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December 26, 2016

George Michael

When I got a text on Christmas day of George Michael’s death I very sad, was taken back to all those memories of George Michael on my younger days. I immediately let my readers know (those that are email registered got it immediately, others 24 hrs latter: George Michael, Dead at 53") of his passing. I wanted to find out the reason which was not immediately broadcasted but it was indeed a heart attack. Even at 53.

George Michael lived very fast in those similar circles that got other famous performers like Elton John hooked on drugs. He lived a fast life even though after his forced coming out following his arrest at a men’s room in Los Angeles we started to see change. He was terribly embarrassed but instead of just indefinably hiding he faced it head on and with honesty which had failed him before. He started a change in his life which was reflected on his music. He felt he was let down by the hypocrisy of the times including the music and failed bad for his audience particularly his gay audience who already knew he was gay.

The changed continued but he had bouts of depression and drug use. When we do a lot of damage early on with drugs such as cocaine which was the drug of the times we start the destruction of our vascular systems early on which we pay when our bodies start aging and no longer can absorb the damage we are doing or have done.
None of those problems takes away from the talent and humanity of this man.

 wrote on Rolling Stones a good piece about George Michael which I’m including below:

Damn it, George Michael – another beloved pop legend gone in 2016, dying on Christmas at the far-too-young age of 53, or four years younger than Prince. This one really hurts, because George Michael was a true pop visionary, one of the great Eighties glam eccentrics. No one else could have scored a classic like "Faith," his biggest, best and weirdest hit. It's one of the briefest Number One smashes of recent decades – under three minutes. Yet every moment is coded with sexual and stylistic provocations – the stubble, the black leather jacket, the acoustic guitar and handclaps, the breathy gasps and careless whispers, the paranoid lyrics, the way he sabotages his own straight-boy makeover by tricking out that leather jacket with a string of pearls. Even when George was draping himself with scantily clad supermodels, he made it seem like a statement of principle. 

George always took his pop devotion seriously, which is why he redefined the art of pop stardom in the Eighties. For him, every hit meant a radical revision of who he was and what he stood for. So when he rocked that leather jacket in "Faith," it was a renunciation of his frivolous past, just as setting that jacket on fire in his "Freedom '90" video meant no, really, this time he was renouncing his past. But whatever his next disguise was, he made it witty and seductive. This guy got how the erotics of fandom worked. As he sang, "I know all the games you play, because I play them too." 
If you want a glimpse of the original, no-filter George the world first met, check out his bizarre 1984 TV appearance on the BBC chat show 8 Days a Week with Morrissey, both gents sitting side by side to debate pop arcana from Joy Division to breakdancing. George wears a sequined tank top and sparkly earrings, casually toying with his Farrah locks as he speaks. "I literally have never seen a film as bad as Footloose," he laughs. "It was just so atrocious." Yet it's surprising how respectfully he and Morrissey defer to each other – they might be from different scenes, but they share the fierce conviction that these fan questions matter. (Surprise: George is the much bigger Joy Division booster of the two, especially Side Two of Closer.) 

