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OMG, It’s Reputation Rehab! Homophobic 49er Chris Culliver Cuts a Deal with The Trevor Project – A Win-Win?

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Oh man, where to begin?

Check out this AM’s press release, posted below.

Let’s see here, just as former(?) alcoholic Mayor and alcohol purveyor Gavin Newsom needed The Delancy Street Project and as former Kramer needed Jesse Jackson, Chris “The Sweet Stuff” Culliver, apparently, needs The Trevor Project.

This deal is just a win-win, baby, for Culliver and Trevor, right?

Ponderings:

1. Did Chris Culliver “immediately” issue “both a written and publicly communicated apology for his remarks” about gays in the NFL, the “sweet stuff,” and other stuff? No, he did not.

2. Has Chris Culliver really apologized at all, you know, at this point? Some people think he hasn’t, just saying.

3. Did Chris Culliver ”unilaterally” reach out ”to The Trevor Project to seek guidance and education about the LGBTQ community through The Trevor Project’s renowned Trevor Lifeguard Workshop LGBTQ Training Program?” No. Hell no.

4. Hey, what’s wrong with this sentence? “Surprisingly, Chris has gay family members and close friends for whom he cares deeply.” Just asking.

5. Now this is an good example of what’s called damning with faint praise: “The Trevor Project is the nation’s leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, ages 13-24.”

6. Are there really “…kids all over the country with his poster on their wall?” He’s that popular IRL? DNKT.

7. And oh, the graf starting with “In Chris’ own words…” did not come from Chris Culliver. Those words written down there are not “Chris’ own words.”

All right, here it is, sourced from Chris Culiver himself the day before Super Bowl 47:

“San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver to Commence LGBT Educational Training Program with The Trevor Project

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 2, 2013 — Chris Culliver, cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, recently made hurtful, hateful, homophobic comments about gay athletes playing in the NFL. Chris immediately issued both a written and publicly communicated apology for his remarks; however, Chris recognizes these apologies neither excuse his statements nor sufficiently convey Chris’ remorse for the situation he created, and the people he offended. Regardless of what has been and what undoubtedly will be said about Culliver’s comments and his subsequent mea culpa, the simple fact remains: action expresses priorities. It is with this concept in mind that Chris has unilaterally reached out to The Trevor Project to seek guidance and education about the LGBTQ community through The Trevor Project’s renowned Trevor Lifeguard Workshop LGBTQ Training Program.

Rather than attempt to downplay the severity of the issue at hand, or shy from the situation in the interests of mitigating damage to his reputation, Chris intends to embrace this ordeal as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person. The Trevor Project is the nation’s leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, ages 13-24. The Trevor Project, however, is not only a resource for LGBTQ youth in crisis, but also for the adults who care about the LGBTQ community. Surprisingly, Chris has gay family members and close friends for whom he cares deeply. Chris’s cousin, Andrew Brown is one of the celebrated directors of Word Is Out, the first feature-length documentary about lesbian and gay identity made by gay filmmakers; an iconic film for the emerging gay rights movement in the 1970s. Brown has come forward in support of Chris and his efforts to educate himself about the true impact of his commentary.

The Trevor Project offers age-appropriate education programs to help people of all ages learn more about the unique challenges faced by youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and those who question their sexual orientation, gender identity. Lauren McGinnis, Communications Director for The Trevor Project, expressed the following sentiment: “We really feel that education about LGBT youth and the challenges they face is a great way to get [Chris] started on the right path, especially since he’s a role model and there are kids all over the country with his poster on their wall, his jersey – his fans that take his words and actions to heart.” The Trevor Project in no way condones, accepts, or attempts to validate Chris’ comments; however, The Trevor Project looks forward to working to help Chris become a better role model for his fans and the general public. Both Chris and The Trevor Project recognize it will be a long road to genuine understanding, but both are eager to use this experience as an opportunity to take steps towards eradicating this type of ignorance in the NFL and in society as a whole.

In Chris’ own words, “As an African American male, I should know better. Hate and discrimination have a lasting effect, and words matter. I also have a responsibility to myself, and especially to my young fans to be a better role model. The kids who look up to me and other athletes are the future of our country, and our future deserves better than fear, hate and discrimination… I was wrong, and I want to learn how to make it right. That’s why I reached out to an organization called The Trevor Project… No child should ever feel like they are less than anyone else, and God has put me through this storm so I can learn from my mistakes and help make sure no child has to feel that way, again.”

