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Glee’s Chris Colfer: ‘I was harassed at school every day, called faggot’

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Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on the hit TV series “Glee,” says “I was harassed at school every day, called ‘faggot’, I had things taped to my back,” in an interview with the U.K. fashion retail site Mr Porter:

Mr Colfer was getting bullied at school. He was a star in the school theatre, but that didn’t matter. He had a out this month-pitched, helium-like voice. And he was a fat kid to boot. “I was harassed at school every day, called ‘faggot’, I had things taped to my back,” he says. And when he went home, he didn’t want to burden his parents with his problems. They had their hands full caring for his younger sister who suffers from a harsh form of epilepsy, sometimes 50 seizures in an hour.

“For most of my adolescence I was in my bedroom writing or watching things I shouldn’t be watching on TV, such as Nip/Tuck [another Mr Murphy show]. And I was obsessed with superheroes. I had this thing where I wanted to be rescued. The other kids wanted to be Superman, but I thought Lois Lane kind of had the best deal.”

And he was rescued, eventually. From the age of 14, he would come down to Los Angeles to audition for “every part for a high-school kid that came up”.

But every time he would get rejected. He’d been through four years of this by the time he read for Glee. “I was auditioning for the part of Artie, the kid in the wheelchair,” he says. “And I didn’t get it. Obviously. So that was it.”

But Mr Murphy saw something in Mr Colfer – he saw that in many ways, he was one of the Glee kids, a young gay teenager who loved theatre, and who’d been bullied.

“So they invented a character for me. They created Kurt specifically.” He blinks and shakes his head. “There are two experiences in my life that I just cannot wrap my head around. That’s one. And the Golden Globes was the other. I just cannot believe they happened.”

Mr Porter adds:

When [Glee] creator Mr Ryan Murphy arranged for Kurt to be bullied at school, Mr Colfer’s portrayal was so rapturously received that he received a Golden Globe, was invited to the White House and declared one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. That’s the Mr Chris Colfer that people know.

In a year in which gay issues were at the front of the national conversation – issues such as gay marriage, and the bullying of gay teenagers - Glee was arguably the gayest show on television, and Mr Colfer was playing arguably the gayest character on Glee. And all of a sudden, he was meeting the President. Was it a surprise, the way things played out?

“Oh totally,” he says. “It was incredible. I think what started it was the episode when Kurt came out to his dad and his dad accepted him. And I remember when I first saw that script I was mad. I wanted to play all the emotions of being kicked out of the house, all the tears and the drama. So I was like, damn it, come on! I’m never going to get an Emmy now!”

Things snowballed quickly. Today he gets 500 letters a week, many of them heart wrenching, from misunderstood teenagers who have run away from home, or friends of young people who have committed suicide. “I have stacks and stacks of them,” he says.

Hat tip: PinkNews

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Republicans Force Another Biden Nominee – Another Woman – to Withdraw, After Calling Her a ‘Communist’

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Move Exposes Large Number of Women GOP Refuses to Confirm

Yet another of President Joe Biden‘s nominees – and yet another woman opposed by Senate Republicans – has been forced to withdraw her name from consideration for a top job in the Biden administration. Unsurprisingly, Senate Republicans are holding up a huge number of nominations, and unsurprisingly, a huge number of them are women.

“Saule Omarova, a Cornell Law professor whom President Biden picked for a key banking regulator job, is withdrawing from consideration for the post. Bank lobbyists and Republicans painted her as a communist because she was born in the Soviet Union,” The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon via tweet.

Omarova is not a communist, as she was forced to tell Republican U.S. Senator John Kennedy, who told her during her confirmation hearing last month, “I don’t know whether to call you professor or comrade.”

The decision to pull Omarova’s nomination has exposed the Republicans’ tactics of slow-walking and worse, placing anonymous holds on countless Biden nominees.

President Biden is facing a huge hole in his administration, in large part thanks to Republicans.

According to the non-partisan Partnership for Public Service, which tracks 803 federal government executive branch positions requiring Senate confirmation, 235 nominations – nearly three in ten (29%) – are sitting in the Senate awaiting confirmation. Just 194 have been confirmed (164 positions have no nominees at all.)

Compared to his last three predecessors, President Biden is not getting the support he needs in the 50-50 Senate, as this chart from the Partnership for Public Service shows:

Any U.S. Senator can secretly place an anonymous hold on any presidential nominee, for any length of time, and Republicans – reportedly often Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley on Minnesota – have been taking extreme advantage of that rule.

Half of all of President Biden’s approved nominees have been women, but other women have been forced to withdraw, most notably Neera Tanden, whom President Biden nominated to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Tanden and Omarova are far from the only women whose nominations may never get a vote.

“At least 21 women for top positions” in just the State Dept., The Hill reported last month, “including 16 ambassadors, four assistant secretary positions and the nominee for Director General of the Foreign Service — are having their confirmations stalled by holds.”

Just today Bloomberg Government reported Senate Republicans have placed a “blockade” on “dozens of key defense and foreign policy positions.”

Omarova was the victim of a concerted red-baiting effort by Republicans, lobbyists, and right wing media.

“Some lobbyists, including the incoming chairman of a group representing community bankers and the chief executive of another group that focuses on big banks,” The New York Times observes, “also shared a Wall Street Journal editorial suggesting that Ms. Omarova’s Soviet childhood meant that she could not be trusted.”

 

 

 

 

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Jan. 6 Committee Files Subpoenas for Phone Records of Over 100 People Including Many Trump Associates

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The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has officially issued subpoenas to wireless companies for the phone records of over 100 people, a “substantial” number of them Trump associates, in an effort to piece together the actions of Donald Trump and his inner circle on the day of the violent insurrection.

The records do not include actual voice or text content, but rather who called or texted whom, when, for how long, CNN reports, and possibly from where.

Included in the massive list is Mark Meadows, the former Trump White House chief of staff.

The data should give the Committee “the ability to draw a web of communications before, during and after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.”

CNN adds that one subpoena it reviewed “requests ‘all call, message, Internet Protocol and data connection detail records associated with the phone number’ from November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021. The letter also asks for information related to phone numbers, IP addresses and devices that the account in question has communicated with.”

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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Watch: MAGA Congressional Candidate Calls for All Laws ‘Contrary to God’s Word’ to Be Overturned

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Mark Burns, a MAGA pastor who is running for Congress in South Carolina, is an unabashed Christian nationalist who openly declares that “any policy that is contrary to the word of God” needs to be made illegal.

Burns appeared on the Real America’s Voice program “The Water Cooler” Monday, where he proclaimed that “the gospel of Jesus Christ should be [at] the center of American politics.” When asked by host David Brody what he meant by that, Burns declared that “any law that is against the word of God” must be overturned.

“Laws that are contrary to God’s word that are actively legal or laws today need to be overturned,” Burns said. “Any law that is against the word of God, that is clearly against what God has said in his word—in a nation that is a Christian nation, a nation that has the majority of citizens who actively believe that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is coming back again with omnipotent power in his hands—if it’s against the word of God and it’s actively a law today, then it should be overturned. We should have a moral compass, and right now in America, we’re losing that moral compass. The liberal left is slowly [chipping] away.”

Burns was a proponent of the movement to keep former President Donald Trump in power. He has made numerous calls for war, including on the eve of the Capitol insurrection when he riled up Trump loyalists at a Stop the Steal rally by telling them, “We’re ready to do war!”

 

This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is published here by permission.

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