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The Cheney Sisters!! Joan Rivers Fights Back

The Cheney Sisters!!

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Former Vice-President Dick Cheney’s daughters, Liz and Mary Cheney, are at odds over gay marriage. Mary Cheney is a lesbian and she’s married to Heather Poe (in the article I’m linking to they refer to Poe as Cheney’s “partner,” not wife…must have been written in a state where marriage isn’t legal yet) and Liz Cheney is running for office in Wyoming and she made a statement recently stating she’s for the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman.

Vice-President Cheney issued this statement:

“This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public,” the statement reads, according to NBC. “Since it has, one thing should be clear. Liz has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage. She has also always treated her sister and her sister’s family with love and respect, exactly as she should have done. Compassion is called for, even when there is a disagreement about such a fundamental matter and Liz’s many kindnesses shouldn’t be used to distort her position.”

The Vice-President does support gay marriage in states where it’s legal.

Evidently, Liz Cheney doesn’t and she’s going to not only go down on the wrong side of history she’s going to be remembered as the woman who stabbed her own gay sister in the back to get a vote.

You can read more here. It’s actually one of the saddest things I’ve read in a long time.


Joan Rivers Fights Back

When I saw this I wanted to post about it, and not because of the actual content, but more from a social media POV. I’ve started to see a lot of high profile people slam each other on social media, as if this is their new voice…and vehicle…to say and do whatever they want. In this case, Jennifer Lawrence decided to slam Joan Rivers and Rivers’ TV show, Fashion Police, because Lawrence, thin as a rail, thinks FP is promoting the wrong body image for women. Rivers fought back this time.

Lawrence said:

‘The world has this idea that if you don’t look like an airbrushed perfect model. You have to see past it. You look how you look, you have to be comfortable,’ she said during the Q&A.

‘What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.’

Rivers took to Twitter:

Calling out the Hunger Games star, the 80-year-old nastily spat: ‘It’s funny how Jennifer Lawrence loved @E_FashionPolice during Awards Season when we were complimenting her every single week…

You can read more tweets from Rivers here. But I think it’s interesting that the article states Rivers “spat,” and Lawrence “shared her refreshingly candid views.” Now if that’s not biased I don’t know what is.

And I didn’t notice Lawrence looking a pound overweight. I could get a grasp on this coming from Gabourey Sidibe, and even feel the need to support her. But coming from privileged Lawrence it loses luster, so to speak.

You know, I happen to agree with the First Lady, Michelle Obama, on this topic. We should be conscious of everything we eat, and not for vanity reasons or body image. We should be eating for health and if looking good and being thin is a side effect of that I don’t see how being hungry can hurt. We have a serious issue with weight and medical issues in the US, and as people get older these issues due to weight only get worse. But Lawrence only seems concerned with body image. But more important, Lawrence mentions women only with regard to body image, as if this doesn’t even affect men. Has anyone else seen all the ads for ripped bodies and washboard abs? They hock men with unrealistic photos and images that most likely aren’t even real. Maybe I’m the only one. Maybe this is just a woman’s issue. (That’s sarcasm)

But back to my original point. Last week I saw a male C-list celebrity slam Miley Cyrus for the way she dresses and the way she acts, on facebook. I doubt Cyrus saw this because this guy isn’t important enough to make big news, however, if she had seen it she would have been justified in fighting back. In other words, now in the age of social media when people are so free to throw the first proverbial punch online they need to be prepared for what they might get in retaliation. I personally learned that lesson a long time ago on a smaller scale in the writing community and I’ve had things happen to me where I would react in a totally different way now. 

50 Shades of Gay: Beekman Boys on Amazing Race; Drag Queen Barbie…

I often talk about the stereotypes and how the mainsream media seems to always focus on certain aspects of the gay community and misses other aspects completely.

But the fact remains that the gay community is filled with diversity on all levels. And some of the stereotypes that are put out in the mainstream are true and they shouldn’t be diminished either. So while I do wish that we saw more shades of gay, so to speak, in the mainstream, I also think it’s important to celebrate some of the stereotypes as well.

Beekman Boys On Amazing Race This Fall:

FABULOUS + AMAZING = FABUMAZING!

The Fabulous Beekman Boys will be competing on this fall’s season of The Amazing Race on CBS.

This information came from an e-mail announcement and there’s no link. But I think that’s about as bad as it gets with regard to stereotypes. Fabumazing? In any event, I enjoy what the Josh and Brent do. And we all know, “Farmin Ain’t Easy.”

Drag Queen Barbie:

Styled with glamorous Marilyn makeup in a barely-there, platinum mini-dress—the showstopper part of which is a bejeweled, corseted bodice—and draped with a floor-length white fur, the Blond Diamond Barbie is designed by New York City fashion duo the Blonds. BarbieCollector.com, which sells the doll, calls it “pretty, provocative, and magical.” A slew of major media outlets—among them TIME, ABC News, Entertainment Weekly—and countless smaller blogs call it “Drag Queen Barbie.” That title is not exactly accurate, but the doll is progressive—albeit controversial.

You can read more about drag queen Barbie here. Again, another stereotype that is a big part of the gay community and always has been.

Mary Cheney, Vice-President Dick Cheney’s Daughter:

When you think of a gay marriage, you probably imagine a lot of things. However, one thing we‘re almost certain you don’t expect is for Dick Cheney to be in attendance as the father of the bride. Or, in this case, one of two brides. Yet just recently, he has been just that.

You can read more here. And, this is about as far from the stereotype as it gets. Republican Veep, Dick Cheney, has a gay daughter? And she got married? What on earth could possibly happen next?

This Is a Huge Part of Gay America:

Notice how I left it blank. That’s because there are still millions of gay men and women who still aren’t “out” because they can’t come out. They fear losing their jobs, they fear losing their families, and they fear being shunned from their religions. In fact, I would go as far as saying they make up the majority of the gay community and don’t even know it.