Friday, May 31, 2013

Oprah Says Gay Couples May Strengthen Marriage

I suppose this will atone somewhat for allowing Tyler Perry to shack up at OWN and lay his parasitic eggs. During an episode of Super Soul Sunday, Oprah sat down with Reverend Ed Bacon and authors Mark Nepo and Elizabeth Lesser to discuss marriage equality.

Bacon, who has officiated weddings for both gay and straight couples, says gay couples, far from destroying the institution of marriage, would in fact, enrich it. "I've never had a straight couple come to me and say, 'My marriage is in trouble because of a gay couple living next door,'" Bacon said. "To the contrary, I’ve had people come to me and say, 'Because of the love between Bob and Joe, I have learned how better to love my wife or my husband.'"

Lesser agreed, saying marriage was already in trouble long before the gays wanted in, with Oprah chiming in that "Maybe gay people can help it." Watch the clip below.

Apple Removes 'Ex-Gay' App, Google Yet to Follow Suit

If you wanna pray away the gay, Apple no longer has an app for that; but Google does. Apple removed the app, called "Setting Captives Free (More like Selling Queens Dreams)" Thursday, which promises to help users "gain “freedom from the bondage of homosexuality,”according to LGBT group All Out, which has started a petition for vendors to remove it.

“The app targets vulnerable people who are unsure of their sexuality or demonized because of who they love,” All Out spokesman Andre Banks said in a statement issued today. “Those who don’t know better will try this app, but they will undoubtedly fail to change who they are. Our concern is for those who may face severe depression or contemplate harming themselves as a result of this insane app. Governments and doctors have come out forcefully against ‘gay cures’ around the globe to protect citizens from this egregious and unnecessary harm.”

Go to to sign the petition.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer, Summer, Summertime....

But is the living always easy? I'll be working most of the summer (and trying to stay inside 'cause Louisiana from May to August is like a sauna in the ninth circle of hell), but are planning to get away with the BF, along with my brother and his wife and bunch other folks for a big trip.

What are your summer plans?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Mad Men Season 6 Ep. 9 Recap: 'The Better Half'

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/AMC

As always, spoilers are ahead....

A decidedly more sedate episode than last week's "The Crash"--though anything would be more sedate after that epic fall down the rabbit hole--"The Better Half" had Mad Men's major players facing the reality relationships either in the process of being lost or already lost, both past and  present. Starting with Don and Ted quibbling over margarine, the story arcs revolved around characters being torn by two choices put in front of them that were at were once different and the same.

Don and Ted are going back and forth about margarine, and the gist of their disagreement appears to be whether they should emphasize the premium taste of margarine (Ted) or the taste and low cost of margarine (Don). Peggy's called in to give her take, but is obviously put out having to make a choice between her former mentor/brother/father's and current mentor/crush object's ideas and proceeds to flail spectacularly. Don goes to her office, and after throwing a little shade her way about her indecisiveness, Peggy reveals her true feelings: about her two bosses.

"You're both demanding, you're both pigheaded. You're the same person sometimes." Ladies and gentlemen, we have our theme. Peggy goes on to say the difference between the two is Ted's interested in the general idea while Don's interest lies only in his idea. Don calls BS and says Ted's only interest is in pushing his own ideas as well, but Peggy snaps back Ted manages to do this without making her feel like crap. "He doesn't know you," Don says, smirking before walking out, and we get our other theme of the night.

Peggy's choice of better halves goes beyond Don and Ted's competing egos though. After coming home to find out Abe's been stabbed, her worry turns to anger when he refuses to give the cop a description of the kids and goes on a rant about fighting against the racist police state. Look, I'm all for calling out crooked cops and condemning racial profiling, but Abe honey, you got stabbed. You can't fight the power if you're lying a pool of blood. For Peggy, it's just another thing to strengthen her feelings about Ted, who dips into a bit of Don-style berating after she got too touchy feely in a meeting, but also acknowledges his own conflicted feelings about starting something up with her.

Later on after a window gets broken in their place, Abe caves and tells Peggy he'll move with her somewhere else. This temporarily smooths things over between them, until Peggy, spooked by happenings outside and holding a homemade weapon, accidentally stabs Abe in the stomach. If that's not "oh snap!" enough, Abe's gushing wound must have unlocked some truth/jerk serum, as between gasping breaths he calls Peggy out for not being as liberal and progressive as she presents herself to be, and breaks up with her during the ambulance ride. The jerk side coming for his harsh delivery ("Your activities are offensive to my every waking moment" is just one gem he lets rip). Though Abe is blind to his own hypocrisy; he is perfectly willing to embrace the system when it suits his own personal ambitions (covering the post-MLK assassination riots for the New York Times for example), so he's not exactly Huey Newton.

In the end though, the house symbolized the broader power struggle in their relationship, with Abe wanting to be anti-establishment, live right in the heart of social upheaval and help change the status quo, and Peggy wanting a life similar to Don's Upper East Side existence, wanting only to engage social change as it related to her career (having Phyllis as a secretary, fighting for respect as a female copywriter etc.). The morning after the breakup, she confides in Ted that it's over, and with a heartbreaking look on her face, waits for him to mention something about his feelings for her. But like Don so often does, he's moved forward, brightly telling her she'll find someone else and it's time to get to work. The final shot of her gazing back and forth at Don and Ted's closed doors is apt visual metaphor for her work existence, stuck between two men who are both so different yet so much alike.

Though she was pretty much left to her own devices for the majority of this episode, Megan's story tied in well with the others. We see her shooting a soap scene with Arlene in a blond wig as Colette, the twin sister of maid Carine who's sleeping with Arlene's character's husband. The director isn't happy with her acting, and she tries to talk to Don about it, but he can only offer empty platitudes ("Tomorrow's a new day").

Of course what Megan doesn't know is she isn't just talking about the two characters she playing, but herself and Betty. Betty like Colette, is blond and classy, effortlessly giving off an air of sophistication that no doubt springs from her privileged background. She is keenly aware of the power of her beauty and trades on it.  Sure Megan is a clothes horse and can go full on glamour puss/sex kitten when need be, But she, like Corrine, often comes across as sweet and unassuming at first; a scrappy, earnest upstart fighting to earn her keep and make her own way, both in her career and in her relationship. This type of woman is fine for Don in the short term (Rachael, Sylvia, Faye and so on) but being in a long-term relationship with one is still a threatening, foreign concept to him. With that in mind, the scene between her and Arlene can almost be taken as Arlene the brunette (Megan) feeling threatened and suspecting Colette (Betty or another woman) is taking something that belongs to her.

