“I am a proud gay man and I have the right to live and love the person of my choice.”
Exactly one month after India's Supreme Court upheld a ban on sodomy, orinam.net, an advocate for LGBT rights in India, asked people to write letters asking the court to reconsider its decision.
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The website asked people to write letters explaining to the Supreme Court why decriminalization of same-sex relations mattered to them as an LGBT Indian, friend, family member or ally.
Here are some of the powerful and personal letters Indians from across the country and other nations wrote to the chief justice:
"Remove the law that allows you to peep into my bedroom."
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Mike Myers (aka “Wayne Campbell” if you’re in your 40s, “Austin Powers” if you’re in your 30s, “Shrek” if you’re in your 20s, and “Some dude who might be wearing John Travolta’s hair” to anyone currently studying for SATs) shagged a baby into his wife Kelly Tisdale 9 months ago, and Us Weekly says that a tiny baby girl popped out of Kelly earlier today. Mike and Kelly already have a 2-year-old son that they named Spike Myers (which is what you get if you put “Mike Myers” into an Ed Hardy name generator), so I was crossing my fingers that they’d name Baby #2 something equally SoCal, like Blaze or Flayme, but they named her Sunday Molly Myers. Personally, I like the name Sunday Molly, because it sounds like something written on Miley Cyrus’s drug to-do list.
Friday: Freon, Weed
Plus with a name like “Sunday Molly”, she’d make a killing in college selling drugs (you gotta make it easy for the dumb ones to remember who they buy from). Then again, I’m talking about 20 years in the future, so molly will probably be replaced by “future coke” or “robot speed” or something called “bleep-blorp”. Either way, mazel to you both, Mike and Kelly. [...]
It looks like Jay and Manny are going to start getting healthy on "Modern Family" whether they like it or not. For them, though, it was a trade-off well worth it. "Workaholics" star Adam Devine joined the show as Gloria's new manny. He's brought on to help with the baby, but he also helps the whole family.
At first, Jay and Manny were against his efforts to improve their health, but then they saw that he was also able to stop Gloria from yelling. This, they decided, was too great an opportunity to pass up. As TV Fanatic's Leigh Raines put it. "Voila, he's hired and it's protein shakes and morning power walks.”
ScreenCrush's Britt Hayes thought Devine was "perfect" for this guest spot. Even better, the "Pitch Perfect" scene stealer is scheduled to be a recurring character.
Look for the new manny in future episodes of "Modern Family," every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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Last week, I saw Miley Cyrus in concert at the Verizon Center in D.C. and what a crash course in modern culture it was. Wake up, Marion Winik, it is 2014 and we are going all in!
Having begun my own concert-going career in the 1970s, when a show consisted of a bunch of guys in blue jeans and t-shirts playing guitars under flashing purple lights, and not having kept up closely with the pop extravaganza developments of Gaga & Co., I spent much of the evening with my jaw literally hanging open. Though I doubt I can come up with any better phrase than did Washington Post music critic Chris Richards -- "Twerk du Soleil" -- let me tell you about my night with the lovely and talented badass, Ms. Destiny Hope Cyrus, aka Miley. (Billy Ray, what were you thinking?)
My friend Amy and I journeyed to D.C. with our daughters Jane and Lily, who had secured the tickets the day they went on sale -- very nice first-mezzanine seats for 150 bucks a pop. The girls prepared by decorating shorts and t-shirts with day-glo slogans like "LOVE MONEY PARTY" and "BANGERZ." I prepared by studying lists of recommended Washington restaurants and found a vegetarian ramen served across the street at a place called Daikawa that is one of 40 things you should eat before you die. For me, it's always about the food.
Perhaps you are wondering, as I did, what BANGERZ means. I thought perhaps it referred to the British word for hotdogs, and she did fly around the arena on a giant weiner at the end of the show, so maybe I'm not totally wrong. According to Urban Dictionary, it means those who "radiate unbelievable swag." Miley all the way!
