*Kerry Washington may have just become a football wife, but she’ll be hooking up with a soccer hunk in October.
The “Scandal” star, and new wife of San Francisco 49er Nnamdi Asomugha, teamed with openly gay LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers to serve as honorary co-chairs for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s upcoming Respect Awards.
“GLSEN is on the front line of keeping kids safe from bullying in our schools,” Washington said in a statement. “That’s absolutely a cause that I support and believe in.”
Rogers added, “GLSEN levels the playing field for kids who are bullied simply for being themselves. Any help I can lend to that effort…any way I can make these kids lives a little bit easier, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Rogers publicly announced he was gay in February. When he joined the Galaxy in May, he became the first openly gay male athlete to join Major League Soccer or any of the other major North American sports leagues.
This year’s GLSEN gala takes place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Oct. 18.
Arsenio Hall and Aubrey O'Day in the boardroom on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"
*On Sunday’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Aubrey O’Day was finally able to present a check to her charity as the previous week’s winning project manager, but less than 10 minutes later she made a comment about her teammate Arsenio Hall that appeared to go against everything the charity stands for.
Aubrey gifted $50,000 to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to aid in their anti-bullying efforts. “I hope to remember every day what I’m fighting for,” she said on the show after handing over the money. “Even in my room I’ve posted all around my bed pictures of all the kids that have committed suicide from feeling bullied or abused. And I’m going to be thinking about them during every task, because that’s who matters. That’s why I’m here.”
Moments later, O’Day seemed to forget her own message of respect for others. Her ongoing feud with Arsenio continued Sunday after he shot down her insistence that he tap dance as part of a challenge. The task was to create a jingle, and Aubrey suggested a cheerleading theme with Arsenio doing a soft shoe. After Arsenio tried to delicately explain that a black man should not be tap dancing on television, Aubrey said in her one-on-one interview, “Arsenio is the biggest girl on this show, so I don’t know why he doesn’t like tap dancing or wearing cheerleading outfits. We all know he does it at home.”
Entertainment Weekly picked up on Aubrey’s mixed message and contacted her charity for comment.
GLSEN director of communications Daryl Presgraves responded with the following statement: “We recognize everything Aubrey has done on Celebrity Apprentice to raise awareness about GLSEN’s work to create safe schools for all. And we know people can use phrases without understanding their real meaning and true impact, and we can only hope that was the case here. GLSEN created the Think Before You Speak campaign with the Ad Council to alert teens to the harmful effects of disrespectful language, and thinking before you speak is an important principle for everyone on reality television.”