At the Grammy Awards tonight , Queen Latifah will officiate at the on-stage mass weddings of 34 couples, which will include gay couples.
Will Latifah take this opportunity to shatter her own glass closet and finally come out?
At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, pop’s megastars will compete for the music industry’s most prestigious trophy, and put on flashy performances that are sure to ricochet through social media. But the producers behind the program, which is to be broadcast live by CBS at 8 p.m., are hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night will be a much more solemn event: an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors. The ceremony will be part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love,” which became a marriage-equality anthem last year just as that issue was drawing intense national attention.
The segment follows what the Grammy organizers said was the show’s long history of addressing timely social issues through music, like Elton John’s duet in 2001 with Eminem, who was then widely criticized as homophobic. “We’re serious about this,” said Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys. Yet as part of a televised awards show that works hard for its ratings, showbiz will also play a part in this sacrament. Queen Latifah will officiate at the nuptials, and Madonna will join the number with Macklemore, Mr. Lewis and the song’s featured vocalist, Mary Lambert. Grammy organizers said they knew that controversy might be inevitable, given those who oppose gay marriage or who might see the segment as trivializing a serious matter.
It will be interesting to see the Gospel and Contemporary Christian artists reaction tomight. But I tell you one thing, that One Miserable Mom is going to be pissed tomorrow!
Queen Latifah aka Dana Elaine Owens told Entertainment Weekly that because of the way that some members in the audience and the media received her words when she appeared at Long Beach Pride (anddespite the fact that EVERYONE knows) that she definitelyDID NOT COME OUT OF THE CLOSET
“That definitely wasn’t the case,” she tells EW. “I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.” That said, the 42-year old was thrilled to participate in the event and even recalled an earlier performance for gay audiences. “To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things,” she says. “My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Tupac happened to be in town, so he came to kick it with me. This was the early ’90s. And the boys were like, ‘Take your shirt off, Tupac!’ He wasn’t doing that. But we had a blast in there.”
You know what DANA? YOU are an embarrassment. Not only to yourself but to the LGBT community because once again instead of being a role model you send the message loud and clear that sexual orientation and LGBT identity is something embarrassing, shameful, and not important
Do us a favor Queen Latifah, NEVER COME OUT. Because frankly, after this stunt. I don’t think any of us want you to be one of us anymore.
So Dana, continue to hide in that glass closet that fools no one, while taking our money until the day you think your career is over and coming out can do no “damage”.
So whats your next move Queenie? Going to marry Kevin Spacey?
For years now Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) has lived in a glass closet much to the chagrin of many who believe that Owens would be a great role model and spokesperson for the LGBT community if only she broke down her closet doors.
In a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister magazine, Latifah might actually be doing just that and testing the waters as she describes the type of woman that she finds attractive.
“I just like ladies who have class. Period. And if it’s “T and A” you’re sellin’, that’s fine, as long as that’s what you’re selling. But you don’t have to show everything, you know? You can hold some back and just be yourself and let your personality shine and let your individuality show. To me, that’s sexier. A confident woman is a sexy woman, in my opinion.”
For years Latifah has spent her long public life dodging the question of her sexuality.
In 2007, she gave a flat “no comment” when Ebony asked about long-standing rumors regarding her relationship with her trainer Jeannette Jenkins. “I’m done commenting on all that,” she said. “It’s ridiculous, I know me and that’s all I need to know.” And two years ago, she told Access Hollywood, “They want to make up stories and make me gay all the time and it’s like, ‘Keep running with it.’ I’ve definitely been annoyed by it, but I learned a long time ago that it was pointless to say anything.” But last year Just Jared published photos of Latifah and Jenkins embracing while on vacation together, and the Advocate reported that the two purchased a home together, with both names on the deed
While its a shame that Queen Latifah found it necessary to publicly denied her sexuality for so long. If this is indeed the beginning of her journey out of the closet we are here for you Dana and want to say welcome to the family.
Winona “I’m just happy to be in a movie again” Ryder was shocked and stunned by the outcry over a ‘gay’ joke in new film “The Dilemma”, insisting she would not “be part” of a movie she thought was “offensive”.
