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October 2017

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Cameron Newton Apologizes for Sexism While the Reporter’s Racist Tweets Are Exposed

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Should Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton know better than to suggest it’s “funny” to “hear a female reporter talk about routes,” especially in today’s climate? I once worked for a boss who used to say my detailed quest to understand the ins and outs of my job was “cute.” At the time, I ignored it. In retrospect, it reeks of Cam Newton, whose much-talked-about remark was made to reporter Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer when she asked him about receiver Devin Funchess’ route running. It’s clear Newton is thrown off by the specific question from Rodrigue.

There’s something very important to mention here, and it’s that Jourdan Rodrigue’s hands are not clean. The scandal has drawn attention to her racist tweets of the past, which has forced her to offer an apology. I’ve read her apology, and I reject it. She says, “I apologize for the offensive tweets I made 4/5 years ago. There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize.” First, why mention the timeline? Whether it’s five years ago or two days ago, she should know better, as should Cam Newton. And if we can assume that Cam Newton is sexist person based on one remark, then can’t we also assume that Jourdan Rodrigue is racist based on more than one tweet? The evidence is analogous, and I’d go so far as to say that any suggestion otherwise might be based on skin color. She mentioned that timeline because she thinks it’s relevant. She wants people to know how long it’s been, as if it offers her a pass. Second, Jourdan did not offer Cam Newton any leeway in this situation, and she in fact piled on. This man is a human being that could perhaps be enlightened rather than admonished, and if you won’t offer that to him, then we should not offer it to you. While I understand that Jourdan says she talked to Newton after the comment was made, it’s completely unclear what was said, and I cannot draw any conclusions from that.

I love that social media holds people accountable, but does the punishment always fit the crime? And if you live in a glass house, perhaps you shouldn’t so greatly capitalize on an opportunity to derail someone’s entire career over one remark. Newton has since apologized, and I’m also not a fan. Much like my criticism of Kathy Griffin, the timeline is too close to the infraction. He lost endorsements, panicked, and said what he needed to say. As a writer, it’s also important to note that saying “if you are a person who took offense” suggests what he said isn’t generally offensive, but perhaps just offensive to those who are especially sensitive. Newton is not alone here. There are plenty of men who have deeply ingrained ideas about women, and until these things are pointed out over and over again, they won’t change their viewpoint. But change is in fact possible, and it doesn’t occur by bullying someone into seeing your side.

Here’s the video of Cam Newton saying “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes” pic.twitter.com/hd9Kg4CCeu

Thursday

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October 2017

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Harvey Weinstein Steps Down After Shocking Sexual Harassment Claims

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Though I’ve always known Lisa Bloom is a joke, I’m still in disbelief that she’d take Harvey Weinstein’s case given that she, at the very least, has championed herself as some sort of civil rights activist. Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein joins the ranks of many powerful men in the entertainment industry accused of sexual harassment, and he has stepped away from his post to allegedly seek help. His many out of court settlements documented by the New York Times didn’t serve as enough a jolt, but instead, the public firestorm showed him the light. The Time explains how he got away with this below:

Dozens of Mr. Weinstein’s former and current employees, from assistants to top executives, said they knew of inappropriate conduct while they worked for him. Only a handful said they ever confronted him.

Mr. Weinstein enforced a code of silence; employees of the Weinstein Company have contracts saying they will not criticize it or its leaders in a way that could harm its “business reputation” or “any employee’s personal reputation,” a recent document shows. And most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.

The Times furthers that:

Across the years and continents, accounts of Mr. Weinstein’s conduct share a common narrative: Women reported to a hotel for what they thought were work reasons, only to discover that Mr. Weinstein, who has been married for most of three decades, sometimes seemed to have different interests.

