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In Defense of Billy Bush

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The rise of social media has brought justice upon individuals that would otherwise go unpunished, but it has also brought unjust punishment to those who would ordinarily get a slap on the wrist. When Billy Bush engaged in “locker room” talk with Donald Trump, who led a conversation about how his advances toward the then-married Nancy O’Dell went unrequited, and how he attempts to kiss women whether they like it or not, the public viewed Bush as complicit. He should have spoken up. He should have said, “Donald, don’t talk that way. That’s uncalled for, and I won’t tolerate it. Women deserve to be respected, and you should not hit on married women.” Most importantly, he should not have laughed.

The entire event reminded me of a recent lunch I experienced with a friend of a friend, who made a comment I deemed racist. I did speak up. I said it wasn’t cool, and I wouldn’t tolerate it in my presence. The conversation quickly came to a halt, and things got awkward. Those who know me are well aware I am not afraid of confrontation. I am not easily intimidated by authority, and there’s no amount of money, fame, or recognition you can offer that would make me sacrifice my integrity. But I am a rare breed. Most people do not want confrontation. Most people can remember those “locker room” moments where they don’t want to be the odd man out, and they participate in deplorable behavior even though it does not reflect their character. They vow to be better people the next time around, and they feel silently ashamed.

I don’t know Billy Bush. Perhaps he is a misogynist. Perhaps he does not respect women. Perhaps he is personally friends with Donald Trump and agreed with his off-color, offensive comments. But to repeat my original point, I don’t know him, and neither do you. We all make mistakes in the workplace and don’t get fired for them. We all do things of which we’re ashamed and silently correct them without the world watching. And if the world wasn’t watching, would Billy Bush be suspended? Or would he simply be privately admonished? Before you judge him, take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself whether you too would like to be forgiven for your own mistakes.

Monday

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October 2016

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SCORSESE: American Crime Requiem: Full Review

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I’ve long been a fan of the For the Record series, having already seen their Tarantino and John Hughes shows, but SCORSESE: American Crime Requiem solidified their status as one of the best shows to see in Los Angeles. The series previously played at a Hollywood bar, offering a unique in-the-round experience that made me feel as if I’d discovered something small, yet magical, fulling knowing that others might soon join the party and ruin what felt like an underground, hidden secret. Sure enough, what the LA Times called a “renegade little troupe” has now made it’s way to a 500-seat experience at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. It’s no longer a secret, but last night’s show made me feel like that’s a good thing.
The Scorsese show is now a co-production between For the Record and the Wallis, and the cast includes Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young (“Jersey Boys”), Tony nominee Carmen Cusack (“Bright Star”), Pia Toscano (“American Idol”) and two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter B. Slade. Directed by Anderson Davis, who also co-created For the Record with Shane Scheel and Christopher Lloyd Bratten, the show offers four decades of Martin Scorsese, with mash-ups of unforgettable scenes from each film set against familiar songs from the movies. The movie moments are not necessarily connected for one, solid narrative, but that adds to the excitement, because each nostalgia-inducing scene also offers the audience a fresh take on their favorite movie moments. This show is not to be missed, and I’d encourage everyone to see it before the ticket prices skyrocket.

Friday

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October 2016

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The Affair — Season 3 — Promo. WATCH NOW

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Just when you thought there was nowhere left to go in Showtime’s ‘The Affair,’ it looks as if a 3-year time jump might be the key to unlocking some movement in the series. Watch a preview for season three, and begin the guessing game.

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Thursday

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October 2016

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Monster High Launches Lady Gaga Doll, “Zomby Gaga”

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Mattel’s Monster High brand teamed up with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to launch the “Zomby Gaga” addition to the Monster High brand of fashion dolls. The collaboration is meant to promote kindness, bravery, and acceptance and the doll is in Lady Gaga’s likeness. Monster High was launched by Mattel as a brand of fashion dolls that brings to life the children of famous monsters such as “Frankie Stein,™ who is the daughter of Frankenstein, Draculaura™, who is a descendant of Dracula and their ghoulfriends. Monster High encourages students to celebrate their differences, and the brand is currently a $1 billion property. The Gaga pairing therefore makes sense, as the Born This Way Foundation works with 50 non-profit organizations to help young people around the world.

The doll will be available for pre-order starting Mon., Oct. 17 at 9:00am EST at select retailers for $29.99 USD.

