Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Leering Pope Benedict Gives Half-Naked Male Acrobats a Standing Ovation--But He's Not Gay

     What would you do if you opened today's window on your iPad Roman Catholic Advent calendar and found this?
     What a great early Christmas present!


    Is this proper activity for the sanctuary?  I hope they removed the Blessed Sacrament.


   But remember: none of those smiling and/or fearful cardinals watching and applauding is gay.  And neither is the scrutinizing and standing-ovation-eager Pope Benedict.  


     Postscript:  Those towel-waving nuns are definitely straight.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New York Yankees Fans Bully Others with Homophobic "Y.M.C.A." Parody

     There is something incredibly broken about a nation that protects this kind of speech.  
     In the video "Homophobia Literally Kills: Yankees Game" which is posted below, a group of New York Yankees fans surrounds a fans from the opposing team and shout a hate-filled homophobic parody of the Village People's "Y.M.C.A." at the men.  You can hear the bullies' friends giggling in the background.

     Yankees fans routinely sing a version of "Y.M.C.A." to fans of opposing teams during their ballgames that demonizes gay people. These are clips from other YouTube videos over the past few years that show Yankees fans in action singing this homophobic songs at opposing fans. As NAACP Chairman Julian Bond has said, "homophobia literally kills", and it is this kind of homophobia that leads to anti-gay bullying and harassment at our schools and LGBT teenagers to commit suicide.
     The site After Elton explains that as of yesterday there were still some Yankees' fans continuing this "tradition" of homo-berating the opposing teams fans:
     Earlier today we posted a video of New York Yankee fans singing a shockingly homophobic version of "Y.M.C.A." A short time ago I spoke with a spokesman for the Yankees who told me that video was from four years ago and that the Bleacher Creatures (a group of fans seated in a specific section of Yankee Stadium) had been told that homophobic lyrics would not be tolerated.
     That turns to be true and not true. While the most virulently anti-gay version of that song is no longer being performed by most fans in Section 203 , the Bleacher Creatures clearly still don't get what is offensive about their antics because they have numerous videos posted of themselves from as recently as several weeks ago singing "Y.M.C.A." with the lyrics changed to "Y. R. U. Gay?" as a way to denigrate fans of opposing teams.
     This is a perfect example of the "trickle-down homophobia" explained by Kathy Griffin.  When adults engage in blatant anti-gay activity, children learn that it's okay to violently pick on people different from themselves.  Children see.  And learn.  Some of them take to the streets of the Bronx and kill.

     I'm curious to know when this Yankees' "tradition" began in relation to the wave of HIV/AIDS death's that decimated New York's population of gay men.  Really, it doesn't matter.  The fact that this taunt is still being performed and posted online (by bragging Yankees fans) is an front to every gay man who has died of AIDS.  Shame on the Yankee's organization.  Unless, I see some spectacular mea culpas, I'm done rooting for them.

     In a previous post, I said "Bullying doesn't end after high school.  It becomes free speech."

     Here's the proof:

Friday, May 21, 2010

Los Angeles' Boycott v. Arizona's Papers-Please Immigration Law Drama Update

The battle over Arizona's papers-please immigration law continues. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has responded to Arizona's daring L.A. to live without power that comes from the paper-please state.

L.A. v. Arizona: a Drama

Arizona: Look out, people who look like Mexicans or terrorists, show us your papers or we'll deport you.

The World:  WTF?

Glenn Beck:  Aryanzona?  Palease!  The Nazis didn't ask people for their papers.

The World:  WTF?

John, the Baptist, McCain:  I blame President Obama and Democrats in Washington for the passage of Arizona's necessary law that I support the passage of, but may or may not personally support, but now I support the danged fence, but I'm not a racist, and furthermore, my Republican colleagues in the Senate and I will filibuster any attempt by the Democrats to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The World:  WTF?

Los Angeles: Seriously, Arizona? We are so boycotting everything Arizona.

AriZona Iced Tea:  We're f---ing based out of f---ing Long Island, f---ing New York.  FFF!

Arizona: Oh you puny minded Angelenos, you get 25% of your power from us.  If you don't give that up, you're hypocrites! Your government is full of morons, who don't think things through.  Come on over, LA Board of Supervisors and Mayor Villaraigosa, and fight us like real men, and don't forget to bring your proof of insurance, passport, birth certificate, proof of English proficiency, and tea bags.

Los Angeles: Correction, Arizona.  We get 20-25% of our power from two plants located in Arizona that we own.  So, who didn't think things through?

Arizona:  Oh yeah?  Well...at least the Suns beat the Lakers and evened the series.

