While the Boy Scouts of America is taking its time deciding whether to join modern society and accept gay members, a few music stars immediately decided not to participate in the organization’s National Scout Jamboree this summer when made aware of the exclusionary practices (which have been in place for more than 100 years). Train and Carly Rae Jepsen were to play, but each bailed because of the Scouts’ gay issues. Replacements have yet to be announced (maybe some Jamaican Dancehall artists … or Michelle Shocked?), but organizers can rule out Madonna, who dressed as a Cub Scout at the recent GLAAD Media Awards and eloquently stated, “I think they should change their stupid rules.”
One of my favorite winter sports is reading the annual FCC complaints about the Super Bowl halftime show.
As one would imagine,
this year’s complaints (published by Deadspin) were especially
hysterical, thanks to Beyonce’s S&M gear. Highlights from the
released complaints: “She basically humped the air, simulating sex for
13 minutes. Completely inappropriate as family entertainment” (12
minutes? Totally fine); “There is NO REASON whatsoever for pelvic thrust
dancing on national television” (surprisingly not a leftover
complaint from Elvis’ TV appearances in the ’50s); and “that raunchy
beyonce girating her vagina in front of the cameras and that is
entertainment (sic)” (not sure if it that’s a question or a supportive —
if incompetently constructed — statement).
Perhaps the Super Bowl halftime show should shoot performers only from the waist up?
The Wayning of TMZ’s Cred?
On March 15, fans of Lil Wayne were shocked by a TMZ story
that said the superstar had suffered another one of his mysterious
seizures and was near death in an L.A. hospital. But soon it appeared
that the site’s tales — of Weezy being in a coma, overdosing on sizzurp
and having “last rites” readied (the latter was removed from the original report) — were bullshit. Despite the insistence
of Wayne’s peeps that, while he did go to the hospital after a seizure,
he was not trading rhymes with the Grim Reaper, TMZ has stood behind its
original story and continues to run updates referencing the MC’s dire
condition. TMZ will unlikely suffer too much backlash, distracting the
world with wall-to-wall “Lindsay Lohan might go to jail!” coverage.
Again. (As you may have heard, she didn't go to jail.)