Hours after Brett Ratner resigned his post as producer of the Academy Awards in the aftermath of his quote that “rehearsing is for f—s,” his buddy Russell Simmons stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live. After chatting about his book, Super Rich, and the passing of Heavy D, the hip-hop mogul came to the defense of the Tower Heist director, though not to the defense of his words.
“I understand how hurtful his words were, and I know Brett’s unfiltered and says sometimes horrible things,” Simmons began, insisting that Ratner didn’t mean his remark as a homophobic slur. “He didn’t mean gay people. I think that’s pretty clear. I’m sorry he said it and I’m sorry he lost his job. I think the punishment was a bit cruel.”
“Words have meaning, and they have consequences,” said Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. That statement was directed toward Brett Ratner, who has officially quit his position as producer for the 2012 Academy Awards. His resignation comes in the wake of Sunday’s Tower Heist fan Q&A event, where the director made a really dumbÂ homophobic remark. Ratner’s ridiculously ignorant statement was, “Rehearsal is for f–s.”
The reaction has been swift and acerbic. Ratner penned an open letter to the public that reads, “Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents. … I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.” He’s also been in touch with GLAAD to make up for his mistake by pledging to put together public forums within the industry to promote “fair and accurate inclusions of LGBT people and stories.” Read more…
Reality star Patti Stanger’s gay comments had people up in arms yesterday, so the Millionaire Matchmaker did the only reasonable thing there is to do: visit the Joy Behar Show and make some more insulting comments about how all gay guys sleep around. “My friend Mark Bouwer, gay, great designer, he says, ‘Patti, this is what it’s like around the country. This is the gay community!,’ I’m trying to curb them!,” Stanger proclaims, eventually declaring, “The gay man, they whip it out at eye lock!” Oh Patti…no. If they did, maybe we would actually watch your show once in a while.
Stanger made similar comments on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live yesterday, where she told openly gay host Andy Cohen, “There’s no curbing the gay. I’ve tried to curb you people and you just don’t [change]. I’ve decided to throw in the towel and just say, ‘Do what you want. But when you find the right person, you will know.'” Patti tweeted yesterday, “So sorry Ã¢â‚¬â€œ didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean to offend anyone. Love you all. X0.” Here’s an idea: let’s just put a trapdoor on every talk show that will drop open any time someone utters the phrase “you people”? It seems like it would save a lot of time, and a lot of blog space, for everyone involved.
According to Tina Fey, 30 Rock might feature the Tracy Morgan gay controversy as a future plot point, which seems at least as entertaining as watching Tracy Jordan buy two blimps and crash them into each other to see what kind of sound they make. When asked by Deadline whether the anti-gay comments Morgan made earlier this summer would affect the show’s chances for an Emmy or reduce their audience, Fey replied, “Because of my real-life pregnancy, we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go back on the air until January. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hoping that Tracy will have, and the world will have, forgotten about that by them. He from the first has gone around very sincerely and done his best to try to make up for the foolishness.” Don’t worry, everyone still associates him first and foremost with wanting to take them behind the middle school and get them pregnant.
Morgan later apologized for his comments in a GLAAD press conference, as well as defended of gay marriage. But since it happened (and since they already had Tracy visit Africa, have another baby and discover he has a son older than himself), Fey and the writing staff might just have to incorporate the scandal into 30 Rock‘s upcoming season. “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the kind of story that even if it happened to someone else, we would probably turn it into a Tracy story,” Tina mused. “So we may use it.” We bet they will; Tracy Jordan’s lizard’s album drops in December, but then they have a lot of airtime to fill.
Mistakes? Glee creator Ryan Murphy has made a few. Then again, too few to mention. Just kidding! Murphy has made so many mistakes while making his hit Fox show, he can’t help but list them off for us now. “Listen, I’ve screwed up in hindsight. I admit it,” Murphy told Deadline. “I think the condom demonstration was a road to far. I think showing a kid masturbating was a bridge too far.” Despite the show’s many Emmy nominations, the creator of Nip/Tuck sighs, “I think our first season was spectacular. I think our second season was good.” Ah, but which season was the one to feature McKinley High student Jacob Ben Isreal using the library for more than studying? Only then can you know what you should truly regret!
