Let the cubs rejoice! Actor Kristian Nairn, known to Game Of Thrones fans and bear aficionados as Hodor, protector of prince Bran Stark, has come out as gay. While Nairn considers his sexuality only a small piece of his identity, he recognizes the effect coming out can have.
"In this day and age, it's important to stand up and be counted . I have and always will stand my ground ... I've never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I've been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, [because] it's not something you just blurt out. I've tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!"
Nairn will be back as Hodor when Game of Thrones new season premieres on April 6.
From James Brown to Jimi Hendrix, it looks like every black music icon will get the biopic treatment sooner or later. Andre really disappears into the role in this clip--there isn't a trace of his ATL accent or his usual "cooler than a milkshake in a snowstorm" demeanor. Watch the clip below.
Head over to Butlerway.com to check out my recap of Scandal's "We Do Not Touch The First Ladies," which delves a bit deeper into Mellie's hard knock pre-first lady life, along with the general insanity of Olitz, Cyrus and James and Sally Langston. An excerpt:
"In the wake of last fall’s “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie,” there was some concern in online quarters that Mellie’s rape at the hands of Fitz’s cretinous father was, like Mama Pope eating her own wrists, simply done for shock value, and the full impact of it would be swept under the rug. “ 'We Do Not Touch The First Ladies,” should put such fears to rest. A series of flashbacks show the beginning of the end of Mellie and Fitz functioning like a loving couple; A huge fight erupts over Mellie’s new frigidness and her refusal to attend a ceremony honoring Ftiz Sr. Not knowing the truth, Fitz assumes he did something wrong, then lashes out at her when she won’t reveal what’s happened. As with Olivia, Mellie long ago decided the greater good—in this case being her husband’s political career—was more important than any personal pain or cost she’d have to pay. What she (or Liv for that matter) didn’t anticipate was how it would destroy her life, breaking down she and Fitz’s marriage until it became the bitter, hollow shell it is now."
Chile, this sounds like an extended deleted scene from GIRLS. Though I'd argue that even Hannah has more sense than this. New Jersey teen Rachael Canning lost a lawsuit requesting her parents pay her child support after she moved out (well, she says she was kicked out) of their home. However, she is still hoping the judge will force her parents to pay for her college education.
Because you know, applying for student loans or scholarships or picking a cheaper college--or maybe reconciling with your parents instead of dragging them into court--is too much like common sense.
I think Claire Huxtable best sums up my feelings about Ms. Canning.
Unbelievable. A Florida man who identifies himself only as "Mr. Hayes" is flying a red KKK flag above his home in an effort to recruit new members because it's "what this country is all about--freedom of speech." Hayes, who opposes such delusional catastrophes like white families producing fewer children, argues some may misinterpret his beliefs.
"We don't go around committing hate crimes," he said. "We don't beat up on f--gots or black people or burn crosses or any of that nonsense." The noose on his front yard indicates nothing to him. And, Hayes adds, the response has been generally "positive." "Don't get anybody throwing bottles on my lawn or anything like that," he said. "They toot their horn. They stop. They wave. They take pictures."
2014 and this racist foolishness still festers. Watch a report from Local 10 HERE.
HBO has decided to renew Looking for a second season, with production on the comedy slated to resume later this year in the Bay Area. Along with the announcement of the renewal, recurring characters Lauren Weedman (Doris, who needs her own spin off, like now), Raul Castillo (Richie) and Russell Tovey (Kevin) have been bumped up to series regulars.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show, which debuted in January to 338,000 viewers, has improved significantly. "After a few weeks of dips, the most recent episode (Feb. 23) averaged a series high 519,000 viewers. Like all HBO series, it has drawn its greatest audience in gross views -- that includes originals, replays, On Demand, HBO Go -- with a season-to-date score of two million weekly viewers."
I know Looking isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I have to say the show has really grown on me, particularly with the last two episodes, "Looking For The Future," and "Looking In The Mirror," which IMO are the series' strongest so far.
Now for the shameless plug: read my recap of "Looking In The Mirror," HERE.
Praise the gods of logic and sanity. Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed the "license to discriminate" bill today, after pressure from LGBT groups, businesses and if you can believe it, some GOP members. Brewer said she "had not heard one example" of any religious Arizona resident being forced to compromise their beliefs, and felt the law "has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve."
Unfortunately, Arizona's not only state considering these kinds of bill. Check HERE for the status of similar bills in other states.
God, this was such a one-sided battle of wits--who prepped this guy before the interview? On second thought, what happened to his common sense? Anderson was speaking in tongues, just connecting the dots to the potential consequences of this ludicrous, discriminatory bill. Chile, just watch this epic wig snatch below.
Oh snap! A federal judge in Texas has struck down the Lone Star State's ban on same-sex marriage. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on marriage last summer overrules the state's constitutional amendment,, approved by voters in 2005.
“Today’s court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,” he said in his order, The Dallas Morning News reports. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution.”
Garcia has stayed his ruling from taking effect until it goes through the appeal process, so couples can't jump the broom just yet. The case, brought forward in a lawsuit by couples Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss, is one of 23 pending state-level marriage cases.