Hey Kidd! I'm 17 years old and I'm messaging you to see if you could give me some advice. I listen to your show every weekday morning and I hope to hear something from you. I'm gay, and I'm struggling with getting the confidence to tell my parents. I was wondering if you could share your story, or give some advice on what to do. Thanks Kidd!!!
Thank you for sharing. This is like my story with my mom. This is is so inspirational.
Took a marriage and three kids....
I guess this message is for the 17 year old and Kidd..... For the 17 year old. Please know there is a HUGE support system out here for you. More than you can imagine. Reach out and you will be amazed. Kidd... I hope you see and know how much of an impact you are making. I also messaged you when I first came out and to know there is a public figure that has your back was incredible to me. Thank you for being there for this guy know that YOU will always be part of his story!!!!! Much love to you both!!!
I came out to my parents when I was in my 40's
The problem of my family not knowing who I really was had festered in me to the point that I was having suicidal thoughts. I knew I had to do it, and my friends kept telling me your mom always knew. I decided to break the news. It hit my Mom like a brick wall, she cried, my super religious Baptist Dad said, "You're my son, I still love you," and my four siblings I could tell just needed some time to process this announcement. I gave them time and didn't dwell on it nor did I bring it up. Dad has since died, Mom loves me more than ever, always wanting to know who else she might know that is gay, and my siblings have no issues whatsoever. This heavy boulder is no longer on my shoulder and I and my family are as happy as any family.
It will work out, you can do this
My son now 18 told us when he was 16 yrs old. I his mother always knew his father was crushed. We have worked through 2 yrs just being open to each other's discussion. His father has now changed his views based on wanting our son "happy" and able to live a full life. We've told him what ever you choose for yourself be positive, thankful for the goodness you have in your life. We all have talent in many different areas. Find what makes you happy. YOU deserve happiness!
Glad you shared your struggle
We all have tendencies toward what is wrong, we are born sinners. Please realize that you may have a desire for this sinful deed but you do have a choice whether to act on your inclinations. The act of homosexuality is a sin. You have a choice to commit the act just as you have a choice to lie, steal, cheat, kill, etc. WE all struggle with evil tendencies but they can be defeated. What you do is a choice. Its not like that song that says "I can't change, even if I try," That song is wrong and defeatist! You can change, if you try, if you want to. Homosexuality is a choice. Not a good one. Yes, God is Love. Yes, God hates sin. Homosexuality is a sin. You can win. Make the right choice.
To: "Glad you shared your struggle"
Being homosexual is not a "choice" any more than being heterosexual is. Gay men don't one day choose to be attracted to other men; straight women don't choose to be attracted to men. Lesbians don't choose to be attracted to other women; straight men don't choose to be attracted to women.
Not everyone believes in the Bible; there are also many, many interpretations of scripture, including more loving and embracing views than yours (which are psychologically and physiologically harmful).
This isn't about religion; it's about human biology. Kudos to Kidd. The young man he helped wouldn't be struggling if people like you, "Glad you shared," weren't demonizing gay people and suggesting it's all a choice to begin with.
Kidd, you gave some great advice to the kid, many thanks. I may have been a bit more cautious, not knowing the situation. I think if a young man or woman still living at home wants to come out to their parents, if there is any chance they may be kicked out or subjected to bad treatment, there needs to be an exit plan in place. I read too many stories of kids on the streets because they came out, or were outed, and have no place to go. Frankly, if there is no place to go, I would recommend not coming out until there is a plan in place. And to the holy roller who commented above, get over yourself. You judging other people is a sin, if there is such a thing.
Glad you shared your struggle
People have been led to believe that homosexuality is not a choice. As I said the inclination may be there but the act itself is a choice! Otherwise your saying I, being heterosexual, have no choice but to have sex with a woman. That is not true. The act is a choice. And I don't hate or demonize anyone. I have friends who are gay but they know what I believe and we agree to disagree. Your view says in the area of sexuality people have no choice in who or what they will have sex with. And as far as scripture goes, yes there are many interpretations, but if you read a translation you will find all references to homosexuality call it sin. Sorry, that's not what I think but what God says.
