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#ProudBoys Gets Hijacked in Name of Gay Pride

Gay community takes over #ProudBoys hashtag from far-right group

(Newser) - If most of America didn't know who the Proud Boys were before last week, they know now. President Trump refused to clearly denounce the far-right organization, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center , at Tuesday's debate, causing a commotion with his words to "stand...

Takei: In One Way, Border Separations Are Worse Than Internment

Actor recalls his days in an internment camp—when he, at least, still had his family

(Newser) - The thousands of migrant children separated from their parents at the US border and held in old warehouses and Walmarts is a situation many have compared to the internment camps where thousands of Japanese-Americans were sent during World War II. But "at least during the internment"—words that...

19 People Allege Sexual Misconduct Against CW Showrunner

And more on the latest accusations in Hollywood

(Newser) - Supergirl and Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended amid accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching from 19 former and current employees, the AP reports. Warner Bros. Television Group confirmed the suspension and investigation Saturday. The company says in a statement it "takes all allegations of misconduct...

Takei, Dreyfuss Are Latest to Be Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Takei accused of groping model, Dreyfuss accused of exposing himself to writer

(Newser) - George Takei and Richard Dreyfuss are the latest stars to be accused in Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal:
  • Scott R. Brunton, a former model and actor, says when he was 23 and living in Hollywood in 1981 he met Takei at a bar. They exchanged numbers and spoke here and

The World Gets a Taste of Rosie as Steve Bannon

Courtesy of Photoshop

(Newser) - Rosie O'Donnell is already posing as Steve Bannon—on Twitter. O'Donnell, who has expressed interest in playing Donald Trump's aide on Saturday Night Live, changed her profile photo on the site Thursday to a Photoshopped image of her face on Bannon's body. It was initially shared...

George Takei Is Not Happy With Star Trek's First Gay Character

'It's a twisting of Gene's creation'

(Newser) - John Cho of Star Trek Beyond drops a bomb in a new interview with the Herald Sun : His character—Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise—(spoiler alert) will be revealed as a gay man who has a daughter with his partner. "I liked the approach, which was not...

Takei, Other Asian Academy Members Blast Oscars' Asian Jokes

Letter to Academy calls skits on awards show 'tasteless and offensive'

(Newser) - The child actors who were part of a joke about Asians on Oscars night seem unperturbed by the ensuing controversy, but more than two dozen members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who are of Asian descent feel otherwise. Per the Hollywood Reporter , 25 members—including director...

George Takei to Donald Trump: 'I'm Throwing It Down'

The actor offers him a free seat at "Allegiance"

(Newser) - "So, Mr. Trump, I'm throwing it down: come see 'Allegiance.' Unless you're chicken." So says actor and social activist George Takei in a YouTube video inviting Donald Trump to a performance of the musical Allegiance in New York City. The purpose? To show him...

George Takei Has Epic Reply for Anti-Refugee Mayor

David Bowers uses Japanese internment to defend blocking refugees

(Newser) - Twenty-six state governors calling for the US to close its borders to Syrian refugees were joined by the mayor of Roanoke, Va., on Wednesday, who quickly felt the wrath of Khan, er, George Takei. In a letter, per the Roanoke Times , David Bowers wrote that he is "reminded that...

George Takei Apologizes Over 'Blackface' Insult

Says his criticism of Clarence Thomas went too far

(Newser) - George Takei is taking another crack at explaining his description of Clarence Thomas as a "clown in blackface," and this time, instead of defending the insult , he starts thusly: "I owe an apology." The Star Trek actor has posted a Facebook update to apologize for the...

George Takei Defends His 'Blackface' Slam on Justice Thomas

It's not racist, he says

(Newser) - George Takei is usually the one doling out criticism for those who step out of line on matters of race or equality. This time, he's the one catching flak from critics. It's over an interview the actor gave to Fox 10 Phoenix in which he called Justice Clarence...

Indiana Gov: Law Has Been 'Grossly Misconstrued'

Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz offer support for RFRA; 'Indy Star' editors want a fix

(Newser) - Indiana governor Mike Pence is setting the record straight: Though the Religious Freedom Restoration Act "has been grossly misconstrued as a 'license to discriminate,'" its stated purpose is to guarantee "that Indiana law will respect religious freedom," he writes at the Wall Street Journal...

We Need More Asian Villains
 We Need More Asian Villains 

We Need More Asian Villains

'Jeopardy' champ Arthur Chu is tired of Asians being seen as 'model minority'

(Newser) - Growing up, controversial Jeopardy champ Arthur Chu had plenty of "Asian heroes" pushed on him by his parents. "I got the sense ... that their ideal kid would be someone with the quiet, charming naiveté of [The Goonies'] Data and the calm equanimity and unwavering discipline of a...

10 Celebs Who Won't Work Together

And, boo, list includes Captain Kirk and Mr. Sulu

(Newser) - Everyone loves a good celebrity feud: And these 10, rounded up by TheRichest , are reportedly so bad that the actors involved refuse to work together. Five standout pairs:
  • Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte's 1994 romantic comedy I Love Trouble was spark-free, and perhaps that's because they worked together

George Takei: Forget Russia Homophobes, Yank Olympics

Petitions to move Games back to 2010 host Vancouver

(Newser) - George Takei is fed up with Russia's anti-gay policies , but a boycott of Russian vodka —or even of the 2014 Sochi Olympics—isn't the way to make change. Rather, Takei wants to strip Russia of its Games and send them to Canada. In a blog post Tuesday,...

Red Symbol of Gay Support on Facebook Is Awesome
Red Symbol of Gay Support on Facebook Is Awesome

Red Symbol of Gay Support on Facebook Is Awesome

Mary Elizabeth Williams: Critics who say it's a meaningless gesture are wrong

(Newser) - Those red equal signs popping up all over Facebook and Twitter in support of gay rights have their share of critics—"meaningless gesture that accomplishes nothing" is a common theme —but Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon says those critics are missing the point. True, the logo, which is...

Washed-Up Stars' Savior: Social Media

From Justine Bateman to Sally Jessy Raphael, a 2nd chance

(Newser) - Chris Brown and Rihanna aren't the only ones finding fame/infamy on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and the lot. Plenty of last generation's stars are making waves there, too, reports the New York Times , which runs down a few recent success stories:
  • Though Sally Jessy Rafael only claims 5,

'Smartest' Celeb Apprentice Cast Revealed

And it includes ... Teresa Giudice?

(Newser) - This season's Celebrity Apprentice cast is the smartest ever, according to an executive producer—but that might not really be saying much, considering members include bankrupt Real Housewife Teresa Giudice and mob-daughter-turned-reality-star Victoria Gotti. Even so, "We've never seen such a smart and funny group as this...

Takei, Hubby First Gay Couple on Newlywed Game

Star Trek actor and husband just marked 1st anniversary

(Newser) - The new version of the Newlywed Game will feature a gay couple for the first time—Star Trek actor George Takei and his husband Brad Altman, Queerty reports. Takei and Altman just celebrated their first anniversary—they’ve been together for 22 years but didn’t tie the knot until...

Kirk Blasts Sulu for Wedding Snub
Kirk Blasts
Sulu for Wedding Snub

Kirk Blasts Sulu for Wedding Snub

Shatner says Takei holds grudge: 'There is a psychosis there'

(Newser) - William Shatner is setting his phaser to stun against his old Star Trek co-star George Takei. In a video posted on Shatner's Web site today, he lashed out at Takei for not inviting him to his wedding last month. The 77-year-old Kirk said Takei, who played Enterprise helmsman Sulu, apparently...

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