Flooding into the venue were armies of teenage girls. These girls were clad almost to a one in midriff shirts, usually in combination with leggings, stretchy shorts or a skirt. They looked as if they were going to work out, and in fact they were; Miley would soon threaten mayhem if she saw anyone sitting down. Almost all were too young to buy the beer they were selling in the arena (the artist herself is 21) and I saw and smelled little evidence of drug use, which was another contrast to the addled concert audiences of yesteryear. In a tribute to our past, Amy and I pre-gamed with a slim, frosted bottle of Skinny Girl Margaritas.
The arena was decked out as if for a birthday party, with rafts of pastel balloons, and the opening act began on the dot of 7 p.m. -- it was those two cute girls from art school in Sweden, Icona Pop, dressed like Cherokee strippers. You know the ones -- they drove their car into a bridge and I don't care! I love it! I don't care! I love it! Can you imagine how easy it is to get a roomful of teenage girls chanting this? The ladies had learned a few other key English expressions: "How many of you are here with your best friend?" "How many of you like to effin' do whatever you effin' want?"
In the interval after the opening act, I noticed the girl behind me studying her social studies notes about the Roaring '20s. It was a Thursday night, after all.
At last the lights dimmed, the audience whipped out their phones to start the filming (Janet has several dozen videos of the concert) and a two-story-high image of Miley Cyrus's beautiful '40s-movie-star face appeared on the screen in front of the room, eyes rolling and mouth opening and closing mechanically. She stuck out her tongue, as she so loves to do, and from the image of her tongue on the screen a three-dimensional, Pepto Bismol pink, inflatable tongue slide emerged, and Miley Cyrus herself shot down it to take the stage.
This is when I realized that Miley Cyrus is a conceptual artist, for Pete's sake, an impression that was not dispelled by her outfit -- a red-and-white gingham checked onesie, like a country-western ice-skating costume -- nor by the giant garish dancing stuffed animals who joined her onstage. Immediately, all her faux masturbating and butt-twitching was revealed as less about sex or the male gaze (the only males gazing were dads, gay couples and a few whipped boyfriends) than about rebellious girl power. I know she is supposed to be distancing herself from Hannah Montana but the po-mo pop star theme has just evolved, now including many hilarious levels of self-mockery. Basically, her whole fan base grew up on the show and is feeling just like she is now, crazy, feisty, feasting on shock value, ready to go all in!
In her slight country twang, almost every sentence including both the F word and "you guys," she told us she had been having a really bad week. Of course, we'd all heard her beloved dog, Floyd, was eaten by a freak Hollywood coyote, that she had cried all the way through her subsequent show at Barclay's Center, and that she'd had to cancel her Charlotte, NC show two days earlier for the flu. She was putting sadness and sickness behind her now, though, because she could tell that this D.C. crowd was ready to effing party and she felt that way too, so get up and don't sit down because we are goin' all in!
Each song had its own amazing video, starting with an eye-popper by Ren and Stimpy animator John Kricfalusi. Overall, the videos were so great and trippy I could have watched them by themselves, but wild props kept distracting my attention -- a 20-foot high fluffy orange Snuffleupagus-looking thing operated by two puppeteers; a gold-plated low-rider car on which she rode in her sequinned marijuana-leaf maillot; a gigantic Egyptian-style monolith of her dead dog with scary glowing eyes; and a super-cheesy dancing Mt. Rushmore and Lady Liberty. Another time she used audience-supplied props, having everyone turn on their iPhone flashlights for synchronized swaying. (My friend Amy squinted at her phone in perplexity until daughter Lily showed her how to turn on the flashlight.) The effect was very beautiful -- better and safer than the days of wine and matches.
On her trancey ballad, "Adore You," a Kiss-Cam roved the audience to put images of couples kissing -- "with lots of tongue!" Miley ordered -- on the big screen. They had to look pretty hard; this wasn't really a date-night crowd. Each couple featured got a roar of approval but the loudest cheers were for the two-guy pairings, which moved me. The girls love their gay boys, as well they should.
