Adam Rippon Won’t Abandon the Olympic Village to Be An NBC Correspondent

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Adam Rippon will not serve as a correspondent for the rest of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics for NBC.

USA Today previously reported that Rippon had been offered a gig with the network following his rise to media fame after helping his team win a bronze in the “team figure skating” event. He also made headlines for declining to meet with Mike Pence, who apparently wanted to gloss things over concerning his previously documented support of gay conversion therapy.

Rippon did not take on the gig because it would have required he move out of the Olmypic Village, “relinquish his official Olympic standing, give up his Olympic credentials,” and forfeit the right to march in the Closing Ceremony. He explained his decision last night in the following tweets:

 

Olympian Chloe Kim Won Her Gold Medal While Listening to Lady Gaga & Nicki Minaj

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17-year-old Californian Chloe Kim made history yesterday as the youngest woman ever to win an Olympic Gold Medal in snowboarding. Unsurprisingly, this incredible feat was achieved with the help of our powerful and formidable guiding light, Lady Gaga.

Speaking to ESPN, Kim revealed that on her first run, she listened to Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” and on her second run, “Motorsport,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, landing herself a winning final score of 98.25.

Kim competed for the first time in the Pyeongchang Olympics after being skilled enough but too young to compete in the previous Sochi Olympics. She was able to achieve victory despite pressure from both America and South Korea, where her parents grew up and much of her extended family still resides.

She’s not the first Olympian this season to show solidarity with her respective divine divas: French skater Maé-Bérénice Méité did her routine to a Beyoncé mashup and American figure skater Adam Rippon gave a shoutout to our Mother, Reese Witherspoon.

Katy Perry Goes for an On-the-Nose Approach in “Rise”

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Katy Perry has released a new music video, for her single “Rise,” which she performed at the DNC last week and is being used for Olympics promos: essentially, the poster child for music we didn’t really want to listen to but which will inevitably be cemented in our minds thanks to, you guessed it, capitalism.

In her video, Perry takes a certain on-the-nose approach that only pop stars really seem to have the artistic taste to carry out: in a song about “rising up” where some of the repeating lyrics are

When you think the final nail is in,

Think again.

Don’t be surprised –

I will still rise.

Perry centers her visual approach around dragging a giant parachute through a canyon and muck until, finally, she does what no one could have possibly guessed: rises up into the air and flies away to her happily ever after!

The video is directed by Paul Gore. Get used to the song, as it will be all over your living room starting tonight at 7:30 PM EST with the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Check it out below.

NEWS BITES: Polar Vortex, King Tut’s Penis, Loan Sharks, and the Olympics

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Russia Launches Security Clampdown for Winter Olympics

Even freeing Pussy Riot hasn’t stopped terrorist attacks in Russia. We’re a mere weeks before the Winter Olympics.

Seinfeld Teams With David

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Experts Mystified by King Tut’s Mummified Erect Penis

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Slain Slumlord Owed Over $1M to Loan Sharks

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Michael Bay Storms Off Stage At CES

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The Olympics & Clubland, Mick Jagger Turns 69

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With major events starting this weekend, the million-pound question is this: how will the Olympics affect clubland?

The time difference between London and New York has events slated between 4am and 6pm. The ability and the where-with-all to record shows for later viewing has increased sharply over the years. Will this Olympics be the TIVO Olympics, or will the public miss most of it or take sick days to see relevant events? In hospitality, sports bars will open early to accommodate viewers, and their bottom line will get a boost. Sports bars thrive during the NFL and College Football seasons, but baseball and its boys of summer rarely attract big crowds. The added revenue stream is a blessing.

Will clubbers be too tired to party hardy at night? Will they leave joints early because they plan on staying awake or getting up early to catch Michael Phelps live or a USA basketball team game? Will mid-day or afternoon beers slow sales at night?  My bet is that the only effect these Olympics will have on clubland is they’ll probably upgrade the small talk and pick-up lines.

I’m excited about the inaugural Catalpa Festival on Randall’s Island this weekend. It’s a 1pm-11pm affair on Saturday and Sunday with such acts as Hercules and Love Affair, TV On The Radio, The Black Keys, Matt+ Kim, and Girl Talk performing.  Snoop Doog will perform “Doggystyle” in its entirety. There is a reggae stage and a dance music venue with names like Alex English, Felix Da Housecat, and Hellfire Machina involved.

While I’m DJing at Hotel Chantelle tonight with Sam Valentine and Jes Leopard, another rocker event will be rocking at Sullivan Room. The party, called “Take Back New York," will celebrate Nicki Camp & Kerry Robinson’s belated birthdays.

Belated is right: Nicki was born on July 1st. I bet he’s telling folks he’s 29. I worked with Nicki when he ran those Sunday Rock and Roll Church nights at Limelight and kept in touch when he plied his trade at Don Hill’s. Tonight there will be performances by the New York All-Stars (Shannon Conley, Nicki Camp, Jimi K. Bones, Dave Purcell, Adam James, Al Mars), with special guests Michael T & The Vanities.