She opens up to Arlene about her struggles with Don when she comes over to read lines, but ends up having to rebuff her co-star yet again when she misreads the wine and her "I'm lonely" confession as an invite to make out. Megan keeps searching for an honest connection with no sexual tension (Arlene), judgement (Sylvia) or emotional distance/abuse (Don) attached, but keeps coming up empty. After Don comes home, she tells him she can't pretend things are great between them anymore and something needs to change. "I don't know where you've been," she says "but I'm here." Don pledges to be better, and with the options of an affair with Sylvia and Betty closed, he might just keep that promise.

Megan's and Peggy's speeches about two halves of the same whole and wanting the same thing also applies to Don and Henry. That scene in the limo between them certainly gave us a new side to Mr Francis. An adventurous, lite S&M-side (at one point he took her hand in his chin in a way that looked vaguely threatening). Henry did fall in love with Betty when she was skinny and model-esque, but loved her and continued to find her attractive when she was overweight; he doesn't bang anything that moves, go on days-long benders and really makes a consistent effort to be there for the kids. He's unlike Don in a lot of ways. But like Don taking Megan after firing Herb in "For Immediate Release" he seems to get off not only on his wife's appearance but the idea that other men may lust after her, but only he gets to sleep with her. It was power, not love that lead to them going at it in the backseat. Is Henry just Don in a gentler package?

I would never attempt (more like could never attempt) to go in as much depth about the costumes on this show as Tom and Lorenzo do on their fantastic Mad Style blog, but it's worth noting that in the car scene with Henry, Betty's dress is the same bright, bold splash of yellow as the bikini she wore in season two's "Maidenform," when Don chastised her for possibly being ogled by other men and basically insinuated she looked like a desperate whore, before kissing her all-father like on the forehead and walking away. Though in this instance she's wearing the same color when on the receiving on what's probably the best sex she's had in ages.

Speaking of Betty, she has gotten her groove back hasn't she? But I digress. Was it a coincidence she switched from indignant to flirtatious on a dime to a man wearing a white tux, the same kind Don once wore? Or that she beams when Don walks in wearing a collared shirt and khaki pants at Bobby's summer camp, an outfit similar to one he wore when they were married? Then again, those things could remind her of the affair with Bobbi Barrett, so I could be diving into the deep end of wrong with all this, but whatever. For the moment they obviously didn't, because after reminiscing over babies conceived on crappy trips involving the in-laws (Sally the first time, and baby Gene during season two if you're keeping score), and pondering who their children remind them of, she tumbles into bed with Don.

Though she enjoyed the fling, she's not getting swept up in delusions of riding off into the sunset; time has given her startling clarity about who her ex-husband is and what the nature of their marriage was. She recognizes now that, as Doctor Faye once said, Don only likes the beginning of things, and while their camp "reunion" is nice in the moment, if she chose to turn it into a full fledged affair or more, things would eventually turn sour. She can see it isn't her, but some deep dissatisfaction within Don that drives him to jump to from one mistress or marriage or job to the next. "That poor girl," Betty says, stroking Don's face, "She has no idea loving you is the worst way to get to you." Though Betty doesn't seem intent on imparting such hard-won wisdom to her successor as she and Don start up round two, the fact that she doesn't even throw a wink or anguished glance in his direction while sitting with Henry the next day is telling. Maybe she really has moved on. Or maybe Henry's growing political power and getting back to her Grace Kelly peak has her feeling invulnerable to Don's pull these days.

Pete continues to feel left out at the office, with Don and Ted practically ignoring him in meetings. He secretly meets with Duck Philips, now a headhunter, at his apartment to discuss other opportunities. After shooting down several options, Duck tells Pete he needs to do better and spend more time at home. "I didn't understand the well spring of my confidence," Duck says. "Gin?" Pete nastily shoots back, but Duck's not deterred, saying it was family that brought he back from the brink--and what a brink it was, once trying to take a drunken dump in what he thought was Don's chair. "My family's a constant distraction," Pete grumbles, but Duck reiterates that if can't manage that he can't manage anything. He commiserates with Joan about his personal problems, and while she doesn't offer much in the way of a concrete solution, it's a nice, vulnerable moment for what can often be a loathsome character. Despite initiating her prostitution last season, Joan has a certain amount of respect for Pete, as he's the only person at the agency who's always kept his word to her.

Word gets to Bob Benson via Joan about Pete's predicament, and he gives him the name of a nurse to help him deal with his mother. I still don't trust Bob all that much, but the longer the season goes on and the other shoe has yet to drop, the more I'm inclined to believe he isn't out to destroy SCDPCGC.

Roger's story was minor but still poignant. After taking his grandson to see Planet of The Apes, he gets an angry call from his daughter Margaret saying the kid has been having nightmares ever since. Roger tries to defend himself by saying Don took Bobby to see it, then says he saw a scary film as a child and it's not his fault. Damn, I thought Roger was supposed to be good with people, but I guess we all have off days. Margaret tells him he can only see his grandson if Mona is there, and in a remark that cuts straight to the bone, says "“You can keep up your fantasy of acting like a father, but you're done being a grandfather."

Which is the reason why he pops up unannounced to Joan's apartment, only to find her and Bob Benson gearing up to go out for a day at the beach. Looks like someone took mother's advice. He awkwardly slips into business mode and Joan follows suit, until he leaves with his gift bag in tow. Bob's way too savvy not to know something's up, but doesn't push the issue. The next day Roger gives Joan the present and almost pleads for her to let him be a part of their son's life. However, Joan shuts him down, explaining she'd rather Kevin look at Greg as a heroic, albeit distant, father figure than get attached to one who may dip in and out whenever it suits him. Looking utterly defeated Roger slumps away, crushed his second chance at being a good father will never happen.

Knowing someone well, as well as knowing yourself, means realizing the place people should occupy in your life. Just as Betty's pillow talk revealed her deep insight into Don, Joan knows Roger all too well, and while there is no malice in her decision, there is the knowledge the best place to keep him is at arm's length.

Other Thoughts:

---Pete to Harry after the great margarine debate. "Oh it speaks!"

---"You want your balls tickled. Go see a head hunter." Did Ari Gold have an Uncle Harry we never heard about?

