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The 2013 World Diving Championships took place last week in Barcelona. The outdoor venue provided some opportunities for spectacular photography.
Considering I was rather critical of Instagram in its early stages, I’m a convert. I use Instagram myself, and I love it. Professional photographers and respected institutions are accepting it. It’s changing the way news and world events are reported. Case in point: At an event like this, by following some of the divers, you’ll even see some behind-the-scenes images that are just as good (or interesting) as the photos that journalists release. These photos are from the Instagram accounts of divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears. Every gay man’s favorite diver Tom Daley is also active on Instagram.
And while I’m on the subject of this event, I’d be remiss if I didn’t feature of the promo material for it. The photography for their advertisements is just lovely.
On February 1, 2013, San Francisco started enforcing its first public nudity ban. Protester Trey Allen was one of a few people arrested on that day as he protested the new law, in the nude. Trey claims he was exercising his First Amendment right to free speech and political self-expression.
All I’ve got to say is that Trey can protest nude in my house or my studio any time he wants to.
Okay, I do have one more thing to say: It’s sad that San Francisco went down this route. This has always been the one place in America where freedom and self expression and art and liberation has always been championed. Sure, public displays of nudity might not be very kid-friendly and it feels like the safe-for-families movement is stronger than ever, but that doesn’t mean we should have to give up every place. If you don’t want to risk seeing a nude protester, then don’t to go San Francisco. But it’s too late now, I guess.
I first discovered these photos on Favorite Hunks and Other Things.
I think this has to be one of the best prom photos of 2013.
Below is one of the men who was reportedly deported from Saudi Arabia recently for being “too handsome.”
Omar Borkan Al Gala, an actor and photographer from Dubai, was supposed one of three men who were to appear at an annual cultural festival earlier this month, but Saudi authorities felt threatened by their good looks.
Specifically, they thought the men might corrupt impressionable women; they feared that because of their handsome looks, female visitors to the festival could “fall for them,” according to Arabic newspaper Elaph.
I wonder what the officials thought that women might do? Spontaneously orgasm? Strip naked? Try to drive cars?
Well, I’ll say a few things after finding the following photos of Omar:
- He is very handsome.
- He is probably not handsome enough to cause a feminist revolution in an entire nation.
- I’d probably do him, all the same.
- He certainly likes the Photoshop Gaussian blur tool.
Monsters who want to hurt innocent people and heroes who run over 26 miles and then reportedly keep running until they get to a hospital to donate blood; this is humanity at its worst and its best, all happening in one place. This is our world.
The writing in this article is hilarious in some ways, but the subject matter is an interesting one to me. Years ago I read that chefs consider it poor taste when people photograph their food. I didn’t understand why, as it’s a compliment of sorts. (The chefs I’ve talked to consider the art of presentation as important as the taste of the food.)
However, I remember going out to dinner once with a set of friends who got so obnoxious with their cameras that you’d think they’ve never eaten anywhere nicer than Applebee’s. That was annoying, and a little embarrassing, too.
Two celebrity posts in two days, wow.
The older I get, the more I feel like my intuition is pretty in tune. And speaking of that, I have disliked and distrusted Lance Armstrong for years. I couldn’t say why. Now I can.
It’s not that Armstrong was on performance-enhancing drugs that bothers me. And it’s not even so much that he spent years lying about it (although that’s lame). What bothers me is that Lance Armstrong created a huge PR machine that ruined the careers of anyone in cycling who wanted to be honest. He and his people crushed the whistleblowers, he ruined the careers of anyone who dared question him, and he indirectly took away sponsorships and contracts from young cyclists who wanted to win based on talent and pure athleticism rather than by cheating.
And that, in my opinion, makes Lance Armstrong a selfish and terrible person.
Jodie Foster is taking a lot of heat today, thanks to her acceptance speech last night at the Golden Globes, when she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She’s very strange. She didn’t come out, because she didn’t use the words gay/lesbian. Here’s my take.
The fact that she spent a substantial part of her speech talking about her desire for privacy made me think that Jodie Foster is as shy, reserved and geeky as the press has painted her for 30 years. And if you were that shy and then had to give a speech to all your friends, professional peers, and an audience of millions of people, you might stumble and say some dumb things, too.
And while I used to think it was every gay public figure’s duty to come out, I don’t feel that way anymore. Jodie Foster coming out now is not going to make two shits worth of difference to a 12-year-old struggling with sexual identity.
None of this changes the fact that she’s made some of the best movies of my lifetime. I still adore her. I think her speech was wonderful and inspiring.
Combining all seasons, I’ve never watched more than 30 minutes of American Idol, but I do watch The Voice regularly. Last night’s tribute to the Connecticut school shooting victims with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was so beautiful; it had my crying like a baby.
And I’m wondering if it was so brief because the performers couldn’t have gotten through any more of it. If it were me, I couldn’t have even done this much.