The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) means business. The FCC has announced it plans to fine WDBJ $325,000 for showing “graphic sexual images” during an evening newscast.
Way back in 2012, the Roanoke, Va. CBS station aired a story about a former adult film star who was volunteering for a local rescue squad. The station used naughty images of the actress from a porn website for the story.
The image was of the starlet sucking on her finger in a provocative manner. However, the screenshot included more of the website, with other video options pictured to the side. And one of the images was of a nude male, erect penis exposed.
Complaints flooded in, though the station said it was all much ado about nothing. It argued that the “extremely fleeting and partial image of a penis during a news story” was not bad enough to be seen as a violation of broadcast rules.
The Commission, moving like molasses, has just announced it will hit the station with “the maximum available penalty” for violating federal laws prohibiting indecent programming. This will actually be the biggest fine ever levied for a single incident broadcast on one station.
“Our action here sends a clear signal that there are severe consequences for TV stations that air sexually explicit images when children are likely to be watching,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.
Finally, the evil penis pushers of WDBJ have been put in their place!
Thanks to local news sources, young men in Ghana who have appeared in gay porn films are now being hunted down. They face jail time, abuse and torture if caught.
Many of the men are jobless or students from the University of Ghana. Their work was uncovered by StarrFMonline and Breeze FM, both of which called for an end to the "festering underground gay porn movie industry." The news outlets blamed "foreign producers" for the problem.
Now the Bureau of National Investigations, the government's internal intelligence agency, is trying to find the young men.
"People are aware that the society frowns upon it," said Gary Nimako, an anti-gay lawyer. "They have engaged in an illegality and they must be arrested."
"We are trying to get all of the men to safety and out of the country," said an anonymous gay activist. "This is a terrifying situation for all involved."
Same-sex acts between men are illegal in Ghana. The punishment is up to 3 years in prison if found guilty.
Ghana: Lawyer calls for arrest of students in gay porn movies [Pink News]
Twitter made the change official on Wednesday, prohibiting "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."
"It is a gratifying move, one sorely needed and appreciated," explained University of Maryland law professor Danielle Keats Citron, author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. "Twitter's approach strikes a good balance: Victims can report revenge porn as abuse and then have to confirm that it is an image featuring them that they don't want online. This protects victims so long as moderators move quickly and insulates against false claims by anti-porn activists."
Reddit made a similar change last month.
It seems that "revenge porn" types are persona non grata on the Internet, and owners of sites that peddle in such imagery have faced serious consequences.
Craig Brittain, the owner of IsAnybodyDown, settled with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and was forced to destroy all images and personal contact information he collected from victims. And Hunter Moore, the creator of IsAnyoneUp.com, recently pled guilty to charges of hacking and identity theft; he is awaiting sentencing.
The guys who founded UGotPosted.com, Eric Chanson and Kevin Bollaert, each have been ordered to pay $450,000 in civil damages to a woman whose nude photos - of her as a minor - had been posted. Bollaert may also get a 20 year prison stay.
The terribly homophobic ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem, NYC may be about to lose its anti-gay sign.
The issue is not that the sign is often filled with anti-gay nonsense - like "Jesus would stone homos" - but that the large sign was put up without a permit.
In fact, the church has been charged with five violations for altering its landmarked premises on 123rd Street and Lenox Avenue without permission.
“Please keep in mind that the Commission cannot legally regulate the content of a sign, however, permits must be obtained for the installation of signage on landmark properties," explained Damaris Olivo of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. “The commission’s first priority is to work with property owners to adjust violations.
“Usually the property owner works with staff to resolve the violations. In this instance unfortunately we have to issue a Notice of Violation because the property owner has not been cooperative. If the sign is not removed, the building’s owners could face increasing levels of fines.”
Pastor James David Manning runs the church. He's the nutter who claims Starbucks flavors its coffee with semen.
He claimed: “The thing that I was not aware of is that… what Starbucks was doing, is they were taking specimens of male semen, and they were putting it in the blends of their lattes. It’s the absolute truth. They’re using male semen, and putting it into the blends of coffees that they sell. My suspicion is that they’re getting their semen from sodomites. Semen flavours up the coffee, and makes you thinks you’re having a good time.”
Here's hoping his church is forced into bankruptcy soon!
If you have a six-inch cock, you can now tell men on Grindr that you are above average! A new study has found that the average penis size is smaller than we all thought.
Researchers combined seventeen different studies, with information about more than 15,500 men, and found that the average length of an erect penis is 5.16 inches, and 3.6 inches when flaccid. This undermines claims that a 6-inch penis is the norm.
The work was completed by scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). The research exposed penis lengths as small as 1.9 inches when erect up to 8.3 inches. Obviously there were no porn stars in this study.
Psychiatrists who were involved in the study said this might help men who suffer from “small penis anxiety.”
“We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range," Dr David Veale of King’s College London said. “We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position or what they think they should be.”
Last year, another study found that one in five men is unsatisfied with the size of their penis.
Veale added: "It is a hidden problem. Men are more likely to seek solutions on the internet with lotions potions, extenders or surgery."
CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) took place this past week. It's where the extremely right-wing - like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum - gather to talk about all the things they hate. (Like gay marriage, gay rights, Obama and liberals.)
Reason TV headed to the convention to look for gay people and get their take on being conservative and queer. The tool of choice: Grindr.
