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What’s the Buzz: GLAAD, Lohan, Swift

5 March 2013 By Emily Hite, Columnist No Comments

GLAAD Gets Mad

Carley Rae Jepsen decided to pull out of the Boy Scouts’ National Scout Jamboree just hours after the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation started circulating a petition that quickly garnered over 60,000 signatures. Train, who was set to perform with Jepsen, released a statement explaining that the band was unaware of the organization’s ban on openly gay members and has said they will play the show if “[Boy Scouts of America] make a decision before then.” Carly Rae tweeted that she could no longer participate because she is an “artist who believes in equality for all.” The Boy Scouts’ camp acknowledged the decisions by honoring, “everyone’s right to express an opinion.”

Meanwhile, GLAAD is at the center of a more trivial petition brought about by none other than Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters. A letter was sent to GLAAD speaking out against the fact that GLAAD has chosen Madonna to present an award to Anderson Cooper. According to the letter, the Little Monsters feel that Madonna played a major part in the spread of AIDS in the 1980s by promoting promiscuity and that this is insulting to a “true gay rights activist” like Lady Gaga.

Lindsay Lohan Refuses Counseling

Charlie Sheen wants to mentor Lindsay Lohan but she wants no part of it. As a “guy who’s been down the road as well as every other side trail on the journey,” Charlie wants to help the troubled star, despite many failures in the past. Lohan just wishes that he would shut up, according to TMZ. Normally, it would seem fair for Lohan to reject help from someone as notorious as Charlie Sheen, but after he gave her $100,000 for back taxes a few months ago, her rejection is pretty hypocritical. But alas, Lohan isn’t taking anyone’s advice nowadays, even her lawyers. Lohan could have accepted a plea bargain of counseling and community service as punishment for slamming her car into an 18-wheeler, but she refused to take a plea for something she says she didn’t do. Her lawyer then proceeded to try and get the case dismissed, which led to the judge saying that he was incompetent to practice law and that Lohan can either find another lawyer or waive her right to a competent lawyer.

Taylor Swift Speaks Up

Taylor Swift is self-aware of how she is portrayed to most of the public and she could apparently not care less. The singer is this month’s Vanity Fair cover girl and for once she isn’t playing nice. She opens up about the fact that her need to write about her emotions and relationships being turned into her being clingy and insane is nothing short of sexist when it should be seen as empowering. She also acknowledges that people enjoy keeping track of all of her “boyfriends,” which span from guys she’s hugged or met for lunch. Taylor insists that since 2010 she has only seriously dated two people (Connor Kennedy and Harry Styles). Probably the sassiest comment of all is when asked about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler she bluntly responded, “there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

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