---"You invited me over to discuss a scene even a child could understand. You invited me over and there were two bottles of wine! What was I supposed to think?"  Dang after she broke it down like that I'd almost be on Arlene's side if it wasn't already established that Megan really is that naive.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ugandan LGBT Activists Arrested During Media Censorship Protest

Two LGBT activists in Uganda have been arrested for peacefully protesting the country's independent media blackout. According to witnesses, several Ugandans and American photojournalist Tim McCarthy joined demonstrators in a peaceful rally advocating for freedom of the press, holding a mock funeral for indie radio outlets and newspapers.

Police however, attacked the protesters, injuring McCarthy(pictured above left) and Ugandan LGBT activists Richard Lusimbo and Komugisha Shawn (pictured above). The Advocate reports that "Lusimbo and Shawn are both still in jail, along with three other human rights activists who were arrested. LGBT advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda is at the jail, working to get the activists released. SMUG indicated that Lusimbo's hand was injured by police and reported that Shawn was in need of emergency medical attention."

Sadly, violence against the LGBT community is all-too common in Uganda, with much of it doled out by police officers. The country has become infamous among activists for its Anti-Homosexuality Bill, better known as the "Kill The Gays" bill, which would punish consensual same-sex relations with life sentences or even the death penalty in some cases. Family members, friends and neighbors would also be required to report "known homosexuals" to authorities or face years in jail themselves.

McCarthy posted photos of the protest before and after the attack, including one of his injured hand, on his Instagram.

Gay Boy Scout Comes Out To Camp Leader

While the Boy Scouts' National Council debates on whether to lift it's ban on gay scouts, an openly gay scout challenges the current policy.

In a video, 19-year-old Eric Jones, an Eagle Scout active in the organization and employed at a summer camp in Missouri tells the camp director he is gay, and captures the confession on video. According to The Advocate:

"The director, whose face and voice are obscured in the footage below, had a strong, if not wholly unexpected, reaction. The director laments being forced to remove Jones from the program, saying, 'I really wish you hadn't done that.' The director claims Jones' "lifestyle" isn't a problem for him personally, and so the blame for being kicked out is placed squarely on Jones for having divulged it."

Jones's video is part of Ryan James Yezak's documentary Second Class Citizens. The film is currently still in production and Yezak is looking for funding to finish and begin screening it. To donate to the campaign go here, and watch the video below.

UPDATE: The Boy Scouts have voted to lift its ban to allow gay scouts into the organization. Though gay adults are still banned from being leadership roles--which is strange/hypocritical, considering most scouts go on to become troop leaders/scout masters themselves. But baby steps I guess.

The new policy goes into effect January 1, 2014.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Random Jam: George Michael "Careless Whisper"

One of my favorite tracks from George, a.k.a. the original Robin Thicke (though he gets much love too:). Get into that 80's hair, five o' clock shadow and cross earring in the pic above and get into "Careless Whisper" below

Illinois Rep. Greg Harris: "Marriage Equality Bill Wills Pass"

Illinois may join the other 12 states in legalizing gay marriage, according to Rep. Greg Harris, who predicts a marriage equality bill will pass by the end of the month.

Harris, the chief sponsor of the bill said he will "absolutely" call a vote on it by May 31, and "it's going to win" according to The Windy City Times. The bill passed in the Senate on Valentine's Day, and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has vowed to sign it.

Former President Bill Clinton has also lent his support. "Since the days of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois has stood for the proposition that all citizens should be treated equally under the law,” President Clinton said in Tuesday’s statement. “Lincoln himself came to Springfield in search of opportunity, and he dedicated his life to securing equal opportunity for all citizens. I believe that for Illinois and for our nation as a whole, in the 21st century that must include marriage equality.”

Multiple Anti-Gay Attacks After NYC Rally

This is terrible. Just hours after a rally against anti-gay violence, a nightlife promoter was assaulted in in lower Manhattan on Monday night. The attack, which is still under investigation, happened at Avenue D and E 4th Street in the East Village.

The victim, Dan Contarino, is a former promoter of a popular Friday night party at Shampoo nightclub in Philadelphia. Witnesses who came to Contarino's aid say the attacker kicked him while yelling anti-gay slurs. Contarino posted a photo of himself on Facebook (pictured above) and gave status updates:

"THANKS FOR CALLS.... GAY BASHED LAST NITE.... back from small surgery.... CHEST XRAYS THIS AM.... suspect still at large... police n media waiting to interview me... U JUST WANNA CRY N MOVE ON…."

As well as, "UGH…. THIS IS JUST AS BRUTAL AS the ATTACK…. 3 hours… 8 detective interviews… now waiting for Hate Crimes Unit main interview… THEN BACK TO HOSPITAL…."

A gay couple was also attacked late Monday night in the Soho neighborhood. "The couple was walking on Broadway between Prince and Houston streets at about 5 a.m. when two men started yelling anti-gay remarks in English and Spanish. The victims are Hispanic. The men were both punched, and one suffered an eye injury, sources said. Police said two men, 32 and 33, were arrested and face a charge of assault as a hate crime."

Both attacks follow the murder of Mark Carson, who was killed in Greenwich Village after being shot in the face by 33-year-old Elliott Morales. Carson, who had recently relocated to Brooklyn, was only 32 years old.

The recent attacks bring the total of violent anti-gay incidents to seven in the past month. I can't believe this is happen in New York City, especially in gay-friendly neighborhoods.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mad Men Season 6 Ep. 8 'The Crash'

Photo Credit: Jordin Althaus/AMC

As always, spoilers lie ahead...

Goodness where to start? Last night's Mad Men was without a doubt the strangest, trippiest, and outright hilarious episode in the show's history."The Crash" started with a literal one involving Ken driving an Impala packed with crazed Chevy execs, and after a shot of "energy" from a good doctor, became a physical and emotional one, as the men at SCDP all found themselves flaming out, flashing back, or in the case of Ken, doing a little dance in the face of darkness.

Mad Men at its core has always been about the unraveling of Don Draper (I know, a groundbreaking revelation right?), slowly peeling back the layers of his cool exterior to revealed the tortured soul underneath. Since Don's not exactly talkative, at lot of the unraveling has been via flashbacks while high on weed ("The Hobo Code"), being death's door sick ("Mystery Date"), drunken confessions ("Long Weekend," "The Flood," "The Suitcase"--hell almost anytime Don's knocked a few bottles back and his world's in upheaval) or impulsive road trips that reveal parts of his complicated past in the flesh (visiting Anna Draper and her clan in "The Mountain King" and "The Good News").