Father of a Gay son
As the father of a gay son, I can tell you that it is as difficult for your parents to hear as it is for you to tell them. I had a very hard time accepting the fact and probably said some things that made it even harder for my son. In the end, though, my love for him is what really matters and his happiness is what is most important to me. Just bear in mind that it is a huge mental adjustment for your parents to make and it may take some timee.
To: "Glad You Shared Your Stuggle"
Both of your comments leave me feeling troublesome. The fact that you can't understand that the way one feels both emotionally and physically, calling ti a "Choice". so here is a situation. You say that even if you are attracted to the same sex, you "Choose" to sleep with them... and that that in its self is a SIN.. But had they decided to go against those feelings and do what the church or scripture deems "The Right Thing To Do"... no say your daughter/son marry's someone that has made this choice to be untrue to themselves and their partner. They have Chosen to be dishonest. LYING is also a SIN. I honestly think you should keep your twisted bible thumping opinions to yourself because it is twisted religious people like your self that stand at the gates and get asked that old time question... is there a GOD. sure there is something of a higher power... but its not a bigot like yourself. your disgusting and you should really take a look at a bible and read it in depth. its a story. and most of it is a lie...
"I Think She Lost Her Mind in the Hollywood Madness"
So, this is interesting.
The other night, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Miley Cyrus threw on a wig, big glasses and a business suit, and pretended to be a reporter from Australia.
She grabbed a camera crew and went out onto Hollywood Boulevard to interview people about Miley Cyrus.
It's actually pretty funny, and it ends the way you'd sort of expect a Miley Cyrus bit to end.
Give it a look...
Knock Me Over With a Feather
When the Ashley Madison scandal broke, a lot of people looked to Noel Biderman, the company's CEO who co-founded the "cheating" site with his wife, for answers.
In an interview that broke just this past weekend in which he was referred to as the King of Infidelity, he said that he and his wife did not practice the company motto: "Life is short. Have an affair." (The folks at Huffington Post Canada have the interview, and a video about it.)
In a 2013 interview, Amanda Biderman had this to say about what would happen if Noel cheated on her:
"I would be devastated if (Noel) did it to me. But I would not blame a website. Ashley Madison is not creating cheaters. It is servicing a need that is there, that exists. And unfortunately, it exists. It's sad.''
Well, guess whose emails got leaked as part of the data breach and have now been made public?
And guess who's allegedly been having affairs? None other than the CEO himself.
I wonder if Amanda has logged onto DivorceLawyer.com yet...?
Ashley Madison CEO's emails reveal he lied and had multiple affairs http://t.co/dkTim2w25U // guy creating cheating site cheats. surprised?
— gavin richardson (@gavoweb) August 27, 2015
No More Anchor Babies!
Anchor babies. It's a term that's been tossed around like a hot potato early in this presidential season, especially among the Republican candidates.
It's the way they've been describing children born in this country to illegal immigrants.
Constitutionally, that grants the children automatic US citizenship, providing an "anchor" to which the parents will cling in hopes of being allowed to stay here.
Many Republicans say that has to stop, no matter what the Constitution says.
Finally, the folks at Funny or Die have found a way to explain why that should happen.
And not one moment too early...
America Under Attack: Anchor Babies from Funny Or Die
The Most Unlikely Duet of All
Taylor Swift sold out five shows in Los Angeles.
Throughout the run, she brought up a bunch of her friends to sing with her, to the delight of all in attendance.
Folks like Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake and Lisa Kudrow.
Yes, Lisa Kudrow.
She joined Taylor on stage to sing "Smelly Cat," a song she sang as Phoebe on Friends.
Not only did Taylor know the song, so did the crowd.
Check it out.
"There's Been an Awakening"
The geekosphere erupted yesterday when the Disney folks released a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It's all of 15 seconds, and available exclusively on Instagram.
And it doesn't really show anything new, except for a guy holding a blue light saber, going up against the guy with the red Game of Thrones-style broadsword light saber.
