President Obama

GQ’s 25 Least Influential List; James Franco Parody with Seth Rogen

GQ’s 25 Least Influential List

Other than wondering about who reads GQ Magazine anymore, or any print magazine for that matter, I couldn’t help notice that GQ Magazine’s list of the 25 least influential people is interesting. (If you still read print magazines please don’t comment with vitriol. I think it’s wonderful that you do, but print magazines like newspapers are dwindling fast and it’s not my fault.)

First, the most annoying thing is that I can’t actually get a comprehensive list of the 25 least influential because it’s one of those annoying web sites where you have to click from page to page twenty five times. Ugh!

In any event, some of the names on the list are surprising, some not.

While magazines across the country offer readers their pick of the world’s “most influential people,” this year, GQ magazine is bringing you the “The 25 Least Influential People Alive” — and on the list are MSNBC host Ed Schultz, and, of all people, President Barack Obama. This is the same magazine that oddly, named Obama “Leader of the Year” in 2009 and “Man of the Year” in 2008 while calling Sarah Palin “dangerous” and “poisonous.”

If you care about GQ’s list, you can read more here. And here’s a link to GQ’s actual web site where if you have the time in your life you can click through 25 long, slow pages and sift through ads you don’t care about.

Sorry for the snark here. But besides putting President Obama on the list and saying, “nothing gets done,” they also added Miley Cyrus for “licking sledge hammers.” I thought it might be parody at first, but it seems real. Unfortunately, GQ didn’t list themselves for the exploitation of men over the years, promoting fake unrealistic male images, and for being about as relevant as the typewriter in the year 2013.

James Franco Parody with Seth Rogen

Now this, I thought, was funny. When I saw it on social media in several places this afternoon I wanted to share just so I could have it up on the blog and link back to it again in the future. It’s a video of James Franco and Seth Rogen making out on a motorcycle.

Today, Seth Rogen released a shot-for-shot remake of Kanye West’s now-infamous, Lisa Frank-inspired “Bound 2” music video featuring Kim Kardashian.

According to his Facebook status, Rogen and James Franco made the video “during down time on the set of #TheInterview.” It looks like they had a lot of free time on their hands:

You can check it out here. Is it just me or is Rogen extremely attractive in this?

Changing the World: President Obama Supports Gay Marriage


I rarely post two things like this in a row, especially politically oriented. But today the President made history once again, and with the kind of magnitude we don’t see often in our lifetimes. I think it’s important to make that clear. Because what Obama did today could almost be related to what it’s like to come out of the closet. By openly supporting gay marriage, there’s no turning back now. Once it’s out there, it’s there for good. For a politician to do this in an election year truly does go beyond everything I ever expected from him. I know how politics works, which often makes me extremely cynical.

This morning when I heard that North Carolina had voted to ban same sex marriage, I felt a combination of emotions. The overall feeling was complete dismissal. It just meant another hurdle. But when I heard what the President did this afternoon, I have to say that even I had to stop and think about the magnitude of the entire situation. Up until now, no one with that kind of power, who has so much riding on an important election, has ever had that kind of courage. And whether you agree with it or not, whether you support him or not, it truly is the kind of thing that makes history and changes the world.

Here’s a link to a piece with a video of an interview Obama did this afternoon.

And this is an e-mail I received from the Freedom to Marry Campaign I’ve been posting about for a few years now.

Ryan,

Today, President Obama added his voice to the growing chorus of Americans who believe that all couples should share equally in the freedom to marry. He now becomes the first sitting President to join the majority of Americans whose hearts have opened and minds have changed in favor of the freedom to marry.

Like so many others who have made this journey – from Bill Clinton to Laura Bush, most recently Vice President Biden, and a majority of the American people – President Obama has come to know loving and committed gay couples. Through thought and conversation about these families and their dreams and challenges, President Obama has reflected on his own values of fairness and respect for others, and completed his journey to support for the freedom to marry.

Whether signing our “I Do” petitions, joining us in on-the-ground battles, or having your own conversations with people you persuade, you’ve been part of Freedom to Marry’s campaign as we have led this work nationwide. On this historic day, please make a contribution so together we can build on this powerful momentum:

http://freedomtomarry.org/Momentum

At Freedom to Marry we know–as the President and Vice President have just described–that it’s the power of our conversations about why marriage matters that changes hearts and minds. Through our hard work, determination and persuasive conversations, we have won the freedom to marry in six states and the District of Columbia, with states like California, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, and others on the horizon – if we do our work with urgency and persuasion.

