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05/13/2010

Video: I'm aware that Simon Cowell is engaged. Clearly his 'agenda' must be reeled in!

by Jeremy Hooper

On Tuesday night's "American Idol", there was a whole bit about how one of the singers, Casey James, was thinking of judge Kara DioGuardi when singing "Mrs Robinson." The obvious implication was that Kara is the older seductress to James' younger man, i.e. The Graduate. i.e. sex.

Last year there was "bikini girl." A whole conceit that revolved around an attractive female in a skimpy two-piece, and the males that were so taken with her appearance. Lust was the order of the day. No apology necessary.

Throughout the years, there have been countless other references to husbands and wives and children and whatnot. That's because real people acknowledge their reality. People on this show put their lives in a very intense public eye, by choice. Viewers choose to care by the same sense of personal determination.

But that explanation's not good enough for self-professed "muscle head" Kevin McCullough. No, no -- when out lesbian judge Ellen DeGeneres mentions her love for her legally wedded wife, she is "tawdry," "passive aggressive," "pushing it in America's face," and fit to be directly likened to a "philandering cad" who sleeps around with multiple women. Begin at 11:23 and listen through 59:00 (or as much as you can stomach):

The disdain is just so visceral and aggressive, even if it's so arduously masked behind a "love the sinner" mentality.

And of course this nearly hour long rant runs concurrent to Kevin's own talk about his kid, his wife, and his own day-to-day family life. Because that's what human personalities do: They use their human experience in their work! Unless they are LGBT, of course. In which case he or she must stay closeted, lest the flung-open door slap an anti-gay evangelical in the face.

Get your head out of the muscles for a second, Kev. The spectrum of normalcy is easy to see, if you want to. War is over, if you want it.

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**Oh, and speaking of public personalities supposedly shoving things in people's faces: Kevin's radio cohost and business partner, the born-again Stephen Baldwin, is now posing for a semi-nude photo: Scans: Cosmo's Naked Centrefolds [ONTD]

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