I have been wanting to pitch my current job as a reality show for the last couple months. I want to call it: six idiots, a conference room and lots excel. The tag line, inspired by the hilarious Matt Smith, will be: No one here has done laundry. There are cranky pants all around.
Today is my last day before I move on to my new job. Almost every idiot has been voted out of the conference room. They only left the self-nominated chief idiot, whom I call Captain Crabby.
Not having hidden cameras all over the place has been a big missed revenue opportunity.
“During their working life, undocumented immigrants in the United States will pay, on average, approximately $80,000 more in taxes per capita than they use in government services…”—Undocumented Immigrants Pay More in Taxes Than They Use in Services (via josephleonardo:notthatkindagay)
Kristin Chenoweth responds to homophobic Newsweek article
Kristin Chenoweth responds to Newsweek article Straight Jacket Heterosexual actors play gay all the time. Why doesn’t it ever work in reverse?
As a longtime fan of Newsweek and as the actress currently starring opposite the incredibly talented (and sexy!) Sean Hayes in the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises,” I was shocked on many levels to see Newsweek publishing Ramin Setoodeh’s horrendously homophobic “Straight Jacket,” which argues that gay actors are simply unfit to play straight. From where I stand, on stage, with Hayes, every night — I’ve observed nothing “wooden” or “weird” in his performance, nor have I noticed the seemingly unwieldy presence of a “pink elephant” in the Broadway Theater. (The Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Tony members must have also missed that large animal when nominating Hayes’ performance for its highest honors this year.) I’d normally keep silent on such matters and write such small-minded viewpoints off as perhaps a blip in common sense. But the offense I take to this article, and your decision to publish it, is not really even related to my profession or my work with Hayes or Jonathan Groff (also singled out in the article as too “queeny” to play “straight.”) This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian. For example, there was a time when Jewish actors had to change their names because anti-Semites thought no Jew could convincingly play Gentile. Setoodeh even goes so far as to justify his knee-jerk homophobic reaction to gay actors by accepting and endorsing that “as viewers, we are molded by a society obsessed with dissecting sexuality, starting with the locker room torture in junior high school.” Really? We want to maintain and proliferate the same kind of bullying that makes children cry and in some recent cases have even taken their own lives? That’s so sad, Newsweek! The examples he provides (what scientists call “selection bias”) to prove his “gays can’t play straight” hypothesis are sloppy in my opinion. Come on now! Openly gay Groff is too “queeny” to play Lea Michelle’s boyfriend in GLEE, but is a “heartthrob” when he does it in Spring Awakening? Cynthia Nixon only “got away with it” ‘cause she peaked before coming out? I don’t know if you’ve missed the giant Sex and the City movie posters, but it seems most of America is “buying it.” I could go on, but I assume these will be taken care of in your “Corrections” this week.
Similarly, thousands of people have traveled from all over the world to enjoy Hayes’ performance and don’t seem to have one single issue with his sexuality! They have no problem buying him as a love-torn heterosexual man. Audiences aren’t giving a darn about who a person is sleeping with or his personal life. Give me a break! We’re actors first, whether we’re playing prostitutes, baseball players, or the Lion King. Audiences come to theater to go on a journey. It’s a character and it’s called acting, and I’d put Hayes and his brilliance up there with some of the greatest actors period.
Lastly, as someone who’s been proudly advocating for equal rights and supporting GLBT causes for as long as I can remember, I know how much it means to young people struggling with their sexuality to see out & proud actors like Sean Hayes, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon succeeding in their work without having to keep their sexuality a secret. No one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can’t be open about who they are and still achieve their dreams. I am told on good authority that Mr. Setoodeh is a gay man himself and I would hope, as the author of this article, he would at least understand that. I encourage Newsweek to embrace stories which promote acceptance, love, unity and singing and dancing for all! —Kristin Chenoweth
Three men are being detained, but two of them appear to have nothing to do with the alleged crime.
A member of the SPD gang unit can be seen, down on his knees, yelling at a young man lying face down on the ground. It was unclear what he was saying until the camera moved a little closer.
The audio then became much clearer. The camera microphone picked up the following threat from the officer to the detainee:
“You got me? I’m going to beat the f***ing Mexican piss out of you homey. You feel me?”
About 16 seconds after the officer threatens to “beat the f-ing Mexican piss out of you homey,” the uncuffed young man moves his hand to wipe his eye. The officer immediately gives him a violent kick to the head.
Looking at it again closely, it’s possible the officer was trying to stomp on the suspect’s hand and instead skipped the toe of his boot off the guy’s head.
Either way, a recognized expert on policy brutality, who watched the footage, says it should never have happened.
“I suppose I could speculate on some excuse, but looking at the actual facts as recorded in the video, which is always the best evidence, I just don’t see any excuse,” former Bellevue police chief Don Van Blaricom told Halsne.
Van Blaricom has testified as a police practices expert in more than 1,500 cases nationwide.
“Well, there’s absolutely no excuse for stomping on somebody’s head who’s lying on a concrete surface. Absolutely no excuse for that whatsoever,” Van Blaricom said.
The videotape also shows that about 12 seconds after the gang unit officer did his stomping, a female officer walked over to do some stomping of her own; this time onto the back of the knee or calf of the same guy lying face down on the sidewalk.
Once the officers realized they had the wrong guy, they helped him up, brushed him off, and let him go with a serious case of road rash from the concrete.
My friend sent me this link and then told me that a local news station had just called her office, El Centro de la Raza ( a advocacy and services non profit focused on the Latino community)to ask if they knew the victim.
Let this serve as a public advisory: Not all Latino people know each other. Just because some of them come from big families doesn’t mean everyone is someone’s cousin. There is no underground Latino network that allows advocacy groups to find any Spanish speaker in three minutes or less.
This is further evidence that racism still exists, that police brutality is STILL a serious issue and that reporters can ask some incredibly ignorant questions.
In early April, a federal appeals court ruled that, based on decisions by the Bush-era FCC, the agency lacks the authority to regulate broadband providers. In so doing, the court effectively handed control of the Internet to companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon — allowing them to slow down or block any website, any blog post, any tweet, any outreach by a congressional campaign. The FCC no longer has the power to stop them.
Fortunately, the FCC does have the power to easily fix the problem by “reclassifying” broadband under the law. All it would take is a vote by its five commissioners — and Genachowski already has the votes. But so far, he has done nothing, while proponents of Net Neutrality (the principle that prevents providers from indiscriminately blocking or slowing Internet content) have been watching and waiting with bated breath.
Please don’t just wait and hope — do something. Unless you don’t like the internet, then go ahead and do nothing.
Please do this everybody. It only takes a second to let your representatives know how you feel. Click here to do something