In a set performed in a backwards-facing glitter baseball cap on a pop-up stage at the rear of the arena (by the way, there was indeed a live band of guys in jeans and t-shirts), Miley continued to show off her big voice, good taste in music and ability to curse. The set included Bob Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," Coldplay's "The Scientist" and Dolly Parton's "Jolene," the last of which was filled with some raunchy new invective for that effing slut Jolene. (Remember, Dolly played her aunt on the show.) During this set, Miley ordered the audience to stop taking selfies so she could take a selfie -- she didn't want it to look like her whole audience was just sitting there taking selfies, she explained.
Jane's review of the evening was delivered as soon as the lights came up. "This was the best night of my life," she proclaimed. I love that my daughter loves Miley so much (though truth be told, she loves Taylor even more) because to me. Miley is not really about sex or drugs; she is no Britney Spears and no Little Wayne. She is about in-your-face, devil-may-care good humor and fun, about being in charge of your own image, about being able to laugh at yourself, about having a body like an Olympic athlete and dancing for hours on end. She is wonderful combination of artifice, camp and naturalness. When she missed a line of "Wrecking Ball" during her encore set, she said "Sorry guys, I spaced out thinking about what I'm gonna eat after the show. I'm so hungry!"
By then it was 11; the kids were home in bed by midnight. I just hope that sweet girl behind me did well on her Roaring '20s test. [...]
Lindsay Lohan took a jet, Oprah met Snoop and more!
Lindsay Lohan jetted off:
Miley smoked a cig:
Rihanna got glammed up in a hat:
Ryan Seacrest ate some eggs:
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Between taking selfies with presidents, rocking awesome hair and acquiring more than 21 million Twitter followers, it's easy to forget that at the end of the day, even one of the world's biggest pop stars can doubt herself.
In a wonderfully brave video made for Clean & Clear's "See the Real Me" campaign, Demi Lovato -- who has candidly spoken about her past struggle with addiction -- opened up about facing her fears and what inspires her every day to move forward.
"I have the same worries and fears that everyone does," confesses the "Neon Lights" singer. "I'm afraid of spiders. I'm afraid of changing my hair and hating it. I'm afraid of being vulnerable in front of the world."
Watch in the video above.
"I'm a warrior. People think that I've got myself together, but I'm actually still a work in progress."
Preach, Dem. [...]
Dayton and Melanie Duncan record a shot-for-shot remake of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's theme to announce their baby news [...]
Our favorite Sirs, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, love football ... all types of football!
Stewart tweeted a photo that shows himself and BFF McKellen getting psyched for the 2014 Super Bowl. They have a long-standing, fabulous friendship and it's really no surprise that they'll likely spend Super Bowl Sunday together, eating chips and salsa, as the classiest of spectators.
They will, however, have a friendly rivalry. Apparently, Sir Stewart is a Broncos fan while Sir McKellen roots for the Seahawks; best friends can't agree on everything.
As per usual, the famous duo brought some characteristic English wit to the photo.
Football! pic.twitter.com/rdtXP6IGTE— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) January 31, 2014
The Broncos and Seahawks can go home; the Sirs have already won the Super Bowl. [...]
The singer goes back to her roots in the Bronx for her new video "Same Girl" [...]
On Instagram yesterday, Chestica Simpson let it be known that skinny Jessica Simpson is back!
Chestica turned into a human water tower full of amniotic fluid and buttered Pop Tarts when she got knocked up with Maxwell and right after she birthed out that kid, she got knocked up again, because being knocked up and filling your mouth hole with buttered Pop Tarts is so much funner than walking on a treadmill and eating mist to fulfill your Weight Watchers contract. Well, after months and months of walking on a treadmills until her legs broke and only eating Weight Watchers enchiladas made of her own tears and purified air, Jessica is skinny again.
Jessica spent a sliver of her Memorial Day awkwardly posing with a golf club next to an elegant column while wearing deranged bee sunglasses and ugly shoes that should’ve never been born. Jessica is sucking in so hard that I think I can hear one of her ribs break, but I have to give her credit, because she’s sucking in and making duck lips at the same time. That’s a real talent.
And if I got an Outback Bloomin’ Onion every time one of my bitch ass friends took my picture and screamed, “Suck in, whore!“, at me and I was sucking in, I’d be as big as a 16 months pregnant Jessica. [...]
