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Taron’s Hips Don’t Lie

Our Ask Billy question comes from Harry in Chicago: ”I’m sure you’ve seen the video of Taron Egerton dancing around in a towel.  What’s that all about?  He sure is hot.”

Whatever qualities of Taron’s are in question, his hotness speaks for itself.  For those who don’t know, Taron posted a video on Instagram where he’s dancing around in a towel to the Bee Gees’ “More Than a Woman” (insert your own joke).  With his moves, he might have been better served with “Hips Don’t Lie”…but, I digress.  Again…what was the point?  Nobody seems to know.  However, he’s been whispered about as a possible Wolverine in one of those Marvel films that seem to make so much money.  Until then, you can catch him on BillyMasters.com.

 

Jamie and Celie

I saw the national tour of the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre.  Let me first note that proof of both vaccines AND the booster were required for entry.  I’ve seen the documentary about the real-life Jamie, so I was well familiar with the story.  Obviously I understand that things change during the “creative process” of making a musical.  But some of the choices made certain characters completely unlikeable and unbelievable.  This caused the many twists and turns of the beleaguered plot to seem unfathomable.  The music is fine but unmemorable.  The performers appeared to be phoning it in – but I saw it on a Tuesday night.  I’m glad I went, but I cannot give it much of an endorsement beyond that.  If you can see it without spending too much effort (or money), then go.  In case you’re wondering, I’ve since seen the film version which was only slightly better.

The long-discussed film adaptation of the musical version of The Color Purple has picked up some traction.  As predicted, Fantasia Barrino will repeat her stage triumph of Celie (curiously, I’m told Cynthia Erivo – the Tony-winning Celie on Broadway – was not even considered).  Hot off her turn chewing scenery in NBC’s Annie Live!, Taraji P. Henson will take on the role of Shug Avery.  More details to come.

 

What’s It All About…

And Just Like That… finished its first season last week.  Lots of it made me cringe, some of it made me laugh, but most of it made me wonder what was the point.  People change – especially over a decade or two.  And certain relationships do not stand frozen in time.  But this show seemed to want it both ways – as do I, but that’s another story.  The show wants to keep one foot firmly planted in the past with the trio being joined at the hip as if nothing changed.  But they also want to suddenly branch out into new and important relationships.  This begs a further question…did these gals not meet anyone new since the last film?  I suppose the handling of Samantha would have been palpable if we didn’t know Kim Cattrall referred to her former co-stars as a cabal of mean girls who she never wanted to speak to again (I’m paraphrasing).  Having her there via text is very au courant and kinda worked.  But would she be so wishy-washy that she’d text with Carrie but not talk on the phone?  What next?  Did she stand Carrie up for drinks?   Did they meet and then fight all over again?  Will Stanford continue to manage TikTok dancers in Japan?  I’ll watch the show if it continues (which I suspect it will), but I really can’t say that I care.

The Demise of Talk

“You all saw the news.  Whoopi will be back here in two weeks. 
Joy Behar addresses Whoopi Goldberg’s suspension from The View.  And that’s the way it is.

When Sharon Osbourne was pushed off The Talk for defending free speech, I said it was a slippery slope.  And here we are, with Whoopi Goldberg being suspended from The View.  If I belonged to the Barbara Walters School of Journalism – the graduation ceremony took place at Stonehenge – I’d feel compelled to regurgitate details of both instances.  Suffice it to say, Osbourne defended her friend Piers Morgan’s right to express an opinion about Meghan Markle – and suddenly was branded a racist.  Likewise, Whoopi expressed an opinion about the Holocaust which was not altogether wrong.  She said, “The Holocaust isn’t about race…it’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”  What a difference one word makes.  Had she said, “The Holocaust isn’t ONLY about race”, she would have been fine, because obviously the Nazis also targeted gay people and various religious groups.  One could easily consider the Holocaust under the umbrella of “man’s inhumanity to man”.  It’s like when people say “All lives matter”, instead of just “black lives” or “gay lives” or any one group’s lives matter.  They can all be true simultaneously.  Anyway, Whoopi apologized on the air, and led a lengthy discussion with Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League.  Shortly after that show, ABC announced she was being put on a 2-week unpaid suspension.

It’s worth noting that in 25 years of vitriol, hate speech, split-screens, arguments, and walk-offs, this is the first time ABC has suspended a View co-host.  Things that make you go “Hmmm”.  I’m curious – when did intent become irrelevant?  Clearly Whoopi’s statement was not meant to offend anyone.  Her friend and frequent collaborator Bruce Vilanch points out that not only has he never found Goldberg to have even a speck of anti-Semitism, the stage name she chose is Jewish!  Bill Geddie, co-creator and former executive producer of The View said the following: “It scares me that we’ve come to this crossroads and now we as a culture need to get a handle on this insanity before it chokes us all.”  If the co-hosts are not free to have honest and open discussions, what’s the point of the show?  It’s called The View, after all!  I was curious if any of Whoopi’s co-hosts would speak up on her behalf?  Other than Ana Navarro, they were all predictably silent.  It begs the question – will Whoopi return?  Remember – Sharon was initially suspended, too.

 

Dane Goes Down Under

Our Ask Billy question comes from John in New York City:  “Have you been watching Euphoria?  You must have seen Eric Dane rimming a guy.  Can you find out who the guy was?”

As I was watching, I was thinking, “That’s one lucky bitch!”  Then I thought, “I hope he douched!!”  The ass in question belonged to an actor named Christin Byrdsong – no relation to Cindy.  He called Eric, “A gem of a man.  So professional and chill.”  “Chill” is the last thing I want in my crack, but to each his own.  Byrdsong continues: “The actual filming was incredibly professional.  Totally fake.  A piece was built by the intimacy coach to go between his face & my butt.  When I was on the set I got into position they asked if I was comfortable.  I said ‘dreams really do come true’.  The set burst into laughter…I filmed on an incredible show with an incredible director and an actor I admire and I got paid.  That’s the dream.”  Check it out on BillyMasters.com.

