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Justin Bieber vs Bette Midler…or the Divine Britt Midler; Oprah, Gayle, and Chick-Fil-A; More About PrEP

Justin Bieber vs Bette Midler…Or the Divine Britt Midler

I think these things are amusing, especially thanks to Twitter. I have to admit I don’t know too much about Justin Bieber, however, I should also admit I have no idea what so many people find entertaining about Bette Midler. I just don’t get the appeal.

Of course the gay presses…because they are gay presses…put a spin on this one and they’re making it look as if Bieber got slammed by Midler when it really was the other way around. After Beiber’s dad tweeted about his son’s penis size, as a joke, as sarcasm, Midler had to open her big mouth and add something serious about his dad’s parenting skills. Because, you know, only Bette Midler can do sarcasm. No one else can.

So, Bieber replied to Midler with this, and he was defending his dad:

“This Britt Meddler,” Bieber mused to Billboard. “I don’t even know who that is, honestly. I wanted to immediately say ‘Who is this lady?’, but then I’m just fueling this negativity. I do feel the photo was an invasion of my privacy. I felt super violated. My dad made light of it, but I don’t think that’s sick and twisted. It was funny. Dads are going to be dads.”

You can read the rest here. Of course Britt Midler responded. 

Say what you will about Bieber but he was defending his dad this time.

Oprah, Gayle, and Chick-Fil-A

This one is even more entertaining than the Beiber/Britt Midler article. Evidently, Oprah and her “best friend” Gayle are supporting Chick-Fil-A and the gay presses are wondering WTF is up with that. Actually, they’re going berserk.

But not everyone is pleased with the Oprah machine throwing its support behind such a vocally antigay company.

“Very disappointed you & the magazine support this awful company,” one person commented on the photo.

I thought better of you than this @gayleking,” another person said.

“How disappointing. A company like Chick Fil A should not be supported,” a third person added.

I have to admit that I’ve never once had Chick-Fil-A. We don’t have them in Bucks County, at least not anywhere near New Hope. I would imagine there are a few between New Hope and New York City I could check out, and one did just open in Manhattan, however, after hearing about how antigay they are I honestly never wanted to go out of my way to support them as a customer.

Evidently, Oprah and her “best friend” Gayle don’t agree.

Activists are calling for a boycott of O Magazine and I’m wondering who still reads magazines in the first place. 

You can check this out here.  

More About PrEP

I think the entire concept of PrEP is a good idea because it seems to be helping a lot of gay men. And that’s as far as I want to take it here. I know there’s controversy surrounding it, however, I hear more good things about it than bad. And I hear them on a one to one basis most of the time.

I’ve even incorporated PrEP into my next Rainbow Detective book because it fit so well into the story line with Blair and Proctor.

Here’s a piece about a guy who’s doing PrEP and he’s speaking very candidly about his life.

This guy on PrEP likes to party and he’s not gonna let you slut-shame him. Public Health Solutions has released a pro-PrEP ad and, well, see for yourself.

We’re all about getting the word out, but we can’t believe nobody caught the link between a young, hot gay guy saying he “likes to party” and the link to PnP (i.e. crystal meth) that’s so closely aligned with “partying.”

There’s a video that I think is worth watching if for no other reason than to learn more about PrEP.

I’m  also NOT a fan of slut-shaming…or any other kind of shaming online or in public.

 
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Justin Bieber’s Little Monkey; New Release; Gay Fiction: "Pledges"

I know this might sound trivial with all the news happening these days, but these monkey stories have been popping up all week and I figured why not post about Justin Bieber’s little monkey.

From what I’ve been able to gather in simple searches, Justin Bieber has a cute little monkey he calls Mally…but it’s created somewhat of a controversy. When he entered Germany about a month ago and they found out about his little monkey they took one look at it, shook their heads, and quarantined it. I’m not sure how the rest transpired, but it seems Bieber has learned to live without his little monkey and now he’s ready to give it up altogether.

Bieber’s manager is now looking for a good home for Bieber’s little monkey:

“Would you happen to have any recommendations for places that Mally would be safe and thrive?” he wrote.

It does sound as if Bieber and his manager are working hard to make sure Mally is placed somewhere safe.

“We are very concerned that Mally is safe and placed in the best possible residence,” Braun wrote in his recent email. But a spokesman for German customs said they still have not received official instructions from Bieber or his management.

I would imagine it’s not an easy thing for a guy to do, even if he is as famous as Bieber. After all, it’s not everyday a guy decides to give up his monkey for good. But I’m sure he realizes that he’ll be much better off without it, and that it’s really the best thing for Mally to be placed where it will receive all the love and care it needs.

You can read more here.

Gay Fiction: “Pledges”

I just received my contributor copies of a new anthology collection that is filled with erotic short stories about “Pledges.” It’s a book from Cleis Press, and it was edited by Shane Allison. My story is titled, “It’s Not Hazing, It’s Brotherhood.” I also noticed a few names of gay male authors that have published with www.ravenousromance.com  and www.loveyoudivine.com …Barry Lowe and Gregory Norris.

The photo above shows the two copies I received, and I had a good time writing this one. I often feel…now more than ever before…these books released by publishers like Cleis Press keep me grounded and focused on what gay fiction is, and what it’s always been about. It’s the reason why I just agreed to do something with German publisher, Bruno Gmunder again early this summer. I enjoy a lot of the changes happening in gay fiction, but I also think it’s important to retain the basic fundamentals of gay fiction…whether it be romance or mystery or anything related…because of the cultural aspects.

