THE WEEK ACCORDING TO GARÇON STUPIDE

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*Brent Everett and Steve Pena celebrate their first wedding anniversary today (congratulations boys!) and they're holding a "porn-packed party to benefit the NOH8 Campaign". Chi Chi LaRue and Marcellas Reynolds will be in attendance.

*Another ka-ostheory favouritecrush, Wilson Cruz (sigh), features in the new Public Service Announcement (PSA) for ENDHIV.com. Queer As Folk's Thea Gill also appears.
Visit the website and if you can, make a donation.

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*Cruz's former co-star, Doug Spearman, writes for Pam's House Blend on why HIV/AIDS awareness and testing should be a priority every day.

*The wedding photos of Michael Cole Smith and Jamil Smith Cole (left) provoke various reactions, when really there should be only one: pride. Two of our boys doing exactly what they want to do, and to hell with everyone else.

*One employee of Morehouse College took a different stance, and
decided to email her ignorant diatribe to all and sundry. Because that's always a good idea in the workplace. Sandra Bradley wrote, "I can't believe this wedding. It's 2 men. They don't smile in a lot of pictures and they look like a few brothers I've seen in the streets looking STRAGHT. Black women can't get a break, either our men want another man, a white woman (or other nationality that's light with straight hair), they are locked up in jail or have a "use to be" fatal disease. I'm beginning to believe Eve was a black woman and we Black women are paying for all the world's sins through her actions (eating the apple)."

*Well you're one black woman who's paying for her sins, love - your ass is fired!

*Jamil and Michael met at Atlanta Black Gay Pride in 2007; they uploaded their wedding pictures to Facebook, and the pictures were subsequently disseminated across the web. "The pictures have turned up on a dozen African American blogs, where the comments are often hurtful and homophobic," Matt Schafer
writes for Southern Voice Online.

*Rio de Janeiro's got the 2016 Olympic Games (2016? Is it just me or does that date look utterly science fictional?) but perhaps more relevant (and not so distant) is the news that Cleveland, Ohio is to host the 2014 Gay Games.

*15,000 athletes will participate in 28 events, watched by some 140,000 couch potatoesspectators.

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*New York will host a slightly different event, in which participants demonstrate skills of another sort: it's the 11th annual Hustlaball, taking place on 11th October. "At HustlaBall, you can forget the go-go boys you would normally see at a gay party," G. Zisk Rice writes for AVN. "Here, you are more likely to see triple-X podium sex with involving one to five guys at a time. HustlaBall brings together porn stars and top escorts from around the world as a showcase for new and emerging erotic talent. Fans can show their affection on the spot, and of course there is the occasional escort or porn star who shows off his talent up close and personal."

*And whilst one door opens, another closes: Charleston is the latest U.S. city to
say no to hate monger Buju Banton. The reggae artist has had concerts cancelled in Orlando, Tampa, Chicago, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston.

*Not everyone is denying Banton a platform, however, and then there's the argument that he's a reformed character. Eric Lyttle
goes into detail for The Other Paper about the batty bwoy fight back.

*Is the Jamaican media starting to have second thoughts
about homosexuality? And what has Caster Semenya got to do with it?

*America doesn't need aliens preaching anti-gay hate - not when their own Warren G's already
occupying that soapbox. "I ain't against gay people. I'm just against it being promoted to kids," he tells Vanity Fair. "Some of these TV shows, they got dudes kissing. And kids are watching that shit. We can't have kids growing up with that." Moron. I recall birdfaced has-been Ja Rule making near identical comments precisely two years ago.

*Speaking of dog ugly rappers, people are giving 50 Cent
a hard time for calling the Kanye West/Lady GaGa tour "The Gay Tour". It's pretty clear, however, that that's just what he thought they were calling it - and who can blame him? Anyway, if it's a choice between Fiddy and that pair of tiresome f**kwits, I think I'll come down on the side of the big guy. He's camper than West and BlahBlah put together, anyway.

*Thank the Gods for Baltimore Ravens' Brendon Ayanbadejo (right). Shame there aren't minds like his in the music industry. Ironic, really, that straight sports stars are seemingly more likely to voice their support for us than show-biz whores.

