The fact that Michael Sam is the best defensive player in the best college league in the country really puts the NFL in a corner come the draft in April.
He’s simply too good.
Jon Stewart points out that any reluctance is more about homophobia than distractions because, let’s face it, the league has had plenty of distractions in the past.
“No pro team wants the type of controversy having a gay player is going to cause … if he had just been convicted of DUI vehicular manslaughter, or obstruction of justice in connection with a murder, or have been accused of sexual assault, or screamed the n-word at a concert, or killed a bunch of dogs,” as other NFL players have all done, then Sam would be a great fit on an NFL team. But being gay is just too much. Riiiight.”
Stewart also takes the opportunity to take a dig at Tim Tebow: “We could have the first openly gay professional football player. There hasn’t been a civil rights victory so significant since the NFL welcomed it’s openly really bad player.”
Josh Elliott, news anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America, got personal while guest hosting on The View this week.
Elliott told viewers about how his father’s coming out as gay when the journalist was 13 immediately made him wonder about his own sexuality.
‘My first feeling when my father told me was loyalty – thinking “I guess I have to be gay too. Maybe I’m gay,”‘ Elliott said. ‘It’s a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy.’
Since his father died just two years after coming out to his son, Elliott will be forever grateful for his honesty.
‘For two years I got to see him complete and out and proud,’ he said.
After the broadcast, Elliott received a supportive tweet from View co-host Jenny McCarthy. He replied by thanking her ‘for the chance to share a bit of the man to whom I owe everything.’
Elliott had first spoke publicly about his father being gay in 2012 at a GLAAD awards dinner. He has been outspoken about LGBTI equality and is close friends with former GMA weather anchor Sam Champion.
New Will and his grandma Marlena have their first heart-to-heart in forever and the good news is, Deidre Hall brings out the best in Guy Wilson in this scene just like she did with his predecessor Chandler Massey.
The connection between these two characters feels more real than anything else on this show quite frankly.
Meanwhile, Sonny is incredulous that Gabi thinks Nick might have changed.
He gets best line honors, once again, when he says to Gabi: “What? You let that son of a bitch hold Ari? If Will would have walked in he would’ve been murdered all over again.”
Of course Gabi is being an idiot as we can see Nick, in his dealings with Kate, is his smug and smarmy self feeling as though he holds all the cards.
What proof does he have anyway that they dumped him in the river? If Mr. Greetings saw it he would’ve sung like a bird by now.
Fortunately, Sami has simply had it with Nick’s games.
Monica Raymund, one of the stars of NBC’s drama Chicago Fire, tweeted about a Norwegian artist’s protest against Russia’s anti-LGBT policies the other day.
Then there a follow-up tweet: So proud to be Bi and excited about this movement during Olympics.
When asked by a followers if this was her public coming out the actress tweeted:
‘Nope I didn’t just come out – you just late to the party. But I have drinks for all y’all. #BiAndProud#10YearsOut&Proud Cheers, Family!’
The 27-year-old actress has been married to writer Neil Patrick Stewart since 2011.
Prior to her role of paramedic Gabriela Dawson on Chicago Fire, she played Maria “Ria” Torres on Lie to Me and Dana Lodge on The Good Wife.
Until he took all his clothes off for the cover of Attitude Magazine, I was not familiar with British track star Greg Rutherford.
He’s on my radar now – what a red-hot stunner!
Greg, 27, specializes in the long jump and also competes as a sprinter. He is the 2012 Olympic Champion, 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist and 2006 European Championship silver medalist in the long jump.
The Naked Issue was his second appearance on the cover of Attitude, a British gay publication.
Says Greg: ‘“I’ve always been quite a vocal supporter of gay rights and have many friends in the gay community.’
The coming out of NFL prospect Michael Sam has been a huge story the past two days but amid all of the congratulations are the naysayers within the league looking for an excuse not to draft this highly-touted college star.
The say it will be a distraction, will result in too much media scrutiny eye, or so says former NFL coach Herm Edwards in an interview with ESPN.
Former New England Patriot Donte’ Stallworth, in a series of tweets earlier today, absolutely shuts those tired excuses down:
If any NFL team can’t “handle the media coverage” of drafting Sam, then your team is already a loser on the field… let me tell you why… There are a multitude of issues that can arise in the long duration of an NFL season… some on the field, some off the field.