One of the goals I’ve always worked for as a gay person is to garner the same brand of respect other minorities have managed to garner so I’m not the brunt of stereotypes. If that means we all have to be a little more PC, so be it. I could elaborate on that for pages and still have room to write more.

In any event, here’s a link to purchase “Pledges,” and here’s the book description.

Wrestling at the frat house, toga parties, plenty of pledge paddlings, and initiations of the sexy kind will have every man on campus lined up to join the fraternity of beautiful men who know how to have fun, especially with each other! Shane Allison, recipient of the Gaybie Award for his fine fiction in College Boys returns to the campus for another set of page-turning, arousing adventures featuring hunky undergrads getting it on. Ryan Field shows us that pledge sex is the best sex in “It’s Not Hazing, It’s Brotherhood.” Hot, sweaty sex ensues between a pledge and his handsome professor in Heidi Champa’s “Caught Red Handed.” There’s some major heat to the seat action going on in Logan Zachary’s “Spank You, Sir, Could I Have Another?” The lines of gay and straight get blurred in Pepper Espinoza’s, “On Restriction.” Barry Lowe has got something for the most loyal of butt connoisseur in “Spin the Bottom.” Two young pledges are put through a series of seedy challenges in Eric Del Carlo’s “Pecking Order.” Gregory Norris amazes with “Heaven Week.” Michael Bracken proves that you have to “give” some head to get ahead in “What a Rush.”

Justin Bieber on Ann Frank; "Mr. Selfridge;" Review: Fangsters Clan of the Jersey Boys

Justin Bieber went to visit the Anne Frank house and he left a message in the guest book that has some in a kerfuffle and others claiming the message was innocent and reflective.

This is what Bieber actually wrote in the guest book:

 “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

The folks at The Anne Frank House said this:

“The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum. He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary.”

Those in a snit thought this:

That brief message drew many angry comments from people who said Mr. Bieber did not respect the sanctity of the house and was using Anne Frank to reflect on his own celebrity. ” Glad he went,” one commenter wrote on the Facebook post, “but, the last sentence is VERY self serving. he missed the lessons of Anne totally.”

The all knowing Perez Hilton pitched an online fit went into triple snit mode:

the Biebs either missed it entirely or just couldn’t be bothered to think outside the realm of himself for two minutes,

And Diana Reese of the Washington Post pulled out daggers and knives, put another stick up her ass, and took it a step beyond the actual comment and zoomed in on Bieber’s common usage of the word hopefully:

Of course, I found his grammar painful, but since the venerated AP Stylebook has accepted the use of hopefully for “it is hoped” at the beginning of a sentence, I’m alone in that agony.

You know, I have always believed that intent is one of the most important things in life. And I don’t think for a moment that Justin Bieber went to the Anne Frank House with bad intentions. But more important, whenever someone young who has the ability to influence so many other young people takes the time to actually do something positive like visit the Anne Frank house, I’m in his corner. And if Justin Bieber can inspire other young people to learn more about Anne Frank, he’s doing something right.

I’m also glad the Anne Frank House commented. They were actually there and they saw what transpired, unlike grammar cop Diana Reese and silly Perez Hilton.

For those who don’t know about the way Anne Frank suffered, and the way she herself influenced and changed the world, you can check it out here in digital format.

I’ve read Anne Frank more than once, and thanks to Justin Bieber I’ll be re-reading again very soon.

Mr. Selfridge on PBS

As a huge Edwardian Era fan, I started watching the new Masterpiece Theater show, “Mr. Selfridge,” and I’m as hooked on this one as I am with “Downton Abbey.” I’ve been a fan of the star of “Mr. Selfrdige,” Jeremy Piven, for years…since he was on the Ellen sitcom in the 90’s…and it’s fascinating to watch how he’s grown as an actor since that time.

If you are a fan of “Downton Abbey” and you haven’t checked out “Mr. Selfridge,” you can read more here at wiki. It’s based on the real life of businessman, Harry Gordon Selfridge, and among other things it seems to be focusing on the changes women faced during that period.

Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his London department store Selfridge & Co, produced by ITV Studios for ITV and PBS. It began airing on 6 January 2013 in the United Kingdom and March 31, 2013 in the United States.

Review for Fangsters: Clan of the Jersey Boys

I rarely solicit book reviews from anyone, much to the frustration of my publishers. I like getting them the hard way, unsolicited and from readers. I don’t usually mention my own reviews here on the blog either because I don’t like to rant about bad reviews or wallow in ecstasy over good reviews. But sometimes I get an unsolicited review that touches my heart as a writer (not an author) in ways I’m sure the reviewer didn’t anticipate. And that’s what happened when I read this review for Fangsters on the M/M Good Book Reviews web site this past weekend.

This was written about “Digger” a character who features prominently in Fangsters.

I will be honest in my dislike of Digger. He is the type of man who if you met him once, then you would go out of your way to avoid him. He was spoiled, self-centered and prone to violence at the slightest thing.

That’s exactly what I was going for with Digger, and I couldn’t ask for more as a writer than the comment above. Because I write a lot of romances and focus more on the hero character sometimes, I often feel as if I’m falling short when it comes to those really bad characters we all love to hate. I was actually worried that Digger wasn’t evil enough, and thanks to this review I can rest much easier now.

You can read the entire review here, at the M/M Good Book Review web site.