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Rosie’s reveal riles Hasselbeck

Revelation of benign crush sends former ‘View’ co-host to her knees

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Rosie O’Donnell recently confessed a crush on Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (Screenshot via Fox)

“I’ve been getting in shape for tonight with the Jussie Smollett workout. You hire two trainers and sweat for eight weeks. It wipes out all your belly fat — and credibility.” – Sean Hayes begins his acceptance speech at the GLAAD Awards.

With the stroke of a pen, Jussie Smollett’s troubles came to an end, at least legally. All 16 criminal charges against him were dropped.  

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t guilty according to the guy who dropped the charges! Joseph Magats, first assistant Cook County State’s attorney, says, “I do not believe he is innocent. We stand behind the Chicago Police Department’s investigation and our decision to approve charges in this case. We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett. The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city of Chicago. Without the completion of these terms, the charges would not have been dropped. This outcome was met under the same criteria that would occur for and is available to any defendant with similar circumstances.”  

Except, of course, the court records were sealed — something that likely would not have happened to “any defendant” unless their “similar circumstances” were deep pockets, celebrity and lawyer Mark Geragos. This may not have been a “plea deal,” but make no mistake — it was most certainly a deal.

Ironically, it’s not even a deal anyone is happy about. Let’s start with the city of Chicago, which has sent a letter to Smollett’s attorney along with a bill for $130,000 to cover the costs of the investigation. The letter implies prosecution should the bill be ignored. The letter was initiated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. 

The next person unhappy with the deal may surprise you: Smollett himself! His lawyer released a statement: “It is the mayor and the police chief who owe Jussie an apology for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough.” In fact, he believes he paid more than enough. Smollett’s attorney has indicated that he’s considering suing the city of Chicago. So, he’s lucky and stupid!  

But you know the biggest surprise? Donald “The Art of the Deal” Trump is unhappy with the deal Jussie got! “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation.” Do you realize how screwed you are when Donald Trump considers you an embarrassment? Sadly, it’s also the first thing Trump has been right about.

 We all know there was tension when Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O’Donnell were both co-hosts on “The View.” But was it sexual? In the upcoming “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View” by our very own Ramin Setoodeh, Ro reveals the depth of her crush. “I loved her,” she says. Joy Behar pipes in, “I think there were underlying lesbian undertones on both parts.” Both parts — hmm. Rosie adds, “I think this is something that will hurt her if you write it. She was the MVP of a Division 1 softball team for two years that won the finals. There are not many, in my life, girls with such athletic talent on sports teams that are traditionally male that aren’t at least a little bit gay.” Getting back to her feelings, O’Donnell clarifies, “There was a little bit of a crush. But not that I wanted to kiss her. I want to support, raise, elevate her, like she was the freshman star shortstop and I was the captain of the team … but it was in no way sexualized.” 

 Needless to say, these revelations make Lizzie very uncomfortable.  

“The truth is, what she said, if you took her words and replaced ‘Rosie’ for ‘Ronald’, there would be an objectification of women in the workplace. So that’s disturbing and it’s wrong. Whether you’re a man or whether you’re a woman, and you’re objectifying women in the workplace, it’s wrong.”  

Have I missed a memo? I think there’s a difference between “objectifying” and “having a crush,” especially one that isn’t acted upon. What Hasselbeck did when she heard this news is also telling. “I’ll be very honest. I read it and I immediately started praying. Because I’m like, ‘How am I going to handle this?'” So, lemme get this straight: Hasselbeck actually attempted to pray the gay away?

 Of course, some people look better the less they wear. Take Mark Consuelos, who enjoys walking around the set of “Riverdale” with as little clothing on as possible (note to self: get a job on the set of “Riverdale”). Most recently, he was carrying a Nespresso machine and said to KJ Apa, “KJ, have you seen my Nespresso machine?” KJ said, “I think you’re holding it, bro.” At the risk of objectifying the willing, check him out on billymasters.com.

 Since I had to zip out of L.A., I missed the GLAAD Media Awards. And apparently what I missed was Shangela bringing down the house with a tribute to Beyoncé that included “Baby Boy,” “Single Ladies,” “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women.” Knowing Shangela, the only thing she remembers from the night was getting a standing ovation from Queen Bey herself! Naturally, we’ll run the video on our website.

