WATCH: Rufus Wainwright and Sean Lennon cover Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’ at OWS

Queer singer Rufus Wainwright has been hanging out apparently with the Occupy Wall Street crowd as evidenced in the below video posted Sunday. He and Sean Lennon teamed up with surrounding protestors for an acoustic version of Madonna’s hit “Material Girl,” as a sort of ironic anthem for OWS.

Hopefully Madonna won’t sue for a cut. That would be so “1 percent” of her.

As for the best YouTube comment award, that would go to SuperIdelfonso for asking, “Are they occupying wall street or repealing ‘don’t ask don’t tell’?”

Watch it below.

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What’s Brewing: Key Prop 8 decision coming; marriage ban advances in Ind.; Gaga hatefest

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. The California Supreme Court is set to consider today whether it believes Prop 8 supporters have legal standing to defend the same-sex marriage ban in federal court, after state officials refused to do so. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is currently reviewing the case, has asked the California Supreme Court for an opinion on the matter. And the decision about standing could determine whether the Prop 8 case applies only to California or affects same-sex marriage throughout the country. In other words, this is kinda big.

2. If and when same-sex marriage bans are ultimately declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana apparently wants to be one of the states that was on the wrong side of history. Indiana’s newly Republican-dominated House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would ban not only same-sex marriage, but also civil unions and domestic partnerships. The good news is the amendment can’t actually appear on the ballot until 2014 because it must first be approved by two separately elected legislatures. But in case it hadn’t dawned on you yet, those tea party nuts were lying to your face when they said they only care about fiscal issues.

3. Some gays are turning against Lady Gaga and rejecting their own so-called anthem, “Born This Way,” according to various media reports including this one. But the most amusing critique we’ve seen thus far comes from the Zeitgeisty Report, which suggests that Gaga HATES gay people: “Take for instance the very first part of the song where Gaga comes right out and accuses gay people of having paws instead of hands or feet. Yep, Lady Gaga officially thinks gay people are animals.”

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Gayest Super Bowl moment: ‘Cram it in the Boot’

I don’t expect many overtly gay moments from the Super Bowl, but one kept coming back to me. No, it wasn’t Christina Aguilera’s anthem fail, which drag queens most likely will bypass in future performances; and it wasn’t the emergence of probable new bearish icons Brett Goode and Mike Tomlin. Actually, it was nothing that happened on the field.

The commercials were up and down in cleverness, but I have to admit, my jaw dropped in pure silence after watching this commercial. Gay? OK, maybe not overly, but I kinda doubt the straights will be running with the catchphrase, “Cram it in the boot.”

—  Rich Lopez

Watch: Yankees Fans Proudly Torment 2 Male Teens With ‘Y R U Gay’ Anthem

It's no secret the New York Yankees' stadium is filled with fine members of society who know all the words to "Y R U Gay," the uncreative spoof on the Village People's "YMCA" that's used to taunt fans of the opposing team. Videos of fans targeting complete strangers are not new to the Internet. Generally speaking, "Y R U Gay" is (one of?) the theme song of the Bleacher Creatures, a loosely knit group of Yankees fans in the cheap seats in the back. And while, after being alerted to fans singing the song (because they were blind to it otherwise?), the team's flack said "the Yankees have zero tolerance for this and any kind of abuse," and that any singing "Y R U Gay" will "not be tolerated," and that security will begin policing the bleachers for such public performances, here we see what appears to be two mop-haired male teens being surrounded by a group of adult men, waving their fingers in the younger guys' faces, asking them why they're gay, and testifying they saw them "sucking some D-I-C-K.:

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Pink raises a glass to those who are ‘different’

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I just watched the video for Pink’s new single, “Raise Your Glass,” and I’ve gotta say, I think it’s a pretty rousing anthem for all of us who ever felt “different” and left out. I know that I am not up on what’s cutting edge and new in music, and you’ve probably already seen the video. But just in case, here it is. So, “raise your glass if you are wrong — in all the right ways — all my underdogs.”

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Elton John Already Knows You’re Adopting Lady Gaga’s New Single As Your Gay Anthem

Elton John is so convinced Lady Gaga's third studio album Born This Way is gonna rock your glittery disco ball world, it's given him reason to dismiss Gloria Gaynor: "Her record—it’s fucking amazing. ‘Born This Way,’ which is the title song, will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive.’ That was the gay anthem. This is the new gay anthem. Actually, it’s not a gay anthem—it can apply to anybody." Preemptively declaring a song the new gay anthem? Isn't that what Katy Perry tried to do with "Peacock"? How about we let the shirtless club kids pick their own playlist and go from there, okay Elton?

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Upcoming Lady Gaga Song Could Be ‘New Gay Anthem’

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At least Elton John thinks so. Her new album, Born This Way, won't be released until next year but being Elton John allows you to listen to a very early preview. According to Entertainment Weekly, John had this to say about the album and it's title track:

“I love her, and I love her ability to write,” he says. “I love the songs she writes.” A collab between the pair—who’ve become bosom buddies since performing together at January’s Grammy Awards—is a good possiblity. “I’d love to in the future,” John says of working with her. “I’d love to do that.” Then he elaborates: “There’s a chance I might do one track with her [for Born This Way], but it’s just, she’s so busy, and I’m so busy, we can never get together!” But, he adds, “I’ve already heard [Gaga's new album], so I think it’s more or less done. [Born This Way is expected to be released early next year.] Her record—it’s f—ing amazing. ‘Born This Way,’ which is the title song, will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive.’ That was the gay anthem. This is the new gay anthem."

If you missed this year's VMAs, Gaga sang a few bars while accepting an award on stage. Listen to the audio snippet, AFTER THE JUMP.


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