The Daily Show reacts to Britneys VMA performance. from 2000

8 years ago. there was a time. It was a time when America was at peace, Britney Spears was pure as the wind driven snow and a little television program starring Steve Carell, Steven Colbert and some jew named Stewart was skewering the popular culture.

On September 11th 2000 Nancy Walls reported on MTV’s thrice-yearly annual music video awards. And it was good…

Gay couples use weddings as wedges

Emotion is the sword in the anti-Prop 8 ballot measure in California as gay couples use their weddings in the fight to take away the definition of marriage away from the will of the public:

George Takei of “Star Trek” fame and his partner, Brad Altman, are working with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to publicize their Sept. 14 wedding in an effort to put a “public face” on the gay marriage issue. The Human Rights Campaign, meanwhile, has listed them as the first couple on their online registry.

Takei, 71, and Altman, 54, have also asked friends and family to make donations in honor of the wedding to the Japanese-American National Museum in Los Angeles, where they are holding their ceremony.

“We don’t need another toaster or another set of silverware,” said Takei, who is of Japanese ancestry. “So we thought we’d have people who want to celebrate with a gift, do that with these two institutions.”

Yager, the wedding planner, said same-sex couples have found other ways to provide monetary support to defeating Proposition 8, including purchasing wedding favors from vendors that will then donate the proceeds to gay rights organizations.

The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center has made the process easier by creating an online resource for same-sex couples. The site lists more than 60 wedding businesses _ providing everything from invitations to lighting _ that donate to the center, which has given $200,000 to the No on 8 campaign, said spokesman Jim Key.

Could “Back To You” be brought back… to you?

The recently canceled sitcom, Back To You could possibly switch to CBS who first eyed the series before Fox snagged it. So why not encourage this? Fox has a terrible record of canceling shows that are just starting to gain an audience and make the switch from cult following to mainstream popularity anyway.

Fox’s fall schedule is set to be announced Thursday in New York. The network declined comment on the fate of “Back to You.”

Grammer said he spoke with Fox executives Peter Liguori and Kevin Reilly on Saturday and that they didn’t fully explain the decision. He speculated that their interest in the show had “waned” so they were unwilling to be patient with it.

“I’m not really sure what the real reasoning is. I think they ended up with a show that was going to be a great show. It was a great show,” he said.

An online petition campaign is afoot to save the show and Grammer and his wife, Camille, sent an e-mail note to friends inviting them to jump aboard. Grammer said he’s “nursing a tiny hope” that CBS might pick up the show after talking with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.

“I spoke with Les the other day and he was not completely discouraging,” Grammer said, wryly.

Grammer and his wife e-mailed friends that if they wished to voice support for the show to CBS, “you won’t hear us complaining.”

Here’s part of one episode where they sent a dude to Anthrocon, which, God help us all… is a real thing where people who like to dress up as animals get together for non-sexual…um… meetings I guess:

And his coverage of him actually there is even better:

C’mon now. You’re telling me this is less worthy than anything else currently running in the same or surrounding time slots on any of the main networks?

I say give Back To You some after-the-fact support and contact FOX to express disappointment and more importantly, contact CBS to express encouragement.

Back to You won’t be back on Fox

Despite having better ratings than its comedy companion ‘Til Death, the series was not renewed by the network on May 9, 2008, while ‘Til Death was renewed. The show is being shopped to other networks. Ironically, CBS was initially interested in the series before it landed at FOX. Heaton is the former star of CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond, while CBS several years ago tried to get Grammer to star in a spinoff of Frasier. The network is hoping to open a new night of comedy beyond its Monday lineup, and a Grammer-Heaton project could be a solid anchor for such an extension. On May 27, 2008, it was announced that Kelsey Grammer had signed on to play the lead in a new ABC sitcom Roman’s Empire.

And what’s up with THIS crap? Sounds like a dick move on Fox’s part, no? Check this out:

Kelsey Grammer said Tuesday that Fox is dropping his sitcom “Back to You,” calling the decision a surprise and a shame. “They have let it go,” Grammer told The Associated Press. “We were told all this time we were in good shape and we were coming back.”

