20 AUGUST 27, 2004
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There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash
That's old news
It's August and there's
nothing much going on,
so time to catch up on
news you missed
YOU KNOW DISH IS HARD UP FOR
some dirt when she has to run a lead
item about ROSIE O'DONNELL two
weeks in a row.
What do you want, people? It's August.
Everyone, including celebrities, is too
busy trying to go on vacation and hang
out by the pool.
This week, Dish is going to relax and
get rid of all the old news that has been
clogging up her inbox for months.
That is, after she tells you about
O'Donnell, who is headlining a HUMAN
RIGHTS CAMPAIGN voter registration
rally on Aug. 27 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Is this the same HRC that "uninvited"
comedian MARGARET CHO from a party
it held at the Democratic National
Convention in July? HRC told Cho that her
past comments against PRESIDENT BUSH
were too "incendiary" and that her act
would distract from the event's "message."
And is this the same O'Donnell who
made incendiary remarks about
President Bush and the war in Iraq at the
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation Awards in April?
Dish is wondering whether it's HRC
that changed its "message" or O'Donnell.
Now, back to the orgy of old news.
For those who don't watch British television — and that's all of you on this
side of the Atlantic — NADIA ALMA-
DA won the fifth season of the U.K.'s
"Big Brother," a reality show that is similar to the "Big Brother" that airs on
Across the pond, viewers phone in
votes for which housemate they think
should win, much
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^l^^R Almada received 74
P"*T(K percent of the vote to
____ yt win the final prize,
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Nadia Almada testants didn't know
is that she is a transsexual. She did share the fact later in the
series, and it didn't faze either the contestants or the voters at home. How's that
In other reality TV news, remember
the Fox show "Playing It Straight?" Well,
Dish barely does either.
Anyway, it was a dating show where a
young woman. Jackie, had to find a potential mate from a field of 14 men, some
Rosie O'Donnell is headlining a voter registration
rally in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, for the Human Rights
Campaign. (Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP)
were gay and some were straight. If she
picked a straight guy, they split $1 million. If she picked a gay guy, he got all the
money and she got to cry in her pillow.
The show got canned after three
episodes back in March because of low ratings. In July, Fox was nice enough to fill us
in on who was gay and who was straight
and what happened on the show.
There were nine
gay men and five
straight ones, tough
odds for Jackie.
However, in the final
episode she chose a
straight guy, Banks.
Even more stir
prising, a year after
the show was filmed,
the two are still
together. All the info
on the conclusion is up on
If you want even more zip in your programming, check out
www.NakedNewsDailyMale.com. The all-
male gay news version of Naked News, a
Toronto-based Internet service that offers
daily coverage from anchors with no coverage at all.
The service was launched back in
April. It's hard for Dish to keep cool when
thoughts of naked newscaster JACK
LANGE are getting her all hot again.
With all the old trash out of the way,
Dish will return next week with some
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