Say “The Golden Girls” to any gay man with a sense of history and you’ll likely get a treatise on his five (maybe even 10) favorite episodes. It’s something Our Lady of Perpetual Goodness Betty White knows all too well, telling a radio host back in 2011:
“I think the gay community seems to like old ladies, they always have. And when we were on live with ‘Golden Girls’ on Saturday night they’d shut down the music, stop the dancing, watch the show, then turn the music and the dancing back on. We were very grateful and they’ve been dear friends.”
She’s been a vocal supporter of gay marriage for many years, too, once telling Parade:
“If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”
And like all good wines, cheeses and vintage Gibson guitars, White only gets better with age. In an interview this week with Larry King (yeah, he’s still doing that), she responded to a viewer who asked what she thinks about people who aren’t down with the cause:
“I don’t care whom you sleep with. It’s ‘what kind of a human being are you?’ I don’t understand [why people are anti-gay], it’s such a personal private business and it’s none of mine.”
She also, in an incredibly ladylike way, gave the side-eye to celebrity douchebags when she was asked if there’s anything about the entertainment industry that makes her sad:
“Some of the ingratitude … some of the people who get to a very good point and they don’t appreciate it. They think it’s coming to them, they think it’s their due. It isn’t. There’s always someone over there who can do it better.”
In case you didn’t know, Dame Helen Mirren is one of the best people in the world ever. From cussing out noisy assholes to delivering insanely poignant performances, she can do it all. Apparently that includes twerking.
The 68-year-old actress appeared at Harvard University this week to receive its Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman Of The Year award, and played a charades like-game where she had to act out items on cards for others to guess.
Twerking eventually reared its head and, after asserting “I refuse to do it” and a failed attempt to spell the word with her hands, she let out a defeated cursing fit – then declared “Okay,” and threw down the infamous dance move.
Needless to say, it was the classiest twerk ever.
Later, during a ceremonial roast, Mirren opened up about her career, telling the audience that Harrison Ford was the “hottest actor I ever worked with,” (that would be Peter Weir’s phenomenal “The Mosquito Coast”) and said that Meryl Streep would best her in a fight (questionable).
Congratulations, Helen. You’re the twerking queen. Literally.
“Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe (seen lately scaring the hell out of everyone as part of this season’s cast of “American Horror Story: Coven”) looked lovely at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, but that didn’t stop a bunch of trolls on Twitter from making a slew of lazy fat jokes since she has the nerve — the nerve! — to be talented, famous and overweight at the same time.
“Who thought this was okay?” asked one such asshole, helpfully including the hashtags “#ImSurprisedSheCouldFitInTheFrame” and “#IThinkSheAteTheGoldenGlobes” because he’s super creative (he’s not creative).
It’s cool, though. SHE GOT DIS.
On Monday morning, she shot back:
To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK
Newly-shornJennifer Lawrence was recently doing the red carpet thang at the London premiere of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” when she caught sight of a young female fan in a wheelchair crying. And because Jennifer Lawrence is made of class and compassion and peanut butter cups, she had security bust through the barriers so she could comfort the girl.
Look, you may be sick of hearing what a glittering gem Lawrence is, but it’s shit like this that makes everyone love her. And the best part is that she’s not doing it for show. She’s kind and gorgeous and goofy and a dork all at once, with no pretension about her. Notice her or don’t — she has few effs to give. She’ll still be fabulous either way.
The collective talent of the “Glee” cast is pretty much undeniable, but let’s be real here — the show itself hasn’t been interesting in a long time. So lately, it’s embarked on that hallowed TV tradition often observed by waning programs that still have a bunch of episodes they’re contractually obligated to make: stunt-casting.
Which brings us to the video above. Look, I don’t know the storyline beyond what’s presented here, and it really doesn’t matter. All you need to know is Adam Lambert covers Lady Gaga‘s “Marry the Night.” And by “covers” I mean “makes it his bitch.”
Adam, as you may recall, should’ve won the 8th season of “American Idol” back in 2009 but didn’t, most likely because he has the gay and the little girls who do all the voting weren’t yet old enough to realize they wanted to borrow his clothes and makeup. (And really, it’s a good thing he lost. Otherwise he’d have been stuck with the winner’s curse of a first album that’s the musical equivalent of tapioca pudding.)
