Posts Tagged ‘Boy Scouts of America’

They Said What??? Willie Nelson, Lily Tomlin, & Rick Perry

“TODAY” SHOW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DON NASH

(about host Matt Lauer and former co-host Ann Curry’s relationship):  “You can’t fake it for very long that early in the morning.   I think viewers have a sixth sense about all that. If your two anchors don’t like each other off the air, they’re not going to be fooled if they love each other on the air.

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“Off air, Curry and Lauer had no relationship and barely spoke.  When she started, Curry had asked Lauer out for lunch to get advice, but Lauer seemed to drag his feet scheduling it and Curry felt he didn’t offer much. … with Curry, who threw off his rhythm and also threatened his dominance of the hard-news stories, he could often look sour.”

“MALIBU COUNTRY” ACTRESS LILY TOMLIN

“It’s stunning, the progress in the last 15 years.  “Time” magazine offered me the cover in ’75 if I would come out.  I was a bit insulted that they thought I’d trade my personal life for the cover of “Time”.  It’s probably just as well. Being such a big TV personality at that time, it probably would have been tsunami-like.”

POP MUSIC ICON & BROADWAY COMPOSER (“KINKY BOOTS”) CYNDI LAUPER

“I can hear myself everywhere — I’m not deaf.  But a lot of people inspired me.  You get from everybody and you give.  It’s a whole cycle.  I love music and I will always listen to and make music.  I heard Cher say she’ll probably still be standing with the cockroaches.  I’m with her.”

ACTOR ADAN CANTO

(who plays Paul, one-third of the Paul-Jacob-Emma love triangle on “The Following”):  “It’s been strange how I’ve become desensitized or light-hearted while conversing about death and violence at work — you know, just talking about the best ways to depict a scene. I’d imagine it must be an awkward scene to eavesdrop on.”

“THE NEW NORMAL” ACTOR JUSTIN BERTHA

“I’ve thought about this a lot, because one if I’m lucky enough to have children, you have to make those choices.  I would absolutely want my child to be part of an organization like the Boy Scouts.  On the other hand, I can’t necessarily condone it if their values don’t promote equality.”

CLEVELAND BROWNS LINEBACKER SCOTT FUJITA

“I don’t ever want to explain to my daughters that some ‘versions’ of love are viewed as ‘less than’ others. I’m not prepared to answer that kind of question.”

TEXAS GOVERNOR AND FORMER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RICK PERRY

(regarding Madonna wearing a Boy Scouts uniform and speaking out against its anti-gay policies):  It’s fascinating that someone would make that kind of gratuitous shot at an organization that has probably done as much to promote young men to the type of values that the vast majority of the people in this country aspire to.”

“MAGIC MIKE” STAR & “PEOPLE’S SEXIEST MAN ALIVE” CHANNING TATUM

“I’ve spent time with George Clooney, and he’s the most interesting man on the planet. He can do it all. I guess what I’m saying is I’d have sex with him.”

COUNTRY MUSIC ICON WILLIE NELSON

“[gay people] should be just as miserable as the rest of us,” before noting that he finds the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage “ridiculous…in this day and age.”

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“For same-sex couples, taxes are different, benefits are different, survivor benefits are different.  It’s crazy … I never had a problem with any of it. I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from.”

FINAL THOUGHT FROM WILLIE 

“I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.”

Anthony

They Said What??? Kristin Chenoweth, Valerie Harper, & Carly Rae Jepsen

“RHODA” TELEVISION STAR VALERIE HARPER

(after announcing that she only has a few months to live from terminal brain cancer and her desire to live every day):  “Don’t go to the funeral before the day of the funeral.”

POP SINGER MILEY CYRUS

(denying that she and Liam Hemsworth are having troubles in a tweet):  “I am so sick of La. And sick of the lies that come with it. I didn’t call off my wedding. Taking a break from social media.”

“LOST” STAR MATTHEW FOX

(about fighting with his 16-year-old daughter over the boy band, 1D):  “Every time she brought up One Direction, I felt it was my responsibility to bust their chops and she would get very upset, so we agreed not to talk about One Direction any more.”

“WICKED” AND “GLEE” STAR KRISTIN CHENOWETH

(on marriage equality):  “I just want it to hurry up and not be an issue anymore! I’m very proud of the work that has been done so far, I want us to hurry it up a bit more. I think it’s important to say this because a lot of people think if you’re religious or you have any sort of faith, you’re automatically against equality in marriage.”

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(who was raised southern Baptist):  “It is the antithesis of what I believe. It is the antithesis of what you should believe if you believe in Jesus. It’s not what he taught, it’s the opposite of what he taught.  If Jesus was to walk the Earth today, or Buddha or anybody, they would be horrified. Those people saying they’re doing it in the name of God? No no no no no.”

“CALL ME MAYBE” SINGER CARLY RAE JEPSEN

(Jepsen and the pop band Train were originally scheduled to perform at the BSA’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree):  “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. … I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level … and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.”

POP BAND TRAIN

(in a statement before dropping out of the aforementioned BSA’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree): “When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization. Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen. We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then.”