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Dec 09 2016

Madonna Shows Up To Collect BILLBOARD Woman Of The Year Award, Gives Amazing, Deeply Personal Speech About Feminism

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Madonna was given a Woman of the Year by Billboard Magazine, immediately following a souful rendition of “Like a Prayer” by Labrinth and a gospel choir. She liked the performance.

“I always feel better with something hard between my legs,” she Mae Wested while straddling a mic.

She went on to deliver a powerful speech that kicked off with some feminism:

I stand before you as a doormat — oh, I mean a female entertainer... Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career Billboard 2016 for 34 years in the face of blatant misogyny, sexism, constant bullying and relentless abuse. When I started, there was no Internet, so people had to say it to my face.

She name-checked the LGBTQ community early on in her speech:

There were very few people I had to “clap back at” because life was simpler there. People were just dying of AIDS everywhere, Manhattan was under the siege of a plague and it wasn't safe to be gay — it wasn't cool to be associated with the gay community.

She got deep discussing her formative years in NYC, which began in 1979:

In the first year, I was robbed at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop with a knife digging into my throat and I had my apartment broken into so many times I just stopped locking the door. In the years to follow, I lost almost every friend I had, to AIDS or drugs or gunshot. As you can imagine, all these unexpected events not only helped me become the daring woman that stands before you, but it also reminded me that I am vulnerable, and in life, there is no real safety except self-belief. And an understanding that I am not the owner of my talents — I'm not the owner of anything. Everything I have is a gift from God. And even the shitty, fucked-up things that happened to me, that still happen to me, are also gifts, to teach me lessons and make me stronger no matter how much I cry about it, I'm alone, no matter how much I ranta bout the unfairness of it all, I'll take any friend that'll listen.

She went on to say that she doesn't care about awards, but still wanted to use the moment to speak about being a woman, and a woman in the recording business.

She generously listed as influences Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Aretha Franklin and especially her “muse” David Bowie, who she says made her think there were no rules.

But I was wrong. There are no rules ... if you're a boy. If you're a girl, you have to play the game . What is that game? You are allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy, but don't act too smart, don't have an opinion, don't have an opinion that is out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don't own your sluttiness and do not, I repeat, do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men what you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age, because to age is a sin. You will be criticized, you will be vilified and you will definitely not be played on the radio.

Madonna remembered posing nude for art students, saying she recalls the media expecting her to be ashamed when the pics came out in 1985, saying people probably left her alone because she was “taken off the market” by Sean Penn. She also recalled being called a whore, a witch and like Satan during her Sex era even while Prince got to run around in provocative gear. She said this was when she fully got it that women and men were not the same in our society, period.

After the Sex backlash — about which she cried today — she felt like “the most hated person in the world,” feeling paralyzed. She also settled the score with Camille Paglia for dogging her (noyce!) and declared herself a “bad feminist,” in a good way.

Her memory of that American Bandstand moment when she declared she wanted to rule the world was that she never planned to say that, but that her ego later understood:

...if you ask the universe for a lot, you're gonna get a lot — it just won't always be pleasant. So once you embrace and accept this universal law, you just might survive not only the entertainment business, not only the music business, but you must might survive this crazy thing called life ... People say that I'm so controversial, but I think the most controversial thing that I have ever done is to stick around.

She listed such famous departees as Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Prince, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse (wrong era, but okay), David Bowie in declaring herself “still standing.”

Toward the end, she seemed to reference Donald Trump by stating:

Women have been so oppressed for so long they believe what men say about them, and they believe they have to back a man to get the job done. And there are some very good men worth backing, but not because they're men, because they're worthy.

She showed up to collect her award in a custom Gucci pantsuit, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Kirk Douglas Turns 100

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567e66822f5d6__douglas-kirk-champion-01Kirk Douglas in his 1949 film Champion, for which he received an Oscar nomination (Image via United Artists)

Today, Oscar-winning actor Kirk Douglas — one of the very few A-listers left from Hollywood's Golden Age — turns 100 years old.

I believe this is the first time in history that not one but two bona fide movie stars have been centenarians at the same time, following Olivia de Havilland turning 100 earlier this year.

What's more, Zsa Zsa Gabor — a lesser figure than either Olivia or Kirk to be sure, yet very much a household name — will become a third big-name figure to hit 100 if she survives until her February birthday; she's been in ill health for years.

In the past, the only actors of their caliber I can think of who made it to 100 were George Burns (1896-1996) and Bob Hope (1903-2004), who made it to 100 (and no further) several years apart.

