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Fake Kiss in Shakespeare Play Prompts Prayer Circle

Anyone who has attended school in America knows who Shakespeare is. A prolific writer, William Shakespeare's works have reached many a public school classrooms, with plays from Hamlet to The Merry Wives of Windsor being taught across the nation. Shakespeare's plays are still being performed today, and one all-male group performed an educational parody of Shakespeare's plays which contained a stage kiss between Romeo and Juliet in a high school in North Carolina. Two men performing a fake kiss on stage apparently offended parents so greatly that they felt the need to invoke God by forming a prayer circle, according to The New Civil Rights Movement.

The play, titled The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), was performed at Mitchell High School and was edited to make it more appropriate for a high school audience, but alcohol consumption and homosexuality among other things were left in, sparking  a group of angry parents and pastors to form a prayer circle.

Original reports claim that the prayer circle was formed in protest of topics such as alcohol and bad language, but one parent revealed that the real reason the circle was formed was because of the stage kiss that was performed between Romeo and Juliet, who were played by two malr actors. 

Do these patents realize that a few students in Mitchell High School are probably gay? Or that the kiss was performed technically by a heterosexual couple? Or that the kiss wasn't even real? Some people take things too seriously and in this instance, the parents really overreacted. 

I shudder to think how they would react if the group put on a production of Twelfth Night.


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A Bachelor Vietnam Contestant Confessed To Falling For Her Fellow Competitor

Fans of the Bachelor and reality television will get a kick out of this one.

There are many different forms and variations of reality tv shows out there. The Bachelor is no different and has several iterations across the globe, but its The Bachelor Vietnam that’s currently got online commenters buzzing.

The tv series is currently airing and had a shocking scene at the last rose ceremony.

Female contestant Minh Thu was disappointed to see that she had not been given a rose (and thus was eliminated from the dating competition). That said, she then shared that she wasn’t too upset, because she had already found love somewhere else.

 “I went into this competition to find love, and I’ve found that love for myself,” she told Bachelor Nguyen Quoc Trung, according to Next Shark. “But it isn’t you. It’s someone else.”

Minh Thu then approached fellow contestant Truc Nhu and asked her to walk of the show together.

Truc Nhu, looking conflicted, decided to follow Minh Thu, but only after momentarily speaking to Nguyen.

“I’m sorry, I really wanted to get to know you.”

Quoc Trung then tried to convince Truc Nhu to stay, but she left the room.

While all of that is amazing and the type of reality tv we could get into, the story doesn’t end there.

Later on in the episode, good ol’ Quoc Trung met up with Truc Nhu to convince her to stay. Truc Nhu then decided to listen to him and re-accepted his rose.

Let's be honest. This scene looks like it was faked and scripted for controversy and attention, at least to this writer.

That said, we can't rule out the possibility of this being a sincere moment of bisexual love and drama.

Fake or not, one thing is for sure. This certainly made exciting tv.

h/t: Next Shark

Madonna's MDNA Skin Commercials Are Weird, Wonderful, and Oh-So Madonna

While we wait impatiently for the Queen of Pop’s upcoming 14th studio album, Madonna is keeping us at least a little bit satiated--and certainly entertained--with video advertisements for her MDNA Skin line.

Madge has been all over to promote her highly scientific, mega-expensive products. For instance, last year she serenaded Jimmy Fallon while giving him a clay facial on NBC.

One of the staples of the skincare line is a $600 chrome clay face mask set complete with a magnetic tool that removes the product from your face without rinsing.

Right now, The Queen of Pop is promoting a toning rose mist spray. Something that should surprise no one: the commercials she’s been releasing online are eye-catching, dramatic and theatrical.

 

In the latest, Madonna delivers a soliloquy about her obsession with roses, cooing, “I want to live in a world of roses,” while serving impressively razor-sharp vogue moves in closeup, then dancing provocatively in a structured outfit that shows off her famously fit bum. 

