“Lover” tells a story very rarely told: of the loss endured by partners of gay servicemembers who are killed in battle.
The video features Goss as the bereaved partner of an army soldier (DC actor Ben Horen) killed while on duty in Afghanistan.
Among those playing medics who come to the aid of the wounded soldier are several former service members who were discharged under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy: Mike Almy, David Hall, and Danny Hernandez, all of whom are active members of SLDN. Keith Bryant stars as a fellow soldier.
The video, Goss’s fourth, was filmed in DC and Alexandria. is being directed by DC residents Aram Vartian and Michael Key of DC; Dylan Comstock is director of photography.
It was just a few days ago that I was talking to a friend I’d bumped into about Michael Jackson. We discussed his upcoming concerts, his weirdness and ended with a round of praise to his being able to release one ground-breaking album after another. He was truly an incredible artist.
The next day, at the same exact time, his death was announced through Twitter.
Think what you want, the man was a musical genius. He guided the music industry for decades, created the top selling album of all time and reigned supreme in the pop world as well as the music video industry. No one could make a music video like Michael Jackson. Each video told a story and going beyond 10 minutes for a video was totally acceptable.
One of the most famous ones comes from his best selling album, Thriller.
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Michael Jackson died and the world exploded. We had not seen a reaction like this to the election of Barack Obama, the Iran election and subsequent protests or the deaths of Ed McMahon and Farah Fawcet (who died just hours before Jackson). In fact, the effect on cellphone towers and the Internet is said to be greater than even September 11, 2001.
No site was safe. I tweeted at the time that I couldn’t access any news sites with merely a mention of Michael Jackson was inaccessible. No site was safe, not CNN, not Yahoo!, not even Google! All reported outages. AT&T said more text messages were sent that day than any other day in the history of text messaging on their networks.
Twitter, once again the source for breaking news, was completely overwhelmed. Remarkably, the site was at around 90% stable, more than I’d ever expect out of the infamous fail whale. A search for Michael Jackson on Twitter’s search page loaded hundreds of new tweets ever few seconds.
You could actually decipher what was going on simply by reading the Twitter Trends.
MTV, Michael Jackon, MJ, Cardiac Arrest, MJ RIP, Hospital, etc
MTV was reporting live and showing tribute videos of Michael Jackson as he was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, with reports of a grim outlook.
Today, a day later, iTunes was a fantastic sample of the impact Jackson’s death had on the world. His albums, singles and music videos dominated the iTunes Music Store charts, absolutely.
Dominating Music Sales
Dominating Music Video Sales
But it wasn’t all positive. Perez Hilton continued to disgust with this post on his site, which I will not link to. Click the picture to open it up a bit bigger so you can read all that Perez Hilton wrote.
This is what Perez originally wrote about Michael Jackson.
Huge thanks to the twitter user than originally posted this image. I’d love to attribute it to him but TwitPic seems to have messed up, the user that actually posted it is not listed as that person today. Apparently over half a million hits and thousands of comments on a single picture in a single day outdid their servers.
In the end, we’ve lost a legend and for that I am sad. But perhaps he’s somewhere better, where he doesn’t have to worry so much about his appearance. A place where his pain isn’t so great. We know he was a troubled man. Here’s to hoping that is all lifted. Let’s put our thoughts on his friends and family, especially his three young children.
Yes, I’m gay but no I don’t have the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). In fact, I don’t know anyone that does.
Never the less, “Gay With Genital Warts?”? Does this medication not work for “Breeder With Genital Warts?”
Blech. Whatever. Total FAIL here. Which is why I love the thumbs up/down option on advertisements.
This was a big ol’ thumbs down and why? Because it didn’t pertain to me. If this is what targeted advertising is coming to, count me out!
Now back to some Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire… hmmm, that song title is ironic…
I’d only been away from my blog for a few minutes before another stupid Facebook advertisement showed up. This advert was for a law office that, seems to at least, specialize in DWI/MIP arrests/tickets.
First off, advertising to college kids that there are people out there to get them out of their DWI/MIP offenses is awful. DWI should require jail time. You are lucky when you don’t wreck your car and kill. DWI has no excuse. Period. I’m sure we all have done it at one point and we were all so very stupid to do it.
I have had a roommate who was notorious in his drinking and driving, and it ended up with him messing up the car he was driving more than once. He is lucky there were no other people involved, who knows how that could have changed his life?
Maybe it was working in the emergency room of my university’s hospital that has me like this.
I will never forget the Sunday morning when I had three patients come into the ER via life flight helicopter.
This family was on their way to church when a drunk driver hit their car head on. Killing one child instantly, severely injuring another and her father. I remember seeing the father crying before his daughter’s bed after he was released from the hospital he was flown to and made it to our ER.
I learned that just a few months earlier he had lost his wife, their mother to cancer. And now he had lost one child with the other one slipping further away every moment.
The drunk driver was ok. He should be in jail for life, for ending two children’s life. For destroying what was left of a father and his fractured family.