At a signing for his new book, My Teacher and Me!, activist Jeff 4 Justice asked “Weird Al” what inspired him to donate the proceeds from his parody of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way to the Human Rights Organization, and when he got back was a pretty great answer.
Said Weird Al:
Born This Way’ is such a positive song I felt *this* bad about doing a parody of it and I wanted to show that my heart was in the right place. I wasn’t making fun of the cause, or concept, or anything like that. It was all in good fun and I thought that by donating to the HRC that would show that it was all in good fun.”
You can watch Jeff’s interview with Weird Al, and Weird Al’s parody Perform This Way after the jump!
Remember Jack Andraka, the 15 year-old gay boy-wonder who invented a new process for early detection of pancreatic cancer? Yeah, kind of a big deal. Well now we get to see a little more of his story in a 60 Minutes interview with Morley Safer. The clip is about 13 minutes long, but so worth watching.
Jack is really inspiring, in that you don’t have to be a genius or super knowledgeable to do great things in science, you just have to think creatively. Check out the video after the jump!
It’s pretty well-known that Mrs. Clinton the Fabulous is the favorite of the Democratic Party for 2016.
While 2016 is still three years away, Hillary Clinton has addressed all the talk of her possible running in an interview with New York Magizine echoing that same feeling.
“I’m both pragmatic and realistic. I think I have a pretty good idea of the political and governmental challenges that are facing our leaders, and I’ll do whatever I can from whatever position I find myself in to advocate for the values and the policies I think are right for the country. I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other.”
Texas Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross and his wife Brittany posed for the NOH8 campaign. If you’ll notice Ross’ bracelet, it says “In Jesus name I play,” it was important to the couple they showcase their Christianity during the shoot, and they don’t support equality in spite of being Christians, but because they are Christians.
More from Outsports after the jump.
Back in the 1968 Olympics, sprinter Tommy Smith (center) and his teammate John Carlos (right) made a statement about human rights on the award podium. Because of those fists raised in the black power salute, the International Olympics Committee stripped them of their gold and bronze medals. Because of the controversy around the Sochi Olympics, Smith said athletes need to “make their own minds up,” and figure out if loosing their medal is worth the statement.
Football season is so close. So while us sports enthusiasts wait for football’s regular season to start, we have the Quote Of The Day from Washington’s Quarter Back Robert Griffin III. RG III was asked about his thoughts on gay players in the NFL in a recent interview with GQ, this was his response:
“Yeah, man. I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they’re looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window. My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do. If some Christians want to look at being gay as a sin, then thinking about other women, committing adultery—or any of those other sins that are in the Bible—those are sins, too. And God looks at all of us the same way.” - Robert Griffin III, GQ interview outtakes.
Yes it would’ve been great for him to outright say being gay isn’t a sin, but with his last comment, “And God looks at all of us the same way” at least he doesn’t pick and choose what is or isn’t a sin.
“Gays get the thumbs up! Sorta. At least I told everyone you’re not pedophiles.”
In a surprising turn of events, we find that Pope Francis might be an all-around decent guy. Pope Francis answered questions from reporters for 82 minutes while on the plane ride back from celebrating World Youth Day in Brazil. Here’s what he had to say about homosexuality:
“We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society. If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” – Pope Francis I