1. “Gravy Boat.” Caity Weaver’s Week on the High Seas With Paula Deen and Friends.
“After spending a week in the presence of, but never really with, Paula—watching her tug on beards, toss a water balloon to her husband, and pull clip-in hair extensions out of her hair to brandish them, deadpan, before a crowd—I decide her house blend of aggressive folksiness is more of a put-on than she would like her cruise buddies to know, but less than a cynical mind would think. She’s certainly naturally bawdy: Over the course of seven days, Paula will hear a joke about breasts being accidentally dipped in gravy and grits and repeat it several times, always to raucous laughter (her own). She will inject jokes about beating one’s meat (to tenderize it) into multiple cooking demonstrations. She will refer to one female passenger as a ’slot slut.’ She will engage in a very brief pantomime of doggy-style sex with her husband as he helps affix a microphone pack to the waistband of her capris. She will see her husband cooking a chicken, and ask, inexplicably, if he is choking his chicken.”
2. “Anti-Gay Jim Crow Comes to Kansas.” A new Kansas proposal would legalize discrimination against gay couples in the state, echoing one of the ugliest parts of American history.
“On Wednesday, the Kansas House of Representatives took a step back to the 1890s with a shameful bill that borrows from Jim Crow to legalize discrimination against gay couples. Approved by a vote of 72 to 49, House Bill No. 2453 would allow businesses and government employees to deny service to same-sex couples on the basis of their religious beliefs. The law specifies businesses with ’public accommodations,’ but—in effect—that covers almost everything. What does this mean in the real world? If you and your partner want to go buy groceries, but the owner—or manager—doesn’t ’agree’ with your relationship, they can refuse you service. If you want to go the movies, and the owner decides she’s uncomfortable—she can kick you out. Hotels can deny entry, gyms can deny access, and restaurants can eject you without consequence.”
3. “Facebook Expands Gender Options for Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Users.” For years, trans individuals have lamented Facebook’s requirement to be addressed using either male or female pronouns. Starting today, that’s all changed.
“[Yesterday], Facebook unveiled a slew of new pronoun and gender options for its profile, a frequently requested feature among transgender users. In addition to being able to select from ’male,’ ’female,’ or ’gender-neutral’ pronouns, users can now enter their gender as they see fit. ’Androgyne,’ ’Pangender,’ ’Bi-gender,’ ’Agender,’ ’Trans Woman,’ ’Transsexual,’ ’Trans* Man,’ ’Cis woman,’ and dozens of other gender-identifying options are now available to users by selecting the ’custom’ option in the profile’s ’Basic Information’ section. The new gender identity listing also has a built-in privacy setting, allowing users to determine who is able to view their gender identity when looking at their profile.”
4. “Stuck in a New York Fashion Week elevator with Andre Leon Talley.” What do you get when 10 fashion editors find themselves stuck in a lift after the Oscar de la Renta show for 50 minutes?
“Making a sharp exit after a fashion show is key when you’re crazy storeys up in a high-rise building. The queues for the lift take what feels like a lifetime when you’re rushing to the next show across town. So getting into the very first lift down after the Oscar de la Renta show on the 25th floor of 11 West 42nd Street was a massive score. Ten smug fashion editors—the notoriously outspoken former editor-at-large of American Vogue Andre Leon Talley, WSJ’s Meenal Mistry and Paula Knight, Le Figaro’s Godfrey Deeny, editorialist.com’s Kate Davidson Hudson, the Telegraph Magazine’s Daniela Agnelli and me (and three more I have yet to identify), plus Jim the elevator man—were on their way. Or not, as became evident when the lift jerked to a standstill around the second floor.”
5. “Tough Day at the Office.” Drake is feeling repentant today.
“With today being the 5th anniversary of So Far Gone I figured it’s fitting to return to it’s place of its origin in order to clear the air about an extremely emotional day. I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalized by this publication. My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating. They ran the issue without giving me a choice to be in it or not. I would have waited until it was my time because I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologize to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment.”
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