Ruby Rose Wheelchair Bound, Lesbian YouTuber Wins Revenge Porn Case
Plus, Wanda Sykes feuds with Netflix.
Out YouTube Star Chrissy Chambers Wins Years-Long Revenge Porn Case
Chrissy Chambers, one half of lesbian YouTuber power couple “Bria and Chrissy,” celebrated long-overdue legal battle with an engagement ring. On January 17th, Chrissy won a revenge porn case against an unnamed British ex-boyfriend and deeply exploitive bag of cat poop. The man, whom Chrissy dated when she was 18 and he was 24, posted links (after their breakup) to SIX videos of the couple having sex. Three of those links included Chrissy’s full name, and all were posted without her knowledge or consent. In a true nightmare scenario, Chrissy didn’t find out about the links until 2013, after they’d been online and easily accessible for two years. When Chrissy tried to have the videos removed, she discovered she had no legal authority. She didn’t own the copyright to a sex tape recorded and released without her consent.
But Chrissy wasn’t giving up that easily. She spent five years in British courts, bringing a case against the man for breach of confidence, harassment, and misuse of private information. This month, he finally accepted liability, agreed to pay Chrissy’s legal fees, and surrendered his copyright to the videos. Chrissy can finally demand websites remove the tape she never consented to make.
"[This] should serve as a severe warning to those who seek to extort and harm with revenge porn: you cannot do this with impunity, and you will be held accountable for your actions," Chambers said. "To every victim of this insidious kind of attack, I am here to say: You can fight back, and win. You will heal and move on - and you will not have to take those steps alone." After the ruling came down in her favor, Chambers proposed to her girlfriend, Bria Kam, on the courthouse steps. She said yes.
I did not wake up expecting to be inspired by a YouTuber, but Chrissy Chambers is one hell of a fighter.
Wanda Sykes Joins Mo’Nique In Slamming Netflix
After Netflix offered Mo’Nique $500k for a comedy special, the Oscar-winning actress and comedian took to social media to slam the streaming giant for racial and gender bias. Calling for a Netflix boycott, Mo’Nique pointed out that Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and Amy Schumer were offered seven figure deals for their standup specials. Wanda Sykes joined the fray to back Mo’Nique, tweeting that Netflix had offered her less than $250k for a comedy special, a fraction of the $20 million they paid Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle, or the $11 million that Amy Schumer negotiated for her special. While some say Chapelle and Rock are in a different league than Mo’Nique or Sykes, it’s obvious that Mo’Nique and Sykes are established, extremely successful comedians with a long history of money making projects. Amy Schumer is great, but is she really worth 42 times Sykes or 21 times Mo’Nique? Did anyone who watched Dave Chappelle’s last special REALLY think that was worth $20 million? Cause that last bird one was straight up rambling.
Ruby Rose In A Wheelchair After Spinal Surgery
Ruby Rose is starting 2018 in a wheelchair. On January 18th, the Pitch Perfect star went public about a recent spinal surgery, posting a wheelchair bound post-op picture. “For the past few years (decade) I’ve been dealing with a spine issue,” Rose tweeted, “I am now recovering from a back procedure, but I do need to stay active, so before I get seen with my cane and wheelchair in public, I’d rather put it out there that I’m fine and going to be fine.” Rose didn’t specify the exact surgery or spinal issue, but she did reassure fans that she’s safe and bedazzling the new cane. If anyone can pull it off, Rose can.
Meet TV’s First Black Lesbian Superhero
In a world of indistinguishable superhero shows, the CW’s Black Lightning is pulling out all the stops to stand out. Set in New Orleans, Black Lightning centers on the Pierce family, the first family of black superheroes on network TV. Better yet, that family includes a lesbian. Nafessa Williams plays Anissa Pierce, i.e. Thunder, who uses her blossoming superpowers to help the Pierce family save New Orleans. She’s even got a bisexual love interest: Grace Choi, played by PLL’s Chantal Thuy. I’m going to be real with you and admit that superhero flicks do nothing for me, but the prospect of a hot black lesbian superhero saving my old stomping grounds of NOLA sounds like a good enough reason to watch anything. Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
Halsey Performs Brilliant Poem About Abuse at NYC Women's March
Bisexual pop superstar Halsey delivered a haunting poem about sexual abuse at the Women’s March in New York last Saturday. Entitled “A Story Like Mine,” the powerful piece describes waiting in Planned Parenthood with a friend who was just raped, of being sexually assaulted as a child, and of an ex-boyfriend who told her she couldn’t say no to sex. It’s tough and sad and I thought I didn’t like slam poetry but this gave me goosebumps and tiny tears. My respect for Halsey just tripled. Watch it. Yours will too.
Melissa Etheridge Sings With Gay Men’s Chorus At The Women’s March
The homosexuals went hard at the Women’s March, as we are wont to do. Gays love marches. They remind us of parades and provide an opportunity to air our many, many grievances while low-key day drinking. Or, in Etheridge’s case, high-key joint hitting. Etheridge and The Gay Men’s Chorus performed Etheridge’s 2014 song “Uprising of Love.” Gay.