Los Angeles:  WTF?

Here is the response that LADWP had for Arizona's "try living without 25% of your power" taunt.

General Manager's Statement Regarding LADWP Power Generation Assets in Arizona
"I want to make clear that we support the City position regarding the recent law enacted in Arizona and the resolution adopted by the Los Angeles City Council.
On any given day, we receive 20 – 25% of our power from two power plants located in Arizona: Navajo, a coal-fired plant, and Palo Verde, a nuclear plant.
We are part owner of both power plants, which are generating assets of the Department. As such, nothing in the City’s resolution is inconsistent with our continuing to receive power from those LADWP-owned assets.
I might add that, as the City’s Job Czar, I certainly would welcome any conventions or meetings that were going to be held in Arizona to come to Los Angeles. We have fantastic facilities and incomparable weather and we’d welcome them to the City of Angels."
- Austin Beutner, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
All images in this post came from AriZona Iced Tea's website.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Arizona vs. Los Angeles, Immigration Wars -- Papers, Please, and Your Electricity, Too

     Last week, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 13-1 to pull $8 million in contracts from Arizona and to boycott the state.  This was L.A.'s fighting response to Arizona's passage of the controversial papers-please law that critics say will lead to racial profiling in that state.  I couldn't have been more proud of my Angelenos.

     Now, Arizona is fighting back and taunting.  The Washington Times reports:
     The spat over Arizona's new immigration expanded Tuesday as a state official dared the city of Los Angeles to follow through on its new boycott by agreeing to give up the 25 percent of electricity that city gets from Arizona sources.
     In a letter to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce said a boycott war is bad for both sides, and said he would "be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements" to end the electricity flowing to Los Angeles.
     "I am confident that Arizona's utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands," Mr. Pierce said. "If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona's economy."
     I say bring on the rolling blackouts.  Let's show the folks from Arizona that racism and fear cannot and should not be legislated in the 21st century United States of America.

     Who knows, maybe John McCain will call for a danged fence to be erected on the California-Arizona border in order to keep all the Angelenos out.

     Let's hope the Lakers sweep the Suns.

It's time to give up candy for Lent.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Elena Kagan and the Hypocrisy of the Family Research Council & George Rekers

     Guess who's leading the "Elena Kagan is softball-bat-swinging lesbian" crusade?  The Family Research Council, you know, the anti-gay Christian organization founded by gay basher James Dobson and gay mutual-toucher George Alan Rekers, you know, the organization that wants to "export" homosexuals out of the U.S.

     In today's New York Times, an op-ed by Frank Rich chronicles anti-gay expert and Baptist Pastor George Alan Rekers's strip-the-gays-of-their-rights-while-stripping-with-rentboys-in-Europe duplicity, the religious right's attacks on LGBT civil rights, and their current attacks on Supreme Court justice nominee Elena Kagan.  

     The hypocrisy of the Family Research Council comes in their pretending to have no connections to their founder Rekers, while fueling rumors of Kagan's lesbianism.  Here's a clip from Rich's op-ed:
     Thanks to Rekers’s clownish public exposure, we now know that his professional judgments are windows into his cracked psyche, not gay people’s. But there is nothing funny about the destruction his writings and public activities have sown. His fringe views have not remained on the fringe. His excursions into public policy have had real and damaging consequences on a large swath of Americans.
     The crusade he represents is, thankfully, on its last legs. American attitudes about homosexuality continue to change very fast. In the past month, as square a cultural venue as Archie comic books has announced the addition of a gay character, the country singer Chely Wright has come out as a lesbian, and Laura Bush has told Larry King that she endorses the “same” rights for all committed couples and believes same-sex marriage “will come.” All of this news has been greeted by most Americans with shrugs, as it should be.
     But the rear-guard remnants of the Rekers crowd are not going down without a fight, and their focus on Elena Kagan has been most revealing. There are many grounds to debate Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, wherever you are on the political spectrum. There are many questions about her views and record that remain unanswered. But from the get-go the preponderance of the debate on the right has been about her handling of military recruitment as dean at Harvard Law School. Here her history is unambiguous.
     Despite her critics’ cries, Kagan never banned military recruitment of law students and never denigrated the military in word or deed. She followed Harvard’s existing (and unexceptional) antidiscrimination policy while a court battle played out over a Congressional act denying federal funds to universities barring military recruiters. She was so cautious — too cautious, I’d argue — that she did not join the majority of her own faculty in urging Harvard to sue the government over the funding law, limiting her action instead to the signing of an amicus brief.
     She did declare that “don’t ask, don’t tell” was “a moral injustice of the first order.” Given that a Washington Post-ABC News poll in February showed that 75 percent of Americans want that policy rescinded — as do the president, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary of defense — this is hardly a view out of the American mainstream. Yet if you went to the Web site of the organization Rekers co-founded, the Family Research Council, and clicked on “Tony Perkins’ Washington Update” last week, you’d have found a head shot of Kagan with the legend “Deep Ties With the Gay Agenda.” What those “deep ties” are is never stated. Indeed, Kagan said only last year that “there is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage.”
     The Family Research Council’s line has been embraced by the non-fringe right, including some Republicans in the Senate. In mid-April, a full month before Kagan’s nomination was even announced, The Wall Street Journal preemptively hyped this plan of attack with a conspicuously placed news article headlined “Kagan Foes Cite Gay-Rights Stand.” The only foes cited were religious right organizations.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jesus Was the Ultimate Fighting Champion Says Xtreme Ministries Church


