Emmy Nominations: POSE Star Mj Rodriguez Makes History

Mj Rodriguez of POSE
Mj Rodriguez of POSE
Mj Rodriguez of POSE (via Instagram)

Mj Rodriguez made history today as she was honored with an Emmy Award nomination for her role as ‘Blanca’ on the acclaimed FX series POSE.

Receiving a nod for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Rodriguez becomes the first trans actress to be recognized in a lead acting category.

Series co-creator Steven Canals celebrated the news on Twitter:

The third and final season of POSE garnered a total of 9 nominations this morning including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Billy Porter.

This is Porter’s 3rd nomination having previously made history himself when he took home the Emmy For Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role of ‘Pray Tell’ in 2019.

The series has been a trailblazer from the get-go by featuring the largest trans cast in TV history. And yet, until now, none of the trans female cast members had been recognized by the Emmys.

“Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez’s Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series is a breakthrough for transgender women in Hollywood, and a long-overdue recognition for her groundbreaking performance over the past three seasons of POSE,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

“Additionally, the show’s nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as Billy Porter’s third nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, mark a historic show that undoubtedly raised the bar for trans representation on television and changed the way viewers around the world understand the trans community.

In additional LGBTQ Emmy news, RuPaul’s Drag Race was honored with 9 nominations including Outstanding Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program for Mama Ru. Plus, two nods for RuPaul’s Drag Race Untucked including Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.

Netflix’s Queer Eye garnered 6 nominations including Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program as well as Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

And Randy Rainbow received his 3rd nomination for Best Short Form Variety Series. He won in 2019.

GLAAD has assembled a complete list of LGBTQ nominations here.

You can see the full list of 2021 Emmy Award nominations here. The 73rd Annual Emmy Awards will air live on CBS Sunday, September 19.

Randy Rainbow Parody: ‘Clang, Clang, Clang Went Josh Hawley’

Randy Rainbow offers a parody of the Judy Garland classic song "The Trolley Song"

Randy Rainbow offers a parody of the Judy Garland classic song "The Trolley Song"

Randy Rainbow starts our week out on the right track with his parody of Judy Garland’s iconic “The Trolley Song” from the 1944 classic film Meet Me in St. Louis.

In Rainbow’s version, “Clang, Clang, Clang Went Josh Hawley,” the artist skewers current GOP members of Congress including Hawley, Lindsey Graham, Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz and more.

Clang, clang, clang went Josh Hawley
Yap, yap, yap went Ted Cruz
Crap, crap, crap went McCarthy
Cause his party continued to lose…

Randy Rainbow’s Latest Parody Takes Aim At ‘Ted And Lindsey’

Randy Rainbow's latest song parody takes aim at Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham

Randy Rainbow's latest song parody takes aim at Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham

For those who thought Donald Trump’s exit from the White House might leave Randy Rainbow without any further inspiration…

Based on “Kansas City” from the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, OKLAHOMA!, the satirical genius offers his version of the song taking aim at Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

As always, the parody lyrics are totes clever:

Everyone loves to hate on Ted and Lindsey
Their problem isn’t popularity
You’d think they’d be ashamed of the shenanigans they try
But never Cancun Cruz or Lady G

Happy Monday, folks!

Parody: Randy Rainbow ‘Mr. Biden (Bring My Vaccine)’

Randy Rainbow drops his first Biden parody video with his take on the classic “Mr. Sandman.”

But in this iteration, Randy is getting randy to get his vaccination:

Mr. Biden – bring my vaccine
Keep me protected from COVID-19
Tell me the trick to how I might earn a
Fix of that magic Pfizer or Moderna

Our musical hero also has a bit of ‘Trump PTSD’ to cope with along the way, but let’s face it – who doesn’t?

Hit the play button and enjoy. Happy Tuesday!

Randy Rainbow Skewers QAnon Rep Via Streisand’s ‘Evergreen’

Randy Rainbow skewers QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in his latest parody song

Randy Rainbow skewers QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in his latest parody song

Donald Trump may be gone from the White House, but political satirist Randy Rainbow is NOT hanging up his microphone.

With his thumb on the political pulse of Washington, he offers up his timely take on Barbra Streisand’s timeless, “Evergreen,” from her 1976 film A Star Is Born.

Streisand and co-creator Paul Williams took home that year’s Oscar for Best Original Song. Babs also scored the Song Of The Year trophy at the Grammy Awards for the track.

But in this parody, Rainbow skewers QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

You can find my past coverage of Rainbow’s clever musical musings on The Randy Report here.

Randy Rainbow Counts Down The Seasons Of Trump

Randy Rainbow serves up a satirical sendoff for the 'Seasons of Trump'
Randy Rainbow serves up a satirical sendoff for the Seasons of Trump
(image via YouTube)

Like many of us, political satirist Randy Rainbow has been counting down the days (even the minutes) until Donald Trump leaves the White House.

The day before the Donald’s departure, Rainbow has reassembled some of his most popular characters from over 100 videos to perform this musical sendoff, a parody of the iconic “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical RENT.