She then sprays the mist all over herself and looks a little bit like she's climaxing.

Never change, Mom. Please just keep being you.

While we're on this topic, check out the MDNA promo from last year with “The Fat Jew” Josh Ostrovsky.

And for the record, there is a cheaper alternative to that MDNA face mask set, a battery-free option that runs for $200. We try to be helpful. 

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Newcomer Alex Landi Cast As Gay Male Surgeon In Season 15 Of Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy just got even more representation.

The medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is the longest running scripted primetime tv show in American tv history.

In all it’s 15 and counting seasons, the series has seen multiple LGBTQ characters don scrubs and grace the screen. This includes the bisexual icon Dr. Callie Torres, the lesbian hero Dr. Arizona Robbins, the transgender intern Dr. Casey Parker, and more.

And now, it has been announced that season 15 of the series will see the introduction of the show’s first gay male surgeon.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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ABC has announced that newcomer Alex Landi was cast as a gay male surgeon named Dr. Nico Kim.

ABC also confirmed that Landi will play a reoccurring role, but would not give more details about his character or how many episodes he is planned to appear in.

Hopefully, Landi’s character will be well-liked by the audience and will then get to stick around longer. Hopefully, his character won’t be a plot point for drama among the other characters such as the disastrous and not missed Dr. Minnick.

We’ll just have to wait a couple weeks to see what happens to Dr. Nico Kim as Grey’s Anatomy’s 15th season will air on September 27 with a two-hour special.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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h/t: TV Line

2018 Eurovision Song Contest Serves Up Surprises

The Grand Finals of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest were held last night in Lisbon, Portugal, and there were definitely the memorable, over-the-top moments we've come to expect from the annual music competition.

The finals of the contest are viewed by over 200 million people in the world and often features high-camp concepts much to the delight of the audience.

Winning doesn't guarantee world fame although there have been a couple of champions who went on to amazing success.

You know, folks you might have heard of like Celine Dion (represented Switzerland in 1988) and Abba (represented Sweden in 1974). 

The biggest surprise during last night's performance came while the UK's SuRie was belting out her song, "Storm." From the wings, a man ran onstage, grabbed her microphone and started yelling something along the line of: "Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom?"

What? Queen - get off the stage!

An absolute pro, SuRie's composure was incredible. Her head definitely in the game, she stepped back allowing security to do it's job.

Within seconds security had the stage invader in custody and handed the microphone back to SuRie just in time for the lyrics, “Don’t give up!”

And the crowd goes wild!

Watch the performance, stage invasion (1:40 mark) and amazing recovery below.

 

 

SuRie was given the chance to sing again as the show’s final performance but declined. In a statement, Team SuRie said they were "extremely proud of her performance and have decided that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again."

Unfortunately, Team UK placed near the bottom of the results.

Also part of the drama this year was a Chinese broadcaster censoring the semi-finals performance of Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy which featured two men dancing together.

The European Broadcasting Union banned the channel, Mango TV, from broadcasting the finals saying in a statement that the censorship was “not in line” with its “values of universality and inclusivity.”

In the end, the winner of the mega-competition was Netta Barzilai of Israel whose performance of pop anthem "Toy" included beatboxing, chicken noises and arm flaps.

Barzilai, who apparently has a large LGBT fan-base, told the press, “Some of my team that takes care of me and holds me up through some hard times are part of the [LGBT] community ,and I am nothing without them.”

“I will be at the next pride [parade] in Tel Aviv,” she added.

The win caused it's own drama as supporters and opponents decried political frictions between Israel and other countries in the Middle East.

This wasn't Israel's first win at the song competition, however.

In 1998 - long before we had trans actress Laverne Cox nominated for an Emmy, or watched RuPaul's Drag Race become a cultural staple - Israel's openly transgender singer Dana International walked away with the grand prize with her Eurovision entry, “Diva.” 

Check out the winning performance (complete with chicken dance) below: