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Right Said Fred frontman Richard Fairbrass and activist Peter Tatchell were among the marchers assaulted by right-wing extremists during a march in Moscow on Sunday. (Towleroad has the most extensive coverage of the events.) Demonstrators from across Europe marched in the Russian capital to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the country. The rally soon became violent when right-wing extremist thugs began shouting homophobic slurs and throwing punches at the marchers. Fairbrass and Tatchell were both assaulted in front of rolling cameras, suggesting that the attackers did not fear being identified and arrested. They were right: the police decided to arrest the marchers instead. Watch the video:
Fairbrass later said: “We’ve never traveled with security in Moscow, Latvia, any of the old eastern bloc countries, but I have to say I wouldn’t… travel now without having our own security guys with us, no. When it was over I actually felt more sorry for the guy that whacked me than I did for me… How threatened can he be, how insecure is he to be threatened by a bisexual pop singer who’s most famous for singing ‘I’m Too Sexy’?”
Not to make light of this weekend’s events, but what other songs did Right Said Fred have? A cursory search of YouTube will unearth some major gems, all promimently featuring Fairbrass’ shaved pate and pumped-up torso. (What he lacks in vocal talent he makes up in musculature…hey, ya work with whatcha got.) I vaguely remember their follow-up to “I’m Too Sexy,” the directive “Don’t Talk, Just Kiss”, which was, unsurprisingly, a massive flop stateside. But I was pleasantly surprised to find the video for “Deeply Dippy”, a perfectly amiable little pop song that could have been a hit in this country.
Not much movement in this week’s UK pop chart. Mutya Buena, formerly of Sugababes, is this week’s new entry with the smashing “Real Girl.” Oddly, the song features a sample of Lenny Kravitz‘s “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over.” Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear…
3. Beyoncé and Shakira – Beautiful Liar
In other news:
- The Guardian‘s Jon Wilde has compiled Mark E. Smith greatest trainwreck interviews, including a tribute to John Peel in which The Fall singer “repeatedly stick[s] his tongue out at the camera.” Classic.
- The Police performed their first gig in 21 years in Vancouver.(Gigwise)
- Sting‘s son, Joe Sumner, and his band, Fiction Plane, opened for The Police. The younger Sumner, who is also a bassist/vocalist, is unapologetically riding on Dad’s coattails. “Denying it doesn’t work. I’m just trying to take advantage of it now.”(Daily Mail)
- George Michael has sent John Lennon‘s “Imagine” piano to Virginia Tech.(Mirror)
- Kyle Falconer of The View is living up to his filthyrep: he contracted blood poisoning and was hospitalized in Japan after allowing anopen blister on his foot to become infected.
- Are Mel B. and her new man, Stephen Belafonte, already househunting? Didn’t they just meet?(Daily Mail)
- Audiences walked out on Vivienne Westwood‘s artful manifesto at the Hay festival.(Guardian)
- Andrew Lloyd Webber, in spite of his recent West End success, is seriously behind the times: he wants to work with that has-been, Marshall Mathers.(Contact Music)
- Lily Allen has added Lindsay Lohan to her hit list and expresses not a little bit of schadenfreude over Lohan’s weekend DUI arrest.(Guardian)
- Amy Winehouse made up for a gig she cancelled months ago at Shepherd’s Bush in London. It was worth the wait, says The Daily Mail.
- Winehouse and Allen top The Guardian‘s list of must-see cultural events in the UK this summer.
- Billy Bragg sings “Bush War Blues” on The Henry Rollins Show on IFC.
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Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.