Links to the past, with relevance today:
GREG IN HOLLYWOOD: If you missed John Wayne, Lola Falana and Charo all in the same place, Greg rounds it up.
What was Billie Hayes doing with Chuck Connors?! P.S. Here's what purports to be the entire opening, with full credits.
Above: Also fun, the Batman tribute, complete with unremarked-upon same-sex dancing.
NEWNOWNEXT: Goldie Hawn loooves the latest drag interpretation of her famous First Wives Club number!
EW: Vanilla Ice will perform for more than 1,000 in COVID-19-stricken Texas because "we didn't have coronavirus in the '90s."
HUFF POST: That infamous 2009 episode of Mad Men featuring blackface will not be censored. Producers say:
“This episode contains disturbing images related to race in America. One of the characters is shown in blackface as part of an episode that shows how commonplace racism was in America in 1963. In its reliance on historical authenticity, the series producers are committed to exposing the injustices and inequities within our society that continue to this day so we can examine even the most painful parts of our history in order to reflect on who we are today and who we want to become. We are therefore presenting the original episode in its entirety.”
I think this is a good decision. I am in full support of getting rid of Confederate monuments and reassessing casual racism in past entertainments, but this is a statement in the episode — and it's strongly both anti-racist and reflective of every one of its characters' views and moral courage or lack thereof.
PEOPLE: Hugh Downs, perennial TV host from the '50s-1999, died July 1 at 99. How apt that he died in ... 2020.
KENNETH IN THE (212): NYC's oldest gay bar, Julius', has launched a GoFundMe to help itself stay afloat during COVID-19.