He first arrived with Wham!, the ultimate boy-boy duo – "every little hungry schoolgirl's pride and joy." Of all the 1980s British Invasion upstarts, Wham! paid zero lip service to postpunk artiness – they came on as just two shamelessly ambitious teenage boys in tight shorts performing "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)." "Success does not go hand in hand with credibility," he told Smash Hits in 1984. "Look at what's happening to the Smiths now." George was schooled in Motown tunecraft – especially Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Holland-Dozier-Holland. But nobody could guess exactly what Andrew Ridgeley did. In their first big Rolling Stone interview in 1985, they got testy about it. Andrew: "My role is everything people don't see because they're not in pop bands." George: "He just plays the guitar and has a good time."
Either way, Wham! made themselves an easy target. As Dead or Alive's late, great Pete Burns said, "They're just two toothpaste ads with a microphone, aren't they?" (And he meant that as a compliment.) Eighties kids argued over whether Wham! even counted as New Wave; the exclamation point was seen as evidence for both sides. Make It Big cracked America with "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Careless Whisper," "Freedom" and "Everything She Wants," where George bitchily arches an eyebrow at his pregnant bride: "You've shown me you can take – you've got some giving to do." Harry Styles ended up getting "Careless Whisper" lyrics tattooed on his feet – "never gonna" on his right foot, "dance again" on his left. Now that's true pop immortality. 
Wham! signed off with two killer farewell hits, "I'm Your Man" and "The Edge of Heaven." But George's solo blockbuster Faith was the apex of everything he wanted and everything he was, from dance-pop glitz to obsessive late-night ballads like "Father Figure." In the infamous "I Want Your Sex" video, George provided MTV with an intro telling the kids at home "This song is not about casual sex" while scrawling "explore monogamy" in lipstick on the bare flesh of his make-up artist. Faith's best song wasn't even one of the hits – the deep cut "Hard Day" was a beatbox funk groove where George overdubbed a duet with himself, chanting "Don't let me down" to a taunting falsetto voice. The twin Georges bicker over sex and money and respect until they break down into their climactic call-and-response: "Do you trust me?" "Yeah."
That inner conflict is all over Faith, with regard to George's hotly debated sexuality. He blasted into the music game at a time when pop stardom practically required boys to pose as gay, but forbade them from coming out in real life. It's insane how the Eighties, now cherished as the queerest of pop decades, was so closeted at the time. Freddie Mercury didn't just deny being gay – he threatened to sue press outlets who dared to suggest otherwise. So Faith was a pop starlet struggling to figure it out for himself in public but spinning off more questions than answers. (As he sings in "I Want Your Sex," there's things that you guess and things that you know.) For him it was complicated by his own inner denial – and then there was teaming up with Elton John for the ridiculous MTV smash "Wrap Her Up," with both men drooling over Marilyn Monroe, Joan Collins and Grace Jones. Last week I was karaoke-ing ("Last Christmas," of course) with a couple of women who grew up in the Eighties – they interrupted the song to give heartfelt speeches about how their whole ideal of teen romance was shaped by the dream that George Michael might be straight. That's part of the role he played in his fans' lives. (And speaking of "Last Christmas" – how did I never hear Taylor Swift's version until last week? Talk about a songwriter built for Tay to interpret. I only wish George Michael lived long enough to cover "New Romantics.") 
But George tired of the hustle faster than anyone would have guessed. Listen Without Prejudice was where he abdicated, despite muted beauties like "Praying for Time." In "Freedom '90," he could only express his quest for artistic authenticity by bringing in Christy Turlington to do his lip-synching for him. His summer-'92 hit "Too Funky" was a slight but welcome comeback in disco-supermodel mode; Older had low-key ballads inspired by a dead lover. It took a 1998 bust in an L.A. park men's room to motivate him to come out, but with typical wit he turned the episode into his "Outside" video, complete with beefcake cops. For his final album in 2014, Symphonica, he teamed up with an orchestra to do a set of lounge songs, some his own ("One More Try," "A Different Corner") and others identified with torch singers like Nina Simone. One of the highlights, as it happens, was "Wild Is the Wind," a song defined by the late David Bowie. 
I once saw a Patti Smith show in October 2004 (with Television opening) where she announced she had a song stuck in her head all day, after hearing it on the radio, so she wanted to give it a try onstage. Then she wailed "Father Figure," a ballad so perfect for her stern voice it was truly frightening. When Patti moaned the words, "If you ever hunger, hunger for me," you could hear this was a song she was always meant to sing. (She covered it a couple more times on tour that month.) The moment was a glorious tribute from one cracked pop devotee to another. And only a moment like that could do justice to the strange, beautiful, timeless spirit of George Michael. 

September 20, 2013

Selena Gomez Passport ‘Denied' Russians Showing Cracks on Their Armour Plating

Selena Gomez Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images
If Selena Gomez wants to perform in Russia, she might try pulling an Edward Snowden—because that may be the only way she's likely to gain entry.
Promoters for a pair of concerts the "Come & Get It" crooner had scheduled in the country for later this month have told The Moscow Times that Russian officials have turned down her visa request, forcing her to scrap the gigs.
Organizers cited Russia's new anti-gay law as one of the reasons for Gomez's rejection, since Russian authorities have been tightening travel restrictions for performers who speak out in favor of gay rights.