The Ms. in MSNBC

MSNBC was in a pickle.  The network had to find someone to take over for Brian Williams, who departed in December.  One of the more surprising candidates was defrocked CNN personality, Chris Cuomo – who I would enjoy seeing defrocked.  MSNBC even met with Cuomo to discuss the possibilities.  However, there was a big hurdle to clear – and that hurdle is named Rachel Maddow.  I’m told that Maddow – who puts the “Ms.” in MSNBC – was less than eager to be associated with Cuomo on any level, and made her displeasure known.  If they were seriously considering Cuomo, that crushed his chances.  Williams’ slot will be filled by Stephanie Ruhle.  And so it goes…

Phelps and Trans Athletes

In this column, and on Billy Masters LIVE (season three will start shortly), we’ve discussed the topic of trans athletes – specifically in which category should they compete.  My opinion – which has been debunked by virtually everyone I’ve spoken with – is that someone born female and was now a trans male would be at a musculoskeletal disadvantage when competing against cis males.  The real world is also proving me wrong.  At UPenn, a trans female swimmer – Lia Thomas – has been criticized for competing against other females.  In a recent swim meet, not only did Lia come in sixth, the winner was Iszac Henig – a trans male athlete.  The other four swimmers who beat Lia were cis female athletes.  Once again, the cheese stands alone.

This topic was tackled by Olympian Michael Phelps.  And Phelps is ideally qualified to speak on athletes, competition, swimming, and transgender people.  At least, that’s what Taylor Lianne Chandler thinks.  She’s an intersex woman who claims to be one of Michael Phelps’ exes.  When it came to the trans athlete situation, Phelps said, “I believe we should all feel comfortable with who we are in our own skin, but I think sports should all be played on an even playing field.”  Chandler took offense to the term “even playing field”, but not for the reason you’d think.  “He’s a hypocrite for saying it should be a level playing field.  He is genetically superior with his 6’7” wingspan, double-jointed ankles and huge feet.  His chemical composition allows him to breathe in and fill his lungs and hold his breath longer.”

 

Dinklage vs. the Dwarfs

And now, we turn to the big story of the week – the truth behind the dwarfs.  And by dwarfs, I mean the seven little men immortalized in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – although the story dates back to the 1800s and the Brothers Grimm.  The controversy surrounds Disney’s proposed live-action remake.  Spearheading the controversy is the diminutive Peter Dinklage.  At first, I thought he was lobbying for a role.  Perhaps all seven – it’s amazing what they can do with CGI.  Who else are they gonna cast?  People on TLC shows?  But, no, Dinklage was actually chastising Disney for “still making that fucking backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together.  What the fuck are you doing, man?  Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox?”  I hate to be a stickler, but in the Disney flick, the dwarfs live in a cottage – not a cave.  And, as to a “soapbox”, exactly how old is Dinklage?

Still, I couldn’t help but wonder – who were these dwarfs?  I always assumed they were brothers, and were working in the mine for some nefarious rich bitch.  So, I took a closer look at the song “Heigh-Ho”.  The first clue comes in the first verse: “We dig…in our mine the whole day through.”  Aha!  So it’s their mine!  And, as it turns out, digging is “what we like to do”.  And it’s profitable – “It ain’t no trick to get rich quick, if you dig dig dig with a shovel or a pick, in a mine!  In a mine!  Where a million diamonds shine.”  So, they’re dripping in diamonds.  But that’s not all.  “A thousand rubies, sometimes more, but we don’t know what we dig ‘em for.”  And you thought Dopey was the only stupid one!  So, let me get this straight – they’ve got their own mine full of diamonds and rubies, and Dinklage is worried they’re being victimized?  To make the situation more ridiculous, a spokesperson from Disney stated, “To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community.”  Oh, really?  The dwarfism community is weighing in?  I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.

 

And Just Like That…DICK

Our Ask Billy question comes from Frank on Cape Cod:  “I know you’re watching And Just Like That.  Did you see when Charlotte was about to give Harry a blow job?  Who knew he had such a big cock!”

Oh, I saw it.  But, I have some bad news for you – the penis Evan Handler hauled out of his trousers was not his own.  Yes, I know this is terrible news for you, and I wish there were a way to…err, soften the blow.  But, there you have it – it was a prosthetic penis.  Still, all is not lost.  Did you watch the whole episode?  Because a few minutes later, Carrie’s downstairs neighbor’s boyfriend walked out into the hallway wearing only a towel – which conveniently dropped to show his penis.  His real penis!  The actor’s name is Corey Saucier, and while we don’t expect to see more of him on AJLT, you can see every inch of him on BillyMasters.com.

Stan as Tommy Lee

An interesting story emerged from the set of the Pam & Tommy movie.  As you know, the stunning Sebastian Stan is playing rocker Tommy Lee.  Surprisingly, his primary relationship is not with Pamela Anderson – it’s with his penis.  Having seen the real Tommy’s penis (which you can see on BillyMasters.com), I get it.  In the script, Tommy spends an inordinate amount of time talking to his dick.  Not only that, but the penis talks back – and if there’s one thing I hate, it’s a chatty cock!  Stan said, “By the end of the scene, I treated it like it was an intimate buddy conversation that one might have when they’re falling in love” – which really puts every relationship Sebastian has had into question.  The filmmakers have designed an animatronic penis – kinda like Disney’s Hall of Presidents…if Lincoln’s penis moved (and talked).  It requires four “puppeteers” to operate – much like my penis!

Hugh Hefner…a Real Dog

Shocking stories are emerging from a documentary about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.  According to sources, Secrets of Playboy (which debuts on A&E this week) has some unexpected revelations.  Sure, there were orgies, drugs, abuse of power – we expected all of that.  But bestiality?  Well, color me surprised.  Linda Lovelace – she of Deep Throat fame – claims to have been “forced” to perform oral sex on a German Shepherd while Hefner and his friends watched.  Uh, just “watched”?  Hef’s ex-girlfriend, Sonda Theodore, says that wasn’t the only instance involving an animal.  “I walked in once, and he was [jerking off] our dog.  I said, ‘What are you doing?’  He said, ‘Dogs have needs.’  I said, ‘Stop that!’  I never let him be alone with our dog again.”

Go-Go’s & Adele & Vegas

The Go-Go’s were scheduled to ring in the new year at The Venetian in Las Vegas.  Since I was with family in Boston for the holidays, I passed.  I wasn’t the only one.  Due to a Covid issue within their organization, The Go-Go’s rescheduled their tour dates…to mid-February.  As luck would have it, I was going to be in Vegas to celebrate my birthday (2/13), and had already planned to see pals Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. at The Orleans (2/12).  Seeing The Go-Go’s on 2/11 seemed a no-brainer.  Tickets were secured, flights were booked, and just like that, The Go-Go’s cancelled again (McCoo and Davis are still a go).  I was surprised to see many loyal Go-Go’s fans express outrage on social media – with some even demanding that the band reimburse them for travel expenses.