As for Weinstein himself, he got some bad advice for his apology, beginning it with an excuse (which he says is not an excuse) about how he “came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.” He has also put a spin on why he comissioned Ms. Bloom’s services, saying:

Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment. My journey now will be to learn about myself and conquer my demons. Over the last year I’ve asked Lisa Bloom to tutor me and she’s put together a team of people. I’ve brought on therapists and I plan to take a leave of absence from my company and to deal with this issue head on. I so respect all women and regret what happened. I hope that my actions will speak louder than words and that one day we will all be able to earn their trust and sit down together with Lisa to learn more.

If I were advising handsy Harvey, here’s how my statement would read, “I’m clearly sick and in need of help. I’m disgusted by my behavior, and I deeply apologize to each and every woman I’ve harmed. You will not hear from me until I’m healed.” That’s all I would say. As for the culture of the 60’s, that’s akin to saying, “everyone else was doing it,” which I imagine would not fly with Harvey’s children either. Consent, respect, and fidelity (Harvey is a married man) were alive and well in the 60’s and the only thing that’s changed is accountability and social media. That being said, it’s astounding that he got away with this so long.

Thursday

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October 2017

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Julia Roberts Acts Out Her Entire Film Career in Nine Minutes

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You’ve got to hand it to Julia Roberts. She still looks great, and she’s just as likable as she’s ever been. Plus, she sure can promote her flicks with the same fierce fervor as she did as a rising star. Watch below as America’s sweetheart reminds us of her entire career in the span of nine minutes, with a little help from James Corden. You’d never know that they once called her “Tinkerhell” on the set of hook.

Thursday

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September 2017

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Kevin Costner Reveals Secret Story Behind ‘Dances With Wolves’

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Those who know me are aware of my after-dusk You Tube deep-dives, which usually entail watching endless interviews with my favorite stars. One such star is Kevin Costner who made an appearance on Graham Norton and dropped this little gem about how one of his most iconic roles came to be. Watch below as Costner reveals the very funny relationship with his close friend who stayed just a little too long on his couch.

Wednesday

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September 2017

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Megyn Kelly Asks Jane Fonda About Plastic Surgery — And It Gets Awkward

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If Megyn Kelly doesn’t want to talk about her fake schnoz, then perhaps she should stay out of the plastic surgery lane with Jane Fonda. For starters, why is one woman asking another woman about her looks at all? As women, we are fighting hard to be treated equally, and when other women are perpetuating the very issues we are fighting against, there’s a problem. Furthermore, this schmaltzy talk-show format is tired, and I will reiterate that if Kelly doesn’t want to talk politics, what was the point of hiring her? That’s like hiring Bill Gates for a cooking show. Watch below.

Monday

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September 2017

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Megyn Kelly’s New Show Debuts . . . And It’s Awkward

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If you’re not funny and you don’t want to discuss politics, then you better have a niche, and Megyn Kelly should find hers fast, because her first day on the job did not deliver. Megyn Kelly Today is as awkward as it gets, and she clearly hopes to snow the public into forgetting that she worked for an evil empire. To quote a close personal friend, “Regardless of whether she believed it or not, she parroted right wing propaganda during one of the most decisive times in American history, and now she’s trying to get everyone to forget it.” Her shameless promotion of her memoir is also infuriating, as is her cheesy, planted display of affection with her husband in an attempt to humanize her. Authenticity is everything, and I smell a rat.

Tuesday

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September 2017

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Bill O’Reilly Responds to Sexual Harassment Claims on The Today Show with Matt Lauer

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If you thought retribution would bring sense to Bill O’Reilly, you thought wrong, because the former Fox News host is adamant that his hands are clean. Though Matt Lauer asked hard-hitting questions about O’Reilly’s alleged history of sexual harassment and the legal settlements associated with the cases, O’Reilly insisted it was more about a media take-down or left wing conspiracy than justice. Why would Fox axe their biggest asset if there’s no fire with that smoke? Watch below to see what’s become of the boisterous blowhard whose spin zone tactics are still at play.

Wednesday

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September 2017

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Does Maggie Gyllenhaal Have Taylor Swift’s Scarf? — The Actress Finally Answers

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There’s a reason Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on Bravo is a success, and it’s because the shrunken studio space demands big questions, and Cohen delivers. During Maggie Gyllenhaal’s appearance on the show, Cohen asked whether Maggie has Taylor Swift’s scarf at her house, which was relayed in her hit song, “All Too Well.” The song was rumored to be about Maggie’s brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, who allegedly was too in love with Taylor to return the accessory. Watch her funny reply below.

Tuesday

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September 2017

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Tabloid Gossip . . . I’m Back!

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Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland

It’s been a long Labor Day vacation filled with Distillery tours, The Cliffs of Insanity/Moher (see The Princess Bride), a valuable history lesson on Northern Ireland, and an odd story about a giant disguised as a baby (Giant’s Causeway). Plus, some killer Irish pub music featuring a fiddle. As I journey back home and think of my friends and family currently battling IRMAgeddon, I feel it my duty to post the most superficial reprieve possible, which involves my tabloid gossip reel. So what did I miss? Click the links to discover who’s shtupping who, fame-driven feuds, and more.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s supermodel obsession has reached new heights. The Sun

Kristen Bell saved Josh Gad’s family from hurricane Irma. E Online

Kirk Cameron thinks hurricane Irma is God’s punishment. Us Weekly

Sharon Osborne called Kim Kardashian a non-feminist “ho”, and Kim responded. Buzzfeed

John Mayer hit on Nicki Minaj, and he might have a shot. EW

Mindy Kaling revealed the sex of her baby. Vanity Fair

Kendall Jenner and Blake Griffin are a thing. Mirror

Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson have a feud brewing. Wonderwall

Amber Tamblyn put James Woods creepy past on blast. Page Six

Larsa and Scottie Pippen just derailed their divorce. TMZ

Kim Kardashian and Sharon Osbourne don’t like each other. Radar Online

Is Brangelina back on? E! Online

Amber Heard is hot. Hollywood Tuna

 

 

Friday

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August 2017

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Taylor Swift’s Releases New Song: All My Thoughts

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If you’re Taylor Swift, you’ve got a lot of explaining to do. For starters, she landed in a fight with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian after she bashed Kanye’s song lyrics during her Grammy speech, only to later have her very clear approval exposed via Kim’s snapchat. The act was itself illegal, given that Swift was allegedly recorded by Kanye without her permission and did not give consent for its release, but team Kimye is smart enough to know that any subsequent lawsuit would further damage the Swift brand, so they’re in the clear. Plus, a pissing match with rich people is pointless. Kimye is also tough to take down given that their image has so little to do with propriety. If you entered the public arena via a sex tape, it’s pretty challenging to soil your brand.

It’s clear that Taylor Swift’s song “Look What You Made Me Do” is a direct hit on the Kimye debacle and the lyrics are brilliantly and strategically crafted. She’s mad, she doesn’t like Kanye’s dumb “tilted stage” and has risen up “from the dead.” Also, if she got her karma, then everyone else will to.

A close friend in the music industry classified this song as a lazy double-down on the Kanye drama, which is personified by the Right Said Fred “I’m Too Sexy” hook. Those Right Said Fred songwriters were given credit on this track, presumably because of that whole Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” judgment. So is my friend correct? The short answer is that I’m not sure. Swift has absolutely zero choice but to address this feud, and she can’t do it in a magazine interview, because each and every time she addresses controversy in magazine interviews she makes it ten times worse. Music is the only way, and re-invention is the key. We all know she has mastered the victim lane, so isn’t it better to flip things around and go for a more angry spin? That being said, the song has to be GOOD for this strategy to work, and Swift’s songs nearly always are. This song might be a little soulless and repetitive, but it does the trick. She’s either on the cusp of her next chapter or this is the beginning of the end. We shall see.

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