SHOWBIZ: Jane Lynch Helps Obama Rock The Vote, True Blood’s Russell Returns, Pretty In Pink, And More!
Coming off a ratings boost for the Glee finale on Tuesday night, out actress Jane Lynch popped up as the narrator of a new video from the Obama campaign in which President Obama discusses his support for gay issues. “I don’t think there was a single moment LGBT issues became important to me. It was an accumulation of a lifetime of friends, family and people I’ve met who have helped me understand how the fight for LGBT rights is consistent [with America].” [ABC]
Unlike the rest of the universe, Jon Cryer doesn’t believe his Pretty in Pink character, Duckie, lost out on Molly Ringwald’s Andie because he was gay: “I respectfully disagree. I want to stand up for all the slightly effeminate dorks that are actually heterosexual. Just cause the gaydar is going off, doesn’t mean your instruments aren’t faulty. I’ve had to live with that, and that’s okay.” [Zap2It]
A boxing promoter claims Manny Pacquiao’s blundering into the marriage-equality debate might get people to order pay-per-view access to his June 9 bout against Timothy Bradley. “It may very well resonate with people. We have so many evangelical Christians living in this country that have paid attention to this whole thing. Some of these people would never think of buying a fight and they might buy it,” said promoter Bob Arum. [Boston Herald]
We already know that schemer Russell Edgington is coming back to True Blood when Season Five debuts on June 10. But out actor Denis O’Hare reveals the former vampire king will be a bit more sprightly after he crawls back from the grave. He’ll also have a new boyfriend. “I get to dance, I get to hold a puppy and I get to sing karaoke—a great ’70s classic. Not all at the same time, mind you.” [TheInsider.com]
Not content to being Mother of the Decade, Betty DeGeneres has partnered with PFLAG, Walgreens and Johnson & Johnson on Care with Pride, a new anti-bullying campaign. J&J is contributing $200,000-$300,000 toward PFLAG school programs, and is distributing coupon books with a percentage of sales going to PFLAG. Johnson & Johnson has also committed to having a presence at Pride events around the country. [Care with Pride]