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I mistakenly tuned in to the premier episode of “I Am Cait” thinking that the show was about a transgender guy. Instead, I saw a show about a 65 year old guy who likes to wear Atelier Versace. This point crystallized in a scene just over halfway through the show, when Jenner sits down for a heart-to-heart with his mother, Esther. The conversation intended to highlight change. Instead, it did just the opposite: >> Esther: The problem before with you and I, I... I'm guessing this-- you felt uncomfortable with me. We would see each other, and it was like... continue reading
It seems abundantly clear now that the CBS series ‘ Zoo ’ has, among other annoying goals, at least one chief aim: to thoroughly and completely denigrate hunters. The show, which follows a team of scientists as they try to find out why animals are launching coordinated, deadly attacks on humans, has in the last 3 weeks glorified the murder of a hunter , boasted about disrupting a hunter’s opportunity to shoot a black rhino , and called hunters murderers. Last night's episode "Pack Mentality" was no different. So it should come as no surprise that when Abraham (Nonso Anozie)... continue reading
The Catholic Church found itself sitting squarely in the sights of the hour long leftist infomercial known as ABC Family's “ The Fosters .” In last night’s episode, "Faith, Hope, Love," Mariana Foster (Cierra Ramirez) gets an invitation from her birth mother to be a Godmother to her infant half-sister. Get all that? Mariana is super-excited about being a Godmother. But when she tells her moms that she herself must be baptized first, (she has two lesbian mothers who are her adoptive parents, for those of you just joining us) they’re mortified. Mariana tells them that her birth family said... continue reading
ABC Family's “ Becoming Us ” backtracked last night to revisit a theme they laid the foundation for weeks ago: Ben and his emotional despair over his man-turned-woman father "Carly" refusing to allow Ben to call him “dad.” You see, "Carly" is so obsessed with becoming female, that he will not permit any mention or reference to him as a man in any capacity. Even by his own son. This point was driven home over a month ago, during one of those touching father-and-son catch sessions, where a boy and his dad have those traditional heart-to-heart discussions over the topics... continue reading
Yikes! Not content to push the envelope with prime time TV's first polyamorous relationship , ABC's 'Mistresses' just went even further over the line with this same sex kiss between the two women in the threesome relationship - in a church, right in front of a priest! In the episode "Love is an Open Door," main character Karen is justifiably trying to keep her shameful secret that she's in a relationship with a married couple from the priest at the church where she ironically leads a marriage therapy group. But then in waltzes Vivian, the other woman in the triad,... continue reading
The ESPYs brought back the discredited Ferguson "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" narrative. In the awards show's opening montage, the St. Louis Rams players' protest gesture was shown while the narrator said, "sports inspires in so many ways, whether it's through ... simply a gesture." Ironically, the next line was "Sports has the power to connect us" - hard to think of a worse example of people connecting than Ferguson. Watch: Video: Transcript: There is no more powerful force than something that inspires you... And sports inspires in so many ways... Whether it's through a game... A performance... A play... Or... continue reading
Watch Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner's speech accepting a "courage" award at the ESPYs: continue reading
Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner has spoken, and I’m more confused now than ever before. And that’s saying something. In an introductory speech, video tribute, and acceptance speech that spanned nearly 30 minutes of air-time, the story of "Caitlyn’s" transformation was told. But it was told in an entirely different way than what I expected. It was depressing. Take Abby Wambach’s opening monologue. She began by sounding the call to rally around an issue “not enough of us stand up for.” Okay, here’s the part where she’s going to tell us to rally around the cause of general LGBT acceptance, right? -So,... continue reading
I feel bad for myself for having to watch the ESPYs. However, I feel far worse for Danielle Green, who has to share the same stage as Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner. Especially in a year in which Jenner will be the one getting an award for "courage." Danielle Green was honored with the Pat Tillman Service Award. She joined the Army after her stellar college basketball career, spurred by a strong desire to serve. She lost her right arm in Iraq, had to have her wedding ring retrieved from her detached hand by her comrades at the ambush site, returned home... continue reading
Joel McHale made perhaps the reachiest of all reaches when trying to turn a bit about the removal of the Confederate flag into a Redskins joke. No, seriously this happened. McHale began the ill-fated stab at humor thusly: McHale: NASCAR had a transformative year. The confederate flag is no longer being flown at NASCAR events. Yes. It's great. It also came down in South Carolina. Folks in Washington, D.C. Said, it's about time. Washington, D.C., home of the Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. The link between the Confederate flag and the Redskins is lost on me. Apparently, it’s lost on Peyton Manning... continue reading