Throughout Trump’s time in the political spotlight, Rainbow has provided dozens of spot-on, uber-clever music video parodies skewering the Trumpster.

Taking the melodies from Broadway and pop culture and meshing them with sharp-as-a-tack lyrics, Rainbow has served up hilarious helpings of biting commentary on Trump and his orange misdeeds.

Today, Rainbow and company remember the “Seasons of Trump” the country has had to endure for the past 2,102,400 minutes.

Two million a hundred two thousand four hundred minutes
With just one president so unhinged and unfit
Two million a hundred two thousand four hundred minutes
How do you measure four years of this sh*t?

In scandals, impeachments, in porn stars, in Scaramuccis
In rallies, in insurrections, in flies
In two million a hundred two thousand four hundred minutes
How do you measure four years of the lies?

Along the way, we’re reminded of some of the outrageousness that was the Trump administration.

That includes Trump’s declaration as ‘a very stable genius,’ plus a rogues gallery of characters like Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kelly McEnany.

Rainbow also manages to mention pee tapes, fake news, COVID, covfefes, and ‘alternative facts.’

It all culminates in a Mariah-inspired high note and a whispered ‘bye gurl.’

His most recent musical missive took aim at the insurrectionists who invaded the U.S. Capitol building. Co-opting the tune of ‘Tradition’ from Fiddler on the Roof, Rainbow’s ‘Sedition!’ garnered over 2 million views in less than a week.

As Saturday Night Live has found, there’s always something in politics to lampoon, so here’s hoping Rainbow continues to entertain us even without the Orange one in office.

You can find my many posts covering Rainbow’s past parodies by clicking here.

Randy Rainbow Parodies Fiddler On The Roof ‘Sedition!’

Randy Rainbow parody 'Sedition!'

Randy Rainbow parody 'Sedition!'

Political satirist Randy Rainbow breaks his own rule of never parodying a song twice after getting numerous requests to revisit ‘Tradition’ from the hit Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof.

Rainbow first tackled the tune back in May with ‘Distraction!

After the events of this week at the U.S. Capitol, Randy Rainbow parodies Fiddler again with this second satirical take titled, ‘Sedition!’

As usual, Rainbow’s lyrics are sharp as a tack as he takes on Trump and his delusional supporters insurrectionists who continue to push the baseless idea that the Donald ‘won his reelection in a landslide’ (oh my sides).

“A Twitler with no proof. Sounds like a horrible idea for a musical, no?” says Rainbow in the prologue. “Or at least a horrible idea for a president.”

“How does a desperate lame duck president and his boot-licking minions with no hope or evidence try to overturn an election they’ve clearly lost multiple times?” continues our hero. “I can tell you in one word – Sedition!”

You can find more of my coverage of Rainbow’s clever satire here.

Randy Rainbow: ‘Don’t Tell Donald He’s Not Re-Elected Today!’

While Team Trump continues a facade of ‘fake news’ regarding the Donald’s many filed (and then dismissed) lawsuits in trying to re-litigate the 2020 election, Randy Rainbow lampoons White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and her constant assertions her boss “won” via Stephen Sondheim’s “Not Getting Married Today” from Company.

Rainbow’s rapid-fire satirical lyrics are seriously on point.

Enjoy 🙂

Parody: Randy Rainbow Ponders ‘How Will You Vote?’

Randy Rainbow turns in this musical rumination on which presidential candidate to vote for (hint – yeah, you already know the answer) set to the tune of Enchanted’s “How Will You Know?”

Rainbow first ticks off some of Donald Trump’s, umm, qualities:

Well, does he give a flying f**k about whether you live or die?
Cover-up his crimes and wish them all away?
Does he lock children in cages? Act like Nazis are okay?
That’s how you know, that’s how you know that he’s the one.

And then’s there’s his assessment of Joe Biden:

Does he leave you little clues that let you know he’s not insane?
Have a plan in place you know he’ll carry through?
If he isn’t porkin’ Putin and he pays his taxes, too
That’s how you know, that’s how you know he’s the one.

In the end, it all comes down to “One’s an incompetent toddler, the other one’s name is Joe, that’s why it’s Joe – He’s the one.”

Patti LuPone & Randy Rainbow Parody “If Donald Was Fired!”

Broadway legend Patti LuPone and Randy Rainbow (screen capture)

Political satirist Randy Rainbow is back today with a special guest, Broadway legend Patti LuPone.

The duo teams up on a parody of “If Mama Was Married” from the 1959 Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim musical Gypsy.

LuPone took home the Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award in 2008 for her star turn in the revival the acclaimed musical.

In the video, Rainbow is attempting to ‘moderate’ a presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, but becomes frustrated in the process.

LuPone appears in a puff of smoke: “When gay men are in crisis, I just materialize.”

I won’t spoil the jokes, but these are some of Rainbow’s best parody lyrics in some time. Hit the play button and enjoy 🙂