Why am I telling this long story?  Not only to remind you to shop early for Billy’s birthday gift, but because Adele is going through a similar situation.  She, too, was scheduled to begin a Vegas residency.  And not just any residency – one that would pay her $500K PER NIGHT!  And then, poof, cancelled.  And not just cancelled – but cancelled with just 24 hours’ notice.  Needless to say, the fans are not happy.  Apparently, people were flying in from around the globe.  And some are demanding Adele reimburse them for hotels and plane tickets.  Been there, done that.  Why did she cancel?  “I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready,” she said in a video.

Inside His Tighty Whities

Finally, we have an Ask Billy question worthy of being the first of the year.  Hal in Chicago asks, “What do you know about British model, Russell White?  He’s so freakin’ hot.”

Agreed!  Russell is a 26-year-old sexy beast (not to be confused with Russell White, a 29-year-old Irish triathlete).  The model Russell has flaunted his flawless physique for a fair number of photographers who are interested in his body…of work.  He was just named “brand ambassador” for Ron Dorff, a French-Swedish sportswear line.  If they were looking to make a splash, they did right by getting White to be in – and out – of their undies.  He’s really quite spectacular, and is not averse to showing a bit of extra skin, as you’ll see on BillyMasters.com.

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When we’ve got Russell White in tighty whities, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  While I face the frigid Northeast, I can warm up on www.BillyMasters.com – the site that gets everyone hot and bothered.  If you have a question worthy of my attention, send it off to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Colton is named host of The Bachelor (which is not a bad idea).  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Billy Looks at Colton

Planes are where I catch up on shows, so I was pleased to have Colton Underwood keeping me company.  I was an unabashed Bachelor watcher until the ouster of Chris Harrison, and relished every twist and turn of Underwood’s experiences on all three shows.  Nothing that has happened since has surprised me – including Netflix’s Coming Out Colton.  This “reality show” relishes – almost luxuriates – in staged sequences.  Given his Bachelor past, Colton understands the importance of doing retakes of “spontaneous” conversations.  But the people around him seem uncomfortable with the practice – particularly his parents and former coach.  Also, I did laugh out loud when Gus Kenworthy answered Colton’s phone call with, “What up, girl?”  We also learned that Colton’s interested in “daddies”.  Beyond that, it’s simple, mindless entertainment…but not without some merit.  There’s a particularly illuminating and touching sequence where Colton meets up with former football players who are gay – including David Kopay (who would make a terrific guest on Billy Masters LIVE when we resume shows in February).  Colton’s interaction with Michael Sam was awkward – did anyone else catch Sam formally introducing himself and shaking Colton’s hand??  Underwood expressed guilt for not standing by Sam when they were both drafted.  Ultimately, the show seems to have three agendas: 1) to explain to people that gay people are just like everyone else, B) to redeem Colton’s sordid reputation, iii) to keep Underwood in the spotlight.  Personally, I’m not sure which was their primary objective.

70 Years of Todays

The Today Show (which is now simply called Today) celebrated 70 years of service – a milestone I hope to achieve in a few decades.  One notable absence was Matt Lauer, who hosted the program for a record 20 years and 331 days (which means he was sacked just a month short of his 21st anniversary).  I’m told that Savannah Guthrie was the one who nixed Matt being included in the celebration, feeling his presence would tarnish the show’s legacy (although he did appear briefly in a video montage).  This brings to mind a quote we ran last year from a black female tour guide at the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, Georgia.  “You can’t measure your progress if you erase the past.”  Food for thought.

I hope nobody expected Matt to go quietly into that good night.  Taking a page from Katie Couric, Lauer is in the midst of writing a bombshell tell-all.  Our source says the focus of the book is simple – revenge.  He wants to trash everyone who trashed him.  And, since he has nothing to lose, why not?  I can’t wait to read it.

A Pair of Golden Globes

I also missed the Golden Globes, but I wasn’t the only one – nobody was there.  The only celebrity presence was a virtual message from Jamie Lee Curtis, who sent a video noting the work done by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whatever that is.  I was surprised to learn she was never a Miss Golden Globes – although she does have two Golden Globes which she proudly displays every chance she gets!  And that’s the only crass joke I’ll make.  One of us is a lady.

Speaking of which, Mj Rodriguez made Golden Globes history as “the first black trans woman to win a Golden Globe”.  Which begs the question – was there previously a trans woman of any kind to have won a Golden Globe?  I’m sure some swift-fingered activist will figure that out.  Congrats, Mj!

 

Asian Affairs

Yoshinori Horie is a Japanese MMA star.  When he was 21, he was having trouble paying for his martial arts training.  That’s when a friend told him that he could make easy money giving “handjobs”.  The arrangements were made, and Yoshinori got $175 for less than an hour’s work.  Horie shared this story on social media, and added the following (bear in mind this is a Google translation): “I was able to face martial arts in a short time, exceeding the amount of 2 days of part-time work that I do for 8 hours while standing.  It’s pretty painful now, but as long as I’m alive I can chance my dreams!  And I like women, not gays!  I’ve done the money to live to do martial arts.”  I only have one question – which part was “pretty painful”?  Carpal tunnel?  Asking for a friend…

Meanwhile in Singapore, a popular OnlyFans personality was arrested on multiple charges of obscenity and electronic transmission of pornography.  Police claim that Titus Low, 22, was repeatedly warned that posting on OnlyFans was considered a violation of the law.  It should be noted that the sale and distribution of adult content is illegal in Singapore – as is gay sex.  Apparently, the police were tipped off to Low’s identity in a complaint filed against him on September 4th.  Titus was warned not to access his OnlyFans account – where he made a five-figure monthly salary!  He’s currently out on bail and is allegedly cooperating with authorities.