It’s just crazy because I’m very sensitive to that issue and if I thought something was offensive I wouldn’t want to be part of it. … Plus all my gay friends use that word all the time so (protesters will) have to go and give them a hard time too. The line has, however, been pulled from the movie’s trailer following complaints.
Director Ron Howard opted to keep the scene in the final cut of the film, where Vince Vaugh’s character says “Electric cars are gay” and Ryder is glad the director refused to bow to the group’s pressure as she can’t understand the fuss surrounding the line.
Poor washed-up, crazy as bat shit Winona. Doesn’t she have a Klepto’s Anonymous meeting she should be attending or something?
But I tell you what I’d REALLY like to know is how openly-closeted lesbian Queen Latifah is going to deal with this homophobic stupidity? Oh thats right, she is. She’s IGNORING IT. [source]
I know that I am opening myself up to criticism for posting against Latifah and trying to push her ample ass out of her Deluxe Walk-In closet but this following story just disgust me so.
Queen Latifah aka Ms.Dana Owens came out with a statement urging parents to to look for signs that their kids aren’t happy at school and admits that she herself was bullied Which in itself is good. But she did it not as a well adjusted gay celebrity adult., of course. But she did it because she herself as a child was bullied for having BIG BOOBIES.
“I think a lot of times kids who are bullies get away with it because no one confronts their parents. Parents have to step (up) to other parents and say, ‘Listen, your son or daughter is texting my son or daughter, or emailing, or tweeting, or Facebook-ing or talking about my child or pressuring them in some sort of way. “They’ve gotta step in for these kids… We’ve gotta fight for our kids. It’s a shame… No child should have to lose their life through a senseless killing and that’s really just the saddest thing of all. No parent should have to be on TV explaining that.”
Her Highness Closet Case just literally disgusts me. She takes something innately within us such as our sexual orientation and objectified it by comparing it to a physical attribute like a pair of big BOOBS o she can say something on the subject.
I am not only ashamed for her. I am ashamed of her.
We’ve had Vince Vaughn defend the “electric cars are gay” joke his character utters in the trailer for the upcoming Universal Studios release, The Delimma. We’ve had Queen Latifah sit quietly in her closet counting her money and not commenting, and now we have little Opie Taylor himnself, director Ron Howard defending the joke and guess what? He’s decided to leave it in the final cut of the movie, which will be released in January.
“So why was the joke in the movie? Our lead character of Ronny Valentine has a mouth that sometimes gets him into trouble and he definitely flirts with the line of what’s okay to say. He tries to do what’s right but sometimes falls short. Who can’t relate to that? I am drawn to films that have a variety of characters with different points of view who clash, conflict and learn to live with each other. THE DILEMMA is a story full of flawed characters whose lives are complicated by the things they say to and hide from each other. Ronny is far from perfect and he does and says some outrageous things along the way.”
He adds: “I believe in sensitivity but not censorship. I feel that our film is taking additional heat as an emblem for many movies and TV shows that preceded it that have even more provocative characterizations and language. It is a slight moment in THE DILEMMA meant to demonstrate an aspect of our lead character’s personality, and we never expected it to represent our intentions or the point of view of the movie or those of us who made it.
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios issued a response immediately after hearing Howard’s decision to keep the joke in the film.
At a time when so many in our country are speaking out against the bullying of gay youth, Universal was right to acknowledge the offensive nature of this ‘joke’ when it removed it from trailers. Unfortunately, by leaving it in the movie, they are now contributing to the problem. The conversations started as a result of the community’s response to this slur will help schools, media and parents understand the impact of the word ‘gay’ being used as a pejorative. Hopefully in the future, Universal and Ron Howard will recognize the power of their words and use their films to bring people together rather than drive us apart.”
My response to Ron Howard?
YOU’RE SO BALD THAT WHEN YOU WEAR A WHITE TURTLENECK YOU LOOK LIKE AN UNCIRCIMSIZED PENIS!