The soiree will be hosted by Lourdes Castellon and Ahmed Adil, and DJ Victor Auton will spin rock, metal, glam, and alternative throughout the night. I always liked Nicki and I wish him a belated 29th birthday.

Speaking of rockers, my favorite craggly-faced old bastard Mick Jagger celebrates his 69th birthday today. That makes me feel old, yet on some level, a bit young. I’ll have my editor link you back to last year’s article, which sums up my feelings toward Mick. The bottom line is that my set tonight will be top heavy with Rolling Stones tracks, and I’ll toast to Mick as I look forward to the 50th Anniversary Tour, which I hear will be pushed back to 2013. Somehow, a 51st Anniversary Tour sounds dodgy.

God Save the Queens: Star-Studded Benefit for Russia’s LGBT Community

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The new Secretary of State at the Vatican, Pietro Parolin, said the other day that the subject of celibacy within the church is open to discussion. Responding to a question during an interview with Venezuelan newspaper El Universal, the man regarded as "the most powerful official at the Vatican after the pontiff," said, "Celibacy is not an institution but look, it is also true that you can discuss [it] because as you say this is not a dogma, a dogma of the church."

"The efforts that the church made to keep ecclesiastical celibacy, to impose ecclesiastical celibacy, have to be taken into consideration," added the 58-year-old prelate from Italy. "One cannot say simply that this belongs in the past." (Now if i can only get this guy to talk to my girlfriend.)

The world is changing. Amid the usual doom and gloom, skirmishes, war and all the tragedy our media shows us, there are movements forward. I was the best man at a wedding between two women the other day. Rights and fair play are at least discussed. Society is more forgiving. Lindsay Lohan will get another chance. And we almost forgave Weiner and Spitzer—which is destined to be a talk show…OMG a reality show! How fun!

But then we have Russia. Vladimir Putin—who looks like the gayest man alive in every photo I’ve seen him in—is leading a regime of oppression against LGBT citizens of his beloved homeland. An event to raise awareness and loot to support our oppressed friends over there entitled "God Save the Queens" will light up XL Nightclub on Saturday night beginning at 7pm.

Lyle Derek and Noah Valentyn have put this shindig together and they should be rewarded for their efforts. By all means attend and tell everyone you know about it. Things can be done! I mean is any gay bar or club selling Stoli anymore? Shouldn’t all the clubs take a stand on this? I say fuck ’em in the wallets…It always works with my girlfriend.

A star-studded benefit for Russia’s LGBT community, God Save the Queens! To Moscow, With Love, will feature performances by Katrina Darling, Joey Arias, Miss Guy, Sherry Vine, Mistress Formika, Tina Burner, Dallas DuBois, Maddelynn Hatter, Michael Cavadias and Cher Noble.

Miss Guy will also DJ. I am assured there will be some surprises as well. It’s $20 at the door, shows at 7:30 and 9:30. The gala is hosted by Mudhoney Salon and Any Old Iron. Your door dollars will benefit the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance, which is working to stop the violence in Russia.

Lyle sent me this:

Hi Friends:

I hope this finds you well. I am producing a party next Saturday that is a real labor of love! This party is supporting a friend’s organization called the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance which is working on the sad situation in Russia for our LGBT brothers and sisters.

Of all my events over the years I am so proud of this one. And it really needs your support and I would love it if you could join us and get tickets for this wonderful group who are taking direct action. Let’s all come together on this night and celebrate and send Moscow lots of love!

I would truly appreciate it if you would get tickets to this one and if you cannot go please spread this around on Facebook and emails, etc. Let’s show Russia some real New York love!

And the show is one of the most exciting NY line ups in ages—and we have some real surprises in store too! I hope to see you there and share a Pink Russian with you!

xoxox

Lyle

I had a chance to ask Lyle some questions.

What is the situation for LGBT people in Russia?

We have spoken to some of the queens in Russia and as we all know, it is rough for them, but they have a thriving gay scene and drag scene despite it all. Russians are a very strong and resilient people, but I am by no means an expert on this issue. Like many, I am just concerned and this is a sad state in this day and age. We have come so far and had such a great year here and it’s like the dark ages there.

What do you hope to accomplish with this event?

We hope to raise awareness for the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance, and some funds would be great too. They are friends of ours and we want to help them. They are from Russia and working in Washington now on this issue directly. They will be at our event Saturday and will speak about what is going on and they know much more about what is going on than I do, so we hope everyone comes, we all get the facts and the night makes an impact.

What is going to happen at the event?

"God Save the Queens" is really a drag spectacular with Mistress Formika doing a rare drag appearance. We have the legendary Joey Arias and Sherry Vine and many more who will do numbers in the theme and spirit of our event. The scandalous Katrina Darling who ruffled the real queens’ feathers last year with her Playboy spread will open the show with a sexy burlesque number and Miss Guy is going to close the night with his new track "God Save New York," which he did with Debbie Harry.

Are you excited about doing this at XL?

Doing this at XL made so much sense as they are the epicenter of gay culture and are doing it with such class. A lot of venues wanted this show but XL at The Out Hotel just made perfect sense to us and we will be doing another God Save the Queens right before the Olympics and in London and Los Angeles to continue to help the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance. The one thing this is doing is bringing the global LGBT community together and that is good. It’s going to just grow before the Olympics.

Is there hope?

Of course there is always hope. Look at the great year we had with the Supreme Court. It was a long road to that victory. And Russia will be next.

What do you feel is appropriate regarding the Olympics in Russia? A ban? A boycott of advertisers? An armband of solidarity?

We need to take our anger to the Olympic Committee and the government, not companies that have nothing to do with Putin or his policies. I think the blogger Dan Savage was very irresponsible by putting false information about Stoli out there and started this boycott. All of our performers find that a waste of time and Stoli has been supportive of LGBT events for decades and continue to be. We should all stand together, not have this animosity for folks who our on our side.

Are Russian gays eligible for political amnesty in the USA?

I am not sure if they are, but after Russia took in Edward Snowden, I hope our country would welcome the queens from Russia. Gays never give up secrets.

Get "God Save the Queens" tickets here!

 

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Famous Idiot Reduces Local News Anchor To Tears

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Let’s face it: Ryan Lochte is one sexy idiot. I mean, come on. I keep walking by a poster for What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, his new reality show on E! that premieres on Sunday, and I can’t help but find myself really attracted to the man. I mean, he’s wearing a tight t-shirt and is soaking wet. And he just looks so dumb, which, I’ll be honest, is a bit of a turn-on. Of course, that’s because I do not know him in real life, and I am sure if I had the chance to speak to him everything that came out of his mouth would be a total boner-killer. Which is why I love this video of Fox Philly anchors Sheinelle Jones and Mike Jerrick nearly losing their minds over how dumb this dude is following an awkward interview with the Olympian.

[via Deadspin]

The Rio 2016 Logo Significant Upgrade From London’s

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The 2012 Summer Olympics are behind us, which means the end of LochteMania and the beginning of a new line of Wheaties boxes. Shall we tolerate the end of baseball season or start looking ahead to Sochi 2014? Of course not! Who cares about the Winter Olympics? Who are you, Mitt Romney? As the tourists peter out of London, hype is already building around the summer games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, as the official logo for the games and theme song were revealed this week.

After the London 2012 logo, a design critics thought looked like a crudely-drawn neon jigsaw puzzle and at least one particularly NSFW, what-has-been-seen-cannot-be-unseen interpretation, it doesn’t take much for a design upgrade. Tatíl, a design studio with offices in Rio and São Paulo, created the bright, Möbius strip-evoking symbol, which has an almost three-dimensional look and layers on a lot of meanings in one image. The logo is comprised of brightly-colored figures holding hands, illustrating the vibrancy and unity of the city, and the figures also spell out "Rio." "There’s great collectivity in Rio," designers at Tatíl explain in a video about the logo. "The spirit of collectivity had to be represented."

The Rio 2016 logo was originally unveiled at the tail end of 2010, to some controversy over its similarity to the Telluride Foundation’s. But with eyes turning to the next host city in London’s wake (sorry, Sochi!), sport and design fans are revisiting the logo and its designers are back in the spotlight, and the consensus seems to be that people are pretty cool with it. 

Watch the design team at Tatíl talk about the design:

As for the theme song, "Os Deuses do Olimpo Visitam o Rio de Janeiro," a lighthearted, sunny romp by Arlindo Cruz, Arlindo Neto and Rogê that tells the tale of the ancient Greek gods visiting the site of the games… well, the video is a bit cheesy and offers an overly postcard-ish view of Rio (and Rodrigo Santoro as a surfer version of Apollo!) but after Muse’s overwrought victory anthem and Mary Poppins fighting Voldemort, anything’s a step up. Four for you, Rio. You go, Rio.

The Olympics Had a Closing Ceremony?

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Wait, really? It must be to celebrate the pointless debt incurred in the shortsighted pursuit of high-definition abdominal muscles. I don’t know if this happened at the same time as Breaking Bad’s new, pins-and-needles, great-train-robbery homage episode, but let’s call that the reason I didn’t watch. Won’t even bother figuring out if the Spice Girls were actually there or if that’s just a joke everyone made simultaneously.

I also didn’t see this because, face it, the Olympics—the summer Olympics in particular—amount to an internationally sanctioned freak show, and nobody sticks around at the circus long enough to see the freaks take a bow. The limitless mutability of the human shape is grotesque, I get it. Unless David Cronenberg is directing something on that topic, I’ll pass. I’d say go back to having all that sex, athletes, except you’re such poorly socialized beings that you don’t even know how that would work.

Let’s put this whole thing in perspective: my wife doesn’t even remember who Michelle Kwan is. (Michelle Kwan is an Olympic figure skater who medaled in 1998 and 2002 but never took home the gold, as she was tragically expected to do.) She said the name sounded familiar… sort of. I guess it’s better to be a forgotten figure skater than be Kristi Yamaguchi, who is among a meager handful of 2002 Olympians touting Mitt Romney’s can-do spirit in an ad from the Restore Our Future super PAC. Yes, these people truly go on to do great things after robbing themselves of an adolescence and competing for tacky necklaces.