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Review: Two and a Half Men - Yay, No Polyps

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 19th 2010 4:30AM
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There was a strange break in this episode of Two and a Half Men, like it might have been written by a couple of people who weren't communicating with each other at the time. For the most part, one half of it was very funny. For the other part, however, the jokes were lame and the situation strained. It all added up to an odd night, which is probably kind of how Charlie felt when he got himself cornered into a tricky situation. More after the jump.

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Showtime and Stan Lee to promote gay superhero

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 13th 2008 12:13PM
ShowtimeFrom gangsters and serial killers, it looks like cable television is preparing to tackle another adult subject: superheroes (or rather, homosexuality in the guise of superheroes). Showtime, along with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment, will be producing a series about a gay superhero. The series is based on the book "Hero" by Perry Moore.

Superhero secret identities have been used as analogies for closeted homosexuals before (the most obvious example I can think of is from the second X-Men movie in which Iceman's mom asks "have you considered not being a mutant?"). As a result, I think the concept holds some promise.

My biggest issue with this announcement is the involvement of Stan Lee. While I appreciate everything he's done for the comic industry and media entertainment, his ideas are kind of old-fashioned at this stage of the game. Still, if the show has the depth of other Showtime series such as Californication or Dexter, I'll be impressed.

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Henson Studio's Tinsel Town to become Web series

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 4th 2007 3:03PM

Brian HensonIf you've been moaning over the lack of series centered on gay puppets, I have some good news for you.

Last November, I told you about a project from Jim Henson Studios called Tinsel Town (or Tinseltown, everyone seems to spell it differently). The series features two gay Muppets, a bull named Samson Knight and a pig named Bobby Vegan, who adopt a human child.

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Today's mild surprise: David Hyde Pierce is gay

by Adam Finley, posted May 31st 2007 12:02PM

david hyde pierceThe LBGT Web site AfterElton.com decided to delve a little deeper into a statement made by actor David Hyde Pierce in a recent AP interview about his return to Broadway in the musical Curtains.

The article mentions producer/writer Brian Hargrove (Wanda at Large, Titus) as Pierce's partner, but doesn't go into any detail beyond that. AfterElton decided to find out for sure (and they're a site about gay celebrities, so why wouldn't they?) and received confirmation, that yes, David Hyde Pierce is indeed a gay man.

The world responded: "He's gay? Huh. Are you going to finish that muffin?"

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TV watchdog in Poland lets up on Tinky Winky

by Adam Finley, posted May 30th 2007 8:14AM

tinky winkyRecently, Paul mentioned that the ombudsman for children's television in Poland had come out against the Teletubbies, and Tinky Winky specifically, for promoting homosexuality.

To be fair, the comment about Teletubbies promoting homosexuality was brought up by journalists during a magazine interview, and ombudsman Ewa Sowinska replied by saying that, due to the "purse" carried by Tinky Winky, she would investigate these claims. I say "to be fair" not to defend Sowinska exactly, but just to point out that she was responding to claims made by others. Still, that doesn't quite explain how holding a "purse," or "money bag," or whatever the hell that thing is, equals being gay. I think someone needs to go back to Gay School and learn a lot more about that specific sexual orientation.

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Polish government launches probe to determine if Teletubbies are gay

by Paul Goebel, posted May 29th 2007 11:20AM

Tinky WinkyThe conservative Polish government recently launched a probe to find out whether or not the children's show Teletubbies promotes a homosexual agenda. Much like the late Jerry Falwell, government appointee Ewa Sowinska is concerned that the show may have a negative effect on the children of Poland. Her concerns began when she "noticed (Tinky Winky) has a ladies purse, but (she) didn't realize he's a boy."

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South Park: Cartman Sucks

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 15th 2007 11:42AM

south park(S11E02) I think the basic idea behind this episode is summed up by the "straight" priest at Camp New Grace when he informs the "confused" residents of the camp that they are like paper clips, and that like paper clips, God wants them to be straight, nevermind the fact that they were created "not straight" to begin with. At the end of the episode, Butters also sums it up nicely when he says, "I wasn't confused until everyone started telling me I was."

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Being gay in Hollywood

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 14th 2007 3:02PM

neil patrick harrisHere's an interesting AP article on gay actors in Hollywood (including television) and how the industry actually seems to be trailing the public in acceptance. The notion seems to be that while the public has greeted the recent public announcements from the likes of T.R. Knight and Neil Patrick Harris with a shrug, it's still difficult for gays to make it past casting agents and producers, especially for heterosexual roles.

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Moral Orel: Satan

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 27th 2006 11:29AM

moral orel(S02E03) So far this season Moral Orel has delved a little deeper into the lives of the other characters, and it's nice to see Orel's tiny universe expanding to include everyone else.

