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When I Was Young (and Ignorant)

I’ll be the first to admit this since I’m now on the receiving end of it:  I was once young and ignorant!

This is something that I’ve always known, but it took Jennifer Lopez on the Super Bowl halftime show and Blanche Devereaux to drive it home again!

The best meme of the week highlighted “50 years old in 1985” and “50 years old in 2020”!

Rue McClanahan of “The Golden Girls” was dressed to kill as a “Maneater” (another 1980’s reference — you’re welcome Hall & Oates) and J. Lo was swinging from a pole in her performance a la “Hustlers”.

50 Blanche J Lo

As a youngster just getting ready to turn 21-years-old, I thought Blanche was old!

Maybe it’s because McClanahan was surrounded by a cast of actresses more than a decade older than her (Betty White, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty).  Or, was it was because they were called “The Golden Girls”?

The Golden Girls

I know that McClanahan was selling “sexy” as an older woman and J. Lo is selling “sexy” as vivacious! (Let me tell you, it works!)

J Lo Super Bowl

Yet, on the other hand, I never considered my mother, Dessie, old.

When she died at the age of 47, in 1990, I still considered her a “young” woman.  Yet, I saw Blanche as old!

Bizarre!

Dessie Birthday 1989

And, here’s where my youth and ignorance really showed, in the 1980s, even though I didn’t recognize it then.

When I started going out to “the bar” in Paducah, Kentucky, I’d see men that were probably 30-years-old or in their 30s and I thought “they’re OLD”!

Now, I’m that “OLD” person (and I’m not even talking 30s or 40s)!

These days, when I see and hear the gay youth (20s) saying the same thing, I think, “You’re so stupid!  Just wait, you’ll be on the receiving end of it before you know it!”

And, here’s something that totally confounds the age logic for me back then even more.

Anthony 1980s

When I was back home on break from college as a 19-year-old, I had a chance “encounter” one hot summer night with the neighborhood hottie that all the women lusted after!

He was 29 — ten years older than me!

Yet, it was so thrilling, I didn’t even think of the age difference.  Maybe because he wasn’t 30! 🙂

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So, just remember, age is just a number!

Also, keep in mind, that most of us in our 40s and 50s shouldn’t try emulating J. Lo!

J. Lo Super Bowl

This all reminds me of Arnold Becker (Harvey Fierstein) as he was getting into drag in “Torch Song Trilogy”!

I think my biggest problem is being young and beautiful. It’s my biggest problem because I’ve never been young and beautiful. Oh, I’ve been beautiful. And God knows I’ve been young, but never the twain have met.”

And, because I mentioned 1982’s “Maneater”, Daryl Hall & John Oates’ longest running #1 song at four weeks, here it is!

Anthony

They Said What??? Jay-Z, Will Smith, Betty White, & Rand Paul

ACTOR WILL SMITH

“If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing that we call life, I support that in any shape or form.”

ICONIC ACTRESS BETTY WHITE

“I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time – and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones – I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.”

RAP MUSICIAN JAY-Z, HUSBAND OF BEYONCE

“”I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”

MORE JAY-Z

(on whether the President’s decision on same-sex marriage will cost him votes with religious African-Americans): “It’s really not about votes. It’s about people. I think it’s the right thing to do as a human being.”

KENTUCKY SENATOR RAND PAUL

(on President Obama’s approval of marriage equality): “Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.”

“It did kind of bother me though that he used the justification for it in a biblical reference. He said the biblical golden rule caused him to be for gay marriage. And I’m like, what version of the Bible is he reading?”

SINGER CARLY RAE JEPSEN

“You know, acceptance has never even been a question to me. i’ve grown up knowing it’s just the way things should be. When we shot the ‘Call Me Maybe’ video, we weren’t even thinking the ending was not normal. I have so many gay friends that I love. It’s a regular thing. And if my video is encouraging that mind frame with other children and other people—well, it’s about time, I guess!”

PAUL CAMERON OF THE FAMILY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, A COLORADO CONSERVATIVE GROUP  (he has since admitted that he had “gay” feelings when he was younger.)

“Mark my words clearly; the long term goal of the homosexual movement is to get every little boy to grab his ankles and every little girl to give it a try. They will not rest until every one of our children at least gets to try, has the opportunity and maybe is forced to at least once experience homosexual acts. There is no retreating from that, they made it very clear earlier on—now they don’t take about it—but that’s what they want, they will not be happy until they get it, marriage is just a step along the way.”

“And actually, while I’m not sure about the claims by the various people who have reported that Obama has at least participated at times with them in homosexual acts, this certainly lends some credence.”

FLORIDA REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN ALLEN WEST

(on President Obama’s stance on marriage equality): “going to cause an incredible discussion in the black community, because, as you know, on Sundays in the black community the most conservative people in America are in those black churches.”

MANNY PACQUIAO, WORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION WELTERWEIGHT CHAMP

“What I said is a reporter asked me about gay marriage …. I am against gay marriage, but I’m not condemning gays. I have family — a cousin — who’s gay, and friends too. I’m just against gay marriage. I don’t even want to talk about the issue, but I was asked about it, so I gave my opinion. To the gay community, I apologize. I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m not condemning you. My favorite verse is ‘Love one another as you love yourself. Love your neighbor.’ So I love everybody!”

This is the quote that prompted the apology above — (on President Obama’s stance on marriage equality): “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old. America should be the model of morality for other countries to emulate and must have the responsibility to uphold the Scripture to the highest order of God’s command.”

FLASH ENTERTAINMENT’S MIRA SADEK

(of Madonna, June 3rd and June 4th concert to 50,000 people): “This is one of the most significant events in the history of regional live entertainment. With over 50,000 people coming to Yas Island to enjoy the concerts and cross-Island parties, we really felt now was the time to enhance the venue.”

Anthony