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Trump Tape Changes the Times

BY ED SIKOV | The big media news of the week is that the New York Times actually printed the word fuck in a front page story — above the fold! The subject, of course, was Donald Trump, about whom nothing more needs to be said. According to Politico, the Times has printed a variation of […]

La Commedia non è Finita

BY ED SIKOV | “‘The people that we are encouraged to think of as complex and interesting on the left, aren’t,’ [Milo] Yiannopoulos says. ‘Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham are intensely dull, boring people, but we are required to look at them from a million different angles from a million different profiles in saturated media […]

Ding Dong, She’s Dead and All That

BY ED SIKOV | Usually our sense of propriety keeps us properly inhibited from expressing joy at the death of another. It’s better that way; the world would be an even less civilized place if we ran around singing “Ding, dong, the witch is dead” every time some hateful creature left the planet, never to […]

Milo Yiannopoulos Is a Bore

BY ED SIKOV | I’m embarrassed to devote column inches to Milo Yiannopoulos, the racist gay tech editor for Breitbart.com. But he’s been in the news lately and this is a media column and, well, I feel a certain obligation. In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid encountering his entirely predictable attention-grabbing stunts, Yiannopoulos is a […]

Back to Rio’s Daily Grindr, This Beast Goes Ugly

Back to Rio’s Daily Grindr, This Beast Goes Ugly

BY ED SIKOV | Straight men can be so oblivious! This, of course, is not news. What is news is the sheer arrogance of Nico Hines, the Daily Beast writer who thought he’d be clever and report on Olympians’ sex lives by going on Grindr and arranging dates with whoever responded. Giving absolutely no thought whatsoever […]

Prognosis Negative

BY ED SIKOV | I woke up this morning and realized that I was old and that the condition was terminal. “Prognosis negative!” as Bette Davis snaps in “Dark Victory.” (What’s that you say? Oh. Bette Davis was a movie star in the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. That’s the 1930s, 1940s… Gay men […]

On the Lighter Side

BY ED SIKOV | My most recent Media Circus column — about a complicated essay by the brilliant bioethicist and philosopher Brian Earp — was pretty heavy duty, so this time I’ve purposely gone light. I’ve grown quite fond of Vice.com. The writing is sharp and funny, the critics are smart, and its blend of alt. […]

The Urgent Case for Agreeing to Disagree

The Urgent Case for Agreeing to Disagree

BY ED SIKOV | The magnificent Dan Savage recently tweeted a link to a seriously complicated essay about, well, many things, especially the intolerance of ambivalence in contemporary political and social discourse. Written by Brian D. Earp and published on the website Quillette.com, which bills itself as “a platform for free thought,” the essay is […]

Flash from the Right: Homophobia Can Be Lethal

BY ED SIKOV | So far, the Orlando massacre has avoided the fate the detestable “news cycle” — the 24-hour period in which anything of public value is ground up into media sausage that will have spoiled by the next day — might have forced upon it. On the heroic end of the spectrum, Frank Bruni […]

No Conspiracy Theory Too Wack for the Donald

No Conspiracy Theory Too Wack for the Donald

BY ED SIKOV | Bet you didn’t know that President Barack Obama is “a sexual deviant and Michelle Obama is a transvestite.” According to Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch, Dr. Jerry Johnson of the National Religious Broadcasters recently “guest-hosted the Family Research Council’s radio program ‘Washington Watch’ and spent and spent the entire time […]