Category Archives: Pop Culture

Game of Thrones final season starts tonight

Season seven of the Game of Thrones ended after just seven episodes in August 2017, but tonight the series returns to HBO. The much hyped and incredibly successful series inspired by  George R. R. Martin’s, A Song of Ice and Fireseries, may be a little fuzzy for many who have not seen an episode in 20 months.

Although many GOT fans may have been binge-watching in anticipation of tonight’s return, CNN has made it a bit easier for all of us who don’t have the time or inclination to revisit past shows with their article, 10 critical ‘GoT’ details to remember during the final season.

I’m looking forward to the final season and hope it lives up to the hype. Do you plan on watching the final season of Game of Thrones?

All hail Madonna: GLAAD recipient of Advocate for Change

gay rights, gay allies, MadonnaI’ve always loved Madonna, but her appeal was in part because she was a lot more than just a pop singer. She was an anomaly; an outspoken, vulgar woman who thrived on the hypocrisy of the 80s and a champion the LGBTQ community far before it was trendy to wear a red ribbon at award ceremonies.

So I’m happy Madonna will be presented with the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards in NYC this May.  The inaugural Advocate for Change Award was given to former President Bill Clinton in 2013. Madonna will become only the second person to receive the honor, which is given only to those who “changed the game for LGBTQ people around the world” through their work, and I couldn’t agree more with GLAAD for acknowledging her. 

Apple’s Tim Cook is a role model the LGBTQ community needs more of in business

gayOften the LGBTQ community looks to pop culture icons as our allies. Over the past decade as being gay has become more accepted, we’ve started to also see allies step forward in sports and the business community.

“Being gay is God’s greatest gift to me.”
– Tim Cook, Apple CEO

Four years ago Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, became the first Fortune 500 CEO to publicly acknowledge he is gay. Last week Cook went a step further, saying “Being gay is God’s greatest gift to me.” He said he felt the need to share his comments to respond to stories he was hearing about increased bullying, families making life difficult for kids grappling with their sexuality and rising suicide rates among gay teens.

Tim Cook is not just a CEO. He is the CEO of one of the most admired companies in the world with a brand and name recognition that any company would envy. Earlier this summer Apple became the first American public company to cross $1 trillion in value. While its success is in large part attributed to the founder, Steve Jobs, Cook has done an admirable job making sure that Apple continues to grow. and succeed in a very competitive industry. I would like to see more executives speak out and up. Role models are around us everywhere and we can draw inspiration from them, but sometimes we need to be reminded so thanks for speaking up Tim. I’m sure that your sentiments have helped many and perhaps challenged misconceptions some people may have about what it means to be gay.

Clueless remake is apparently in the works

Earlier this week I read on NewNowNext that a remake of the mid-90s film Clueless is being explored. My initial reaction was, “As if!?!“. While I loved the original and am still prone to use lingo from the movie (Full on Monet, Betty and Fashion Victim just to name a few) – you can read through an extensive library of terminology the film used and helped make popular, here.

To say I’m buggin’ would be an understatement because what made the movie so great (for me) was how much it captured and poked fun at the stereotypes of the day – especially teenage Southern Californians. A remake of this film will need to tap into similar cultural touchstones of the day, but as a 40-something I doubt I’m tapped into the zeitgeist of today’s teens so much of the humor and references will likely go above my head. Having said that, I’ll probably go see it because I do love the original and will be curious to see how the movie was updated to make it relevant.

What about you? Did you see Clueless and did you love it? Would you go see a remake or would you likely skip it all together? Do tell, I’m genuinely curious.

Hanging with Seth Meyers

family, mom, dadMy parents spent most of their lives either working or taking care of their four children. Since retirement that has all changed. In some ways their lives more closely mirror the life Sergio and I lead – meeting up and going out or planning fun trips with friends regularly.

Seth Meyers and his younger (and every bit as funny) brother Josh Meyers grew up in our small town. Together they logged more than a few hours in the backseat of my Mom’s station wagon being brought back from school or team practices so when my parents planned a quick trip to NYC last week with two other couples, they stopped in to check out Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Two things strike me about this photo – first, my mother who is 5’7″ looks tiny and second, my parents are way cooler.

On Wednesday we wear…

handsome guyIt has been a while since I’ve provided this very important public service announcement. For those of you who do not understand this reference please immediately download Mean Girls and watch it tonight.

Sesame Street: How they became Bert & Ernie

America’s most famous gay couple share a rap about how they met and became “roommates” to the melody of Will Smith’s theme song The Prince of Bel Air. It was too cute not to share for all of you fans of  Sesame Street.

Netflix brings back Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

What is old is new again; first it was announced that Will & Grace would return to NBC then ABC said it was bringing back its popular show Roseanne. Now Netflix has revived the Bravo TV series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, but this time with a new cast and in a new city.

