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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 […]

Oh, Lighten Up Already!

Oh, Lighten Up Already!

  BY ED SIKOV | There’s a new Infiniti ad — um — out. From LGBTQ Nation: “A young man sheepishly talks to his visibly displeased father. ‘Look, this isn’t easy for me, either,’ the young man says, with knitted brow. ‘I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but it just feels right.’ ‘We didn’t raise […]

The Pissoirs of Crackpot Alley

BY ED SIKOV | Toilets, toilets, toilets! If it weren’t for the farcical but terrifying triumph of the billionaire buffoon Spy magazine used to call “the short-fingered vulgarian,” the news would be dominated by bathroom chatter. That coverage of Donald Trump — news, analyses, endorsements, denunciations — has managed to render secondary America’s creepy fixation on […]

Where Laurie Metcalf Takes On John Wayne

Where Laurie Metcalf Takes On John Wayne

BY ED SIKOV | The toilet that once dared not speak its name now won’t shut its lid. Judging by the profusion of bathroom coverage, the backlash to the backlash to trans rights is in full flush, and the media is all but backed up with pro-trans stories and editorials. So let’s plunge right in. Support for […]

Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nowhere Left to Pee

BY ED SIKOV | “Religious freedom” is the putative goal of Mississippi’s vicious new anti-LGBT law, which passed on the heels of North Carolina’s blatantly discriminatory new hate-LGBT legislation. As Ian Millhiser of Think Progress writes, “The Mississippi law… explicitly singles out LGBT people ‘for disfavored legal status’” — the term used by Supreme Court Justice […]

Of Rats and Asses

BY ED SIKOV | Since the last Media Circus — the one where I lambasted Maureen Dowd and her nudnik pal Max Mutchnick — news coverage of the presidential primaries has reached either the nadir or the zenith, depending on your taste for sick amusement. Mine’s pretty damn high, so I’ve been in a very merry […]