Demi Lovato’s Nude Pictures Leaked

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First off, let me start by saying that I’m not planning on posting the actual pictures. If you found this and are hoping that this is what you’re going to find, I apologize from now, and totally understand if you navigate away. Rather, this is going to be a short rant on this vulture-like attitude that we’ve come to adopt vis-à-vis celebrity nude photos.

So, a few months ago, a few media outlets began reporting that nude photos of Skyscraper singer, Demi Lovato, were being shopped around. To tell you the truth, I really thought that those photos had already surfaced. I would have sworn on my entire down-there region that I’d actually seen them ages ago. Apparently, I must have been high off of something, because the pictures only became available two days ago.

Now, I must admit, I’m a huge fan of Demi Lovato. Maybe not so much on the X-Factor… honestly, there isn’t enough booze in the world to get me to watch that show. However, artistically, I adore her. I think she has an absolutely amazing voice, and it’s usually really hard for me to determine whether I prefer the studio or live versions of her songs. That said, I accept the possibility that I may very well be biased when it comes to her, yet I’m pretty sure that that’s not the issue in this case. One of my favourite celebrity blogs posted the pics when they surfaced, and I took a look at them, and I couldn’t help but think… BIG FUCKING DEAL! Forgive my crassness, but I really don’t get what all the hoopla was about. There was nothing particularly obscene or embarrassing about any of the pictures… well, except for the fact that she was photographed with Wilmer Valderrama in a couple of them – that’s always cause for humiliation.

I mean, the way people were going on about the “leaked nude pics”, you’d think the girl was getting off with a vibrating toothbrush or something! Don’t judge… it’s a real thing. She just wasn’t clothed, and so I repeat… BIG DEAL! I don’t understand why it is that we’ve created this culture that practically demands nudity in almost every film released in Hollywood, not placing any shame on the actors, yet we become vicious when a celebrity’s private photos are leaked. So, it’s okay for an actor to get unclothed in a room full of film crew, but one nude selfie in a locked bathroom should have this same person fleeing into exile? In what universe does this make ANY sense? Don’t even get me started on the fact that men walk around shirtless all the time and no one does anything but comment on their physique (good or bad) yet the instant the outline of a female’s nipple is visible, we’re ready to classify it as porn.

I wanna make it clear that I’m not condemning anyone for wanting to see a celeb’s nude pics, cuz lord knows if there were leaked photos of Taylor Lautner, I’d be first in line to see them. I just don’t think it’s fair that we’re creating this pretend concern campaign of “be proud in your own skin” or “love your body” or whatever other bullshit slogan we’re harping on about when we’re totally prepared to crucify anyone for photographing themselves nude. So, are we only supposed to appreciate and be proud of our skin when it’s covered beneath layers and layers of designer labels? We can’t have it both ways! We really need to stop and realise that there is nothing wrong with the naked human form. I’m not saying that we should go traipsing down Sunset Avenue with our saggy soccer balls and droopy basketboobs swinging all over the place every day. But we need to cut this shit culture of shaming anyone (celebrities and regulars alike) who dares to show their nature-given bodies sans clothes.

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Shameless Season 4 Finale: Ian & Mickey Recap

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*WARNING contains spoilers*

As I welcome the recommencement of one of my favourite shows, I say farewell to another. Last night, Showtime aired the finale of season four of Shameless. I’ve already spoken of my adoration obsession with the Ian/Mickey relationship, and although last night’s dynamic wasn’t as high-amped as last week’s episode, it still made me love them even more. Last week, we saw Mickey FINALLY come out. It was a very emotionally strenuous episode, especially considering the fact that he did it publically at Alibi, and then got into a nasty fist fight with his inbred father afterward. This week, though it was the calm after the storm, he still had to deal with the aftermath of his decision. Upon entering Alibi, things were slightly awkward but mostly okay until someone made a gay joke, which did not go over well with him. In typical Mickey fashion, he challenged anyone in the bar who had something to say about his sexual orientation to come up to him and say it. After a moment of uncomfortable silence, Kevin (played by Reba’s Steve Howey) asked the patrons, “Were you surprised? Cuz I wasn’t surprised,” reminding me why I love everything about this guy. This, in turn, prompted a discussion about different celebrities who’d come out over the years, including Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O’Donnell and, more recently, Jason Collins and Michael Sam. It was a beautifully done scene, and it left Mickey overwhelmed and speechless from surprise.