But rarely, if ever, have we've seen Don's inner messiness so outwardly on dispaly as it is in "The Crash." Though he's not the only one; after Jim Cutler, a.k.a Roger 2.0, arrange for the SCDPCGC staff to get shots to cope with the ferocious creative demands of Chevy, the boys pretty much lose their shit. Stan challenges Jim to a race through the office, before challenging the lesser minions to arm wrestling contests. Later he kisses Peggy and, after getting a polite brush off, admits he's grieving over the loss of a relative in Vietnam, but ignores her sage advice to allow himself to feel his pain and goes on to bang some random girl who turns out to be Wendy, the late Frank Gleason's daughter, in the office, while a gleeful Jim Cutler looks on.

Peggy's advice to Stan struck me as a little disingenuous and ironic at first; after all, this is the same woman who took Don's advice to act like having a child never happened and ran with it. But on second thought, just because she pushed it out of her mind in the immediate aftermath doesn't mean she didn't allow herself to feel the pain and truly move forward later. Along with her continued effort to build a real, honest home life with Abe, this is another way Peggy maybe striving to be more emotionally mature than her former mentor. Pretending something didn't happen and compartmentalizing your inner demons means you never really face them head on, as Don's repeated falls into the emotional abyss over the past six seasons have shown us. Though in his case, there is a lot compartmentalize, and another series of flashbacks to his whorehouse childhood gave another piece of how the child became the father of the man.

We learn Don, while fighting a cold, was given the motherly treatment by Aimee (being spoon-fed soup, getting tucked in and the whole nine) then got seduced and deflowered by her, before being humiliated and beaten by his loveless stepmother after she found about it. So let's get this straight: Dick Whitman's birth mother was a prostitute, his stepmother was a harsh disciplinarian who regularly referred to him as a whore child, and the woman who was first maternal towards him was a prostitute who then became his first sexual experience. After which he was beaten and berated by his stepmother as trash for engaging in. Sweet God, no wonder Don has issues about women, viewing them all with a mix of lust, distrust, contempt and the hope they can somehow rescue him from his own misery.

Why else would he be pining at Sylvia's door, when we haven't gotten to see any other facets of this woman's personality aside from being Catholic, anti-abortion and prone to feeling guilty after a few rounds of  hotel S&M? Though judging from her little speech about the mutual trust involved in extramarital affairs, I do wonder if her dalliance with Don was her first time at the adultery rodeo.

But I digress. Hyped up on what looks to be some type of speed, it's doubtful any woman--or anybody for that matter--would want to deal with the babbling, incoherent mess Don devolves into, rifling through old campaigns as he tries to string together a Chevy ad campaign driven by visions of Aimee and Sylvia, and sporadically spouting off pseudo-intellectual drivel that fails rile up anyone who's not riled up on drugs (i.e. Peggy). Finally passing out in his living room after being awake for an entire weekend (or maybe it was the sight of seeing Betty and Henry in his house--turns out a robber came in posing as Don's Grandma Ida) he regains sanity just in time to see Sylvia in the elevator. "Busy" he replies when she asks him "How are you?" Though the real punch in the gut comes when he calls Sally to assure her he's okay. "I asked her everything I know and she had an answer for everything.," Sally says. "Then I realize I don't know anything about you." Ouch, but them's the brakes when you keep everyone in your life, including your kids, at arm's length.  He advises her to forget about it--oh Don, have you learned nothing--and takes the blame for leaving the door unlocked for the robber to get in.

Don hangs up, goes to Ted's office--whose own world unraveled with the death of Frank, his long time partner and friend--and basically throws Chevy into his lap, falling back on his creative director title. "Every time we get a car this place turns into a whorehouse," Don says on his way out, washing his hands of any responsiblity. In the moment it's obviously a reference Wendy's activities with Stan and the general weekend insanity, as well as Joan's Jaguar sacrifice, but it can also apply to the latter's aftershocks; Peggy's initial departure, Lane's suicide, and having to tap dance (shout out to Ken Cosgrove) around Herb's gross demands. But could facing the reality that his children's safety was violated also have a role in pulling Don back from the brink? Only time will tell.

--Other Thoughts

--Ken breaking out into a tap dance routine rivals Pete and Trudy's Charleston tour de force in season three's "My Old Kentucky Home," as the best of display of showmanship ever on Mad Men.

--Nice to see Betty getting back to her fighting weight and bottle blond fabulousness. Though I do wonder how she would've turned out her black bob.

--The scene in Don and Megan's apartment with the robber was filled with tension, fear and uncertainty. It felt like things could have gone very, very south in a nanosecond. On the surface, it seemed like Sally should've been able to see through Grandma Ida's mountain of crap, but as she said, she knows nothing about her father. Who's to say he wasn't raised by or didn't at some point know a black woman named Grandma Ida or by a pack of wolves?

--Roger to Don: "You face looks like a bag of walnuts."

--Bobby to Sally: "Are we Negroes?"

--Ted's "I'm fine thanks for asking" to Don and Jim was nice call back to hobbled Ken saying the same thing to him at the start of the episode, proving Ted isn't above being thoughtless and self-absorbed when it comes to work.

Friday, May 17, 2013

In Tip Topping Shape

Any gay with an Internet connection and more than ten minutes to burn knows Youtube is littered with videos educating novices on the art of good bottoming. But what about the tops? What is to become of us as we build or refine our sexual skill set?  No need to worry, as Wet Guy and his friend Corey Corey are sharing their expertise, with discussions on foreplay, learning your bottom's hot spots and so on. Get into the two videos below.

Puerto Rico Senate Approves LGBT-Inclusive Anti-discrimination Bill

Puerto Rico has approved a sweeping anti-discrimination bill that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment, public accommodations and government services. The bill passed by a vote of 15-11 in the senate, and will head to the Puerto Rico House of Representatives.

The news comes just after music superstar and Puerto Rico native Ricky Martin urged his home country to extend equality to the LGBT community. "The same rights for each and every citizen of Puerto Rico is what we're asking for, and that's what we hope to achieve — we want justice and peace," wrote Martin in Spanish in a press release on his blog. "Puerto Rico must join the countries of the world that are at the forefront in human rights and equality

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz recently issued a mandate that the city's police department provide equal protection and access to resources for domestic violence no matter their sexual orientation or actual or perceived gender identity. A ban on gay adoption was barely upheld by the Puerto Rican Supreme Court in February.


