After Thwarted Kidnapping Plans, Whitmer Calls for Unity

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]


Make Michigan Progressive Again.

Get the 2020 Michigan Progressive Voters Guide and find out which candidates on your personal ballot are dedicated to supporting progressive politics and equality and justice for all Americans.

Get My Voter Guide

Billy Masters

By |2007-09-20T09:00:00-04:00September 20th, 2007|Opinions|

“Oh, my God, I looked like a fat pig! I looked like a fat pig!” – Britney Spears screaming after watching her MTV Video Music Awards performance on a backstage monitor, as reported by US Magazine.

I was in Vegas last week, but I didn’t go to the VMAs. I didn’t watch the VMAs. I didn’t care about the VMAs. But from what I gather, Britney was a disaster. People say she was half asleep, had no energy, and was lip-synching. Throw in an Indian headdress and you could be describing Cher’s “Farewell Tour”!

Although I got back to Los Angeles in time for the Emmy Awards, this column is being written pre-Emmys. I will bring you my exclusive report in next week’s column, but let me take a second to congratulate a couple of people who already won. The electrifying Elaine Stritch nabbed a statuette for her guest-starring role on “30 Rock.” And Kathy Griffin won for her recently-cancelled reality show “My Life on the D-List.” Does winning an Emmy get you off the D-List? Truth be told, Griffin’s been off that list for a while – once you sell out Carnegie Hall and are booked to play Madison Square Garden, you’re at least on the B-List.

John Barrowman has been trying to get off the D-List for a while, and he may have finally succeeded. He’s the star of the UK series “Torchwood” and has done a slew of interviews in conjunction with the show’s debut on BBC America. In one interview, he makes this statement: “I know a lot of gay leading men in Hollywood. I’m not one for outing people – they might have personal issues they need to overcome. But if they are not speaking up because they’re afraid it’s going to affect their careers, that pisses me off. Take the risk. I took that risk and the public rewarded me. I still play straight leading characters in theater, TV and film, so it doesn’t matter.”

Of course it matters, and John proves that point by trying to re-write history. When he was trying to have a mainstream career here in the States, Barrowman was most certainly not out. In fact, he was so far from out that he purposely leaked stories romantically linking himself with such improbable people as Cher and Angie Dickinson! Once he gave up on the idea of a U.S. television career, he went back to the theater and began to casually refer to his sexuality in interviews. At that time, “Out” magazine wanted to feature Johnny as one of their “Out 100”. Barrowman declined the honor because he didn’t want to draw attention to his belated admission. He had hoped by talking about being gay matter-of-factly, it would appear as if he’d always been “out.” Of course, now he’s the “Out” coverboy for October 2007. And he’s finally a BIG star – in England.

And now, some news on two of my favorite singers. It’s been announced that Diana Ross will received the Kennedy Center Honor for her contributions to American culture. The ceremony takes place on Dec. 2 and will air on TV shortly thereafter. And, presumably, she’ll be assigned a driver for the night.

Stevie Nicks has indicated that she would consider touring again with Fleetwood Mac – but ONLY if Christine McVie returns to the fold. McVie quit the group in 1998, but the remaining members recorded “Say You Will” in 2003 and did a world tour to support that CD. Although it was speculated that Stevie enjoyed handling all of the female vocals, Nicks has seemingly refuted that: “I don’t like it as the boys’ club. We could make millions and millions of dollars touring again. But I just don’t know if I want to go again without Chris.”

On a more somber note, country singer Sara Evans’ divorce is getting dirty. Her estranged hubby Craig Schelske has accused her of having affairs with nearly a dozen men. The fact that at least two of the guys on that potential suitor list are gay should make for a very interesting trial.

Sara’s not the only one with marital woes. Former CNN anchor Paula Zahn is being accused of squandering her fortune. Shooting back at the newswoman’s claims that he mishandled her finances, her soon-to-be-ex-hubby Richard Cohen states that Paula blew over $25 million over the course of the couple’s 20-year marriage with her extravagant taste. I’m shocked – who knew Paula ever made that much money!

You don’t have to get married to have problems with a former paramour. Just ask Nicolette Sheriden. In between trysts with Michael Bolton, she was engaged to a sexy Swede named Nicklas Soderblom. Nicki has written a book, “Desperate Houseman,” where he trashes Nicolette as an out-of-control psycho bitch (or words to that effect). He also paints himself as some poor victim, which means Sheriden was the top in that relationship. Nicklas is actually hoping that Nicolette will sue him – he could use the publicity since he’s still living in Hollywood and is trying to drum up a domestic acting career. Wait – I thought he was a writer?

Steven Seagal is seeking an apology from the FBI for causing irrecoverable damage to his career. His theory is that ever since the FBI leaked an affidavit linking him to the mob, the 12 movies he’s made since 2001 have gone direct-to-video. Here’s another theory – they were all crap! Seagal doesn’t know why all his films go direct-to-video, and I don’t know how he keeps getting work!

This week’s “Ask Billy” question comes from Nathan in Key West: “I’ve been watching ‘Psych’ on USA Network and the star, James Roday, is totally hot. I keep hoping he will be shirtless, but he never shows any skin on the show. Luckily his shirts are kinda tight, so I know he’s got a good bod. Do you have any sexy shots to share?”

I have never heard of this guy. I have never heard of this show. Until your e-mail, I wasn’t sure if USA was really a network! I did ask around and one of my expert proofers tells me Roday is straight and dating one of his co-stars. But don’t let that discourage you – everyone said the same thing about Zac Efron, and we know how that turned out! I did find some shirtless pics of James Roday and will post them on

When even I can learn something about the entertainment business, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. I have to send a quick thank you to the folks at Krave, the fabu gay club on the Las Vegas Strip. I hadn’t been to the facility since appearing there shortly after its opening. It’s now a full entertainment center, with the drag Asian restaurant “Lucky Cheng’s” located in one room and the main room hosting such shows as the “Little Legends.” Where else can you have some orange chicken served by Miss Gay Pride Las Vegas AND watch a pint-sized Britney with no panties under the same roof? Check out and for more information. Of course, the first thing you should do is check out While you’re online, drop a note to me at and I promise to get back to you before Steven Seagal ends up in a theatrical release! Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

About the Author:

BTL Staff
Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 27th anniversary.