Phil Robertson (center), patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, leaves church in Louisiana with his family in West Monroe, La (Dec. 22, 2013)
*Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty” who ignited a national controversy this week with remarks he made about homosexuality to GQ, vowed he would not “give or back off” as he joined his family at church in West Monroe, La.
MailOnline reported Sunday that Robertson allowed one of its reporters into a Bible study class he led at the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ.
“I love all men and women” Robertson said, according to the website. “I am a lover of humanity, not a hater.” When a member of the class thanked Robertson for saying what he said in the interview, he appeared to shrug it off, saying “I didn’t think much of it at all, but it seems a lot of other people did.”
*A&E has told “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson to go have a seat for a minute following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ.
“We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said in a statement. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
In the article, Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality, and said that during his Louisiana childhood, he picked cotton with African-Americans before “entitlements” and “welfare” came along, and never saw “the mistreatment of any black person. Not once.”
“Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers,” he told the magazine. “I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”
Dennis Rodman gives an impromptu performance with a house band as he has brunch poolside in Miami.
(September 29, 2013)
*Former basketball star Dennis Rodman can add another title to his collection – this one courtesy of GQ magazine, which has announced he has topped its new Least Influential Celebrity of 2013 list.
Editors at the publication have compiled a list of the 25 stars who they believe are uninspiring to the general public, noting that this year “has been a bad year for impotent megalomaniacs.”
Rodman, who has garnered attention for his controversial friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was referred to by editors as a “Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.”
Embattled chef Paula Deen comes in at number two following her racial slur controversy this summer, and politician Anthony Weiner rounds out the top three thanks to his “sexting” scandal.
Meanwhile, pop star Miley Cyrus, who turned 21 years old on Saturday (23Nov13), ranks sixth on the list for her provocative and racy performances over the past few months.
The magazine states, “Miley spent the entire year foam-finger-blasting herself, licking sledgehammers, and basically trying every inane strategy she could think of to rile up America’s few remaining pearl clutchers. What’s sad is that it totally worked.”
Also making the list are Will Smith and his family, Justin Bieber, Ryan Reynolds and President Barack Obama at number 17.
*For some folks, doing a cover shoot dressed in your birthday suit and covered slithering snakes would be going too far. But not for Rihanna.
For her, it’s just the ticket she needs spark controversy … to get people talking about her even more than they already do. And the British GQ 25th anniversary cover story/shoot was just what RiRi was looking for.
As you can see, she donned a Medusa crown of snakes as a python slithered around her (lucky snake?). The concept – as noted by Huffington Post – was helmed by Damien Hirst, one of the industry’s living legends. (And an occasional fashion collaborator
Check out the cover above and a few snaps below Rihanna posted on her “BadGalRiRi Instagram account.
And oh yeah, don’t look into her crazy cat-eye contact lenses or you might … end up liking what you see.
*Idris Elba will be featured on the October 2013 issue of GQ magazine.
His cover story will include instructions on how a man should wear a three piece suit or look. But trust us, it gets real, real deep when Elba discusses his former marriage and the drama of dealing with a woman who lied to him about a son who wasn’t really his.
Here’s the background on that:
He was dating a woman in Florida, had been for a couple of years. They were living together and in love. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy. For a brief moment, it was among the happiest times of Elba’s life. “The celebration of having a son—from a man’s perspective, it’s massive.” He told friends about it. He told reporters about it. Then came the suggestion—not from the child’s mother, but from elsewhere—that not everything was what it appeared to be. “It wasn’t immediately obvious—well, it was, because he didn’t look like me,” Elba says. “But it wasn’t immediately obvious what had gone down.”
Then reality set in:
“The celebration of having a son—from a man’s perspective, it’s massive.” He told friends about it. He told reporters about it. Then came the suggestion—not from the child’s mother, but from elsewhere—that not everything was what it appeared to be. “It wasn’t immediately obvious—well, it was, because he didn’t look like me,” Elba says. “But it wasn’t immediately obvious what had gone down.”
Eventually, Elba decided to take a paternity test, which showed the child wasn’t his. “To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly,” he says, “was like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW.”
“You know, the truth is—like, even admitting it, I’ll probably get laughed at for the rest of my life. But it is just tragic, and it happened.” He looks directly at me when he says this. “But I wasn’t knocked out. I stood right the fuck back up, and I ain’t aiming to take another punch in the face ever again. Do you understand what I’m saying? It happened to me. I moved on.”
Wow. Hella story. You can read the FULL article/interview at GQ.
In the meantime, check out this video of Idris getting his posin’ on and basically talkin’ smack at his photo shoot.
*GQ writer Zach Baron has written an article that seeks to grasp the fascination with black gossip site MediaTakeOut.com.
Titled “MediaTakeout: Fear of a Black TMZ,” Baron tries to understand why a lot of its unsubstantiated, unconfirmed and outrageously titled articles are often picked up by so-called credible news sites.
“If you want to know how a surreal kernel of innuendo can travel from the floor of an NBA game to the front page of the New York Daily News and beyond, all without a single person actually knowing what it means, or whether it’s even true, consider the tale of Carmelo Anthony’s wife La La, Kevin Garnett, the apparently erotic flavor of Honey Nut Cheerios, and the vast, confusing world of black Internet gossip,” writes Baron, before detailing the drama.
Baron goes on to write:
MediaTakeout is often referred to as “the black TMZ,” but it’s hard to imagine even TMZ running a story about any human, black or white, with the headline, “SEXY OR GAY??? R&B Singer Miguel Makes Simulated Booty Love To An Invisible Person!!!” The site is hugely popular—viewed by around 16 million people each month—and it does indeed specialize in coverage of African-American celebrities. Athletes, rappers, radio personalities, actors, politicians, reality-television stars; anyone black and famous, up to and including our president: “We’ve Got PICS Of That WOMAN That PRESIDENT OBAMA Was Flirting With… And Look At The BODY LANGUAGE Between The Two Of Them… Michelle It’s Time To STEP IN AND GET YOUR MAN!!!!”
The writer also concedes: “Whatever it publishes probably isn’t true, but it does mean you’ve made it in the game.”
Click here to read the full article.