Bret Easton Ellis Is Cranky About NPH, “Gay” Sitcoms

I don’t know who anointed American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis the cultural arbiter of all things gay (that would be John Waters, duh), but Ellis had a huffy week on Twitter getting upset by the perceived gayness of CBS sitcoms.

Ellis’ strong opinions zeroed in on gay actors who play straight roles, tweeting:

"Feel complicated about Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother — central joke being that he’s a gay actor playing a het[erosexual] womanizer. Why not cast Jason Segel in the Neil Patrick Harris role in How I Met Your Mother? [Because] the meta-joke is that Harris is openly gay. Lame. You don’t think the makers of How I Met Your Mother didn’t KNOW that Neil Patrick Harris and that would be part of the joke? Really? Look, I like Neil Patrick Harris especially when he’s hosting The Tonys but How I Met Your Mother is, like all CBS sitcoms, a piece of crap."

He also griped about the nerdy The Big Bang Theory. "And please don’t get me started on the gay The Big Bang Theory – I’m too tired to go there," he tweeted. "Gayness personified."

Despite his strongly voiced opinions on "crap," Ellis’ core complaint is unclear. Is he implying that gay actors should only play gays onscreen and straight actors should only play straight ones? Because if Rush Limbaugh called for casting roles that way, we would call it "discrimination." And practically speaking the result would be less work for gay and lesbian actors, given the lack of mainstream roles for gay and lesbian characters.

These tweets by prompted after Ellis tweeted at length against rumored casting White Collar man piece Matt Bomer as the Christian Grey role in 50 Shades Of Grey because Bomer is gay. His objection is that Bomer is gay and Grey has to be straight, for some reason ( despite fact Bomer played a married straight man in Magic Mike and no one cared). It is worth noting that on Friday night, Ellis did a 180 and tweeted, "You know what? I changed my mind. I think a gay actor HAS GOT to play Grey. It’s IMPERATIVE that someone gay plays him…"

I’m not sure if Bomer or NPH’s real-life sexuality are the first thing on all viewers’ minds; they certainly aren’t on mine, nor are the sexual orientations of other actors. As a heterosexual woman, I wonder if Ellis’ observation is acutely sensitive to him because he is gay, yet goes unobserved by others.

Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Chaka Kahn
The music legend is being extensively searched this morning thanks to her appearance on last night’s American Idol finale (winner Phillip Phillips is the most searched term on Google today). Kahn sang “I’m Every Woman” with the ladies of Idol, an act that likely sent hundreds of thousands of teens to their Google, wondering who the hell she was. But Kahn wasn’t just there for a good time—the lady’s out for blood! Before the finale, she was asked whether she would replace Idol judge Jennifer Lopez if she were to leave. “Yeah, I’d do it," Kahn said. "They could use some truth up there. A little bit of truth, honesty. I’d like that."

Jim Parsons
Mr. Parsons, the star of the inexplicably popular television show The Big Bang Theory is getting Googled left and right this morning thanks to the long-time open secret that the New York Times finally confirmed yesterday: Yep, he’s gay. In the story, Parsons speaks about his upcoming role in Ryan Murphy’s big-screen take on Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart. “The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels,” the story read. “Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment.” 

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Clowney doesn’t have HIV. And he let everyone know via Twitter.  Wait, you don’t know who David Clowney is? He’s the football player who showed off his recent medical report declaring him free of HIV. Via a photo on Twitter. And he’s the most-Yahoo!ed person around this morning. Now, we’re all for any public figure encouraging people to get tested—and Clowney’s message did read “Got My HIV Results Back!! Thank God for keeping my body healthy and safe”—but this particular method is perhaps not the best way.

Kristen Stewart Pants

Every so often we’re reminded that celebrities in fact aren’t just like us. They wear crazy pants! So when actress Kristen Stewart showed up on a Cannes red carpet wearing a pair of splatter-festooned Balenciaga pants, people went nuts. They’re Yahoo!ing it like crazy, trying to find out who makes the pants and what all of the fashion blogs think about them. By now they probably have their own Twitter account and everything. In contrast, when you search for Stewart’s boyfriend and Twilight costar Robert Pattinson and the word “pants” most of what comes up are photos of his head Photoshopped onto the body of an underwear-clad model and also videos of him walking the red carpet with his fly down.

#JaiBrooks

Over at Twitter, Jai Brooks, a member of the Australian comedy troupe to Janoskians, is trending thanks to what seems like a lot of determined fans. At least it’s more interesting than the Justin Bieber death hoax and the currently trending #GhettoJobInterviewQuestions.

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Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything. 

On Google, something that is trending, clocking in at  #4, is John Travolta. That seems normal enough. He is, after all, a movie star who spray paints on his hair. Therefore, he is of enduring interest. But there’s more. It turns out he stands accused of sexually molesting his male masseur. Travolta, who has been called gay in the past, now stands alongside men like Dominique Strauss-Kahn as men who are accused of sexual misconduct and who are probably guilty but whose guilt might not be proven but whose reputations are nevertheless seriously tarnished. That said, the man rebounded after Old Dogs, so he’s pretty much bullet-proof. 

Interestingly, related searches include cake pops and dim sum. 

Speaking of scandal, Thomas Kinkade‘s autopsy report hit today. That’s trending topic #8. The patron saint of shitty painters died by mixing valium and alcohol. That might be the only thing that he shares with fellow painter Jackson Pollock.

Over at Yahoo’s Trending Now, topics are notably more working man. 

Breaking Bad‘s Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) appeared in a YouTube video endorsing a L.A.-based high school student’s run for class president. The candidate is a kid named Maxwell Ulin. Sadly the video is hard to find—and let’s face it, it might be a phantom—but here’s another YouTube video starring Maxwell Ulin, as class president. 

And finally #hashtags. Twitter has a couple of things it thinks is important, the most germane of which is #SignsYoureAtAHoodProm. This is, after all, prom season. Most of this meme focuses on things attendees might wear—Jordans, Jeans, grills—or on security measures, such as a "medal detector" [sic]. Here is a sample:

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But perhaps a better way to gauge whether you are at a hood prom is to look at levels of poverty charted against school district which the National Center for Educational Statistics has done. So the real answer to #SignsYouAreAtAHoodProm are mostly that you live in the South. See below which charts the number of children between 5-17 year old living in families below the poverty line

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Zachary Quinto Comes Out

Certifiable hottie Zachary Quinto, best known for his role on Heroes and in Star Trek, has been dodging rumors of being gay for years and never commented until now. Well, sorry ladies. He’s come out in this week’s issue of New York Magazine and his recent role in the stage revival of Angles in America, where he played Louis Ironson, a man who abandons his AIDS-stricken boyfriend, had something to do with it.

Quinto says the play was the “most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding. At the same time. As a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.”

He also discusses marriage equality and the suicide of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

“As a gay man I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it,” he says, “but as a human being I look at it and say ‘Why? Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that?’ We’re terrified of facing ourselves.”

Quinto is currently playing a gay character on American Horror Story and has been a long time advocate for gay rights, performing in The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later and even putting out an “It Gets Better” video. This news adds a whole new depth.

What else do we learn? He records his interviews. While some may recall a certain truffle fry incident, it’s not to catch journalists with a flair for embellishing. It’s for “archival purposes … I just find that there’s something about looking back on interviews, whether for purposes of remembering what I said about something or if it’s for posterity when I’m 75 … I find that communication as an actor and person is an important part of who I am … and I’m really drawn into the psychology of those dynamics.”

Ricky Martin is Living la Vida Gay!

File under: who didn’t see this coming (out)? On his official blog, Puerto Rican pop sensation Ricky Martin has made a public statement about his sexuality. Of his decision to finally reveal his homosexuality, Martin says, “Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.” In his blog post—which is available in full after the jump—Martin says that he kept his orientation a secret for fear of ruining his music career and possibly alienating his fan-base. But, as he says, today is his day. And as for those earlier concerns for his career, Martin says, “What will happen from now on? It doesn’t matter.” Loca!

“A few months ago I decided to write my memoirs, a project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And thisis something worth celebrating. For many years, there has been only one place where I am in touch with my emotions fearlessly and that’s the stage. Being on stage fills my soul in many ways, almost completely. It’s my vice. The music, the lights and the roar of the audience are elements that make me feel capable of anything. This rush of adrenaline is incredibly addictive. I don’t ever want to stop feeling these emotions. But it is serenity that brings me to where I’m at right now. An amazing emotional place of comprehension, reflection and enlightenment. At this moment I’m feeling the same freedom I usually feel only on stage, without a doubt, I need to share. Many people told me: “Ricky it’s not important”, “it’s not worth it”, “all the years you’ve worked and everything you’ve built will collapse”, “many people in the world are not ready to accept your truth, your reality, your nature”. Because all this advice came from people who I love dearly, I decided to move on with my life not sharing with the world my entire truth. Allowing myself to be seduced by fear and insecurity became a self-fulfilling prophecy of sabotage. Today I take full responsibility for my decisions and my actions.

If someone asked me today, “Ricky, what are you afraid of?” I would answer “the blood that runs through the streets of countries at war…child slavery, terrorism…the cynicism of some people in positions of power, the misinterpretation of faith.” But fear of my truth? Not at all! On the contrary, It fills me with strength and courage. This is just what I need especially now that I am the father of two beautiful boys that are so full of light and who with their outlook teach me new things every day. To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids where born with. Enough is enough. This has to change. This was not supposed to happen 5 or 10 years ago, it is supposed to happen now. Today is my day, this is my time, and this is my moment.

These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.

What will happen from now on? It doesn’t matter. I can only focus on what’s happening to me in this moment. The word “happiness” takes on a new meaning for me as of today. It has been a very intense process. Every word that I write in this letter is born out of love, acceptance, detachment and real contentment. Writing this is a solid step towards my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.

I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”

LA Lesbian-Friendly Wining & Dining

imageWe covered the parties, now here’s the pads (so to speak). Ladies, meet the Los Angeles lesbian contingent. Prada mixed with trucker hats, cowboy boots and mini-skirts — there’s a veritable smorgasbord of women seeking same.