As for the prominence of actor Chris Colfer and his character’s Kurt struggle as a gay teenage, Murphy said, “I think that sometimes we get a bit preachy. I have felt that with the gay thing. I think sometimes we say in three sentences what we can say in one.” However, fabulous eye rolls and Broadway belting aside, the man behind the New Directions has no regrets for the show’s attempts to depict Kurt’s struggle as a normal one, so much so that there is still a possibility for a Glee spin-off for his character, among others. “I’ve gotten death threats, yes. I have,” Murphy says. “I think anytime you shine a spotlight on homosexuality or minorities and you try and say they are as normal or as worthy as acceptance as others, the people who are on the fringe don’t like that and they will come after you. And they have come after me. I think it’s such a great show for young kids. The values of it, I think, are great.” So, we can all agree…it was pretty much just masturbation scene that was a big misstep.
This is getting to be a pattern for celebrities. They go off on homophobic or other rants, realize they’re not funny at all, get two bucketloads of Ã‚Â c—p from people and then promptly apologize, hoping it’ll all go away. Tracy Morgan did. The current reigning champion of this behavior is Chris Brown, who happens to be a repeat offender. We reported the story yesterday, where Brown used gay slurs on paparazzi after they were crowding him because of his illegally parked car. Brown went off on the cameramen, saying, “YÃ¢â‚¬â„¢all n—as is weak. Did you all call them to try and film me? YÃ¢â‚¬â„¢all n—as is gay.” By the “call them” he meant calling the police — Chris thought they were trying to get a story by phoning the police about his car.
But that’s not the story here. The story is about how exceedingly stupid Chris is for his choice of words and attitude. Considering this was a completely spontaneous act, it goes to show how his opinions are skewed, doesn’t it. What makes it even more offensive is how Chris thinks a throwaway apology is enough to get him by. Chris tweeted, “I have total respect for Gay community and my intention was not to insult anyone in it.Ã‚Â #REALS—T”. Sure, Chris. Notice how he isn’t even trying? It’s such a blatantly insincere statement that it’s actually laughable. Fans of his we are most definitely not.
We looked up to so many women on Saturday Night Live for so long, because as a woman who always wanted to be on SNL as a kid, there were no better examples of great comediennes than the likes of Gilda Radner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jan Hooks. One woman on SNL that we can’t say we look up to anymore is Victoria Jackson, whose blog is so full of animosity toward against gays, Muslims, President Obama and liberals that it’s scary. We’re all for opposing viewpoints, but Jackson crosses over into hate speech at certain points, in our opinion.
TheFABLife is an entertainment blog, so we won’t get into all the political aspects of Jackson’s post, we just find it amazing that someone who spent so many years in Hollywood has such a seething hatred of gays. Jackson writes “Everyone knows that two men on a wedding cake is a comedy skit, not an ‘alternate lifestyle’! There I said it! Ridiculous!” She later singles out Glee, writing “Did you see Glee this week? Sickening! And, besides shoving the gay thing down our throats, they made a mockery of Christians – again! I wonder what their agenda is? Hey, producers of Glee – what’s your agenda? One-way tolerance?” she wrote, referring to the gay kiss between Kurt and Blaine. Hey, one-way tolerance is better than zero-tolerance, we think, but still, it’s really never been a secret that Glee is a show that’s very pro-gay. If you’re that offended by gays, how have you watched it this long? We’re not even a fan of Glee, we’re just not a fan of blatant homophobia. /end rant
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Aw, why is everyone always picking on Chris Brown?Ã‚Â Do you think it has anything to do with his inability to not act like a jackass, as evidenced by Chris Brown’s homophobic Twitter fight with singer Raz-B? To be fair, Raz-B kicked off the Twitter feud by asking why Brown would “disrespect women” like Rihanna. Since Raz-B has publicly accused his former manager of molesting him as a teen, Chris of course took the high road and immediately tweeted classy gems like, “@razb2k merry christmas.i just gave you 20 thousand more followers.. u shouldve did this first instead of telling the world you got raped.” and “@razb2k you have a lower back tattoo that says “different strokes.” Brown even re-tweeted a Photoshopped photo of Raz-B’s face on a Peter Pan body. Embarrassing yourself in public: it takes dedication…and sometimes photo-editing software.
