Monday, June 24, 2013

Here, Have Some Weibopalooza While We Wait...

Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo.

UPDATE 2: The US Supreme Court ruled  today, Wednesday, June 26, that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional! This means that the federal government must now recognize the marriages of those LGBT couples whose states recognize their marriages. In addition, the ruling now grants thousands of federal benefits to those couples that were previously denied them. 

The ruling also gives hope to married LGBT bi-national couples, who previously could not obtain green cards for foreign partners because the federal government did not recognize them as “spouses.”

The Court also ruled on California’s Proposition 8, which sought to overturn  marriage equality in that state. The Court dismissed the case, deciding that the proponents of Prop. 8 (those who wanted to ban marriage equality) had no standing to bring the case. This leaves the lower court ruling in place, which clears the way for LGBT couples to once again marry legally in California. 

More on these historic decisions here and here.

Love is love.

Friday, June 21, 2013

"Rolling Ball of Sparkle"

Johnny performs Born This Way in Shanghai. 
Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo
Definitely click twice for full-size image. 

Yes, at last, by ever-growing popular demand: today we present a transcript of the Johnny + Stéphane portion of the Shanghai press conference, with side commentary!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"A Beautiful Swan on Ice"

Johnny at rehearsal in Beijing.
Photo posted to Weibo by Joveta Leo 
with a lovely and moving note. 
Please scroll to the end of today’s post 
to read her thoughts.

Monday, June 17, 2013

"Rose-Colored Memories of You..."

Johnny at the end of his final Artistry on Ice 
performance of Born This Way in Beijing last night.
 Exclusive photo © Joveta Leo
Please click twice for glorious full-size view 
to see the exquisite detailing on this costume.

The livestream of last night’s entire Beijing show 
is available for viewing here!! 
Don’t miss this. It’s absolutely amazing. 
Do be forewarned: It may take forever to load. 
But it’s sooo worth the wait. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Weiborama Continues...

Johnny at the Guangzhou press conference. 
UPDATE: New Johnny + Stéphane pics from the 
Shanghai presser plus more Guangzhou pics below! 
Photo courtesy of the amazing Fannie Wang.

BREAKING: New video!! 

Wonderful Artistry on Ice promo piece 
about Johnny, just posted
Video link: YouTube
or HD version on Youku. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Megamax Monday: The Weibocalypse Has Arrived

Johnny performs “Born This Way” 
at Artistry on Ice in Taipei.
Exclusive photo © Joveta E. Leo.

Words normally go here.

But who needs words when we have Weibo, the international gathering place of Johnny love that needs no words, where photos are posted faster than the human eye can perceive....

Friday, June 7, 2013

Postcards from Taipei

Johnny in Taipei on Thursday 
with more beautiful flowers! 
Photo via Johnny Pandas / JovetaELeo on Weibo. 
Please click twice for full-size image 
because it’s pleasingly huge.

So it’s a little challenging to try to stay current with what’s happening in Taipei, since it’s currently Friday morning here but it’s already Friday night there, so no matter what I do I’m basically lagging behind because the future is happening now and I’m still sipping the first coffee of the day (or the last coffee of the night, because my understanding of “day” and “night” is fairly fluid anyway, by which I mean constantly fueled by coffee-drenched fluids 24/7), but anyway here’s all the latest stuff I could find from what I could best identify as adorably meaningless constructs known as “Thursday” and “Friday,” although I’m pretty sure more Friday stuff is coming any second now but we’ll just save that for some other round of coffee... 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Taipei Travelogue, Or: Waiting for the Weibocalypse...

Johnny at the airport in Taipei 
with beautiful flowers from his fans! 
Photo via Johnny's Pandas / 
JovetaELeo on Weibo.

Kayso Johnny arrived safely in Taipei about 6 pm-ish New York time on Tuesday which for him was about 6 am-ish Wednesday morning in Taipei (confused about the time difference? Check the handy clock in the blog sidebar to see when Johnny is! It may not help, but the little ticking numbers are oddly mesmerizing...), where he was greeted by fans bearing flowers and gifts, as always, despite the bleary-eyed early hour, which is partly to blame for the fact that we only have a few photos of his arrival since because zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... But here they are:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.
Please do click twice for full-size view. Gorgeous.

When we allow ourselves to exist 
truly and fully, 
we sting the world with our vision 
and challenge it 
with our own ways of being.
— Thomas Moore