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14 January 2019

“You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. 
There must be some standards, and having a penis and
competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”
  
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Martina Navratilova expresses her thoughts on competition rules evolving to accommodate trans tennis players. 
Sounds like a sequel to Battle of the Sexes.

I’m going into this year’s awards season somewhat perplexed.  Not to say I didn’t enjoy the Golden Globes – but not to say I did.  Let’s start by talking about Timothée Chalamet.  Question – should we credit Adam Rippon with making harnesses acceptable awards show attire?  ‘Cause he is the first person I recall wearing a harness.  And, perhaps, the last.  Chalamet insists he was not wearing a harness.  “I thought it was a bib,” the actor told Ellen.  Which begs the question, a bib?  Really, Timmy?  And not just any bib, but a sequined bib.  And that’s where I’m confused – I thought perhaps he was paying homage to The Sound of Music by wearing lederhosen!

Days before the Globes, Darren Criss talked about how he will no longer play gay roles.  “I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role,” says the 31-year-old.  However, fellow Golden Globe winner Ben Whishaw said, “I think there needs to be greater equality.  I would like to see more gay actors playing straight roles.”  So, riddle me this – if gay actors are playing the gay roles AND the straight roles, what on Earth will Darren Criss do for a living?  On second thought, don’t answer that.

Am I the only one who didn’t know Darren is Filipino?  He proclaimed himself the first Filipino-American to win a Golden Globe.  Is that true?  Has someone done genetic testing on all previous winners?  Are the Golden Globes in bed with Ancestry.com?  Perhaps, like gays, Criss is the first OPENLY Filipino-American to win a Golden Globe.  Turns out Andrew Cunanan was Filipino-American, so maybe it’s a win/win.  But I’ll have to run this by Whishaw.

Apropos of being awarded the first-ever Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes, a friend told me of an interesting chat he had with Miss Burnett a couple of years ago.  Carol claims she’s never been invited to host Saturday Night Live.  Can we do something about that?

Days after the Golden Globes, Kevin Spacey was in Nantucket District Court pleading not guilty to charges of groping an 18-year-old busboy.  It was a brief courtroom appearance, and Spacey was instructed to have no contact with the alleged victim until the March 4th pre-trial hearing.  Alas, the rest of his day wasn’t so smooth.  After leaving court, he flew to Washington’s Reagan National Airport, got into a car, and was promptly stopped by the cops for speeding!  He scored one win that day – they let him off with a warning.

As you know, several male models are accusing Bruce Weber of sexual assault.  One of those models, Jason Boyce, is suing the shutterbug for “soliciting sex in exchange for work”.  Bruce then struck back with a Memorandum of Law in Opposition and provided some intriguing evidence – texts from Boyce which include both nude and semi-nude photos.  What’s fascinating is that many of these texts were sent AFTER the incident Boyce is suing over!  So now, Weber is claiming that he was the one being solicited by Boyce!

Olivia de Havilland’s legal battle against FX and Ryan Murphy over how she was portrayed in Feud seems to have come to an end.  She tried to get the case before the US Supreme Court, but this past week they rejected the petition.  Case closed.

The ramification – a word I find quite titillating – may long outlive ‘Livvy.  It means that virtually any living person may be portrayed any way a writer sees fit.  Which brings us to the on-again Aretha Franklin biopic.  MGM has signed Liesl Tommy to direct Respect, and Jennifer Hudson is still slated to star as Franklin.  Since Aretha’s passing, MGM is no longer confined to the sanitized biopic the Queen of Soul envisioned.

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Speaking of queens, the monarch of England is looking for some help – as all oldsters do.  Queen Elizabeth II needs a new housekeeping assistant at Buckingham Palace.  The successful candidate will be expected to travel with Her Majesty to her various homes, including Windsor Castle and Sandringham.  Room and board will be provided, although I wouldn’t expect anything particularly luxurious.  If you think you are qualified, be forewarned – the position only pays roughly $22K a year.  And you wonder why QEII remains one of the richest women in the world!