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 The 21-year-old singer-actress was supposed to play St. Petersburg's Ice Palace on Sept. 23 and Moscow's Olimiisky stadium on Sept. 25.
A rep for Gomez now tells E! News she's not going to Russia.
The news that Russian officials rebuffed Justin Bieber's ex is no doubt disappointing to her fans in the former communist nation. But to U.S.-based author and gay rights activist, John Becker, who launched a petition on calling on Gomez to stand up for Russia's LGBT crowd when she took the stage there, the government's decision was a sign the administration of President Vladimir Putin is feeling the heat over its anti-gay policies. 
"This cancellation of Selena Gomez's visa shows that the Russian government is sensitive and on the defense, and shows that the pressure from people all around the world and the backlash against these laws is strong," Becker told E! News in a statement. "They're afraid to have someone like Selena Gomez come in and potentially use her platform to advance LGBT rights."
His petition has so far gained 8.422 signatures as of press time.
The visa denial comes after Madonna andLady Gaga gave very public shout-outs during their 2012 shows expressing solidarity with Russia's LGBT community. In the wake of an outcry from anti-gay politicians, the government subsequently threatened the Material Girl and Mother Monster with potential prosecution for allegedly failing to obtain the appropriate visas to enter and perform in Russia.
And Madonna was even sued by some conservative Russian activists who accused the Queen of Pop of promoting homosexuality to children at her Aug. 9, 2012 concert in violation of a new law prohibiting gay "propaganda.”
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May 3, 2013

Drake Bell Tells How He Really Feel About The Bieber and His Dumb Beliebers

Drake Bell is taking shots at Justin Bieber and his fans yet again.
The actor-musician, who’s frequently delighted in baiting Beliebers on Twitter and once compared Bieber’s appearance to Miley Cyrus, took things up a notch on Friday.
First, Bell tweeted a series of photos of Bieber next to Vanilla Ice, and wrote, “This is what you all have to look forward to…” (see below).
He then posted a picture of Bieber wearing a Chanel ski mask and mockingly tweeted, “So cool…”
When a Bieber fan asked Bell, “Why do u hate us believers?” the former Nickelodeon star replied, “Because you are awful people.”
She told him, “Go die,” to which Bell responded, “My point exactly.”
After teasing another Belieber about her grammar, Bell retweeted a follower who wrote, “I’ve never come across an unbelligerant Belieber. Drakes fans however have always been cool.”
And so the war continues.

Justin Bieber's Hair Evolution

December 7, 2012

Arrogant Liam Payne Learnt New Yorkers Take No S***

Liam Payne apologises to staff at the Empire State Building after Twitter row

One Direction's Liam

ONE Direction star Liam Payne has apologised to staff at the Empire State Building after accusing them of being disrespectful and arrogant.

The 19-year-old boyband star was left fuming after a visit to the world-renowned landmark with his family earlier this week.
At the time Liam directed his anger at the famous building with a scathing message he wrote on his Twitter page.
He said: "Just been to the Empire State Building had a great time except... The security detail, in particular the senior security supervisor, was arrogant, unprofessional and extremely disrespectful to my family @EmpireStateBldg #TheresAlwaysTimeForManners."
Liam Payne and Danielle Peazer
Reunited ... Liam and Danielle hold hands
Liam's girlfriend Danielle Peazer, who he has been photographed with several times this week after they reunited following a brief split, then reportedly retweeted the message.
However employees from the Empire State Building hit back when they saw the teenage star's complaint.
They quipped back: "@Real_Liam_Payne bad behaviour not accepted at ESB. No, our security does not know who you are, and does not care."
One Direction perform at Madison Square Gardens
Little Things ... the One Direction boys perform at Madison Square Gardens
However Liam obviously had a change of heart after receiving the jibe back - and decided to apologise for causing any offence.
He wrote: "Seems there was a bit of a mix up when I was at the empire state. Its all good. Sorry for confusion looking fwd to next timeeeee!
"I would like to formally apologise to the Empire State Building security team and its owners for our misunderstanding the other night.
"I didn't mean to cause anyone any problems and hope that I can come back again for a visit again in the future :)."
They will return to the UK this weekend to perform at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball on Saturday and the X Factor Final on Sunday

August 24, 2012

Who’s Playing Christian Grey? Ian Somerhalder??

