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#PRFail: Watch America Teach FOX News About ‘Gender-Neutral’ Restrooms

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Recently, Illinois State University created “Gender-Neutral Restrooms” to help serve the LGBT community. A nice move by the institution to be more accommodating; however, FOX News took a little umbrage with this.

Essentially, the re-labeling would change several of its single-stall “family” restrooms on campus as “all-gender” restrooms. No new toilets. No new seating. Just the sign, which takes a while to get used to viewing. Here’s the initial report of the news…and then the unfortunate #PRFail follow-up after the jump.

(NOTE: FOX News anchor Heather Nauert incorrectly says the university is Indiana State.)

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Can We Talk? Joan Rivers Calls President ‘Gay,’ First Lady ‘a Tranny’

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For more than 50 years, Joan Rivers has been considered the female Don Rickles — a compliment of the highest order. She has insulted everyone with wit, humor, and dazzling banter. However, that was the younger Joan Rivers. Today, she’s not so much funny, as just a fake plastic individual in Hollywood that doesn’t know when to give it up.

And now, the octogenarian comedienne may have just told her last joke and discussed her last arrest with the “Fashion Police.” Why? You don’t get to call the President of the United States “gay.” Moreover, his wife a “tranny.” Yeah, not even plastic surgery will save you from this one, Joan.

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Burger King Has a Gay Pride Whopper and It’s Just Like a Regular Whopper

Burger King, like the rest of us, is celebrating LGBT Pride Week. For this special occasion, one San Francisco BK restaurant has introduced a special Proud Whopper, a sandwich wrapped in a rainbow of bright colors. But when you unwrap it, inside, all you’ll find is a regular old Whopper.

What gives?

Well, the company says that’s kind of the point.

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‘Homophobia’ and 10 Other Words the Media (and Everyone Else) Abuses

We TV viewers have recently been treated to Jenny McCarthy vaping on her eCigarette, talking about (her betrothed) Donnie Wahlberg’s behind, and trying to resurrect her career during fun-and-yuks on “The View.” For the most part, adding her has been a positive move for the “jumped the shark” all-girl broadcast.

And then came this week.

On the show, she attempted to joke about the rumors that Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend Casper Smart had been accused of cheating on her with a transgender bikini model. And then she tweeted this…

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While the humor was obviously in poor taste, the word used to attack her made the AP-Nazi in me freak out completely: Transphobic. Why? It reveals a systemic media tendency to misuse and abuse certain words. Repeatedly.

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The New York Times Embraces AP-Style, Invents New Way to Call a Congressman ‘Gay’

aaron schock 2Meet U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R – IL). 

When he is not enjoying the collective sub-10 percent approval rating the rest of his cronies earned on Capitol Hill, apparently he enjoys showing off his abs. Hell, they’re not even my abs, and I would enjoy showing those things off.

Anywho, for those not in the know, one of the most widely embraced assumptions and worst-kept secrets is Schock’s sexual orientation.

The reasons are after the jump, but the reason for this #PRFail is how the The New York Times has decided to try (yet again) to lure him out by creating a “colorful” new form of labeling.

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Why Are There No Openly Gay Fortune 500 CEOs?

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Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times asked a very important question this morning: how did professional football–the very epitome of a traditional industry averse to change–embrace an openly gay personality before corporate America?

Her point is that, despite widely-accepted rumors about certain executives at certain tech companies, not one of the nation’s 1,000 biggest businesses has an openly gay CEO.

We asked Howard Bragman, Chairman of Fifteen Minutes PRwho happens to represent Michael Sam–for his take on the issue.

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Michael Sam’s Kiss Causes Dallas Show to Make National News

ktxdSee, that’s the problem with morning shows.

You get a bunch of people sitting around a table to focus on one subject. The problem with that dynamic is each person has their point of view and really don’t appreciate being put on blast for having said opinion. Sure, certain opinions may not be as popular as others, but don’t we all have a right — and a reason — to voice them?

This question was put on public display yesterday on Dallas’ own KTXD-TV 47 (London Broadcasting) and its morning staple “The Broadcast.” Yesterday, the quartet (seated from left to right) of Courtney Kerr (if you watch Bravo, that Courtney Kerr), Amy Kushnir (the woman making a dash for some fresh sanity), Suzie Humphreys, and Lisa Pinero, got into a heated conversation about Michael Sam and his much publicized, celebratory kiss on ESPN.

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The Weather Channel Picked a Twitter Fight with the Wrong Texan Yesterday

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Know your city. Be proud of your city…or pay the consequences, y’all!

Ah yes. Things really are bigger in my beloved Lone Star State, including the Twitter fights. Oh, and the bravado of ancillary city council representatives.

Now, if you know anything about North Texas, D/FW, or what a radio marketer in the 70s called “The Metroplex”, you may be familiar with the sibling rivalry between the two cities separated by a 20 minute drive on the freeway. Dallas and Fort Worth have two distinctively different cultures–both are very Texas, but each has its own conflicts. One of the largest is Fort Worth, consistently known as the rubenesque, butt-ugly, red-headed, buck-toothed stepchild of Dallas.

Even the Weather Channel thinks that way–and one guy in Fort Worth was mad as hell, as wasn’t gonna’ take it any more.

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The NFL Is Now Officially LGBT-Friendly

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We’re all aware that Michael Sam just made history as the NFL‘s first openly gay player.

Beyond the shiny headlines, our own Shawn Paul Wood explained this morning that, while Sam’s signing is unquestionably a significant moment for the league and for pro sports in general, he’s really just a guy who plays great defense…and happens to be gay. Which is how it should be.

Since Fifteen Minutes PR CEO Howard Bragman first organized Sam’s announcement in February, we’ve heard many (anonymous) insiders speculate as to whether owners would take a risk on him. But for the Rams, the question seems to have been “what risk?”

Now we have our answer to a more interesting query: how will the corporate world and the league itself react?

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Michael Sam: The (Gay) Guy Who Could Change the NFL

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Get ready, haters. He’s coming to get your team!

FULL DISCLOSURE: As an avid baseball fan and blogger, I can’t stand the “He’s the Jackie Robinson of [insert this industry or sport].” Yet there is really no other way to describe the addition of Michael Sam to the NFL and the St. Louis Rams.

And before anything is said, can we just kill the noise about Jason Collins? He was a so-so player (at best) despite being drafted by the Nets in the first round. After travelling the continent as part of five different teams, he received attention in the twilight of his career for making an admittedly b0ld decision that still had very little to do with the way he played the game.

Again, Michael Sam is not that man. Let’s learn who he is…

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