When “View” co-hosts are praying the gay away, it’s time to end yet another column. I don’t know how to break it to Hasselbeck, but her prayers aren’t working. She hasn’t prayed any gay away, she’s just prayed the paying jobs away! I think she better change her prayers — or perhaps change denominations, especially if she wants to bring in a few denominations! No such problems at billmasters.com, the site that will answer all your prayers, both big and small. And if you have a question, send it along to [email protected] and I promise to get back to you as soon as I have an answer! So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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San Diego runner celebrates the end of their trailblazing season

Nikki Hiltz came out as trans nonbinary this year and is aiming to compete in the next Olympic Summer Games scheduled for Paris in 2024

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SAN DIEGO – Sunday marked the last race of 2021 for Santa Cruz native Nikki Hiltz, and they described their season on social media as “filled with ups, downs, and a whole lot of self discovery.” Hiltz, who came out as trans nonbinary in March, reflected on all they’ve achieved.

Far from their home in San Diego, the 26-year-old Adidas sprinter finished second on Sunday in the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile in New York City, with a time of 4:23.0, just over a second behind first-place finisher Olympian Jemma Reekie of the United Kingdom. Shannon Osika of Ann Arbor, Mich. was right on Hiltz’s heels to finish third.

“I think with any sport, especially running, you bring your whole self to the starting line,” Hiltz told the Los Angeles Blade. “It’s not like I’m bringing just the athlete part of Nikki; I’m bringing my whole identity.” 

Their coming out as trans nonbinary, they said, definitely impacted her performance. 

“The closer I can be to myself and stay true to myself, the faster and the better I run, essentially,” said Hiltz. “I am someone that runs with a lot of emotion and grit. And so when I’m at war with myself or when I wasn’t out of the closet, it really shows on the track. And then when I’m at peace with myself and I’m living my most authentic life, that also really shows on the track.” 

Off the track, Hiltz has been exploring their passion for the LGBTQ community and their interest in pushing for equality and justice, much like out San Diego Loyals midfielder Collin Martin. As the Blade reported last week, Martin has joined Common Goal, a partnership with Adidas and soccer players around the world working toward ending gender inequality, combatting HIV/AIDS and other causes. He’s also pledged 1% of his salary to Play Proud, a project aimed at improving LGBTQ+ inclusion in soccer.

“Within the past two years, I’ve really leaned into advocacy and fighting for things that I believe in,” Hiltz told the Blade. “That has been really fulfilling when I have been injured or when COVID happened and I couldn’t race.” 

Hiltz organized her own event for its second year this summer, a race in which all the proceeds benefited the Trevor Project

“I put on a Pride 5k and that was so fun,” they said. “Whether I had a good or bad performance, the highlight of every race this summer has been meeting and connecting with members of the Pride 5k family from across the country. They can always so quickly put everything into perspective. This community seriously means the world to me.”

The Nikki Hiltz Pride 5K on July 17 in Mission Bay, San Diego, raised $42,270 for the Trevor Project, the largest national nonprofit dedicated to crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. 

“I think that’s something I want to continue to do when my running career is over. I love running and I love the community and I love everyone that calls themself a runner.”

Next up for Hiltz is to train for the Olympics. The next Summer Games are scheduled to be held in Paris in 2024, followed by Los Angeles in 2028. But they told the Blade that at age 26, they know they’re not getting any younger. 

“Professional middle distance runners usually retire early 30s-ish, 30 to 33, or they switch events and move up to the 5 or 10K or marathon event. But I think for me, you kind of go through Olympic cycles. So I think, if I were to retire, it would be in 2024 or 2028. And I think when I get to 2024, I’m going to reassess. ‘Am I still happy doing this? Do I still love it?’ And if it’s anything less than, ‘Yes!’ Then I think it’ll be time to retire.”

For now, Hiltz is focused on celebrating the end of the 2021 season with their girlfriend, collegiate runner Emma Gee, a graduate student at Temple University and the first out LGBTQ athlete at Brigham Young University. 

“I can’t think of anyone better who has been more supportive throughout this whole journey,” said Hiltz.

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The New Balance 5th Avenue Mile 2021

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Twitch goes after two originators of “hate raids” against LGBTQ+ streamers

‘Hate raids’ are organized attacks which bots flood chats streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassing content

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SAN FRANCISCO – In attempt to shut down repeated malicious attacks on groups of its marginalized users known colloquially as ‘Hate raids,’ Amazon’s Twitch video live streaming service has filed suit against two users for what the company says have targeted those marginalized streamers, specifically LGBTQ+ and people of color.

