Out Music: John Duff Skewers The City Of Angels In ‘I Hate L.A.’

John Duff in his new music video 'I Hate L.A.'
John Duff in his new music video 'I Hate L.A.'
John Duff in his new music video ‘I Hate L.A.’

Out singer/songwriter John Duff releases his fun and infectious new single, ‘I Hate L.A.’ which riffs on all the things about Los Angeles the artist loathes.

Duff’s negative outlook isn’t so much about the City of Angels itself but “what Los Angeles represents ideologically.”

“It’s about the product being sold – all in all, it’s about lack mentality,” adds the woofy artist. “I wanted to create something out of my negativity that sounded anthemic and proud.”

A scene from 'I Hate L.A.'
A scene from ‘I Hate L.A.’

Setting out to glamorize his view of the city, Duff and his director Brad Hammer worked to include layers of symbolism in each scene.

Whether its laying on Astroturf, dressed as a rhinestone cowboy, puffing on cigarettes while surrounded by healing crystals, or standing next to a $130,000 G-wagon filled to the gills with plastic bottles from fancy juice places, wearing an “I Voted” sticker, Duff wants the viewer GET the hypocrisy he sees in LA.

The painted face scene is a nod to the city’s beauty influencers, an industry that ranks low in Duff’s estimation: “I think marketing ‘facial improvement’ to children is kind of gross.”

Follow John Duff on Instagram here and on Facebook here.

Check out the clever music video below. You can find my previous coverage of Duff’s music here.

EMTs Told Not To Bring COVID Patients To Hospitals If Survival Chances Are Low

New York state is about to drop its face mask mandate as COVID-19 cases continue to drop in the Empire State.

A man wearing a face mask to improve his survival chances against COVID-19

Things are getting even worse in Los Angeles in regard to the coronavirus pandemic. EMTs are being told to assess the survival chances of a patient before bringing them to a hospital where resources are growing thin.

From the Washington Post:

First responders in Los Angeles County have been told not to bring patients to hospitals if their survival chances are low, as health-care workers try to dig out from a deluge of covid-19 patients.

More than 128,000 people across the United States were hospitalized with covid-19 on Monday, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. That number is a record and represents an increase of 2,800 patients in a single day.

The L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency issued a directive Monday that ambulance crews should conserve oxygen by administering it only to patients who have oxygen saturation levels below 90%.

To reduce demand on hospitals, the agency recently issued memos directing ambulance staff not to transfer to hospitals most patients who have virtually no chance of survival.

People who require hospitalization are reportedly waiting over 8 hours in ambulances before being admitted.

Related: Trump Didn’t Want People Tested For COVID Unless Vomiting In ER

LA’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival Goes Digital & Outdoors For 2020

Outfest, Los Angeles’ annual LGBTQ film festival, is going digital and outdoors with 6 nights-of drive-ins, 160+ films, including 35 world premieres, 10 North American premieres, and 4 U.S. premieres.

This year’s hybrid streaming/outdoor festival boasts the most inclusive and diverse festival in history – with over 70% of films directed by women, trans, and people-of-color filmmakers.

The 2020 film festival takes place from August 10-20.

Click here for a list of films and festival passes.

LA News Anchor’s Death Ruled Drug Overdose During Hookup Gone Bad

A Los Angeles news anchor, found dead on December 27, 2018, in a Days Inn motel, died of methamphetamine toxicity according to the coroner.
Chris Burrous

A Los Angeles news anchor, found dead on December 27, 2018, in a Days Inn motel, died of methamphetamine toxicity according to the coroner.

The Los Angeles Times reports that KTLA anchor Chris Burrous met with another man after connecting on the gay hook up app, Grindr.

The other man, whom the 43-year-old journalist had met on several occasions, called for medical attention when Burrous reportedly put at least two meth ‘rocks’ in his anus during the hookup. He soon passed out and became unresponsive.

Both the man and paramedics attempted CPR but to no avail. Burrous was declared dead at a hospital.

The coroner indicated in his report that hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease played a part in Burrous’ death.

According to Variety, the drug GHB was also found in the hotel room, but not in Burrous’ system. The other man was not charged with any crime.

After spending several years hosting Good Morning Sacramento, Burrous relocated to Los Angeles taking on weekend anchoring duties for the KTLA Morning News.

Burrous is survived by his wife and a nine-year-old daughter.

News Round-Up: September 13, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• My buddy Brandon Pereyda, currently one of the stars (and poster boy) for Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity here in Las Vegas, gets in “mid-show workouts” during his already grueling performances. And yes, everything in the pic is real from the mohawk to the body to everything else 🙂

• Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was removed from office for blocking same-sex marriages in his state, could very well be the next U.S. Senator from the “Yellowhammer” state. And he’s not sure if gays should be executed or not for being who they are.

• Russian politician Vyacheslav Nikonov told Russian TV audiences recently that the United States intel community “missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States.”