Ariya, known around town and referenced on The L Word as “Lesbian Sushi,” is a sure bet for running into the fairer sex. Any night of the week you can find the patio filled with girls. Don’t leave without ordering one or five of the OMG rolls.


Move from surf to turf at Jar, a 194’s American chop-house. Lesbian chef and owner Suzanne Tracht has a rep for some of the best steaks in Los Angeles. The bar and restaurant are packed every night of the week with the non-vegetarian varietal of lesbian. Try the burger — it’s not on the menu but is available at the bar.

Ciudad, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s downtown Los Angeles restaurant, has the east-side scene covered. Don’t miss the ceviches or the Latin-influenced desserts.

Club promoters Sandy Sachs and Robin Gans of Girl Bar fame teamed up with Jeffery Sanker of White Party (though Sanker’s since moved on) to create Murano, conveniently located within stumbling distance of the best gay clubs in the area. Show up between 8 and 10 p.m. to call shotgun on the brunette with the sleeve tattoo before heading out.

Saint Felix, née Bin 8945, in West Hollywood is also a prime gathering spot for Sapphic beauties fueling up before dancing it off. Tapas, sangria, and hot waitstaff make an irresistible combination.

LA’s Hottest Lesbian Nightlife

imageMonday is the new Sunday, you know. In Los Angeles, it’s six days a week, at twelve clubs sporting hundreds of eligible bachelorettes — and few ineligibles thrown in for drama. Every night is a good night to meet someone. Check out our daily recommendations, plus a map after the jump. Ladies, time to swerve.

Tuesday Fuse Events own Tuesday nights. The party migrates frequently — be in the know by emailing {encode=”eventinfo@fuse-events.com” title=”eventinfo@fuse-events.com”}. Previously at Eleven, the scene moves to Republic Lounge on September 9, where DJ Saratonin spins a mix of electro, Latin dance, and hip hop. Vibe is low-key with a posh undertone.

Wednesday Aptly named, Booby Trap a roaming Wednesday-night party. Underground club girls take note: The DJs are always spinning edgy electro dance in some gritty Hollywood venue. Space is usually tight but packed with a sweet hipster crowd, so no one seems to complain. Get on the list at {encode=”boobytrap@gmail.com” title=”boobytrap@gmail.com”}.

Thursday Heat, hosted by Fuse Events at Here lounge, brings out a super-young trendy dance club crowd with a mix of lipstick to baby dyke, butch girls and Shane look-a-likes. Platinum at East West Lounge is the place to go to find the 35+ executive lesbian mafia type.

Friday Truck Stop at Here lounge, yet again hosted by Fuse. Every woman on the prowl shows up here. The club hits capacity by 11 p.m. (the lines start snaking through the alley), so get there early, or be able to drop names at the door. Truck Stop bartenders play Coyote Ugly and shake their (fine) asses on the bar every hour, on the hour. The midnight show involves “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and several pints of water thrown around, not to mention the copious, gratuitous body shots or private dances. Old-school die-hards still hit up Girl Bar at Ultra Suede, the longest-running lesbian dance club in Los Angeles. Once a month, roll out with Catwalk; gay boys and girls sweat to electro dance at Vertigos.

Saturday Get on a list. Choose your poison: Girl Bar goes Latin at the Factory one Saturday a month, and Fuse hosts a roving party one Saturday a month (next is August 16 at Eleven).

Sunday Ladies Touch hosts an afternoon party at Benevento in West Hollywood from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also, an unorganized party of lesbians hands out at the Abbey, drinking Mimosas all afternoon. Seasonally, Falcon has lively L Word showings — the cast has been known to show up, hooting and hollering with the rest of the crowd.

Dear Radar, We Found Gayer

In a recent interview with Radar magazine, Joel Derfner, author of Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever, says, “I just wanted to reinvent myself again, but with anal sex instead of Snickers.” Granted, he’s really gay. After the jump, however, five brothers of the rainbow so brite, you’re gonna need you some rhinestone-encrusted Dior wraparounds. Snap! Limp wrist! Pink things!

LESLIE JORDAN: As a kid, he had a “weakness for street hustlers.” As Beverley Leslie on TV’s “Will & Grace,” he had a weakness for Karen Delaney St. Croix Popeil Walker Finster. He’s even got a website—albeit a defunct one—called BrotherBoy.com.

MICKEY BOARDMAN: The veteran Paper columnist, who we love, wears sequined tuxedo jackets and jewels. This month, he went to a 2(x)ist underwear party, and a sailor convention in Boston (with us). But most importantly, he rolls with Richie Rich, Michael Musto, and Simon Doonan.

JOHN WATERS: Just when you thought the cult filmmaker behind Pink Flamingos and In John Water’s Pecker couldn’t get any GLAADer, he struts onto Broadway with the musical adaptation of Cry-Baby.

JOHN TRAVOLTA: After making his leap into superstardom on Saturday Night Fever and Grease, the pilot took over for Bruce Vilanch as Edna in the big-screen adaptation of Hairspray.

JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL: Only one of his inches is angry. The others are just plain fabulous.