By James Downing
A dating app that promises to link wealthy gay daddies with “healthy gay bears” is facing major backlash after confirming HIV-positive guys are not welcome.
DaddyBear defines daddies as “rich men who have more money and social wealth than you do.” But it eschews HIV-positive members because “most mature gay daddies grew up under the macro environment of AIDS epidemic and scare, so they know how to protect themselves and you, and enjoy safe sex with you.”
When a Queerty examined the app’s stance, a DaddyBear representative doubled-down in the post’s comment section.
“If you are worried about meeting gay men who are living with HIV, then you can feel relieved with our app,” he wrote, “because we are trying our best to make sure that all users you meet will be healthy and without HIV.”
The CEO of DaddyBear, “Justin,” confirmed the no-HIV policy to Into, saying, “No one would like to date people living with HIV unless he is living with it [himself].”
“Most gay sugar daddies are not living with HIV, so they don’t want to bring home any unwanted souvenirs,” he added. “However, we support that gay men living with HIV have the right to date with other gays with HIV. But many rich and successful gay sugar daddies do not want to date with gay men living with HIV, which is the reason why we launched this app to meet their needs.”
DaddyBear’s review section on iTunes has been filled with angry comments.
“Horrible app that feeds stereotypes and stigmatizes those living with HIV,” wrote one commenter. “This apps has no place is today’s society and belongs in the trash heap along with the rebel flag and other antiquated views.”
By Janet Grisham
On Twitter, Coulter insisted it was “more credible” to believe that homosexuality was the cause of the hurricane than climate change.
She wrote: “I don’t believe Hurricane Harvey is God’s punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than ‘climate change’.”
The apparently unprompted assertion is a reference to Former Mayor of Houston Annise Parker, who served as Mayor until 2016.
Parker has three children with her wife Kathy Hubbard, and faced a string of homophobic smears during her time in office.
Coulter’s comments were ripped into online.
Author John O’Farrell wrote: “You look back in history & think how can they’ve been so stupid to believe in witches & a flat earth etc. And then you read tweets like this”.
Another Twitter user added: “Sometimes I wonder what it must be like to be this brazenly, brutally, irredeemably stupid. Is it fun? Does it make everything easy?”
Coulter has previously suggested gay sex should be discouraged as a public health issue, similarly to smoking.
Coulter claimed in 2013: “I think you’re going to have to do something about the gay bathhouses, because AIDS is very expensive, and if I’m paying for it, how about discouraging that behavior?”
“It’s mostly, in this country, it is a homosexual behavior. If your argument is Smoking: we all have to pay, then why not, Sodomy: we all have to pay?”
She claimed people would rather risk getting Ebola that being called a homophobe’.
“This weeks hate just happens to be on the Christians.
“It’s Christianity that the left hates most of all, because that is the foundation of our country and all of our freedoms come from that – freedom of association, freedom of speech. This is a direct attack on the Christians and I wouldn’t [put] so much stress on what’s happening in other countries.
“The rest of the world is a cesspool of violence and atrocities. This is the most consequential nation on Earth and the fact that these Christians would rather get praise from the New York Times by … changing bedpans of Ebola patients in Nigeria, rather than stand up fight against abortion, fight against these bullies.
“I don’t think it’s gay bullies, I think it’s, secular progressives or liberals. The media, they’re the ones who are trying to tear down this country by going directly at the heart of America which is Christianity.”
Maybe Coulter could use her far-right platform to help raise money for the victims in Houston instead of spreading more hate.
By David Vandygriff
Sky will stop broadcasting Rupert Murdoch's right-wing US channel Fox News in the UK after 15 years because it is no longer seen as commercially viable.
His US media group, 21st Century Fox, announced it would withdraw the controversial news channel from Sky packages on Tuesday but insisted that the decision has nothing to do with a potential investigation into the firm's bid to take over the remaining shares of bSkyb – Sky's parent company.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is to due announce her decision on whether to ask the competition regulator to launch an investigation into whether Mr. Murdoch's channels had adhered to the UK's strict broadcasting standards as part of a wider probe into the £11.7bn takeover bid.
A spokeswoman for 21st Century Fox told the Guardian: “[Fox] has decided to cease providing a feed of Fox News Channel in the UK.
“Fox News is focused on the US market and designed for a US audience and, accordingly, it averages only a few thousand viewers across the day in the UK. We have concluded that it is not in our commercial interest to continue providing Fox News in the UK.”
But the channel has landed its parent company in hot water on several occasions in the past year when the broadcasters' regulator, Ofcom, made a series of rulings against it.
Unlike newspapers, broadcasters are expected to maintain strict impartiality and can be fined if they knowingly disseminate misleading information.
In the 10 years Fox has fallen foul of the regulator 22 times for breaches of its license and the Ofcom code, seven of those were for breaches by Fox News.
Mostly notable it was heavily criticized by Ofcom for an interview with a US guest in January 2015 where he claimed Birmingham was a city "where non-Muslims just simply don't go".
Ofcom said the broadcast was "materially misleading and had the potential to cause harm and offence to viewers" at a time of heightened tensions – the interview took place days after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
Ofcom has already ruled that it has "no broadcasting standards concerns" about the Fox takeover of Sky but did say there could be grounds to refer it to the Competition and Markets Authority.
Sky is currently 39 per cent controlled by Fox. A previous takeover bid was scuppered in 2011 following the revelations that the Murdoch-owned newspaper News of the World had hacked the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
By Dawn Massengill
More than 30,000 have been displaced by the biggest hurricane in the U.S. in a decade.
Hurricane Harvey, the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade, wreaked havoc in the Houston area over the weekend and will continue into the week. Thousands of residents have been displaced, and experts are predicting more rain to come—a possible 50 inches in total.
While social media calls to action are helpful in spreading awareness, donations are what Houstonians need the most right now.
Here’s where you can send contributions.
1. The American Red Cross
One of the top disaster relief funds in the U.S., the Red Cross has launched a relief campaign with a $10 minimum. Donate here.
2. Global Giving
This international nonprofit channels funds to local projects, and is aiming to raise $2 million dollars for victims and first responders, specifically for immediate needs for food, water, and shelter. Remaining funds will help recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. Donate here.
3. Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF)
Started by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, GHCF accepts tax-deductible donations. Donate here.
4. Food Banks: There are food banks throughout Houston gathering supplies for displaced residents. Head to the Houston Press for a list of locations.
5. The Montrose Center
Houston’s LGBT center serves more than 35,000 clients with its programs, many of which have been affected by Harvey. The center is hoping to raise $100,000 to provide food and housing, particularly for the many homeless LGBT youth who use its resources. Donate here.
By Jacob Williams
Pink’s been a pop powerhouse for nearly two decades, carving out a space for herself beyond the cookie-cutter mold of her contemporaries.
At the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, the 37-year-old Grammy winner will be presented with the Video Vanguard Award, celebrating a oeuvre of truly groundbreaking music videos. Below, we celebrate the occasion by calling out nine moments that typify what a badass Pink truly is.
1 “There You Go”
Pink burst onto the scene with her first video in 2000, and wasted no time setting the stage for the kind of pop star she planned to be. She casually crashes her motorcycle into the window of her ex’s bachelor pad, proving pop music had a new bad girl.
2 “Don’t Let Me Get Me”
Pink doubled down on her anti-pop star status with this video off her second album, Missundaztood. The line “tired of being compared to damn Britney Spears” proved once and for all that she wasn’t afraid to be different than her pop peers.
3 “Dear Mr. President”
In 2006, Pink released a song that served as an open letter to then-President Bush, asking him, “How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?” The collaboration with the Indigo Girls is unfortunately just as relevant today under the Trump administration.
4 “So What”
The pop star’s 2008 single “So What” served as a kiss off to her ex, Carey Hart. But what made it so badass? Oh, just the fact that she invited Hart to appear in the video without even telling him what it was about until he was on set. It all worked out, however, as the two are now married with two children.
Already nine years into her career, Pink stunned the 2009 VMAs with a jaw-dropping trapeze performance choreographed to “Sober.” She followed it up a few months later with an aerial silks routine at the Grammys that was ranked one of the best of the decade.
Oh, and she sang live both times. Bad. Ass.
6 HRC Speech
Pink has been a staunch supporter of LGBT rights from the beginning, earning her the Ally for Equality award at HRC’s National Dinner in 2010. In her poignant acceptance speech she declared, “With all the strife and economic woes in the world, religious intolerance, global warming—it boggles my mind that we’re spending time, energy, and money trying to ban love.”
7 “Raise Your Glass”
Pink once again celebrated being different with a video that features two men kissing. “Raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways,” indeed.
Pink’s athletic prowess was once again on display in the video for “Try,” filled with strenuous choreography she recreated live at the 2012 American Music Awards.
As a bonus, her dance partner is incredibly sexy.
9 “What About Us”
Pink’s newest video is another bold political statement—gathering people marginalized in our current political climate, including an intimate routine between two male dancers.
Seventeen years after Pink told us she was “Coming Up,” it’s clear she’s on top—and she’s not going anywhere.
Watch the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, Sunday, August 27, at 8/7c on Logo and MTV