In the weeks immediately following Super Bowl XLVII, Chris will be working with The Trevor Project staff and volunteers to learn about the risks that LGBTQ youth face and how Chris can do his part to reduce those risks. The Trevor Project has partnered with other notable athletes and celebrities, such as Shaquille O’Neil, Lady Gaga, Daniel Radcliffe, and Queen Latifa, among others, to help disseminate tolerance and understanding for the LGBTQ community. The Trevor Project is thus the perfect organization to educate Chris about how to use his celebrity status to empower youth to know that they have value and deserve a chance to live and be who they dream to be, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Chris, like the rest of the resilient 49ers, believes the true content of one’s character is revealed in times of adversity. As such, Chris is determined not to hide from this crisis, but rather to take the actions necessary to make it right.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Theodore Palmer – Publicist – Creative Edge Public Relations – (646) 575-2967 – TPalmer@creativeedgepr.com

SOURCE Chris Culliver

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Bigger than Obama? San Francisco Goes Ga Ga over Lady Gaga at the Bill Graham

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Did you miss Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium? Well click here and you’ll be transported there in a jiffy through the magic of digital video.

How would you rate her stage energy in this “first-ever pop electro opera” compared to that of, let’s say…. a drugged Britney Spears? (Perhaps Lady Gaga missed her morning coffee the past few days, just saying….)

Anyway, she was the biggest thing to hit Civic Center since Barack Obama’s visit to the BGCA back in Ought-Seven. Is she Bigger Than Obama these days?  

Can LGG sing Poker Face upside down? Yes, Yes She Can.

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Of course the True Fans waited in line all day, powered by California Pizza Kitchen and whatnot. Did the nearby CPK on Van Ness send over some free pies to those at the head of the line? Que bueno!

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But don’t go gaga if you see a big bus (camera left) with “Lady Gaga” written on the side. Her real bus (should she need it) will be a unmarked million-dollar job, like the one on the right: 

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All this mania is quite a switch compared to her appearance at The Mezanine in the SoMA just nine months ago, the last time she came to town.

Bon courage to all those on this Monster Ball tour.

The SFPD is All Over Union Square and Mid-Market These Days, As You Might Expect

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Now, “as you might expect” - that has to do with the Christmas shopping season of course. You very well might expect SFPD cops standing on street corners doing nothing, but I’ve never seen the kind of holiday-season police presence that we have now. Doesn’t seem like the usual San Francisco approach, actually.

Another Brother getting hassled by The Man, or something like that. Lady Gaga was shocked by this Terry Stop(?) (I used to know this stuff, when I learned it back in the previous decade, when you were probably nine years old). And Snoop Dog? He didn’t say a word. Good thing they were protected from falling Hibernia Bank bricks, anyway:

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Is this due to a new police captain at the Tenderloin Station? Or is it due to our new police chief? Maybe both?

No se.

On It Goes.

OMGG! Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour is Coming to San Francisco on December 13th!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

OMGG! Lady Gaga’s arrival in San Francisco will be our early Christmas present.

President Obama came to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium a couple years back - will LG be Bigger than Barack?

Only Time Will Tell.

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NEW TOUR BEGINS NOVEMBER 27 IN MONTREAL

International pop superstar Lady Gaga today announced plans for her next North American tour, entitled “The Monster Ball.”  The tour will begin on November 27 in Montreal, and will wind up on January 21, 2010 in Gaga’s hometown, New York City.  Kid Cudi will be the supporting act for the entire tour.

Says Lady Gaga, “The Haus of Gaga had been designing ‘The Monster Ball’ for premiere in 2010 at the O2 Arena in London, but due to diligent work and preparation, ‘The Monster Ball’ will begin on November 27 in Montreal. ‘The Monster Ball’ is a multimedia artistic experience in the style of the first-ever ‘pop electro opera.’”

Lady Gaga will release a re-package of her breakthrough album, The Fame, called The Fame Monster, earlier that week, on November 23.  The re-package will include eight brand new songs, including the club-banging first single “Bad Romance.”  Continues Lady Gaga, “A message to all my little monsters: The Fame Monster will come out four days before the first live show.  You have exactly 96 hours to learn all of the lyrics so you can sing along.  Dress accordingly.”

 The dates for “The Monster Ball” are:

 November 27 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – The Bell Center
 November 28 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Air Canada Center
 November 29 – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Scotiabank Place
 December 1 & 2 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
 December 3 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna
 December 9 & 10 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
 December 13 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic
 December 18 – Las Vegas, NV – TBD
 December 19 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena
 December 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theatre
 December 29 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
 December 31 – Miami, FL – Knight Center
 January 3 – Orlando, FL – The Hard Rock
 January 7 – St. Louis, MO – The Fox
 January 8 & 9 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
 January 12 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater
 January 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata
 January 20 & 21 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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