your son is not gay. So you have a very good chance of being a grandmother with all the joys that brings.” How sensitive. [RFI.fr via The Awl] Keep reading »

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