You won’t have any idea what that on the field/off the field situation is until it’s already upon you and the entire organization…Which means that with drafting Michael Sam, you get a jump start on controlling the “media coverage” right from the onset.
If an organization is inept to the magnitude of not being able to control things with prior knowledge, how will you handle the unexpected?
Case Study 1: The Miami Dolphins and the bullying scandal… players talked more about THAT than they did football… for weeks!
During that time I questioned (tweeted) why the Dolphins players were talking more about the scandal than their next opponent….Since the bullying story broke, the Dolphins finished the season 4-4…w/playoff hopes still alive, got spanked by division opp Jets, 20-7
Case Study 2: The New England Patriots and Aaron Hernandez AND Tim Tebow situations…Beyond the state of shock I endured after the revelations of Hernandez, I knew that if ANY organization could handle this, it was the Pats.
This all happened right before training camp where players are supposed to come in w/clear minds in preparation for a long, rigorous season.Not only were there questions about Aaron, but also about the health of Gronkowski and how those two combined affected the team as a whole.
Aaron is still awaiting trial & Gronk played in only 7 games this season…but yet the Pats seemed to avoid those “distractions” altogether. Despite many season ending injuries to key pieces, the Pats finished 12-4 and lost to the Broncos in the AFC title with… ZERO distractions
Not to mention the whole Tebow signing and (alleged subsequent) distraction wasn’t even a blip on most radars… Why? Because Mr. Kraft and Bill Belichick would not allow ANY of that to be a “distraction” to ANYONE in the entire organization…
In my 10 years as an NFL player, I’ve played for 6 different teams & have been in every kind of locker room. Vet, young, mature, immature…he leaders of an NFL organization AND the locker room better be able to handle adversity that is certain to emerge during a long NFL season
In my experience, if your organization can’t “handle media coverage”, they will suck on the field anyway… but hey, there’s always 2015…
When Neil Patrick Harris begins previews on Broadway in the musical Hedwig and Angry Inch on March 29, he wants to be believable as a transsexual punk rock girl from East Berlin.
It is taking some hard work.
‘I’ve deemed it very important to make sure that I don’t seem uncomfortable in Hedwig’s skin and it’s a skin that’s very unknown to me,’ Harris said over the weekend after being feted at Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.
‘There’s a period of time when it is incredibly awkward and I can’t let that be conveyed when people are paying good money to see me as someone that doesn’t have that (awkwardness),’ he said. ‘It’s been a markedly uncomfortable last couple of months.’
The actor said he has been spending hours ‘stomping around in custom heels and fishnets and a bra full of tomatoes and a wig … and kind of loving it … a hot mess of a wig given to me by drag queen Willam from RuPaul’s Drag Race.’
Harris is wrapping up 10 seasons on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and transitioning right back to Broadway where he previously starred in Cabaret, Assassins and Proof.
He admits that this is his biggest challenge on stage to date as he choreographs how to hold a hip and how to keep angles.
‘Girls have a lot more angles than guys,’ he said. ‘Guys have it pretty easy – they just get to stand still and straight and square and girls have to cock a shoulder, cock a hip, show some ass. Everything’s rounded a little softer.’
‘As a guy, that’s a tricky thing to wrap my head around.’
But his rehearsal for Hedwig made the antics he had to endure at Harvard fairly easy as he was forced to dress up in a wig, lingerie and red high-heels to accept his award.
‘I felt … comfortable in the wig and heels,’ he said after. ‘I think normally the Man of the Year is supposed to be a little more uncomfortable than I was.’
I’ve been so Days of Our Lives centric that I did not realize General Hospital’s gay storyline involving Lucas Jones (Ryan Carnes) had been taking off in recent weeks.
I think producers must be buoyed by improved ratings and can see that Days is thriving with a gay storyline. How far we’ve come from when One Life to Live jettisoned all their gay characters abruptly a few years back and still ended up being canceled.
Anyway, let’s hope Days is inspired by General because what I have seen so far with Lucas is far better than what has been going on in Salem with Will and Sonny lately. It just feels edgier and more realistic.
I caught up on all the scenes I could find and I think they are all here. I plan to keep up now and post them for you as soon as they become available.
Ryan, best known previously for Desperate Housewives and the first Eating Out movie, is no longer blond and he gets to show some real acting chops. He. Is. Terrific.