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False rape allegation forces gay US soldier to out himself.

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Homophobic donuts and free speech? A Pittsburgh paradox.

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The Whites Can Have LGBT Activism. I Quit! "Now I see it clearly why the people of color LGBTs have thrown in the towel and say, 'Fuck it, I quit the movement.'" Nakhone Keodara writes a depressingly stupid diatribe about how terrible white people are, proving what a complete jerk-off he is in the process. UPDATE: Nakhone Keodara announces that he will be inseminating Jasmyne Cannick; they're going to start breeding an army of ethnic minority homosexuals to defeat Evil Whitey.

*"Whether children are raised by two parents, a single parent, grandparents, a same-sex couple, or a guardian, families encourage us to do our best and enable us to accomplish great things." Barack Obama includes the LGBT community in his Family Day proclamation.

*Manhunt.net has
acquired a majority stake in gay social networking site DList.com; DList has a racially diverse membership and allows users to add a blog to their profile, similiar to the MySpace model (but less messy). Let's hope the hook-up based Manhunt doesn't change DList.

*"Orgies; leather bars; tabs of LSD; sex on the balconies of gay dance halls, in the abandoned piers along the Hudson River and in the dunes on Fire Island; group sex with American Indians and Norwegian flight attendants from Minnesota — it's all here in exacting and eye-popping detail. He captures the 'odor of brew, harness, sweat and Crisco' that began to fill gay men’s nostrils in the mid-’70s." The New York Times reviews Edmund White's memoir, City Boy.

*But if that's a bit too dark and dirty, how about "
21st-century masculinity in all its tanned, plucked and waxed glory". (And that's just the straights.)

*German men are the world's worst lovers,
allegedly. The Spanish are the best. My lot, the Irish, come fifth, and I'd like to think I've done my bit to get us that high up the list. (Left, Spaniard Rafael Nadal inadvertently displays his ass-ets.)

*It's official: we can't make jokes about anything or anyone anymore. One viewer complained in March about a joke Graham Norton made, referring to a model as a "strange lesbian". This solitary complaint
was upheld by the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit, who said Norton needed to "avoid any possibility of being seen to endorse offensive sexual stereotypes". Oh, piss off - that's what dykes are there for.

*With that in mind, "
Why lesbians are the butt of gay men's jokes." And vice versa.

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*Activists staged a kiss-in to combat homophobia on Saturday in Forum des Halles, an underground shopping center in Paris. (Video, above)

*It's
Gay Pride in Curitiba (capital city of the Brazilian state of Paraná), right...

*...and
Osasco (in São Paulo), above left.

*Asia's largest gay pride parade takes place in Taipei
on 31st October.

*"China is home to the world's largest gay population - 30 million by the most conservative estimates. And with that comes a heavy responsibility,"
Kenneth Tan writes for China Daily.

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*The Big Picture: China celebrates 60 years, above (39 pictures).

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*The Big Picture: Typhoon Ketsana, above and below (36 pictures).

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*Introducing Britain's largest burger (a mere 2,645 calories), The Super Scooby.

*
Hen lays monster egg - then dies.

*What happens when
200 starlings come up against a Boeing 747? (Clue: it's not their droppings that cause a problem).

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*A visualization of the contiguous United States (above), coloured by distance to the nearest McDonald's.

*Obama: wildest conspiracy theories.

*Obama:
top five embarrassing speeches.

*
Gore Vidal: "We'll have a dictatorship soon in the US".

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*The Big Picture: Afghanistan, September 2009, above and below (43 pictures).

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*Joop! loses its battle to make the exclamation mark its own.

*BT destroy the world's
smallest art gallery.

*The UK Border Agency denies American preacher Benny Hinn entry to Blighty.

*Metropolitan Police
coached on how not to offend religious minorities - and unbelievers. "Be aware that Atheists might feel offended by an assumption of faith," the guide says. Lord preserve us.

*Superheroes on the Tube!

*Is it
the end of the road for the traditional London taxi?

*Cars that mimic the
behaviour of fish will limit the risk of crashes.

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Four worst-designed gadgets of all time.

