“God Hates Fags” Preacher Exposed As Hoax!!

Actor Joel Ogelsby: “God Hates Fags” Preacher

Last week, I posted an article about the God Hates Fags preacher. Today, I can announce that he has been exposed…as a professional actor!! If you’d like to see that God Hates Fags music video again, you can view it here:

Joe My God has reported today that:

“Thanks to the sleuthing of Dallas JMG reader Bob Stoller, “Pastor Donnie Davies” has been exposed as Dallas-area actor Joel Oglesby. Here he is. Oglesby recently appeared in a production of Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical, in which he played a gay football player.

Finally. Our long national nightmare is over. I tip my hat to Oglesby and his crew for a fun diversion. Now we can go back to worrying about the war! I’ll post the behind-the-scenes details and the reason for all this drama, as soon as I know it.”

THE WEB: THE FACE OF FAME IS CHANGING

BLOGGING THEIR WAY TO FAME ON THE INTERNET

AND AMERICA’S NEW CELEBRITIES ARE….

THE INTERNET’S WORLD OF BLOGGERS!!

VIDEO INTERVIEW:  WEB CELEBRITY AMANDA CONGDON

THE CHANGING FACE OF FAME

A Special Report this week in Forbes Magazine describes how bloggers, with access now to internet audiences of millions, can become celebrities as famous as well-known actors, athletes and musicians:

“The ranks of the world’s celebrities used to be dominated by millionaire actors, athletes and musicians, but the Internet has leveled the playing field.  A kid with a video camera has access to as large an audience as the biggest Hollywood star.  A mom with a blog can attract more readers than a best-selling author.  And an opinionated entrepreneur can become a guru to millions.

The Forbes.com Web Celeb 25 is a list of the biggest, brightest and most influential people on the Internet.  From bloggers to podcasters to YouTube stars, these are the people who are creating the digital world from the bottom up.

To generate the ranking, we first defined “Web Celeb” as a person famous primarily for creating or appearing in Internet-based content, and for being highly recognizable to a Web-based audience.  That definition excludes people who were significantly famous before they hit the Web–like author Arianna Huffington, billionaire Mark Cuban or journalist Michelle Malkin–and leaves us with a pool of people whose fame depends on the Internet.

Next, we created a candidate list of 110 Web celebrities.  Each candidate was ranked in five areas: Web references as calculated by Google (nasdaq: GOOG news people ), traffic ranking of their home page as calculated by Alexa, Technorati rank of their primary Web site or blog, and TV/radio mentions and press clips compiled from Factiva.  We gave candidates bonus points if they regularly publish their own videoblog or podcast.  All six categories were then totaled to produce a final score, which was sorted to produce our rankings.

Our No. 1 Web Celeb was first known to her fans as Bree, a 16-year-old home-schooled American teenager.  Unusually self-possessed and literate, Bree recorded her private thoughts into a digital video camera and posted them on the Web under the name Lonelygirl15.  She attracted millions of fans and quickly became one of YouTube’s most-watched stars.  In August 2006, the videos were exposed as scripted fakes, and Bree was outed as 19-year-old New Zealand-born actress Jessica Rose.

But the news only served to increase her fame.  Rose put a pretty face on a breaking phenomenon: that Internet-based entertainment provides an intensely powerful incubator for new stars.

Lonelygirl15 isn’t the only video star to make our list.  Brooklyn, N.Y.-based performance artist Hosea Frank–aka ZeFrank–came in at No. 11 for his goofy daily broadcast, the show with ZeFrank.

Amanda Congdon, coming in at the No. 8 spot, rose to fame as the host and co-producer of Rocketboom, a daily news program.  Viewers responded favorably to her quirky humor and good looks, and during her year and a half as anchor, the show became one of the most downloaded programs on the Web.  In December, Congdon started hosting a weekly downloadable program for ABCNews.com, and launched her own independent show, Starring Amanda Congdon.

Web celebrity isn’t quite the same thing as movie stardom, according to Congdon.  “I am not famous,” she says.  “I’m Internet famous, I’m not real-world famous.  It’s a different thing.”  Mainstream consumers are starting to catch on to Internet culture, she says, but many people still don’t know what podcasts or blogs are.  Regardless, she still gets recognized by fans–and says the experience is “lovely.”

Despite the recent emergence of online video, the ranks of Web celebrity are still dominated by the printed word.  Bloggers constitute the majority of our list, including celebrity gossip monger Perez Hilton (No. 2), political pundit Markos Moulitsas (No. 3) and tech guru Michael Arrington (No. 10).

Why are bloggers becoming famous?  “With everyday bloggers, there’s a level of intimacy that even the most paparazzi-followed celebrities don’t achieve,” says Kyle Bunch, publisher of Blogebrity.com, a site that tracks and ranks the fame of bloggers.  “That seems to have a big effect–giving that faux first-name-basis friendship feeling to the reader/blogger relationship.  People like Perez Hilton aren’t just covering their subjects, they make themselves part of the story whenever possible.  That’s gotta count for some sort of star quality.”

