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Jenny Sanford: “Gay marriage wrecked my family”

Posted in Gay & Lesbian, News & Media, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2009 by urban crawler

Sullivan’s Island – South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford released another statement today, this time blaming her husband’s affair on the declining moral values in America. Of course I’m not saying that Mark is gay, Sanford said, but he may as well be.  The moral decay in this country has claimed another victim and this time it was my family.  Our marriage was perfect until these laws started passing around the country. Clearly the slow dissolution of the sanctity of marriage in America seeped into Mark’s psyche until he no longer felt compelled to abide by our vows.  link…

It’s been pretty quiet recently in the world of news and media, with the exception of all the shocking celebrity deaths that we’ve been hit with.  Really, no single piece of news has stirred any real emotions within me, certainly none that has inspired me to blog and rant about…of course, I’m STILL waiting for the unveiling of the real reason behind Sarah Palin’s sudden resignation.  So, anyway, I was really starting to get used to and enjoy this calm around me…that is, until this morning when I saw a post about the above article on facebook by one of my friends.  I read it half awake and half expecting the same mundane, useless little tidbit that people post, but instead the article jolted me out of my happy little euphoria and instantly made my blood boil.  Jenny Sanford, the First Lady of South Carolina, and the wife of now infamous Governor, Mark Sanford, was quoted blaming gays and gay marriage movement for wrecking her marriage.  Whhhhhattt??  Oh no, she did not just go and say that! Thousand thoughts instantly started fluttering around in my head, with some not-so-nice words mixed into it, and I actually felt a strange glee that I finally got something here that touched a nerve with me…something blog-worthy!

So, I quickly left my comment on my friend’s post, which I’ll tell you was a struggle in itself as I tried to remain dignified and calm, since I knew that some of her 300+ “friends” are neoconservative Republicans…uggh! Anyway, I chose my words carefully and bleeped out words when I just couldn’t find any other words in the English dictionary to match my sentiments.  After that, being a conscientious blogger that I am, I went to work doing my background fact check for what would be my new blog entry.  I expected when I hit the google button that I would be faced with a  whole slew of news articles and commentaries by the pundits, but instead I got next to nothing. No CNN, no Rachel Maddow, not even Rush Limbaugh that was quoted in the article.  It took me all 2 minutes after that to figure out that this story was a spoof…as a matter of fact, the whole website the story originated from was a parody, specifically a satire devoted to South Carolina.

Gotcha!  Oh, it certainly did!  It got me, my friend (who usually takes her news reporting on facebook quite seriously), and some 10 other people that also left their comments.  It gave me both a sense of relief and dismay to have to dutifully report back on facebook and set the record straight. I’m glad (and my blood pressure is glad) that this did not actually take place…this time, but I’m reminded and thus rather sad to know that we do live in a society where this could very well have taken place, and such similar ridiculous attacks on gays do indeed happen everyday.  Really, when opponents of gay marriage say that they must protect the sanctity of their marriage and their family, what do they think gay people will do?  That gays will personally invade their homes and destroy their family and marriage?  This notion is so absurd and nonsensical that I suppose humor is really the only way to look at it, and thus a perfect subject for a good parody.  Thank you to people at thediSCust.com for my comic relief of the week and for a fantastic piece of writing.

week in review…

Posted in Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, News & Media with tags , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by urban crawler

Oh, am I glad it’s finally Friday!  What a week it’s been, and I feel the need to round up the week before signing off for the weekend.  First off, let’s update the saga of Carrie Prejean controversy…now, I really didn’t think I’d be blogging about her anymore after my last post, but I swear she just may become my next favorite blog topic after Sarah Palin if she keeps this up (my other blog)!  So, to update…
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  1. As predicted, another picture surfaced, and this time Carrie Prejean pulled a Janet Jackson on us and blamed it on a costume malfunction on a very windy day for her nipple exposure…hmmm, but how is it that her hair is so perfectly calm on such a windy day?
  2. Donald Trump has spoken and Carrie Prejean will keep her crown.  His logic?  “It’s the same answer that the president of the United States gave,” referring to her stance on gay marriage.  Yeah…but, what about the fact that she lied and she violated the contract?  I’m actually somewhat surprised to hear of his decision, but then again…not really.  The bottom line is, I highly doubt that he would’ve been as lenient in his boardroom, and his trivialization of a breach of contract in this case should be an insult to all the other women involved in the pageant who did faithfully abide by it.
  3. As a result of his decision, Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler resigned as co-executive director of the Miss USA pageant, saying she “cannot with a clear conscious move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it, or the contracts I signed committing myself as a youth.”  Good for her! 
  4. I had no idea that Donald Trump was the owner of Miss USA Pageant and that anything he says basically goes.  Then why even bother having a panel of judges?  We might as well just have Donald walk up and down the isle full of women and have him personally pick out his choice for a winner.  There’s another reason to add as to why I don’t watch the beauty pageants…

