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Thankfully, nary a year goes by without someone saying something utterly stupid and hilarious. The last year of the aughts was no exception, with a plethora of gay-related gaffes escaping from various pie-holes. The top five:
5. George Michael:
"The handful of times a year it's bloody warm enough, I'll do it," he told The Guardian, referring to cruising for casual sex. "I'll do it on a nice summer evening. Quite often there are campfires up there. It's a much nicer place to get some quick and honest sex than standing in a bar; E'd off your tits shouting at somebody and hoping they want the same thing as you do in bed."
Sometimes it's best to just keep things to yourself.
4. U.S. congressman Barney Frank:
"I literally don't understand how [the National Equality March] will do anything," he said. "People are kidding themselves. I don't want people patting themselves on the back for doing something that is useless."
Widely seen as a success, the October march served as a cathartic gay rallying cry that may actually have served a purpose -- the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed into law weeks later, while Washington, D.C., legalized same-sex marriage before the year was out.
3. The British Broadcasting Corporation:
"Should homosexuals face execution?"
This was the subject of a BBC online poll -- later changed to "Should Uganda debate gay execution?" -- that enraged readers. The BBC later apologized for debating genocide on its website.
2. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:
First statement regarding the Adam Lambert-American Music Awards controvery: "After it was announced that ABC decided to cancel appearances by openly gay singer Adam Lambert on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dick Clark's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve,' the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) spoke with ABC today regarding concerns that Adam Lambert was being held to a double standard.
"After these discussions ABC issued the following statement to GLAAD:
'Given the live nature of the American Music Awards, Adam Lambert's performance, which differed greatly from his rehearsal, caught many, including the network, off guard. This is not a question of Lambert's sexual orientation. As is evidenced by GLAAD's media report card, ABC is at the forefront of positive gay and lesbian portrayal on television. We welcome openly gay performers and look forward to continuing our great work within the LGBT community.'
"It would appear that the kiss between Adam Lambert and his keyboardist did not factor into ABC's decision, ABC has a history of positive gay and transgender inclusion that includes featuring kisses between gay and lesbian couples on-air."
Second Statement: "Since his American Music Awards performance occurred GLAAD has consistently advocated that Adam Lambert and openly gay artists not be held to a double standard. As we have expressed publicly, it is disappointing that ABC will not give Lambert a chance to perform at this time. GLAAD's discussions with ABC focused on confirming that his sexual orientation was not a factor in their decisions. ABC confirmed this is not about a same-sex kiss or his sexual orientation but about being 'caught off guard.' GLAAD asked ABC and calls on them for clarification on 'caught off guard' so that the community knows why Lambert is being denied the opportunity to perform on the network."
Third Statement: "We appreciate ABC's commitment to gay and transgender inclusion in other programming. However, let us be clear that GLAAD remains steadfast in our assertion that Adam Lambert is being subjected to a double standard by ABC as an openly gay performer. We do not support ABC cancelling Adam Lambert's past and future performances. We urge the community to reach out to ABC and express their concerns that Adam Lambert is being subjected to a double standard."
Can press releases be schizophrenic? Apparently, yes.
1. Former Miss California Carrie Prejean:
"I was all by myself. I was sending a boyfriend at the time, who I loved and cared about, a video of me," she said. "I was a teenager at the time and never did I ever think it would come out."
This quote -- referring to a video showing Prejean pleasuring herself -- came before seven more explicit videos of Prejean were released. This was the same Prejean who used 2009 to preach for the sanctity of marriage, all while promoting her memoir.