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Now that we know that the community won’t be coming after the newly public couple with torches and pitchforks, it looked like the beginning of smooth sailing for them. Of course, it wouldn’t be Shameless if any of the characters ever experienced smooth sailing. In the past couple of episodes, Ian has been riding some sort of indescribably euphoric high. However, last night, he finally crashed and burned, seeming unwilling to leave the bed at all in the morning. Mickey finally realises that something isn’t right when, even after he returned to the house, Ian still hadn’t moved. Ian’s siblings, Debbie, Carl and Fiona (who was released from prison… hurray!) are brought over and all realise that he might very likely be suffering from bipolar disorder like their mother. I read a comment on YouTube last week of someone predicting that this was exactly what was happening to Ian, so the news last night didn’t really come as such a shock to me. However, Mickey’s reaction to the news was another matter entirely. It broke my heart the way he refused to accept that he couldn’t fix Ian on his own. The idea that Ian would have to be sent to a psychiatric ward was too much for him to bear, and it was the second saddest scene of the episode – the first being Fiona’s welcome home. Needless to say, until season 5 comes around next year, I’m going to be watching and rewatching tons and tons of clips of what is shaping up to be a pretty amazing love story.

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Game of Thrones Season 4: Introducing the Red Viper

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*WARNING may contain spoilers*

There are only two types of people in this world: those who love Game of Thrones, and those who need serious psychological evaluation. For the first group of people, last night was a televised wet dream, because the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed show premiered on HBO.

I, myself, love Game of Thrones, as well as A Song of Ice and Fire – the series of novels on which the show is based. The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R Martin is – in my opinion – a literary genius. The books are incredibly well-written, and translate perfectly to the show, which is usually perfectly cast and always amazingly acted. Both the series of novels and its on-screen adaptation cater to a wide-range of viewers, including to a very large extent, its gay audience.

In this particular regard, George R.R Martin and HBO make a spectacular team. The novels are chock-full of homoerotic encounters and same-sex relations, but those are mostly hinted at or rumoured; HBO, however, has none of this beating around the bush nonsense. All the subversive undertones of gay relations are portrayed quite readily on screen. Case in point: while there is no denying the romantic and sexual relationship between King Renly and Ser Loras, even in the books, their private relationship is never anything more than hearsay. On the show, however, we are fortunately treated to a more explicit depiction, which actually does make the storyline more in-depth and complex.

Season 4 kicks off with HBO execs continuing with this same “hell yeah” attitude, and in comes Prince Oberyn Martell, aka the Red Viper, played by Chilean actor Pedro Pascal. Again, in the books, the Red Viper is only “rumoured” to bed both men and women, but that did not stop HBO from filming the Dornish prince asserting complete royal dominance over a male prostitute at a brothel, after procuring a female prostitute for his female lover, Ellaria Sand, played by Indira Varma. I’m telling you, it doesn’t get any more inclusive than that, and for that, cast, crew and execs over at HBO, I extend my sincerest gratitude.

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Honey Maid Commercial Responds to Homophobes

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On March 10th, Honey Maid released a commercial titled “This is Wholesome”, in which they featured an interracial, military family and a same-sex family. Of course, the Earth would stop spinning on its axis if there weren’t any homophobes who were compelled to call out the company. Thankfully for planetary alignments and the continuation of the solar system, a bunch of bigots threw a slew of homophobic remarks at the commercial. Among the loudest protesters was the painfully irrelevant, One Million Moms, who wrote:

“Nabisco should be ashamed of themselves for their latest Honey Maid and Teddy Graham cracker commercial where they attempt to normalize sin… This commercial not only promotes homosexuality, but then calls the scene in the advertisement wholesome.”

In my opinion, Nabisco had two options:

1)      Issue an apology for offending the more conservative members of society

2)      Issue a statement telling all those who were offended to go shove a graham cracker up their ass

As it turns out, they performed neither of those options, which worked out even better for us! Instead, they released another commercial, converting all the hate mail into something positive. I love this response from beginning to end, and is the most wonderful way of dealing with unnecessary hatred.


	

Shameless’s Ian & Mickey: Evolution of Same-Sex Portrayal

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So, I’m obviously the Johnny-come-lately of Showtime’s Shameless. I mean, geez, the season 4 finale airs tomorrow night. It’s not that I’d never heard of it. I just never really gave it a chance, which to tell you the truth, I’m pretty much starting to regret here. I stumbled onto a few Ian/Mickey scenes on YouTube yesterday, and it’s pretty much been 24 hours of constant rewatching of all the same clips. Ian and Mickey (played by Cameron Monaghan and Noel Fisher) are the show’s resident gay couple and undoubtedly my newest OTP.

As a teenage couple, the show explores all the issues you’d pretty much expect from such a young gay couple: being in the closet, homophobic family, sleeping with other people… you name it. Anyway, the point of this post isn’t so much about the show per se as it is about my appreciation for the evolution of the portrayal of gay characters on television.