Ok, I’m really done with this childish, waste-of-time crap…let’s turn to something worthwhile and of real importance.  I’m a little behind in posting the video and it’s a bit lengthy, but it’s definitely worth watching.  Just yesterday, in his latest battle to keep his job as an infantry officer in the US Army, Lt. Daniel Choi released a pleading letter to President Obama.  As  Commander-in-Chief, I sincerely hope the President will expedite the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and honor these men and women that put their lives on the line for the country everyday…

“I have personally served for a decade under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: an immoral law and policy that forces American soldiers to deceive and lie about their sexual orientation. Worse, it forces others to tolerate deception and lying. These values are completely opposed to anything I learned at West Point. Deception and lies poison a unit and cripple a fighting force.

As an infantry officer, an Iraq combat veteran and a West Point graduate with a degree in Arabic, I refuse to lie to my commanders. I refuse to lie to my peers. I refuse to lie to my subordinates. I demand honesty and courage from my soldiers. They should demand the same from me.”

Carrie Prejean – oh, the hypocrisy!

Posted in Gay & Lesbian, News & Media with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by urban crawler

Carrie PrejeanWhen the whole Miss USA pageant controversy surrounding Miss California first surfaced over a month ago, my initial reaction was mostly that of indifference. When I saw the clip of Carrie Prejean’s interview and her answer to what she thought about gay marriage, I just snickered a bit and shook my head, but thought that she was entitled to her opinion. I even thought that if anything, Perez Hilton’s vblog after the contest where he called her a “bitch” was unnecessary and childish.  Do I think that her answer caused her the title? Probably. Do I think that it was right for her to not win based on her answer? Absolutely. However, I do not agree with Hilton’s argument that she should’ve answered  differently to come off sounding more neutral on the issue. I’m always a proponent of “tell the truth and say what you mean”.  Of course, she couldn’t just let things be and for weeks following the pageant, she went on a media blitz and started invoking God for everything and even went on to become a spokesperson for the National Organization of Marriage, and that’s when my irritations really started to grow.

My issues with Carrie Prejean wasn’t for her voicing her opinion on the night of the pageant, but for her lies and hypocrisy that are becoming more and more apparent as all the dirt on her is now being dug up. By now, I’m sure everyone has seen the semi-nude pictures of her. First it was just one, but on the morning news today we learn that there’s another…and probably many more to follow. I’m not even going to touch on the subject of her moral character as a “Christian” to have posed for these pictures–I’ll leave that up to all the righteous Christians out there to do. My one and only point is that she LIED! Posing for semi-nude pictures is a clear violation of her contract as Miss California, as there’s a clause which asks the participants to say whether they have conducted themselves “in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards”, and as an example, it asks if they have ever been photographed nude or partially nude”She can try to back paddle all she wants and argue that it was a lingerie model shoot or that she was only 17 and stupid, but a fact is a fact and she did indeed pose partially nude.  Furthermore, she initially went on the record to say that “there are no other photos of me…this was the only one I took.”  Well, now we all know that she LIED again! 

So I have to ask Carrie Prejean…does the same God you worship think it’s okay for you to lie?  I believe it’s the 9th commandment that states Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”It’s aggravating whenever I hear Christians call upon God only when it conveniently suits their purpose in passing judgement against others, but the true reality is that they need to stop pointing their fingers at others and instead look deep within themselves first…that’s what God would truly want.  As for Carrie Prejean, her title as Miss California should be stripped (pun intended) for her contract violations.

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too hot for Facebook?

