Here is Katy Perry kissing Miley Cyrus on the mouth at Miley's show at the Staples Center in L.A. last night. Today, basically everybody in America went about their Sundays with no knowledge that two female pop stars kissed each other in public. This used to be a big deal!
Here's further proof that every single that happened at this year's MTV Video Music Awards was a culturally significant moment worth pondering (or that every culturally significant moment worth pondering happened at the VMAs).
Oprah Winfrey's 90-minute interview with newly out NBA center Jason Collins on last night's Oprah's Next Chapter reminded me of a cross between and alien autopsy and the 2011 movie Weekend. Winfrey combed through the minutiae of Collins' gay life like she was studying a different species and/or like they had just hooked up and were swapping coming-out stories.
After a press conference this morning, assembled to address the crisis in Syria, the status of the federal budget cuts and the continuing Boston bomber investigation, President Obama returned to the podium to answer an encore question about Jason Collins coming out. A fan of both basketball and the gays, the president responded:
ESPN issued a statement addressing Chris Broussard's “in open rebellion to God” comment about gay NBA player Jason Collins: “We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement.”