In court documents filed last Thursday, Sept. 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the company listed two individuals as defendants by their usernames, Cruzzcontrol from the Netherlands and CreatineOverdose from Vienna, Austria.

In an email to Wired magazine a spokesperson for Twitch noted, “We hope this Complaint will shed light on the identity of the individuals behind these attacks and the tools that they exploit, dissuade them from taking similar behaviors to other services, and help put an end to these vile attacks against members of our community.” 

‘Hate raids’ are organized attacks on various Twitch channels in which bots flood chats streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassing content in violation of its terms of service. It’s been a problem for months, but didn’t come to widespread attention until this past month PC GAMER reported, when multiple targeted streamers planned a one-day boycott of the platform, using the #ADayOffTwitch hashtag.

Even though few big-name streamers took part, Twitch saw a significant decline in viewership on the day of the protest.

According to the court documents filed against the two users named in the suit, they created multiple Twitch accounts and thousands of bot accounts to create the hate raids. The lawsuit also stated that Cruzzcontrol and CreatineOverdose can “generate thousands of bots in minutes” for these hate raids, citing that Cruzzcontrol alone is behind about 3000 bots.

Buzzfeed highlighted one user who tweeted;

“These attacks obstruct the chat so significantly, victimized streamers are unable to engage with their community through chat for the duration of the attack, and some even choose to avoid streaming altogether until the attack ends,” the lawsuit read.

In addition, the company alleges in its suit that these relentless ‘Hate raids’ creates an atmosphere where the discouraged users quit streaming altogether “eliminating an important source of revenue.”

“Despite Twitch’s best efforts, the hate raids continue,” the lawsuit states. “On information and belief, Defendants created software code to conduct hate raids via automated means. And they continue to develop their software code to avoid Twitch’s efforts at preventing Defendants’ bots from accessing the Twitch Services.”

PC GAMER reporter Andy Chalk noted; “The lawsuit seeks a legally-binding injunction that will prohibit the defendants from using Twitch, as well as various sorts of damages and legal fees. But it has some high hurdles to clear before it gets there, including determining the real identities of the defendants, who are currently known only as CruzzControl and CreatineOverdose. That in itself may not be a major issue—lawsuits are often filed against anonymous “Does” (Bungie and Ubisoft’s joint suit against cheat-makers, for instance, names 50 of them)—but there may also be jurisdictional issues, as CruzzControl is believed to be a resident of the Netherlands, while CreatineOverdose is from Austria.”

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Lil Nas X wins the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards Best Video of the year

The Out artist has been receiving extreme backlash after the release of “Montero,” from anti-LGBTQ groups who labeled the video demonic

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NEW YORK – The 2021 MTV Video Music Awards were presented Sunday in the Brooklyn borough of New York City with musical artists Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber and first time nominee Olivia Rodrigo, winning the top awards. This year’s ceremony marked the 40th anniversary of MTV since its inaugural broadcast in 1981.

Out artist Lil Nas X took home the top prize of the evening with the MTV Moon Person for Video of the Year trophy award for his “Montero: Call Me By Your Name.” He also won an award for Best Direction; “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” Directed by: Lil Nas X and Tanu Muino. 

Canadian transplant Justin Bieber received a trophy for MTV Artist of the Year award and he also secured an award for Best Pop video for his collaboration with Daniel Caesar, Giveon for the song “Peaches.”

Olivia Rodrigo secured three awards for Song of the Year for her song, “drivers license,” Best New Artist and also an award for Push Performance of the Year.

CBS News reported during during his acceptance speech Lil Nas X shouted; “First I wanna say thank you to the gay agenda. Let’s go gay agenda!”

The openly Out artist has been at the receiving end of harsh critique and extreme backlash after the release of “Montero,” including from anti-LGBTQ groups such as the Washington D.C. based Family Research Council, Colorado Springs, Colorado based Focus on the Family and the Tupelo, Mississippi based American Family Association who have all labeled the song and the video demonic.

The song debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and according to CBS Entertainment, the music video made headlines after its premiere for its depiction of Lil Nas X sliding on a stripper pole to hell, where he proceeds to give Satan a lap dance.

The altered Nike Air Max 97 shoes accompanying the song’s release were dubbed the Satan Shoes and caused Nike to file a lawsuit against the company that produced them. 

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Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) (Official Video)

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