     Do you remember Jesus of Nazareth?  Do you remember the whole "turn the other cheek" thing?  Or how about the command to pray for your enemies?  What about "my peace I give to you" and that scolding-Peter-for-slicing-the-ear-off-a-soldier incident?  

     Move over peaceful and loving Jesus.  You're too much of a fem for manly Christians.

     The latest trend in Christian churches is to preach Jesus through violence.  Call it Fight Club meets The Passion of the Christ.

     One church leading the way is Xtreme Ministries, lead by Pastor John Renken.  The New York Times reports:
     Mr. Renken’s ministry is one of a small but growing number of evangelical churches that have embraced mixed martial arts — a sport with a reputation for violence and blood that combines kickboxing, wrestling and other fighting styles — to reach and convert young men, whose church attendance has been persistently low. Mixed martial arts events have drawn millions of television viewers, and one was the top pay-per-view event in 2009.
     Recruitment efforts at the churches, which are predominantly white, involve fight night television viewing parties and lecture series that use ultimate fighting to explain how Christ fought for what he believed in. Other ministers go further, hosting or participating in live events.
     The goal, these pastors say, is to inject some machismo into their ministries — and into the image of Jesus — in the hope of making Christianity more appealing. “Compassion and love — we agree with all that stuff, too,” said Brandon Beals, 37, the lead pastor at Canyon Creek Church outside of Seattle. “But what led me to find Christ was that Jesus was a fighter.”
     The outreach is part of a larger and more longstanding effort on the part of some ministers who fear that their churches have become too feminized, promoting kindness and compassion at the expense of strength and responsibility.
     “The man should be the overall leader of the household,” said Ryan Dobson, 39, a pastor and fan of mixed martial arts who is the son of James C. Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, a prominent evangelical group. “We’ve raised a generation of little boys.” [Or in the case of some Christian organizations "razed."]
     This is not a joke.  These ultimate fighting Jesus followers are serious.  And if you make fun of them, they'll beat the devil out of you.

     However, that didn't keep Jon Stewart's The Daily Show from using humor to point out the hypocrisy of preaching an ass-kicking Jesus.  Of course, then again, maybe these Christians aren't hypocrites.  Unlike most churches, these Kung Fu Christians are admitting that violence sells religion.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tiger Wood's Nike Commercial Gets Christian Bale Overhaul

     The new Nike commercial featuring Tiger Woods and his back-from-the-dead father Earl Woods telling Tiger what he thinks of Tiger's sex scandal has been re-dubbed with Christian Bale's violent and inappropriate Terminator Salvation meltdown.  Strangely, it doesn't seem as out of place when placed over the "let's make money off of Tiger's adultery and mysterious addiction" Nike commercial.
     If you haven't heard the Bale rant before, it's full of F-bombs.  So don't click the video if you are easily offended.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cheating Father Earl Woods Returns from the Grave to Chastise Cheating Tiger Woods and Sell Nike Products

     There's nothing like a multinational company using a sex scandal and a dead man to sell tennis shoes. 

     Tiger Woods is back at the Masters this weekend, trying to regain his record-breaking momentum in the world of golf.  Thus far, I've remained quiet on the Woods' sex scandal, because he's an athlete and I never saw him as a religious/moral role model for people. 

     Woods is not one to wear his religion on his his face makeup, Tim-Tebow style.  Can you imagine Tiger thanking the Buddha for sinking that last put on eighteen that won the tournament?  American Christians would demand he be stripped of his stripes.  Maybe that's why he's had to go so far out of his way to publicly apologize: because he's not Christian.  Would the Christians demand such an apology and bloodletting from their own?  What if Tim Tebow was caught in a gay sex scandal or for aborting an illegitimate child?  Would born-again he face the same repeated public floggings that non-Christian Woods has endured?

