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Hot 97′s Mister Cee Comes Clean in GQ Interview

MisterCEEGQPhotoFascinating piece from GQ staff writer Zach Baron in the February issue. It starts with a guided drive-through tour of the Brooklyn neighborhood that bore Calvin Lebrun, a.k.a Mister Cee, and progresses to Lebrun candidly explaining the motivations and minutiae of a sordid sex scandal.

The Daily News , a newspaper that was instrumental in bringing said scandal to the fore, got the embargoed advance look; full GQ article is here. The interview is a great primer for those who know little about Lebrun, Hot 97 and-or the lead-up to his messy, protracted downfall:

On the Kane tours, he says, he was “f*cking everything in sight.” The whole time he had a steady girlfriend, too. Once, he says, coming off tour, he gave her gonorrhea. “It was the most horrible thing I ever did to a woman in my life,” Cee says. She called him last year, after Cee had a run-in with the guy she was dating, just to tell him off again. “I mean, cursed me out, just called me all types of fagg*ts and homos.”

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Cartoonist Don Asmussen Nicely Sums Up Duck Dynasty Debacle

From a media insider’s perspective, one of the real mysteries of the Phil Robertson disaster is how his publicists and-or A&E reps could allow the patriarch to head into the woods, unsupervised, with an enterprising GQ reporter. Unless Robertson specifically told this gang to head the other swamp way, there’s just no excuse from a PR-handling point of view for the non-chaperoned nature of that assignment.

More broadly, all kinds of people continue to take shots at A&E for the implicit hypocrisy of being surprised or apologetic for such a predictable, de-facto eventual quagmire. On that front, FishbowlNY thinks one of the best encapsulations comes from cartoonist Don Asmussen, for the latest edition of his bi-weekly San Francisco Chronicle strip “Bad Reporter:”

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Concerned LA Residents Planning Weekend Protest Against GQ

In the spring of 2012, the editors of GQ deemed the heart of the Abbot Kinney neighborhood in Venice, CA to be the “Coolest Block in America.” A year and a half later, the magazine is back in the hood and some residents struggling with the very real aftereffects of this kind of glorified gentrification are not amused.

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To coincide with Saturday’s “GQHQ at The Brig” (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT, 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd.), a group of residents have organized an anti-GQ event, “Welcome to Venice, Now Go Home.” It starts at the more civilized hour of noon, in front of The Brig.

The event, designed to foster discussion among residents about this complicated issue, is the brainchild of a pair of local small business owners. Among those planning to drop by is Tibby Rothman, a longtime Venice resident and journalist. She was not involved in the organization of the event, but as a longtime friend of FishbowlNY, we figured she would be very well positioned to address some of the broader, underlying issues.

“I’m speaking as someone who published the newspaper VenicePaper for close to eight years,” Rothman tells us. “Once you call something the Coolest Block in America, it most definitely will not be.”

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Snag $2 a Word at GQ

Since its start as a trade magazine, GQ remains the sophisticated older brother of the lad mag genre. And although editors expect nothing short of poised perfection in all pitches, senior editor Will Welch said they welcome irreverence with no shortage of humor in their front-of-book sections.

“There’s always a need for coverage with a super distinct point of view and the right sense of humor,” Welch said. ”The most immediate thing is for freelancers to show familiarity with the skeleton of our magazine: what the sections are and what the tone of the writing is.”

For contact info for GQ editors and more details on what they consider a perfect pitch, read How To Pitch: GQ. [sub req'd]

Obama, Jon Hamm and Leo DiCaprio Are GQ Men of the Year

jonhamm.jpgGQ Magazine, always looking to one-up the newsweeklies because it as a rule doesn’t break news, came out with its Man of the Year award. Oh sorry, they’re calling them Men of the Year. Way to waffle, GQ.

Of course, first up was Barack Obama. How could he not be man of the year, decade, century just for being the first black man ever elected to the office of President of the United States?

So who else competed?

This year, in Hollywood, “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm was the belle of the ball for his sleakly cut suits and non-stop smoking, which was sickeningly romantic in its own way.

leodicaprio.jpgHe was joined by Leonardo DiCaprio just for being Leo and swimmer Michael Phelps for kicking the sh– out of everyone at the summer Olympics.

With that, GQ was able to say seeya to Time and Newsweek.