After a remarkably successful first year of the “Think Before You Speak” campaign, the Ad Council and GLSEN launched a much harder-hitting second phase that will focus more directly on the consequences of anti-gay language. Download and share materials at thinkb4youspeak.com.
Think B4 you speak is a load of bullshit.
If you’re offended by someone saying, “That’s gay,” then you have problems you need to deal with that are completely unrelated to your homosexuality.
I respect GLSEN for the most part, but I think this whole thing is ridiculous. When someone says, “Oh, how gay” they’re not actually saying, “Oh! How homosexual!” They’re not using homosexual as a negative connotation, they’re using GAY. Which has more than one meaning.
If gay people are going to get pissed off because of it, then happy people should get pissed off too, because there are a lot more fucking happy people in the world than gay people.
And this is coming from a complete faggot, btw.
THANK YOU. I was afraid I was the only one that felt this way.
You other fathers will be happy to learn I have found a way for you to exploit this juvenile frenzy to own everything that was ever made. At the peak of Michael Jackson’s fame, when I had girls of six and ten who lived amid Jackson paraphernalia, I discovered that I could use him as a proxy disciplinarian.
"Michael Jackson loves all his fans, but he has a special feeling for the ones who eat broccoli," I said one night at dinner, and two of his fans quickly swallowed both that story and broccoli too.
"You girls know Michael Jackson’s great big eyes?" I said to them at another meal.
His anti-vegetarian fan club smiled.
"Well, they were tiny until he started eating Brussels sprouts,” I said.
David Letterman looked like “either Dinty Moore or Paul Bunyan’s son.” Or so recalls Jay Leno from his 1996 book on his first meeting with Letterman in 1975. It was a fateful encounter that formed an initial partnership and friendship. But now, in retrospect, it’s a tragic relationship in which the repercussions from the fallout between the two are still being felt 35 years later, changing late night television forever. And, unknowingly, altering the fate of a then-12 year-old boy living in Brookline, Massachusetts — Conan O’Brien. Letterman, on a January 19 episode of Late Show, referred to Jay Leno in a discussion about the current late night television battle as “vintage Jay.” What does “vintage Jay” mean, and why does Letterman feel this way? Allow us to break down exactly why Jay and Dave have come to despise one another, both in real life and for our television enjoyment.
Letterman, not surprisingly, was never completely comfortable as a stand-up comic. His initial dream was never to host ‘The Tonight Show.’ What he wanted was to write for ‘The Tonight Show’ and his idol, Johnny Carson. In William Knoedelseder’s fantastic account of the 1970’s stand-up comedy scene, ‘I’m Dying Up Here,’ he recounts those initial early days of Leno and Letterman’s friendship. Letterman was impressed with how comfortable Leno controlled the stage; in turn, Leno thought Letterman possessed the most original material on the comedy scene. The two were soon hired as a team by future husband and wife Jerry Kushnick and Helen Gorman (hold this thought) to write current ‘Good Times’ star Jimmie Walker 15 jokes a week.
On April 9, 1979, Letterman guest-hosted ‘The Tonight Show’ for his first time (Carson was hosting the Academy Awards that evening). This was 12 years before Carson would announce his retirement but, in Carson’s mind, he had just appointed the next host of ‘The Tonight Show.’ Letterman would guest host the show 50 more times.
Letterman and Leno would remain friendly over the next few years. Leno would often be booked as a guest on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ but, as far as anyone seemed to know, that was the extent of their friendship through the 1980s. In 1987, after Carson had a falling out with then-permanent guest host Joan Rivers, Leno was picked to replace her. This move never wavered Carson’s feelings on Letterman’s eventual role as the host.
As documented in Bill Carter’s book, ‘The Late Shift,’ Leno’s manager, Helen Kushnick (née Gorman; Letterman’s former boss), made a power play for ‘The Tonight Show’ once Carson announced his retirement. An extremely loyal Letterman desperately wanted the show, but would never go behind his friend Leno’s back. Leno had no problem making secret deals and, influenced by Kushnick (who was so unpopular, Leno soon had to fire her), proceeded. NBC had their reservations about the lanky, off-beat, quirky comedian hosting his show in New York (sound familiar?) and eventually decided Leno would make the extra effort to make the affiliates happy — something Letterman had really no interest in doing — and Leno positioned himself with the network brass as the heir apparent. So, in 1992, with no mention of Carson on his first show, Leno became the host of ‘The Tonight Show.’ Letterman and Leno would never speak again.