Moving from the more politically progressive northeast this new cast will be based in Atlanta and roam Dixie. The new Fab Five includes Bobby Berk as the show’s design expert; Karamo Brown will be the cast’s cultural attache (so to speak); Antoni Porowski will manage all things related to food and wine; Jonathan Van Ness is responsible for personal grooming; and Tan France will lead the charge in the fashion department.

The Netflix teaser that dropped earlier this week opens with the lines, “The original show was fighting for tolerance. Our fight is for acceptance.” I’m not sure I really agree with that but you get the gist of this light-hearted formulaic series that will try to make America a little more accepting (and hopefully more polite) – one makeover at a time.

Check’em out on Netflix here: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

TIME Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers

Against the backdrop of allegations from women ranging from Hollywood to the US Congress and virtually everywhere in between, sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace in particular has galvanized women (and men) to speak up this year in a way I’ve not seen since the Clarence Thomas hearings in the early 1990s.

Harvey Weinstein, US Rep John Conyers, US Sen Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Roy Moore, President Trump and more have all been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment as have many others, and TIME’s decision to talk about this is genius. By shining the spotlight on a topic that is more often whispered about, I hope this encourages more people to step forward, and share their story.

Let me put this year’s TIME Person of the Year cover in perspective….

I moved on her like a bitch… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.” — Donald J. Trump

Who knows. Perhaps TIME Magazine really did reach out (as Donald Trump claimed last week) about an interview for this year’s Person of the Year cover. He’s an excellent example of why / how sexual harassment exists and is excused.

You can read the full article on TIME at The Silence Breakers.

Men in kilts

colin farrellColin Farrell shows us all how to curtsy while wearing a kilt.

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Fox News ad revenue nose-dive

In full disclosure the information below comes from Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog so be mindful the source I’m quoting.

According to last week’s report from Media Matters, advertising revenue from September 2017 plummeted at Fox News. While a certain drop off is to be expected when you consider that last fall the country was embroiled in a very divisive national election, the numbers shared are still jaw-dropping – especially in relation to what Fox News competitors (CNN and MSNBC) show. Fox News advertising revenue

Media Matters speculates that this is in large part attributable to Hannity’s growing advertiser losses since his problems with advertisers leaving his show has been well documented. As companies become more focused on digital advertising and more protective of their brand, strongly partisan shows that play into conspiracy theories become less appealing. Ultimately it is bad for business.

Sean Hannity’s problems with advertisers mirrors Fox News

However, it is important to note (this wasn’t part of the Media Matters article) that Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity regularly have the highest ratings among the cable news networks so for those who would like to see these shows pulled it isn’t likely anytime soon.

Ultimately, I’d like to see all the cable networks stop being so slanted and move away from having panels with people shouting over each other but that’s probably never going to happen so I’ll just have to gloat be content with declining advertising revenues for the Murdoch family.

Will & Grace

Must See TV, megan mullally, gays rule, will and grace, will & grace, karen walkerGuess what I’ll be watching tonight at 9PM ET on NBC?

Michelle Obama to appear on Will & Grace

pinkInTouch Weekly is reporting that former First Lady Michelle Obama will guest star in the reboot of NBC’s Will & Grace, set to premiere this fall. They write:

“Former first lady Michelle Obama will appear on the show,” the insider reveals. “The details are still being worked out, but supposedly Michelle is up for anything, as long as it doesn’t cross the line too much.”

To that I have to say, cross the line Michelle, cross the line. You will certainly be a welcome site for me. If you want to learn more you can read the original report on InTouch Weekly’s website here.

Will Silver Foxes be the new Golden Girls

Silver FoxesRumors continue to swirl about updating the popular 1980s television sitcom, The Golden Girls, making it about four gay men living together in Palm Springs, CA. The concept even has a name, Silver Foxes, and according to news reports recently had a table reading at Stan Zimmerman’s house (who was one of the show’s writers back in 1985-1986), which was photographed and posted on Instagram earlier this summer (see below).

As much as I love the idea  there remain a lot of barriers to this becoming a reality, but I do love thinking about this. Who would you cast in these new roles? Here’s my thoughts:

Dorothy  —–> Ian McKellan
Blanche —–> George Takei
Rose —–> Nathan Lane
Sophia —–> David Hyde Pierce

 You can read more about this here.

Amy Schumer filming in South End on Monday

filming in the south endThose movie tax credits continue to pay dividends locally. Starting Monday, August 7th, Amy Schumer is set to start filming in the South End for her upcoming comedy, “I Feel Pretty”.  Residents have already received notices that the movie shoot will take over Tremont Street between Union Park and West Brookline Street (so if you’re driving avoid that section of Tremont). The production will also return to Boston on August 18th to film additional scenes at a store located on Union Park Street. My guess would be the new Walden Local Butcher shop that is yet to open and currently an empty space – ideal for a shoot (but that is only a guess).

“I Feel Pretty” is about a woman who starts acting extremely confident after suffering a head injury. Model Emily Ratajkowski and actress Michelle Williams, join Schumer in the movie that is expected to be released next summer.