Wednesday

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October 2016

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‘ALLIED’ Starring Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard — New Trailer Released

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I can’t speak to the quality of the upcoming Paramount Pictures film, ‘Allied,’ as I have not yet seen it, but judging by the new trailer, Robert Zemeckis about to deliver an awe-inspiring cinematic experience. The cinematography is stunning, the rhythm suspenseful, and the performances, well . . . I’ve never thought Brad Pitt to be a particularly impressive actor, but Marion Cotillard can certainly pick up his slack. Plus, he’s easy on the eyes, and despite the recent turmoil surrounding his marriage, I’d like to see the man succeed.

“ALLIED” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Tuesday

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October 2016

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Melissa Etheridge v. Angelina Jolie: Defends Brad Pitt

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Melissa Etheridge visited Andy Cohen and revealed some striking details about former friend Brad Pitt, with whom she had a personal relationship. Etheridge sang at Pitt’s wedding to Jennifer Aniston and was also friends with Lauren Dern when Jolie began dating Billy Bob Thornton. At the time, Thornton was engaged to Dern and he left her for Jolie. According to Dern, she “left [their] home to work on a movie, and while [she] was away, [her] boyfriend got married, and [she] never heard from him again.” Dern likened it to a “sudden death.” Etheridge revealed that she had to help Dern break into her home to retrieve her possessions as things turned very nasty. She now hopes Pitt will resume their relationship, and she also said that he has not spoken to many of his close friends in nearly 10 years. Listen to the interview below. It’s startling.

Tuesday

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October 2016

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Kim Kardashian Robbed at Gunpoint: Here Are My Thoughts

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I know plenty of rich people, and none of them walk around wearing an engagement ring worth $4 million. First, it’s a tacky display of wealth. Second, it’s an aesthetic miss. Bigger isn’t always better, and at some point you move away from the beauty of the bauble. Lastly, it’s dangerous. Though Kim Kardashian is surrounded by security, the recent ass-kissing incident proves that she’s not as protected as she’d like to think. If that prankster had a knife, he’d have enough time to stab her. Her bodyguard pulled him to the ground, but not before he severely invaded her space.

When Kim Kardashian was tied up and robbed at gunpoint in her hotel room in Paris, many asked about her bodyguard. Kardashian won’t place blame, saying he was with her sisters instead and she felt completely safe in the comfort of her hotel room. Should the bodyguard have pushed to stay with Kardashian or asked for extra security? She’s not the First Lady, but it’s a thought worth entertaining. Many have also questioned whether this was an “inside job,” given the professional nature of the hit, the knowledge of her solitary status, and the timing. But one doesn’t need to look far to discover the right time and place to access her treasure trove since she documents nearly her entire life on social media. To quote legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, “You cannot display your wealth and then be surprised that some people want to share it with you.”

I’m not blaming the victim, but she should consider this a blessing in disguise. She was not hurt, her children were not present, and the perpetrators were exclusively after her jewels. Perhaps she will learn a lesson. Her brand is about excess, but in this case, the price of fame is too high.

Monday

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October 2016

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Solange Releases “Don’t Touch My Hair” Video — Stunning Masterpiece

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Music influencers have long suggested that Solange’s talent far exceeds Beyonce’s, and Beyonce’s on-the-pulse take on pop-culture topics is perhaps secretly driven by her sister’s vision. Translation? Beyonce rides the trend, and Solange sets it. If you’re looking to verify that theory, you need not look far. Solange’s new album ‘A Seat at the Table’ debuted on Sunday. Her video for “Don’t Touch My Hair,” is below. Be prepared to marvel at its beauty.

Monday

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October 2016

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Britney Spears Visits Jonathan Ross — Watch Now

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One thing is clear from Britney Spears’ interview with Jonathan Ross, and it’s that the pop princess is very shy. Though she starts off extremely stiff with one-word answers, Ross’ kind disposition relaxed her, and it resulted in a very funny story about her friend who set her up with a “guy that looks like a lizard.” Among the other revelations, one involves her receiving a contact high from her audience and her son’s keen musical ear. It’s pretty interesting that she agreed to a talk on his couch considering she’s notoriously uncomfortable in a long-form Q&A. Watch below.

Sunday

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October 2016

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Quote of the Day: Miley Cyrus v. Mariah Carey

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“I’ve never really been a fan, because it’s so much about Mariah Carey. That’s part of her shtick; I can see through that. It’s about what she’s wearing, and it’s about her. What I make isn’t about me. It’s about sharing my story; it’s about someone being connected to what I’m saying.” Miley Cyrus on Mariah Carey during an interview with Elle Magazine where she once again proved that she’s most interesting when critiquing other artists.

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