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I was a junior in high school and my family didn’t have cable, so in order to watch Real World I’d hang out with my friend Liz. Liz and her friends were all Mormons, and Liz and I thought we were into each other. We gave it our best shot, but really we didn’t stand a chance. Plenty of gay guys had sex with girls in high school, but I doubt many of them did while hanging out with Mormons and watching a TV show featuring adorable, openly gay, too-good-to-be true Southern hunk Danny Roberts.

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Much to my dismay, K-Y has taken a slanderous stance with their new commercial featuring a lesbian couple – foully insinuating that a homosexual couple might actually need outside help in order to bring each other to mutual and multiple waves of soul-shattering sexual ecstasy.

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Clearly Whitney has skated by in life by being trashy-hot and loudly saying bad things about herself that she tries to pass off as the truth about women. Sorry, Whitney, not all women are emotionally manipulative and proud of it – that sounds like a you thing. Frankly, this crap goes way beyond misogyny into sociopathy, because what’s clearly the much bigger crime here is being committed against us all. This “I’ll tell you the truth about women” thing has been done to death by far greater comics than Whitney Cummings. Being offensive in comedy is often forgivable, but being boring and behind the times is an unpardonable transgression.

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In our intensely divided country there is one thing that brings together the rich and the poor, the married and the love-seekers, the beautiful and the homely, those asking for help and those offering advice.

Reality television.

When MTV’s The Real World began its edited broadcast of 7 strangers residing together in a house in 1992, it was clear that their actions would leave the world of televised entertainment changed forever. The intimacy, the honesty and the grit were impossible to recreate in small screen fiction, and the viewer addiction was dangerous.

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It’s been a while since TNG anointed its next New Gay Sex Symbol, so we wanted to really take things to the next level. Sure, guys are hot and all, but you know what’s hotter? Dogs. Being attracted to human males just isn’t cutting it these days – it’s so DONE, ya know? And one pooch in particular has really got us howling: Wilfred. Here are the reasons why we’re hoping to cross the final frontier, and make Wilfred into man’s best friend with benefits…

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In 50 Documentaries To See Before You Die Morgan Spurlock goes to Pittsburgh to investigate the ballroom scene. Think Spurlock’s got what it takes to strike a pose worthy of joining the legendary House of LaBeija? I don’t either, but it should still be worth seeing.

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The question for me, however, is not whether Ernie and Bert are a gay couple. I will admit that years ago I wrote a short story about the two puppets as actors on the show with their own off-camera life as a couple, talking about how they wished they could be “out” on Sesame Street… however, it was not an expression of my desire for them to reveal any such truth on the show. I wrote it after reading a news story similar to the ones generated by the petitions to have the characters marry now that gay marriage has been legalized in our state. An independent film had been shown at a festival in which it was satirically suggested that Ernie and Bert were gay. Then, as now, it was not the suggestion itself, but rather to The Children’s Television Workshop’s response to the suggestion that had got me riled.

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Watching Most Eligible Dallas is like sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office next to a middle-aged woman who has just farted. If all the aspects of the situation were different then perhaps it would be a funny story to tell, but instead it’s boring and it’s stinky and just painfully average, and you know it’s going to last for WAY longer than your patience will.

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To be crystal clear, I think “loss of innocence” is not about “discovery of shame,” and I am not equating same-sex marriage with anything shameful, wrong or naughty. But let the lessons be taught by real-world couples who live with dignity, out of love, and with the occasional marriage license. Let the lesson be taught because OUR neighbors live life honestly, in the open. This is our fight, this is our opportunity. Do we really want to hand the job over to, well, hand puppets?

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At once both Kenny-G and Sideshow Bob, for some reason her hair is hitting all my buttons. There’s just something about those twisted crimson tentacles that draws me in heart and soul. While she stone-facedly simpers and apologizes to the press and public, her tresses tell a totally different story: “I’m lying! I’ve never been sorry!…”