     I don't view Woods' affairs and mysterious addiction--Is it sex, sleeping pills, painkillers, Twitter, In-N-Out burgers?--as an act of public hypocrisy.  He's a golfer, who for better or worse keeps his mouth closed concerning political issues.  He's never publicly condemned other adulterers (that I know of) while he was quietly sleeping around, like John Ensign and the Christian, Republican like, nor has he condemned others for covering up their sexual transgressions, while he was doing the same, as Pope Benedict and the Vatican have done.

     But, I cannot refrain from commenting on the commercialization of Woods' return to golf this weekend, and the way that he and Nike are exploiting the situation to make a buck, creating a commercial in which Tiger's deceased father addresses Tiger's sexual affairs and fall from golden-boy grace.

     "I want to find out what your thinking was; I want to find out what your feelings are. Did you learn anything," the elder Woods says as the golfer looks into the camera.
     Who knows how Earl Woods would have reacted to Tiger's infidelity crisis?  Apparently, Nike does.  He would want Nike to make a buck.

     Nike has shown how far a company will go.  Not only has Nike exploited third world laborers around the world to make a profit, but they have no qualms about robbing a grave in order to make a buck off of their star's infidelity. 

     Even more hypocritical is that Earl Woods' also was unfaithful to his wife.  Did Nike not consider that, when they put together this call for public penance from beyond the grave?  Maybe this makes Earl's line "Did you learn anything?" all the more powerful and honest, but we can't know what Earl learned from his affairs.  He's dead.

     Here are a few other responses.  The commercial is embedded below.      

     If Woods is feeling real, true shame -- not regret that he got caught, not regret that his golf game has suffered, but real sorrow over what he's done to his family -- then he might be able to fix the mess he's made of his life. But his shame is his; it shouldn't be used to sell golf shirts. What's next, a 30-second video clip of Elin yelling at him for forgetting to take out the trash?
     A lot of people were making a big deal out of Nike’s new Tiger Woods commercial. I didn’t want to watch it, mostly because Nike wanted me to. An editor suggested I take a look, so I did. Here it is. And all I can say is, I wish I could make money off my dead dad and the family’s philandering ways. Oh, wait, one other thing: Does the deceased Earl Woods have any social conscience questions about the factories in which Nike makes its sneakers?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stop Easter Candy Violence: Peepicide

     This just in: after receiving the Christian-supported death penalty on Good Friday, Jesus is back from the dead. 

     He appeared today in new form to the woman previously known as the prostitute.  After her Lenten fast, all the non-prostitute could do was stand in his presence yearning to obey Jesus last command to eat him.  Thankfully, the non-prostitute utilized her self-control.  However, the pope, hungry and angry that Jesus had returned to spoil his power party, took a bite out of the risen one's cheek

     No longer merely human, Jesus' resurrected body rose in the form of Peeps.  Christians everywhere rejoiced...that is, until their children introduced the risen one to the microwave.

     It's Easter all over the Christian world and children are rejoicing in their chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs, and marshmallow Peeps.  Having just been exposed to the way their savior was tortured, mutilated, and murdered on Good Friday, and hyped up on sugar, these little Christians are utilizing what they learned in church to torture their defenseless Easter candy.

     Check out what they've done to these chocolate bunnies:
     And that's just the beginning.  Those bunnies should be thankful, for their stale cousins that survive the initial barrage will face a much more explosive fate come the 4th of July.

     In every Easter basket there is a candy that takes the brunt of the Christian child's violent and crucifixion-informed imagination.  These are the Peeps.

     Even though the savior returned as a mosaic of the pastel colored chicks and even though the defenseless chicks represent new life in the risen Jesus, every Eastertide, little Christians and their loving fathers rush to the microwave to torture the helpless little Peeps

     Here is a heterosexual Peeps couple basking innocently in the early morning Easter sunlight.  Freshly hatched from their Siamese quintuplet birth, Ms. Pink and Mr. Purple quickly fell in love and shacked up.
     But an unnamed Christian boy had other plans and rushed the unmarried Peeps to the microwave.  As they bloated under the heat, the loving Peeps made a desperate attempt to consummate their love.
     They failed. 
     Here is the horrible result of this act of Peepicide.  Peepicide is the most common form of religious violence committed against defenseless Easter candy.  Sadly, Pinky and Purple Peeps are just two of the incalculable number of Peeps that will be sacrificed in the name of the risen Jesus on this day.
     Meet Ms. Pynk and Ms. Pinc, a lesbian Peeps couple that were featured in an article about homosexual animals in the New York Times this weekend.  A fundamentalist Christian boy snatched them up off the shelves of West Peepywood and in the name of his gay-hating god forced the loving couple to joust
     Yes, forcing Peeps to joust is the most depraved, perverted, and common form violence perpetrated against Easter candy.  It is also the most profitable, bringing in a combined 500,000 hits on Youtube every Easter.

     Unable to fly away, Ms. Pynk and Ms. Pinc were forced to stare into the brown eyes of their lover as they bloated up, burning from the inside, and punctured the other in a forced murder-suicide.
     Please, demand an end to the violence against Peeps and other Easter Candy.  In the comments below, share your experience of how the mythical resurrection of a crucified preacher is used to inspire violence against Easter candy. 

     All comments will be forwarded to the People for the Ethical Consumption of Easter Candy.  The folks at PECOEC (pronounced "peacock") are working hard to be sure that Christians everywhere do only what their risen-Peeps savior demanded: "eat me."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

"Too Gay for Figure Skating" Johnny Weir's Revenge on the "Butch" Evan Lysacek

     Remember how during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Johnny Weir was under attack by hypocritical skating athletes and fans for being "too gay for figure skating"?

     Well, he just got a little revenge.  Watch him out the gold-metal-winning, supposedly butch but sequin-snake-wearing Dancing with the Stars' headliner Evan Lysacek.  Weir roomed with Lysacek's ex "girlfriend" in Vancouver and has the inside spin.

Thanks to Towleroad for the video link!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Figure Skating's Too Gay Hypocrisy: Johnny Weir Responds

Which of these skaters is "too gay" for figure skating?
     Is Elton John too gay for music?  Is Tom Ford too gay for fashion?  Is Rupert Everett too gay for acting?  Is Rufus Wainwright too gay for opera?  Was Michaelangelo too gay for the Vatican?  Then how in the world could Johnny Weir be too gay for figure skating?

     After religion and politics, the world of sports takes a close third in having some of the biggest homophobes in the world, and nothing has displayed this sad truth more than the way three-time U.S. National Champion figure skater and Olympic athlete Johnny Weir was portrayed during the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

     The Australian media made homophobic comments about Weir and Japan's Daisuke Takahashi being too "Brokeback Mountain," while the French-Canadian media focused in on Weir saying that he ought to take a gender test to be allowed in the competition.  Instead of lashing back, Weir was a true gentleman in his response to these media attacks.  His response is embedded at the bottom of this post.

      And what about the U.S. news media?  They talk around Weir's athleticism by not calling him an athlete.  They belittle his accomplishments.  They don't say the word gay, as if it's taboo.  He was allegedly left out of skating advertisement campaigns by the USFSA, which displays how gays themselves can be some of the biggest homophobic hypocrites.

     Here are some of ESPN The Magazine's Shaun Assael's euphemisms for Weir's gayness reported by Deadspin.com:
   Choice descriptions: "... too flamboyant [headline] ... undisputed diva ... fearlessly flamboyant stylist ... photographed in a miniskirt and high heels ... gender-bending flamboyance ... strutting ... dressed like David Bowie's Aladdin Sane ... in a bubble bath with a male friend ... bright-purple tank top, plaid shorts and gold slippers ... figure skating's peacock ... isn't scrimping on the voguing ... club-ready dance moves ... Garbo-like poses."
     It sounds to me like, Mr. Asseal has a quite an obsession with the twink stereotype.

     As if the more "socially acceptable" Evan Lysacek, wearing sequin snakes was more masculine.  Really, people, get over it.  Gay man dominate the figure skating world.  If you are going to watch it, then deal with it.  Gay men are masculine.  Hetero masculinity is not the only way to be a man in this world, and especially not in the world of figure skating.

     The Huffington Post reports:
     While pundits have deemed him "too gay for figure skating," the fact is Johnny Weir is a U.S. champion athlete, no matter how insane his costumes or suggestive his moves are. This week, Bryan Safi explored how the "flamboyant" figure skater has prompted such complaints from talking heads as, "I don't need to watch a prima ballerina on the ice." Wait, you don't? Because we were under the impression that that's what figure skating IS. Or wait, is that ice dancing? 
Here's a comedic take on the absurdity of someone being too gay for figure skating, courtesy of That's Gay.






Here is Weir's gentlemanly response to the media.