On Friday, Grammer taped an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show promoting the series. When the veteran sitcom star (“Cheers,” “Frasier”) arrived home later that evening he received a call telling him that the show was canceled.

Geeeeez. That’s a headline in and of itself.

Exit question: is it hypocritical of me to be sorry a show was canceled that I never supported myself by watching a single episode? Maybe I’m just subconsciously pouty over it cuz I had a possible shot at getting on screen in an episode or more. :/

Miley Cyrus nude in Playboy?

Likely? eh-no. Possible? meh… the offer has been extended. For a shoot to take place in three years that is of course. A countdown to Miley’s 18th birthday can be found here, which I find disturbing because she is so kiddish and non-sexual (from what I’ve seen of her anyway). The Hermione (Harry Potter) countdown was funny to me because at least the actress played a serious and mature character. Hannah Montana is way too kiddie for that kind of humor to be effective for my tastes. But anyway – about her showing her tots for a nudie magazine:

‘Playboy’ founder Hugh Hefner called 15-year-old Miley Cyrus a ‘very pretty lady’ and has floated an idea that will have the shirts at Disney and dads of teenage girls cringing – he wants Miley Cyrus to pose for Playboy.

I don’t want to over analyze the words of an 80 year old sex mag publisher, but I think it’s important to note that 15 year olds are not “ladies”. They’re older kids, and if they’re really really mature in all areas then maybe “young ladies”.

Hef had previously made the offer to not-yet-legal stars to pose, including Lindsay Lohan (who later decided to get naked for a magazine anyway and get paid much less) and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (who I’m sure will be staying clothed until their careers show a steep sign of fading). On the latter, Jack Ryan, who’s article in the Post Chronicle I’m quoting from, says:

Just before Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turned 18, Hefner called them “every young man’s fantasy” and implored them to strip for his centerfold. Now 21, they decided to pass.

Then he uses an unfortunate word to describe miss Cyrus:

Best known to her adoring tween fans as Hannah Montana, Cyrus is a pretty 15-year-old Lolita at the moment and comes at a time when Cyrus has been fending off criticisms for her semi-naked photo shoot in Vogue magazine.

Dude.. Again: Miley Cyrus is NOT a Lolita. She’s not even a sex symbol. I’m aware that she gave a slutted up performance at an American Idol event, but come on – the rest of the time she is not in that direction. Or am I missing something huge? The term Lolita is supposed to reference a sexually matured girl 12 to 14 that preys on weak male adults for sex. I didn’t even think it was accurately applied to Amy Fisher (especially if her stories about how Joey advanced on HER first and forcefully are true), but at least she was actually doing an adult guy.

Miley Cyrus appears to be unfairly sexualized by everyone observing her when she herself has not made a deliberate attempt to go in that direction.

Tom Hanks endorses Obama

Tom Hanks, in this video shows how to do it, if you MUST and only if you absolutely MUST endorse a presidential candidate as a celebrity: with humility, self deprecating humor, candor, and sincerity not wild eyed passion.

The only misstep I didn’t care for was his line about the country considering people of his skin color only 3/5ths of a human. Phrasing it that way is to imply that ALL people of color had that worth legally atattched to them. I’ve heard others in the media distort the history on this (none intentionally I believe) and its important to correct that the United States never said that all black people were 3 fifths of a human being. That designation was applied only to slaves, and even in 1776, not all people in America with dark skin were slaves. Michael Medved, who is a big American History afficionado (as is Tom Hanks) made an interesting point about this the other day when he said the 3 fifths designation was actually more than anti-slavery activists at the time wanted because its only purpose was Congressional designation. So in other words, if you hated slavery then you wanted slaves to be counted as 0% of a person because they weren’t allowed to vote. Counting them as 3 fifths of a person only served to seat more congressmen.

Although it’s disappointing that Hanks’ endorsement comes down to it being all about race (isn’t Obama supposed to be the ultimate non-divider?), the delivery is pleasant and not at all obnoxious, which is something other politically active celebrities could take a cue from.

Exit question: was it the best idea to hand over the subliminal metaphor of Obama’s possible campaign result in that sinking ship picture over his shoulder?