For now, the quality of fame is still pretty different for Web versus Hollywood stars.  “There aren’t paparazzi camped out across the street [from bloggers] with telephoto lenses,” says Bunch.  “As for approachability, it varies: I’ve definitely seen people too nervous to approach one of their favorite bloggers in person–but it’s not like it’s happening to them every day as they walk down the street.”

Still, you can’t argue with the increasing power and influence of star bloggers.  “They have a huge impact and following, displacing others,” says Tom McPhail, professor of media studies at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.  “A good example is at the Scooter Libby trial.  Bloggers have gotten press credentials, which means some print people got closed out.  Wonkette.com will be there, but maybe the Houston or L.A. papers won’t be.”

In turn, traditional media outlets are launching more blogs of their own, says McPhail, and will likely hire more big-name bloggers–like Ana Marie Cox, the founder of political gossip blog Wonkette.  In June 2006 Cox was named the Washington editor of Time.com; she placed high on our final Web Celeb list, but did not break the top 25.

In the coming years, anyone who wants to be famous for their writing will probably be forced onto the Web, according to McPhail.  “If you don’t have a blog, you’re going to be considered an outcast,” he says.  “You’re considered to be not literate.  Having a blog will likely be a prerequisite for first jobs.”

It’s not all good news for bloggers, however.  As video technologies mature, those who confine themselves to the printed word will once again find themselves playing second fiddle to video stars.  “Amanda Congdon, ZeFrank and Lonelygirl15 are the most compelling test cases to follow in 2007,” says Blogebrity’s Kyle Bunch.  “It’s important to note, until the past two years, video was largely out of the mix in blogging; and just as we don’t see many newspaper or magazine columnists reaching movie/TV star levels of fame, I think it’s safe to say the same fate awaits most bloggers who only traffic in words.  But now that we’re seeing more and more video blogging, where the output is a bit more comparable to the TV/movie output, I fully expect some genuine ‘stars’ in the traditional sense to rise to prominence online.”

That may be already happening: Jessica Rose has a movie deal, and Amanda Congdon is working on an HBO series.  The next Orson Welles could already be toiling away in a basement somewhere, ready to act, write and direct his or her own way to superstardom.”

PHOTOGRAPHIC SLIDESHOW: THE FORBES 25 “WEB CELEBRITIES”

The Forbes “Web Celebrities”List

1. Jessica Lee Rose
2. Perez Hilton
3. Markos Moulitsas Zúniga
4. Matt Drudge
5. Seth Godin
6. Jeff Jarvis
7. Glenn Reynolds
8. Amanda Congdon
9. Robert Scoble
10. Michael Arrington
11. Hosea Frank
12. Jimmy Wales
13. Harry Knowles
14. Frank Warren
15. Cory Doctorow
16. Xeni Jardin
17. Leo Laporte
18. Merlin Mann
19. John H. Hinderaker
20. Charles Johnson
21. Kevin Sites
22. Mark Lisanti
23. Jason Calacanis
24. Om Malik
25. Violet Blue

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Florence Ballard and The Supremes

FLORENCE BALLARD AND THE SUPREMES

FLORENCE BALLARD (LEFT)

FLORENCE BALLARD (RIGHT)

Florence Ballard: The Original Founder and Leader of The Supremes

As the 64th annual Golden Globes Awards unfolded on the evening of January 15th, Jennifer Hudson, a newcomer, won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture for playing a determined but less than svelte singer in Dreamgirls.  Bursting into tears during her acceptance speech, Ms. Hudson, who first gained notice on American Idol and had her first screen role in this film, told the audience that was filled with Hollywood’s top movie and television stars: “You don’t know how much this does for my confidence.  Because of this, it makes me feel like I’m part of a community, it makes me feel like an actress, and you don’t understand how much that feels good today.”

At the conclusion of her speech, Jennifer Hudson held up her Golden Globes Award and dedicated it to Florence Ballard.  Ms. Hudson’s character in Dreamgirls, Effie, is said to be based upon the life of Ballard.  Florence Ballard was the original founder and leader of The Supremes, but Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy soon replaced her, moving Diana Ross into the role of the lead singer.  Gordy believed that Ms. Ross was much more attractive than Ballard and would have a significantly greater “crossover” audience appeal.

Not long afterwards, Ms. Ballard was dismissed from the group, giving her last performance with The Supremes during their 1967 singing engagement at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Ms. Ballard spent much of the last five years of her life in a state of abject poverty; she died in 1976 at the early age of thirty-two.  Jennifer Hudson honored Florence Ballard at the Globes ceremony as one of her heroines, speaking of her as “a lady who never got a fair chance.”

Florence Ballard: Yesterday

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