Organizers cancel gay-themed Super Bowl concert at Cotton Bowl after only 13 tickets sold

The big gay Super Bowl concert planned for the Cotton Bowl on Thursday night has been canceled due to poor ticket sales, according to Ariana Hajibashi, publicist for the now-two-night XLV Party

Hajibashi said only 13 tickets had been sold for Thursday night’s concert featuring Lady Bunny, the Village People and Cazwell, which was marketed specifically to the LGBT community.

“Our Friday and Saturday are packed, but Thursday didn’t sell anything,” Hajibashi said. “I understand that everybody in Dallas is a last-minute ticket buyer, but unfortunately with only 13 tickets sold four days out, we couldn’t invest an additional $100,000 dollars. We couldn’t have a 6,000-square-foot space with 100 people in it. It kind of makes us sad because we were really trying to do an event for the GLBT community. Everybody else is focused on the sports angle and things like that, so we’re disappointed that we didn’t get any attention.”

Hajibashi said cold weather had nothing to do with the cancellation, because the tent over the Cotton Bowl will be heated. She said organizers thought they had a great lineup that would appeal to the gay community.

The XLV Party is still on for Friday and Saturday nights, and tickets are now as low as $59 per night for a limited time. As we mentioned earlier, Outtakes Dallas is giving away tickets.

A full press release is after the jump.

—  John Wright

AUSTRALIA: Sports Star Dumped By Sponsor After Homophobic Tweet

Australian three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Stephanie Rice has been dumped by Jaguar after tweeting “Suck on that, faggots!” in reference to a Wallabies rugby match against South Africa.

Jaguar Australia’s marketing and public affairs manager Mark Eedle confirmed that the company’s sponsorship of the swimmer has been terminated. “We made a decision yesterday, and we’ve terminated the agreement with her,” Eedle said. It’s not known whether the Jaguar agreement involved any financial payment, but Rice will be without a car after the company confirmed it will be confiscating the A0,000-plus Jaguar XF that Rice had been in possession of since the sponsorship deal was penned in February. “We will be taking the car that she’s been using back,” said Eedle.

Rice has apologized for the tweet. Openly gay fellow Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham say he forgives Rice, writing yesterday on his Facebook page: “I know a lot of ppl are upset by what Steph Rice said. I agree, it was offensive & very thoughtless, but being friends with her for 2yrs, I know she is not homophobic. She meant no malice, & she has apologized for her careless comment posted in the excitement of the moment. That’s enough for me to forgive a friend.”

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

NFL player Darnell Dockett takes shower on UStream but says, 'NO MEN ALLOWED'

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Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett took a shower on UStream yesterday after he was offered $1,000 to do it, The Huffington Post reports. Dockett also threw in a homophobic remark when announcing the shower on Twitter, saying “NO MEN ALLOWED.” And judging by the screenshots like the one above, this was FINE BY US.

—  John Wright

Cowboys draft pick Dez Bryant gay-bashes his loving mom with the help of The Morning News

Angela Bryant used to drive eight hours from Lufkin, Texas, to Stillwater, Okla., to watch her son Dez Bryant’s games when he was a standout wide receiver at Oklahoma State University. She once took an 18-hour bus ride to see Dez play his first college game in Georgia.

Now that Dez is a top NFL prospect, what does his loving mother get in return? Well, for one, she gets the privelege of being gay-bashed by Dez with the help of The Dallas Morning News. In this column published last week, DMN columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor repeatedly states that Dez Bryant had to overcome his mother’s decision to “change” her sexual orientation.

According to Cyd Ziegler Jr. at  Outsports.com, the original version of Taylor’s column used the term “sexual preference,” until Ziegler contacted The DMN and got them to replace it with “sexual orientation.” Of course, the column still uses the word “change,” so what’s the difference? Ziegler said he found it “shocking” that the sports staff at a major daily newspaper wouldn’t know better than to use “sexual preference,” but for those of us who read The DMN regularly, this isn’t at all surprising. Anyhow, back to Dez Bryant, who had this to say about his mom being a lesbian:

“I didn’t like it. Really, I still don’t,” he said. “I dealt with it and now I’m comfortable with it.”

