And in Beijing, unlike ancient Greece or the bedroom walls of sexually confused frat boys, a giant crowd of scantily clad beefcakes is going to cause something of a commotion.
That’s what salad delivery company (just salads?!) Sweetie’s Salads was hoping for, anyway. They hired a big group of Western (read: white) models to descend upon a busy downtown area to promote the company’s one-year anniversary.
And things were going great. Photos were being snapped by the hundreds as the crowd of spectators grew larger.
So large, in fact, that Beijing police took notice and decided to shut the whole thing down. Imagine seeing a bunch of salad-slinging half-naked Spartans being forcibly subdued — it’s like a real-life SNL skit.
Actually you don’t need to imagine it, because some good samaritans documented the marketing fail (or success, however you want to look at it):
The group was cited for disturbing the public order and blocking traffic, the latter offense being the only one that seems to be of any use to the public good.
But the company, which was planning to repeat the stunt for two more days, respectfully bowed out, issuing this statement:
“We have learned how inexperienced we are as a start-up company when it comes to organizing offline activities.
We’ll strictly comply with the police orders, keeping our brand perception while maintaining public order and good social influence.”
We don’t blame them for wanting to stay on the good side of the Beijing Police, but it was fun while it lasted.
A Missouri man has been charged with attempting to expose another person to HIV in what is a worrying use of police resources and reach.
According to an AP report, “Police say that on Monday, [Robert] Smith met with an undercover detective and sought to have sex, denying that he was HIV-positive. Police say there are no known victims, but they urge anyone with concerns to come forward.”
Details remain sparse, such as how did police know he had HIV? and what were they doing targeting him in an undercover sting on Craigslist?
More troubling is the fact that the arrest comes hot off the heels of the conviction of Michael Brown, also in Missouri. Brown was found guilty of “recklessly transmitting HIV” and given a hefty 30-year prison sentence.
Writing for the HIV Justice Network, Edwin Bernard notes that Smith “is now charged with attempted (sexual) HIV exposure, which is, in fact, not actually a crime in Missouri. It is only a crime to attempt to donate blood, organs or sperm knowing you are HIV-positive. Otherwise you have to have acted in a reckless manner and engaged in sex without disclosure.”
Knowingly spreading HIV is clearly a serious matter, but both the American Medical Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America have publicly condemned laws criminalizing HIV, citing among other things, a failure to actually reduce infection rates.
Entrapment, however, is very much a crime in Missouri. We’re not sure how Smith’s arrest could be seen as anything but.
In an eight-minute long freestyle on Sway Calloway’s Shade 45 radio show Thursday, Eminem set his sights on Caitlyn Jenner and a number of other public figures.
“I invented prick, and that’s a true statement, I see the b-tch in you, Caitlyn / Keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s d–k / No disrespect though, not at all, no pun intended, that took a lot of balls.”
Eminem added at the end of his freestyle: “I just say s–t to say it. It’s very rarely personal. If it was personal, somebody would know. It’s all in fun.”
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There are some things that words simply cannot describe. This new gay porn version of Jurassic World from the Thai production company GThaiMovie may be one of them. But we’ll try our best…
Jurassic Porn appears to be about a renowned Thai crocodile trainer enlisted to help wrangle the dinosaurs at his local park. He and two other guys (along with a drag queen or a transwoman, we’re not sure which) head off into the jungle, only to be pursued by the two ferocious man-hunting reptiles that seem intent on raping them. After fighting off the beasts the men engage in an orgy.
We think. One thing we do understand: the guys. Well, two: sex. And that part works. The only thing missing is Chris Pratt.
Check out the trailer below. Then scroll down to see still frames from the movie.
Three people are dead, including the gunman, after a random shooting in a Louisiana movie theater. No motives are being floated yet as to why the shooter, an older male, did this.
The Equality Act was introduced just yesterday but the anti-gay crowd has already begun the smear campaign against the bill to extend non-discrimination protections to all LGBT Americans.
Thankfully, we have brilliant minds like Matt Baume to debunk all the crazy conspiracy theories popping up regarding this much needed piece of legislation.
