News Round-Up: August 12, 2020

Danny Jones (via Instagram)

Some news stories you might have missed:

InstaHunks: I gotta say, we’ve all been there Danny “Tree Man” Jones (above), who shares, “Took four scoops of pre-workout and ended up at In N Out.” When you need the In-N-Out burger, you need it. You still got it going. #AintMadAtYou

LGBTQ Nation: Police have arrested four teenagers – three minors and one adult – who they believe attacked a gay couple, broke into their house, threatened to kill them, and destroyed their home.

Page Six: RuPaul sent followers into a frenzy last month when his Instagram posts began mysteriously disappearing from the app. Many assumed the drag icon’s account was hacked, but Page Six reports Ru deleted posts because he wants to “disengage” and lay low. “The truth is things like Black Lives Matter is overwhelming for someone like Ru. He gets backlash for appearing to not … support the community and [he receives] a lot of negativity, so he disengages,” a source told Page Six.

LA Times: “I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s never even had her first kiss,” reveals Alex Borstein, who plays Midge’s outspoken manager on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, sharing her thoughts on her character’s sexual orientation:  She’s absolutely in love with Midge to some degree, but I think she falls in love with minds.”

Andrew Christian: Check out this (NSFW) essay on the reality of shower sex from the popular underwear/swimwear designer’s blog.

Washington Post: Conservatives can’t decide if newly-announced Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris is a liberal extremist or if she’s a snub to liberal extremism.

COVID World: The UK’s first socially distanced concert is happening now in Newcastle. Attendees have their own private viewing area with 6-feet of space between them.

Fox News: Pence Dodges Questions On Trump Inciting Protests

Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday defended President Donald Trump for inciting protests in the middle of a pandemic.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Pence about the demonstrations in certain states calling for the economy to reopen where people were seen violating social distancing guidelines.

Instead of answering the question, Pence dodged and went on a lengthy praise of his boss.

“We continue to see encouraging results, declining cases, declining hospitalizations because of what the American people have done, because of the president’s leadership,” the vice president said. “We are slowing the spread, we are hastening the day when we can put the coronavirus in the past and reopen the American economy.”

As you can see – nothing about the question at hand.

So, Wallace went back to his question about federal guidelines on social distancing.

“But Mr. Vice President,” Wallace said. “In a number of these cases, these protesters – who are not social distancing – are saying they don’t want to wait. In many cases, they’re protesting your own guidelines to stop the spread.”

Wallace also brought up Trump’s tweets on Friday that called for citizens to “Liberate Minnesota, liberate Michigan and liberate Virginia.”

“So what does the president mean because you’ve got guidelines that are calling for social distancing and staying at home?” asked the host. “Even your guidelines to reopen the country are very phased and gradual. What does the president mean when he says liberate these states?”

“The American people know that no one in this country wants to reopen this country more than President Donald Trump,” said Pence again ignoring the question. “And on Thursday that president asked us to lay out guidelines for how the states can responsibly do that.”

“And in the president’s tweets and public statements, I can assure you he’s going to continue to encourage governors to find ways to safely and responsibly let America go back to work,” added the vice president.

Twitter Shades David Geffen For Socially Tone-Deaf Instagram Post

The Twitterverse threw all kinds of shade at out billionaire David Geffen after he sent ‘stay safe’ regards from his $590 million yacht currently parked in the Caribbean.

Wrote Geffen, “Sunset last night…isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus. I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.”

Now, it’s very possible Geffen missed the mark by accident. That his post, with the world in the midst of a planetary crisis, went socially tone-deaf in a humble brag kind of way without meaning to.

I mean, we all send out the photo-drone over the yacht to capture our truest sense of concern at sunset, yes?

In fairness, Geffen does a lot of great things with his billions including funding several LGBTQ organizations as well as giving financial support to Los Angeles area health clinics, theaters, museums, and charities for the homeless. Let’s not lose sight of that.

But folks on Twitter, who might be worried about having jobs when the pandemic comes to an end, weren’t having it. There have been over 10,000 responses to his post so far.

See below.

p.s. Geffen took his Insta private amid the f*ck ton of shade thrown his way.

Music: Nick Cearley Raises Us Up in Song With ‘Social Distance’

Nick Clearly of The Skivvies

Guest post by Lawrence Pfeil Jr.

When the going gets tough, the tough get creative.

With the news, updates, and outlooks about the coronavirus pandemic changing by the hour in ways unimaginable only a week ago, we need artists to bring us together while we are forced into isolation.

And that’s what Nick Cearley, the musical mastermind behind the wildly popular ‘undie rock’ duo, The Skivvies, has done with his latest inspiring song makeover, “Social Distance.”

The Skivvies have become one of the hottest tickets in New York City cabaret. The Skivvies perform stripped-down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals.

Not only is the music stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform. And the critics cheered!

“…Distinctive musical style, highly original…smart…sophisticated…ingenious…” – Wall Street Journal

“…a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups and, of course,
highly toned displays of skin.” – The New York Times

And it’s not just the critics who’ve fallen in love with The Skivvies. The group welcomes guest appearances by stars from the worlds of Broadway, TV, and the recording studio including Jeremy Jordan, Nick Adams, Nick Lachey, Laura Benanti, Tituss Burgess and more – all singing in their underwear.

Clad in only his red undies with a firm grip on his ukulele (no, that’s not a euphemism) and some divine inspiration (yes, that is a euphemism as in the Divine Miss M), Nick transforms Bette Midler’s 1991 Grammy Award-winning hit, “From a Distance” into a new 2020 song of hope.

Nick Cearley will be performing a live living room concert today, March 17 at 4PM Eastern on his Facebook page here.

Check The Skivvies official website for information regarding live performances here.

Lawrence Pfeil, Jr., is a freelance writer/playwright who has reviewed film and theatre, both on and off-Broadway, for media outlets including The Randy Report, the New York Blade, and Edge Publications.