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Billy Masters
by Billy Masters
2019-08-07

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"But at the same time, my God, if you're 3 years old and you're saying you're feeling a certain way, or you think you're a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it's dangerous as a parent to make that determination then, OK, well then you're gonna be a boy or a girl, whatever the case may be."—Mario Lopez shares his thoughts on transgender children during a podcast with pro-Trump conservative Candace Owens. BTW, he later apologized, saying, "The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were."

Remember when summer used to be filled with reruns? That's how I'm feeling about this week's column. Not that the stories are old, but many of them relate to days gone by. Take our opening quote from Mario Lopez, where he incoherently babbles about trans children. Of course, Lopez has been a longstanding ally of the LGBTQ community and has since apologized. But his rambling reminded me of Miss South Carolina's answer when Mario hosted the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant—a moment touted by most as epic in pageant history. Back then, Mario tried to stifle a laugh. Watch both clips on BillyMasters.com and see if you can do the same.

Tituss Burgess has been flying high on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and is currently promoting his new CD, Saint Tituss. But everyone is talking about his feud with Andy Cohen. Tituss was on What Watch Happens Live and Cohen asked a viewer question about the film Burgess just made with Eddie Murphy. Tituss was effusive in his praise for Murphy.

Then Andy asked, "Did you get to chat with him at all?" Tituss said, "Of course I did. Why wouldn't I?" Cohen added, "I just wondered if you got close at all because he was very problematic for the gays at one point when I was coming up." Burgess responded, "Oh, I see. He wasn't problematic for Tituss; he was great and any troubles he may have had with gay people I guess are gone because he loved me." Fellow panelist Laverne Cox ( wearing blue eye shadow ) interjected, "It was a long time ago—people evolve." Meanwhile, Tituss batted his eyelashes while mouthing and gesturing something to the audience. "What was that?" Andy asked. "Keep going, girl—do your show," said Tituss. We're told that when the live telecast was over, Tituss quickly left the set and refused to sign the guest book, saying, "He knows I was here." Cohen was later asked if Tituss would be invited back. Cohen said, "He's been on four times. He can do whatever he wants. I just don't want to offend him."

Kathy Griffin has been everywhere promoting her movie, Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story. In People magazine, she again talks about Cohen, saying during her time at Bravo, "He treated me like a dog. He was one of the worst bosses I ever had." I'm sure she'll have a whole lot more to say when she hits Provincetown on Aug. 16 for a pair of shows she's calling "Sweatin' For The Gays" at Town Hall. Well, so much for not having any paying gigs on the books! BTW, as of when we wrote this, I'm breaking news of this gig BEFORE Kathy's own website.

This week, Lil Nas X's song "Old Town Road" broke the Billboard Hot 100 record by remaining #1 for 17 weeks. Making this more historic is that he's an openly gay singer. And I wouldn't be Billy Masters if I didn't remind you that you can see every inch of Lil Nas X on BillyMasters.com .

Despite numerous break-ups, The Go-Go's will be back in a big way next year. First off, Showtime will air an extensive, no-holds-barred documentary about the band that was shot by Alison Ellwood, who helmed a two-part documentary about the Eagles. For The Go-Go's project, she reportedly tracked down everyone who was ever involved with the band and left no stone unturned. Coinciding with that release, the band will play Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2020. Belinda Carlisle hints that there may be more gigs: "Because we don't go out that often, there's always a big demand for the band in the States. ... With the documentary coming out, I'm sure we'll do a little bit of work."

Remember when I told you that the upcoming "Arrowverse" will have two Supermen? Well, there could be a third. We hear that Tom Welling is in talks to appear. And he's not the only one—Lynda Carter may also turn up. Although she previously played the president on Supergirl, the powers that be are trying to convince Lynda to once again play Wonder Woman. Interestingly enough, Carter also once appeared on Smallville.

Our "Ask Billy" question comes from Terrence in New York: "Is it true that Chace Crawford shows all in some new movie he's in?"

It's not a movie. It's a new series from Amazon Prime called The Boys, which is based on the comic book of the same name. The main characters are superheroes, many of whom are disgruntled with the company they work for. Crawford plays The Deep, who rules the oceans—which means he's not wearing a helluva lot of clothing. From what I can see, his most prominent feature is a tan line which, yes, I will show on BillyMasters.com .

I was struck by an interesting anecdote shared by the show's creator, Eric Kripke: "There was one scene that Amazon said, 'Fuck, no—you have to cut it.' I couldn't quite understand why considering everything else we have in the show, but: Homelander [played by Antony Starr], after being dressed down by Stilwell in episode two, was standing on one of the Chrysler building eagles. He pulled his pants down and started jerking off, mumbling, 'I can do whatever I want' over and over again until he climaxed all over New York City." I can't imagine why Amazon had a problem with that!

When there's something wrong with masturbating all over a city, it's definitely time to end yet another column. This week, we mourn the passing of a real legend—Harold Prince. As a producer and director, Hal revolutionized Broadway and won 21 Tony Awards along the way ( more than anyone else, by the by ). He will be missed. What you definitely shouldn't miss is a single week onBillyMasters.com—the site where I can do whatever I want. If you have a question, dash it off to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before we remind you that Mario Lopez identified as male during his infamous Nip/Tuck shower scene. So, until next time, remember: One man's filth is another man's bible.


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