Washington Florist Counter-Sues State, Says She Has A Right To Discriminate

Well look who's decided to play martyr. A Washington florist who refused to provide flowers for a long-time customer's wedding because he is gay and was subsequently sued by the state, is now counter-suing, claiming the state violated her religious freedom.

Barronelle Stutzman cited her relationship with Jesus Christ as the reason she refused to sell the customer flowers, even though her actions violate Washington's consumer anti-discrimination law. The case has gained traction among marriage equality opponents, with some Washington Republicans pushing a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers. Which basically sounds like a big smoke screen for people to hide behind instead of saying "Gay/bi/transfolk make me feel icky and are sinful according to my ancient book, so I don't wanna deal with those people."

If this woman truly feels gay marriage is wrong or a sin, then that's her right. But--damn, I sound like a broken record--as a business owner she has to answer to the secular laws of this state. Would we even be having this conversation if she was refusing business from black or Jewish people?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Food For Thought: Monifah

At the end of the day, what is the most real thing is that I'm in a relationship...why wouldn't I share one of the happiest areas in my life? Why can't I and why wouldn't I? It wasn't a big deal. We need to get over ourselves. Especially as a black woman, it's a double-edged sword being a black woman in a same-sex relationship because it's so taboo in our community, I just thought it was high time. I mean, come on!

--Monifah on being an out R&B singer 

The Riddle of Homophobia

What has existed since the dawn of time yet is illegal in 76 countries and incites violence and discriminatory treatment on a daily basis? Being gay.

That's the message of the United Nations human rights office's new anti-homophobia video "The Riddle," which features a diverse collection of LGBT people asking the simple yet power question. "Every nation is obligated by international human rights law to protect all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from torture, discrimination, and violence," says Navi Pillay, the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

"The United Nations has one simple message to the millions of LGBT people around the world," says U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. "You are not alone."

Watch the video below.

Nevada Governor Expected To Sign Trans-Inclusive Hate Crime Bill

Nevada may be close to passing trans-inclusive hate crime legislation. A bill is currently heading to the desk of Governor Brian Sandoval's would add crimes based on a person's gender identity and expression to the state's hate crime laws after the state assembly passed it 30 to 11 on Tuesday.

'"This does not afford victims special rights," openly gay Assemblyman Andrew Martin said Tuesday according to the Associated Press. "This is a statement of what our society is, and that we will not tolerate the systematic targeting of individuals who are historically disadvantaged groups."'

People who commit hate crimes would be subject to penalties for the actual crime committed, in addition to motivation based on their bias, according to the article."


Monday, May 13, 2013

Mad Men Season 6 Ep. 7 Recap: 'Man With A Plan'

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/AMC

As always, spoilers lie ahead...

Latest week's "For Immediate Release" saw the inevitable merger of SCDP and CGC (they have to decide on a new name; I mean the cost of putting all those letters up on the door alone...), in an effort to compete with the big boys. With the merger of any two parties, there are bound to be growing pains, casualties and unforeseen challenges, and "Man With A Plan," dealt with those themes, as well as the idea that both parties have their own plans and agendas simmering just beneath the surface.

Don's relationships, both with Sylvia, his new partner Ted, and to a certain extent Peggy, undergo their own power struggles. The episode opens with Don in the elevator, going down to the lobby. The elevator stops on the Rosen's floor, opening up to a suitcase and hat and letting Don (and us) get an earful of Sylvia screaming at her husband. Apparently the good doctor has taken a job in Minnesota that isn't sitting too well with her. We never see them (which IMO adds to the fight's ferocity-I guess Don's "use your imagination" pitches have rubbed off on me) but basically she accuses of him selfishness and only caring about his career, and snaps at him to "take some money" before a bunch of (change? a piggy bank?) crashes against the wall.

Later she calls him at the office, and tells him "I need you. And nothing else will do." For a man who is obsessed with needing to be needed and needing to be wanted, its music to the ears. Sylvia thinks she's just engaging in a little harmless flirting, but she's really signed the death warrant for her marriage; not only has she given Don the green light to take his emotional investment in this affair to the next level, she's unwittingly given him permission to get his own controlling hooks in her. For now, it's taken the S&M shape of being order to put his shoes on for him, staying in a hotel room for days on end and wearing a red dress (whore alert!) then taking it off for another go around at his command.

She does end the hotel affair after having a dream about Don dying in a plane crash (more on that in a minute), comforting Megan at his funeral and going home with her husband. "Let's go home," she tells him, stroking his pensive face, claiming shame has made her see the error of her ways (and also insinuating he has none since he wants to continue their tryst). And she doesn't look back when she exist the elevator in their building. But it's notable she said "Let's go home," not "I'm going home." And while Don didn't see the conflicted look on her face when he uttered a soft "please" for her to stay, we did. She may have closed the door on the affair, but intentionally or not, she's left a window open that Don will definitely try to crawl through. Things can't (or they better not) end with her simply walking away. Even Don's not enough of a smooth operator to get away with a dalliance this stupid and brazen. By the end of the episode, he's tuning Megan out while she chats away about vacation plans on the couch, and doesn't even bother to comfort her while she cries watching footage of Bobby Kennedy being shot. She probably thinks he's in the detached state of mourning he falls into whenever national tragedy strikes, but little does she know he's grieving over something else entirely.

Meanwhile at the offices of SCDPCGC, Don's wrapped up in another game of dominance with Ted. Ted unknowingly provokes Don when he mentions he can fly to a meeting with Mohawk in his own private plane, and again when he criticizes him for being forty minutes late to a creative meeting about margarine. Don offers an olive branch in the form of alcohol; Ted tries to play like he can drink with the big boys--or the boys with livers of steel--but this is Don Draper we're talking about, and soon Ted's splayed out on his couch, listening enraptured while Don spiels some country-home cookin' fantasy and drunkenly asking Peggy and everyone else what they think of the '68 election.

Round one goes to Don, but Peggy's not happy about it, telling Don she hoped Ted would rub off on him, not the other way around. "He's a grown man," Don snaps when she makes a crack about his legendary drinking. "So are you," Peggy says, but she might want to give that same talk to her other boss.  After talking about Don's mysterious nature and elegant cool to Frank Gleason in the hospital, Gleason gives some sage advice to "let him win the first few rounds. He'll tire himself out." Cut to a cool and calm Ted flying his plane to the Mohawk meeting while a rattled Don tries to read a book he took a Sylvia. Round two Ted, but these little battles are just symptoms of what may later turn into a bigger conflict as Don tries to keep the office atmosphere under his domineering, capricious thumb and Ted tries to mold it in his more optimistic, collaborative image. And Peggy will ultimately have to choose a side if Don and Ted can't find a way to work with and not against each other.