"You wanted to be the hero," sneers Jamie Foxx's Electro in the Super Bowl trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "now you've got to pay the price." Sony released a trio of new looks at the upcoming "Spider-Man" sequel during Super Bowl XLVIII, and the teasers do nothing to disabuse the notion that something terrible might happen to Spider-Man's lady love, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which stars Andrew Garfield as the title friendly neighborhood spider-man, is out on May 2. Watch an extended version of the "Spider-Man" Super Bowl trailer above. [...]
Bobbi Kristina Brown is not about to let some Twitter haters get her down.
The 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston posted a photo of herself in a bikini to Twitter last week, only to be hit with a slew of nasty comments regarding her slim figure and general appearance.
@nickdgordon @femmecouturexo ! Made thisss happen pic.twitter.com/ogQjQ1IQBC— Bobbi Kristina H.G. (@REALbkBrown) March 6, 2014
But rather than let the hate get her down, Brown addressed her shamers head on. That same evening she tweeted:
#LikeFatherLikeDaughter Think I care ? Lmao pic.twitter.com/G1Cbs2iWPF— Bobbi Kristina H.G. (@REALbkBrown) March 7, 2014
#Positivevibes @ ALL times . — Bobbi Kristina H.G. (@REALbkBrown) March 7, 2014
DAMN , point blank I'm happy in love healthy, doing what I do best. #Entertainment ! Look in my eyes & see what WE see, do what WE do..— Bobbi Kristina H.G. (@REALbkBrown) March 7, 2014
Listen just sit back-relax-&enjoy-YouCANT #DoWhatBossesDo ! we love you all! #IAMTHEONLY with my #MothersBlood within me, take a look.. — Bobbi Kristina H.G. (@REALbkBrown) March 7, 2014
@REALbkBrown you have the Perfect Body of your Mom :) let the People Talk Shit.. You are awesome :-** pic.twitter.com/dWWkzporUF— ♥BobbiKris has Swag♥ (@NBLKrissiLuver) March 7, 2014
I am my mothers child ! Have you ever heard of a #fastmetabolism ? Damn, lol it's incredible how the world will judge you 4ANY&EVERYthing— Bobbi Kristina H.G. (@REALbkBrown) March 9, 2014
As the daughter of the late diva, Brown is all too familiar with harsh critics. Similarly, Houston herself was publicly berated for her slender physique in 2001.
After her mother's untimely death in 2012, Brown's lifestyle was slammed and her inheritance temporarily endangered.
This past January, she married her adopted brother Nick Gordon and got plenty of unsolicited feedback. "The critics can say whatever they want to say ... it's like we have a force field and that shit's just bouncing off of it," Gordon told Extra after their nuptials. [...]
"Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans took to Twitter and Instagram Monday (Feb. 3) to announce that she and boyfriend Nathan Griffin are expecting a baby boy.
Evans has faced criticism for the pregnancy, largely because she does not currently have custody of her first child, 4-year-old Jace. In the Season 5 premiere of "Teen Mom 2," Evans had an abortion, which led to even more speculation about whether or not she is ready to have a second child. The reality TV star has a long history battling drug addiction, and has been arrested several times.
Evans told In Touch that she had the abortion at the beginning of Season 5 because she was too "skinny and unhealthy" to continue with the unexpected pregnancy while in recovery for heroin addiction.
Evans is legally married to Courtland Rogers, though the couple is separated. The father of her first son, Jace, is ex-boyfriend Andrew Lewis.
Read more from Evans' interview with In Touch to find out the name she has reportedly picked out for her second child.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the father of Evans' first child was Kieffer Delp. The father of the child is Andrew Lewis. [...]
The pop star was hospitalized Tuesday due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics [...]
"We're the just the redneck version," of the reality show titans, Mama June tells PEOPLE [...]
(NEWSER) – Taking a summer road trip? Obsessed with Hollywood? If both of those things apply to you, consider visiting one of these five travel attractions owned by celebrities, as rounded up by Biography.com: [...]