No big surprise, but refreshing that 19-year-old British Olympic diver Tom Daley has revealed he is in a relationship with a man.
On his YouTube page, the cutie announces in a 5:25-minute video, “This has been a hard decision to make, but I wanted you to hear this from me. In spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy.”
Daley adds, “I’ve only talked about things I’ve felt comfortable about. It’s one of those things that in an idea world, I wouldn’t be doing this video—because it shouldn’t matter… It did take me by surprise a little bit. I couldn’t be happier.”
Good going, Tom. We’ve come a long way from the days when Greg Louganis was forced to hide his homosexuality amid so much global fear. And now… it’s hardly news, just the way it should be. *
Olympic diver Tom Daley continues to indulge his many minions with a series of sexy Christmas pics… Too bad Santa couldn’t deliver a cute Brit under the tree this year… (I swear, in 2013, this young man is going to come bursting out of the closet… and the masses with celebrate!)
Good thing drinking is legal in the streets of New Orleans. The host city for Super Bowl XLVII has just hit one giant sour note, with Beyoncé announced as the halftime entertainment on February 3, 2013. Pepare the auto-tune! As shrill as girlfriend sounds on record, can you imagine the horror of this woman screeching and howling loud enough to fill a stadium? Ring the alarm, indeed!
Beyoncé has been lying low lately, perhaps because of the public humiliation of naming her kid Blue Ivy Carter. And this actually isn’t her first time at the annual rodeo: In 2004, she caterwauled the National Anthem in her hometown of Houston.
The 2012 Super Bowl halftime show featured Madonna, drawing 114 million viewers—more than the game itself. For 2013, I’m already making plans to flee. My ears don’t take kindly to spewing blood. *
While covering radio for eight months earlier this year for Radio-Info.com (since sold and shuttered), a disconcerting trend was taking root nationwide: Many of the nation’s mega-broadcast owners were shifting their AM talk programming to the FM dial. Every time this occurred in any market, I’d scowl, because it obviously meant that radio was tossing away a music station in its place.
As someone that has covered (and loved) radio for more than 25 years, I can’t see this as anything but self-sabotage on the part of Clear Channel, CBS and the rest of the big boys. As the airwaves become increasingly irrelevant to new generations—thanks to such previous missteps as loading 16 minutes of commercials in an hour and replacing local talent with nationally syndicated personalities—the last thing companies should be doing is supplanting music with talk.
Today it was announced that CBS Radio is purchasing New York’s 101.9 FM from Merlin Media for a reported $75 million. Their plan is to strip off alternative rock to simulcast Sports Radio WFAN-AM. What a fucking waste.
Mind you, it was only three months ago that 101.9 returned to rock, after a dismally failed experiment to air FM news on the frequency. The station was a no-go from the start—because it couldn’t compete with New York’s well-entrenched all-news WINS… at 1010 on the AM dial.
My teenage nephew explained to me a few years ago that the only thing he uses his car radio for is the plug-in for his iPod/iPhone. In fact, he had never listened to FM radio. Now… just wait until online “radio” is available in vehicles. Talk about the grand finale. How heartbreaking it is to see terrestrial radio continue to lodge its collective head up it arse. What an absolute pity. *
Professional French backstroke swimmer Camille Lacourt may not have participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics, but the 27-year-old definitely wins a medal for his racy new commercial for Edison, an Italian electricity & gas company. In the spot, he enjoys a hot, scintillating bath with his paws all over his… iPad. The rest is all giggles, as he’s interrupted when an announcer steps in to remind Lacourt to pay his energy bill. Can you imagine an advert like this in the conservative U.S.? Sadly, no way. *
Watching Wednesday night’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, I flipped from CBS, NBC and ABC to PBS, MSNBC and CNN, just to see how the networks vary perspective and camera angles and tailor talking heads’ blah blah blah coverage.
I was in a state of disbelief over WNBC-TV New York’s greedy decision to preempt former President Bill Clinton’s keynote speech… and instead air the NFL season opener between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. WTF?! A fucking football game? How utterly dastardly of the network to favor their mighty income over offering equal time to the essential political issues that face our nation.
If there were ever a justifiable reason for the FCC to fine a station for obscene content, this, brother & sisters, is it. Shame, shame. Postscript: To make matters worse, the Giants lost the match! *
Who knew that our July 2012 expose on Thom Evans was the beginning of a long-lasting love affair? The Scottish rugby star’s August 2012 cover pictorial for Brit mag Attitude was enough to alert the sirens that sports continues to be a whipping post for some of the sexiest men alive… but let’s be Smoking honest here: This dude is damn model perfect, with his beautiful face and… uh… fulfilling features below the waist, yeah?
These new black & white pics come from a new photo shoot Evans did as part of F.Tape’s “Obsession” series, celebrating masculinity. Following an accident that left him unable to perform on the field anymore, the 27-year-old is now—not surprisingly a model signed with Select Model Management—working for the likes of Emporio Armani, D.HEDRAL, Hom and Ralph Lauren (Photographer: Daniel Jaems) *