Last week, gay porn impresario Michael Lucas made some news.  First it was announced that he will retire from “performing” in 2020.  “Porn stars come and go, but the best ones stay in our memories and on our hard drives for a long time until they fade away,” said his publicist, Len Evans.  But it was the next statement which raised more than a few eyebrows.  “Michael is also in search of a co-author to publish a juicy autobiography that will include a steamy chapter about a few top Hollywood celebs who paid him to have sex with them when he was an escort in the late ‘90s.”  Let’s gloss over the difference between a co-author and a publisher – naming names got my attention.  That is, until Lucas retracted the story and fired Evans.

To fill in the blanks (something Lucas is known for), Michael Tweeted the following: “The story that ran today and attributed to me by former publicist is absolutely false.  I spent 45 minutes on the phone explaining why I would never do that and they still felt the need to give it to you.  Needless to say I am perplexed by their motivation and they were fired immediately.  I am considering legal action against them.  What is true is that I’m planning to retire in 2020.  What is absolutely false is that I would ever write or consider writing a ‘tell all’ book and naming names of my clients.  I consider that relationship sacred and I would never violate their confidence or my integrity.  Period.  I have nothing but the greatest respect and gratitude for the people who trusted me with their intimate secrets and I will take those secrets to the grave.”

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I am thrilled by news of the return of NYPD Blue – especially since the new show will include PPA John Irvin, once again played by my dear friend, Bill Brochtrup.  When he made the announcement on Facebook, I said that the time had certainly come for him to bare his bottom.  I mean, if it was good enough for Dennis Franz and John Wesley Shipp, why not?  Brochtrup said, “Yeah, keep that rumor alive.”  Darling, that’s what I do.

Next week sees the return of Celebrity Big Brother – and the return of Julie Chen (Moonves) to CBS.  Her Tweet about being back on the set brought mixed response.  Many were happy, while others asked why hubby Les wasn’t in prison.  But, I know what you’re all interested in – who’s competing.  I suspect my readers will be partial to Jonathan Bennett, Joey Lawrence, and Ryan Lochte.  Others in the house include Tamar Braxton, Kandi Burruss, Dina Lohan, Anthony Scaramucci, and even Kato Kaelin.  This should be fun.

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A headline on Playbill.com caught my eye.  “Brittney Johnson Makes History as Broadway’s First Glinda of Color”.  Glinda of Color?  Is that like a Santa of Color?  What about a Glinda with maybe a hint of Latina in her?  Is she, too, a Glinda of color?  There are lots of shades of color, so I say why not just take that out of the equation.

Since I was in Fort Lauderdale last week, I got to see Seth Rudetsky launch his seventh Broadway Concert Series at the Parker Playhouse with Tony winner Jessie Mueller.  I have been a fan of Mueller’s since she really burst on the scene as Carole King in Beautiful, but I was completely unprepared for the range of her experience…and voice.  The concert was a great way to kick off the season, which will continue on February 8th with Sierra Boggess and the insanely attractive Ramin Karimloo.  Get your tix at ParkerPlayhouse.com.

BTW, Mueller’s next project is a limited run of The Music Man at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC from February 6-11.  The show will star the fabulous Norm Lewis as the Music Man, and feature Rosie O’Donnell as Mrs. Paroo!  More deets and tix at Kennedy-Center.org.

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Could it be that a certain stud celebrated a bit too hard at the Golden Globes?  So say my spies who say the dazzling dude (more known for TV than film) was beyond bombed and made several unwarranted passes to a bespectacled former co-star.  Thanks to the quick thinking of his mouthpiece, he didn’t make a jackass of himself…again!

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When men are making passes at co-stars in glasses, it’s time to end yet another column.  With awards season in full swing, keep up-to-date with www.BillyMasters.com – the site known for swingers.  If you have a question, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Darren Criss makes history as Broadway’s first male Filipino-American Glinda!  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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