Morning Brew – Thursday, June 23: Lesbians sweep “The Voice,” Rosie O’Donnell has her eyes on “Glee”


Morning, Muggles and muff-monkeys! I don’t know what you’ll be talking about all day, but at Heather Hogan’s Home of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Pottermore is the only thing we’ll be talking about for the rest of our lives. Yep, JK Rowling finally made the announcement we’ve been waiting for since she announced that she was going to make an announcement about making an announcement.

The website will launch in October, but one million lucky fans will get to test the beta version of Pottermore starting on July 31st (Harry and JKR’s birthday, obviously). Check out The Leaky Cauldron for the exciting details (including the fact that JKR has written almost 60,000 new words for the site so far!).

Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez — both out and proud gay ladies — made it to the final four on last night’s episode of The Voice! The season finale is next Wednesday night. I’m gonna miss Frenchie, though. That girl could wail. 

Lucky magazine chatted with Rosie O’Donnell this week (in “haiku” format, of course), and boy did she ever heap praise onto Glee:

[Glee] is just brilliant

the writing – the casting – ryan and brad who thought it up

the production numbers – the story lines – the character


it inspires me so much

i feel it has saved musical theater in many ways

so many broadway stars get to shine on that show

in ways no other show ever has allowed

i tivo it

i watch with my children

i buy the dvds

i go to the summer concert tour

i adore that show

so so much

its a show that makes me proud to be an entertainer

(as silly as that sounds)

She also said her dream is to play Lauren Zizes’ mom.

Better hurry it up, Ro, I heard Ryan Murphy is going to drive Glee off a cliff at the end of next season.

So, hey, remember that fake Syrian lesbian blogger that turned out to be a white American dude? Of course you do. We’re not going to forget that any time soon. Well, apparently his motives were a little more complicated than altruistic activism. Gawker is reporting that he tried to sell a “memoir,” complete with lesbian sex scenes that include the term “finger-banging.” He submitted his memoir to Lambda winner Minal Hajratwala, and here’s what she had to say in retrospect:

Today I have read the autobiography much more carefully than I did the first time. The faked lesbian sex scenes turn my stomach. The narcissistic writing, the sprinkling of quotations from the Qu’ran and tidbits from Syrian history, the stock stories compiled from a thousand news clippings – it all seems painfully obvious.

The reader response is what makes the post worth reading. Someone compiled the “sex scenes” into a single comment.

Speaking of guys who just need to shut their mouths, Chris Brown tossed out a gay slur at a group of paparazzi photogs in LA yesterday, prompting the HRC to issue a statement calling it “plain unacceptable.” Brown hopped on Twitter to defend himself: “I have total respect for the Gay community and my intention was not to offend anyone in it.”

You know what’s a good way not to offend the gay community? Don’t use the word “gay” as a slur. It’s not rocket science, dude.

True Blood creator Alan Ball told The Hollywood Reporter that he is negotiating with HBO right now for a fifth season of the show, but he doesn’t know if he has any more vampire stories in him after that: “I think if we did 13 seasons we’d have to address why vampires are aging. Maybe there would be a bad batch of Tru Blood. […] With the supernatural thing you can always go places story-wise that you couldn’t go on another show.”

Yes, Smallville proved that after 13 seasons, you can definitely go places story-wise that you can’t in any other genre than fantasy. Places like story-telling hell. 

That’s all for me for today, unless you want me to post one of JK Rowling’s gorgeous publicity photos from this morning’s Pottermore launch. Oh, of course you want me to do that. Here you go:

Every little thing she does is magic.

Trish Bendix will be back with you tomorrow morning! Until then, Nox! 

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