Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie is on the Westboro Baptist Church's shit list - who isn't? - and he couldn't be happier about it.
Laughing off the recent protest that took place during a Kansas City stop on the band's "Gospel Tour," Urie, who revealed in our interview late last year that he's a "straight dabbler," high fives me as I greet him. Backstage, hours before the trio relays a message of love and unity to a Detroit crowd, I mention the tweet the troll-y "church" sent out, condemning both of us for our "fag sins."
"We fucking did it!" he says, elated that his outspokenness regarding LGBT issues - and his own sexuality - has reached far enough to get a rise out of the WBC. "Whatever gets them pissed off, I love."
Just wait till they read what he has to say about having the hots for Ryan Gosling.
Long before dishing lesbian wisdom to Melissa McCarthy's mess of a character in this summer's road-trip comedy "Tammy" (out July 2), Kathy Bates had the gay community in shackles. It didn't take a sledgehammer to maintain our obsession with her, however - it just took the Hollywood icon's every turn on television ("Six Feet Under," "American Horror Story"), Broadway ("'night, Mother") and the big screen ("Titanic," "Misery").
First with "Fried Green Tomatoes," her 1991 girl dramedy, and then with "Dolores Claiborne" and "Primary Colors," Bates has kept us captivated for over four decades, bound to her boundless greatness. Now, as one half of a lesbian couple in "Tammy" (Sandra Oh of "Grey's Anatomy" plays her partner), she's giving you one more reason to be her biggest fan.
"a lot has been said about how to prevent rape. women should learn self-defense. women should lock themselves in their houses after dark. women shouldn't have long hair and women shouldn't wear short skirts. women shouldn't leave drinks unattended. fuck, they shouldn't dare to get drunk at all.
instead of that bullshit, how about:
if a woman is drunk, don't rape her. if a woman is walking alone at night, don't rape her. if a women is drugged and unconscious, don't rape her. if a woman is wearing a short skirt, don't rape her. if a woman is jogging in a park at 5 am, don't rape her. if a woman looks like your ex-girlfriend you're still hung up on, don't rape her. if a woman is asleep in her bed, don't rape her. if a woman is asleep in your bed, don't rape her. if a woman is doing her laundry, don't rape her. if a woman is in a coma, don't rape her. if a woman changes her mind in the middle of or about a particular activity, don't rape her. if a woman has repeatedly refused a certain activity, don't rape her.
if a woman is a woman, don't rape her. if a woman is not yet a woman, but a child, don't rape her. if your girlfriend or wife is not in the mood, don't rape her. if your step-daughter is watching tv, don't rape her. if you break into a house and find a woman there, don't rape her. if your friend thinks it's okay to rape someone, tell him it's not, and that he's not your friend.
if your "friend" tells you he raped someone, report him to the police. if your frat-brother or another guy at the party tells you there's an unconscious woman upstairs and it's your turn, don't rape her, call the police and tell the guy he's a rapist.
tell your sons, god-sons, nephews, grandsons, sons of friends it's not okay to rape someone.
don't tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape. don't imply that she could have avoided it if she'd only done/not done x. don't imply that it's in any way her fault. don't let silence imply agreement when someone tells you he "got some" with the drunk girl. don't perpetuate a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions. You can, too, help yourself.