BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #81: On Richard Sherman’s Rant, Bieber’s Eggs, and Pussy Riot’s Concert

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons weigh in on NFL player Richard Sherman and his recent postgame rant. Classless maniac or amped up athlete?

Then it’s on to Justin Bieber, whose recent egging spree may land him behind bars. Plus, Ben and Lisa discuss a Florida teen who’s been suspended from school for doing gay porn, and after that, there’s talk of “Downton Abbey,” “Sherlock,” and Tyler Florence’s San Francisco restaurant, Wayfare Tavern. Oh, and Pussy Riot too!

Other topics include cell phone use when driving, Grand Theft Auto V, and, of course, Sade. Come listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #58: Goodbye TVgasm, DOMA; Hello Cougar Music

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) are joined by Matt Whitfield (Yahoo!, Watch What Crappens) to talk about everything under the sun. We start by saying goodbye to TVgasm.com, which is shutting down this week. Ben talks about some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that inspired the site and eventually led to his departure. After that, the gang takes on the Man of Steel, DOMA, Aaron Hernandez, Gwyneth Paltrow, and inevitably, our favorite cougar anthems. Definitely listen to this one!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #56: Gay Pride, Michael Douglas, and Superman

New episode is up! Official description:

This week on Banter with Ben and Lisa, Lisa Timmons (socialitelife.com) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) are joined by Ronnie Karam (Watch What Crappens) as they discuss all sorts of important information such as flamboyant moments at Gay Pride, Michael Douglas’s throat cancer, and, of course Superman! Check it out!!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #47: Gay Facebook, Pregnant Kim Kardashian, and The Real World

From the official description:

This week on Banter with Ben and Lisa, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) welcome back Marcos Luevenos for another rowdy discussion of all things pop culture. The trio tackle all those red gay marriage profile pictures on Facebook as well as Kim Kardshian’s much documented pregnancy and the “Real World’s” notable MTV history. There are many tangents and off-shoots along the way, as well as one very squeaky dog. Come listen!

Be sure to check out the other cool podcasts on the Sideshow Network and subscribe to this podcast on iTunes HERE!!

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VIDEO: ’80s Child Stars Speak Out Against Kirk Cameron

If someone were to make a viral video starring a handful of ’80s and ’90s child stars, that would be enough (dayenu, as we say at Passover). But the fact that they also have a good and FUNNY message? Well, that’s just great.

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‘Verbal Vogueing’ Takes On Teen Idols

My friend Louis has been doing stellar work with his biting web series Verbal Vogueing. On this latest episode, he makes withering remarks about pretty much all the teen idols of today before finishing off with some decidedly off-color variations on country songs. Check it out.

Language NSFW.

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VIDEO: College Student Debunks Rick Santorum To His Face

There’s nothing better than watching an idiot politician get taken down by a humble student. In this case, we have Rick Santorum, who thinks society will fall into decay with the acceptance of gay marriage. He rants that he’s yet to hear a evidence to the contrary… which is where one plucky student chimes in and provides it, courtesy of a study by the American Psychological Association. Santorum then soundly rejects said evidence, saying that the APA is a biased group only willing to listen to evidence that supports its own theses. Hmmmm…. sounds familiar?

Entertaining and bloody-boiling all at once. Yay!

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AND WHATNOT: Best ‘Big Brother’ Moments; Also, The Best Bartenders, The Worst New TV Show, and The Luckiest Pats Fan

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Reality Blurred: Allison Grodner lists her 10 favorite Big Brother moments
Yahoo: Kingdom Tower to set a world record as the tallest new mega-skyscraper
The Daily What: Worst Landlord Ever of the Day
TV Line: The Women of Criminal Minds Celebrate: The Band Is Back Together!
LAist: Shake, Sip, Nominate: L.A. Best Bartender Competition Is Taking Names
SF Gate: S.F. gay married couple loses immigration battle (thanks Jordy)
Best Week Ever: Cat In The Hat? No. Many Cats In Many Hats.
Gawker: We’ve Already Found the Worst New Show of the Fall Season
ESPN: Chad Ochocinco to stay with a fan
Eater LA: Bravo confirmed today that Top Chef season nine is happening in Texas

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The Best and Worst ‘Big Brother’ Gays

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Watching Lawon squeal and sputter his way through the Big Brother house this season in his wide-lapelled, patchwork blazers, it got me to thinking that he may be one of the very worst gays this fine series has ever cast. Further reflection made me realize that Big Brother has a checkered history when it comes to the gays, often casting shrill variations on the Lawon prototype. The lack of gay diversity is particularly surprising given how popular the program is with the community. Furthermore, if Lawon represents the worst, who could possibly be the best? And that’s when I got to thinking that maybe it was time for a list.

After the jump, a comprehensive look at all the Big Brother gays, from worst to best (excluding season one because who cares about that?).

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