This morning I changing the station and stopped on 96.1 after hearing “Breaking News.” As it turns out it wasn’t breaking news—-REM’s Michael Stipe released a statement announcing he is gay, and the radio station was having a little fun with the announcement– which they can’t be blamed for…. come on, everyone knows Stipe is gay. However, Stipe wanted to announce his homosexuality because he feels it is beneficial for gay youth to be able to see/look up to OUT celebs.
After making the expected jokes about Stipe’s statement one the morning DJs commented that Stipe always looks sick, and he added that Stipe has never went on the record as saying that he has had any diseases. Then the DJ goes as far to say if you put a picture of Stipe beside a picture of Tom Hanks’s character from Philadelphia, you wouldn’t see much a difference.
I changed the station.