*Microsoft releases free Security Essentials download. And it works. Last week, my PayPal account was hacked into and more than £300 paid out of it. After running Security Essentials, password stealing malware was found and removed. Thanks for nothing McAfee.

*Google wants to scan and make available more than a million out of print books (left). Trouble is, they're still in copyright. And
Google is in court.

*
Wikipedia: 20 articles earmarked for deletion. My personal favourite is Hate Sex. "Hate sex is consensual sexual intercourse that occurs between two people who strongly dislike or annoy each other."

*
No rainforest, no monsoon: get ready for a warmer world.

*
Post-human Earth: How the planet will recover from us.

*"
India is sucking some 54 trillion litres of water out of the ground every year. This is threatening a major water crisis and adding to global sea level rise."

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Human geography.

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*And this probably won't help our bulging planet: more than half of babies born today will live to 100.

*Last week we heard that lack of sleep can lead to Alzheimer's disease (or maybe you've forgotten already). This week, we have the cure:
extra virgin olive oil!

*Want super-sharp high-definition TV? Don't buy a new set -
just think it.

*
Men called Paul and women called Catherine are the people most likely to swap sexual partners. Additionally, they're also likely to be white, middle-class university graduates with careers in advertising or the media.

*Animal pictures of the week (
31 pictures).

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Upside Down Dogs!

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Fanged frogs!

*
Koalas are dying of stress.

*Television executives are probably close behind: online advertising
has overtaken television for the first time.

*How to sell floor tiles: show a raped Geisha sprawled across your wares in glossy print ads.

*
No good can come of holding on to a collection of music on an obsolete format.

*Kanye West throws his toys
out of the pram. Again.

*Madonna fled Blighty because she didn't like
getting called Madge. Good riddance to bad rubbish - don't forget to take your incontinence pads with you, love.

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*Michael Jackson: autopsy results.

*Michael Jackson: media attacks born out of
racism.

*MOBO Awards: Glasgow "
too white" for awards.

*MOBO Awards: an
A to Z.

*MOBO Awards: JLS (right) and N-Dubz triumph; Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder leave empty-handed.

*MOBO Awards:
sour grapes.

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*The Wizard of Oz is 70, and there's an Ultimate Collector's Edition for card-carrying Oz-o-philes.

*MGM must be looking back to those days with nostalgia too. The troubled studio owes $US3.7 billion to a total of 140 lenders, and been hampered by flops like Fame.

*Besouro; about.

*Malaysia
bans Brüno.

*Friends:
The Movie. Please God, no.

*Matt LeBlanc, the former Friends actor, will next year
return to television to star as himself in a BBC comedy called Episodes.

*Choose your own TV boyfriend!

*Anthony D. Langford, where have you been all my life? The AfterElton.com correspondent presents an excellent and entertaining round-up of soaps around the world each week. Check him out at
Gays of our Lives. Right, "Fer and David handle their new relationship and all the sexual dynamics that come with it" in Spanish soap Física o Química.

*EastEnders: Gay storyline is sensitive and beautiful.

*EastEnders: Nina Toussaint-White (who plays depressing Syd Chambers) calls for
more diversity and more mixed-race relationships in the show.

*John Barrowman was warned by TV executives to stay in the closet.

*He didn't, and instead mincedstormed ahead as the big old queen who's seemingly everywhere. And the
Americans want him to be Captain America.

*Mind that drain!
Where did Stephen Fry go?

*Dante's Dream - and "other works inspired by the darkly-provocative short story collection [by Taylor Siluwé] Dancing With The Devil" - is exhibited at the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour this weekend. If you're in Jersey City, pop along to the Lex Leonard Gallery and show your support for this thrilling project.

*Hauntingly beautiful photographs of Icelandic landscapes, by photographer Rupert Nightingale, will be exhibited at theprintspace gallery in east London from 8th - 28th October.

*Unfolded – Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry, a new book by Petra Schmidt and Nicola Stattmann.
Win a copy at Dezeen.

*Bob's World: The Life and Boys of AMG's Bob Mizer,
a new book (above right) from the ever-reliable Taschen. BUTT has something to say about it, of course.

*
Wood Patchwork House, by architect Peter Kostelov.

*
View House, by Johnston Marklee/Diego Arraigada Arquitecto.

*
Eco-pods, by Boston architects Howeler + Yoon and Los Angeles digital designers Squared Design Lab.

*Top 10 Cardboard Projects (it's much, much more exciting than it sounds).

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Cloud Walk Chandelier, by designer Yu Jordy Fu.

*Lastly, in news that will thrill readers of a certain age,
Action Man is back. For some of you, I suspect he never went away...



Issue 29 of The Week According To Garçon Stupide
was built from articles collated during the week
26th September - 2nd October 2009.



POSTSCRIPT
"You know, we might just as well not have bothered to come.
The whole thing's been ridiculous."

13 comments:

Mike said...

That was one lucky chicken. What a way to die!

All that annul stimulation...

Eric Arvin said...

There's a lot of important news here that should be discussed and thought over extensively, but....look at those wuttle bitty hippos! Aaaaawww!

Urban Shotz said...

I watched the MOBOs on my very old telly - much better picture than all those new HD models - and thought I'd gone back in time to the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party! There was too much emphasis on new acts (one of whom I was partying with last week lol!) and not enough established performers. Maybe they couldn't get them to make the trek to good ol' Glasgy toon.

.::STELLA*DELLA::. said...

I just loooooooooooooooooooove this!

thegayte-keeper said...

Another packed week...I am glad that I wait for the news on your blog...

Urban Shotz said...

POSTPOSTSCRIPT

"Would this be the point at which we break down and tell each other the stories of our lives?"

"To soulful music?"

"Oh preferably."

corvedacosta said...

I love these posts weekly....lovely to read

SamK said...

I love this website and especially the pictures!

For lots of information about Buju Banton and the national "Cancel Buju Banton 'Reggae Got Hate' Tour 2009 see http://cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com/

Suffice it to say that LGBT people are really suffering from violence and hate in Jamaica and that Buju Banton, Beenie Man and other artistes are a big part of the problem!

Trojan Gayle said...

As always a great mixture of serious news mixed in with random and funny items. Well put together and a joy to read!

Garçon Stupide said...

Thank you Mister Gayle - and congratulations on entering the Top 10 commentators chart!

SamK - great site, I'm going to post about it this week. Most (38 per cent last time I checked) of my readers are US-based so it's particularly relevant.

Tré Xavier said...

I have to read that post when I get a chance, because I myself have some misgivings in regards to involving myself in LGBT activism here. As I said in a recent quote from my "Write That Down" category:

"Why let you acknowledge the existence of my color today, when you're going to act like it's a stain to wash away tomorrow?"

I will get back to you with my final word after reading what he has to say, but from what I've seem of the Amercian LGBT community, which is why I use my blog as a way to take my stand as opposed to participating in rallies, Nakhone Keodara may not be so far off.

Garçon Stupide said...

"Nakhone Keodara may not be so far off."

And in that statement, Tré, you have precisely illustrated why I've chosen to distance myself from your vision (if not you personally - that's a separate issue I'm still struggling with).

What that fool is saying is idiotic, divisive, and borderline racist. He seeks to tar anyone who happens to be Caucasian - regardless of their background, upbringing, individual ethnicity et cetera - with the same brush.

What Keodara is saying is that some white people have pissed him off, so he's going to opt out of defending his own rights as a gay man, and spend his time denigrating anyone who happens to be white.

Newsflash - not everyone is African American OR WASP. Some of us are Polish. Some of us are Jamaican. Some of us are Northern Irish.

Maybe the real problem in the race debate is Americans - and frankly, you're all as bad as each other.

Tré Xavier said...

Before crucifying me, take note of the fact that I said CLEARLY that I haven't read Keodara has to say AS OF YET. What I was responding to was the short version you put here. And I also clearly said that once I get a chance to read what he says, I will get back to you. Therefore, I will either share his thoughts or disagree on some level. Until then, reserve your judgement of me, as I clearly said that I am reserving mine. Thank you.

Furthermore, if you want to distance yourself from my vision, that's fine. I take solace in knowing my standards to be true and fair. My feeling has always been that if you choose to distance yourself from that, then your lost will be someone else's gain.

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