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Earlier we told you how Houston mayoral candidates are vigorously wooing LGBT support as voters prepare to replace term-limited Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly gay person elected to lead a major US city.
Now, the November municipal election has taken on much more LGBT significance, after the Texas Supreme Court ordered the City Council to repeal the recently passed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance or place it on the November ballot.
In a setback for LGBT equality, the court disregarded a district judge’s ruling that a petition to repeal the ordinance lacked enough valid signatures due in part to widespread forgery. The state’s highest court, made up of all Republicans, essentially determined that it doesn’t matter how many signatures on the petition were invalid, since the city secretary initially certified it.
Project Q Houston reports:
The state’s highest court also ordered the city to immediately halt enforcement of HERO, which prohibits discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing, public accommodations, and city contracting.
“But what of the City Council’s complaints of forgery, false oaths, and the like?” the all-Republican court wrote in its 12-page per curiam opinion. “Although these issues were addressed at trial and are now pending before the court of appeals, we note that the City Secretary never claimed the referendum petition was plagued by forgery or perjury. Yet the City Council decided, of its own accord, not to act, disregarding the City Secretary’s certification that the petition had enough signatures.”
The court’s decision likely means a ballot fight over LGBT rights in the nation’s fourth-largest city, which was the last major metropolis in the US to pass LGBT protections.
More from The Houston Chronicle:
One of the plaintiffs, former Harris County Republican Party chief Jared Woodfill, called the ruling “a huge victory for the people of the city of Houston.” He called on Parker, the first openly gay leader of a major American city, to apologize to the public.
“This is all about the mayor and her personal agenda,” Woodfill said. “The actions she took were unlawful, and now the court has said the people are going to have an opportunity to vote, and that’s all we’ve asked for from day one. I think this mayor owes an apology to the people of the city of Houston.”
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“Grammar extraordinaire” and Henry Higgins wannabe Harris takes a couple to task for mistakenly using male pronouns to refer to “transsexual” Jenner.
Watch the video below.
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Supermodel of the world Naomi Campbell is coming to the already star-packed American Horror Story: Hotel as a rival of fellow fashion icon, Lady Gaga.
According to TV Line:
Campbell — who starts shooting next week — will play a fashion editor who pays the ultimate price for her critiques. In addition to Gaga, she will also have scenes with returning AHS alum Angela Bassett.
Ugh, all those cheekbones! How will we all survive?
Though creator Ryan Murphy promised this season of AHS would be “bloodier and grislier I think than anything that we’ve done before” this kind of plotting harkens back to the campfest of AHS: Coven. And those witches could dress.
But with designers “coming out of the woodwork” to dress the Lady, who will play an evil something or other involved in fashion, — and with Jessica Lange bowing out this season — the lqqks might be the real stars of the Hotel.
Les Fabian Brathwaite — stab across the room like Naomi Campbell
Last week’s Gawker story allegedly outing a high-profile media executive that triggered widespread condemnation and was subsequently pulled (which in turn led to the resignation of two editors) has led founder Nick Denton to do some soul searching for his gossip news site and the wider Gawker Media company.
Denton is thus banking on a “reboot” of the flagship site next week (coinciding with the company’s move into a new office space on 114 Fifth Ave.) to help rebrand the Gawker image.
“We produce a lot of drama. And sometimes, we become the story,” said Denton in an interview with Digiday. “We don’t want Gawker.com to be limited by the needs of the company. And there is a strong argument for a company name that is not the same as Gawker.com.”
At a staff meeting yesterday, Denton also promised the new site would be “nicer”… but only slightly.
According to a staffer in attendance, Denton initially said that the new version of the site should be “20 percent nicer” than the old one. Perhaps finding this too ambitious, he later downgraded his expectations, telling the staff that the new version of the site should be “10 to 15 percent” nicer than the old one.
Denton has said last week’s controversial story cost the company $20 million in annual revenue.
In related news, Rich Juzwiak, a Gawker writer who we’ve covered on the site before, recently sat down with HuffPost voices to discuss the behind-the-scenes drama at the company (“we’re just in a total meltdown”) and his problems with the original outing article.