Which prompted all sorts of discussions and theories that will keep the Star Warriors busy until the next teaser trailer.
Check it out.
There has been an awakening... #StarWars #TheForceAwakens
A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am PDT
Betty White's Next TV Gig
Betty White could well be the hottest actress on TV right now.
She's done all sorts of guest spots on all sorts of shows, and she just wrapped up a six-season run of Hot in Cleveland on TV Land.
Now, she'll be guest starring on Fox's long-running Bones as a squintern.
Don't worry, I had to look it up too.
Squintern is the word Booth (David Boreanaz) uses to describe the people who assist Doctor Brennan (Emily Deschanel) in the lab.
The folks at TV Line report that Betty White will play Dr. Beth Mayer, an accomplished, sharp as a tack squintern who is brought in to assist in a murder linked to fantasy football — which just happens to be one of her many areas of expertise. With a half century of work under her belt, Dr. Mayer is considered the world’s most experienced forensic anthropologist..."
You'll have to wait until the end of October for Betty to make her appearance. And no, they won't be renaming the series Old Bones. That would be wrong.
Meanwhile, here's the incredibly sappy promo Fox created for the show's upcoming season...
"Oh, I WILL Take This on the Plane"
Some people are silly, I guess.
Like this woman who tried to get on board a flight at Beijing Capital International Airport with a $200 bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence cognac.
When the airport security folks told her she'd have to leave it behind, she did what any logical human would do
She drank the entire bottle.
And got so drunk - fall-down drunk, in fact - that she wasn't allowed to board the fight.
I guess she showed them, huh?
"See a Bus, Don't Move"
Deva Dalparto runs a web and YouTube site called MyLifeSuckers.com, dedicated to the moms of the world.
But you don't have to be a mom, or even a parent, to enjoy the videos and blogs she posts.
Her latest - just in time for Back to School Season - is "Bus, Don't Move," a parody of the 80s hit, "Bust a Move."
It's pretty funny, and it also carries an important safety message to motorists: when you see a school bus, don't move.
Les Miserables = Less Miserable
You don't have to be a fan of Les Miserables - either the Broadway show or the movie - to appreciate this flash mob.
The West Des Moines School District (in Iowa, of course) was holding its district-wide welcome to school meeting for teachers.
And to put a little zest into the day, some teachers put together a teaching-oriented parody of one of the show's biggest ensemble pieces, "One Day More."
At first, no one knew what was happening. But as more and more teachers stood up to sing their parts and join the others on stage, the rest of the audience really got into it.
When it was done - and done quite well - the performers earned a standing ovation.
Ashley Madison, the TV Show?
One of the biggest data breaches going these days is the one involving AshleyMadison.com.
That's the site where you can sign up and arrange an extra-marital affair if you're so inclined.
Like they say, "Life is short. Have an affair."
Now, a team of Hollywood producers has revealed they're working on a fictionalized show based on the website, about a single mom who launches the site as a way to make ends meet.
Why now and why this, you wonder? “Anytime 30 million people are doing anything, it becomes worthy of a real discussion,” one of the producers told US Weekly.
So, let's see if this ever makes it to air. The show is tentatively titled Thank You Ashley Madison.
Meanwhile, the folks at Entertainment Tonight talked about what the breached data shows about the least- and most-faithful states in the USA.
You might be surprised!
The End of SuM&Mer
I'm not in any hurry to get to fall, but apparently, the M&M people are.
They just announced their newest flavor, and it has "fall" written all over it.
New Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms, featuring the brown M&M on the packages wearing a scarf and holding a cup of latte.
I'm sorry, it's too early.
Take them back, M&M people!
Just another month. That's all I ask. One. More. Month!
Meanwhile,watch this hilariously awkward amateur food-tasting review about the new M&Ms posted to YouTube at the beginning of the week...
Space Oddity in Space
File this in your #TBT drawer: it's a video from a couple of years ago. I missed it, maybe you did too.