After the fight cooled down, Chris couldn’t decide if he felt bad for his actions or just felt bad for himself, which is sort of his M.O. Brown tweeted, “BTW… i love all my gay fans and this immature act is not targeted at you!!!! love,” only to complain later, “its wack as f–k that everybody can bash me… but soon as i defend myself its world war 3.I TAKE S–T FROM everybody… its cool though..” Poor Chris. If only people didn’t get so worked up about his horrible, homophobic ranting!
UPDATE: Chris Brown issued an apology through TMZ this afternoon, stating “Yesterday was an unfortunate lack in judgment sparked by public Twitter attacks from Raz B, who was bent on getting attention. Words cannot begin to express how sorry and frustrated I am over what transpired publicly on Twitter. I have learned over the past few years to not condone or represent acts of violence against anyone.Ã‚Â Molestation and victims of such acts are not to be taken lightly; and for my comments I apologize — from the bottom of my heart.”
In case you weren’t going to see The Dilemma due to its recent controversy, don’t worry: director Ron Howard defended the gay joke in question on anti-censorship grounds. In case you weren’t going to see the movie because it looks terrible, you can probably stop reading right now.
For a little background, Universal removed Vince Vaughn’s gay joke from the film’s trailer following protest by GLAAD. Previously Vaughn could be heard saying “electric cars are gay.”And if that knee-slapper isn’t worth making an entire section of the population feel bad, then we don’t know what is!
Says Howard, “I believe in sensitivity but not censorship. I don’t strip my films of everything that I might personally find inappropriate….I defend the right for some people to express offense at a joke as strongly as I do the right for that joke to be in a film.” Ron has definitely taken a stand against censorship before. Who doesn’t remember the dozens of gay jokes that pepper Cinderella Man and Apollo 13? Frost/Nixon was basically one longÃ‚Â gay joke? Or…at least that’s how we interpreted it.
Warns Howard, “But if storytellers, comedians, actors and artists are strong armed into making creative changes, it will endanger comedy as both entertainment and a provoker of thought.” We wouldn’t want anyone to be denied the thoughts provoked by a joke about electric cars being homosexuals, now would we? Thoughts like, “What?” or “Is that supposed to be funny?” or “Oh my god, why am I in this theater watching The Dilemma when I could be anywhere else in the whole world right now?” [Photos: Getty Images/]
Justin Bieber beating up a 12-year-old boy doesn’t sound likely, at all. But that’s what’s been splashed all over the news over the weekend, after the kid (we mean the 12-year-old, not the Biebs) claimed that Justin hit him at a laser-tag joint in Canada (which is, incidentally, Bieber-land). The debate also raged about whether the “hit” was accidental or not.
But this is Justin Bieber. Every fiber in our body believes that he is all things good and pure… like candy, unicorns and, erm, Kim Kardashian. TMZ confirmed our suspicions that the singer was innocent, revealing that Bieber was bullied by the kid and not the other way around. While that would normally make us kinda giggle (c’mon, it’s a little funny), what is definitely not amusing is the fact that the 12-year-old used some pretty hateful homophobic cusses.
The singer was doin’ his thang at the tag center, shown in the picture, when the kid decided to make his life hell. He kept cornering and tagging the Biebs constantly, which isn’t exactly gentlemanly in the first place. But when Bieber put his foot down and said, “That’s enough”… the response was shocking. This 12-year-old boy apparently said, “What are you gonna do about it, fa**ot?” WHAT. Oh NO he didn’t. Sadly, if the news is correct… he did.
And it didn’t end there because when Bieber, understandably thrown off replied, “Excuse me?” the little dude added, “You’re a fa**ot.” He supposedly reached out towards the Biebs who pushed his hand away and left.
What the frack? If the report is true it is disturbing on so many levels. Especially considering the fact that there has been a spate of suicides over bullying and gay-bashing all over the news recently.
UPDATE: Apparently, the police have concluded that Bieber was not at fault. It’s being said that the singer is going to to join the anti-bullying campaign (as early as next week, supposedly) because he feels people should know what happened and learn from the incident.
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