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Billy Masters
by Billy Masters
2022-07-24

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"First of all, I'm glad to have a president who can ride a bicycle."—Pete Buttigieg's response to Rep. Troy Nehls' quip that Biden "falls off bicycles."

Anyone can sue over anything. There is no guilt or innocence associated with a suit—other than it being an annoyance. But with famous people, there's another game that goes on. If a famous person misbehaves, the victim will often say, "I'll sue"—which often results in a payoff. But some celebs play a game of chicken and say, "Go ahead"—because they know most people won't bother. If a suit is filed, it can go one of two ways—the celeb may feely cocky enough to let it go to trial, or they may up the ante and pay to have the complaint withdrawn without explanation. Make no mistake: A withdrawn case does not mean one is innocent. And that's all I'm gonna say.

In light of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, the House of Representatives took steps to codify same-sex marriage by federal law—something I suspect we'll see happen with many issues. The vote for the Respect for Marriage Act overwhelmingly went our way. And it gives one hope when you note that 47 Republicans joined their 220 Democratic colleagues to preserve the ruling. However, one cannot ignore that 157 Republicans voted against it. Many say it has no chance of passing the Senate, but stranger things have happened.

Last week, Rosie O'Donnell and Kathy Griffin joined forces to raise money for Friendly House, a women's addiction treatment center in LA. It was Griffin's first time performing stand-up since her treatment for lung cancer, and she was welcomed back with a standing ovation. But the night also marked the first public appearance of O'Donnell with her girlfriend, Aimee Hauer, who is a massage therapist.

Since we're doling out good news, sexy Matt Dallas and his equally hunky hubby Blue Hamilton just made an announcement: They've adopted a daughter. She came into their lives in a serendipitous way. The couple chaperoned a field trip that their son, Crow, was on. They noticed how well he got along with a classmate, Rosa. Fast-forward and a social worker called to see if they might be interested in adopting a girl. They thought, "If it was a little girl like Rosa, we would be over the moon." It turns out the girl WAS Rosa! Bing, bang, boom—instant family!

In one of the most curious collaborations ever, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar is set to make his long-awaited first English-language film: Strange Way of Life, about two aging gunslingers who have an "intimate relationship." One of those cowboys will be played by Ethan Hawke, while the other will be Pedro Pascal. Almodovar calls this film "my answer to Brokeback Mountain." God willing, something actually happens in this 30-minute flick. Filming begins in August.

At San Diego International Comic-Con, a new series was unveiled that looks promising. The producer behind The Vampire Diaries brings us Vampire Academy. I hope I'm not giving anything away when I tell you it is about an academy that trains vampires! The details of that instruction remain to be seen, but being hot is certainly high on the curriculum. We've seen photos of some of the cast in action, and Kieron Moore grabbed my attention—which is always a good place to start. You'll be grabbing yourself when you see him on BillyMasters.com .

The Tennessee Williams estate has given permission for the first off-Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It is being produced by Ruth Stage and runs through Aug. 14 at The Theater at St. Clements in NYC (RuthStage.org). If we only had the sexy Matt de Rogatis to look forward to as Brick, that would be cause enough to celebrate. But we also have the sexiest Big Daddy that ever was (paired with the amazing Alison Fraser, as Big Mama). Christian Le Blanc—known to many as Michael Baldwin on The Young and the Restless—will be the patriarch. While Big Daddy is often portrayed as a doddering, paunchy, ancient man, Le Blanc's shirtless pics prove there's more than one way to skin a cat … and you'll see a whole lotta skin on BillyMasters.com .

Speaking of hotties, our "Ask Billy" question comes from Thomas in Chicago: "Did you see that hot guy at the Jan. 6 hearings? He was sitting behind Matthew Pottinger, and everyone is trying to figure out who he is."

That would be Alex Wollet. He's 23 years old and described as a medical student who is doing a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. More than one person on social media described him as Clark Kent—more to the point, an exceptionally hot Clark Kent (no offense to any Clark Kents past or present). We're told that Alex is dating witness Sarah Matthews, who was sitting next to Mr. Pottinger. This might explain the "Witness" ID that was clipped to Wollet's lapel. You can see what all the fuss is about on BillyMasters.com .

When we're swooning over a witness for the prosecution, it's definitely time to end yet another column. I had no idea the Jan. 6 hearings could be so riveting. I wonder what they'll do for season two! If there's anything of note, it'll turn up on www.BillyMasters.com—the site that has its finger on more than the pulse of its subjects! If you have a question, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before I ask Alex, "Wanna kiss me, ducky?" Until next time, remember: One man's filth is another man's bible.


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