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Hephaestion
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posted 06 December 2005 05:07 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

queerday wonders...

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In a recent episode of South park, an animated version of Tom Cruise literally goes into a closet, and won't come out. Other characters beg him to "come out of the closet," including the animated version of his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman. The Kidman character promises Cruise that if he comes out of the closet, neither she nor "Katie" will judge him. But the Cruise character claims he isn't "in the closet," even though he plainly is.

Given Cruise's litigious history, South Park even had him filing a lawsuit, only not on the gay issue, but in defense of Scientology. Hilarious yes, but the real question is - could Tom Cruise sue South Park? FindLaw investigates.


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Hephaestion
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posted 06 December 2005 05:44 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In a somewhat similar story...

Robbie Williams wins gay libel suit

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Pop star Robbie Williams has won a lawsuit over claims he is secretly gay.

Williams has accepted an undisclosed amount from a London tabloid and two magazines.  People familiar with the case say the damages are expected to be in excess of a quarter million dollars, and possibly as high as one million.

The singer launched the suit against The People, a Sunday tabloid, and Star and Hot Stars magazines. Under the terms of the agreement the publishers also will pay Williams' legal fees.  

Stories in the three publicans ran shortly before the release of "Feel" a book written by journalist Chris Heath. The book, which had Williams' cooperation detailed the star's life between 2002 and 2004.

The People claimed that the book, which painted Williams as a rampant heterosexual womanizer was a fabrication, claiming that Williams was really a closeted gay.

The tabloid alleged that Williams was into anonymous gay sex, going so far as to claiming he had an encounter with a man in washroom at a Manchester club and that the pair had encouraged other men to join in.


Williams thinks it's *libel* to be called gay?! Well..... I oughtta start a class-action suit against his closeted ass for that one!


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retread
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posted 06 December 2005 06:18 PM      Profile for retread     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It probably is libel, in the same way that an openly gay entertainer could sue for being called a closet hetro in a tabloid. Or a closet New York Yankees fan for that matter ...

Note that I'm assuming no one could be so vile as to claim someone is a closet Maple Leafs fan

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posted 06 December 2005 07:09 PM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Libel trial? Oh dear.... Do be careful, Tom.

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posted 06 December 2005 07:16 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What? Stan said that he wasn't as good an actor as Gene Hackman and went to hide in the boy's closet for protection. Oh my gawd! I find it DISGUSTING that people spun that around to turn it into a homosexuality joke!
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Hephaestion
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posted 09 December 2005 11:35 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Hephaestion:
Williams thinks it's *libel* to be called gay?! Well..... I oughtta start a class-action suit against his closeted ass for that one!

It seems Peter Tatchell and I agree...

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"Whatever Robbie’s intention, his legal action has created the impression he thinks it is shameful to be gay," said Peter Tatchell of LGBT human rights group OutRage.

"If he sees nothing wrong with being gay, why did he sue for libel?

Tatchel said that the lawsuit makes Williams appear two-faced. 

"In the past he has made statements suggesting he might be gay. Now he has the temerity to sue a newspaper
for making similar suggestions," said Tatchell.

"He has previously teased his gay fans with comments appearing to confirm that he has had gay relationships. In the light of his legal action, were these teasing remarks were a cynical attempt to exploit the gay market?"

Tatchell said that Williams should reassure his gay fans that he is not homophobic by donating his winnings to a gay charity. 

As the settlement in Williams suit was being announced in London by his lawyers the Daily Mail newspaper reported that Williams was in Australia where he once again suggested he might be gay.  

"There is plenty of time to settle down with the right girl - that's of course if I'm not gay," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying on Australia's "Today Show."



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