Claybourne and Company

Picture it – New York City, 2007.  An attractive young man is visiting from Utah, trying to decide if he should relocate and pursue his dream of acting.  He’s snagged a cheap standing room ticket for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  When the show ends, a man and a woman come up to him and say, “You look like you were enjoying that show more than people who are sitting in the expensive seats.”  The man then gives the strapping young lad $200 and tells him he should use the money to buy a ticket to see Patti LuPone in Sweeney Todd – “It’ll change your life”.  Not only does the boy do as told (proving he can take direction), he also thinks that if a stranger is willing to do this for him, maybe he should make the move.  The Utah-ian is Claybourne Elder, who is now appearing with La LuPone in Company.  And when he shared the story on Twitter, someone knew the man with deep pockets – Mark Howell (who’s pretty hot himself).  Now, let me tell you the Billy Masters version of this story.  A hot guy is in standing room.  Another guy hands him $200.  Hot guy says, “Hmm – maybe I should move to NYC.”  It’s not a Disney ending…unless you recall that studio also released Pretty Woman.

At Jeopardy…Literally

Amy Schneider, current Jeopardy! trans superstar, had a pretty crappy start to 2022.  “So, first off: I’m fine.  But I got robbed yesterday, lost my ID, credit cards, and phone.  I then couldn’t really sleep last night, and have been dragging myself around all day trying to replace everything.”  What she doesn’t mention is that the robbery happened at gunpoint!  Jeopardy! producers made a statement of their own: “We were deeply saddened to hear about this incident, and we reached out to Amy privately to offer our help in any capacity.” 

Cohen, Cooper and CNN

While the New Year rang in on CNN, gays from hither and yon were debating whether Andy Cohen was a jocular gent or a loveable louse.  “I will not be shamed for having fun on New Year’s Eve – that’s why I’m there,” said Cohen.  No one debated having fun on NYE – it’s having it on CNN that was the issue.  After much speculation, the network brass weighed in.  “Andy said something he shouldn’t have on live TV.  We’ve addressed it with him and look forward to having him back again next year.”  What Cohen said was, “Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers that are performing behind us.  I mean, with all due…if you’ve been watching ABC tonight, you’ve seen nothing.  I’m sorry.”  The next morning, Cohen felt differently: “The only thing that I regret saying, the only thing is that I slammed the ABC broadcast, and I really like Ryan Seacrest and he’s a great guy.  And I really regret saying that, and I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it.”  The issue is the close friendship Cohen and Cooper have with Kelly Ripa – who co-hosts her daytime show with Ryan.  Andy’s crack puts Ripa in the middle – not helped by the fact that both Cohen and Cooper coveted Seacrest’s seat (so to speak).  It surely makes for an awkward Sunday funday.

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International Affairs

Elsewhere in international news, Switzerland has made a bold move.  As of January 1st, they are allowing people to legally change their gender by filing a form with the civil registry office.  No proof, examination, or medical procedure is required.  They are also allowing people to change their legal name just as easily.

Louw Breytenbach is giving up his title of Mr. Gay World after less than two months.  The 31-year-old from South Africa refused to sign a contract making the organization his exclusive modeling and acting agent (apparently Louw already has management).  There was also a clause stating that he would be fined 5,000 Euros if he stepped down.  “I am disappointed as I really thought the Mr. Gay World competition was a platform I could use to broaden my charity work.  I also thought they had the interests of the LGBTQI+ community at heart.  Sadly, I was wrong.”  He also questioned what happens to the money the organization raises.  Hmm.

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Grindr has allegedly been selling user data to various advertising firms.  SHOCKING!  But this time, they are being fined over $6 million – by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority!  And that’s not the only data Grindr is sharing.  According to their statistics, the United States has the highest percentage of users looking to hook up “Right Now”.  Australians are the most receptive to NSFW photos.  If you’re looking for a top, book a flight to Argentina pronto.  Lastly, the best time to hook up is 9PM on Sunday…the day of rest.

RIP Lady April Ashley

The date – April 11, 1988.  The place – the 60th Academy Awards.  My first time at the Oscars.  During an interval, I saw an elegant woman who was clearly “somebody”.  I approached and told her she looked like a cross between Maria Callas and Vivien Leigh.  She had a throaty laugh and said, “Darling, I hope you’re referring to when they were still alive!”  Her name was Lady April Ashley.  The next day, Jackie Collins filled me in on April’s colorful past.  She was born George Jamieson and was the second (known) Briton to undergo male-to-female gender reassignment surgery – in Casablanca (where Two People was shot).  After becoming a high-profile fashion model, she married Lord Arthur Corbett – who she swore knew all about her past.  However, his family pressured Artie to have the union annulled and leave April penniless.  Disillusioned by England, she went to America.

After our brief Oscars encounter, I was shocked to see her turn up on The People’s Court – where she was sued for keeping gifts from rich men (like that’s a bad thing).  Judge Wapner not only sided with April, but also flirted with her.  I tracked her down in San Diego, where she was working for Greenpeace and living with two women… both named Anita!  Eventually, she went back to England and became an outspoken advocate for transgender rights.  After decades as an outsider, she was lauded as a trailblazer.  In 2005, she was legally recognized as female.  In 2012, she was honored with a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) – presented by Prince Charles – for her work for transgender equality.  In 2015, the National Museum in Liverpool assembled an enormous exhibition in her honor.  What meant the world to her was having young trans people thank her – she realized her struggle ensured their lives would be easier.  Lady April Ashley made a difference.  She passed away over the holidays at age 86.  Rest in peace, my dear, funny, fabulous friend.

 

War of Words

There was a war of words between Aaron Sorkin and Billy Eichner.  It started with Aaron defending the casting of the Spanish Javier Bardem as the Cuban Desi Arnaz.  “Spanish and Cuban are not actable.  If I was directing you in a scene and said: ‘It’s cold, you can’t feel your face.’  That’s actable.  But if I said: ‘Be Cuban.’  That is not actable.  It’s heartbreaking and a little chilling to see members of the artistic community re-segregating ourselves.”  He then added, “You can act being attracted to someone, but you can’t act gay or straight.  So this notion that only gay actors should play gay characters?  That only a Cuban actor should play Desi?  Honestly, I think it’s the mother of all empty gestures and a bad idea.”  While I applaud Sorkin, the analogy enraged Eichner.  “Completely ignorant of how Hollywood has treated its openly LGBTQ+ actors for a century.  Talking about shit he doesn’t fully comprehend.  Scared that Hollywood isn’t (entirely) ruled by straight men anymore.  Go write yourself a ‘walk and talk’ back into the past.  Merry Christmas!”  A curious coda given Sorkin and Eichner are both Jewish.

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Darren Criss waded into the same waters.  He previously said he would no longer play gay roles “to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role” – which begs the question…is one still a “boy” in their mid-30s?  Criss recently said the following: “No matter what I say, I’m going to get into the same mess that I’ve always gotten in, which is me being what I believe is very fair and diplomatic, but nobody’s interested in that, because compassion is not currently in vogue.  So I don’t know what to say…There are so many performances that are either straight roles given by queer actors or queer roles that are done by straight actors that are so beloved, that we just don’t talk about those.  But if they’re done poorly, we get up in arms and we blame it on the fact that this person isn’t queer, this person isn’t straight, as opposed to maybe they just weren’t the right person for the job?”  This begs a second question – if he’s no longer accepting gay roles, will Darren Criss ever work again?

 

Ringing in 2022

We can’t start this column without acknowledging the passing of a legend.  Betty White was the last remaining cast member of The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  In fact, she lost three MTM colleagues this year – Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner and Gavin MacLeod.  Till the end, she was slightly more Sue Ann Nivens than Rose Nylund – thwarting the advances of Ryan Reynolds and lusting after Robert Redford.  But in actuality, she eschewed romantic entanglements since the passing of her third husband, Allen Ludden.  Everyone loved Betty White…unless you count Bea Arthur.  But that’s the exception that proves the rule.  She was one helluva gal.

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And now, Happy New Year!!!  I hate to be predictable, but faithful readers know I spent the eve with loved ones watching a loved one.  Yes, the Billy Masters celebrations included watching Lindsay Wagner’s first film – Two People – and her most recent release – Christmas at the Ranch (not to be confused with her 2019 endeavor, Christmas on the Range).  This new effort is one of those holiday flicks featuring a same-sex couple – and let me add that I’ve yet to see one worthy of the cast.  In Two People (co-starring Peter Fonda), Wagner was briefly topless and elsewhere wore a number of fabulous capes.  So I consider it a draw.

We took a break to check out coverage from Times Square.  It’s been noted that CNN was dominated by gays – even passive gays!  Dear Andy Cohen is always a trailblazer.  Rather than wait to catch the coronavirus over the holiday, he caught it earlier in the month (this was his second bout).  He got the all-clear to join Anderson Cooper – who might have been wise to don a hazmat suit.  All the alcohol mixed with Cohen’s medication beautifully and led to (among other things) a lengthy drunken rant against outgoing Mayor de Blasio.  Reaction from the gays on social media was mixed.  But Andy kept one promise – Anderson was well-lubricated.  And I’ll leave it at that!

 

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Ukrainian Brides To get Marriage

If you’re contemplating marrying a Ukrainian woman, you probably wonder about her appearance. As opposed to many Euro women, she actually is not self conscious. Most of them visit the local gym and do a lot of jogging. All their toned muscle tissue and appealing looks make sure they are look sporty and healthier. In contrast, the majority of European women spend short amount of time on their visual aspect and wear loose clothing. Even when they may have several youngsters, though, that they still remain attractive and well-groomed.

Moreover, Ukrainian brides will be known to be impressive, independent, and self-sufficient. They need to build a strong family, although do not just like excessive emancipation. Therefore , they’re very likely to be open to marriage having a Western gentleman. They are very obedient and love to number family situations and receive guests. As such, they’re also a good match designed for relatives.

One thing you need to know regarding Ukrainian women is that they benefit your opinions. You will never have to worry about deceit while Ukrainian young girls have extremely high self-esteem. They will never make up excuses or deceived you. In fact , they’ll possibly tell you you’re value the opinion. Should you be serious about getting married to a Ukrainian woman, factors to consider that you’ll be competent to trust her.

You have to be prepared to provide a woman a whole lot of interest. If she has shy, aquire a movie night out. You’ll be able to connect without terms. And if you aren’t into chatting, try something different. Ukrainian girls are regarded because of their skills and creativity in handicraft. Obtaining handmade things for home use is a great approach to attachment with your long term future partner. Several charging an excellent way for making your marriage more significant.

Most Ukrainian women of all ages for marriage are very supportive and thoughtful. They value a mans ability to offer their family and to take care of youngsters. They will also always be attentive to his partner’s appears. A woman having concerned about her appearance probably will spend a lot of her time grooming little. This is a great benefit for each party. When you’re dating a Ukrainian woman, make certain she is gorgeous and intelligent. If you can find a beautiful and well-mannered better half, you’ll have a likelihood to have a effective and completely happy life.

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Cher-ing the Holiday Spirit

Speaking of Cher, the Dark Lady (that is not a racial slur – that is the name of a song) recently surprised a couple on a date.  Syndie and Tehran went to see West Side Story – and I’m sure you all know Cher’s connection with that show (if not, check out BillyMasters.com).  After the film was over, they stopped in the lobby to take a photo in front of the poster.  A woman asked if they’d like her to take a photo of the two of them, which they appreciated.  Cher later Tweeted this story (with her typical odd caps and punctuation): “When we were coming out of movie I saw beautuful Couple.  He Was taking Her pic….She had flowers I said…can I take your Pic…Had my mask on so they didn’t Know Who I was.  Maybe Just a crazy woman.. THAT ME”  Syndie replied: “Wow!  So we really did meet CHER!  This night will certainly be remembered forever.”

Revealing All Of Rex Smith

Rex Smith was a HUGE hit with viewers of Billy Masters LIVE!  And, yes, I know I gushed…but was there ever a more staggeringly beautiful man than Rex Smith?  In his prime, he was like the statue of David – if David could sing!  Smith is currently singing in Love Actually Live at The Wallis in Beverly Hills, which closes on New Year’s Eve (get your tix at TheWallis.org).  Since he was coming to us from his cell phone, his audio was a little soft – and the last thing I want is a soft Rex Smith!  So I lent a helping hand and juiced him up – something I’ve longed to say for decades.  The remastered video is available for your watching and listening pleasure at BillyMasters.com/TV or YouTube.com/BillyMastersTV.

This Thursday, December 23rd, we ring in the holidays with the fabulous Thirsty Burlington.  Many of you know him as Scott Townsend – the world’s premier Cher impersonator.  I’ve known Thirsty since he was an itty bitty baby drag queen sneaking into my shows in various Boston gay clubs in the ‘90s!  He’s had a tough year health-wise, so we’re thrilled to finally welcome him as a guest.

All About West Side Story

Reception to the new version of West Side Story has been a mixed bag.  Yes, it’s gotten good reviews, but it brought in only $10 million its opening weekend.  To put that into perspective, Spider-Man made $120 million its first day!  However, WSS is beautifully shot, well-acted, and faithful to the original musical.  You know I can’t bear bad lip synching.  I’m happy to report it’s not an issue here (with the exception of Ansel Elgort in the Cloisters scene – straight tones would never come out of a jaw moving that much).  While one misses the work of Jerome Robbins, the new choreography by Justin Peck of the New York City Ballet is quite marvelous in its own right.

Mike Faist is a standout as Riff (I knew he’d be a star when I saw him in Dear Evan Hansen).  However, every time the Jets walked down the street, it looked like an outtake from The Outsiders – I even referred to one character as Pony Boy!  And if I didn’t know about the controversy, I wouldn’t have even noticed the alleged “transgender” character.  As always, Rita Moreno was a delight.  My only caveat is that she was directed to be strangely subdued for the last 15 minutes.  Speaking of which, has there ever been a less fiery Anita than Ariana DeBose?  For me, the fatal flaw in the film is the lack of subtitles whenever characters spoke Spanish.  I understand Spielberg’s argument – if you subtitle the Spanish, you are marginalizing those characters.  But I do wonder if the English will be subtitled when this film is shown in a Spanish-speaking country.  I’m also wondering if anyone has ever seen a Romeo and Juliet where they lapse into Italian.  After all, that entire story takes place in Verona.  Food for thought.  Is this film worth seeing?  Yes, if you can manage 2 hours and 45 minutes – which I think is too long for any film.  Should you wait to see it at home?  Actually, I really think it should be seen on a big screen.  Is it a classic?  The jury’s out.

Actors & Roles Blur Lines

Most actors love the opportunity to embody different characters.  Some actually physically transform themselves to play certain roles – Ed Norton, Meryl Streep, Christian Bale, Charlize Theron, and even Renée Zellweger (admittedly, she likely had some help from a doctor’s scapel).  Nowadays, it seems the line between actor and character is less defined.  Does anyone have a doubt that Miranda on And Just Like That… is going to dabble in lesbianism?  Does every character Cynthia Nixon plays from now on have to be interested in women?  Perhaps all the years that gays fought to be accepted playing straight roles were for naught.

Luke Evans Struts His Stuff

This leads to our brief Ask Billy question.  Jordan in Chicago says, “Did you see the photos of Luke Evans from Miami last week?  He looks sexier than ever.  Who was the hot guy with him?”

I saw, I came, I replied – in that order.  The photos of Luke in a sleek and skimpy Speedo were enough to heat up my nether regions.  As to the other guy, I doubt he’s anyone of significance.  Most romantic partners would kiss Luke on both cheeks.  If he kissed all four, I’d think otherwise.  Until I get further photographic evidence, you can check out every inch of Luke on BillyMasters.com.

The Magic of Bob Mackie

Anything can happen on a live program.  Last week, Billy Masters LIVE faced numerous challenges as we began chatting with famed designer Bob Mackie.  When the computer froze, we frantically posted “Stand By – Technical Difficulties”, as a back-up computer was swapped in.  The show may have lacked technical finesse, but the marvelous Mackie delivered delicious dish about people like Mitzi, Cher, Bette, Carol, Babs, Whoopi, Oprah, and RossFrank Vlastnik, author of the book, The Art of Bob Mackie, contributed to what turned out to be a great show.  Check it out at BillyMasters.com/TV or YouTube.com/BillyMastersTV.

On this week’s show, we start with author Jim Colucci, who collaborated with the legendary Norman Lear for All in the Family: The Show that Changed Television.  This is a gorgeously illustrated and painstakingly researched book that would make a great gift for any TV lover.  We finish up with singer and actor, Rex Smith.  You can tune in live on Thursday, December 16th at 3PM Eastern / Noon Pacific – or anytime thereafter.

Colton Haynes Tells All

Colton Haynes is writing his memoirs, which are scheduled to be released on May 31, 2022.  The title is Miss Memory Lane.  “In case ur wondering about the title…it’s something friends have called me for years.  It’s painfully accurate lol.  I’ve always been addicted to nostalgia, maybe because it lets me retreat into my memories so I can avoid living in the now,” says Colton.  He doesn’t need a publisher – he needs a good therapist!  He shares some of his more colorful exploits on Vulture.  He worked as a go-go boy when he was 14.  When his first manager dropped him as a client, he suggested Colton contact Rentboy.com.  He also worked as a phone sex operator where he indulged in “farm play”.  To find out why he was called “piglet”, check out the piece.

I think Haynes would make an ideal cast member in the next Magic Mike film.  We hear the producers are looking for some new “talent”.  Given what the last flick did for Bomer, Manganiello, Strahan and Rodriguez, it might not be a bad move.  And something tells me Colton could show Mike a thing or two.

Jussie Takes the Stand

The jury found Jussie Smollett guilty of five out of six charges.  Surprise, surprise.  But the dish is in the details.  During his time on the stand, Jussie threw numerous people under the bus.  He claims Empire creator Lee Daniels “fat shamed” him  – which is why Jussie hired Abel Osundairo to become his “trainer”.  Smollett says that the relationship with Abel was not romantic, but admits they got high (cocaine and pot), went to a bathhouse, made out, and “masturbated together”.  I don’t believe that’s all that happened.  If that hot Nigerian trainer was high, naked and aroused, I believe Jussie would have been on that…literally!

Smollett also claims Don Lemon kept him in the loop regarding the police investigation of the so-called “hate crime”.  If true, many believe Lemon should face the same punishment Chris Cuomo did for feeding his brother information.   Speaking of loops, we saw the “noose” which was around Jussie’s neck – correction, which he allegedly took off from around his neck, and then put back on when the police arrived.  I’m sure there are different kinds of nooses.  This appeared to be twine you’d use to fly a kite…or what a bakery would use to wrap up your cupcakes.  Smollett won’t be sentenced until next month, but the presumption is he’ll skirt jail time and face a hefty fine and community service.  He still has to deal with the civil suit – the City of Chicago wants to be reimbursed for the cost of the investigation.

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Singing Boys Really Naked

This week’s Ask Billy question also deals with hot men taking off their clothes.  Larry in San Diego sent me a video and wrote: “I just found this footage from Naked Boys Singing in Las Vegas – the guys are SO hot.  I heard they were extending for a while.  Do you know how long?  After seeing this video, I want to make sure I see them.”

Color me SHOCKED.  You all know I went to see Naked Boys Singing in Las Vegas.  I also hosted the boys on Billy Masters LIVE – and we even filmed a clothed version of their opening number.  But the footage Larry sent me is of them performing FULLY NUDE!  To answer his question, yes, the show has extended through March 6th and you can grab tickets at NakedBoysSingingVegas.com.  And, if you wanna see this newly unearthed exclusive footage, you can check out BillyMasters.com.

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When we’ve got actual NAKED boys singing…and extending, it’s time to end yet another column.  If this kinda footage interests you, check out www.BillyMasters.com – the site where lots of sons come out.  If you have a question (or a video you’d like to share), drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before we come up with footage of Jussie’s “friends” (it’s just a matter of time).  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

 

Maye, Mackie & Masters

We had a fabulous time last week on Billy Masters LIVE with the marvelous Marilyn Maye.  We caught up with her in between shows at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, where she is appearing until December 19th (you can get tickets at TheWick.org).  This week, we welcome the legendary Bob Mackie to talk about a gorgeous new coffee table book called The Art of Bob Mackie, written by Frank Vlastnik and Laura Ross.  Vlastnik will also join us, so tune in on on Thursday, December 9th at 3PM Eastern / Noon Pacific.  You can watch live (or anytime afterwards) at BillyMasters.com/TV or YouTube.com/BillyMastersTV.

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Obviously our first Billy’s Holiday Gift Giving Suggestion is The Art of Bob Mackie.  This luxurious book would make a perfect gift for anyone on your list.  And, let me point something out – last week we recommended a knit kit from Tom Daley.  Shortly after we linked to his Winter Warmer Hat, the item sold out.  Coincidence?

 

Smollett Trial Bombshells

Week one of the Jussie Smollett trial has revealed some juicy tidbits.  As expected, the Nigerian bodybuilding brothers were the most damaging witnesses.  They claim that Smollett came up with the plan – a plan they went along with to help out their “friend” (they also hoped he’d open some acting doors for them).  They claim Smollett wanted to be doused with gasoline, which they didn’t think was safe.  So they switched to bleach without his consent.  Jussie’s lawyer put their testimony in question by alleging that the brothers asked Jussie for $1 million each not to testify – an allegation the bodybuilders denied.  However, there was no getting around the fact that one of the brothers (Abimbola) accompanied Jussie to a gay bathhouse!  Abi claims he didn’t know it was gay – because there are so many straight bathhouses!  Smollett’s lawyer said, “You didn’t see the big rainbow flag?”  Olabinjo (the other brother) worked in gay bars in Boystown, and the two of them had marched in a Gay Pride parade dressed as the Trojan warrior and handed out condoms!  Their testimony was so damning, experts believe Jussie will have no choice but to testify next week.

Annies of Color

In a review of NBC’s Annie Live!, I read a term I’d never seen before – “Annies of color”.  Kinda like “Santas of color” – which also makes me cringe.  This review mentioned that the last two versions of Annie featured a black girl in the title role.  And I’m all for anyone wanting to play Annie – it’s one of my least favorite musicals, so what do I care?  But I have a question – if it’s OK to cast someone who doesn’t look like the iconic Annie from the comic strip, why, oh why, must Daddy Warbucks have a bald head?  Someone must have realized that Harry Connick Jr. looked like he stumbled out of an SNL skit!  And here’s another thing – if people feel Othello must be played by a black man, and Madama Butterfly must be played by an Asian woman, why doesn’t anyone feel that Annie must be played by a Caucasian girl?

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The Gift of Daley’s Balls

At this time every year, I share some products that I think would make great gifts for your special someone.  So, let’s kick off Billy’s Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions with one of my perennial favorites.  Each year, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS releases a collectible holiday ornament of a theatrical legend.  This year, you can deck your halls with Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.  A perfect addition to your collection – or a way to start a new tradition.  Order it at BroadwayCares.org.

When Tom Daley picked up knitting, I thought he might start a trend.  Since I’ve yet to see a gaggle of gorgeous gays knitting, I guess it hasn’t caught on.  But Tom’s taking matters into his own hands – an image I’m sure you’ve all seen on BillyMasters.comMade With Love by Tom Daley sells you kits for you to knit your own wares – if you have the time, talent, and tendency to partake in such a DIY project.  One of his most popular items is the Winter Warmer Hat Kit.  It includes your choice of yarn color, a manual, a pattern, and some optional knitting needles for upwards of $50.  While I’d surely opt to buy my own finished hat, Tom’s kit does come with the promise of 12 inches and 2 balls.  I’ve done far more for a whole lot less, so grab yours at ByTomDaley.com.

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When an Olympic diver is delivering two balls, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  Sounds like a gift that keeps on giving to me!  You can get more than a foot of fun at www.BillyMasters.com – the site that is celebrating Cyber Monday with a special sale all week long.  If you’re in need of some ho, ho, ho, drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before the next Sondheim revival I see comes with a choice of chicken or fish.  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Will Smith’s Work

Will Smith has been considering putting together a one-man show of his own, but hasn’t been able to find the perfect collaborator.  Then he got booked on The Graham Norton Show with Lin-Manuel Miranda.  On the air, he said, “This is probably a terrible thing to ask at this time, but I want to do a one-man show and I would love you to help me do it.  I have had it in my mind for years and I think you are the one of one in this business.”  Miranda, who was appearing via remote, simply said, “You heard it here first!”  And perhaps you’ve heard it here last.

Shortly after the Graham Norton show, one publication contacted two plastic surgeons to have them weigh in on what facial work Will Smith has had done (I have a dear friend who does the same thing regularly – sans medical degree).  Dr. Michael K. Obeng says “Will definitely looks a lot smoother”, which he attributes to either “a series of micro-needling”, a “CO2 laser”, or a “fat transfer to the face”.  I’d have guessed good lighting and special filters.  Dr. Obaid Chaudhry says, “Will Smith has a much fuller face”, which can be achieved “with fillers or fat transfers.”  Really?  My face looks fuller.  You wanna know my secret?  A pandemic and pounds of peppermint bark!

Caitlyn Holds a Grudge

Many C-List celebrities go on reality competition shows to remind people that they still have relevancy.  Of course, if they had actual relevancy, they wouldn’t need to remind us.  Be that as it may, Caitlyn Jenner is currently on Big Brother VIP Australia.  One evening, she regaled her housemates by recounting a fracas with Ellen DeGeneres.  This dates back to her coming out in 2015.  Cait was on Ellen’s daytime talk show and was asked about same-sex marriage – something Bruce had been against.  Caitlyn said, “I remember when the whole gay marriage issue came up – about 15 years ago – I kind of like tradition, and it’s always been a man and a woman, and I’m thinking ‘I don’t quite get it.’”  Cait continued, “But, as time has gone on, I think like a lot of people on this issue have really changed my thinking here to I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness… that’s not my job.  If that word marriage is really really that important to you, I can go with it.”  Ellen said it didn’t sound like Jenner was “on board with it”, which started a war of words in subsequent interviews.  Caitlyn says she considered asking everyone in her family to boycott going on DeGeneres’ show – as if a JennerKardashian would turn down publicity.  She says she decided to just get over it – which is clearly not the case since she’s still talking about it.

Side By Side By Sondheim

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Yes, the former Mrs. Andrew Lloyd Webber longs to do a show by Stephen Sondheim.

I first met Stephen Sondheim at a crowded event in NYC.  I knew it was going to be one of those brief encounters – we’d be introduced, he’d say hi and keep walking.  But that also meant I’d have 10 seconds to make an impression.  He said it was nice to meet me.  I said, “I just saw Dorothy Lamour in Side by Side by Sondheim.”  That stopped him dead in his tracks.  He looked intrigued.  “Really?  Where?”  “A dinner theatre in Anaheim.”  He smiled.  “How was it?”  I had the perfect retort: “How do you think?”  Sondheim let out a guffaw.  He still walked away, but I got a laugh – and getting a laugh out of Stephen Sondheim was good enough for me.  Rest in peace.

Naked Boys Not Singing

Our Ask Billy question comes from Tom in Orlando: “I just saw some very sexy nude photos of actor Chris Salvatore online.  Didn’t I read about him in your column?  Where would I know him from?”

You may have seen him in the Eating Out flicks.  Or, if you’re in Nevada, you may have seen every inch of him in the Las Vegas production of Naked Boys Singing (we have footage from the show on our website).  These latest shots come from a revealing B&W pictorial that highlights various portions of Salvatore’s anatomy.  While you can see a plethora of Chris’ wares on his OnlyFans page, we’ll show you the meat and potatoes on BillyMasters.com.

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When we’re sharing Salvatore’s cornucopia, it’s definitely time to end yet another column.  But before we wrap up our Thanksgiving leftovers, I want to give thanks to the people behind the scenes – our webmaster, editors, and legal counsel, to say nothing of my personal fluffers who ensure that each and every column is bursting with content.  You can find the fruits of our labor on www.BillyMasters.com – the site that has more fruit than a pitcher of sangria!  Should you have a question, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Matt Gaetz takes credit for helping Kyle get off!  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

Upcoming Holiday Flix

Gay will be everywhere throughout the holiday season.  Netflix’s first gay holiday flick is Single All the Way, which will star Michael Urie, Luke Macfarlane (also in the aforementioned Bros), Kathy Najimy and Jennifer Coolidge.  It debuts on December 2nd.

Should you be more interested in donning some gay apparel, The Bitch Who Stole Christmas features the largest group of RuPaul’s Drag Race alums to ever be assembled.  In addition to Ru (who is obviously the star), this flick includes Kimora Blac, Pandora Boxx, Heidi N. Closet, Laganja Estranja, Gottmik, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jan, Kylie Sonique Love, Manila Luzon, Ginger Minj, Jaymes Mansfield, Kelly Mantle, Morgan McMichaels, Chad Michaels, Mayhem Miller, Peppermint, Porkchop, Raven, Latrice Royale, and Rock M. Sakura.  In addition to the girls, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, and Michelle Visage will also appear…alongside Charo!!!  Look for VH1 to drop this inevitable holiday classic on December 2nd.

A Buncha Suits

Some stories linger in the ether like a noxious fumes.  Take Jussie Smollett.  You’ll recall that after it was alleged that he was complicit with those mega-hot Nigerian brothers in concocting assault claims, he was charged with felony disorderly conduct for making a false report to the police.  At one point, he had a deal to make the whole thing go away.  He simply had to repay the City of Chicago the $130K they spent investigating the incident.  He declined, the wheels of justice are turning, and a trial is looming.  Smollett moved to have the case dropped, but a new judge quashed that motion.  In perhaps an effort to rehabilitate his image, Jussie donated a carload of items to the Jenesse Center – an LA non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence.  He even enlisted the aid of his sister, Jurnee Smollett…talk about domestic violence!  The trial is slated to commence next week.

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The most surprising story of the week concerns Tina Turner suing an impersonator!  This immediately brought to mind another case – Joan Rivers v. Frank Marino.  In that suit, Rivers was upset because Marino was performing many of the same routines that Rivers was doing in her act.  This case is different because Tina retired from the stage in 2009!  And yet she’s still suing Dorothea “Coco” Fletcher.  We’re told that Turner’s team feels Fletcher looks a bit too much like the real thing – which is also strange because she’s 50 years younger!

There’s been a new development in the case between Anthony Rapp and Kevin Spacey.  Back in 2017, a reporter contacted Spacey’s publicists and lawyers tipping them off about “Rapp’s assertion that the defendant made a sexual advance on him in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old.”  This led to an intense e-mail thread between Spacey, his manager, his two lawyers, and his two publicists.  And therein lies the problem.  “None is a communication between the defendant and his lawyers without one or more of the manager and the PR people at least copied on the email.  Such communications are not lawyer-client communications made in confidence and/or generated for litigation,” says the judge.  Reminiscent of Hillary Clinton – Spacey needs to produce those e-mails or suffer the consequences.

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