Rosie O’Donnell’s Depression Mocked; Ableist Language; Rapper Mykki Blanco on Straight Perspective; Keanu Reeves Gay Kiss Photo

Rosie O’Donnell’s Depression Mocked

There’s been an interesting discussion about people dealing with various mental illnesses over at this blog all week. It talks about “ableist language” and how people use words like “crazy” and “nuts” as pejoratives online without ever taking into consideration these words have power and they leave a strong impact on people with mental illnesses. To make this clearer, ableist language is the use of disability metaphors and I think this article gives a good simple explanation:

Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind: Paralyzed. Lame. Crippled. Schizophrenic. Diseased. Sick. Want to launch an insult? The words are seemingly endless: Deaf. Dumb. Blind. Idiot. Moron. Imbecile. Crazy. Insane. Retard. Lunatic. Psycho. Spaz.

Former The View co-host, Sherri Shepherd, recently did an interview and she was quoted mocking current The View co-host, Rosie O’Donnell with sarcastic comments about Rosie’s depression and it didn’t come off well at all. In fact, I think this could be the kind of thing that finally tips to scales in favor of NOT referring to people with mental illnesses this way in the future. And Shepherd should be called to task on this just like anyone else who crosses the lines of civility.

Shepherd kicked off her Rosie ribbing by lifting up her leg which O’Donnell did during her first show this season. O’Donnell returned to the show after quitting in 2007 after one stormy year. 

‘Here’s my foot, I’m Rosie O’Donnell!’ Shepherd joked. ‘I got sciatica in my back and I’m going through depression. … How many other ailments can I get? I got 12 more in the year that I’ll be on The View. There you go. ‘You wanna see my feet? There’s my feet. I’m Rosie O’Donnell.’

Shepherd, in this case, didn’t use ableist language, however, in mocking O’Donnell the implication is there and it’s as bad as mocking someone with cancer or HIV/AIDS. Maybe I take this too seriously because I come from a background with a mother and father who are retired therapists, but I think this sort of thing needs to stop. Words have meaning and power. And we all need to be made aware of it. The next time you feel like ranting that someone is “batshit crazy,” or whatever, please think twice about it. That’s the only way to change it. And if you see someone do this, call them out.  

You can read the rest about Rosie O’Donnell here.

Rapper Mykki Blanco Straight Perspective

Mykki Blanco, openly gay rapper, isn’t concerned with what straight people think of his music within the industry. And, most important, he’s not concerned with how they critique it.

 ‘A large part of my fan base is gay and those are my people,’ the California raised rapper and performance artist said. 

‘They’re the people I represent. I always want to reinforce to my fans that regardless of any issue with homosexuality that people want to debate about, it’s about owning your sexuality and not allowing the heterosexual world to think they can critique it — no one is critiquing heterosexuality. 

‘Don’t allow society to put who you are into this petri dish like it’s a topic for discussion. 

 ‘That’s why I say, ‘‘A straight man’s respect doesn’t mean shit to me,’’ because so many people will condescendingly say to me, ‘‘Oh you really are a good rapper.’’ What they’re really trying to say is, ‘‘you’re a really good rapper for being gay’’.’

I personally find this interesting because I see straight people critiquing gay fiction and mm romance almost every single day of the week. And they do this as if they are the all time experts. I’m not talking about straight people writing gay fiction. I’m talking about the way straight people critique gay fiction. I agree with Blanco. Don’t tell me how to be gay and I won’t tell you how to be straight. Fair and simple.

You can read the rest here. I’m glad someone’s finally speaking up about this. I think we’re all reaching the point, in music and in books, where enough is finally enough.

Keanu Reeves Gay Kiss Photo

I don’t know about anyone else, but the first time I saw a Keanu Reeves movie my heart stopped and I became his fan for life. As far as I know, he’s never said or done anything stupid in public, which is a novelty these days. There’s just something about that man and they way he speaks, acts, and moves. It’s the whole package..the whole man. And as he grows older he’s getting even better.

Evidently, I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Keanu Reeves is one of those actors that you don’t think about for a few years, and then suddenly he’s back with another hit and you wonder where he’s been your whole life. Now with a solid 30 years in show biz under his belt, he really has quite the career to show for himself.

I don’t think Reeves has ever done any full frontal nudity in film, however, they’ve put together a list of photos of him here. It’s worth checking out, especially the Wolfboy photos and the gay kiss.

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Kevin Bacon Full Frontal Nudity; Alleged Philly Gay Bashers Court Date; Whoopi and Rosie Fight: The View

Kevin Bacon Full Frontal Nudity

I somehow missed this list of 8 male actors who did full frontal nudity. It was published last June, and Kevin Bacon is on the list for his full frontal nude scenes in a couple of films. I may have posted about him previously, but I know I haven’t posted this list of 8. It gets frustrating sometimes because there’s such a double standard with male full frontal nudity.