For those who aren’t familiar with the show, Mickey (Fisher) is the more street hardened criminal of the couple. Actually, he’s possibly one of the most street-hardened criminals of the show. He’s got a very macho exterior, quick temper, and isn’t shy about throwing punches. Ian (Monaghan) is the more sensitive of the two. Though he grew up as a member of ROTC, and eventually enlisted in the army, he’s more eager to completely leave the closet – probably due in large part to his family’s amazing acceptance of his sexual orientation, whereas Mickey’s dad hired a female prostitute to literally try to fuck the gay out of Mickey when he found out.

Traditionally, mainstream media has seemed to always portray gay couples as having one dominant masculine partner, while the other is obviously sassy and effeminate. I’d like to go on record stating that there’s nothing inherently wrong with this pairing, as there are couples who fit this description in the LGBT community. However, the point of portraying this type of pairing has nothing to do with the fact that it does exist, and everything to do with an attempt to heteronormalize same-sex couples, by attempting to mould even that after a more socially acceptable male/female pairing. It is this which makes it so incredibly frustrating and offensive. While the masculine-effeminate dynamic does exist in reality, like I mentioned before, you will find that most same-sex couples (male or female) tend to feature partners who are more balanced in terms of behaviour, attitudes and roles. It is one of the features which distinguishes us from heterosexual couples, and that’s okay (not that there aren’t heterosexual couples which have partners who also have these equilibrated-type roles; indeed, it is becoming more and more the norm). My issue really is that this Hollywood-created masculine-effeminate relationship normally depicts – or at the very least, hints – that the masculine partner is the top while the effeminate partner is the bottom. This is super stereotypical, and way out of touch with reality. Very many heteros (and unfortunately, quite a few gays as well) can’t seem to process the fact that a lot of masculine men actually do enjoy being the recipient of anal sex. Why can’t they? Because there exists this ridiculous stigma that being penetrated somehow makes you less of a man. Bullshit. Maybe you will think twice next time you assume that the lispy prancing gay you see is automatically a bottom. This also ignores the fact that lots of gay men are neither exclusively top nor bottom, and actually perform versatile roles depending on the sexual situation.

I’m kinda getting off topic here. My original point is that it is so incredibly refreshing to see that Mickey, who maybe ten years ago had he been in Queer as Folk, would automatically have been written as the relationship’s top, is actually the bottom in his and Ian’s relationship, and never seems to be ashamed of it. Why should he, anyway? After all, as he so eloquently put it…

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Tom Daley is Officially Gay Gay

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I’ve gotta admit, and I’m probably in the minority on this one, but Tom Daley has never really done it for me. Don’t get me wrong, the guy is totally adorable and has an amazing body – I think anyone who denies that is pretty much just hating. However, I still pretty much just go “Oh, him” whenever I read about him. To be honest, I kinda think that he’d be relieved by that, though. Considering the fact that people come up to him ad nauseum offering up sex, he might like to know that there are some of us out there who view him as an actual person, and not a walking orgasm – which, by the way people, is a pretty gross thing to do to anyone. Let’s try to be a tad more respectful – if not for people we think are attractive, then at least for ourselves. After all, life isn’t a giant Grindr app… at least, not yet. All that being said, I think it’s incredibly admirable that at only 19, as a public figure, he decided to come out in a now pretty famous youtube video, in which he stated that he was in a relationship with a man, who was later revealed to be Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. Now, for those of you thinking that it’s no big deal that he came out, maybe you’re right. But the fact is, he really didn’t have to… at least, not yet. There are a ton of public figures out there – a lot older than him, I might add – who solidly refuse to come out of the closet. So, for that, I give mad props to Mr Daley.

Anyivegottenofftrack, in his coming out video, Tom Daley actually came out as bisexual. I was reading a couple of comments yesterday and people were arguing “but he NEVER said he was bisexual.” Actually, poonkpoonks, when he made the comment “I still fancy girls”, that’s exactly what he was implying. Maybe some Americans aren’t familiar with the term “fancy” in that regard. No, it’s not only used to refer to Elton John’s costumes, or Gywneth Paltrow’s… everything. It means “to like” or “to be into”, which indicates that Tom was saying that his diving board still gets stiff for chicks. It was probably the classiest and most British way of saying “Yeah, I go both ways.”

Now, that was totally fine. Except, now in an interview on Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice, Tom’s shutting down his previously stated two-way street and saying that he’s exclusively gay. I understand why some gays are pretty pissed off at this move. It sorta gives ammo to those heteros who insist on spouting that being gay is a choice, since it seems like Tom was all this time sexually into females and now all of a sudden has chosen to no longer be turned on by lady triangles. I get it, I do. But I can’t be too hard on the guy. He was young and probably terrified at putting himself out there like that. He must have believed that coming out as bisexual would maybe soften the blow or somehow alienate his fans a little less. After all, how many of us used the bisexual excuse when we first came out before we got the nerve to shed it off completely? So, to all the actual bisexuals out there, I just wanna apologize for muddying your orientation like that; I love you all. And as for Mr Daley, I say way to go, sir… take a dive!

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