Barbra Streisand is weighing in on the gay marriage controversy.
The outspoken diva was honored by the Human Rights Commission in Los Angeles this week, where she delivered a fiery pro-gay, anti-Bush speech.
“The Bush Administration wants to change the positive inclusive direction of our Constitution by calling for an amendment that authorizes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Well, I say, no way,” Streisand told the crowd of 1,700 power gays and lesbians.
She also blasted the proposed spending to promote marriage. “Turning government into a marriage counselor is a joke ... a waste of time and money. It’s not a policy; it’s a diversion.“
Streisand also addressed the controversy resulted in hubby James Brolin's miniseries about Ronald Reagan yanked from CBS. “I’ve seen [the right wing’s] ferocity up close, as I witnessed the astounding assault on the CBS movie about Ronald Reagan … They attacked that movie and drove it off network television before any of them had ever seen it. The right wing is very well-organized. They fight dirty.”
Streisand was introduced by John Travolta, who drew cheers from the crowd when he said that when he was thirteen, he wanted to audition for the female lead in “Funny Girl.”
Kidman's daring deed
Kidman’s photo spread has been described as “just plain naughty.” In one pic, she is shown blindfolded, in another, she’s pictured spitting water. “She’s not crazy about being on the cover of a men’s magazine but . . . she loved the photos,” editor Peter Holder told the Sunday Mail.
He defended the provocative pics, saying that Kidman’s interviews are boring: “I think people are tired of reading interviews with Nicole because she never answers the questions you want.”
Kidman’s rep tells The Scoop she knows nothing of the photos.
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