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Ask Miss Wendy -  Miss Wendy's Texas Love Advice to New York's Sexually Challenged

Miss Wendy's Texas Love Advice
Plus Some Occasional Comments on the
State of the Popular Culture

Ask Miss Wendy
L-R: Michael Mazocco, Wendy R. Williams, Armistead Johnson
Photo Credit: Stephen Mosher

 

October 30, 2010


London Zombie Walk
Photo Credit Krisztina Fazekas

Happy Halloween from New York Cool to you!


 

October 26, 2010


Village Halloween Parade
Photo Credit Wendy R. Williams

It is Halloween Week in New York City. And all over the city, the true freaks are climbing out of their coffins (East Village basement apartments) to walk the streets with the rest of us (the ordinary run-of-the-mill freaks).

Check out New York Cool's Guide to Halloween and prepare to emerge.


 

October 21, 2010

Tempest in a Teapot Time: There is a fun uproar in the news about some racy photos that Glee cast members Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron shot for GQ titled "Glee Gone Wild.!" (USA Today) "The Parents Television Council has issued a statement saying the cover "borders on pedophilia.""

This mishegas is a publicists dream. There is free publicity galore for the show, the stars, GQ and the (who-in-the-hell-are-they?) The Parents Television Council.

Well played.

P. S. Dianna Agron "apologized" for the shoot but also said, "If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?"

Great news extender, Miss Agron!


October 17, 2010

Barbara Billingsley, the actress who play June Cleaver on the TV classic Leave It to Beaver, has died at the age of ninety-four (New York Daily News). Billingsley created a much beloved character, but by doing so she also created a prototype for an American mother that did not exist even in the time of the show (1957-19630). But this prototype has lived on in our culture - the myth that there could/should be a perfect white suburban existence where values are taught with a plate of freshly baked cookies.

And even though almost no one can or should live up to this ideal (100% failure rate for the "white" part for the majority of the United States population), Billingsley's portrayal of Cleaver beautifully portrayed the love that mothers can have for their children even in realistic homes that must deal with problems such as divorce, job loss, poverty, alcoholism, spousal and child abuse.

P. S. The Republican party has Camelotized the Cleaver home, holding it up as an example of what things used to be and can be again if we will just elect people like Newt Gingrich (three divorces), David Vitter (prostitution), Carl Paladino (illegitimate child) etc. etc. all the way to Rush Limbaugh, a braying-about-family-value-twice-divorced man on his third marriage.

P.P.S. Democrats can also be faithless hounddogs but benefit from belonging to a less hypocritical party.


 


October 13, 2010

There is a saying, "Only in New York, " and we have a doozy of a story this time. Carl Paladino, the Republican nominee for Governor of New York, has become a caricature of ego run wild. When meeting with some conservative rabbis, he blasted gays stating that "being gay is not the example that we should be showing our children." New York Daily News. After spending a few days refusing to retract his remarks, he has now (been forced to) decided to apologize.

We are in for a fun but extremely offensive November election. And Paladino is not the only doofus spewing insanities. The Republican nominee for the Senate in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell, has spoken publicly against masturbation. Yes, you read that right, masturbation. bluevirginia.us.

And in Nevada, Republican Senate nominee Sharon Angle opposes all abortions, has doubts about Social Security, wanted to abolish the Department of Veterans Affairs (she rethought that one) and does not even like the Republican Party. Las Vegas Sun

And Kentucky Senate Republican nominee Rand Paul has serious doubts about the passage of the Civil Rights Movement. He disapproves of bad behavior like not letting blacks stay in hotels, but does not think we need a law to control private behavior.

I know the Tea Party's aim was to "lock and load on Washington," but so far they seem to have aimed for their own feet.

As we used to say in Texas, "All hat, no head."


 

October 10, 2010

Today is 10/10/10 and all the crazies are out interpreting exactly what this means. I, personally, am still trying to understand the concept behind the microwave oven and will let this one pass.


 

October 5, 2010

Here are some fun items from the news:

*The Republican Senate nominee from Delaware just released her first campaign tv ad and the first line out of her mouth is "I am not a witch." And she was speaking literally not figuratively; she truly felt it was necessary to reassure the good citizenry of Delaware that she did not belong to a coven. And she was right; people were/are concerned. (MSNBC.COM)

*An elderly couple, Gloria Sher and Frederick Evans, were "booted off?" the Queen Mary 2 after they became disorderly during a black tie dinner. The article goes on to explain that they were not literally booted off the ship (Whew!) but forced to remain in their cabin for the duration of the voyage. (MSNBC.COM)

P. S. I have been on the Queen Mary 2 and it is a pearls and ascot kind of place where rowdiness will not be tolerated. Perhaps next time, Sher and Evans should book their accomodations on Carnival.


 

October 3, 2010

There is a very sad event in this week's news: A young Rutgers University student, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington bridge. His roommate (Dharun Raviand) and his roommate's friend (Molly Wei) had secretly recorded Clementi having sex with another man and broadcast the tape on the internet.

My heart goes out to Clementi's family and I am hearbroken when I think about how desperate Clementi must have felt, knowing that he would be an object of ridicule to many who viewed the tape and that the words "gay sex tape" would follow him throughout his life. He must have truly felt that his life was over and that his only option was suicide.

The next reaction is extreme anger at Raviand and Wei. How could they have been so mean and stupid? And their actions were not just mean, they were totally stupid. In this internet driven world, they did not just hurt Clementi, they ruined their own young lives. Their cruelty will follow them from now on. They will undoubtedly be saddled with a criminal record (as they should be) and they will be shunned by many. Their friends and family need to keep close watch to be sure that they too do not decide to end it all by jumping from a bridge.

It was the first month of their freshman year; Clementi is dead and Raviand and Wei's just threw away their future.


September 30, 2010

Dear Miss Wendy,

Why are there so many weird people in New York City?

Sincerely,

14th Street Bus Rider

Dear Rider,

All over the world, there are weirdos and many of these weirdos have the smarts to believe that if they stay in their home towns, the local citizenry might rise up and nail them to the Village gates. These eccentric individuals (and a smattering of sore heads) wisely decide to move to New York City, a place where they have a working chance of "blending in." So keep your flip cams handy, it's a smorgasbord out there.


September 21, 2010

Here is a Howler of a Commercial: This one actually woke me from a commercial-induced stupor: "Why leave you future to chance? Call California Psychics.com"


And another howler worthy of a Woody Allen film: Rutgers University advertising a speaker: Back By Popular Demand - Holocaust Survivor!


 

September 16, 2010

There is another fun/interesting article on MSNBC.com. Project Runway guru Tim Gunn blasted the House of Ungaro for temporarily hiring Lindsay Lohan as a creative director - well, he certainly has a point there. But then he went on to state that Suri Cruise is a "fashion victim" and her parents's "dress up doll." Mr. Gunn has very obviously never spent time with any four-year-old girls. They pick their own clothes and in fact some of them (I speak from experience) throw screaming hissing fits if you try to dress them in anything they don't want to wear.

This creativity won't last. Suri will eventually start school and become peer conscious and want to wear exactly what the other kids are wearing. But in the meantime, Suri is having fun and she is fun to watch. So here are some props to little Miss Cruise, "You go girl"


 

September 14, 2010

There is a fun/interesting article in the Daily News about how Ines Sainz, a sports reporter for the Mexican TV station TV Azteca, is being harassed when she conducts interviews in the Jet's locker room. Miss Sainz is a very pretty woman who according to the Daily News article has an entire web site devoted to her booty (it's a fansite - she did not put it up herself). I have never quite grasped why any reporters, male or female, should be allowed into a locker room after a game anymore than I get the idea of writers and photographers being allowed backstage before a fashion show (the models are practically nude and everyone is very BUSY). But Miss Sainz has a conundrum on her hands. She never would have been hired to be a sportscaster for a Mexican TV station if she had not looked hot; it is a prerequisite (kinda is here too - Erin Andrews anyone). And hot or not, if all the other reporters are hanging around in the locker room after the game, she better be there too or she won't keep her job. And since she is broadcasting from the locker room, she can't very well throw on a choir robe and a baseball cap before she walks in the door. Perhaps she could gets some tips by watching news footage of Queen Elizabeth II and emulating the monarch's "Her Majesty is not amused" nonsense-stopping-I'll-blister-your-paint stare.


 

September 10, 2010

A kook-ka-doodle-do of a Florida pastor, Terry Jones (I won't use the word Reverend next to his name), has created a hail storm of controversy over his plan to burn a bonfire of Korans on the anniversary of 9/11. And now he is trying to create a trade-off where he won't burn Korans if the planned Mosque for the vicinity of the World Trade Center is relocated. This plan to burn Korans has been widely denounced as a wonderful recruiting tool for Al Queda. How will this Pastor and his flock feel when American soldiers and/or innocent civilians are slaughtered by his counterpart - equally kooky enraged Muslim terrorists? We have freedom of speech in the United States of America so this nut job has the right to burn Korans, but all right thinking people need to "name and shame" him.

When we give into fear and label an entire group of people as our enemies (the American citizens of Japanese origin who were interned during World War II), we belittle and demean ourselves. And this kook's plan is the logical outcome of all the anti Mosque demonstrations.

We have freedom of religion in the United States of America. Now we need some decent manners and some class.


 

September 5, 2010

It has been a dull week in celebrity culture. The only story hitting the tabloids is whether or not Lindsay Lohan hit a stroller. Radaronline is saying that she did and as proof have a video of a woman pushing the what looks like a perfectly good stroller across the street while the two to three year old child cries - the child crying being the proof that the stroller was hit by a car, the most logical explanation for a child crying while riding in a stroller. The nanny is also supposed to have an incredulous look on her face (we have to take their word for this because the film clip is so grainy, no one can see the woman's face), proving she was hit.

What kind of story is this? If Lohan hit a stroller, where is the woman, the stroller and the baby? Why aren't they reporting this "incident," calling their lawyers and lining up for their pay out?

Here is another explanation. According to these tabloid reports, there were at least three photographers (two from Radaronline and one from TMZ) present when this incident supposedly occurred. They were all flashing their cameras at Miss Lohan, blinding her, the baby and the nanny. So if the baby was crying and the nanny looking surprised, it is probably because they were caught in a pack of stalking paparazzi. who might have even pushed the stroller into the car as they swarmed Lohan (if, in fact, the stroller touched Lohan's car).

I truly hope gossip is more interesting next week.


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