The President’s announcement of support today marks a historic turning point for our freedom to marry movement.

Yet there is much left to be done. Forty-four states continue to exclude same-sex couples from marriage and because of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the civil marriages of thousands of same-sex couples are not respected by the federal government, thus depriving families of a crucial safety-net of federal protections and responsibilities.

As we roll up our sleeves to do the work necessary to win the freedom to marry once and for all, make a donation to Freedom to Marry to help us redouble our efforts, and get the job done:

http://freedomtomarry.org/Momentum

Thanks for all you do,

Evan Wolfson,
Founder and President, Freedom to Marry

I Wish the President Would Just Shut Donald Trump Up Once and for All

Everyone knows I don’t post anything about politics. This is mainly because I don’t like politics and don’t care much about it.

But I do care about all issues concerning the LGBT community, and legalized gay marriage is right up there in the top ten for me. So far, President Obama has shown more support than anyone in Washington for the LGBT community. He has a way to go yet, but at least he’s trying.

It’s no secret I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, as you can read here in a past blog post I wrote. I also wrote another post here. I was hoping the LGBT community would boycott this year’s celebrity apprentice. However, I did see a few fellow LGBT friends on facebook (gay authors, no less) talking about how much they love Celebrity Apprentice this season. So much for that boycott. And Trump wins again.

However, I do wish President Obama would shut Trump up once and for all with regard to this birth certificate thing Trump has been harping on for so long now.

All the President has to do is just show the birth certificate and it’s all over. We all know the President has a birth certificate because anyone running for President in this country is vetted beyond belief. So I’m not worried about that.

But this Donald Trump thing is getting annoying as well as insulting. I thought it was bad when Trump insulted the LGBT community as a whole, but now he’s going after the President, too. And I’m hoping President Obama will just mail Trump a copy of the damn birth certificate and Trump can go back to hating gays and running his gambling parlors (I despise legalized gambling in all forms), which he seems to do very well.

Has President Obama Ever Heard of Legal Power of Attorney?

I normally don’t write about politics on this blog, and I’m not a very political person. I typically lean to the left, but not too far (smile). But this just hit too close to home and I had to blog about it. Recently, President Obama issued a statement saying that he wants hospital visitation rights granted to gays and lesbians. He told The Department of Health and Human Services that he wants them to establish a rule that says gays and lesbians cannot be denied visitation rights. Here’s the link. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/15/obama-orders-hospital-visitation-rights-for-gays-lesbians/?fbid=WlHBaxXf5Pl

And while this is all well and good, let’s get real here, Mr. President. As an openly gay man I already have legal power of attorney for several friends who don’t want their families involved. As most who read this blog know, I’ve been helping out a friend with HIV/AIDS get his disability insurance reinstated (post to come about this). I’ve even used my legal power of attorney during times of crisis in hospitals and there was no way they could deny me visitation rights…or any other rights…thanks to my legal power of attorney papers. Getting legal power of attorney isn’t expensive and it isn’t difficult. You get the papers, have them signed by witnesses, and then have them notarized. Any gay couple who doesn’t have these papers needs to know how important they are. And it’s not just about visitation rights either. Though visitation rights are important, it’s more about being in control and making important decisions when families step in and try to take over. This hospital visitation rule doesn’t look like it’s going to do anything more than allow gays and lesbians to enter the hospital and visit. They still won’t have the rights married couples have with their spouses as next of kin unless they have legal power of attorney.

So here’s the deal, President Obama. We need legalized gay marriage in this country, and we need the same equal rights everyone else has. And throwing us a bone about hospital visitation rights, when most of us already have legal power of attorney, just falls under the category of insult. We supported you during your election, with a campaign that was based on hope and promise and well executed political speeches. Even though you didn’t have half the experience other democratic candidates had, we gave you millions of dollars to get elected, and we’ve been supporting you ever since, from healthcare to the war in Iraq. Now it’s time for you to give us a little support, stop playing politics, and stop insulting us with matters we’ve already learned how to take care of on our own.