Out Music: Billy Porter Covers Classic Protest Song ‘For What It’s Worth’

Billy Porter (photo: Santiago Felipe)

Grammy/Emmy/Tony Award winner Billy Porter releases his latest single, a cover of Stephen Stills’ Buffalo Springfield classic, “For What It’s Worth.”

“I decided to record ‘For What It’s Worth’ because I wanted to have my art and my music matter, make a difference,” Porter said in a statement. “I’ve always been a political person. I come from the generation where the music reflected what was going on in the world, in the day. The song was written and performed sort of during the Civil Rights Era, the Vietnam War, it was protest music and I wanted to have a hand in bringing that back and speaking truth directly to power.”

Porter has re-imagined the folk-rock classic adding a soulful spin that rocks out as much as it “grooves out.” Porter’s innovative take finds him laying down multiple vocal parts that build to an uplifting crescendo that takes the iconic tune into new territory.

“I am both proud and delighted that Billy Porter is covering my song: ‘For What It’s Worth,”’ said Stephen Stills. “For many years no one tried to ‘make it theirs’ as covers are supposed to do. That an artist of Billy’s caliber has chosen to add his flourish to my song from so many years ago is totally in keeping with what I intended.”

“One of the heartening things that I’ve seen during the Coronavirus outbreak is how we’ve all banded together. Everyone doing their part, checking on each other, using technology to connect with one another,” said Porter. “I think the messages in ‘For What It’s Worth’ are so relevant now. It’s a song about unifying and coming together to make a change.”

And speaking of change, Porter is also keeping an eye on November when U.S. citizens will be voting for a new president.

“While we’re all stuck at home, now is a great time to make sure you’re registered to vote,” he said. “The election is comin,’ y’all. Let’s get ready and stay ready.”

Register to Vote!  https://linktr.ee/TheeBillyPorter

“For What It’s Worth” is the follow-up to Porter’s recent single, “Love Yourself,” which hit #1 on the Billboard Club Play Songs Chart in summer of 2019 and was timed to World Pride/Stonewall50.

The video for “Love Yourself” was a celebrity lip-sync extravaganza featuring cameos by Porter’s Pose co-stars along with Cyndi Lauper, Kelly Ripa, Debra Messing, Lin Manuel Miranda, and designer Christian Siriano, among many others.

Billy Porter covers iconic protest song, “For What It’s Worth”

“Make America Gay Again” Sign Posted Next Door To Mike Pence Vacation Home

Jason Auslander / The Aspen Times

Vice President Mike Pence surely got the message posted on the mailbox next door to the home he’s vacationing at in Aspen, Colorado.

And that message was, “Make America Gay Again.”

Neighbors of the home near Aspen where Pence and his wife, Karen, are staying posted the message Wednesday or Thursday on a stone pillar that sits at the end of driveways to both homes, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Buglione told the Aspen Times.

Pence, a well-known homophobe who has fought LGBT rights for years, has described himself as a “Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”


Live-Feed: Women’s March On Washington

If you can’t take part in the Women’s March on Washington today, where folks of all stripes will take a stand for the rights of all Americans, you can watch via the live stream below.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in the nation’s capital for a peaceful gathering to “promote women’s equality and defend other marginalized groups.” Additionally, there are over 600 sister events occurring worldwide as well.

Today’s rally in Washington begins at 10AM and ends at 1:15PM.

The march begins at 1:15.

Look for a several national figures to appear including Gloria Steinem, America Ferrera, Michael Moore, Ashley Judd, Cecile Richards, Janet Mock, Maryum Ali, Melissa Harris-Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Van Jones, and more.

Huge Protest In Front Of Trump Tower Led By Cher, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo

Thousands showed up last night in front of Trump Tower in New York City to protest in anticipation of the Trump administration.

And so it begins.

From ET Online:

Celebrities who oppose Donald Trump are not sitting out this Inauguration. The night before Trump is to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, A-listers came out in droves for the “We Stand United” rally in New York City.

Stars including Alec Baldwin, Julianne Moore, Cher, Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley, Marissa Tomei, Robert De Niro, Sally Field, Rosie Perez, Michael Moore, Cynthia Nixon, and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio all spoke and sang at the rally, which was held outside of Trump Tower.

Protester Rushes Stage At Hillary Clinton Rally, Clinton Doesn’t Flinch

The Independent is reporting on an animal rights activist who rushed the stage at a Hillary Clinton rally as the former Secretary of State was speaking.

Hillary Clinton was rushed at by an animal rights protester during a speech on the economy, the second time in a week. Ms Clinton was talking in Des Moines, Iowa, and facing the other way as a woman launched herself over the barrier and towards the stage.

She has been named as 26-year-old Kelsey Atkinson from campaign group Direct Action Everywhere, which fights for “total animal liberation”. Just as the protester got to the steps, Secret Service staff pulled Ms Atkinson away.

You’ll note as the Secret Service take the protester down in the background Hillary doesn’t even flinch or break stride as she continues talking on her policy proposals.

My girl Hillary is one cool customer 🙂

UK Man Trolls Anti-Gay Trolls At Chester Pride Festival

In a video posted to Vimeo Sunday, Dean Paton from Chester-based ‘heritage and education’ company Big Heritage decided on his own plan to handle anti-gay trolls who held signs protesting the Pride Festival in Chester, England.

He calmly took his place next to the haters holding sign with hate speech, then unrolled his own sign which read: “Homophobes are statistically more likely to be gay.”

Bravo, Dean!

(h/t Attitude)

Matt Baume Asks: “Do Protests Have To Be Disruptive?”

Matt Baume explains that political protests can be really inconvenient sometimes.

And sometimes they target powerful people who already agree with the protestors! What’s the point of that?

Well,  there is a point, and Matt gives you the skinny on why the squeaky wheel gets the oil. And we sometimes need the “oil” to get things unstuck.

NYC: Over 300,000 take part in The People’s Climate March”

Ahead of this week’s United Nations Climate Summit, over 300,000 people from around the world marched through Manhattan to bring awareness to the growing concerns for man’s affect on the environment.

Among those attending the march were U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, former U.S. vice president Al Gore, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and actors Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The next time someone tells you “no one cares about climate change,” show them this picture.

ACT UP and Queer Nation disrupt another Stoli guy event

This happened last night in NYC at Marquee.

The poster of the video writes:

I love how the host says, “We are very lucky to live in a country where we can speak freely” – as we are being dragged out and roughed up by security. And of course, gays in Russia have no such rights.

He follows is with this ridiculous statement: “And one of the things we are celebrating tonight is the passion that is the Stoli brand, and that is passion.” Say what?