Luise Rainer lived to the ripe old age of 104, dying in 2014, but while she was a two-time Oscar winner, I'm not sure it could be argued she was as much of a pop cultural sensation as any of the other names listed.

Tumblr_m9woq77qpK1qedb29o1_500As Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956), for which Douglas won the Oscar (GIF via MGM)

Here is a handy list of entertainment figures who have lived to 100 and beyond.

Here is my list of every (?) actor I could think of who is 80+.

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6-PACK — Dropping The Mike + Trump Will Produce TV While Juggling POTUS Job Part-Time + Trump Seeks Billionaires For Cabinet + Hillary Hits Fake News + Start Manspreadin' The News + Boyfriend Twins!

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WIDGETMike Hot-Pence (brilliant), a gay dude who resembles VP Pence, gathers $$$ for liberal causes.

WIDGETIncredibly, Trump will remain a producer on The Celebrity Apprentice while also juggling POTUS duties. Still skipping security briefings, too.

WIDGETTrump's Cabinet requirement: “I want people that [sic] made a fortune.”

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WIDGETHillary Clinton urges Congress to act on the fake-news scourge.

WIDGETTennis star's massive manspread!

WIDGETThe Gaily Grind re-visits the Tumblr Boyfriend Twins.

Tumblr_od9cx6MTnw1txg5sso1_500(Image via Boyfriend Twins)

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Tonight's The Night: Madonna On Showtime

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Madonna's (amazing) Rebel Heart Tour will be broadcast on Showtime tonight, ready or not.

Keep reading for the full, lavish, colorful trailer ...

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Dec 08 2016

THE BRADY BUNCH's Susan Olsen Uses Anti-Gay Slurs When She's Mad — UPDATE: She Lost Her Job Over It

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UPDATE: Susan seems to have lost her job over her hate speech.

I had not a clue that Susan Olsen of The Brady Bunch fame — cute li'l Cindy — was a Trump-supporting, Hillary-hating, Islamophobic spewer of right-wing bilge. That bothers me. But oh, well, it's a free country.

Still, when this person is also pretending to be a friend to the LGBTQ community and speaking very differently in private, that's some bullshit that needs to be exposed.

Leon Acord-Whiting (he of Old Dogs & New Tricks) criticized Olsen, an L.A. Talk Radio co-host, for spreading misinformation. Olsen did not take kindly to it, sending him this message, which he posted publicly:

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One of her gay friends defends her in the nasty thread, saying he knows what's in her heart, as if that means it's okay for her to slur people privately and (1) not apologize, (2) double down by making threats. See, because she has a friend who's gay and she's nice to him and hasn't called him a faggot, that means she can't possibly be what she, in fact, is.

Always so depressing to find out someone who you admire as an actor or, in this case, who was a small part of something you enjoyed is a POS.

She clearly never learned class from Florence Henderson and Robert Reed.

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6-PACK — Packed Poser + Living For This HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Scene-Stealer + RIP John Glenn + Kaine Savages Flynn + Britney's Beefy Office Party + Zac Efron Is Insanely Ripped!

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WIDGETFrench model Laurent Marchand is naked and packing enough for two. (Work Unfriendly)

Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 4.50.23 PMDarren who?! (Video still via NBC)

WIDGETBEST attention-puller since Brendan Johnson, from Hairspray Live! last night. (The ratings, BTW, sucked. WTF?)

WIDGETWar hero, space pioneer and former Democratic Sen. John Glenn is dead @ 95.Watch this now:

WIDGETSen. Tim Kaine tears into Mike Flynn on fake news.

WIDGETABOVE: Derrick Barry gives Britney Spears the office Xmas party treatment, including beefcake:

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WIDGETBELOW: Zac Efron is like Ryan Lochte on steroids in new, long, funny, slutty Baywatch trailer ...

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Tonight's Bottom Story: Max Emerson For Pure

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Max Emerson, Alaska Thunderfuck and Katya demonstrate what can happen when you're dirty down there before allowing someone to get dirty down there in this ad for Pure ...

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The Real WEST SIDE STORY

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I got an A for my wrestling unit in gym during junior high (and a C overall for the class), mainly because I was huge and had a knack for memorizing all-fours positions. I lost when duking it out with Tony Cicero, but at least I lost with the correct form.

That said, using West Side Story as a guide works, too! Video of Noah Galvin on The Real O'Neals to follow ...

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