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Wednesday
Sep282011

Gay Actress Says 'Modest Kiss' Led to Removal from Southwest Plane

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Openly gay actress Leisha Hailey maintains she did not kiss her female partner in an inappropriate manner before they were removed from a Southwest Airlines flight on Monday.

Hailey, a former star of the TV series The L Word, and Camila Grey, her partner and bandmate in the group Uh Huh Her, released a statement Tuesday in which they said they "were not making out or creating any kind of spectacle of ourselves" on the flight leaving from El Paso, Texas, for Los Angeles.

They said, "[I]t was one, modest kiss. We are responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity. We were simply being affectionate like any normal couple."

Hailey and Grey say that while they take full responsibility for "getting verbally upset" with the flight attendant who allegedly told them before they got kicked off the plane that Southwest was a family airline, they are not apologizing for the incident.  They say they are in the process of filing a formal complaint with the airline.

After releasing their statement, the couple denied via their band's Twitter account that their dispute with Southwest was merely a publicity stunt.

Southwest has said it received several passenger complaints regarding "excessive" behavior by Hailey and Grey.

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Tuesday
Sep272011

Former 'L Word' Star Kicked off Plane for Kissing Her Girlfriend

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- An openly gay actress who starred on the TV series The L Word says she was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight Monday for kissing her female partner.

Leisha Hailey tweeted, "Flt. attendant said that it was a 'family' airline and kissing was not ok."

She wrote that she and her partner were escorted off the plane "for getting upset about the issue."

Hailey demanded a refund and a public apology from Southwest Airlines, adding, "Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline."

After the Twitter account for her music group, Uh Huh Her, retweeted what she wrote, Southwest Airlines tweeted an apology and ask her to contact them so it could look into the matter.

However, the airline later said in a statement obtained by TMZ.com, "Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive.  Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender. "

Hailey played Alice Pieszecki on The L Word.  Her recent TV credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Drop Dead Diva and American Dad!

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Thursday
Sep012011

'Dancing with the Stars' Producer Defends Casting of Chaz Bono

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s only been a few days since the new Dancing with the Stars roster was announced, but the show’s executive producer has already been forced to defend the choice of certain celebrities, particularly Chaz Bono.

Some people on the ABC.com message boards have criticized the selection of Cher’s transgender son, with one commenter writing, "I am disgusted with the choice of Chaz Bono."

And that’s not all. OneMillionMoms.com, which says its goal is to “stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media,” says Dancing with the Stars has "gone too far" by casting Bono and the openly gay Carson Kressley.  The organization is asking people who visit the site to email ABC and "let them know that we will not tolerate" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues "being forced into our homes."

Dancing with the Stars executive producer Conrad Green believes the backlash against Bono is premature.

He says, “I would ask those people, who've expressed discontent about this, to give Chaz a try.  If they still feel the same after, so be it.  But have an open mind.  You might actually find that you really grow to like Chaz.”

Green also disputes the notion that the show is pushing an LGBT agenda.

He says, “I've been accused of having a right-wing agenda when I had Bristol Palin on the show, and we've been accused all kinds of agendas in the past and I genuinely don't think we have one.”

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Friday
Aug122011

Bert, Ernie Don't Have Sexual Orientation, Says 'Sesame Street'

Moritz Winde/Bongarts/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Are they gay?  It's the age-old -- well, several-years-old -- question intriguing fans of muppets Bert and Ernie.

On Thursday, Sesame Street weighed in on Facebook:

"Bert and Ernie are best friends.  They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.  Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."

The controversy emerged most recently with an online petition suggesting Bert and Ernie be allowed to marry.  Thousands of same-sex couples have been married in New York since gay marriage was legalized in the Empire State in July.  So why not Bert and Ernie?

Chicago resident Lair Scott started the online petition at Change.org to pressure the Sesame Street Workshop to "Let Bert & Ernie get married on Sesame Street."  The petition reads, "We are not asking Sesame Street to do anything crude or disrespectful...It can be done in a tasteful way.  Let us teach tolerance of those that are different."  The petition has collected more than 1,600 signatures.

But are Bert and Ernie even gay, never mind ready for the ultimate commitment?  Scott clearly thinks so.

In an interview with ABC News, Scott said, "A lot of people have wondered about Bert and Ernie...Living in the same bedroom and the same home would make anyone question their sexuality."

His aim, he added, is to get 20,000 petitioners to encourage the Sesame Workshop to either marry Bert and Ernie or introduce a gay or lesbian character.

A few days before he posted the marriage petition, Scott had generated another, asking Sesame Workshop to "Out Bert and Ernie as Gay."

For a couple of puppets geared toward preschoolers, Bert and Ernie have generated controversy over the years, centered primarily around their sexual orientation.

The rumor mill went into overdrive last year when Bert wrote on the Sesame Street twitter account that his haircut resembled Mr. T's -- "the only difference is mine is a little more 'mo, a little less 'hawk."  That was enough to convince many bloggers that the Sesame Workshop was secretly signaling Bert's sexual orientation.

But the folks on Sesame Street have always pushed back against the rumors.  In 2007, Sesame Workshop president and CEO Gary Knell wrote, "They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets...they do not exist below the waist."

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Thursday
Jul212011

Zach Braff Says He's Not Gay after Website Hacked

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Scrubs and Garden State star Zach Braff wants you to know that he isn't gay, but he's "not too straight" either.

The actor's old website was hacked on Wednesday and a message attributed to him was posted on it claiming he was gay.  The fake announcement said, "I am excited and proud that that I am an open member of the homosexual community."

Braff posted his own statement on his Facebook page, saying, "My old website got hacked.  Someone issued a 'coming out' statement on my behalf.  I'm still straight and in love with my girlfriend.  But not too straight; I still love musicals, brunch and Doogie Howser."

In addition, Braff's publicist told E! News that the site that got hacked had not been used by the actor since 2006.

Braff later posted a clip of him and former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison singing "Guy Love" from a past Scrubs episode, declaring, "This song is my official statement."

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Tracy Morgan Offends Mentally Disabled

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tracy Morgan is in hot water again for comments he made during a stand-up routine.

The nonprofit organization The Arc is demanding an apology from the comedian for remarks he made during a performance at a New York City comedy club on Saturday.

E! Online reports during the 30 Rock star's second show at Caroline's, Morgan told the audience not to "mess with women who have retarded kids."  He reportedly went on to say, "Them young retarded males is strong.  They're strong like chimps."

Morgan then reportedly followed that with a joke about hooking up with a girl he labeled as "a cripple" on a dialysis machine who had a prosthetic arm.

The Arc's CEO, Peter Berns, told E! News, "Tracy Morgan should apologize immediately.  This quote is far too offensive to be excused as comedy, and it is very hurtful to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families."

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Saturday's stand-up appearance was Morgan's first performance since his infamous homophobic rant in Nashville, Tennessee on June 3.  Morgan has apologized several times for his anti-gay comments.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Tracy Morgan Returns to Nashville, Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remarks

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Comedian Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday to apologize for anti-gay remarks he made during a show there earlier this month.

Morgan's anti-gay rant made headlines after audience member Kevin Rogers wrote a Facebook posting about it. Rogers was onstage Tuesday in Nashville to accept Morgan's apology.

“I want to apologize to my friends and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who I offended with this,” Morgan said. “I didn't know. I didn't mean it.”

Since making the controversial remarks, Tracy Morgan has met with gay youth in New York City as well as officials with the gay advocacy group GLAAD and leaders in the Nashville gay community.

“I don't really see gay or straight,” Morgan said. “I just see human beings now.”

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Tracy Morgan Aims to Make Amends with Gay Community

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tracy Morgan is trying to make amends days after being labeled insensitive by gay rights activists, his colleagues, the general public and his bosses at NBC for an anti-gay tirade during his standup performance June 3 at the Ryman Auditorium in Tennessee.

The 30 Rock star will be meeting this week with several young gay people and people who have lost family members to anti-gay violence.

Morgan told eonline.com, "I know how bad bullying can hurt.  I was bullied when I was a kid.  I'm sorry for what I said.  I didn't mean it.  I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone.  My family knew what it was like to feel different.  My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987."

He added, "My dad wasn't gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that."

Morgan explained, "Parents should support and love their kids no matter what.  Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else.  Our laws should support that."

Morgan will visit Tennessee next week with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for a press conference protesting the state's recent passage of the "Don't Say Gay" bill, which prohibits the discussion of homosexuality before ninth grade in public schools.

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Monday
Jun132011

Tracy Morgan's Co-Stars React to Outburst

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tracy Morgan, comedian and 30 Rock star issued an apology Friday for his tirade against gay people during a stand-up show in Nashville, Tenn., June 3.

"I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others," Morgan said in a statement. "While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."

However, Morgan's co-stars and Hollywood colleagues have continued to express disappointment in the actor. On Friday, Tina Fey, 30 Rock's creator and executive producer, said publicly that she was personally disturbed by the violent nature of Morgan's remarks against gay people.

"I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket," Fey said.

But it looks as if those co-workers might need more time to accept Morgan's apology. On Saturday, 30 Rock co-star Cheyenne Jackson, who is gay, told Out.com that he is "disgusted and appalled" by Morgan's actions.

Even Chris Rock, who initially offered Morgan a tweet of support amid the outrage against him, is now taking back his words. The comedian tweeted on Friday, "I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in world where Tracy Morgan can't say foul inappropriate s**t." But a day later, Rock rescinded his support, tweeting, "Tracy Morgan is a tad off, we all know that so when Tracy says something I usually don't take it anymore serious than I would a statement from Gary Busey or Flavor Flav. When I first heard the statement I thought it was offensive but it also reminded me of my father saying I'll kill you if you ever bring home a white girl, but after reading everything Tracy said, wow I get it that s**t wasn't called for, and I don't support it at all. Now can I please go to the Tony awards without getting my a** kicked."

The criticism against Morgan came immediately he made the comments at his stand-up show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Audience member Kevin Rogers, who is gay, wrote on his Facebook page about Morgan's over-the-top comments at the show. The item, titled "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan, said, "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly, and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor. I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take.

"What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that 'Born this Way' is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because 'God don't make no mistakes.' Morgan's raunchy lewd statements also included how he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay."

Morgan's representative issued a statement to gay rights website Unicorn Booty, saying, "There is no comment. Thank you."

Calls to Morgan's rep by ABC News were not immediately returned.

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Friday
Jun102011

Tracy Morgan Under Fire for Anti-Gay Rant

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Comedian and 30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan reportedly went on a vicious tirade against gay people during a standup show in Nashville.

Audience member Kevin Rogers, who is gay, wrote on his Facebook page called "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan, stating, "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor. I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take."

He continued: "What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that 'Born this Way' is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because 'God don't make no mistakes.' Morgan's raunchy lewd statements also included how he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay."

The Ryman Auditorium responded in a statement regarding Morgan's statements made in the June 3 appearance, saying the theater "regrets that people were offended by statements" Morgan made, adding that it "does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons."

Morgan's rep issued a statement to gay rights website Unicorn Booty saying, "There is no comment. Thank you."

Calls to Morgan's rep by ABC News were not immediately returned.

This is not the first time that Morgan has been accused of homophobic slurs. In a 2009 Carnegie Hall standup show, audience members walked out within the first 30 minutes after Morgan again stated that homosexuality was a choice. An audience member told the New York Daily News, "There was a continuous flow of people getting up and leaving throughout the show. Middle-aged women were the most flabbergasted when he started mimicking explicit sex acts on stage."

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