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April 2015

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Bruce Jenner Reveals All to Diane Sawyer: My Thoughts

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bruce jennerBruce Jenner’s physical transformation has confounded me for years. “Why would such a good-looking man gratuitously undergo surgery to fix what is not broken?” I thought. “He had such a great nose, and now it’s small and looks like that of a woman.” Lastly (and by far the most reprehensible), “Is he mentally ill? What else would explain his obvious addiction to unnecessary surgery?” At no point did I ask whether there was a larger truth lurking behind the curtain. And given the media’s relentless pokes at his physical appearance, they never asked that question either.

After having the privilege of watching Jenner’s extensive sit-down with Diane Sawyer and later reading a moving exposé from his second wife, Linda Thompson, it’s suddenly become clear. Jenner revealed that he began transitioning in the eighties after a life-long struggle with his gender identity. He took hormone medication, removed his body and facial hair, and started to develop breasts. Both Jenner and Thompson agree that this led to the demise of their marriage, and Jenner also revealed that it largely contributed to the demise of his third marriage to Kris Jenner. As for his sexuality, he insists the comparison is “apples and oranges,” given that a gender struggle does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with sexual preference.

Sawyer’s soft-ball style fit well in this interview, especially since Jenner was more than willing to share his very private journey. She got out of the way, suspended all judgment, and provided the public with informational details about transgender struggles, which was beautifully woven throughout the exchange. My lone critique is that there should also be support for parents, friends, and spouses who are often judged for their lack of acceptance. Loved ones will also suffer great loss in this process, as Linda Thompson so elegantly explained, and they too are in need of help. We are all capable of unconditional love and acceptance, but sometimes our tool-kit is missing bolts. Perhaps Jenner’s brave revelations will complete that kit for many.

Bruce Jenner’s story is both sad and inspirational. Had he struggled during a time when society was more supportive and knowledgeable, perhaps he would have felt free to live his truth much sooner. But what better way to make up for past pain than to ease the road for others that suffer?


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Wednesday

22

April 2015

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Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out on Interview: WATCH NOW

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Press interviews are for pop-tart style questions, and any attempt for a heroic exclusive in that three-minute period is more about the interviewer’s desperation than a search for actual answers. When Robert Downey Jr. entered his rotational junket to promote The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he certainly didn’t expect a “Diane Sawyer” style inquisition. As a result, the only thing Krishnan Guru-Murthy accomplished was a bold walk-out from a seasoned pro sans any answers. Good job, clown. Maybe next time you’ll take the first two cues from your talent and change course. You’re no Howard Stern.

Wednesday

22

April 2015

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Ben Affleck Speaks Out on Slave-Owning Ancestor

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The Sony Hacks have uncovered some very unflattering facts about some of Hollywood’s top talent, one of which is Ben Affleck who apparently tried to nix details about his slave-owning ancestor during PBS’ “Finding Your Roots” in an attempt to keep his image intact.  Producers behind the piece adamantly fought to avoid his request, but in the end, Affleck got his way. While the request is more damning than the revelation itself, I found myself confused about how Affleck would explain the infraction. Shockingly, he gave an extremely honest explanation, and all celebrities should take note. Read his full statement below. Hats off to Ben for copping to it.


After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for “Finding Your Roots,” it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves.


I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.


Skip decided what went into the show. I lobbied him the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process. Skip agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with. In the end, it’s his show and I knew that going in. I’m proud to be his friend and proud to have participated.


It’s important to remember that this isn’t a news program. Finding Your Roots is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable. The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family.


I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about.

Tuesday

21

April 2015

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Full House Reboot Headed to Netflix

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Full House returns with a 13-episode reunion, following a now adult DJ Tanner, her bestie Kimmy, and her sister Stephanie, as they move in with her to help her raise her teenage daughter. Fan favorites will hopefully guest-star on the show, assuming Netflix makes the right offer and they accept. As of now, the deals are up in the air. Watch John Stamos tell Jimmy Kimmel about the exciting new reboot.

Tuesday

21

April 2015

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Kelly Rutherford Suffers Setback: Fights For Children

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Kelly Rutherford’s court battle is one of the most bizarre in history. Here’s the story in a nutshell. After a bitter divorce, Rutherford allegedly exposed information about her husband’s “businesses” that got him deported. Because her husband was then barred from visiting the United States, the court ordered her kids to live in France with their father. They reasoned that it was better for the children to stay put and have Kelly travel than the other way around, and if the kids lived in the United States, they’d have to constantly visit France to see their father. The result? Kelly constantly visits France, has exhausted her finances to fight for custody, and continues to publicly expose this story in a plea for help.

The story confounds me on multiple levels. First, how does an American court effectively deport its citizens? The obvious response is that it’s not a deportation given that their citizenship remains intact, but it sure smells like it. Second, even if you buy that it’s okay to send our citizens abroad, it still seems to be in a child’s best interest to stay with their mother in the United States and visit their father during the summer and spring break. Third, why isn’t the public more outraged? My only guess as to why this story remains too quiet for comfort is that Rutherford is unlikable. She unfortunately contributed to the situation she now fights against, given the alleged exposure that led to her ex’s deportation. I realize that if a man gets deported, there are issues afloat that could implicate whether he’s a fit parent, but nonetheless — it’s relevant. Also, the custody battle has been juvenile and bitter from the beginning. Rutherford allegedly did not inform her ex about the birth of their second child, and she refused to add his name to the birth certificate.

Though I’d like to believe she’s sincere and firmly believe she’s been wronged, the story is complicated, multi-layered, and odd. Watch below to see Rutherford explain her nightmare.


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Wednesday

15

April 2015

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Guiliana Rancic Confirms Return to Fashion Police

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Guiliana Rancic continues her desperate apology tour post Fashion-Police-Faux-Pas, and she’s now confirmed her slot on the new-season panel. The entire debacle is especially curious, given E!’s decision not to defend its star amidst the heavy backlash. If it’s true that their writer’s room wrote the joke and the editing room cut out relevant context, then E! should have stood behind their star. Instead, they hung her out to dry with no public statement. As for why anyone would want to return to a hot seat sans behind-the-scenes support, I can only assume fame trumps reason. Watch her confirmation below.

Wednesday

15

April 2015

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David Arquette’s Has On-Air, Howard Stern Meltdown

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For years I was under the impression that David Arquette needed to be set free from the clutches of Courtney Cox, but judging by his post-divorce behavior, perhaps that prison was necessary. While he’s a welcome Howard Stern guest, his recent antics are troubling. The issues began when Stern insisted it might be too soon for Arquette to remarry and Arquette took offense. The concern culminated when Stern saw Cox in Los Angeles at Jimmy Kimmel’s house instead of calling Arquette. Marriage is theoretically supposed to be a happy experience. If the man can’t even feign happiness during the first few weeks, then he has far bigger issues than Howard Stern’s disloyalty. And furthermore has Howard Stern learned nothing from Artie Lange? This is slowly moving from wack-pack to nervous breakdown.

Wednesday

15

April 2015

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Dennis Quaid’s Funny or Die Sketch Revealed

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It’s official! Dennis Quaid’s on-set meltdown was a Funny Or Die sketch. Most media outlets predicted the hoax, presumably because it was just too close to Christian Bale’s cartoonish (albeit real) rant. The greatest part of the bit below is the excerpt at the end revealing that Quaid’s career remained unaffected while the Banana bit the dust. It’s pretty clear that’s a hit at Bale and Hollywood’s backwards behavior.

Tuesday

14

April 2015

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Dennis Quaid’s On-Set Outburst: A HOAX?

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Either Dennis Quaid is insane, or he unoriginally bites on Christian Bale’s antics. In what I can only assume is the latter, Quaid engaged in an expletive-filled rant on set, which resulted in a viral video that will only serve to promote his new project. As an aside, I’ve heard Quaid is in fact a douchebag, but regardless, I smell a rat.

Tuesday

14

April 2015

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Kylie Jenner v. Kris Jenner: Teen Angst Takes Hold

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One of life’s great joys is not only watching the Kardashians grow up before our eyes, but also watching their physical transformation from plucked to unplucked, as faces tighten, lips explode, asses grow, and noses shrink. And while we sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, we are also reminded that generations of women are being born whose only talent is selling sex in an already vapid industry. That’s okay though, they are sitting with their artificially enlarged asses in a huge pile of money. Watch Kylie Jenner have a tiff with her mother below, and take special note of her newly formed features.

Editor’s Note: I have no personal knowledge of whether the Kardashians have artificially enlarged anything. That being said, I have two eyes.

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