National News: Celebrity News July/August 2014
‘True Blood’ Actor Quits Over Gay Role
It’s nothing new when a character gets recast on a t.v. show, but the reason behind the recast of Luke Grimes’ role of James on the hit HBO show ‘True Blood’ left a bad mark.
While originally citing ‘creative differences’ as the reason for leaving the show, Buzzfeed is now reporting that Grimes quit because his plotline for the seventh and final season involved a romance between James and Lafayette. Writer’s denied his requests to change the scripts to exclude same-sex kissing/sex scenes.
Grimes’ publicist insists he left due to scheduling conflicts with the “50 Shades of Grey” movie, in which he plays Elliot, Christian Grey’s brother.
R. Kelly Speaks About Transgender Son
For the first time since rumors started, R. Kelly spoke about his transgender son with Chicago’s WGCI. The rumors started early in June about his 14-year-old son, Jay (above), coming out as transgender on his Ask.fm page.
R. Kelly said, “no matter what they are or who they are, they’re still your kids, you love them, you know? You’ve got to support them. You want to support them…”
Jay has since taken to his Ask.fm page to answer some questions about the recent media focus on his life. He responded by saying “because I’m transgender and the son of R. Kelly. I don’t know why that is such a HUGE deal.”
‘Scandal’ Star Dan Bucatinsky on Rights
Dan Bucatinksy, ‘Scandal’ actor and gay dad of two, says it is o.k. to hate him for being gay. He stated that hate is “part of the freedom of thought and expression in this country”.
Bucatinksy only requests that this hatred not be used to obstruct his life, or the lives of any gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individual. He believes that is it peoples hatred that gets in the way of “[his] ability to work, provide for [his] family, and provide for [his] children”.
The ‘Scandal’ star says he’s not “somebody who believes that you shouldn’t have the right to hate me for being gay”.