The past week bore witness to two bold stances that made for a pair of controversial covers. President Barack Obama took a historic stand on the issue of same-sex marriage, telling ABC’s Robin Roberts, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Personal politics were also brought to the forefront on a Time cover that showed one mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. (Time is owned by Time Inc., the publisher of EW.)
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Memoirist and reality-show bronze medalist Bristol Palin took to her blog yesterday to offer the world some thoughts on what she views as a double standard regarding President Obama’s expression of support for gay marriage. In her response, Palin focused exclusively on a throwaway comment made by Obama (“focusing on a throwaway comment” being the primary rhetorical methodology in the current political era).
At one point in his carefully-worded discussion, the president noted that one reason his position on gay marriage had evolved was his conversations with his daughters. Apparently, Malia and Sasha have schoolmates with gay parents — schoolmates who have not yet turned into heroin-addicted devil-worshipping goat-people. Palin took issue with that decision-making process, claiming that whenever a Christian conservative female runs for office, she faces questions about taking orders from their husband. “So let me get this straight,” she writes. “It’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?” READ FULL STORY
Opinion: Obama set for Hollywood fundraiser after voicing support of same-sex marriage -- What would Jed Bartlet have done?
Follow politics long enough — or even just a week — and you’re bound to come to the cynical conclusion that there’s no such thing as a coincidence, especially during an election year. President Obama announced yesterday that he’d gone “through an evolution on this issue” of same-sex marriage and now believes that his previous halfway stance — that civil unions were sufficient for gay couples — was no longer enough.
“When I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, in monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together. When I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet, feel constrained — even now that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is gone — because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
Liberals rejoiced, with celebrities and Democratic politicians expressing their gratitude and excitement in Twitter posts and TV interviews . Fox’s Shepard Smith welcomed the president to the 21st century and described opponents of same-sex marriage as being “on the wrong side of history.” And yet my own enthusiastic approval of Obama’s semi-reversal was tempered by its timing. Thursday, one day after his historic announcement, the president is at George Clooney’s house raising a record fundraising haul from the Hollywood elite. READ FULL STORY
The Internet took no time at all to react to President Barack Obama’s statement that he believes same-sex couple should be allowed to marry. The vast majority of celebrities and politicians reacting to the news online wrote messages of support to the president following his ABC News interview with Robin Roberts on Wednesday.
Celebrities from Sean Hayes of Will & Grace (a show which on Sunday Vice President Joe Biden credited with educating America about same-sex relationships) to Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, and Patton Oswalt shared their excitement about the news. Politicians (mostly on the left), including Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker, and Gavin Newsom also expressed their support. Beyond Twitter, there is already a Tumblr blog out there called When Obama Endorsed, with animated gifs like the dance from Arrested Development and Tina Fey high-fiving a thousand angels.
Check out all the celebrity tweets on Obama’s historic statement below.
Never one to mince words about the issues, Cher started a flame war yesterday when she tweeted — and later deleted — some harsh words for the GOP’s presidential hopeful: “If ROMNEY gets elected I don’t know if I can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters.”
Though many rose to support Cher’s passion, several followers railed against the Oscar winner for her opinions. It only fueled the diva, who responded to one fan, “TOO HARSH? That’s me Holding BACK! They care nothing about the POOR The OLD The SICK The HUNGRY CHILDREN & People striving 4 a Better LIFE ! –” READ FULL STORY
In the wake of North Carolina’s election results that approved Amendment One, a ban on same-sex marriage, celebrities have rallied on Twitter to speak out for equality. Ellen DeGeneres, who had a legal wedding in California before Prop 8 passed, tweeted, “Getting married was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I hope everyone in North Carolina gets the same opportunity someday.”
Fellow out actors Alan Cumming and Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson also tweeted their disappointment with the decision in North Carolina, as did straight actors Russell Brand, Christopher Gorham, North Carolina native Brooklyn Decker, and even a certain Harry Potter character who must not be named. See their responses and more below. READ FULL STORY
Johnny Depp visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time today, revealing the inspiration for some of his most iconic characters and his greatest personal terror — dancing. While Dark Shadows costars Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz hoofed it as they were introduced to the audience, Depp resisted. “I fear it more than anything in the world,” he told Ellen when she asked him why he refused to dance. “I’d rather swallow a bag of hair.”
Later, the star discussed some of his more famous creations, including Edward Scissorhands, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Willy Wonka. “Certain ingredients you add to these characters — Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like…incredible stoned,” he said, as the crowd began laughing at the mention of Bush and Wonka in the same sentence. “Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there — sometimes to the dismay of the director.” Watch the exchange below: READ FULL STORY
Even Ted Nugent’s explanations are incendiary. After going off on a CBS This Morning correspondent last week, rowdy rocker Ted Nugent defended his outburst to AM radio host Mike Broomhead. Naturally, the way in which Nugent explained himself was just as outrageous as the incident itself. “The left media and Wasserman Schultz will try to tell you that I threaten the president’s life and that I’m a mean, nasty man who wants to rape your puppy,” said Nugent. Wait, what? Who brought puppies into this? Listen to the full interview below. READ FULL STORY
Mouthy rocker Ted Nugent went off on CBS This Morning correspondent Jeff Glor for daring to say his rather un-moderate opinions might present problems for Mitt Romney’s presidential hopes. (Nugent endorsed Romney in March). So how does talk of charity work turn into an expletive-laden rant? That’s just how The Nuge rolls. He’s so moderate he’s extreme — “extremely loving, passionate… [and] a damn nice guy.”
Below, see Nugent talk about the Romney campaign’s response to his “accelerated” activism and describe his “adorable” meet-up with the Secret Service after “brain-dead” liberals questioned comments he made about President Barack Obama. Scroll to the 4:50 mark if you just want to see Nuge lose it.
When is Comedy Central’s biggest fake news program not a fake news program? When host Jon Stewart engages in a serious, nearly joke-free debate with one of his guests. These discussions aren’t as rare as one might expect them to be, given The Daily Show‘s status as a comedy program — and that’s a good thing, since watching one sort of feels like eating a meaty entree after sampling some delicious but light appetizers.
Last night, The Daily Show welcomed controversial Christian advocate David Barton. Ostensibly, Barton was there to plug a new book about Thomas Jefferson. But after his guest explained the tome’s basic premise — contrary to one popular belief, our third president was a religious man rather than a secularist –the discussion soon veered off in a different direction. Stewart began asking Barton why modern Christians often feel as though they’re being persecuted, despite the fact that the U.S. is still an overwhelmingly Christian country.
From there, Barton began talking about the work he’s done with Christians who have been targeted for what he calls exercising their free speech — things like handing out bibles and, in the case of one five-year-old kid, praying over his lunch at school. READ FULL STORY
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