"For conservatives if they are going to be able to win an election, they are going to need to get younger voters," said one 19-year-old gay man. "And to do that they need to be more socially liberal. Essentially, they need to shift libertarian."
The sentiment is in step with a June 2014 Reason-Rupe poll of millennials that found 53 percent of millennials would support a presidential candidate who was both socially liberal and fiscally conservative.
Ant Smith doesn't have a big cock. In fact, at 4 inches erect, it is smaller than average. But rather than let his teeny weeny get him down, the 48-year-old Brit is planning the first ever ‘Big Small Penis’ party to celebrate “tiny todgers, compact cocks, wee willies, mini members, and dinky dicks."
“I think it’s really important to maintain a balanced sense of fun," he explained. "That’s why I’m creating a celebratory party. I’ve got various thoughts on what is a good and what is a bad small penis joke. And I do think humour is a great healer. So I’ll just say ‘keep laughing’.”
There is a cover charge, based upon each inch of your manhood. Women are welcome (and, we assume, free).
For Smith, documentaries like Unhung Hero and My Penis and I don't do enough for men with little between the legs. "They tend to take a very ‘oh my god I have this problem how do I fix it’ sort of approach," he complained. "And that’s fundamentally misguided. We actually need to be taking the ‘we are what we are, let’s celebrate diversity’ approach. For the last two years there’s been a small penis pageant in New York, [but] that’s a relatively small affair.”
Of course, Smith is lucky because he has a supportive wife. "The fact that she loves me helped me come to terms [with my body]."
They'll likely be serving half-ounce cocktails and mini-sausages at the event. The party takes place on March 7 in London (you can find out more information here.)
You can read Ant Smith's poem about being a short-dicked man after the jump ...
In Toronto, Canada, an odd sign was posted in one of the city's subway stations. But almost as soon as it went public, it came right back down.
"Everybody who had seen the sign, it led some to believe it looked like a very phallic-looking symbol and we don't want any of our maps to be misconstrued, so we're in the midst of replacing it," Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Brad Ross said. He claimed no actual complaints from the public were received.
But how was an obviously phallic image approved in the first place? (Complete with shaded tip!)
Ross said the TTC would be looking into the issue, but said the sign was probably the result of a rush job to get it completed on time.
"I'm told that map was erected in December when we were putting up Next Vehicle Arrival signs," he said. "The person who designed the sign did not seek proper approval and the process was not followed."
It could have been worse. A second sign was also designed, but above the same phallic image were the words; "Welcum to the TTC. Enjoy the ride!"
After seeing a promo for RuPaul's Drag Race (Premiering March 2 on Logo TV) Mary Cheney (daughter of Dick) likened drag to black face. RuPaul saw this as a teachable moment. Time for a Drag Herstory lesson. Learn it, and learn it well.
A major Internet service provider (ISP) in the UK has just advised customers that all "adult content" will now be automatically blocked. Sky told its 5.3 million users that over the next few weeks, they will start seeing notices to "opt-in" when trying to view adult material online.
Sky says this is part of a push to make the Internet safer for minors. However, brand director Lyssa McGowanin said that the opt-in process would not be difficult.
"What we’re doing now is simply making sure that the automatic position of Sky Broadband Shield is the safest one for all – that’s ‘on’, unless customers choose otherwise," she explained. "So how will it work? When trying to visit a website deemed unsuitable for children under the age of 13 during the day, customers will see a page reminding them to make a choice about filtering.
"At this point, they can accept the current setting, change their protection levels or simply turn Sky Broadband Shield off."
Users will have to log in to their Sky profile page to change the settings. Forget your password and you won't be wanking off tonight!
Last year Prime Minister David Cameron asked Internet service providers to make online filtering mandatory. It looks like he might be getting his wish.
One major issue: sites that are not adult in nature are often blocked by these filters. In the past, universities, libraries, public schools and private filtering software companies have all come under fire for blocking non-adult gay sites like Advocate.com and PFLAG.org, because terms like "gay" and "queer" and "lesbian" are often used as markers for censoring XXX content. LGBT youth seeking support could find their search that much more difficult.
Of course, now that Sky has acted it won't be long before other British ISPs follow suit.
Sky Broadband Shield: Porn-blocking filter is 'switched on' [The Independent]
Apparently the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher was not a fan of sex toys.
As the British Prime Minister, she thought about using the country's anti-pornography laws to ban dildos and other sex aids in an attempt to protect the public. (Elizabeth, watch out for that vibrator; it could kill you!)
According to documents from the National Archives released this week, Thatcher discussed the possibility with anti-obscenity campaigner Mary Whitehouse. The PM even received support from then Home Secretary Leon Brittan, who said there was a “strong case” to be made for extending the legislation to ban sex toys.
“Some of the items in circulation are most objectionable, including some which can cause physical injury,” a note from Brittan read. "There is a strong case for bringing sex aids fully within the scope of the ‘deprave and corrupt’ test in the 1959 [Obscene Publications] Act. However, certain conceptual difficulties in extending an act designed only to deal with pornography would need to be overcome."
This is the same anti-porn law that was used to successfully ban Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1960, which was seen as "obscene" with elements that were "such as to tend to deprave and corrupt."
Could it have been a random encounter with a large fist-shaped dildo that convinced her to reconsider?
Margaret Thatcher considered banning sex toys in UK [Gay Star News]