Thursday, March 27, 2014

SUPACENTA??

Australia is endearing in this way. Here's a street sign directing you to the "Supacenta" and if you didn't live here you'd think the supacenta is an important geological site or maybe a highway named for a Mayan chief. 

In fact it is a shopping mall, the Super Center, but spelled with the accent and all shoved together. It's cute, it's cringeworthy, honey it's hooked on phonics.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Panti's Impassioned Speech

How much do I love a drag queen named Panti Bliss. Or that Panti Bliss made an eloquent and totally accessible speech at the Abbey theatre about oppression that went viral and was even discussed in the Irish parliament. Or that said speech has now been remixed by the Pet Shop Boys!

So much of what she illustrates I've personally experienced and never thought about in such a nuanced way. Anecdotes about the nice lady at the neighborhood cafe, cringing at your flaming friend, checking yourself at the pedestrian crossing... take a look.



The backstory: Panti appeared on an Irish TV program that asked her if there was homophobia in Ireland. Her answer named a Catholic lobby group, which took offense and threatened the TV station. The station issued a formal apology and paid the Catholics out $100K. This scandal, known as #Pantigate led to this speech denouncing this "neat Orwellian trick" that makes homophobes the victims of homophobia.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Easy Living

Felt for all my friends in the northern hemisphere suffering through that wicked polar vortex, formerly known as winter (drama queens). It's been a gorgeous endless summer in Sydney!
Beach Boys at Bronte: Simon, Jesse, Steve and Jack
Taking a moment out of the mardi gras parade for some press!
At a PR event for Schick with co-worker Brodie. He's got the power gun. I'm riding that bull!
Boys day out... babysitting Noah and Leo!
Heather Numberone brings all the boys to her yard at the DNA stall at Fair Day.
5am performance at Mardi Gras after-party. Or maybe it's the midnight show? Who can say?!
Saw Dolly Parton in concert - from the nosebleeds! Who doesn't love Dolly?

I simply could not get enough of this luscious tranny at the MG party...
We were all meant to go hiking on this day. But it was way too nice out! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Yeah Well So.. The Oscars

Whoever thought we'd need to tell the gays to get a life? I'm late on this Oscars recap but seriously, to those queens screaming that miss apple pie Ellen made a "transphobic" joke because she told Liza she mistook her for an impersonator, pick your battles. This need to validate your proud victimhood is not going to make you any happier. More importantly, it is alienating your allies and playing the boy who cried wolf to your cause. Times were when the gays were doing all the offending, so let's try going back to transgressive, caustic and controversial instead of sounding exactly like those noxious idiots who claim Disney's Frozen is somehow trying to turn kids lesbian. 

Speaking of frozen, how about Kim Novak's face?


And the irony of her presenting the animation Oscar to Frozen? I mean, we know that Novak fell down a belltower or two in Vertigo, which will bang a girl up, but what was she thinking? It's spooky because the subtext of Vertigo's plot (man changes perfectly beautiful woman's appearance to turn her into his ideal blonde) is eerily exactly what the woman has done to herself. In fact, she should be busy reanimating Jimmy Stewart's rotting corpse for its sequel, Vertigo Strikes Back. I'm not without compassion for her, especially concerning the way women were treated in the studio era and this great blog post, Let's Talk About Kim Novak, paints a picture that includes Columbia's Harry Cohn and puts it all into perspective with a telling finish, "No wonder Novak, like Tippi Hedren, Doris Day and Brigitte Bardot, has long said she’d rather spend her time with animals."

How sweet and endearing and just full of grace were the speeches of Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o? Even though that 12 Years A Slave was like violence porn with a terribly pat conclusion and Dallas Buyers Club was a movie about the AIDS plague starring a homophobic straight dude - now I'm the one ready to cry victim! Of course I wasn't seething at all with envy as they won their awards and even more as they each thanked their brothers and call them their best friends. I share barely more than a name with my siblings, but they drew me in that lotto, too, so I guess the joke's on us all.

Loving Lupita's rainbow of awards season dresses... 

If it were even possible, I was loving Angelina Jolie even more than ever... seeing her talk about her mother as she received a humanitarian award, and then her coming out with Sidney Poitier to the theme song from The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg? I haven't experienced ecstasy like that since the '90s!

The best was John Travolta getting vertigo of the mouth and not mispronouncing Idina Menzel's name but assigning her a new one, Adele Dazeem. If he wasn't speaking through his sci-fi thetan god Xenu, clearly he was trying to quell gay rumours pretending not to know who Idina Menzel is. His flub has been great for her career, however, and now you can even Travoltify your own name online.

Jesse Archer travoltified is... Jae Allorn!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Gay Panic Radio

My radio show, Gay Panic, has moved to an hour on Friday nights in Sydney…  7-8pm on 2ser (107.3fm). We're getting a re-brand and logo options are below for voting. This week on the show we're chatting Mardi Gras Hangover with Matt Akersten of SameSame.com.au. Tune in!