Ted and Don's power plays--along with their decision to go to the Mohawk meeting without him--have left Pete feeling like the odd man out. And life has thrown him a curve ball in the form of his mother suffering from dementia; the two never got along, so it's not surprising he tells his secretary Clara that she can burn in hell; but having to take of her alone (his brother Bud's already done his part, and his wife Judy already took one for the team by getting a towel snapped in her face)  is affecting his ability to be present at work, feeding his already insatiable insecurity that he's being lost in the merger shuffle. Of course, if he hadn't blown up his marriage to Trudy by throwing her father's infidelity in her face and perhaps tells his partners about his mother's illness, he might have had some help and get some leeway in the office. But by circumstances both self-inflicted and out of his control, he's now in a vulnerable position, and must fight to keep his spot at the table, as other employees like Marge--so long, we never knew ye--and Burt Peterson are getting the axe.

Speaking of Burt, the whole scene with Roger firing Burt Peterson felt off to me. Roger's almost always flippant, but rarely purposefully cruel, and the aggression he displayed toward Burt seemed very out of character for him. I didn't expect Roger to be in tears saying "I hate that we had to do this," but I wasn't expecting him to fire the man with such glee either--unless there was unspoken beef between the two, which, by the looks of the "previously on Mad Men" flashback, there wasn't. So your guess is as good as mine. After viewing the episode a second time, it may have been Roger was threatened by Jim's glowing remarks about how much a client loved Burt. Though even that's kind of a small thing for Roger to get bent out of shape about.

Also, Bob and Joan's little jaunt to the hospital (she had a cyst on her ovary, don't worry, our girl's fine) felt disconnected from the rest of the episode to me. I realize the whole thing was designed to show Bob is not only a first rate ass-kisser but also a smooth manipulator and liar whose skills and "plan," whatever that is at this point, ultimately saved him from getting the boot, but it felt like the writers were trying to smash his character into the theme instead of him blending in seamlessly. I think his storyline would have worked much better if he played some kind of hand in helping Pete out in his current dilemma, as he's already weaseled his way into his good graces. Don't get me wrong, I'll take all the Joan I can get, but her and Bob taking a side journey just felt contrived to me.

All in all, "Man With A Plan" wasn't one of my favorite Mad Men episodes, but it did set up several plot lines and offering a peek into some interesting character dynamics that could pay off big time down the road.

Other Thoughts

---Where the hell was Dawn?

---Loved Joan's mother's line about younger men not being threatened by strong women. If anyone should be the first settler in Cougar Town, it's the woman responsible for bringing Joan Holloway into this world.

--Sadly, being canned by the same guy twice isn't that uncommon, both then or now when mergers take place. At least Burt Peterson got to fire off this gem on his way out to Bob. "As a first order of business, I recommend you stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye. Oh Burt, why didn't you ever write copy? I could just see the "Kiss Your Ass Goodbye" tag line for Belle Jolie Lipsticks back in the day.

--Peggy to Don: "Do you want me to answer that?" when Dawn's phone rings. That should've been a clue that she wasn't 100 percent happy with this merger.

--Though we just met him, like, an episode ago, I really liked the scene between Frank Gleason and Ted in the hospital. The two actors did a great job of making you believe these two men are friends who have been in the creative trenches together for decades.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Florida High School Football Player Comes Out

Loved seeing this over at Rod 2.0 and had to post it here. NBA player Jason Collin's groundbreaking coming out is inspiring other athletes at all levels to share their own stories. The latest is 17-year-old Leo Washington of Hollywood, who is the co-captain of the Hollywood Hills High School football team, and openly gay.

Washington, who transferred to the school after enduring bullying at his previous school in Georgia, is described as the "best defensive lineman" on the  district champion's team. According to Miami CBS 4, Washington "had several opportunities for football scholarships, but he said in college he’s following his other passion. He’s getting a degree in fashion."

As Rod notes, what makes Washington's story even more compelling is he doesn't fit into the uber-masculine stereotype of a football player; he's as comfortable in a pair of shoulder pads and a helmet as he is carrying a Michael Kors bag. Yes ma'am! Watch the report below.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Eye Candy: Chris Pratt

It's been eons since I've featured some eye candy on the blog, so I thought I'd go with Chris Pratt. Yes I know Parks and Recreation has been on for like, four seasons, but I caught an episode last week and spotted Mr. Pratt rocking a FBI jacket and aviator shades and thought "he is too cute" lol. Of course, I'm well aware he got shredded for Zero Dark Thirty a while back, but I actually prefer him thick. Thick and preferably bearded. Get into some pics below.

Trans Visibility Campaign Launched In China

Chinese LGBT activists are launching a campaign to increase trans visibility in China. As part of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) on May 17, an event called lgbT-Increasing Transgender Visibility in China will be held to spread awareness of transgender issues.

"'Chinese society is currently still largely unaware of the plight of transgendered people in China, who face stigma and discrimination on a daily basis,' said a statement from event organizers Queer Comrades,

'With the event, we focus on bringing attention to transgender communities in China and increasing public understanding of transgender issues.'

Queer Comrades are reaching out to the media, educators and counselors 'as they fulfill important firstline roles in the spreading of information and the providing of help regarding transgender issues.'"

The event, hosted by the Netherlands Embassy in Beijing, will feature a screening of Brothers, a 30-minute documentary about trans men in China. There will also be a panel discussion headed up by Brothers director Yao Yao, Tony, one of the men who appears in the film, and Joanne Leung, founder of the Transgender Resource Center of Hong Kong.

Former College Football Star Kevin Grayson Comes Out

Following Jason Collins' coming out in Sports Illustrated, former college football star Kevin Grayson has also come out as gay, and wants to let young players know their sexuality doesn't have to limit them.

 “Just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you can’t be the athlete you want to be. Doesn’t mean you can’t be a star. Doesn’t mean you can’t go out there and go just as hard as anybody else, if not harder,” Grayson said in an interview with WTVR in Richmond, Va.