First of all, who gives a shit what a football prospect thinks about something like this? It’s totally irrelevant, and sadly it appears as though The DMN and Dez are trying to use Angela’s sexual orientation as an excuse for his problems (Dez Bryant was once  suspended in college for lying to NCAA officials).

Who knows, maybe Bryant was worried that Angela’s sexual orientation would hurt his draft prospects, and he felt the need to solidify his anti-gay credentials. Maybe it paid off when the Cowboys selected Bryant with the 25th overall pick in the draft two days later.

It’s a shame, though, because it’s actually a great story. Angela gave birth to Dez when she was only 15, and she later served time in jail for selling crack cocaine. But Dez, who has no relationship with his father, has managed to overcome his tumultuous childhood to succeed on the field, and in the process he’s managed to mend his relationship with his mom. It’s a great story that The New York Times actually did two years ago, and it’s a shame that Dez and The DMN had to go and ruin it.

—  John Wright

Who has the tighter tight end?

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I’ve heard several people mention over the years that they think Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten, right, is hot. But I’ve noticed that the now-first-place Philadelphia Eagles also have a hunk playing this position, Brent Celek, left. And I’m not just pointing it out because I’m an Eagles fan (although, as I mentioned, they are in first place as of last night). OK, better get back to work now …

—  John Wright

And the Gay Games will be held in…

Cleveland.

Yeah, that’s why I didn’t put it in the headline.

But I kid. Cleveland is great. I suppose. Still, it is part of Ohio, which was instrumental in swinging the 2004 election toward Bush with an anti-gay ballot initiative. But the mayor of the city says they are “prepared to roll out the welcome mat to the LGBT athletes their families and spectators from around the world.” That’s nice.

The Gay Games actually attract more participants than the Olympics (though the TV coverage is oddly less pervasive). Cleveland’s version takes places in 2014; the next ceremony will be in Cologne, Germany in July and August of 2010. Previous host cities include San Francisco (twice),  Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney (the same year as the 2002 Olympics there) and the last one, 2006′s in Chicago.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Mitcham gets an (overdue) apology

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We have a story in Friday’s print edition (link to it here) where columnist Hardy Haberman opines about the (bad) decision of NBC not to show gay Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham’s partner or even profile the upset diving victor.

Now comes this news report online: 

“NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel has apologized to Australian gold-medal winner Matthew Mitcham for not profiling the openly gay diver during the network’s coverage or showing his partner in the stands at the time of his victory. ‘We regret that we missed the opportunity to tell Matthew Mitcham’s story. We apologize for this unintentional omission,’ Zenkel said.”

 Maybe four years from now, NBC can enter the 21st century.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

A gold medal with some pink in it

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Finally, a guy wins gold in the water whose name isn’t “Phelps” … but who certainly had gay guys cheering. And he’s not even an American.

Matthew Mitcham, the openly gay Australian diver, thwarted China’s hopes of complete domination in all diving medal sports by surpassing the Chinese contingent in the 10 m platform event. 

Mitcham was a recent cover boy for the gay newsmagazine The Advocate, where he resisted being hyped as the next Greg Louganis. But for now at least, he doesn’t have a choice. 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The Gaylimpics

John Amaechi, the openly gay former NBA star, is in Beijing and will be blogging about the Olympics from there for the next two weeks. You can check it out here.  

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Gays and sports: A magic combination?

Blogger Hugo Schwyzer recently opined, with help from Andrew Sullivan, that jurisdictions that approve same-sex mariage create a boon… for their sports teams. Consider: Since Massachusetts pulled the trigger in 2003, the Boston Red Sox have finally shed the curse of the Bambino — twice! — and the Celtics broke a 22 year losing streak to win the NBA championship this year.

And that’s just in the U.S. Spain: legalizes same-sex marriage in 2005, nation wins the Euro 2008; Canada: marriage in 2005, in 2006 more Winter Olympic medals go to the Great White North than ever before; South Africa: marriage in 2006, country wins the 2007 World Rugby Cup; Denmark: introduces gay unions in 1989, wins the European World Championship in 1992.

Smart money in 2008 and 2009 is on UCLA, the L.A. Kings, the Lakers, the 49ers, and for the Dodgers to face the Angels in the World Series — assuming the constitutional amendment doesn’t pass in November.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones