News Round-Up: February 25, 2021

Some news items you might have missed:

Throwback Thursday: Thinking about days of dachshunds filling the house (above) . Not sad, just glad it happened. 

Instinct Magazine: Heavily armed police attempted to arrest a gay couple for kissing on a public beach in Tulum, Mexico, until a crowd gathered shouting down the officers’ actions.

Buzzfeed: Seventeen straight guys shared their same-sex hook-up encounters which ran the gamut from meh to hilarious.

Paramount Plus: The Real World Homecoming: New York, a multi-episode docu-series starring all seven of the original housemates from the classic MTV show, will debut on March 4. Running for 25 years on MTV before moving to Facebook Watch in 2019, the series helped launch the reality show genre. Word is the new series is being shot in that same NYC loft apartment.

Axios: 41% of Republicans say they don’t plan to get a coronavirus vaccination if it’s available to them while 70% of Democrats and a plurality of independents (47%) say they do plan to get vaccinated.

The Hill: As the second impeachment trial failed to convict Donald Trump, two House Democrats plan to introduce legislation that would reform the Former Presidents Act of 1958 by stripping past presidents convicted of a felony of their $219,200 annual pension, office space and a budget to pay for staff.

The Advocate: Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL) put up a transgender Pride flag in a show of support for her daughter. Her congressional ‘neighbor,’ the hideous Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene R-GA) then trolled her with a sign reading “There are only two genders: male and female. Trust the science.” Oddly, Facebook removed Newman’s post calling her pro-trans remarks ‘hate speech.’

Sexually-Fluid Reality Contestant Kicked Off Instagram For Posting The Wrong Pic

Remy Duran, of the sexually-fluid edition of MTV's Are You The One? reality show, got kicked off Instagram after posting a pic with his new girlfriend and a dildo

MTV aired the finale of its off-the-wall dating reality show, Are You the One?, on Monday night.

The show purports to help contestants find ‘the one’ by the end of the series. In fact, the show’s creators have already determined the perfect match for each contestant through a series of interviews with the participants, friends and family members, and psychological testing.

The trick for the contestants is to figure out who that is.

(Spoiler coming…)

This season’s edition featured an entire cast of sexually-fluid participants.

On the finale, hottie Remy Duran announced he and contestant Paige Cole were now a couple. No, they weren’t each other’s predetermined ‘Perfect Match,’ but they were totes in happiness.


The couple shared the news on their respective Instagram accounts by posting a pic featuring the duo posting with a dildo hanging from the wall.

Just hours later, though, Remy’s entire Insta account was deleted by the powers that be at Instagram.

The image is still viewable on his Twitter account. It’s the pink-tinged photo in the montage below.

Speaking to Vice, Remy expressed his frustration saying, “I’m so pissed. I thought, ‘Oh, shit, my picture got taken down,’ but my whole account got deleted without warning. I didn’t get an email. Nothing.”

Interestingly, Paige’s post of the image was removed, as well, but her account remains intact and online.

Calling the deletion ‘homophobic,’ Paige points to posts that are far more graphic than the couple’s light-hearted photo.

“You see car accidents where people probably died, you see photos of animal abuse on popular pages,” Paige shared with Vice. “There are real issues on Instagram, but they have a problem with sex workers. They have a problem with a titty popping out. They have a problem with a gay man and his gay girlfriend posing with a dick on the wall.” 

She continued, “We say ‘Homophobia!’ jokingly, but there’s no excuse for deleting his account and not mine for literally posting the same content.”

At the end of the day, it’s not just the ‘dang it’ of having one’s account deleted.

The hours directly following the finale of AYTO can be crucial for someone like fashion designer-turned-party promoter Remy as the public’s interest is at its peak.

Vice reports that Remy has been building his social media brand since 2014 to promote his party-planning business and support both himself and his mother. Remy says before the deletion his account of 49k followers was gaining over 100 new followers every 20 minutes.

“I’m sick for him,” Paige tells Vice. “Being on the show has enabled me to be contacted by brands for influencer gigs. I’m hoping to use it to build my modeling career in the entertainment industry because people watching you is worth more than currency. Get the right person watching you, and your whole life can change.” 

“We know all the right people are watching us within 24 hours [of AYTO’s season finale], and they can’t even look at Remy,” added Cole.

The Community Guidelines for Instagram do specifically ban things like “sexual intercourse,” “genitals,” and “some photos of female nipples.” While it’s not clear why Remy’s account would be shuttered but Paige’s account would get just a slap on the wrist, Remy does admit he’s had two prior violations with the social media giant.

Censorship has become a big deal on social media since the March 2018 passage of the bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act in the U.S. Senate. The legislation provides for holding online businesses liable for any content (even if posted by users) that could be viewed as relating to sex work.

(source: VICE – all images via Remy Duran Twitter)

MTV Studios Announces Reboot Of GLAAD Award Winning Series ‘Undressed’

MTV Studios is continuing the trend of bringing back past TV series with the news that Undressed, which ran from 1999 to 2002, will get the reboot treatment.

Logging over 200 episodes over six short seasons, the scripted anthology series would feature a new cast each season, and episodes would focus on two or three interwoven storylines.

Created by two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Jaffe (who will return as executive producer), Undressed was credited for bringing frank discussions about sex to younger television audiences.

The program often used its young characters’ restless energy to dramatize narratives related to the lives of teens and young adults.

While Will & Grace dealt with the issue of sexual orientation, Undressed went full-on exploring sexuality, including several same-sex relationships making it one of the most inclusive series on the air at the time.

In 2003, the series was honored with a GLAAD Media Award for ‘Outstanding Daily Drama.’

In addition, the show was the springboard that launched several successful stars of today including Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow), Jason Ritter (Joan of Arcadia), Max Greenfield (New Girl) and more.

The announcement comes as MTV wraps up it’s 5th consecutive quarter of primetime ratings growth.

“Undressed was ahead of its time and we’re looking forward to developing the series for a whole new generation,” said Pamela Post, head of scripted programming for MTV Studios, MTV, VH1 and Logo. “Much has changed in the dating/relationship world since the series first premiered and we’re excited to showcase how both have evolved.”

MTV also recently announced reboots of popular shows The Real World and Daria.

MTV’s New Dating Show “Undressed”

MTV just released a teaser for it’s upcoming new series, Undressed.

Billed as a dating show, two strangers are given 30 minutes to undress each other and then, through the course of answering questions and performing challenges, decide if there is a chance for romance between the two.

The promo video features a gay couple, presumably au natural in bed, with one asking the other, “As a gay man, how could you vote for Trump?”

The new series debuts August 16 at 11PM on MTV.

You can watch the promo at this link (it was unavoidably auto-play, and I find that annoying for my readers)

MTV turns 33 today

MTV launched 33 years ago today.

Do you remember the very first music video to air on the legendary network?

Had it not been for this choice, music artist Buggles might never have been remembered…

2013 VMAs: ‘NSYNC reunites for one night

90s boy band "NSync takes to the 2013 VMA stage to reunite after 10 years

One day after the boy band sent out a tweet hinting at a reunion at Sunday’s awards show, Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick took the stage together.

As if no time had passed, the guys — J.C. Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and Timberlake — performed their iconic “Bye Bye Bye” choreography. The performance lived up to expectations although most fans would admit they’d have liked more than a few minutes of this reunion 10 years in the making.

(via Hollywood Reporter)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis chat on performing “Same Love” at VMAs tonight

Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins will be introducing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at tonight’s MTV VMAs. The duo is set to perform their marriage equality anthem “Same Love”.

Macklemore told MTV News why they chose to perform “Same Love” over their other massive hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us”:

“‘Same Love’ has turned into a song that has been embraced by the mainstream and that was played by the radio,” Macklemore told MTV News on Saturday (August 24) after the duo’s rehearsal for the big show. “There is a lot more people that are familiar with it now than six months ago and the timing is perfect. It’s a powerful record and it needs to be heard in America right now. And equality is at the forefront of what’s going on in politics right now.”

Macklemore adds that “It’s a song that I wanted to write because I felt like it wasn’t being addressed within hip-hop music…And I think that the homophobia was still very rampant within hip-hop culture.”

He also said that the line “when I was in the third grade, I thought that I was gay” is the most vulnerable lyric he has ever written.