Articles tagged with: YouTube

Chris Crocker and Homophobia within the gay community

published: June, 07, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the internet phenomenon’s latest foray in to gender politics. Do “masculine gays” hate “feminine gays”? Crocker says yes.

Chris Crocker and Homophobia within the gay community

Everybody knows Chris Crocker, right? He’s the young man who became famous - or infamous – for the Leave Britney Alone video which has had a mind-blowing 38.8 million views on YouTube, and attracted over 500,00 comments. That video has spawned numerous parodies and has in effect become a cultural landmark. There has also been much debate as to whether he’s just acting in the Britney video or not. Could this be performance art, for instance?  That argument is bolstered by that f

Dont Ask Don’t Tell (Just Drink Beer)

published: April, 27, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

In a masterpeice of ambiguity, Budweiser unveils the first gay military-themed TV commercial. Or maybe not,

From the Huffington Post, Budweiser released a new military-themed ad on Tuesday, and some are speculating that it is aimed at the gay community. The ad, featured below, shows a soldier calling a man and saying, "it's me. I'm coming home." It then shows a split screen, with the soldier getting ready to go home and the man preparing a party for him. At the end of the ad, the man is at the front of a group of people welcoming the soldier home, and the two hug. All of this got the site After Elto

Billy Elliott in Toronto - The Musical

published: April, 21, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Because it’s been playing in Toronto for several months, a “straight “review would be all but redundant. So Bob Leahy does a gay review instead.

Billy Elliott in Toronto - The Musical

Sorry, it has taken so long to review this one. Normally, I’m very prompt; reviews I post here are often published the day after opening night. But these particular tickets were a Christmas present, bought not for opening night, but for when better seats were available. As in this past Tuesday. Before sizing up its gay content, let me review the show first in more general terms. Let me say right up front that I was not quite as gaga about it as some reviewers, famously the Dai

GOD IS SO GOOD – A YouTube Disaster Movie - March 16, 2011

published: March, 16, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Danny Miller speaks out against that crank YouTube video thanking God for all but destroying Japan

Just when I thought I had seen it all - BAM! WACK! SMACK! Hello YouTube video entitled “God Is So Good!!!” posted by tamtampamela (see below). Now dear sweet Pamela from Tampa has got herself some good ole religion. Yep, this woman is a Bible-beating, hellfire and brimstone-breathing psychopath. And that is putting it nicely. Now don't get me wrong: I have no problem with people and their religious beliefs; to each their own. It's not my bag, but hey, it's a free country, right? I fu

Favourite YouTube Video of all time

published: February, 23, 2011 Categories // Guest Authors

It’s that Prison Shower Scene that’s been around forever, but we STILL love it.

Favourite YouTube Video of all time

Lordy!  So many to choose from.  But here's my personal fave. Robbing unashamedly from both gay porn and every prison drama you’ve ever seen, it plays off all the stereotypes, yet the ending is always a kicker, however many times you’ve seen it.  It's also beautifully filmed, with a near-perfect musical score. Men in the Shower.  It defines oldie but goodie. It’s 1:03 minutes of perfection. THe TV commercial titled JAIL was done for Stocker Jeans (brand Texm

A DIGITAL CHRISTMAS

published: December, 25, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy chuckles at the latest YouTube gone viral (without the load) and muses on the digital year that was 2010.

A DIGITAL CHRISTMAS

“We need to talk” Mary emails Joseph.“I’m pregnant”.  They do indeed, or at least tweet. You’ve probably seen this video already, the one where the story of the nativity is recounted using a whole bunch of social networking sites (Jeez, how come PositiveLite.com was left out?) But if you haven’t seen it, it’s below. It made me laugh a lot. It’s also very timely. For me, 2010 was definitely the year of all things digital. I was an early adopter of blogging, way back when

Have yourself a Zombie Little Christmas

published: December, 23, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy presents a video which instructs you how to keep those pesky zombies out of your home this holiday season

I’m not sure why, but posts about zombies have always been popular here on PositiveLite.com. Brian covered Toronto ‘s Zombie Film Festival earlier this year, and even interviewed a few zombies themselves. I covered the huge Toronto Zombie Walk in the Fall and was bowled over. Be warned: zombies’ eternal quest for brains doesn’t stop at yuletime. Nor does David Hasselhof’s quest for the same thing either, but that’s another story.) So to help you though the holiday season while keep

Following up on a Promise: The Yonge and Dundas Die-in

published: December, 15, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy returns to the topic of the Yonge and Dundas Die-in, why it's important and who is on top of it.

Following up on a Promise: The Yonge and Dundas Die-in

Yesterday in this post I made a gentle dig at the organizers of the die-in supporting Bill C-393 for not going viral the same day. Well, I knew they would come through. Today, YouTube sports not one but two videos about the die-in. You can view them both below. I remember taking part in a die-in like this some years ago in Montreal. It was about funding.  It felt downright peculiar to lie on the hard ground of a busy sidewalk, albeit kind of empowering. To be honest, I was kind of gl

Deck your Halls with HIV Reminders; Speedos on the Streets

published: December, 14, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at HIV-themed Christmas tree ornaments, flash mobs and Boston’s Santa Speedo Run

Deck your Halls with HIV Reminders; Speedos on the Streets

This just in from PositiveLite.com’s DO WE REALLY NEED IT Department.  Buy your HIV-themed Christmas tree ornaments here and here. What do pozzies think about this though? I for one don’t exactly have any burning need for AIDS-themed kotchkas on my Christmas tree. On the contrary, I think I would like to declare Christmas-time an HIV–free zone, at least in this household. Maybe though there are folks out there that live and breathe HIV twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year and wo

GLEE – and why KURT and his first gay kiss are important

published: December, 05, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which the always gleeful Bob Leahy takes note of something that looks a lot like history being made, every Tuesday at 9pm, on Fox, no less.

GLEE – and why KURT and his first gay kiss are important

I’ve written about Glee before and in particular how its anti-bullying plot line blows that tiresome It Gets Better campaign out of the water. Glee wins, at least in my book, because it delivers a fierce, relevant and better targeted message, one that does not include doing nothing and one that is sustained.   While the purple shirters have put away their purple shirts and the It Gets Better YouTubes languish in the dark, Glee hammers home at the anti-bullying plot week after week.

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