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Remembering George Michael and His Impact on the Gay Community

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While waxing nostalgic for Wham! star and music icon George Michael, I deep-dove into YouTube and came across a vintage interview with Oprah, which was the beginning of Michael’s declaration of his sexuality. Though it didn’t quite hit me at the time, it’s shocking in retrospect.

Michael revealed he was gay after he was arrested for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public restroom. He was arrested by an undercover policeman who propositioned him from a bathroom stall. When Michael responded in kind, he faced the legal consequence. He argued to Oprah that it was entrapment, and it certainly smells of it. (Note: entrapment is extremely difficult to prove, and it’s a very complicated legal debate. In fact, it was one of the most difficult elements of criminal law I studied, given that it’s highly arguable). But that’s not what struck me. Had this happened today, I’d imagine many would argue he was in fact set up, notably to punish him for his sexual orientation. What better than outing a gay guy for his “disgusting” behavior? Moreover, is it appropriate for Oprah to ask for explicit details about the event in question? Would she conduct the interview in the same manner today? And would anyone care if Michael wanted to get it on in a public restroom? I have many straight friends who have engaged in similar behavior and never got busted. It’s no wonder the singer later took aim at his arresting cop in an artistic music video (the cop in question then sued the singer for $10 million and lost. I’d say his motives were not sound).

Watch the interview below to see how far we’ve come.

Friday

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December 2016

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Chief Zabu: Little Film, Big Reaction

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If you read The Dishmaster, you’re aware that my affinity for up-and-coming artists usually extends to the underground music scene, but every so often an indie filmmaker walks into my life, and today is that day. Made 30 years ago in 15 days with 28 locations, Chief Zabu was written and directed by actor-producer Howard Zuker and Neil Cohen. Cohen and I recently connected, and his excitement for resurrecting the shelved project is contagious.

The film follows status-hungry developer Ben Sydney (Allen Garfield) who is lured into a too-good-to-be-true real estate deal to buy the fictional Polynesian island of Tiburaku by the smarmy George Dankworth (the late Allan Arbus). The president of Tiburaku, Chief Henri Zabu (Manu Tupou), is seeking independence and a seat at the United Nations. Sydney’s desire to increase his economic and political influence by capitalizing on the island’s many business offerings reeks of our current Trump climate, which serves as the main reason for the film’s resurrection. It was originally set aside upon a mixed reaction, but their recent re-edit of their original passion project has paid off. The buzz is palpable, and Cohen’s infectious energy certainly helps.

I want to see this film succeed, if for no other reason than to have Chief Zabu parties to attend across the United States. It’s a certified cult classic, and I’m guessing it will find distribution soon. Sometimes we are far ahead of our time. In the case of this film, Cohen was thirty years ahead.

Friday

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December 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Christmas Came Early!

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are financially squeezed. Wet Paint

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo wants you to boycott A&E. BuddyTV

Charlie Puth, Bella Thorne, and Tyler Posey are in a love triangle. TMZ

Did Gigi Hadid reject Zayn Malik’s marriage proposal? Contact Music

Kanye West cancelled his European tour dates. WGO

Jennifer Lopez and Drake want you to think they’re dating. RTW

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively brought their kids out in public. Stuff

Margot Robbie secretly tied the knot. E! Online

Sienna Miller and her ex-fiance still live together. Belfast Telegraph

Khloe Kardashian’s NBA boyfriend Tristan Thompson just had a baby. Radar Online

Amy Schumer bought back her family farm. Yahoo!

Zooey Deschanel is pregnant with baby #2. MSN

Scott Baio was attacked by the wife of a chili pepper. Page Six

Is baby #3 on the way for Gisele Bundchen? Wonderwall

Miles Teller was in a car accident with an uber driver. THR

Zoe Kravitz is smoking hot. Pop Sugar

Thursday

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December 2016

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The Hi Hat Welcomes Kate Nash for an Unforgettable Fundraiser

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Los Angeles hipsters have a new hangout, as Silverlake has become far too expensive for the great unwashed, who have now migrated to Highland Park. The emerging multicultural hub is located in Northeast Los Angeles, and it’s building a reputation as “L.A.’s most excellent enclave.”

The York Boulevard corridor is bustling with bars, vinyl music shops, and indie furniture makers. As I strolled the street in search of a way to pass the time before a Kate Nash performance at The Hi Hat to benefit the NELA Winter Shelter for the Homeless, it might be a stretch to suggest I felt like I was meandering through the backstreets of Venice, Italy, with one window more enticing than the next. In this land of eclectic chaos, this beanie-loving, don’t-care crowd brings a sense of peace. After all, isn’t there relief in knowing that somewhere in the land of the trendless urbanites, someone appreciates messy man-buns, odd graphic tees, and severely mismatched clothing?

Having extensive experience at Los Angeles music venues, it’s fair to say I’m picky, and The Hi Hat far exceeded my expectations, as did the music lineup. I’ve always been a casual fan of Kate Nash, but her live performance solidified my support. Her kick-ass, all-girl band rocked the stage, and her magnetic energy had the crowd thirsting for more. Though her style was far different from her albums, I welcome the refreshing spin. If I wanted to hear her record, I’d hear her record. This was live, and she knows how to put on a show. As for Kera & the Lesbians, my first experience was a great one. Their front-woman is a polished leader who knows exactly what she’s doing. And given my previous comments about fashion, it’s worth noting that she is branding her look to her benefit. She’s shrewd, and I like shrewd.