This episode examines the enigmatic, mostly homosexual and definitely polyamorous Coach Stopframe, who jumps between loyalty to God or Satan as frequently as he gains and loses interest in both men and women. He definitely has a thing for Orel's father, but it's still somewhat vague what their history is exactly, or what it is Clay wants from the relationship. I can't decide whether Clay is in denial about his homosexual tendencies, or if he just likes being lavished with the kind of attention Coach Stopframe gives to him. People don't always reveal themselves with absolute clarity, and Moral Orel seems to understand this, peeling back a little more about each person with every episode.

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Maher's quotes about gay Republicans cut from Larry King interview - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 12th 2006 9:59PM
ken mehlmanMaher made a couple remarks alleging that Republican Ken Mehlman was gay during his interview with Larry King on CNN Wednesday night. However, those of us who don't live on the East coast never heard these remarks because they were edited out of the later time zones. When Maher said that the Republican Party was being run by "hypocritical gays," King asked for specifics, and Maher mentioned Mehlman, who resigned on Friday not because of the exchange between King and Maher, but because of the recent midterm election victory of the Democrats. The exchange was also edited out of later broadcasts. Maher said during the interview that he wasn't the first person to "out" Mehlman as a homosexual, because he would have been sued if he had. The clip of the exchange can be seen after the jump.

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Why does it matter that T.R. Knight is gay?

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 19th 2006 8:33PM
t.r. knightApparently there have been rumors swirling that T.R. Knight, who plays George O'Malley on Grey's Anatomy, is gay. Today, Knight released a statement to People magazine, saying he is gay and "I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me." People's headline is grotesque: EXCLUSIVE: Grey's Anatomy Star T.R. Knight Confirms He's Gay.

WTF?

Why is this a big deal? Does it change the fact that he does a spectacular job playing the role of George, who is madly in love with Meredith Grey? I feel sorry for the guy because it sounds like he was hounded and badgered about something that really shouldn't matter to anyone.

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More gay people, please

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 22nd 2006 11:02AM
simpsonsGLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, have released their annual tally of gay characters in leading or supporting roles on network television, and they're not pleased with the results. They've counted nine gay, lesbian, or bisexual characters out of a total of eight shows. Meanwhile, the Eskimo Coalition is reporting much smaller numbers than GLAAD. Honestly, I don't know how to feel about this. I like to see everyone represented fairly, and for shows to represent the diversity that exists within these groups, but I'm not sure how realistic that is. It seems the content and themes of television programs are driven by the market more than anything. Once in awhile a show will manage to break through and set a new standard, but the notion that eventually everyone will be represented equally across the board seems a tad naive.

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Dog Bites Man: Assignment: Undercover Homosexual

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 15th 2006 11:07AM

dog bites man(S01E02) I'm a homosexual and I'd love a sandwich. - Kevin Beekin

This episode took several hilarious satirical jabs at misconceptions about gay people, the most revealing (and uncomfortable) scene being where they interview an actual gay person and keep telling him to end his sentences with "girlfriend" so he'll appear more gay than he seems. If you miss the guerrilla improv of Upright Citizens Brigade, Dog Bites Man is probably your kind of show. This episode begins with the KHBX News team taking part in a racial sensitivity seminar where they talk about their experiences working with people of different races and backgrounds, including Tilly's dream about a black man which she wasn't sure was racist or not because while he was well-endowed, he was also president of Harvard Law School. They also mention a gay man in a wheelchair who used to work for them and who insisted everyone call him "Rolaids." Alan, the director, misses the point of the seminar entirely and brings an electric razor with him, thinking it's actually about "facial" sensitivity.

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Finally, the truth about the Lone Ranger and Tonto

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 6th 2006 11:55AM
lone rangerWhile some advances have been made in how gays are portrayed and accepted on television, one doesn't have to think too far back to remember a time when gays were either not on television at all, or those who were gay often played characters whose mannerisms were chalked up to them merely being "eccentric." That's probably a good topic for a more serious post some other time, but for today I just wanted to point you to this funny piece over at Cracked, written by comedian Vinnie Penn and titled "10 Movie and TV Duos That Were Probably Gay." The piece has some great lines, such as Penn's appraisal of the relationship between Tonto and the Lone Ranger: "Just ask yourself the last time you were at a club and saw a white-as-can-be, no-nonsense kinda guy sitting next to a considerably smaller, non-speaking, cowering foreigner, what was your immediate assessment? Golf buddies?" I also give Penn extra points for not taking the easy route with the Peanuts gang and going for the tired joke about Peppermint Patty being a lesbian. Instead, he insists it was actual Linus and Schroeder who had eyes for one another. I'm not sure Lucy would have handled that news very well.

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Moral Orel: Loyalty

by Adam Finley, posted May 22nd 2006 12:42AM

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Reverend Putty: Judas had a pretty good omelet face mask.

In this episode, Orel learns another important lesson from one of Reverend Putty's sermons, this time about loyalty and doing whatever it takes to make your friend happy. Orel decides to test this theory on Coach Stopframe's nephew Joe, willingly joining in such questionable activities as throwing rocks at cars, burning ants, and beating two sexually-curious young boys with baseball bats in the forest. We also get some more insight into Orel's parents, who we learn are both having an affair with Coach Stopframe.

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