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As Gandhi never quite said,

First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win.

I remember one of the first TV debates I had on the then-strange question of civil marriage for gay couples. It was Crossfire, as I recall, and Gary Bauer’s response to my rather earnest argument after my TNR cover-story on the matter was laughter. “This is the loopiest idea ever to come down the pike,” he joked. “Why are we even discussing it?”

Those were isolating  days. A young fellow named Evan Wolfson who had written a dissertation on the subject in 1983 got in touch, and the world immediately felt less lonely. Then a breakthrough in Hawaii, where the state supreme court ruled for marriage equality on gender equality grounds. No gay group had agreed to support the case, which was regarded at best as hopeless and at…

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June 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

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Well Done, Jimmy.

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August 26, 2014 at 10:31 am

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Rebog: Why the Funniest People Are Sometimes the Saddest

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I always feel a more intense sense of loss when a fellow alcoholic or addict commits suicide. Possibly because I have thought about it obsessively for years, and slit my wrists on multiple occasions until being forced into rehab and getting sober a year later at the age of 18.

No one will ever know exactly what Robin Williams was thinking and feeling when he made the decision to end his pain the way he did. But I do know he wasn’t seeing himself the way the rest of us saw him.

I first met Robin in 1998 when he came to the Comedy Cellar in New York City to do a guest spot. Comedians tend to be impossible to impress and love to stress how they’re impossible to impress when bigger, far more famous comedians perform sets.

But on this particular night, I noticed that none of the regular…

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August 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

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Reblog: Robin Williams, RIP, Ctd

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A very funny bit.

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by Dish Staff

Some immediate reaction from Twitter, including many clips of Williams’ greatest moments, here. Several more clips after the jump. A reader writes a moving eulogy:

I’m sure that I’m just one of many Dishheads writing in about the horribly sad death of Robin Williams. I’m a child of the ’90s, and he was a constant fixture of my cultural world through childhood and into adulthood. Not only was he a genuine comedic genius – his bit on the invention of golf [seen above] was legendary long before today, as was his 2001 appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, to name a few drops in the bucket. But his joy, sincerity and warmth of personality left a mark that I am now surprised to find was so deep.

He was consistently open about his struggles with depression, addiction and alcoholism, and it sucks that some combination of those demons managed…

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August 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm

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Reblog: I’m Sad But, You Don’t Have To Be

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A good article from The Dish.

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by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Yesterday Robin Williams died, seemingly from suicide. Scrolling through Facebook a few hours after the news broke, I found myself in a sea of RIP and this is so sad! and other, lengthier expressions of mourning for the beloved actor. One update stood out, from a friend of a friend. After acknowledging that it may sound cold, she wrote:

I just want to put it out there that it is also ok not to have any feelings when something bad happens to a celebrity.

This was met with initial, emphatic approval from a few, quickly followed by admonitions. Didn’t she get the memo that we were all supposed to be using this as a PSA about mental health? They bet she wouldn’t be singing this tune if she or someone she knew had suffered from depression!Las Vegas Hosts International Consumer Electronics Show

Now there’s nothing wrong with using the surprising (apparent) suicide of a surface-happy…

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August 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

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People That Need To Go, v2: Morrissey

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I was never a fan of The Smiths, so I don’t have a deep well of loving musical memories to buffer my assessment of Morrissey.  My message to you, sir, is that We Get It.  We get the fact that you believe that eating meat is a horrifying thing.  You even wrote one or two songs on the topic to reinforce your point, as I recall.  Yes, your point has been made.  We understand. 

You are a beautifully bleak, dark, and tortured soul.  Here is some proof.  I guess it is a natural thing for people which such passionate beliefs, on whatever topic they may be, to be completely obnoxious asses about it.  I suppose he feels he need to personally advocate for the animals, because no one else is.  I’m not even sure I disagree with you on the particulars of this topic, though I am a confirmed omnivore.  Animals are treated badly.  But, you don’t change hearts and minds by telling people that if they like meat so much, they should eat their own children.

Morrissey: ‘Eating animals is just the same as paedophilia, rape and murder

We only hear from you when you dispel yet another rumor of a Smiths reunion, or when you pop up in the news once in a while to spew some crazy.  I guess you just enjoy the attention, but shut up already.  Good grief.

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January 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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The Wisdom of Nelson Mandela

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December 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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