It all started with the 1998 erotic mystery thriller Wild Things. In a scene toward the end of the movie, Kevin walks out of a shower with his “bacon” in full view. It was no fleeting glance of flesh either–the audience gets a good look. He said of the scene, “We never in a million years said, ‘Okay, we’ve got to put a nude scene in,’ but once it was in, I said, ‘F**k, leave it in, it’s great.’” After that, he’s shown his junk in other movies, including Hollow Man.

I’ve seen that first one mentioned. I think we’re all glad he left that scene in. And, on a broader note, it was artistically correct, too. It worked with the scene.

You can read the rest here. There are seven others you may or may not be aware of who did full frontal nudity.

Here’s a link where you can see a clip of the scene. You’ll have to change the filter to view it, but that’s simple enough with one click. Once you get there you’ll also be directed to full frontal nude clips of others. I think this is SFW. It’s not a porn site, but don’t quote me on that.

Alleged Philly Gay Bashers Court Date

A judge ruled the three alleged gay bashers from Bucks County, PA, who attacked two gay men in Philadelphia, will go to court Dec. 16th. It’s only a preliminary hearing where a judge rules on whether or not this goes to trial.

The defendants – Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 – were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.
But attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers.
I hesitate to comment on things like this until final rulings are handed down. I’ve seen too many people jump the gun, so to speak, and it’s not something of which I want to be guilty.
Whoopi and Rosie Fight: The View
Was there ever any doubt this would happen?
No one could be certain it would be with Whoopi, but it was inevitable that Rosie would start something with someone sooner rather than later.
When the show went to a commercial break, O’Donnell, speaking into a microphone in front of the audience, told Goldberg that she had hurt her feelings, that she didn’t appreciate it and that she was ‘very upset by it.’
Goldberg, not speaking into a microphone, replied: ‘This isn’t the time for this, Rosie.’
O’Donnell did not let it go saying in front of a stunned audience: ‘Well I just don’t appreciate you saying that you were going to do something and not doing it. It makes me upset and I just don’t want to have to go through this.’
Goldberg was clearly annoyed at this point and snapped: ‘I said this is not the time Rosie.’
O’Donnell continued to complain until Goldberg had had enough and lost her temper.
‘Fuck it, I told you to leave it alone and you just don’t want to listen,’ she told O’Donnell. ‘If you want to go there Rosie, I will dammit. I’m really sick of your shit!’
Let’s put it this way, I have many women friends. But one lesbian friend, for some reason, could start a shitstorm over absolutely nothing with the most humble, decent human on earth. She can’t help herself; it’s just who she is. She’s gone through friendship after friendship over the years, with men and women, and the only reason I’ve remained friends this long is simple: I let her have the last word, I let her get the last line in an e-mail, and I yes her to death just to shut her up. I always figure why bother arguing? Life’s too short. But most people do exactly what Whoopi did to Rosie.
You can read more here. I’m sure the fun is just beginning. Who else will Rosie piss off next? Like it won’t happen again and again and again.
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So Rosie O’Donnell is Afraid of Little People

I had a completely different post in mind for today, but this piece about Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler popped up this morning and I changed my mind.

In this article, it states that O’Donnell and Handler have offended little people. O’Donnell said this:

“I’m a little ashamed about it [but] I have a mild fear or anxiety around little people,” O’Donnell confessed before asking Handler point blank: “Would you ever do a little person?”

Okay. I’m sorry. But I had a WTF moment after reading that the first time. Who says things like this? And on national television? Just imagine switching the subject from little people to any other minority and see how awful it sounds.

Handler went on to say this:

“I love little people,” she said. “I want to tackle them. I see them and I want to hold myself down. I bite Chuy [Bravo] sometimes. … He’s so cute and that’s my ultimate body. If you’re going to have a little person, I want that shape, the corpulence.”

If you watch the clip, you’ll see it was a really bad interview. I actually felt sorry for Handler this time. Again, take this subject and switch it to any other minority and see what you get.

Little People of America have responded with this:

Spokeswoman Leah Smith says both viewpoints are equally offensive, but in different ways, so the group has taken the steps of sending separate open letters to Handler and O’Donnell to make their concerns known.

“We decided to separate the two because they are both equally offensive, but separate,” Smith told HuffPost Weird News. “Handler used a lot of ‘pity rhetoric’ when discussing Chuy, saying he couldn’t get a job if not for her.

“For the record, we’re not in need of ‘getting saved.’ We are capable of being successful in any job.”

Leah Smith also states that their organization, Little People of America, isn’t going to make a huge thing out of this. They aren’t going to ask for a boycott of the entertainers. They sent the letters and they are more than willing to sit down and discuss that matter with O’Donnell and Handler.

What I find interesting is that it seems the only way for O’Donnell to get attention these days is to do or say something that sparks controversy. Given her stand on LGTB issues, I would like to believe O’Donnell would know better when it comes to insulting any minority group. So I’m not quite certain why she would even bring up something like this. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.