“If we only allowed art from artists we agreed with, we’d have pretty terrible art. I’m not going to dismiss the Declaration of Independence because Thomas Jefferson had a slave.” – Ender’s Game producer Roberto Orci defending his movie (and rabid homophobe Orson Scott Card) in yesterday’s LA Times. And while it’s true that history is littered with examples of great artists with shitty views (Wagner’s anti-semitism, Norman Mailer and Picasso’s misogyny, Coco Chanel’s working with the Nazis, Woody Allen’s parenting style etc etc), the difference here is that Orson Scott Card didn’t just spout off his shitty homophobic views in some magazine somewhere, he worked very hard, donated a lot of money, and was absolutely instrumental in the passage of Prop 8. He was, in fact, on the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage. THAT’S why we shouldn’t line his pockets with the money from book sales. Because he uses that money to do us harm. Now discuss among yourselves.
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Enders Game starts today, and you KNOW you’re not allowed to see it, right? It’s based on the best-selling YA book of the same name written by virulent homophobe Orson Scott Card, and although the producers and directors and actors and gaffers and PAs and Craft Service people have all distanced themselves from him and ASSURED us that NOBODY connected to the production has anything but love for the gay community, let’s face it: The movie helps sell books, and the more successful the movie is, the more we line Card’s pockets. So: BOYCOTT, QUEENS, BOYCOTT!
I’ve made a list here of various boycotts the gay community has initiated over the years. Remember the Cracker Barrel protests of the ’90s? And breaking your Donna Summer records when she went on her anti-gay rant in the early ’80s? Good times. It definitely seems we’re having more boycotts lately, though, doesn’t it? I suspect it’s not because there’s more discrimination these days, just that we’re more organized as a community and less willing to put up with anyone’s guff. We’re also more discriminating where we spend our dollars, and more comfortable with our role as civil rights watchdogs.
Do boycotts actually work? You tell me. Are you still shopping at Target, Walmart, and Best Buy? Did you accidentally get Barilla pasta last time you went to the grocery store? Has our boycotting hurt their bottom line? Has it forced them to change their policies? Not always. Often we just forget and move on to the next bête noire du jour. That doesn’t mean though, that you shouldn’t show solidarity with your gay brothers and sisters. So altogether now: I WILL NOT SEE ENDER’S GAME! I WILL NOT SUBSIDIZE A HOMOPHOBE! Go see Kill Your Darlings instead. You’ll undoubtably have a better time, I assure you.
1. Ender’s Game actor Aramis Knight gets in the Halloween spirit with a not-at-all-prearranged photo op at a pumpkin patch in Los Angeles. And I have to point out that I AM IN NO WAY ENDORSING ENDER’S GAME. We’re boycotting it, remember?
2. My abuelita is reporting the neighbor boys for making too much noise while she’s trying to watch Un refugio para el amor.
3. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump is spotted leaving Spago in Beverly Hills. (Wait. That’s still a place?)
4. Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall recycles a Philip Treacy hat while attending a service to celebrate the Harvest for the British Food Fortnight at Westminster Abbey
Critics at Time, Rolling Stone, and MTV News are pissing themselves over Eminem’s new rapid-fire, six-minute tribute to himself, “”Rap God.” The song itself is brilliant in its way, I suppose (the bit from 4:55 to 5:15 is particularly mind-blowing), but what seems to be lost in the mountains of praise is the often violently homophobic lyrics.
In the first verse, Eminem says he’s “still be able to break a motherfucker’s table over the back of a couple faggots and crack it in half.” Then in the second verse, he goes off on the following rant: ”Little gay-looking boy / So gay I can barely say it with a straight face-looking boy / You witnessing massacre like you watching a church gathering taking place-looking boy / ‘Oy vey, that boy’s gay,’ that’s all they say looking-boy / You take a thumbs up, pat on the back, the way you go from your label every day-looking boy.”
Read all the lyrics here, and weigh in. Does he get a pass because, as The Week points out, he’s pretty much built his career on the notoriety of his deliberately offensive lyrics? And like, say, Family Guy or South Park, he pretty much bashes everybody without regard to political correctness? Or is it just hateful garbage that needs to be stopped? The Week goes on to note that since Eminem’s heyday, rap has made quite a few strides when it comes to homophobia and hate speech (the rise of Frank Ocean; Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, and Kanye West speaking out in favor of marriage equality etc), and maybe it’s time to just kick this relic from a by-gone era to the curb. “Don’t download Eminem’s new single,” they admonish, “and don’t buy his new album. We’ve heard this all before, and there’s no reason any of us should be subjected to it again.
