FROM Fenton Bailey
Televangelists and Unlikely Gay and Drag Icons Jan Crouch and her late husband Paul collaborated with the late Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker when Trinity Broadcasting Network began four decades ago. And despite their pious preachiness, the two televangelist wives ended up inspiring many a drag queen thanks to their tarantula lashes, painted-on brows, and melodramatic altar-call performances. In fact, the women have reached icon status in the drag and gay community. How and why did these two preachy Christian ladies come to be embraced by the gay and drag communities?
Robert Mapplethorpe The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is infamous for his provocative photographs, but his work was actually very diverse. Now, the scope of that diversity is on display in two shows running at LACMA and the Getty. Mapplethorpe is also the subject of a new documentary that premieres on HBO tonight called “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” (This is a rebroadcast of an interview Madeleine recorded with the filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.)
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.