Above from the comments here.
4chan's Forever Alone "Fedora guy" (who goes by Keats) is fine the way he is, "Tubesteak" (Aren't you funny!). Nice work making this a) about you and b) about the fucked up body-image so many of us gays have (Hello, extremes!: Bears? Twinks? 'Roid rangers?! Not exactly modeling healthy - as in well-adjusted and not obsessive - body types here, are we boys?).
You're making gays look bad, so...STFU?
Follow the link to get a better idea of Keats' shape/need to lose anything (other than his hat).
This is so important to me, it hurts! The butchering of male body and facial hair has got to stop! Gawker's Hamilton Nolan requests us take the "Male Eyebrow Pledge" and "save American masculinity" (is that even what's at stake here?), but I am asking men - everywhere - to take the "If You Have It, Let It Be"* Pledge!
STOP THE INSANITY!! No Susan Powter eyebrows! No shaved, pre-pubescent looking pubic bone! No, no NO! It's NOT cute!** It's NOT sexy and it does NOT make your dick look bigger/better!!***
While shaving (your beard) is a part of grooming, there is a HUGE difference between grooming anything else, and shaving it.
I applaud men seeking to take better care of their appearance - don't get me wrong! Dishevelled and unkempt is a look very few can pull off successfully and even they, only on occassion. I denounce, however, this shoddy attempt to capitalize on men's insecurities and give them all drag queen brows. Grooming is an art and takes practice...lots of it.
Further, noting a preponderance of handsome Latino's with absurdly sharp, plucked and linear eyebrows I have been kicking around the idea of starting an advocacy campaign that makes use of the acronym P.I.N.G.A. and calls for the cessation of waxing and/or threading of the eyebrows in the Latino community. Anyone interested in joining such a campaign?
* - Except when trimming the jungle with clippers/scissors, or when it comes to ear/nose hair.
** - Except for those of you who are naturally smooth, clearly.
*** - You are being suckered by pr0n stars who already have prodigious members (and viagra and fluffers and a pump.) and who have shaved their pubes completely off, perhaps due to the influence of a secret Gillette razor lobby backed by an industry who has tapped out the facial hair market and has to find another market into which to expand!? ("Let's make one up!" "How 'bout bushes?" "Ok!") You know, to keep the stockholders happy. Just a theory, because who would ever really think women would want a bald diddler!? Beard burn on your pussy lips?! That must be the worst!
The level of indifference and callousness and the utter lack of compassion shown by the National Portrait Gallery in the controversy over the removal of David Wojnarowicz' "A Fire in My Belly" from the "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibition on display now is as epic as the significance of the mounting of the show in the first place.
Despite inviting the controversy and going to the trouble of mounting a giant exhibition focused on sexuality for the first time, The National Portrait Gallery removed a "controversial" piece showing ants (God's creations, no?) crawling on a (poorly!) manmade object depicting a horrific torture/capital punishment technique of the Roman empire, because this was deemed sacrilegious to individuals who put way too much emphasis on the temporal and material in their spirituality, not to mention who have giant chips on their shoulders and are on constant guard for a "fight"; i.e. - are bullies.
Now, despite the insensitivity of removing something deemed offensive to a group/religion's sensibilities who have almost everything to do with the continued ostracization and - implicitly - abuse/death of homosexuals (the primary focus of the show, remember?), the National Portrait Gallery has chosen to turn down a request by an artist - a homosexual personally touched by the AIDS crisis, which was the subject of the piece that was removed - to have his piece (which remains in the exhibition) removed from the show. What's worse? The piece is a picture of the body of his partner Felix, shortly after his death from AIDS in 1994. So basically...The National Portrait Gallery wants their cake (AIDS included in a show about homosexual art. Which is a no-brainer, obviously.) and eat it, too ("Oh, sure Catholic League! We'll remove a piece important to the people the show's actually for because you got your knickers all in a twist!").
Way to undermine practically any good this exhibition might have done, inept governmental officials improperly influenced and bullied by idiotic blowhard politicians who seem primarily to like to hear themselves speak, as opposed to engaging in any real thought.
I applaud the Gallery for undertaking mounting this exhibition, but utterly denounce their handling of the ensuing (and likely welcome?) controversy. Way to utterly piss us off, asshats.
AA Bronson's Felix, June 5, 1994 after the jump...
Apols for letting civilization collapse on itself last week, y'all. But y'know what? Sometimes you've gotta let your hair down! you've gotta throw caution to the wind! you've gotta shove some Doritos into your damn maw and pass out because you're too tired to cook a balanced dinner! But this week, it's back to business as usual. And what's the lay of the land this week? That Glee absolutely, positively sucks. Like, vacuum-cleaner sucks. Like, sucks worse than the sky when you've accidentally popped open the emergency doors while your plane's at a cruising altitude. It just sucks. (But that shouldn't really be news, should it!) Then there are other things! But here, follow the trail of breadcrumbs into the large gingerbread house and I promise I won't push you into the oven! (Someone else already did...)
