>David Hyde Pierce, on coming out as a happily partnered man:
“It was very important to me never to pretend, never to hide. In 1985, my partner Brian and I were new in the business and were not comfortable letting people know that we were gay. We had separate apartments. We went about our business. We met this lovely married couple down in the grocery store below the apartment building where we all stayed. A month later, we finally had the courage to come out and let them know that in fact we were a couple. They said, ‘We knew when we saw you shopping.'”
Just further proof, as if we needed it, that coming out really is all right.
And that it does get better.
David Hyde Pierce and his partner, Brian Hargrove, have been together for over twenty-five years, but only recently were allowed to marry in that slim window of equality in California before Prop H8.
Tina Fey, accepting the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize–this bit was edited out of the program by PBS because, they say, the show simply ran long:
“And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women – except, of course –those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape ‘kit ‘n’ stuff.’ But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years – whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know – actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.”
Funny, she didn’t say anything that wasn’t true, and yet her remarks were clipped from the show.
Funny, she was being honored for her work as a comedian, yet her jokes were edited out.
Funny, I expected more from PBS.
David Hyde Pierce [again], on finally marrying his longtime partner:
“It wasn’t so much about being uncomfortable being gay, it was about being uncomfortable … Like the bully on the playground was pushing your face in the dirt saying, ‘Say it, say it, say it. “[Getting married], I felt transformed … We’d been together 26 years when we were legally allowed to get married in California. We went and did it, and we both agree it had a power, an importance to us in our lives that we can’t really put into words, but that is totally palpable and intrinsic to who we are.”
This is an argument I’ve had with my anti-marriage equality, um, for lack of a better word, friends.
They get why they married, and what it means to them, as a couple, as a union, but they don’t get why I might want the same thing.
Lt. Dan Choi, on the idea that President Obama suffers from silent homophobia:
“We have served our country valiantly, the defense of freedom and justice, now it is time for our leaders to do the same. After visiting Senator Harry Reid today, the majority leader, his staff telling us that the president is not engaged, at all, in the repeal of the most discriminatory law that bars soldiers from telling the truth. After all his rhetoric I think we must conclude that there is truth to the knowledge in homophobia of both sorts. There is a loud homophobia, those with platforms. And there is a silent homophobia of those who purport to be our friends and do nothing. Loud homophobia and silent homophobia have the same result, they must be combated and this is what we intend to do today.”
I feel, as I’ve said before, some ring of truth in what Choi says. Obama has done a lot for the LGBT community, with all his LGBT appointments and so on, but he is remarkably silent, at least until someone else speaks out, on issues important to our community.
It took him a while to talk about Pride celebrations, and only did so after Hillary Clinton spoke up; the same with the It Gets Better project; he was silent until Hillary spoke up.
Do I think, as Choi also said, that Obama is the worst president in regards to LGBT issues? Not by a long shot. I do, however, wish he’d speak up more, and become that fierce advocate he promised.
Meryl Streep, on Cher:
“We hung out and drank plum wine–eww–after work. Cher was really fun. I was smitten by her openness, both as an actress and as a person. It’s incredibly disarming–you’re a little worried for her, like: Are you sure you want to be telling me all this? Her lack of inhibition is part of what endeared her to the national audience on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour–that’s where I first saw her. Most people on TV had a little TV veneer back then, a performing gloss, but her gloss was not only her beauty but how easily she wore it and dismissed it, like ‘No big deal!’ For a showgirl there’s not a phony bone in her body.”
Oh man, how I would have loved to sit with these two, drinking plum wine and talking.
Cher, on Meryl Streep:
“She’s so good, and she makes me laugh hysterically. We are opposites: she takes everything so easily, and I am so stressed about everything….I think Meryl is doing it [aging] great. The stupid bitch is doing it better than all of us. But I don’t like it. It’s getting in my way. I have a job to do, and it’s making my job harder.”
Such polar opposites, in, seemingly, every way, and yet they’ve remained friends since appearing in Silkwood.
Just that fact makes me love them both more.
Max Adler, who plays Glee bully Dave Karovsky who gave Kurt Hummel his first kiss:
“I just got the script like any other script. I had no clue what was going on…I saw Ryan at the premiere, and he said, ‘We just wrote some really good stuff for you for episode six,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, cool. Some more slushies?’…And then I got the script, and I was reading that scene, and Kurt, he just doesn’t let up. He keeps on me and he keeps on me, and I thought, ‘I’m going to punch him in the face. This is getting serious.’ And then I turn the page, and it says: ‘Karovsky kisses Kurt.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ I jumped off the couch. I was as shocked as anybody else was. It was totally unexpected. [But] yeah, first time I’ve kissed a guy, and I’m glad it was Chris Colfer!”
Imagine getting that script, and seeing that you go from bully to closeted homosexual.
I hope they play his story out a bit more as the season moves on. I’ve always said that the biggest homophobes are closeted homosexuals.
Congressman John Shimkus, on global warming and how “god” will protect us:
“I believe that’s the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation. The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a Flood. I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.”
But, wingnut, is there are earthquakes and floods and tornadoes and hurricanes, and all sorts of natural disasters, wouldn’t global warming fall into that same category?
And, maybe god won’t destroy the Earth, but even a wingnut such as yourself, could see how mankind is destroying the planet.
Pat Sajak, on Keith Olbermann:
“I was the person who introduced Keith Olbermann to America … I’m not sure how he morphed into the bitter-sounding, hate-mongering name-caller he’s become, but I’m sorry he did. I do know that to whatever extent the political well has been poisoned, Keith has dumped more than his share of venom into the water. I’d like to think he knows that and maybe even regret it. I liked the Keith Olbermann of 1989.”
Oh Pat, keep selling vowels.
You cannot take responsibility for someone else. You are not that powerful, even though you seem to think quite highly of yourself.
And, interesting, that while you take, um, credit, for unleashing Olbermann, the show on which he appeared with you was cancelled in about ten minutes after it first appeared.
You think far too highly of yourself.
I’d like to solve the puzzle: Shut The F_ _k Up.
Keith Olbermann, on Pat Sajak’s criticism:
“Pat Sajak did not introduce me to America. I started on CNN the same year he started on ‘Wheel.’ I think if he needs to apologize for anything it needs to be that talk show. When he was canceled, he was replaced by a crime-and-skin series called ‘Silk Stalkings,’ for God’s sake.”
Pat Sajak Is A F_ _ ktard, Keith.
He just proves it time and again.