Proud Chick-Fil-A eater Ashley Greene and Mortal Instruments star Jamie Campbell Bower leave a gym session in Los Angeles together, looking rather cozy. The jury is still out whether I’m in love with him or not. I sort of want to put my foot in his face every time I see those damn Mortal Instruments trailers. But then I loved him in Sweeney Todd. I’m so fickle. Based on this picture, though, I’d say he’s looking pretty good. But he needs to ditch the homophobe. (Photos: Pacific Coast ews)
It seems everyone is outraged by the racist and homophobic language from this new breed of Big Brother houseguests. Everyone, that is, but the folks at host network CBS, who seem to take a laissez faire approach to the slurs and told TMZ, “We certainly find the statements made by several of the houseguests on the live internet feed to be offensive,” and went on to say that the 24-hour feed can sometimes expose unpleasantries among the guests and “at times, the houseguests reveal prejudices and other beliefs that we do not condone.” And? And nothing.
One bright spot, though, is that the show’s apparent worst offender, Aaryn Gries, the Paula Deen of the contestants, has been dropped by her modeling agency, Zephyr Talent in Austin, Texas, after referring to the gay houseguest as a “queer,” telling an Asian-American houseguest to “shut up and go and make some rice,” racist remarks about African-Americans, etc. “We certainly find the statements made by Aaryn on the live internet feed to be offensive,” said the agency. “Upon much consideration, we have decided to release Aaryn from her contract with Zephyr Talent.” (Doesn’t the name Aaryn look and sound a bit… Aryan?)
Meanwhile, Rachel Reilly, who was the Big Brother winner in 2011 and whose sister Elissa is a controversial houseguest this season, is upset by the racist and homophobic comments in the house. She and husband Brendon Villegas, whom you’ll remember she met and fell in love with on Big Brother and has since married, say, “Being former houseguests, we understand how people can turn on each other, but the offensive things that Aaryn, GinaMarie, Katlin, Spencer, and Jeremy say disgust us, and make us sick to our stomachs.” Developing? (via TMZ; photo: CBS)
Well, sadly, it turns out that, unbeknown to us until now, our favorite summer hang, CBS’s Big Brother house is in fact populated by despicable racist, homophobic, and misogynistic jerks. In just two episodes they’ve already spewed a season’s-worth of vile slurs. CBS doesn’t air the language but it’s available on the pay-per-view live 24-hour feed. The show’s executive producer Allison Grodner has said that CBS ignores awfulness from the house guests because, “We really don’t want to put hateful things out there in our edits.” In an open letter to the show’s producers, Ragan Fox, Big Brother 12 castmember and an associate professor of communication at California State University, Long Beach, wrote, “What’s the point of casting racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities if production’s going to edit out the racism, ethnic discrimination, and homophobia that these people encounter inside the house?” and added, “If you really want to provide a groundbreaking twist, SHOW CBS VIEWERS HOW SOME STRAIGHT, WHITE PEOPLE talk about gays, Asian Americans, and African Americans.”
Meanwhile, here’s some of what’s being said but not aired:
- GinaMarie said that, because of her income level, she receives “nigger insurance” (she whispered the n-word, so it’s possible she said the version that ends with “a”). She whispered it to both Nick and Andy, neither of whom challenged her.
- GinaMarie said Helen, who’s Asian, “should be kissing our ass and serving us some fucking rice.”
- Aaryn said of Andy, “No one’s gonna vote for whoever that queer puts up.” She also suggested he’d win MVP because “people love the queers.”
- Aaryn said about Candice, who’s black, “be careful what you say in the dark; you might not be able to see that bitch.” (A month ago, Aaryn tweeted, “Attractiveness comes from inside. What would you look like if your looks mirrored your words and actions?” So much irony.)
- GinaMarie said Candice “gets that fuckin’ blackness,” referring to Candice’s reaction to something that happened in the game.
- Aaryn said of Helen, “Shut up. Go make some fucking rice.”
- Talking about sheets that smelled bad, David said they were that way because “black Candice” was on them, and then admitted, “that was totally racist.”
- Jeremy, who calls the house’s women “bitches,” said of Katilin, “I did touch her vagina today.. she didn’t act like she was happy.. I like to feel around see what’s she’s working with.. see if it’s a nice meat wallet … I know she’s on her period.”
- Spencer called Andy “Kermit the fag”; Amanda called Andy “Faggoty Ann” (McCrae later called her out for that language, but she defended it).
- Spencer said that the medical torture conducted by Nazi doctors was beneficial and praised Hitler’s speaking abilities, even while acknowledging that he’d be criticized for that.
- Katilin said she likes gay people but they’re “untrustworthy in a game like this.”
- McCrae said, “If I’m talking to a girl, that probably means I don’t want to fuck her.”
- Spencer referred to women as “cunts.”
- GinaMarie said, “you know two blacks stick together. They’re like tokens.”