Anyway, Adam’s spent the years since being outrageous and talented and pissing off people who really need pissing off. His most recent gig is a multi-ep arc on “Glee” — and if his debut performance is any indication, the snoozy show just put on its highest heels, washed down a few Adderall with a Red Bull, and hit the clubs.
After Ellen DeGeneres offered Nicki Minaj the use of her bras and was shot down, it only seems natural that she would dress as Nicki for Halloween in one of the best costumes we’ve seen this year.
Ellen took the stage and addressed the audience, showing everyone her prominent “boom booms” and her “super bass” before launching into a little mini-twerk. And unlike Julianne Hough, she didn’t opt to go the blackface route.
Last week we reported on Madonna‘s insistence on texting through a screening of “12 Years a Slave” at the Alamo Drafthouse and then calling someone who politely asked her to stop an “enslaver” because it was for business. Now the CEO of the chain has taken to Twitter to throw down his banhammer (like a boss) and repress the world’s most notable pop star.
After hearing of the news a few days ago, Tim League – founder of the Texas-based cinema chain – fired off this tweet:
When Entertainment Weekly caught up with him, he said it started off as an offhand joke as “a means to get the issue out there, that it is rude to text during movies.” But now, after giving it some thought, he’s sticking to his guns and enforcing the ban on the pop superstar (even if she doesn’t care):
“Yeah, I’m serious, but I don’t think it really affects her life that much.”
Soon detractors began chiming in, saying Madonna should be allowed to act as rude as possible because she’s Madonna. But League wasn’t having any of that. Once again, he’s right.
@TheManneFrank Madonna, however entitled she feels she is, is unbearably rude to others around her by texting in a theater
After seven months of practicing, international superstar Adele has passed her driver’s test.
The Daily Mail reports Adele began taking lessons in March because she wanted to be able to drive her 12-month old son Angelo around, and it all paid off early this morning when she fired off this tweet:
Hopefully things don’t go sour with fiance Simon Konecki, because the thought of Adele driving around sobbing and belting out a tune, her vision blurred with mascara, is a slightly frightening prospect for UK drivers. But that’s not likely.
So congrats, Adele! Try not to cut off Gordon Ramsay.
For the uninitiated, Jennifer Lawrence became everyone’s fantasy BFF after proving how human she is during much of last year’s awards season. At the Oscars alone, she spent part of her red carpet interview telling Ryan Seacrest she was hungry and asking where the food was. Then she won Best Actress and promptly face-planted on her way up the steps. And later, she gave a charmingly drunk interview to the press corps and launched a thousand GIFs after being visibly starstruck by Jack Nicholson.
The end result was that even the bitchiest of cynics (hi!) wanted to hug her and squeeze her and call her George.
She’s been busy working lately so we haven’t heard much from her, but some quotes from her new Harper’s Bazaar UK interview (via Fishwrapper) are making the rounds and reminding us why we fell in love with her in the first place. Specifically this, about being called “fat” early in her career:
“I was young. It was just the kind of shit that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that.
“[Someone who brought it up recently] thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I’m above it all. ‘You really still care about that?’ Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn’t matter what accolades you get.
“I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, ‘You can go fuck yourself.’”
Okay, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. But look, when Katy Perry told Billboard about her own 2011 sit-down with Barbara Walters, here’s how she recalled it:
“I shouldn’t have done the interview: I was playing Madison Square Garden that same night, and I knew that the end of my marriage [to Russell Brand] was coming. I was just exhausted and stressed.
“I’d prepped everyone that I was running late, but Barbara showed up at the original time anyway. When I got there, I apologized immediately, but then she said to me, ‘You know, I’ve only ever waited for one other person this long, and you know who that person was? Judy Garland. You know how she turned out, right?’
“I was like, ‘Oh, snap! Yes, bitch!'”
Jesus. Barbara Walters takes punctuality very seriously, you guys. (And we thought Oprah was the baddest bitch with a mic.)
For her part, Babs said on Monday’s ep of “The View” that she’s sorry if she was too harsh: “Katy, if I made you feel at all unhappy, during a time when you were obviously unhappy, and I didn’t know, I’m sorry … But you can’t always know!”
Regardless, Katy actually wears Walters’ threat like a badge of honor:
“I think it’s the coolest thing that Barbara Walters shaded me. I just couldn’t tell her as we were sitting down for a mega-interview, ‘Hey, my marriage is falling apart. Give me a break.'”