Monday

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December 2016

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Camila Cabello Quits Fifth Harmony — Good for Her

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A few months ago, I wrote a piece about a disturbing Billboard article which revealed Camila Cabello’s personal battle with anxiety. She detailed “awful mental health situations” and said of stardom:

“They sell you this ­present of rainbows and butterflies, and as a 16-year-old that’s what I bought. It’s why I did X Factor and why I ended up in a group. But then you’re working so hard, so young. [Meanwhile] my friends are in college, telling me about their days and what they’re studying. You’re having to put on a smile on a red carpet. It’s like, ‘Who am I? Am I for myself or for this?’ “

Though many might think it’s daunting to dismiss such a glamorous life, after reading that article, I completely support her decision to move on and quit the group that launched her career. Plus, Zayn Malik set the stage for releasing a high-quality solo album that drastically differs from his work in One Direction. He also suffers from anxiety, and I can only imagine that the grueling demands of his pop-group contributed to his crippling panic attacks. But judging from Fifth Harmony’s response to Cabello’s decision to quit, they are less than happy to hear the news, saying, “After four and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well.” Their latent aggression is dismissive at best.

Let this be a lesson to anyone in pursuit of fame. It’s not all “rainbows and butterflies.” It’s hard work, and you’re only young once. Is it worth it? Cabello doesn’t think so, and neither do I. Good luck, Fifth Harmony, and here’s hoping you are actually enjoying the ride. As for your statement, I’d say “grow up,” but I imagine you are already doing that . . . too fast.

Monday

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December 2016

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The Ugly Architect Performs “Little Death” — Listen Now

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I saw The Ugly Architect perform for just about five minutes, but that was enough to appreciate his talent, so his new song is worth a special feature. The man behind the sound and curious stage name is Colorado songwriter William S. Knudsen. Listen to “Little Death” below.

Monday

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December 2016

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ABC Releases Trailer for Menendez Brothers Documentary — A Sensational Mess?

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I love a good true crime story. I was amped for Serial and I watched Making a Murderer during an unhealthy binge. Though there’s an argument to be made against sensationalizing a murder and celebrating killers with publicity, that feeling can be avoided with the proper approach. No such approach was taken with ABC’s new feature on the Menendez brothers,the the two rich kids from a seemingly perfect family who killed their parents for the inheritance. In the trailer below, the music overlay makes them appear to be rock stars, and it’s gross. Watch below and decide for yourself.


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Friday

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December 2016

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Trailer Time! See Television’s Most Talked About Upcoming Shows

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Television has taken on a new life recently, and the splurge in original ideas has nearly surpassed the film industry, whose quest the next big blockbuster has saturated the market with popcorn fodder instead of true, creative contenders. See below to get excited about the new slate, along with some returning favorites.

GIRLS — HBO — Friends Till The End?

NASHVILLE — CMT — Wheelchairs, Whines, and Stalkers

HOMELAND — SHOWTIME — Homegrown Threats and a Leading Lady

SNEAKY PETE — AMAZON VIDEO — Cranston Came to Play

OA — NETFLIX — A Disappearing Act

SHERLOCK — BBC ONE — Game Time

Tuesday

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December 2016

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Mac Miller Releases “My Favorite Part” With Ariana Grande

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Perhaps I have high expectations, but when the lyrics of a song are “you just don’t know how beautiful you are/and that’s my favorite part,” I find myself wincing in pain. Also, while it’s smart to use Ariana Grande as your plus one in a video, you better be worth it. In the case of Mac Miller . . . he is not. Lastly, I think we’re all aware that this is biting off “That Boy is Mine” by Brandy & Monica. See below.

Saturday

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December 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of News

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and Evan Peters are going strong. Pop Sugar

Bristol Palin is going to pop out baby #3. TMZ

Renee Zellweger got dragged into court via her boyfriend’s ex. Wonderwall

Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Magro is dating Khloe Kardashian’s BFF.

Sofia Vergara is being sued by her embryos. The Superficial

Paula Patton is back on twitter. Hip Hollywood

Sia  and her husband of two years are divorcing. Just Jared

Minka Kelly and Josh Radnor are dating. Celebuzz

The Brangelina divorce nightmare just got worse for Brad Pitt. E! Online

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are taking it up a notch. People

Jimmel Kimmel is having his fourth child. Yahoo!

Hilary Duff and her trainer are dunzo. Wet Paint

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk are having a baby. USA Today

Dancing With the Stars’ Mark Ballas got married. Reality TV World

Naomi Watts talked about her split from Liev Schreiber. Contact Music

T.J. Miller was arrested for a brawl with his Uber driver. Deadline

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom finalized their divorce. CNN

Amber Rose and Val Chmerkovskiy stepped out hand in hand. Us Weekly

Blac Chyna is having trouble trademarking the Kardashian name. TMZ

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