Why is society so gay?

Barilla, you know the pasta, is the most recent in the string of companies to begin a siege against homosexuals and homosexual couples as the new normal nuclear family.

Wednesday night, Barilla CEO, Guido Barilla, made some comments on an Italian radio station about the issue of homosexual families being depicted in Barilla advertisements/commercials. The comment was blown a little out of proportion, in my opinion. I understand his comments were directed to treat homosexuals as the perpetual “other” in terms of modern 2013 society, but as Michelangelo Signorile from the Huffington Post explained, Mr. Barilla was raised in a culture and society of spoiled men. Women waiting on hand and foot to their sons, husbands and fathers for their entire lives. The idea of homosexuality in a culture that prides their food as “mother’s comfort food” does not see men acting as women act.

That being said, and also playing devil’s advocate, is it really all that disgusting to see to men together now, in 2013? Hollywood will continue to churn out various sitcoms with strong gay characters, we see lesbian/homosexual couples all over the news and primetime, and some of the most popular fads and fashions emerged from gay culture. With the way the world has evolved over the years, I cannot imagine why so many people would be completely against the idea of people being themselves and loving who they love without considering whether it is acceptable or not.

Considering what milestones the world has gone through, we will be dealing with the stigma of homosexuality for a considerable amount of time. Slavery still exists in the world and we are well aware that racism is rampant in some major civilized countries. I see people like Harvey Milk connected to others like Martin Luther King Jr. and Alice Paul as a strong representative activist for HUMAN RIGHTS. HUMAN RIGHTS to do whatever you want to do in any place you want in the world with other humans.

But just because people like to watch the cute gay couple on Modern Family, The Ellen Show, or Rupaul’s Drag Race does not necessarily mean these same people want to see that gay couple, an Ellen, or a man dressed as a woman in their neighborhood Wal-Mart or Chik-Fil-A. As humans with rights, we who support LGBT culture should also allow those, like Mr. Barilla to express his personal feelings. But that doesn’t mean we have to like it.

The 65th Emmy’s and you

I might be a bit late on the reporting side here but hey, at least I’m still in the same week as the 65th Annual Emmy Awards that aired this past Sunday on CBS.  Funny how a station that rarely has Emmy award winning shows is the one to air the prestigious ceremony.  Regardless, I watched it in its entirety in order to correctly comment on the various moments of the show.  I’m glad I sat through the slew of memorandums and acceptance speeches because this was genuinely the best I’ve seen in terms of winners.  However, that being said, it’s hard to really pick a terrible show now a days especially with HBO, Showtime, and even AMC exploding with season after season of remarkable storylines and characters. Move over USA, characters are welcomed everywhere now.

Though there has been some critique at the fact that many of the Emmy’s went to cable shows, the fact of the matter is original series and miniseries are really becoming in vogue now since the decline of the theater (film, that is). Movies lately have not had the same impact and resonance as shows like Game of Thrones, Girls or Veep have with society today, which really depicts the complete turnaround that television has taken.

I appreciate this fact because that means that the writers of today’s television world have stacked the odds and have solidified in terms of talent against the screenwriters of days old.  Prior to this “Golden Age”, as many at the Emmy’s put it,  Lorne Michaels, Larry David, Rod Serling were a rarity just simply because television was consider the low portion of the totem pole. You start in Theater, move to Film, then have a breakdown. Eventually, after rehab, you wind up in television writing for a rom-com on NBC. But NOW! Geez, you could start in TV and suddenly you’re writing a full length Brad Pitt film.

Yeah, what does this ridiculous, self-congratulatory ceremony actually have to do with me? Well, for me, as a writer, this means that although some people would prefer not to pick up a book, newspaper or anything that has printed words, this development in television means that there are new avenues, new ideas, new creativity being developed and cultivated in a whole other industry that we ignored for more than 50 years.  Popular culture will suddenly become more popular (less educated/prosperous people can join in) and much more intelligent (have you actually taken a moment to consider the script writing in Veep, goodness).

What this means is that we may need writers more than all of you who scoffed at my English degree may actually think.

Cocaine: It could be worse!

Watching TMZ, they were discussing the fact the Zac Efron has entered rehab twice for his cocaine addiction issues. This leaded them to discuss his intense attractiveness that has only increased as he has aged. The man is a beautiful piece of art and is a pretty reasonable actor as well.  It was said on TMZ that he had issues showing up to set on “The Neighbors” with Seth Rogen, which disappoints me about him because he really could do much better than a Seth Rogan film.  I know it might seem very chick-flick-y but Charlie St. Cloud was actually not a bad movie.  I don’t cry due to movies but if I allowed myself more than the two teardrop quota in a week I have enforced, this movie would have made me squirt one or few.  Interesting that he started in the TV movie “High School Musical” with a bunch of other slightly famous Disney children. Really honestly, it seems that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are the only ones that have really done much more for themselves besides another straight to DVD romp about their character’s after story (really, Ashley Tisdale?) I can understand the fact Disney will jump through as many legal hoops to lock these kids into as many films and shows as they can turn out, and granted, work is work.  However, the nude photos of Vanessa Hudgens, although embarassing, really brought her name to the forefront of the Hollywood community’s mind. Without that exposure she would be stuck as a Disney kid and probably would have wound up molesting a foam finger on MTV.

So about this cocaine addiction…is it really that bad? I mean yes sure, drugs are bad, mmkay. But honestly, it could have been much worse and also, it could have been much more embarrassing. He wasn’t found in some bathroom snorting and blowing some random guy, he didn’t do a speedball and kill himself, he didn’t decide to make “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure“. Instead, he checked into rehab, quietly and discreetly and he did it for himself, not for Hollywood. The troves of celebrity wannabes and socialites that enter rehab with a slew of photogs behind them may or may not be actually suffering from an addiction but the fact is, they mostly suffer from Munchhausen’s.