Though an injury kept him from being drafted in 2011,  Grayson was a decorated high school player, and as a wide receiver for the University of Richmond helped his team win the national title in 2008 and is second on the list of all-time receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Grayson said he was reluctant to come out before because he didn't want his sexuality to be a source of distraction for his teammates, but has since changed his opinion.

“Why can’t I be an athlete? Why can’t I be a star player?” asks Grayson. “Why can’t I be the guy making plays that helps my team win, and still on the flip side, be a gay male?”

Watch the interview below.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mad Men Season 6 Ep. 6 Recap: 'For Immediate Release'

Photo Credit: Michael Yarish/AMC

As always, spoilers lie ahead...

While I've definitely enjoyed this season of Mad Men so far, it has been long on lull and slow on big events. Of course, many, including myself, would argue this is the way the show and its seasons are often structured--a few slow burners in the beginning to set up characters and plots that will detonate later on. And boy, did things get set off in "For Immediate Release," which definitely takes the crown (so far) for season six's most fist-pumping worthy episode.

First off, it's Mother's Day, and like most holidays depicted on Mad Men, it isn't given the most referential treatment. After a meeting with a banker discussing SCDP going public, Joan reminds Pete of the special day, which to him probably translates as "I guess I'll send the old broad an extra blanket at the home." Roger, who was so philosophical about his mother's death in "The Doorway," uses it as a coy way to get a stewardess named Daisy back into bed. Marie doesn't want to be reminded she's a grandmother, let alone a mother, if her thoughtless comment to Dr. Rosen to take the flowers Megan got her as a gift for his son to give Sylvia is any indication. Peggy's mother Katherine doesn't even get to show her face, but does send curtains along with plans to visit her and Abe in their West 80's love nest.

But back to Pete and Joan's (and Bert Cooper's) meeting with the banker and the plan to take SCDP public. According to Pete's calculations, the move could make both of them millionaires. Pete also takes the time to point out the banker also had eyes for Joan. "Everyone wants you don't they," he says, causing Joan to say "Pete no," like she was disciplining an unruly dog. Or keeping the devil in check, if you count that skin-crawling chuckle. Though I will say Joan and Pete seem to be getting along pretty well at the moment. But I digress. Having crossed the first hurdle of setting the move in order, Joan bringsup the second obstacle: Don. "I don't think he cares about money," she says in a prescient moment, but Pete reassures her going public would expand the company resources to allow Don to go after big clients. Christina Hendricks plays Joan with such wistful excitement here, it makes it all the more devastating when Don stomps all over their plans. More in that in minute.

Pete and Joan aren't the only ones making moves. It turns out Roger's fling Daisy isn't just a partner in the bedroom but a co-conspirator in the airport lounge, calling to fill him in about businessmen in said lounge so he can swoop in and scoop up new clients. Roger's also trying to smooth things over between Herb from Jaguar and Don, who lest we forget metaphorically flipped him the bird in a meeting a few weeks back when he wanted to change SCDP's campaign strategy. Don, who thought he just squirmed out of a meeting with Herb, and by extension Pete, reluctantly agrees, and inadvertently invites Marie along when he mentions Megan and her had plans.

Speaking of Megan and Marie, the former did a surprisingly good job of letting the gesture with the flowers roll off her back. Probably because she proved Marie wrong by becoming a successful actress, complete with making her mother hold her bags while signing autographs for teen girls in the elevator. But it's also because things are still rocky between her and Don, a fact Marie picks up on by noticing she and Megan have not had a fight during her visit. I'm not sure that's the best litmus test for your relationship with your daughter, but she's right regardless. Megan thinks their distance is due to Don not caring about her or her career, but Marie spells out to her what we've been seeing from him all season.

"Darling you have confounded everyone's expectations...he may think you belong more to other people than to him," she says. Megan agrees and then Marie tells her in no uncertain terms to put on an outfit that will make Don wanna flip it, smack it and rub it down.  Maybe it's not the best advice in the long run *cough* Don grew up in a whore house and thinks all women all whores *cough* but it did seem to fix things in the short term. Megan even treats her husband to a little skull duggery. I'll leave to you to make a mother/daughter joke about that. But suffice it say, ambition makes Mrs. Draper so horny.

Anyway, the dinner's a disaster; Herb's wife is babbling so much Marie, pissed that Roger's a no-show, is ready to hit that chick with a bottle. Though she's still polite and/or sober enough to insult her in French. Don of course, loathes Herb, and things don't get any better when he defiles both Megan and the lyrics to "The Girl From Ipanema" with a sleazy remark. However, the final straw comes when Herb suggests Don let a kid from his dealership supervise and write copy for Jaguar. With that, the gloves come off, "screw yous" or the late 60's equivalent thereof are exchanged, and dinner's over.

Though I'm happy to see him go, Herb does make a valid point about Don not knowing where his bread is buttered. Perhaps this isn't so an indictment of his dealings with Jaguar, but his business practices in general, particularly this season. Whereas he once looked noble and almost foolish by wanting to stick by Mohawk and Freddy Rumsen when a bigger opportunity was presented for the former and the latter proved to be liability, we've seen him go behind Raymond from Heinz's back and drop Jaguar without a thought as to what it would do to SCDP or the other partners. Ultimately, his ego--he never got over not closing Jaguar on his pitch alone--and freedom do whatever the hell he wants is more important than money.

As for Marie, she has to settle for listening to Don and Megan get it on instead having her own fling with Roger, who stood everyone up at a dinner to lay some groundwork with Mikey O' Brien from Chevy. She gets in a delicious crack about spending the evening with Herb the pig and his wife, the apple in said pig's mouth, before telling him to forget her name and hanging up.

Meanwhile Pete, oblivious to the carnage happening elsewhere, is having celebratory drinks with Bert over the taking the company public. He decides to celebrate further with a trip to the midtown whorehouse--with brown noser in chief Bob Benson in tow--when he spies Trudy's father coming out of a room with, in his words, "the biggest, blackest prostitute you've ever seen." I guess his racial empathy only extends so far. The next day, he relays the story to Ken , who, after going into going the long way via some story about catching his fifth grade teacher watching a sex film, assures him his father-in-law won't tell for fear of being caught himself. Just as Pete's feeling better, the phone rings to inform him Jaguar has been let go.