Astronaut Chris Hadfield pulled a tour aboard the International Space Station in 2013.
He was known as being media-savvy, steadily tweeting and doing other entertaining things.
Like this little gem: performing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in space.
He tweaked the lyrics a bit - since space travel has changed a bit since Bowie recorded the song in 1969.
The floating guitar and the floating singer really make this work.
And Chris has a pretty decent voice.
Kim's Biggest Problem
The newly crowned queen of Instagram might have trouble in her kingdom.
According to Star magazine - and you know they'd never lie! - Kim Kardashian has gained 65 pounds in her second pregnancy, and Kanye West is not at all happy about it.
Kanye believes, according to the tabloid - and you know they'd never lie! - that Kim is gaining weight because she's using her pregnancy to binge on donuts and ice cream.
And he wants her to lose the weight before she has the baby.
If any of this is true, sounds like Kim's biggest problem is not the weight, but the maroon her got her pregnant.
RP: @carladibello GOOD MUSIC, GOOD TIMES!
A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Aug 23, 2015 at 10:30am PDT
The $1.5 Million "Ooops!"
Before we go any further, let me just say, I feel bad for the kid, okay?
And now, the story.
A 12-year-old visiting a museum in Taipei, China tripped and fell.
No big deal, except he used a painting worth $1.5 million to break his fall.
And in the process, he managed to punch a hole in the painting.
Watch the video. And tell me this kid's face isn't on a warning poster at museums around the world by now.
"Go Back to Univision"
When it comes to freedom of speech, it sounds like Donald Trump believes it applies only to him.
Okay, so maybe that's a broad statement to be making based on one little incident, so you decide.
The Donald's holding a press conference in Dubuque. A reporter from Univision - a Spanish-language television network aimed at America's Hispanic population - tried to ask a question.
The Donald told him to sit down, as he hadn't been called.
The reporter persisted, and it turned into a bit of a verbal tennis match, which involved The Donald telling the reporter to "go back to Univision."
Then The Donald made a duck-lips face to his security team, and the reporter was removed.
What do you think? Freedom of Donald Speech?
Watch the video - decide for yourself.
No Sex in the City for Sarah Jessica Parker?
So, here's an interesting revelation.
Originally, Sarah Jessica Parker did not want to play Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City.
She reluctantly filmed the pilot and forgot about it.
And when she found out the series had been picked up a few months later, she begged HBO to let her out of her contract.
The story comes from a Broadway actor who recently spent some time doing a show with SJP and hubby Matthew Broderick in Massachusetts.
HBO prevailed, as we know. But imagine if they hadn't.
It's hard to picture anyone else playing that role. Of course, that's always difficult in retrospect.
I don't think it would have been the same, do you?
In case you've forgotten the show, here's a trailer for the first movie that the series spawned...
The Guy Who Got a Whole Lot of Things Right
I just stumbled on this trailer for what appears to be an epic documentary about Walt Disney.
The folks at PBS are presenting Walt Disney as part of their American Experience series.
They call it an unprecedented look at "the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers."
Watch the trailer. It looks fascinating.
And mark your calendars for the premiere on September 14 and 15.
Looks Like the Devil Went Down to Congress Instead
County music legend Charlie Daniels posted an open letter to the Congress of the United States yesterday.
To say he's not a happy camper is a darned accurate statement. He writes about how the courage that our country's leaders have shown in the past, and bemoans what he sees as the loss of that courage...
"The courageous politicians that once championed this nation have been replaced, for the most part, by a breed of milksop, politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic excuses for public servants who are supposed to be representing a constituency of citizens who have to live with the circumstances of their timid folly."
Not happy in any way. He thinks the members of Congress should just pack up and go home, as he doesn't hold them in high esteem.
"You're no longer men, you're puppets, you're caricatures, jokes, a gaggle of fading prostitutes for sale to anybody who can do you a political favor."
Charlie's got an awful lot to say. Check it out, if you like, on his Facebook page. You can even react to it, if you like.
So This is a Preview? Not in Your Wildest Dreams!