His scenes with his adoptive mom and his bio dad are powerful and he’s so sexy in his scenes with Parry Shen (Brad). Brad is finding himself torn between newcomer Lucas and Felix, a man he’s had feelings for for a long time. Felix is played by the terrific Marc Samuel who I know through doing interviews for his starring role in Hot Guys With Guns.
I’m very excited to see where this triangle goes and major kudos to Ryan Carnes for bringing his A-game to General Hospital and giving me a very good reason to watch!
It has been amazing to watch the reaction to the coming out of college football star Michael Sam who is poised to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Of course he’s not officially drafted – yet – but he is so highly-touted that it would be a major embarrassment and indictment of the NFL is no team snatches him up. It’s one thing for the NBA teams to pass on Jason Collins after he came out since he was at the end of his career, but this would be a clear-cut case of discrimination.
Anyway, Outsports’ Cyd Ziegler wrote an exclusive behind-the-scenes story on Michael’s coming out from a PR perspective. How it was in the works for awhile and how it was decided who he would talk to (NY Times and ESPN were settled upon).
The section I thought was the most cool was the party held just two nights ago at the home of PR guru Howard Bragman who is handling Michael’s coming out story.
Here is an excerpt from Cyd’s story on that party:
Saturday night, Bragman held a coming out party for Sam at his home in Los Angeles. It was a powerful collection of guests. Dave Kopay, the gay former NFL running back who blazed a trail when he came out publicly in 1975, was in high spirits. Former NFL players Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbedajo and Wade Davis, plus former Major Leaguer Billy Bean — the former San Diego Padre who came out over a decade ago — had come to lend their support. Outsports’ Jim Buzinski and I were also in attendance.
It was a rare collection of gay people and straight supporters from the sports world that had been assembled for some Chinese food and good wine on Saturday night. Kopay shared stories about Pro Bowler Jerry Smith. Kluwe waxed poetic about our broken governmental system. Davis wore his signature bright sneakers that were a hot topic of conversation.
“The man of the hour,” as Bragman called him, was Sam. His coming out party was the calm before the storm: About a dozen folks gathered in Bragman’s kitchen sharing stories and laughing. It was moving to watch Kopay — the first former NFL player to ever come out publicly — talk with Sam, who in all likelihood will be the first NFL player to be out while active almost 40 years after Kopay’s own historic revelation.
Nearly void from the conversation was any hint of concern. It was refreshing for Barkett and Weiss to see the support. They had been second-guessed by a lot of people who still believe it’s nearly impossible to be gay in the NFL.
Photo caption: From left to right: Wade Davis, Dave Kopay, Michael Sam, Chris Kluwe, Billy Bean, Brendon Anyanbadejo. (Photo by Cyd Zeigler)
While some American Idol winners like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are huge stars, some of the biggest stars have actually not won the competition when they were on the show.
Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken for starters.
Then there are two of the biggest stars to ever come out of the show: season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert and season 5 fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry whose seasons were won by Kris Allen and Taylor Hicks, respectively.
So who better to return to the show this season as mentors than Adam and Chris?
The will appear on the show as part of Idol mentor Randy Jackson’s “Idol Boot Camp.” Their episodes will air beginning Feb. 18 for a special three-night run.
I liked the web series EastSiders so much that even after seeing every single episode online, I still went to an event last year where we got to watch the entire series as a two-hour movie on the big screen.
It is a terrific show and, I hope, finds its way to more episodes.
Van Hansis, who we loved so much as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns, once again plays a gay character in Eastsiders and is so good that he is nominated for Best Lead Actor – Drama.
Hope he wins!
In the supporting categories, scene stealer Constance Wu is nominated for Best Supporting Actress – Drama and the delicious Matthew McKelligon (a Greg In Hollywood Morning Man alum) is nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Drama.
The creative force behind the show and its other lead Kit Williamson most certainly deserved a Best Lead Actor nod but will have to settle for Best Director – Drama.
The show’s sixth nod is in the Best Guest Star – Drama category and it is for Traci Lords who was hilarious as the lushy mother of Williamson’s character.
Some of the other nominations are for shows I have not watched but now plans to catch up with – especially Hustling which got nine nods (more than any other show) including one for on of my favorite actors, the sexy Gerald McCullouch for Best Supporting Actor – Drama.
The 5th Annual ISAs will take place on April 2 at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, hosted by Carolyn Hennesy, who received a nomination in the “Best Guest Star – Comedy” category for her work on Single Siblings.