* Well it’s OFFICIAL. Runaway Sky Queen Steven Slater and Jet Blue have parted ways and Steven now on unemployed.http: “…Slater’s lawyer said that when the flight attendant left JetBlue on Wednesday, it was not the airline’s decision. ‘He was not fired,’ attorney Daniel J. Horwitz told The Associated Press. The lawyer told the AP that he and Slater were still working out details with the airline, but wouldn’t elaborate.” Next stop for Slater? Most probably a cheesy reality show on LOGO.
* Porno doesn’t incite violence. BAD PORNO DOES! A customer got into a fight in a gay sex shop in Germany when he demanded a refund after watching a bad gay porn flick. The cashier refused to refused to give him his money back. He left the shop but returned minutes later to start a fight, and after flooring the shop assistant he stole £350 as compensation for the disappointing film before leaving the shop. Must have been a Brett Corrigan flick.
I’m sure that the Queen Latifan fans are going to bash me over this but why the hell won’t this big ole dyke come out of the loset already?
Queen Latifa used to sing about women’s power and empowerment. And,Ms. Latifah recently came out with a book that lectures people on how to get self-esteem: “Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom.” How in the world can she talk about self-esteem and empowerment when she hides in the closet? Perhaps Queenie need to listen to and read another persons words of empowerment Harvey Milk, which ring just as true today as they day that he said them. (And substitute John Briggs with Tony Perkins and Anita Bryant with Maggie Gallagher.)
“My name is Harvey Milk, and I want to recruit you. I want to recruit you for the fight to preserve democracy from the John Briggs and Anita Bryants who are trying to constitutionalize bigotry…
On this anniversary of Stonewall, I ask my gay sisters and brothers to make the commitment to fight. For themselves, for their freedom, for their country…Gay people, we will not win our rights by staying silently in our closets…We are coming out. We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions. We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I’m going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. You must come “out. Come out to your parents, your relatives.
With greater visibility comes greater acceptance. Is it a personal amtter yes it is. Is your rights and freedoms a personal matter YES IT IS,
Queen Latifah is NOT a stuggling artist. She’s worth millions dollars. And coming out could hardly hurt her financially or her career. There really is no excuse. None at all. Tthere is no shame in being gay. Until everyone lives with this attitude on our own community we’ll continue to see our rights trampled on innocent blood shed. And in Queen Latifah’s case what makes her hiding in the closet even worse is that the Afrian-American community suffers from a lack of real positive role models that live proud and out.
As of right now IMHO, Queen Latifah deserves ZERO respect from the gay community, because not only has she given us zero respect, but she’s actually hurt us by her obvious shame at being gay
In a recent interview with Upscale Magazine, Queen Latifah stood in the doorway of her luxurious walk-in closet and said:
“I don’t have to explain anything. I don’t have to confirm anything. Look, I need my time. I need my life. You know, I was looking at something the other day. A magazine with Jennifer Aniston on the cover. That’s a strong woman right there. All of these people in her business-who is she dating? Angie this. Brad that. They come up with so much stuff. That’s a tough situation to be in.
My situation is small compared to that. But still, I don’t feel like I need to explain. I’m the one living it. You write about it. You go ahead and speculate. I’ll just live it. I don’t feel like I need to explain things to a perfect stranger. The people who matter know. And they love me for Dana. I don’t have to tell Joe Blow. Joe, you worry about who YOU sleeping with.”
I’m sorry Dana but that doesn’t wash with me. Right now, after that I do admire your talent but you, not so much. Bluntly I think you are being cowardly and selfish by not being open and honest about sexuality. You want to be a celebrity but not have any of the responsibility it entails
Nothing says “I’m a lesbian” like going on about how you absolutely will not say “I’m not a lesbian”. And I don’t get how she thinks the very public relationship she has with her girlfriend — to the point that they now own a house together — is somehow a private matter. God forbid she be proud of her woman or the long-term relationship they’ve built together.
But the worst part of this is that it’s not only about YOU Dana. You are a public figure, a strong black woman. But being a strong black PROUD lesbian woman would make you a role model, and especially LGBT youth need someone like that as a role model especially facing all the blacklash, oppression and discrimination they face today.
“The people who matter know.” Thats not really true at all Dana and you need to realize that.
The downtrodden, oppressed, gay kids who need your guidance matter. And they don’t know.