Chaz Moves on in DWTS, Tells Fox No Interviews

Last night Chaz Bono, who heated up the dance floor with a cha-cha on Monday’s season opener of Dancing With The Stars, made it through the first elimination, and will dance again next week.

While Chaz’s victory–and the repeal of DADT–sent a strong message to LGBTphobes, Chaz’s reaction to Fox News was especially cheer-worthy.  Fox News had published transphobic frother Dr. Keith Ablow’s rant urging parents to boycott DWTS advising

parents to not allow their children to watch the episodes in which Chaz appears.

On last Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmy red carpet, Fox wanted an interview with Chaz.  Chaz’s media adviser Howard Bragman relates:

When Chaz was on the red carpet at the Emmys last Saturday Fox asked for an interview. I said that since a Fox person [Dr. Ablow] recommended boycotting Chaz, we are boycotting Fox.


photo: screen shot, DWTS

Emmys: FOX Cut Alec Baldwin Phone Hack Gag, Actor Reacts


For the Emmy’s opening number, Fox News trimmed a skit featutring Alec Baldwin playing a  television executive because the bit referenced Rupert Murdoch and the NewCorp hacking scandal. The joke was pre-approved by producers. Baldwin then removed himself from the skit itself–Leonard Nimoy replaced him– when the joke was snipped, writing today:

A couple of days later, I was informed that the producers had been told by some Fox entity that the joke had to be cut. I then asked that the entire piece be omitted, as I felt the joke was, perhaps, the funniest thing in it.

Baldwin was not at the awards ceremony; he had commited to hosting  a benefit  in New York to  honor Tony Bennett’s on the singer’s 85th birthday.

Leonard Nimoy replaced Baldwin in the censored piece, which omitted the television executive asking if Rupert Murdoch was listening to the call.  A Fox spokesperson told

they said they made the decision not because the joke involved Murdoch but because they take the phone-hacking allegations very seriously and did not want to be seen as making light of them.

Baldwin tweeted Sunday:

If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely 4 profit, I’d want that 2 go away, 2.

In his Huffington Post piece, Baldwin had even stronger words for Fox and its parent News Corp

I suppose I am accustomed to a different experience, having worked on 30 Rock for so long, where we have been given the license to skewer the General Electric corporate culture without interference from GE. GE was nothing but gracious and even appreciative of the jokes.

However, in some sense, I understand News Corps.’ reluctance to include that joke. If I were accused of illegally hacking into the private phone messages of the families of innocent crime victims and doing so purely for profit, I would be eager for that scandal to go away, too.

There have been rumblings of Alec Baldwin running for Mayor of New York City, or possibly  for  Senate seat. Here’s his impression of Congress, based on having testified before both the House and Senate:

“Born This Way” LGBT Lyrics Go Missing on TV–In the US!

In both Lady Gaga’s live appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America and in the version sung on Glee the following lyrics to “Born This Way” are omitted:

No matter gay, straight, or bi,
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to survive

One could argue time restraints on GMA caused the singer to shorten the tune. But Glee? Really?! Mmmm.

Meanwhile, two months ago in Malaysia, Born This Way was edited to remove the same verse for radio airplay. NME reports

Chiefs for Malaysia’s top private radio operator AMP Radio Networks made a statement about their edit. They explained that the edit had been commissioned as there are government restrictions against songs that might violate “good taste or decency or are offensive to public feeling”.

The statement continued: “The particular lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances. The issue of being gay, lesbian or bisexual is still considered as a ‘taboo’ by general Malaysians.”

And Wednesday from the Philippines:

Why is Channel V Philippines censoring the lyrics of Lady Gaga’s pro-gay song “Born This Way?”

The music channel removed the controversial line “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby” from the Lady Gaga music video.

Lady Gaga, in her official Twitter account, said last week that the point with ‘Born This Way ‘is to “fight for something that not everyone believes in. To overcome adversity with a message.”

No Joke: Fox, Palin Blink as LL Cool J Knocks Them Out

Sarah Palin and Fox News recycle! Or at least they tried to until multiplatinum artist and award winning actor LL Coool J called them on their crap. Fox News has pulled the LL Cool J segment from Sarah Palin’s new show “Real American Stories” after the rapper tartly pointed out on Twitter that the interview was done in 2008.

Fox says that that two-year old piece was taped with the understanding it could be used  any way the network wanted. Actually it had been used as part of an FNC webseries called “Real American Stories.” Wow, um Sarah, how does leftover crow taste?

Fox News cut LL Cool J’s segment, pulled down the website, and issued this snotty comment about LL Cool J who who stars on CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles, which shows how utterly petty and ignorant they are, considering he has  has appeared in over a dozen movies, starred in 2 seasons worth of NCIS, and performed on numerous television shows as a guest as well as starring in 76 episodes of the Emmy Award winning series “In The House.”

However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career.

Ahhaaah! Sarah Palin is the one with a media fledgling career, and if this is the level of professionalism and care with which she is working, it may not sprout wings.