“This couple really has to deal with the ‘ick’ factor.” Yikes. We should all be so lucky to have “Good Morning America” introduce a segment on our marriage this way. “GMA” checked in with 16-year-old Courtney Alexis Stodden, an aspiring pop star, and her 51-year-old husband, Doug Hutchinson, an actor. The segment danced around some of the very real potential psychological issues that it could have raised about a union such as this. Sure it’s legal, but is a 35-year age difference (even if she’s an “old soul”) sexually predatory? Has Courtney Stodden been “groomed” for sexual relationships with older men, despite being a virgin on her wedding night? I’m assuming the show had to skirt around any suggestion of that in order to lock down the interview.
They certainly seem happy together, but I can’t help but think something seems … off … especially the woozy look in Courtney’s eyes about halfway through the video when she’s staring at her husband. Judge for yourself. [Mediaite] Keep reading »
We all know at least a little bit about our government’s hyper-overreaction to “the red menace” back in the 1950s. Men and women throughout politics, the media and Hollywood lost their jobs if anyone thought they were a Communist or Communist-sympathizer. A lesser known story, however, is how the U.S. government also tried to get rid of homosexuals. Lesbians and gay men were thought to be “sex perverts” and could lose their jobs serving the U.S. government if anyone found out. A new documentary called “The Lavender Menace,” which is currently in production, introduces us to the men and women who lost their jobs during this time and shows how a few of them, including an adorable old man named Frank Kameny, fought back. Keep reading »
Most of us were busy solidifying our personalities when we were six, not solidifying our plans for retirement from pageantry. At age six, “Toddlers and Tiaras‘” Eden Wood has eclipsed spray tans and flippers. The little diva feels that her 300 wins on the circuit are enough to launch her into superstardom. She’s onto to bigger and better things in the Biz — a canopy bed collection, a memoir (aptly entitled From Cradle to Crown) , an action figure, a mall tour, and of course, her singing career starting with her singles “Cutie Patootie” and “Under Puppy.” Eh, let Eden go pursue her “destiny” as her manager /mother Mickie puts it. The only “Toddlers and Tiaras” star I care about is Eden’s rival, devil child and Ni Ni enthusiast, Mackenzie. Someone give that child her own show already! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Until about three weeks ago, I had no idea what a Muggle was. I had, for the large part, avoided the entire “Harry Potter” series. But with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” coming out and everyone lamenting the end of an era, I started to feel kind of left out of a cultural phenomenon. So, on a rainy weekend, I watched all six of the movies that have been released so far. And they were great. But let’s say you don’t have time for that and you still want in on “Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Never fear. This handy dandy video will catch you up on the series in seven minutes flat. You are welcome. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Everyone in the media has been scratching their heads on how to write about Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s bigotry towards gays and her husband Marcus Bachmann’s work “treating” gays in so-called “ex-gay therapy.” He apparently said gay people are “barbarians” that need to be “educated” and “disciplined.” Do we report this as straight news? Blow a gasket over how cruel and dehumanizing they are? Even Jon Stewart struggled with how to report on Marcus Bachmann on last night’s episode of “The Daily Show.” That’s when Jerry Seinfeld came to the rescue and prescribed a spoonful of “ex-comic therapy.”
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