Thursday, August 12, 2004

"I Am A Gay American"

Erik and I had an amazing dinner at Little Tree tonight. We hadn't been there in ages so tonight was the night to go again. We wanted to meet up with Sarah and Mark at Xochimilco in downtown Detroit but that got nixed (Schmeep!). In any regard, we had a great dinner together. But all over the TV screens was news of James McGreevey, the Governor of New Jersey, announcing that he is going to resign his Governorship due to a homosexual extra-marital affair and the resulting scandal that is sure to ensue. I mean this thing was on almost every station. Every time we looked up at the TV screens the stations were showing the clip of his announcement over and over. He made this announcement with his wife at his side (I still cannot believe that his wife chose to stand with him as he made this announcement). He also publicly apologized to her for his infidelity.

"Shamefully, I indulged in an adult consensual affair with another man, which violates the bonds of matrimony. It was wrong, it was foolish and it was inexcusable ... I have decided the right course of action is to resign."
While I can appreciate his bravery for coming out and doing the right thing by resigning his office I do not think this man is some saint for doing so. As Governor he opposed same-sex marriage, one might assume, in order to further hide his secret. I do give him props for finally coming out though. Hopefully this public admission will change his stance on same-sex marriage.

McGreevey, who earlier this year said he opposed gay marriage, declared: "My truth is that I am a gay American and I am blessed to live in the greatest nation with the greatest tradition of civil liberties in the world."

I guess I can't imagine how hard it would be to be a Governor who was married, with children and carrying on an affair with another man. He still shouldn't have used his power to act against same-sex marriage, I don't care how afraid he was. Eh, that's just me though.

Anyways, I am also a gay American and as a "gay American" I chose to partake of the wondrous Kylie Minogue for tonight's entertainment. I crossed my fingers that my stupid DVD player would cooperate with me -- it did. I was able to watch Body Language Live (a.k.a. the Money Can't Buy concert) in full on my huge screen TV. Let me tell you, Kylie Minogue is effing awesome! The show was utterly astounding:

The show was just incredible to watch. The costumes were stunning, the choreography was precise and the staging was just really effing cool. And get this -- this was just one show. She didn't tour with this show at all, it was a one-time thing. AND, she didn't charge a penny to those in the audience. It was by invitation-only so that only true fans would be in attendance. I can't even imagine when I would have the opportunity to pay to see Kylie live and this theater full of people got to see this show live for free -- damn Europeans! If you are at all a Kylie Minogue fan you must own this DVD ... the show rivals her On A Night Like This and Fever tours.

After the concert was over there was a short documentary on the planning of the show. It was very cool to watch. The DVD also includes the videos for Slow, Red Blooded Woman and Chocolate. I know I talk a lot about Britney and lately about Ashlee but Kylie and I go waaaay back. I was a huge fan from the Locomotion days back in '88. Thanks to Tony, I have lots of Kylie footage (videos, performances, TV specials) that is unavailable in the U.S. Overall, if i had to pick my favorite pop diva of all time it would have to be Kylie Minogue (even over Paula Abdul).