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Quote of the Day: Cindy Crawford on that Unretouched Photo

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“Why would seeing a bad picture of me make other people feel good? I felt blindsided. I was very conflicted, to be honest,” she said. “I know my body, and I know it’s not perfect, but maybe I have a false body image; maybe I think I look better than I do… [Most women] think we look worse than we do. So I assumed I fell into that category, even though that picture didn’t reflect what I saw when I looked in the mirror—even in the worst dressing-room lighting.” Cindy Crawford, on the leaked, less-than-flattering photo that blew up the internet.

Tuesday

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September 2015

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Nicki Minaj Throws Shade at Miley Cyrus: WATCH NOW

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I had a great amount of respect for Miley Cyrus’ recent interview in which she took aim at Nicki Minaj for “impolite” behavior, but I revoke all support afterCyrus tried to worm her way out of the comments when confronted on stage. Minaj came at her, and Miley insisted her interview was manipulated. Her subsequent sigh indicates otherwise, but if you’re going to take aim, OWN IT. As for Minaj, I’m sick of her antics. She should be happy, because she’s successful, and Miley was right to point out that everything she says is said with anger. And no — I did not call her an “angry black woman,” and I am not telling a black woman how to talk about race. I am telling a human being that she’s irritating, always causing problems, and doesn’t seem happy.

Tuesday

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September 2015

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‘Concussion’ Trailer Debuts — NFL Firestorm Next?

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 What happens when a league so powerful they “own a day of the week” has their entire business threatened by evidence that the mental health of their players might be compromised? We’re about to find out. The NFL’s Concussion crisis will take center stage with a Will Smith drama about Bennet Omalu, the man who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the result of repeated brain injury, which causes depression, dementia, and other behavior changes. Though the NFL tried to discredit his findings, they are indeed alarming. According to VOX, “Doctors at Boston University’s CTE Center have since examined 79 deceased NFL players’ brains and found CTE in 76 of them.” Watch the trailer below.

Monday

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August 2015

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Justin Bieber Weeps During VMA Performance

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Justin Bieber visited the Video Music Awards to perform ‘Where Are U Now’ and ‘What Do You Mean,’ and he closed his aerial spin with some serious tears, burying his face in his hands. Was this equivalent to a chick orgasm where a woman cries post ecstasy, or is he perhaps having a tough go of it, and we should lay off the guy for a while? I’m guessing the latter, and from the looks of it — he put a lot of effort into the show. Watch below.

Monday

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Thursday

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August 2015

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Why ‘I Am Cait’ is Failing — A Full Review

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I AM CAITWhen Caitlyn Jenner’s kids decided to ditch ‘I Am Cait’ upon learning of Bunim/Murray’s involvement, they were onto something. According to her son, Brandon Jenner, “You go on E!’s Web site, the Bunim/Murray Web site, and you look at all the shows, every one of them is a circus.” The production company pushed back at the time, saying “Our track record speaks for itself,” and reminding the world that they broke ground in 1993 with ‘The Real World’s’ portrayal of Pedro Zemora, as he publicly revealed his H.I.V. status. While that might be true, times have changed, and so has Bunim/Murray. In fact, its lead pioneer and co-creator of The Real World, Mary-Ellis Bunim, passed away in 2004, and though the brand’s focus changed long before her death, it certainly begs the question of her influence.

When I first began watching ‘I Am Cait,’ it became immediately clear that the show wouldn’t work. First, it should have been a documentary, not a reality show. Though there are video diaries that somewhat delve into a documentary format, they severely missed the mark. They should have followed Jenner before and immediately after each surgery, getting a raw reaction and showing the recovery. I realize that might not be something Jenner was comfortable with, but authenticity is key, so go big or go home. Second, some of the most compelling aspects of Caitlyn Jenner’s life is her failure as a father, especially with the four children she left behind. They’ve since reconciled, but I’d like to see an honest interview about those relationships, perhaps even featuring his ex-wives. If you are going to show your life, then show it — warts and all. Third, If the sole reason Caitlyn Jenner’s children chose not to appear in the show has to do with the production company, then I’d have chosen a different production company, because without the kids — there’s no show. Caitlyn simply isn’t compelling enough to carry an hour as a solo star (especially without the content I just mentioned), and the only “friends” on the show are clearly casting choices. Does she have other childhood friends, and are they simply too uncomfortable to appear? Or was Bruce Jenner a hermit that alienated everyone, thereby pushing out any potential for long term friendships? And if it’s the latter, be honest about it, because this doesn’t work without honesty.
The only saving grace for the show occurs when the Kardashians appear, and their resentment toward the way Caitlyn has handled her transition in the media would explain why they aren’t series regulars. Plus, they have a brand to protect, and appearing on too many shows will over saturate their audience. One thing; however, is clear. Caitlyn Jenner underestimated Kris Jenner’s genius, because if it were Kris’ show tanking, the Momager would find a way to save it.

Tuesday

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August 2015

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The View Hires Joy Behar — Finally Gets it Right

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beharJoy Behar, Full House star Candace Cameron Bure and Good Morning America Weekend co-anchor Paula Faris will join ‘The View,’ and it’s safe to say ABC learned their lesson the hard way. Behar was the show’s biggest draw, and despite their aching desire to revamp their brand in light of new competition, you can’t ditch your biggest joke teller and expect a great result. If you pay close attention to the audience during Behar’s commentary, it’s almost as if there’s a laugh track behind her. She’s comfortable, and her one-on-ones with Elisabeth Hasselbeck are legendary. I imagine Candace Cameron’s right-wing stance will serve to recreate that magic. Time will tell.

Sunday

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August 2015

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Times Square Takedown: Are Naked Women Allowed?

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WRITTEN BY RIK SAULT, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

If you’ve been anywhere near Times Square in recent years, you are surely familiar with the legion of entrepreneurial costumed characters (Elmo, Iron Man, Minnie Mouse, etc.) who graciously offer visitors a hug and a photo opportunity for a price, at times unbeknownst to tourists until after the photo is snapped. Topless painted ladies (“desnudas”) have now closed in on Elmo’s action, and the scantily clad ladies are berating tourists for not handing over enough money.

NYC’s Mayor de Blasio and other City officials vowed to crack down on what has been described as aggressive and predatory panhandling. As Scout Willis showed us, public toplessness is legal in NYC (NOTE: the only States that wholly Law ban toplessness are IN, TN, and UT), but aggressive panhandling is not.

De Blasio emphasizes that both the desnudas and the “furry creatures” of Times Square are engaged in business, rather than creative artistic expression. He told the New York Timesthat he believes this “opens the door” to regulate them the way the City “would any other business. And we will do so, while still respecting constitutional rights.”

A City Councilman whose district includes Times Square said that Times Square can be quirky and chaotic but it can’t be unsafe and creepy. Indeed, this may be a difficult line to draw. The Councilman has been working on a bill that would place time, place and manner restrictions on the topless and the costumed characters, as the City has done with street vendors in crowded areas like Central Park.

Does the mere fact that the desnudas earn money make them a street vendor, and doesn’t that undercut the artistic value of their brand of entertainment? As this story found its way through the NYC newspapers, I was not too surprised when the Daily News published an “exclusive” story, with gratuitous photos, describing “shady bosses” who handle the desnudas affairs and take a 30-40% share of their earnings. According to the National Employment Law Project, these “managers” lend support to the notion that the desnudas are doing business, and they could perhaps be subject to minimum wage laws. Maybe after NY’s fast food workers get their $15 hourly wage, the topless painted ladies could make a similar pitch?

Notwithstanding the strong opposition to desnudas running rampant, de Blasio and City officials must be careful in crafting a solution. Although the business-over-art argument may look good in the papers, famed civil rights lawyer Ron Kubyd doesn’t buy it. “You take two bare breasts, add the request for money which is legal, and you end up with legal behavior,” he told DNAinfo. “Two boobs, one beg, equals lawful.” So, until the City unveils its plan, desnudas and the costumed characters are free to bomb your photos and pocket your money.

Tuesday

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August 2015

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‘I Am Cait’ Conversation: How Do We Define Women?

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When Kim Kardashian told Caitlyn Jenner that she still has “a little Bruce in her,” it got me thinking. What defines a woman? If you follow the Caitlyn Jenner story, much of her journey feels more physical than emotional. It’s often taboo to call women sensitive and emotional, as if they cry often and are too unstable to run companies. But watching Caitlyn Jenner’s journey made me appreciate the sensitivity, empathy, and compassion behind womanhood, while simultaneously realizing that she has a long way to go. On the latest episode, Kim Kardashian brought Kris Jenner’s sadness to Caitlyn’s attention, and she was dismissive and defensive, qualities often associated with men. Caitlyn was again dismissive when told about Kendall and Kylie’s sadness toward being called a “distraction,” and abruptly explained that’s “not what she meant.”

Could it be possible that for the entirety of Bruce Jenner’s marriage to Kris Jenner, he had dreams of becoming a woman, and that underlying pain can explain why he abandoned four biological children, and was painfully anti-social and reclusive? Judging from what I’ve seen of ‘I Am Cait,” that’s an easy, though unlikely explanation. She has no friends on the show, and it’s clear that her transgender posse was a casting choice. Her children from her first and second marriage opted not to appear for fear that it would “become a circus,” and the Kardashian Klan is team Kris Jenner, thereby limiting their appearances to a here-and-there format. As for the transgender, educational story-lines, I find it disturbing that Bruce Jenner wanted to be a woman for so many years, yet did absolutely nothing for the transgender community, including personal research from the privacy of his home. To be fair, I wasn’t in his home during the Kris Jenner years, but the show suggests that every episode is a “huge learning experience,” which I find rather shocking.

Unfortunately, Caitlyn Jenner picked the wrong producers for ‘I Am Cait.’ The show should have been a documentary, following each plastic surgery, and interviewing each child, ex-wife, and Kardashian about what they knew and did not know. This brings me back to my original question? What does it mean to be a woman? And why can’t a woman have a big nose, small boobs, less hair extensions, and a cover page on Vanity Fair sans sexual corset? I’m a woman, and I have a big schnoz and small boobs. Why not Cait? It all feels far too physical for my taste, and I opt out.

Tuesday

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August 2015

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Did ‘The View’ Force Rosie Perez to Apologize to Kelly Osbourne?

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the viewWhile it struck me as odd that Rosie Perez would apologize to Kelly Osbourne over KELLY’S racist remark against Latinos, it never occurred to me that ‘The View’ forced her hand. According to new reports, producers cornered Rosie during a commercial break, insisting she stand up for Osbourne, and the heated exchange led to Rosie’s early exit. When Perez’s fan’s were understandably confused and outraged that she’d apologize for someone else’s racist remark, the story leaked.

I have a few general comments for ‘The View,’ in hopes that the powers that be are listening. If you micro-manage your stars and their raw reactions, you will get a very bad show, because that’s precisely the kind of behavior that shackles your panel. Second, your loyalty to Kelly Osbourne over your contracted employee is confusing, especially since she’s tied to a competing show on another network. Third, Kelly was wrong, and the clip going viral is only in your benefit. Tempering that reaction with an inauthentic apology only serves to squash the type of conversation that would generate the Bill Geddie ratings you garnered during the show’s peak. Four, get your shit together. Playing musical chairs ad nauseam with five hundred cooks in the kitchen is embarrassing. Perhaps ABC News isn’t the best option for your crown jewel after all.

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