Celebrate the hump day by reading up on the day’s big gay headlines, starting with the news that has drag-lovers around the world (put particularly under the Queen’s reign) rejoicing: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is a go! And a new promo video for the next episode of Saturday Night Live features none other than Aquaman star Jason Momoa naked and dripping wet!
Also being chatted about today: a comment by anti-animal cruelty organization PETA that has left people rolling their eyes and an update on the tragic death of Greek drag queen Zackie Oh. And people are concerned that Rudy Giuliani, who claims to be Donald Trump’s “cyber expert,” literally doesn’t understand how the internet works.
From RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to a dripping wet Jason Momoa, here are the day’s big gay stories:
As Hornet announced last night, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is officially a go, set to bring eight episodes and 10 competing homegrown queens to BBC3. “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens,” The Sun reports RuPaul as saying. “And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.” Read more here.
2. Police Have Been Officially Charged in the Death of Gay Greek Man (News)
It was September when Zak Kostopoulos, a Greek gay man and drag queen who performed as Zackie Oh!, was killed after what appeared to be a botched jewelry store robbery. Upon exiting the store, he was beaten by the store owner and bystander, and according to witnesses, he was later kicked and beaten by police officers as well. He died on the way to the hospital. Now four police officers have been charged with inflicting fatal harm to him. His family also reportedly plans to sue the police department.
3. PETA Claims Phrases Like ‘Bring Home the Bacon’ Are Similar to Homophobia (Culture)
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Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has said use of animal-related phrases like “bring home the bacon” and “kill two birds with one stone” are “speciesism” and should be removed from daily conversation. PETA has even suggested that speciesism is on par with “racist, homophobic or ableist language,” to which queer social media promptly erupted. Head here for a look at some of the more outrageous clap-backs.
4. Can Someone Explain to Rudy Giuliani How the Internet Works? (Web)
Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 5, 2018
Rudy Giuliani, counsel and “cyber expert” for Donald Trump, has discovered why it’s important to spell check a tweet before posting. On Nov. 30 a typo in one of his tweets inadvertently caused a URL to be created (G20.In), the domain of which was then purchased for $5 and plastered with an anti-Trump message. When Giuliani discovered that, he railed against Twitter, accusing it of being an anti-Trump platform and allowing someone to “invade [his] text.”
5. Jason Momoa Gets Naked and Dripping Wet for New ‘SNL’ Promo Spot (TV, Celebrities)
We'll just leave this here. pic.twitter.com/5lB6GaaMwF
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) December 5, 2018
Ahead of Aquaman, the latest DC film coming to theaters, opening on Dec. 21, its star Jason Momoa will play guest host on this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live. As the show does, promo videos have started making their way to social media, like the one above, which features Jason Momoa naked in the shower at the show’s famed studios. Will you be watching?