Carson became a deeply private person, granting only two interviews between leaving ‘The Tonight Show’ and his death in 2004. It’s telling Carson never appeared on Leno’s show, but his last television appearance was a walk-on appearance on Letterman’s competing CBS show, ‘Late Show with David Letterman.’
If there’s any wonder why, in 2010, it appeared that so many in the industry sided with Conan in this latest late night mess: It’s true Leno made his corporate bosses happy — ratings were sky high — but this wasn’t the case with his fellow comics. Again, as Knoedelseder accounts, Carson was famous for using his ‘Tonight Show’ platform to launch the career of young comics; Letterman continued this tradition, and Leno did not — stating the network “didn’t think they drew numbers.” This didn’t endear Leno to the fellow comics he rose through the ranks with, as well as new comics that never had a chance of being on this new incarnation of ‘The Tonight Show.’ Leno had a history as the guy that conceded to make everyone happy as far back as the late 1970s comics’ strike versus The Comedy Store (the basis of Knoedelseder’s book). Leno, who was the first comic to voice his displeasure with the lack of pay, was known as sympathetic to owner Mitzi Shore (Yes, Pauly’s mother); he was the “let’s just make her happy,” voice of the group. This was a strike Letterman gave his full support to, even picketing outside The Comedy Store the very same night after he hosted The Tonight Show’ for the first time.
It’s not surprising that Letterman can see “vintage Jay” repeating and it’s even less surprising he would jump to the defense of O’Brien. It should be noted that when the story of Letterman’s workplace infidelity broke, Conan refrained from making any jokes about the incident while Leno had a field day. Letterman’s full quote during a taping of ‘The Late Show’ on Jan 19 is telling, “I’ve known Jay Leno for, what? Thirty Five Years? A long, long time. We used to buddy around in the old days and what we’re seeing now is vintage Jay. And it’s enjoyable for me to see this. It’s like, ‘hey, there he is; there’s the guy I know.’” Considering Leno returns head-to-head versus Letterman in March, this fight is nowhere near over — only Letterman’s no longer pulling his punches… vintage Jay or not.
Don’t you hate when someone you used to chat with blocks you and they didn’t even give you a fucking reason? NUMBER. ONE. PET. PEEVE.
Like, seriously, you have my AIM, my YouTube, my phone number…try to fucking talk it out with me!
SERIOUSLY pissed the fuck off now — AND I have a 3 hour class in 45 minutes. WHAT. THE. FUCK?
Whew. You know my brain runs differently. Have you noticed at ALL that ignoring me because of something I’ve done (and I don’t know I did it) will possibly make me do it more because there’s NO FUCKING CONTACT?!?
Let me just state — I’m not mad at the fact that you BLOCKED me. I’m FUCKING PISSED at the fact you let me believe NOTHING WAS WRONG.
1. Jermaine’s head is figuratively huge, literally flat. 2. Jackie named his son “Siggy”? 3. If Jermaine has any more kids, he shouldn’t be allowed to help name them. (Jermajesty? Jafar?) 4. When they have “Family Days,” I see everyone, including Jermaine’s kids, but no Jermaine. 5. Marlon Jackson seems like a really great grandfather. 6. Tito has a hot girlfriend. (You get it, Tito!) 7. Tito’s brothers and mother showed up to Tito’s first solo concert, but Jermaine couldn’t make it due to a “scheduling error.” (REALLY?) 8. Marlon wants to create a resort in Africa in order to preserve his roots. 9. Jackie and Jermaine fight ALL THE TIME and always run back to Katherine to complain.
10. Out of all of the living Jacksons, Tito is the only sane one.
What about Reebie? She’s made a wise choice to stay out of the spotlight
Before we end this rodeo, a few things need to be said. There has been a lot of speculation in the press about what I legally can and can’t say about NBC.
To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this: between my time at Saturday Night Live, The Late Night show, and my brief run here on The Tonight Show, I have worked with NBC for over twenty years.
Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.
Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting The Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I’ve had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-Eleven parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.
And finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational. To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere.
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen…