Rob Gronkowski Makes Cover Of ESPN’s “Body Issue”
Call it The Full Gronkowski. The extremely scantily-clad Patriots tight end, wearing only Hulk hands and a grimace, made the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s “body issue” that will hit newsstands on Friday.The fourth annual special issue is billed by ESPN as a “celebration of the athletic form” and will feature 27 world-class athletes. In addition to Gronkowski, the issue also includes Blue Jays home run hitter Jose Bautista, US women’s national soccer team forward Abby Wambach, and New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler.All 27 athletes posed nude for the issue’s signature Bodies We Want photo portfolio.The full lineup includes:
• Carlos Bocanegra (soccer)
• Daniela Hantuchova (WTA)
• Rob Gronkowski (NFL)
• Abby Wambach (soccer)
• Tyson Chandler (NBA)
• Candace Parker (WNBA)
• Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL)
• Jose Bautista (MLB)
• Brad Richards (NHL)
• Maya Gabiera (surfing)
• Ronda Rousey (MMA)
• Mike Smith (jockey)
• Tim Morehouse (fencing)
• Walter Dix (track)
• Danell Leyva (gymnastics)
• Suzann Pettersen (LPGA)
• Ashton Eaton (decathlon)
• Carmelita Jeter (track)
• Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing)
• Oksana Masters (paralympic rowing)
USA volleyball team:
• Destinee Hooker
• Stacy Sykora
• Alisha Glass
• Cynthia Barboza
• Megan Hodge
• Nellie Spicer
• Heather Bown
It’s a becoming a big week for Gronkowski. Last night in Buffalo he won a celebrity home run derby contest. And this morning, he’s a cover boy.
The Advocate Endorses President Obama
By saying aloud, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” in a televised interview on ABC, he has sparked conversation domestically and internationally. While he is our president at home, globally he’s an icon, a symbol of the promise of America, of the promise of equality. Obama may be the most prominent man on the planet ever, given the pervasiveness of modern media and his anomalous and historic nature as the first black American president; he is surely the single most recognizable head of state on the globe. By virtue of his unique position, his endorsement of marriage equality is not merely rhetoric. His words constitute action. On the very face of it, his statement is enormous, and has the power to move millions in a way that a statement from no other person could have.
Entertainment Weekly On Coming Out
In this week’s Entertainment Weekly special report cover story, writer Mark Harris examines the new, casual method gay celebrities are using to reveal their sexuality publicly for the first time. Fifteen years ago, when Ellen DeGeneres decided to come out of the closet, it was big news. Not just big: It was the cover of Time magazine, and a major story on Oprah, Primetime Live, and CNN. Last month, another star of a popular TV comedy went public with his homosexuality. But the news that The Big Bang Theory’s Emmy-winner Jim Parsons is gay was reported with such matter-of-fact understatement that many people’s first reaction was a quick Google search to see if maybe he was out already and we’d all just failed to notice.
But sometimes big news arrives quietly. That new blink-and-you’ll-miss-it style is an important hallmark of changing times. Fifteen years further into the evolution of gay equality than DeGeneres was, Parsons joins American Horror Story’s Zachary Quinto, White Collar’s Matt Bomer, and any number of other gay TV personalities, from Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Glee’s Jane Lynch to CNN anchor Don Lemon to Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who have pretty much put to rest any questions about the viability of being out in showbiz.
Even if it’s accomplished in a subordinate clause or a passing reference, coming out casually is, in its way, as activist as DeGeneres’ Time cover, although few of these actors would probably choose to label themselves as such. The current vibe for discussing one’s sexuality is almost defiantly mellow: This is part of who I am, I don’t consider it a big deal or a crisis, and if you do, that’s not my problem. It may sound like a shrug, but it shouldn’t be mistaken for indifference. By daring anyone to overreact, the newest generation of gay public figures is making a clear statement that there is a “new normal” — and it consists of being plainspoken, clear, and truthful about who you are.
United Kingdom: Olympian Gymnast Louis Smith Gets Naked For Cosmo For Male Cancer Awareness
The Advocate Celebrates 45 Years
Picture Caption: Advocate publisher Joe Valentino, Walter Isaacson’s Bill Kapfer, Advocate editor-in-chief Matthew Breen, and Advocate Group publisher Joe Landry
The Advocate Magazine: Nancy Pelosi Calls Out Homocons
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi comments on the attacks on Barney Frank by the likes of GOProud:
Oh, but what about them? He [Barney Frank] chooses a party that supports his values. They’ve chosen a party that supports their income — a party that denigrates them and treats them with disrespect.
For Your Entertainment: Aussie Rugger Sacha Harding Melts Hearts As Gay Time’s Cover Boy
THE SHOT – “Manliest Man In The UK” and flanker for the Bedford Blues Sacha Harding will please your eyeballs as cover boy for Gay Times‘ 2012 “Naked Issue.”
He posed to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation, saying, “AIDS is such a devastating disease for so many people around the world and I was honored to get this opportunity to try and do my part to help raise awareness of the disease and ultimately save lives. I know I’m going to get some stick from the lads at Bedford but it’s all good fun and the whole campaign has a very serious message which needs promoting.”
Yes… get some stick from the lads (drool).
You can see more of the sexy rugger at Manhunt Daily (NSFW)…
GQ Magazine Apologizes To Lautner & Black
The Advocate reports:
GQ Australia has apologized for a controversial question Taylor Lautner was asked, saying it wasn’t meant to be offensive and the magazine was merely suggesting that Lautner is irresistible to virtually everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality.
During a recent cover interview a journalist for the popular men’s magazine asked the teen heartthrob if either director Gus Van Sant or writer Dustin Lance Black had made a pass at him while the three had dinner recently in Los Angeles. Black eventually took to his personal blog to decry what he felt was an unprofessional and immature question. After much public outrage, the editor of GQ Australia has posted a rebuttal on the publication’s Facebook page.
“We’ve seen some of the comments floating around regarding our recent interview with Taylor Lautner and apologize if anyone was offended by anything in the article. It certainly wasn’t our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator. The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone — regardless of sexuality or gender. Hence the film crew cheering at his shirtless scenes while shooting Twilight, and Mark Wahlberg deeming him better looking than Leonardo Di Caprio.
Taylor is an extraordinary young gentleman, and we can’t wait to see him achieve even greater success in the future. That’s why he’s on our cover — because GQ Australia prides itself on offering readers the best possible advice and insights that help you be modern, successful gentlemen. Whether you’re into fashion, food, fitness, pop culture, politics, travel, technology or cars GQ Australia strives to provide you with top-quality editorial content that allows you to make your own discerning choices.”
The Facebook note is signed by Nick and is presumed to have been written by Nick Smith, the magazine’s editor.