Hey, guys! Remember earlier this month when Neil Patrick Harris offhandedly used the word “tranny” and people got angry? Because the word isn’t really that funny? And because your being gay doesn’t earn you a “pass” for using certain slurs? (I mean, NPH is my patron saint and all, but let’s not be cavepeople, here.)
Yeah, well. Lance Bass was co-hosting an episode of Access Hollywood Live, and he was right in the midst of interviewing Funny or Die‘s Billy Eichner when the word just kind of tumbled out of Bass’s big mouth.
Billy Eichner was quick to call Lance out, if a little sardonically: “We’re not supposed to call them ‘trannies,’ though, did you see that?” After all, NPH got a ton of flack for that very mistake, Eichner went on to point out.
Lance Bass tried his best to play it off: “Oh, great, now I’m gonna get in trouble. Awesome.”
Then he said, a little sheepishly, “I didn’t get the memo.” The goof seemed innocent enough? Maybe? I don’t know.
No one was particularly apologetic—which is almost understandable, because copping to an error on live TV is a great way to underscore an error instead of just letting it slide off the radar where it belongs—but then co-anchor Kit Hoover wondered aloud what we’re supposed to call them now. She wondered this out loud. She asked this multiple times.
And everything had been twee till then, but when Hoover made those remarks, my jaw actually dropped. I just can’t even…!
Eichner stared at her for a long time before dismissing her question with a quip, but the whole thing was horrifying.
Let me add that, while the use of “tranny” offends me, so did Eichner’s exclamation of “Jesus Christ!” On live television. Come on, people: your daytime audience is right here in the U.S. Bible Belt. Knock it off.
I mean, it’s not like I’m tuning into Access Hollywood for champagne and caviar, but this whole thing was just tacky. Ugh. If you can’t do live television without also behaving like horrible people, use the teleprompter already.
December 23, 2011 at 4:30 am by Jenn
Even if you don’t care about Lance Bass, please just do yourself a favor and watch this glorious music video. The song is called “Facebook Official,” ok? Do you really need another reason?
October 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm by Emily
Man, sometimes I hit the boy band stuff hard around here, don’t I? But you love it, right? Right?!
Well, even if you didn’t care about one of the Backstreet Boys checking into rehab (and for shame if you did not!), you almost HAVE to care about this news. Because this news involves Bobby Brown. Are you sold yet? No? Ok, let me explain.
Beautiful Lance Bass is apparently making reality shows these days, and he wants to do his own singing competition show, natch. Except, of course, there’s a catch: no girls allowed! Because it’s all about boy bands, get it? Let’s let Lance explain:
“It’s a really great music show, starring all your favorite boy bands. It’s going to be really fun,” Bass says. “I got a member from Backstreet Boys, A.J. McLean. A member from *NSYNC, Joey Fatone. A member from New Kids on the Block, Joe McIntyre. And a member from New Edition, Bobby Brown. They’re all going to form a boy band, each, from the most talented guys in America that I’ve scouted, and then they’ll go head-to-head in a competition to see who the best band is, so it’s bragging rights for the guy in the group, for sure.” Well, almost: Bass admits that Brown hasn’t officially signed on yet. “I think Bobby will do it,” Bass says. “I think he’d love it.”
I don’t see how Bobby couldn’t love it, Lance. I truly don’t.
June 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm by Emily
Ok, maybe not the world, but at least an Oscar.
Remember The Social Network? I don’t, because I didn’t see it (until they make a movie about Neopets or Youporn, I doubt I’ll be interested enough to see a movie about a website), but the rest of the world did, including Lance Bass. And like many people, Lance had strong feelings about it:
“I think ‘The Social Network’ just made sense for everyone. It was something that everyone had in common. Everyone could relate to it. Even I finally got a Facebook page, and honestly, it changed my life. The movie captured that revolution, and Justin helped capture that revolution.”
When Lance was asked if he thinks Justin deserves an Oscar, he responded with “Of course! Justin did an amazing job in the movie. He was incredible.” Lance also said that Justin “blew me away.”
I’ve seen Justin on SNL and in Model Behavior and everything, but an Oscar, really? Maybe I’m just way too attached to “Sexy Back” Justin and “Tearin’ Up My Heart” Justin, but this seems like a little much. On the other hand, I’ve only seen clips, so maybe some magic happened that I don’t know about. So you guys tell me – does Justin deserve an Oscar?
December 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm by Emily
Thank God so many celebrities are stepping out to talk about bullying in schools after the suicides two gay teens have been making headlines. This is a subject that’s been deserving of our attention for so long because it’s always been a problem. Hell, I am not even gay and I still got called a dyke like, every single day of middle and high school.
But Lance Bass’ confession that he was a closet gay teen who bullied other gay teens mildly upsets me. Sure, that’s one possible reason that students are gay-bashing in the hallways, but general homophobia and ignorance seems like it effects much more of the population. Getting kids to stop bullying other kids because they might come off as closeted doesn’t really seem like the best way to convince people that it’s wrong.
And since we’re probably not going to cure a lot of the population’s ignorance before they die off, I’d also like to bring your attention to this video that sex columnist Dan Savage and his husband posted on their YouTube page. The It Gets Better Project is designed so that gay teens living in rural areas or feeling unaccepted in their environment have something to watch to let them know that there isn’t anything more difficult than being an unaccepted gay teen, but if you stick it through the rough years, you can have a wonderful, open and fulfilled life.
Dan Savage and his husbo are my favorite people, BTW.
October 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm by Molls
Lance Bass recently posted these photos on his Facebook, taken at a recent photo shoot by Mike Ruiz. And I don’t get it.
Ok, Nsync has been over for years, so it’s not like he’s trying to break away from that wholesome image. He came out a few years ago, so it’s not really like a cheeky “fuck all y’all, I rock makeup too, go ahead and suck it.” And he never went to space like he wanted to. I don’t know how that’s immediately relevant, it just always disappointed me.
I’m not trying to judge you, Lance Bass. I mean, whatever you want to do, that’s cool, I’ll support you. You wanna wear makeup and weird eyebrows and hair that doesn’t make you look like a frat boy from the late 90′s, that’s cool. It doesn’t matter, because I recognize that it’s just about respect, and you get me hyped and you do it to me every time (this is an ok demographic to quote Nsync lyrics to, right?).