Indiana gubernatorial candidate and Survivor Rupert comes out for marriage equality

Survivor cast member Rupert Boneham, who’s running for governor in Indiana as a libertarian, released a video over the weekend detailing his support for marriage equality for gay and lesbian people, and vowing to fight legislation that does otherwise.

In the video, below, Rupert talks about his 14-year marriage and says, “we’ve had our hardships, we’ve had our trials, but nothing like the LGBT community has to go through,” and adds, “What does it say to the youth of Indiana when a whole segment of our society is treated like second-class citizens?”

Later, he says, “I promise to fight and block HJR6″ (which is a bill in Indiana that would define marriage as between a man and a woman only), and “fight to repeal Indiana [Defense of Marriage Act.” He also says, “I will fight for the LGBT community.” As Back2Stonewall notes, the Republican and Democratic candidates appear to oppose same-sex marriage, and a statement like this definitely makes Rupert the most progressive candidate, at least on this issue.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.