Friday, April 27, 2007

I had a slow-ish day yesterday, so I actually had the time to read some things on the internet. I saw a few interesting things and thought I'd pass them on in case you hadn't read them already.

The first thing was this article about L.A. Times sports writer Mike Penner. The article, written by Penner, explains that he is a transsexual, and after a few weeks of vacation, he will return to work as Christine. I found Penner's article to be very heart warming and honest. I can only imagine the amount of courage it took for him to write it, especially considering the field he works in - sports writing - where one can imagine that people might be less open to this kind of thing. Though, from what he explains, his friends and co-workers have turned out to be quite supportive of his decision. It's a very interesting article that you should read if you haven't already done so.

The second thing that caught my eye was the article about the Indian government issuing a warrant against Richard Gere. During an AIDS awareness event, Gere embraced Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and kissed her on the cheek. The judge who issued the warrants said that Gere and Shetty "transgressed all limits of vulgarity and have the tendency to corrupt the society." And I thought OUR government was overly conservative when it comes to sex in the media! Check out the photo. The religious right in this country would be ecstatic if this was all celebrities ever did. It's unclear right now how the warrant would effect Gere's frequent visits to India to promote health issues and the cause of Tibetan exiles.


The song of the day is "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart off his 1986 album Frantic Romantic. This song, pretty much the only successful song Stewart ever had, was one of those happy summer songs that you couldn't help but sing along with. The song was about the 1980s AIDS scare. Perhaps ironically, Steward died in 1997 of liver failure brought on by a long battle with AIDS.

7 Comments:

Anonymous madeline said...

I agree with you about the song of the day. I would hear it occasionally, and always wondered who sang it. Thanks for uncovering the mystery!

8:48 AM  
Blogger LA said...

So, I guess Stewart took his clothes off.

9:30 AM  
Blogger EditThis said...

la - As it turns out, you DO have to do that to have a good time.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Amir said...

yeah that Gere and Shetty thing is so fucking dumb. The guy was doing some of his stupid moves from "shall we dance"...and he kissed her a few times on the cheeks. Wow...the vulgarity. Give me a break!

Any bollywood movie has more then enough vulgarity to make me cringe. Way more "kissing" and see through clothes dancing in the rain, and really vulgar innuendo's spouted by villans. What makes that suck is that *all* Indian movies are watched by the entire family. So the rating would be "G". But they are almost never "G".

Hypocrites!

(Disclosure: I am Pakistani, and we don't like Indians much anyway, so this rant may have been biased)

--cheers
Amir

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Kathryn said...

That article by the sports writer was wonderful. What courage!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I thought Penner's article was well done too.

Of course, we live in the country that brought us the Janet Jackson boob scandal

I like that song and didn't know how he had died . . .

3:26 PM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

Gere pulled a power play on Shetty.

8:29 PM  

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