"Draper," he screams out from the steps (are the second floor steps the official showdown area of SCDP's offices? I'm just saying), looking down on Don like a comic book villain (and tripping on a step like a bubbling sidekick) before lighting into him about how much his actions have hurt the company. In a none-too subtle reference to he and Trudy's DOA marriage,  Don snaps "Pete, you gotta understand when it's over!" Pete wails that Don's actions have ruined the company's going public plans, before Joan escorts the boys to the conference room to continue their screaming match. Don of course, is unaware they were deciding to go public, since he blew off dinner with Pete. But just in the nick of time, Roger comes in with bad news and good news, but after learning Jaguar's been canned, just has good news; his airplane espionage work has landed them a meeting with Chevy, who wants SCDP to pitch a campaign for their yet-to-be released car.

Don co-opts Roger's news to make his point about how useless Jaguar is to them now, but Pete rightfully calls BS on that. "Don't act like you had a plan. You're Tarzan, swinging from vine to vine." But the MVP of Team Pissed Off is Joan, who's been stewing ever since Pete blurted out Jaguar had been fired. "Don't you feel 300 pounds lighter?" Don asks her, thinking he's done Joan a favor by playing white knight and slaying the beast (or in Marie's case, roasting the pig) when really firing Herb was an impulsive, ego-driven decision that rendered both Pete's and Joan's public option deal, not to mention her huge, life-altering sacrifice for the company moot. "I don't. Honestly Don if I can deal with him you can deal with him. And what now? I went through all of that for nothing," Joan says, fighting back either tears or the urge to scoop Don's eyeballs out. Don, still not getting that this isn't all about him, tells her he'll "win this" when it comes to Chevy. Buzz! Wrong answer Don! "Just once, I would like to hear you use the word 'we'. Because we're all rooting for you from the sidelines. Hoping you'll decide whatever you think is right for our lives," she says, storming off.

It's a fantastic scene from start to finish, not least because it dredges up so many  mixed emotions. I felt elated Don kicked Herb to the curb, while also hating him for not really giving a shit about Pete's plans or more importantly, repeatedly not getting why Joan would be furious at him; I could totally get behind Pete's rage at having a deal he worked so hard for fall apart, but could tsk tsk him (and Joan and Bert) for not cluing Don in from the jump; and I could love Roger's dig at Pete for snagging Chevy while also being upset with him for, like Don, being tone-deaf to how Joan was reacting.

In the end, the big blowup boiled down to a series of misunderstandings and secrets; Pete and Joan kept Don in the dark about the public offering, which, if they'd included him from the beginning, may have been a harder sell, but could've prevented him from doing something so risky. Roger kept Pete in the dark about Don's dinner with Herb, which likely led Pete to believe Don simply called Herb to dinner and fired him. And Roger kept everyone in the dark about his meeting with Chevy. The whole spectacle could have been avoided with open communication, but it was glorious to watch, with the image of SCDP's underlings scattering like roaches when Don came out of the conference room the cherry on the sundae.

Afterward the smoke settles, Ken asks Pete if they should go into Don's office, but Pete's all "eff that" and walks away. Things only get worse for Pete as he later learns Vicks is dropping SCDP due to know. Pete goes to confront his father-in-law Tom, who gets all self-righteous about Pete's extracurricular activities. "I knew there was reason you didn't want children. You have no business being a father," he seethes. No arguments here, given we haven't really seen Pete interact with his daughter, like at all, save for a bedtime story. Tammy didn't even get an honorable mention on the reasons for Pete wanted to move back home for. But I can't believe Tom is getting on his high horse when the he was caught with his pants down as well. We don't know if this is Tom's first time stepping out on his wife, but I couldn't help but be on Pete's side bit when he advises Tom to take a look in the mirror.

Though Pete, true to form, shoots himself in the foot by telling Trudy he saw her father with a "200 pound Negro prostitute." Trudy, ever the Daddy's girl, doesn't believe him and tells him they're officially done. "I had no other choice," Pete whines,  but Trudy points out he had lots of choices. However Pete, as he often does, picked the most spiteful one.

Back to Don, who, when he can't sleep, goes to the hotel bar. "Dammit" a voice--Ted's--says when he spots Don. Long story short, Ted explains that Chevy is going to use SCDP and CGC's creative and take it to one of the big boys. Don doesn't quite believe it until Ted makes the point that Chevy wants a big agency so they can "have bodies on the ground." Don finally concedes the game is rigged, and, after trading their pitches, he and Ted hatch a plan to merge their two companies. The move makes sense, and has been hinted at in earlier episodes, the contrived device of Ted's business partner Frank getting life-threatening cancer notwithstanding. It will definitely make for some exciting developments, but also shows Don hasn't learned a damn thing about impulsive decision making. As promised though, he comes through on Chevy, and SCDP/CGC is born.

One person doesn't seem to sure about the newborn though  and it's Peggy. The look on her face when she hears Don say they got Chevy is priceless. I was almost waiting for Don to say "Hello Clarice." She doesn't know whether to be excited at the new business, be freaked out at the sight of her old boss/mentor or disturbed by the fact she can't seem to escape from SCDP and it's pessimistic people. Well she better get used to it, 'cause despite what she told Abe about her fear of change, the times are doin' just that.

Other Thoughts

--I really hope Peggy doesn't do the do with Ted; aside from the fact she and Abe are so good together  and buying the apartment could give her some domestic storylines, with the merger and her working for Don again--albeit this time as more of an equal--there's a lot more to explore than an another extramarital affair. Though admittedly, that could add a whole other layer of drama to the work vs. personal life theme the show does so well.

--It was nice change of pace to see Dr. Rosen fall from his idealistic perch this week; hearing him complain about the his hospital not taking the heart transplant patient and wasting his time in New York showed he can be just as ambitious and self-interested as anyone else in the Mad Men universe; and, judging from his interaction with Marie, just as flirtatious.

--I can't take Don and Joan not getting along. Please fix this immediately.

--I get that Bob's a suck up, but offering to pay for Pete's "good time?" Even suck ups have their limits.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

R.I.P. Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly, one half of 90's rap duo Kris Kross, has died. He was 34 years old.  Kelly was found unresponsive at his home in Atlanta, the victim of an apparent drug overdose involving heroin and cocaine.

Of course Kelly, along with Chris Smith, are best known for their massive '92 hit "Jump," and their backwards clothes. At one point the duo was so popular they opened for Michael Jackson on his Dangerous tour, had their own videogame and appeared on A Different World (remember they were in the rival gangs and Dwayne and Whitley went all Lean On Me? Good times.)

While I never wore my clothes backwards, I don't know a person my age who didn't lose their minds when "Jump" or "I Missed The Bus" came on. Rest in peace Chris.

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