So Taylor Swift tweeted a 15-second preview of her newest tune, "Wildest Dreams," on Sunday.
It shows a variety of shots of animals running or flying, Taylor getting up close and personal with a guy, a biplane flying into the sun, and a close-up of Taylor's eye.
And that's it.
Guess what it doesn't feature.
Shouldn't a teaser for a music video feature - oh, I don't know - music?
Want to see the full version - perhaps with music included? Tune in to the Video Music Awards on August 30.
Wildest Dreams music video preview. Full video debuts VMA night. Get ready. #WildestDreamsMusicVideo pic.twitter.com/qfye9qMDW5
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 24, 2015
Welcome to the Legion of Honor
Three Americans were praised and awarded France's highest honor on Monday, as thanks for their actions in thwarting a gunman aboard the high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris last Friday.
France's president, Francois Hollande, awarded the Legion d'Honneur to the three - two of whom are servicemen - plus a British citizen who helped in the takedown.
"We are giving you the highest distinction of the country to show you how much we appreciate what you did. So this Legion d'Honneur is representative of your courage and also your incredible act of humanity … to save those also on the train."
Pretty amazing story...
We Had Karate Kid All Wrong!
Thirty-one years ago, The Karate Kid made a bit of a splash in the movie world.
Since then, it's become something of a classic.
But, according to this retrospective, we've had the whole movie wrong all along.
Daniel (played by Ralph Macchio) is the villain here, not the victim.
"Wax on wax off" will never be the same again...
"Cain't Nuthin' Happen to You!"
Over the weekend, a video surfaced showing former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Chris Carter speaking to the 2014 NFL freshman class.
Ordinarily, no big deal. Veteran passing on his knowledge to a bunch of rookies. Until...
"Just in case y'all gonna decide not to do the right thing, if y'all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in the crew."
That's right. If you're new to the NFL and you're going to do something you shouldn't be doing, make sure you've got a hanger-on who'll be happy to say he did whatever it was so that you're off the hook.
Wow. Just wow.
Chris has apologized since the video hit. So far, the NFL says they don't condone that - but notice the logos on the walls behind Chris - and ESPN, where Chris works as a commentator, says it doesn't involve them.
So he gets off, without even having a fall guy.
Meet the Creepy Meat Guy
So this is one of those weird stories.
Residents of an apartment complex in Gastonia, North Carolina reported seeing a mysterious cloaked figure lurking in the area, possibly dropping raw meat near playgrounds.
Police are investigating - so far, no clues.
People are scared - and not just because he looks like the Emperor from the early Star Wars trilogy either.
The computer-generated voice with this video makes it even creepier...
Hurry Up and Don't Panic?
Yesterday was not a good day for the global economy.
The major stock markets took a major hit, thanks mostly to China's economic distress.
So, why not take that as a sign of the financial apocalypse?
That's what a former advisor to England's former prime minister did yesterday, offering three bits of advice to anyone biting what he was tweeting:
Get hard cash in a safe place
Stock up on bottled water, canned goods enough household essentials for a month
Agree on a spot where you and your loved ones can meet in case phones and other bits of infrastructure break down
This is what happens when you go to sleep watching Fear the Walking Dead and wake up to an instant 1100-point plunge on the Dow Jones.
I love this reply to his third point...
@DPMcBride So, is this happening in the next hour or so, or should I still get lunch?
— Hank Single (@Hanksingle) August 24, 2015
A Friendly Instagram War
Last week, Hugh Jackman posted a video to Instagram that started a war.
A friendly little war.
It showed Hugh imitating Jim Carrey. Specifically, Jim's "smokin'" line from The Mask...
#JimCarrey mate trying my best to do justice! Clearly, I should stay in my own lane.
A video posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Aug 17, 2015 at 8:12pm PDT
It took only a couple of days for Jim to react, posting a picture of himself as Wolverine...
Nice move @RealHughJackman Now watch me make a meal out of your biggest role. ;^> pic.twitter.com/GUfHB2RR4L
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2015
This could escalate. Let's hope so!