‘Vampire Diaries’ stud, Ian Somerhalder, is one step closer to landing the lead in the ‘Fifty Shades of Gre’ movie.
In a recent interview, Somerhalder revealed he was meeting with the filmmakers of the wildly popular S&M novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ to play the leading role of dominant, stern, and always in control, Christian Grey.
Film producers quickly denied the claim via Twitter. They replied to a follower who asked if Somerhalder’s statement was true, saying “maybe he was lied to by someone? None the less, we are only meeting with writers.”
It is unknown why Ian Somerhalder would allude to a meeting regarding ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ if it were not true. The reason could be the producers may have wanted to keep the meeting confidential which is why they are denying the connection. Whatever the reason, Somerhalder’s not the only Hollywood hunk up for the part.
Besides Ian Somerhalder, actors such as Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Robert Pattinson have been mentioned in the movie casting rumors.

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March 8, 2012

His Name Sam Jackson British Actor } He Made it Here Because of His Looks

I know it sounds kind of shallow, since I don’t know if Sam is a good actor or not. He just simply made it here because of his looks and because he is gay. Now is up to him to become the best, because your looks will only carry you so far. adamfoxie*

Meet sprightly Northerner Sam Jackson, the brand spanking new secret weapon of Skins, E4’s flagship, BAFTA award-winning teen drama. He plays the aggressively promiscuous Alex, the sexiest gay boy on telly since, well, Mitch Hewer’s straight boy-seducing Maxxie danced off into the Skins sunset in 2007.
We first met Sam on a set visit to the hit show a few issues back, in a filthy old warehouse on the outskirts of Bristol. We had to endure the sight of him locking-lips with another nubile-bodied young man across several takes – and the best part of 30 minutes – sans shirt. His topless form, loitering around east London, similarly transfixes us two months later on his GT cover shoot. He braves bitter winter winds (this time in nothing but acid bright baggy trousers, slung low on his waist), his bare back against exposed brick, sucking suggestively on a cigarette for the camera. They’re powerful displays of homoeroticism from one so young – he’s just turned 18 – and from a heterosexual actor no less. Not that the fresh-faced Sam let’s this little fact sever his connection to his character.
“I put a lot of myself into Alex,” he tells me, I think, quite bravely. “I feel like I can relate to him. I do understand gay men a lot more.”
It’s a daring and freethinking statement in light of the bad attitudes that persist among many Alex’s age; including, even, some of his own friends from back home.
“Some of my mates are massive homophobics,” he says, before admitting that only a few people know of his upcoming role. “[They’re] a football team of lads who are big on their camaraderie… There’s a lot of stuff like that. I’ll probably get some stick for it. They’ll take the mick for a couple of weeks. Do I hope it changes their opinions? I’d like to think so. It’d be amazing, definitely. Some gay men are misunderstood. I honestly feel like that.”
Despite his bold comments – and his utter seduction of the camera – I can’t help but notice Sam’s more than a little nervous in an interview scenario. But who could blame him; he’s a complete newbie to the attention and scrutiny a role in Skins brings with it. In fact, when he’s not on location or on the publicity drive, his life is strikingly normal.
“It’s like two different worlds,” he says. “I go down to Bristol with my friends – the Skins cast are like my friends now – and then I go back to Leeds and go back to school and do maths…
“I did a maths exam on Monday,” he laughs boyishly, “and out of 62 marks guess how many marks I got? Four. Four marks. When I go back to school I’m not thinking about school … I’m thinking about when I’m next filming.”

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Words: Jamie Tabberer 
Photo: Mario Benedetti
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