• Is it weird that not only does Donald Trump Jr. face the pictures of his children on his desk AWAY from his view, but he also has a pic of HIMSELF right there in the middle? #hmmm

(via Twitter)

• More big stars are signing on for guest spots on the upcoming Will & Grace reboot beginning September 28 on NBC. Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells will guest star together joining previously announced appearances by Ben Platt, Harry Connick, Jr., Minnie Driver and Bobby Cannavale.

• I’m certain that Los Angeles’ 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index helped the “city of angels” book the upcoming 2028 Summer Olympics & Paralympics.

• Any day is a good day for some fresh Cher. Like this new spot for GAP which pairs the diva with Future on a new take on Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People.”

Los Angeles Joins List Of Cities Boycotting North Carolina & Mississippi Over Anti-LGBT Laws

Joining other cities  like New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Cincinnati, Santa Fe, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, the Los Angeles City Council voted last night to boycott North Carolina and Mississippi due to anti-LGBT laws recently adopted in the two states.

The North Carolina law “overturns all state protections for gay and lesbians and puts new discrimination on the books,” according to Councilman Mike Bonin, who proposed the resolution that was approved on a 12-0 vote.

That law is also particularly hurtful to transgender people, because they would be permitted to only use bathrooms that match the sex designation on their birth certificate, and not by the gender they identify with, he said.

Bonin said the Mississippi law allows rental car businesses to turn away gay couples, and allows for suicide hotline counselors to refuse to help people who are gay.

Bonin said under the boycott, the city would avoid doing business with the two governments and put a ban on city employees making official visits to the states until the two laws are repealed.

“When the state sanctions hatred and the state endorses discrimination, hatred and discrimination increases,” creating a “climate of intolerance and a climate of violence,” Bonin said.

People will be fired from their jobs, hate crimes will go up and young people who are “struggling with their identity are going to be bullied and some of them will ponder suicide,” he charged.

“That’s not what Los Angeles stands for.”

In addition to the above listed cities, the states of Connecticut, Minnesota, New York and Vermont have announced similar boycotts of North Carolina.

Los Angeles: Chaz Bono Debuts In First Major Dramatic Role In “Proof”

Chaz Bono in Proof for the Noisy Nest Theatre Company
(photo: Amanda Bird)

Showing no fear of new hills to climb, Chaz Bono appears in his first major dramatic stage role as “Robert” in the David Auburn play Proof for the Noisy Nest Theatre Company in Los Angeles through April 12th.

David Auburn’s Tony Award-winning play Proof tells the story of Catherine, who has spent the past years of her life caring for her father, Robert. Robert has not only passed down his aptitude for mathematics, but may have also passed down a form of mental instability.

Upon her Robert’s death, Catherine faces a journey beyond grief. She, alongside her estranged sister Claire and her father’s former pupil, Hal, aim to find value and answers in the mathematician’s 103 notebooks.

Bono has spent years studying acting, telling People Magazine, “People don’t think of me as a trained actor. This is really all I’ve been doing lately, trying to get out there and get seen by people – one person at a time.”

The play runs from March 20th to April 12th at the Lounge Theatres at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles. Performances are 8PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2PM on Sundays.

Purchase tickets online here.
$25 General Admission
$15 Students

Los Angeles Dodgers 2nd Annual “LGBT Night Out” – August 22

Los Angeles!  Show your pride and join the LGBT community on Friday, August 22 for the second annual LGBT Night Out when the Dodgers take on the New York Mets.

Arrive early for special pregame activities, including a performance of the National Anthem by Mary Lambert and a ceremonial first pitch by Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Stay after the game and enjoy a Friday Night Fireworks show from the field, set to the music of DJ Manny Lehman.

And, if you’re doing a night of baseball you’ve got to do this –  there’s an All-You-Can-Eat seating option which includes unlimited Dodger dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, Coca-Cola products and water!

Plus, there’s the Bud Light Bar, Think Blue BBQ and Tommy’s Trattoria are just a few steps away.

Click here to buy tickets – a portion of these proceeds will go to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA).

National Guard marches in LA Gay Pride parade

National Guard marches in Los Angeles Gay Pride parade
National Guard marches in Los Angeles Gay Pride parade

In a series of firsts, a delegation from the California National Guard, led by its Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, took part in L.A. Pride, joining Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), the first openly gay person elected Speaker, in yesterday’s Pride Parade. This marks the first time a U.S. National Guard force has directly outreached to the LGBT community at Pride.

The California National Guard also had its first-ever recruiting booth at the Pride Festival following the parade. Several of the Guardsmen marching alongside Speaker Pérez and Maj. Gen. Baldwin are gay and were marching openly for the first time as members of the Armed Forces.

“The overwhelmingly positive response to the California National Guard from Pride participants today was matched only by the respect and enthusiasm the Guard showed toward our community,” Speaker Pérez said. “Today makes it absolutely clear the Guard is committed to including and reflecting all the people they serve.”

“We are a performance-based force, and one’s sexual orientation shouldn’t affect their ability to serve and excel,” said Maj. Gen. Baldwin. “Duty to one’s state and nation – not sexual orientation – is the defining trait of our soldiers and airmen.”

(Via press release from John Perez, openly gay Speaker of the California Assembly)

National Guard marches in Los Angeles Gay Pride parade

(h/t JMG)