• A man who, while being King of America, managed to drive an entire nation into the ground, has somehow released a book. Some people are doing strange things to the book for the sake of "political activism." [The Guardian]
• Glee sucks. [Queerty]
• UHH-MERICAN SPIRIT Several positively mad individuals have somehow taken offense to Google's Veterans' Day logo. [The AtlanticWire]
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Mama always said, "if you haven't got anything nice to say..." and I really don't, (though John Polly's recap is always a good read, as is AfterElton's Dennis Ayers' from whence I stole the shot of Mike Ruiz below, about which the only thing I have to say is, "Dramatic lighting!".) but I DID survive Monday night's freak hail storm (only I was in Brooklyn) and there was something "wrath of god/dess" about it.
Opening image via Gothamist.
As reported here previously, Sarah Plain's (yes I know how it's spelled) latest demagoguery aims to use a Muslim group's application for a permit to build an Islamic community center and mosque near (about two blocks from? maybe four...) Ground Zero to improve her standing as potential presidential candidate and bolster her popularity with the burgeoning (and bumpkin?) Tea Party movement.
At the same time, Republican politicians (arguably many with Tea Party sympathies, either ideologically, or out of a pragmatic desire to keep their office.) in the House voted down a bill to pay for the health care of those who suffer ill-health and potentially life-threatening medical conditions as a result of their exposure to asbestos and other harmful substances in the air at and around Ground Zero after the attack on the World Trade Center.
"Cart before the horse", "Can't see the forest for the trees" and all that, but mostly - wow, don't your words ring hollow Sarah Plain and (of all entities??) the American Defamation League!?!?
From what I understand, their collective reasoning for decrying the Muslim center is they feel it would be insensitive to the families of 9/11 victims having a mosque so close to the site of an attack by Muslim terrorists. Specious as this reasoning is (the mosque and its adherents almost certainly didn't have anything to do with the attack, despite sharing - ostensibly in name only - a common faith.), insensitivity/a lack of compassion for the victims is certainly what the Republicans and their bastard children, the Tea Partiers, are showing by voting not to take care of those victims who are still alive?!
Does this make ANY sense to anyone reading this??
The comment in the screenshot above is on a Gawker article regarding the Islamic center's announcement that it will include a memorial in its building for the victims of 9/11 and nearly perfectly captures my sentiments on the matter...not to mention sets visions of hot Puerto Rican/Italian cops dancing through my head.
I am in as much agreement with this Talking Points Memo on the potential siting of a mosque near the World Trade Center site as I can be."Following her logic (no small feat, I might add), do I now have the right to protest the construction of a new office building in Anchorage because it may house the offices of an oil company and might insult the people who suffered from the BP oil spill?"
Touche! "Doesn't it stab you in the heart" indeed!?
I'm usually all about empathy and am generally the last one to try and attribute anything but the best of intentions to people, but - for a while now - I'm convinced the vast majority of the American people have completely lost it. We Americans have taken leave of our senses (No, not CENSUS...though the Becks and the Bachmann's would have you do that as well.) and are fighting windmills instead of facing the reality of a shrinking world that's nearly tapped out when it comes to natural fuel resources and - as a result - is not-so-slowly going all to hell. THIS reality, to me, IS important. Your bass-ackward way of thinking; your "Let me channel Middle America's fear of a black planet/aliens/anyone who doesn't look like me and talk like me" hoaky "I feel for you so you'll vote for me" tactics and shameless posturing over a bullshit issue that will likely NEVER EVER affect you in even the SLIGHTEST of ways way the fuck out there in Alaska (WHERE YOU SHOULD STAY) except for the one time you come and stand in front of it for the cameras and news crews while on the campaign trail...you, your opinion and your made-up issue are NOT important!
YOU and the people who obfuscate REAL issues with bullshit like you spew are the reason Congress cannot pass even a toothless clean energy bill.
You should be ashamed.
Final thought: Those of us who actually lived through a terrorist attack aren't fooling ourselves thinking we can protect ourselves from further attack by making everyone Christian, or speak English, or look like us.
We were attacked because we uphold liberty and believe in freedoms of speech and of religion. By restricting those, we're - in essence - making all those deaths in the World Trade attack for naught. How's THAT for stabbing you in the heart, Ms. Plain?
Some of you may know about a little thing that is happening in New York City this weekend that rhymes with the second word of this Blondie song. I'm still trying to figuring out the point of it all, but these dudes do a wonderful job of clearing up a lot of the confetti that tends to obfuscate a clear understanding of our culture. Speaking of confetti, a whole storm of glittery detritus bursts forth in your festive end-of-June edition of CPR!
• HURRAH President Obama is set to expand the rights of same-sex workers so that they can care for their partners' kids--without the formality of having to legally adopt them. [The New York Times]
• ...which may make him more unpopular with some fringe Christian group that's raking him over coals for celebrating gay dads on Father's Day several days ago. [USA Today]
More! More! More! After the break.
Or, "What not to wear (together)"...
(I've been seeing flip-flops as work footwear - i.e. in incongruous pairings with pants/jeans - more often this year than ever before, despite there only having been an approximately two week window of "warmth" so far...and I like the pairing/practice that much less each time I do.)
Vice visits the Creation Museum. Absurdity abounds.
Hey - when I was a young fundie, all we had was a cute cartoonish book on Creation "Science"!