Vote or Don’t with Steven Phillips-Horst

General U.S elections are coming up tomorrow, November 4th!

What does mean to be a voter in today’s sharing economy? Which party shares my gender identity? Is ISIS the look? Media coach and brand enthusiast Steven Phillips-Horst returns just in time for the 2014 midterm elections, with a devastating analysis of the critical issues at stake.

As a meta-critique of the inaccessibility of the franchise, this video was timed for release after voter registration deadlines had passed.

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Fagg*ts in Paris

Placid, white, Christian youths (PWCY’s): aren’t they the best? We can inject them into any context and they remain non-threatening, as long as their Eddie Bauer remains sufficiently starched. But what happens when the Eddie Bauer comes off on the way to the barricades? Take it easy, Miley! This is a super-sexy context for PWCY’s. La France may be more liberé than Uncle Sam, but their youthful homophobes’ sexual repression is no less hot. It’s… [read more »]

The SCOTUS Files:  Sexblogging DOMA (Wrap-Up of Day 2)

[TL;DR version: DOMA is getting visciously dumped by SCOTUS, via text message.] Background: This is the Lifetime-original story of a Sontag-esque lesbian named Edith Windsor and her longtime partner Thea Spyer. When Spyer died, Windsor had to pay over a quarter million in taxes (from inheriting her dead wife’s estate) that a hetero spouse would’ve been expempted from, all because of DOMA. What is DOMA? DOMA, signed into law by amazing husband Bill Clinton, defines… [read more »]

The SCOTUS Files: Sexblogging Prop 8 (Wrap Up of Day 1)

Did you notice that your ex-co worker’s Blendr pic morphed into an red equal sign yesterday? Were you even aware that the right of every faggot to conform to the heterosexual fantasy of marriage was riding on the line at our nation’s highest court? (baah, sheep, etc.) For those of you who were too busy recovering from the hilairous Gagosian/Bush hoax, Tuesday was day one of oral arguments before SCOTUS in a series of two… [read more »]

Best & Worst: Political Ads of the 2012 Cycle

With just hours before we ring in four more years of Barack O’Drama (SPOILER ALERT: he probably wins), what better time than now to look at what made us laugh and cry in the wonderful world of political badvertising in the 2012 election season.

Daddy Issues

“Voters pick the candidate who they most want to have a beer with.” – Anonymous That statement, oft-repeated in politics, is all wrong. Prissy nanny/billionaire Mike Bloomberg defeated offbeat “poor slob” Bill Thompson for New York City Mayor in 2009. Bloomberg was not the beer candidate. The only beer he’s ever consumed is De Beers and it was a 600-carat princess cut shiner he accidentally swallowed while counting his money. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney… [read more »]

Lesbians that Look Like Gabby Giffords

People in the dog-eat-bitch world of political consulting love to talk about “optics.” What are the “optics” of doing a press release on the same day our opponent’s mom gets denied flood insurance? What are the “optics” of having a story about our candidate’s love handles on page 7 of the Tampa Tribune right next to a story about the lack of reasonably priced Italian restaurants in Tampa? Optics, as they say, are everything. And… [read more »]

Top 10 Political Screen Grabs of 2011

In a very particular order, here are the top 10 things that fogged up my computer screen in 2011: 10. Michele Sets Us Straight Because despite the misleading title and impressive posture of its cover star, this book has almost nothing to do with Pilates. ____________________________________________________________________________ 9. Dinner Invitations from Barack Because desperation was the look in 2011.

The Ides of YouTube

The line between Washington and Hollywood is getting blurrier by the upload. With every Presidential candidate offering up slick campaign videos aimed at proving which contestant has the biggest flagpole, it seems the would-be White House occupiers are more interested in channeling Michael Bay than Ronald Reagan. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve compiled some of the most edge-of-your-seat political ads on virool review youtube this season. Turn off the lights- if you dare… ** 1.… [read more »]

Regarding the Pain of Gaddafi

An all-white room. Four pieces arranged in the center of a gallery that’s otherwise minimally decorated. A bunch of guys in beards milling around outside. Your average gallery opening, right? But this is Libya, not Berlin. The pieces on display are the corpses of Gaddafi and his loyalists. The gallery is a meat locker—an ad hoc solution to the problem of displaying rotting flesh: The spare setting conveys just how much of Gaddafi’s power remains.… [read more »]

Herman Cain Delivers

Herman Cain is on a book tour. Like Sarah Palin and Donald Trump before him, the author of the presumptuously titled This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House is selling a large hype pie with extra hashtags. He’s been called a “minstrel” for peppering his Southern black manspeak with folksy aphorisms like “shucky ducky” that he shills for heehawing white audiences. He prefers to call himself the “Hermanator” (which actually is the… [read more »]

What’s wrong with #OccupyWallSt? Be specific.

Is #OccupyWallStreet the new Tea Party?

One If by Brand

Call it the race to the middle. For a GOP desperate to find a credible nominee, Mitt Romney is looking like the on-brand, très bland alternative to Obama’s class warrior.  The more that rootin’ tootin’ Rick Perry gets riled up at debates, the higher Mitt seems to fly.  But what’s behind that sinister, high-end jawline of Mitt Romney’s? Let’s check Twitter for our first clue: This tells us that Mitt thinks campaigning is very hard.… [read more »]