Posted in Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian, News & Media with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by urban crawler

“The image of this ad is either irrelevant or inappropriate. Per sections 3 and 8 of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines, the image on your ad should be relevant and appropriate to the item being advertised. Make sure your image is directly relevant to what you are advertising. Images that are overly explicit, provocative, or that reveal too much skin are not allowed. Images that may either degrade or idealize any health condition or body type are also not allowed. If you choose to submit this ad again, please use an appropriate image that adheres to all of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines.”

lola_adThis is the ad for the upcoming film,  And Then Came Lola, that was banned by Facebook for the stated reasons above.  Understandably, it has angered the filmmakers who are now striking back on its Facebook fan page and calling the ban hypocritical and unfairly targeted against LGBT materials.  Check on sites like AfterEllen and Jezebel and you’ll see the buzz that’s already created by many who share in denouncing Facebook.  Well, with the recent Amazon controversy still fresh, it’s easy to quickly jump on the bandwagon and call it yet another attack on gays and lesbians, but I for one will have to side with Facebook on this one…hate to say it, but it’s true.  If you’re to read the statement above carefully, I think it’s pretty clear that this picture did not pass the guidelines due to its explicit and provocative nature and I believe it wouldn’t have made any difference had it featured two women and a man or two men and a woman.  Dont’ get me wrong, I think the picture is sexy as hell and tastefully done, but you can’t blame Facebook for following their set rules.  Now, show me a similar picture with straight people that was allowed by Facebook and I’ll change my mind in a heartbeat.

Update…(4.29.09)
Facebook has now reversed their decision, so now everyone can drool over the picture!  The trailer looks pretty hot as well…

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Women in Ads – crossing the line

Posted in News & Media with tags , , , , on April 24, 2009 by urban crawler

dolce gabbana ad

durex fake ad

I came across these pictures at the beginning of the week and have been wanting to blog about it and I’m just now getting around to it…it’s been that kind of week.  The original blog post and rest of the pictures can be found here.  I  found these two pictures to be especially disturbing and offensive and I had to do some research to get additional info.  Well, I’m happy to report that the Durex condom ad turned out to be a fake, although it’s true identity is not very clear when you first google it.  Apparently, it was a spoof of this Burger King ad:

burger king ad

I’m more shocked that a major fashion icons like Dolce & Gabbana would be so irresponsible in producing such a suggestive ad which glorifies violence against women.  This was part of their 2007 ad campaign which I never saw until now and apparently the designers subsequently apologized and pulled the ad, but not without issuing a statement that they were merely “…looking to recreate a game of seduction in the campaign and highlight the beauty of our collections,”.  Huh?  Are you kidding me?  Since when was a gang rape mistaken for a game of seduction and how do bunch of oily shirtless men pinning down a woman highlight their designs?  It’s one thing to produce provocative ads because we all know that sex sells, but this is clearly one case where a line has been crossed.

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Amazon “Gay Glitch”

Posted in Gay & Lesbian, News & Media with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by urban crawler

Here in Atlanta,  a nasty storm swept by yesterday causing many trees to fall and a massive power outage all over the metropolitan area, but apparently, there was an even greater storm that roared through the twitterverse and blogosphere.  By now I think most people have heard about the online giant Amazon.com’s apparent “glitch” that removed some 57,000 books from its sales rankings and main search page, mainly those books focusing on gay themes and issues.  For those few that have not heard the news yet, google it and you’ll see a plethora of news articles that came out since Sunday when the news broke.

I’m very perplexed as to how something like this could’ve happened and I”m cautious to jump to any conclusions at the moment and be quick to join in on condemning Amazon.  For one, a big company like Amazon is too smart to ignore public relations and sabotage it’s own image in this manner; secondly, they have been more than happy to sell LGBT related books and media in the past; and lastly, the company has a respectable score of 80 out of 100 on a recent 2008 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.  And if I may add my own selfish reason to the list, I just love shopping at Amazon!

Within the short period since Easter Sunday, the explanation for the glitch went through an evolution of it’s own.  First it was the implementation of adult material policy gone wrong…to a technical glitch…to a job of hackers…and now, it’s an error in their internal cataloging system.  Something definitely stinks here, but no matter what the true answer may be, Amazon has made a public statement acknowledging their mistake and have promised that it’ll be fixed, so I guess now we’ll just have to wait and see.

On a quick side note, for anyone still doubting the power of Twitter, let this be the definitive case in point.  A Twitter hashtag, #Amazonfail, is now the top trending topic and the site is flooded with tweets from people everywhere…not just gays and lesbians, but ordinary people enraged by the injustice and speaking up against it…very cool!

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