“Fanstastic! I love it. Absolutely. Look good. I’m very proud if Grindr has forced us to up our game. To brush our teeth. Comb our hair. Eat right. Go to the gym. Be a healthy person. Cut back on the smoking. Cut back on the bad things and look your best. We’re men. We visualize. We see before we hear, before we think, before we do anything else. That’s how we are. I haven’t changed that. That’s what our evolution has taught us to do. I certainly go to the gym more because of Grindr. I’m competing with the guy a space away from me on that grid.” – Grindr founder and CEO Joel Simkhai on Michelangelo Signorili’s Sirius radio show, responding to critics who say the gay dating app encourages superficiality and reduces gay men to physical ideals . (via Towleroad)
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From HuffPo: “If Te’o were gay, why would a closeted gay man go to such extremes? I asked the question on my radio program yesterday and the phones lit up with gay men who’d done exactly the same thing, or were still engaged in it. Living in conservative parts of the country or working in professions in which they believe they’d be fired if it became known they are gay, they construct elaborate stories of girlfriends or wives who never quite make it to company functions — or who do, but are really good friends who stand in as girifriends or wives. (One of those “fake-date” women called the show too).
“Why, however, would T’eo need to have his girlfriend get ill and die off? There was pressure from T’eo’s family and from the media to meet her. True, he could have just broken up with her but that would not get the kind of attention that would embed his heterosexual identity in the sports media culture for some time to come, nor ward off questions of why he doesn’t have a new girlfriend. It would be perfectly acceptable if he didn’t date for a long time, traumatized by what happened.”
Read the whole article here.
“For someone like Obama to survive – he’s a very smart man – he’s had to do some dumb things because people, people don’t want the truth. It’s the same thing with drag. You know, drag breaks the fourth wall and people have been up against drag because drag queens are saying, ‘You’re not who you think you are. You’re not who you appear to be on your driver’s license or your birth certificate. You are actually – you’re actually God in drag.’ But nobody wants to break that fourth wall. Nobody wants to hear the truth like that. You have to dumb it down. And it’s unfortunate because we all suffer when we dumb it down,” he said of President Obama’s policies.
RuPaul also spoke his mind over the controversy on the recently canceled ABC sitcom Work It and the apology by Lance Bass for using the word “tranny.” “It’s ridiculous! It’s ridiculous… I love the word ‘tranny.’ You have to go to the intent of the person saying it. Of course Lance Bass’ intent would never be to be derogatory. Never. So, you know, that’s really ridiculous. And I hate the fact that he’s apologized. I wish he would have said, ‘F-you, you tranny jerk!’” And, RuPaul added, “if you’re offended by someone calling you a tranny, it was only because you believe you are a tranny! (laughs) So then, the solution is: Change your mind about yourself being a tranny.”