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Issue 197: Bros, Bisi Alimi, Cazwell, Kris Evans, Rose McGowan, Michael Sam, Simon Webbe, Looking, Doctor Who, and more...


the week's
news
& pop
culture,
with a
gay
bias.


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More people fantasise about gay sex than you realise.

Actress Rose McGowan has blasted the gay community, saying, "Gay men are as misogynistic as straight men, if not more so. I have an indictment of the gay community right now, I’m actually really upset with them." She subsequently took to Twitter to clarify, "I was pissed off when I said that, obvs a gross over generalization, for which I apologize. But my point stands."

Yes there is misogyny among gay men – but our sexist world is the problem. "Rose McGowan is right that the gay rights movement has tended to ignore women. But sexism is everywhere – the bulk of the hate comes from heterosexuals."

Why are The Advocate's commenters so transphobic? "Antitrans vitriol posted in response to The Advocate's coverage of transgender issues is symptomatic of broader divisions in the LGBT population."

If punk is the ultimate anti-establishment scene, why is it still run by all these white men? "As a trans woman in punk, I try to find beauty in a faux-inclusive scene that’s never perfect – and occasionally awful."

Why I don’t believe people who say they loathe Islam but not Muslims. "It is psychologically unnatural to claim that you hate an ideology without hating the people in whose lives it is expressed."

Think school shooters are usually bullied and unpopular? You're wrong.

On haterade. "Commenting culture infects the internet, inviting us not to 'join the conversation' so much as to join a fight–or at least gawk from the sidelines."

FlavaMen Blatino Awards

WE'RE ABSOLUTELY thrilled to announce that kaos has been nominated for the FlavaMen Blatino Awards, in the categories of Best News Blog and Best Entertainment Blog.

The annual FlavaMen Blatino Awards - for and by men of color - have been running for five years. The public can vote for their favorite personality, channel, website, porn star, clubs, and more. You may vote for one nominee in each category.

The deadline for voting is 31st December 2014. Only one vote is allowed per email (you must confirm your vote via email for it to count).

Winners will be announced at a special ceremony celebration in Atlanta, during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend (16-19 January 2015).

Dark water

WHAT I WATCHED
LAST NIGHT

THERE WERE moments - many moments - throughout this year's series of Doctor Who when it felt like the show was on the mend, when we were on our way to a cure.

Yes, the series opener, Deep Breath, was as big of a pig's breakfast as everything else since Steven Moffatt took over as showrunner. But Peter Capaldi was immediately captivating, a real Doctor, something the superficial "sexy" Doctors we've had since the 2005 relaunch never were (and from the original series - or Real Doctor Who, as we like to think of it around here - Peter Davison. Like Eccleston, Tennant and Smith, he's a perfectly good actor, but he isn't the Doctor).

Subsequent episodes showed promise. Into The Dalek had something new to offer, and neither Robot of Sherwood nor Time Heist were half as bad as their trailers suggested they would be. Listen, Kill The Moon and Flatline were fine, solid episodes, compensating for the pedestrian The Caretaker, and derivative Mummy On The Orient Express. But there was the obligatory turd: In The Forest Of The Night, an embarrassing misfire filled with stage school brats, that saw the Doctor shrugging his shoulders and leaving humanity to die.

Which leaves us with the two part season finale, a game of two halves. The first exhilarating instalment, Dark Water, featured some intriguing ideas, and left us with a truly jaw-dropping cliffhanger. But the concluding Death In Heaven brought us full circle, serving up a proper pig's breakfast - and a thoroughly distasteful one, at that.

Death In Heaven is nasty. Ugly, and nasty, with any good ideas present in Dark Water are here sacrificed to overblown emotional histrionics. Missy has orchestrated the whole thing because she wants the Doctor to notice her, or something. Even now I can barely remember the motivation. But it was some tedious bollocks about "feelings" and "emotions", put there to show us how talented and brilliant the showrunner is. Wasn't it more fun when the Master wanted to do things just because he was evil, and wanted to destroy the Doctor? Don't get me wrong: Michelle Gomez, as Missy/The Master, is great fun, but all the wind is taken out of her sails by Moffat's boring, posturing, sub-Hollyoaks emoting. And who thought it would be a good idea to bring back the Brigadier - one of the show's best-loved characters - as a Cyberman? Is that what we're doing now - raping the past for cheap thrills? What will we get next season, Sarah-Jane Smith as a Haemovore?

It's all just such a shame. The talent is there (on screen), but there are forces behind the scenes working against the show. Is it the bean counters at BBC Inc., making sure to milk their cash cow for every last cent? Is it the rampant egos of writers who aren't half as talented as they think they are? Or is the state of Doctor Who just indicative of the current state of British television, which, like every aspect of life in the UK, is dominated by perfectly lovely, well-connected people who all knew one another at university?

Who knows. Peter Capaldi is incentive enough to watch, but he's ill-served by the text. As are we all.

Issue 196: Shamir, PrEP, David DeCoteau, chemsex, bottom shaming, Shrien Dewani, Denny Fouts, Finding Me, Zebra Katz, and more...


the week's
news
& pop
culture,
with a
gay
bias.


| ponder on this |


Why we're still waiting for gay Hollywood to talk about PrEP.


Why Halloween is a gay tradition.

The first time I dressed in drag, I found both myself and the ugliness in others, writes Zach Stafford.

Where are the west’s female leaders? "Women are gaining more political power in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America than in Europe. What’s slowing us down?"

Why are some men so angry? "From Gamergate to mass shootings to domestic violence and the NFL, the common denominator is male rage."

The woman who made a video about catcalling is already getting rape threats.


This insanely detailed map proves race is a social construct.

I’m a Muslim with a beard. What’s so scary about that?

We cannot just focus on challenging the violent extremists in society when the issue is within Islamism as a whole.

From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists. "Those who resist are treated like terrorists – as in Ferguson this year, and as I and other black activists were in the 60s and 70s."

International adoption made me a commodity, not a daughter. "I was taken from my home in Ethiopia by a corrupt adoption agency. When I returned, I felt Ethiopian, but they saw me as an American."

Richard Branson’s space tourism shows what today’s obscene inequality looks like. "When rich people burn huge sums of money on fun, it wakes us up to the excesses of the free market."

How rich governments use compassion as an excuse to let thousands of migrants die.

Lad luxe: The fetishisation of the working class in fashion is the height of snobbery, reducing disadvantage to a trend.

You are probably wrong about almost everything.

Five products you probably buy that are quietly driving human rights abuses.
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