"The President's position on gay marriage is anything but precise." —Anderson Cooper used his Keeping Them Honest segment to give his opinion on President Obama. The next day, the president stated that he supports same-sex marriage. I believe he might have wanted to add, "And while we're keeping them honest, is there anything you want to say, Andy?"
A big week for gay marriage. Between Joe Biden jumping the gun with his support and North Carolina going out of their way to ban it, President Obama came forward with the news everyone pretty much already knew—he supports gay marriage. To call this "news" is almost perfunctory—he unequivocally supported it in 1996, but was more circumspect when running for president. Still, it's a brave statement from someone in an election year. Ironically, he's running against a person who was the sitting governor of the first state in the union to legalize gay marriage. In fact, under Mitt Romney's watchful eye, Massachusetts also adopted universal health care. The poor guy—he can't even campaign on the two biggest accomplishments of his administration.
While this was going on, John Travolta was being attacked by battling masseurs who claim the star propositioned them for gay sex. As we previously reported, an unnamed guy claims that Travolta hired him in Beverly Hills for a massage, proceeded to touch the professional's genitals, and then proposed a three-way with an anonymous starlet also staying in the hotel (how many of you are thinking Tara Reid?). The masseur bolted and filed a $2 million lawsuit for general damages (or, in this case, genital damages). He also says he can prove his story: "I passed a lie detector test for the National Enquirer." I'm not sure how helpful (or admissible) that will be. Travolta's legal team states that the star was not even in California at the time, but was actually in New York. They have a receipt from a Chinese restaurant where Travolta dined. How does our accuser respond? Easy. "It was a miscalculation of the date. The lawsuit will likely be amended, but this doesn't change the facts of the lawsuit." Uh huh.
While Travolta was trying to deal with this mess, a second guy came forward and joined the lawsuit (he wants his own $2 million). This masseur says his incident happened at a resort in Atlanta on January 28th—where, as it turns out, the star was indeed staying. In this scenario, Travolta was naked under a sheet, but took it off claiming it was "sticky". He then asked the masseur to work his "glutes", and then spun around to expose his erect penis—which is commendable given Travolta's current physical shape. The accuser says he has "substantial documentation and numerous witnesses regarding the substance of Travolta's actions." He plans to use hotel surveillance footage to bolster his case. Allegedly, it will show the actor going into the spa to request the massage, and later, shows the masseur going in and out of his room quite rapidly (which isn't what Travolta wanted him going in and out of).
Days later, a THIRD guy came forward with a similar claim. Let's cut to the chase—how many of you have NOT been propositioned by John Travolta? Hands? I didn't think so. This latest case is slightly different. Fabian Zanzi was working for Royal Caribbean in 2009 when Travolta was on a cruise. Allegedly, Johnny approached him, saying that he had something on his neck. When he approached, Travolta dropped his robe and revealed his naked body. How many of you have seen John Travolta in the past few years? This is not a guy who should be dropping his robe unless it's during a power outage! What makes this incident more ridiculous is that Zanzi isn't even a masseur. Let me get this straight—John Travolta is exposing himself and asking for massages from random guys on a boat? On the positive side, Travolta allegedly offered the guy $12K. On the negative side, Fabian turned him down and reported the incident. He was then confined to quarters and fired when the ship got to port.
Speaking of sexual speculation, for years people have alleged that Queen Latifah is a lesbian. This past week, rumors circulated that she's preparing to come out. Why? Because on May 19th, Latifah will be headlining the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival. This will be the Queen's first gay pride festival ever, and people are suspecting it will be a momentous day.
Here's one of those serendipitous stories that only happens in theatre. In June of 1992, my darling David Drake debuted his one-man play The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me at the Perry Street Theatre and it became one of the longest-running solo shows in New York history. Now, on the 20th anniversary, actor Chad Ryan will appear in the show (with some new material by Drake) at Luna Central in Chicago starting on June 20th. Three days earlier, Drake will launch his new show, Tawny, Tell Me True at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown. This will chronicle his latest creation, one-hit wonder Tawny Heatherton, as she attempts a comeback. Tawny will appear in Ptown every Sunday this summer. And if you come on July 1st, you'll even get to meet me!
You may not believe this, but there are some stories I don't enjoy reporting—especially if they're about someone I like. So when I heard from several sources that our very own Jai Rodriguez was selling tank tops in a West Hollywood shop, I kept it to myself. OK, that's not true—I called everyone I knew, but I didn't share it with you. Not that it's anything to be ashamed of. It's an honest living and one must pay the bills. But I don't mind reporting it to you now because Jai just got some great news—he'll be on a new sitcom. Malibu Country was picked up by ABC for the fall and will star Reba McEntire, Lily Tomlin, Sara Rue and Jai. Who's laughing now?
Our amusing "Ask Billy" question comes from the outrageous Betty Bowers: "Andy Cohen admitted to Wendy Williams that he made out with Lance Bass—which means he plowed him because if you get to the make-out stage with Lance, you're getting in. Have you heard any other details?"
My, my, my—hose are a lot of assumptions about dear little Lance. First, bear in mind that Andy's tryst occurred with a pre-Dancing With The Stars Bass. Back then, Lance was a little out of shape and had that lazy eye (maybe that's what he and Cohen bonded over). Anyway, I know two people who also made out with Lance around the same time and they would dispute your theory about his easy virtue. Both of these close personal friends are rather attractive and both state that the making out did not lead to anything further. In fact, one of them was making out with Lance in a hot tub! Now that I think of it, I have no idea why he didn't get further with Lance. But, riddle me this—would you really be bragging about having sex with Lance Bass?
When people aren't able to seal the deal with Lance Bass, it's definitely time to end yet another column. As we go to print I'm in a bit of a daze having just spent several hours with the luminous Lindsay Wagner—and devoted fans know how special Lindsay is to me. But that's a story for next week. Be sure to keep up with all my exploits at www.BillyMasters.com, the site that, unlike Lance, is a sure thing. If you've got a question that needs my immediate attention, drop a note toBilly@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before Travolta has to defend himself against so many lawsuits, he gets one trial for free! Until next time, remember, one man's filth is another man's bible.