Check out his sit down below:
Thinking about moving? Before you do, be sure to check out this handy new infographic from GroomingLounge.com.
Billing itself as “the nation’s premier resource for men’s grooming,” the site tried to figure out which cities in America boast the “most handsome” men using the following extremely superficial criteria: amount spent on personal care services per man, personal care products , shaving, apparel, and fitness (based on a report from the American Fitness Index).
You may notice a trend here. Handsome is most associated with how much money one has to spend on personal appearance. Ah, which of course in our book basically makes people generally over groomed and, well, actually less attractive.
“While handsomeness may be subjective,” the website says, “the criteria in this survey measure the men in each city’s commitment to appearance.”
So which is the “most handsome” city of them all? Researchers found that the guys in Seattle spent the most money on personal care items annually (approximately $3,413). They also spent the most on shaving needs and the second most on services and apparel. San Francisco came in at a close second followed by Washington, D.C. in third. If you are spending almost 4k per year on grooming, you might want to reconsider your priorities, boys.
Not surprisingly the results measured how much disposable income men have, with very little relation to actual handsomeness.
Which other metropolitans made this superficial cut? Check out the infographic below to see…
With out lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker term-limited, candidates to replace her are vigorously seeking the backing of the city’s main LGBT group.
One candidate, state Rep. Sylvester Turner (shown above in last month’s Pride parade), even spent $3,040 to purchase at least 76 memberships in the Houston GLBT Political Caucus to try to win the group’s endorsement.
The Houston Chronicle reports:
Caucus President Maverick Welsh, however, said the campaigns’ efforts will not be enough to tip the scales.
“We know campaigns actively try to push as many people into the room as possible, and that’s why we’ve strategically tried to grow our membership over the last year and a half,” Welsh said. “I don’t think any candidate has enough members to be able to buy an endorsement.” …
“It’s kind of nice to be in the position of being the belle of the ball for once,” he said.
Project Q Houston notes that Turner’s decision to purchase memberships is particularly interesting given that he’s cast some anti-gay votes as a member of the Texas Legislature. He voted in favor of banning same-sex marriage in 2003. He also voted to ban gay foster parents in 2005:
Turner claims he’s since evolved on LGBT issues, but critics say his shift is politically motivated. Turner was dogged by gay rumors in the 1991 mayor’s race, but his spokeswoman, Sue Davis, said she doesn’t expect them to come up again:
“Twenty-three years ago, starting rumors that your opponent was gay was a time-honored political tactic,” Davis said in an email. “Times have changed. Politics is as rough as it always was – but for candidates, gay-baiting invariably backfires.”
The Houston Press detailed the gay rumors about Turner in a story in 1994 by reporter Wayne Dolcefino. Turner was apparently living with a man whom he had represented in an estate case involving another man who faked his death:
In addition to the suggestion that Turner had been involved in something crooked, the Channel 13 report, by its references to a “male model” and “hairdresser” and its film of the man Turner supposedly was sharing a house with, left viewers with another impression: that Turner might be gay. …
Dolcefino, in parts of his deposition cited by his lawyers, says that while working on the scam story he met with [private investigator Bill] Elliott in the parking lot of the Allen Park Inn, where he was shown a copy of a statement the investigator had taken from Cheryl Turner in which she professed to have recorded “graphic, sexually related phone conversations” between Turner and other men and identified “certain individuals with whom Mr. Turner was allegedly having homosexual relations….”
Regardless of the gay rumors, another candidate says Turner’s voting history demonstrates a lack of consistency on LGBT issues. Former Congressman Chris Bell voted against a federal marriage amendment in 2004 and received a 100 percent score from the Human Rights Campaign. From The Texas Observer:
“I think many Americans, if not most Americans, have evolved over the last 10 years on LGBT issues, and I include myself in that group, along with President Barack Obama, along with Hillary Clinton and so many others,” Turner said. “People evolve, and I think that’s what we want people to do.” …
“I think many of us evolved on the issue of marriage equality,” said Bell, a one-time board member for Equality Texas. “There are certain issues that weren’t marriage equality that were just basically trying to address outright discrimination, and that’s a course of a different color.”
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