Bill Maher Tries to Restore Our Faith in Humanity

Bill Maher’s best skill has always been going against the grain in a non-troll format, and though he might have veered off track for a hot minute, the politically incorrect host has revved back up with some anti-establishment gems. In the video below, he restores our faith in humanity, and as a liberal cloaked in some conservative values (the sane ones), I appreciate the borderline uplifting New Rule segment. Watch below.

Wendy Williams Shoots (And Misses) Her Shot with Comedian Gary Owen

I’m all for shooting your shot, but Wendy Williams shot far too many times for Gary Owen, and judging by the video below, the man was desperate for an emergency exit.

Owen recently announced his divorce from longtime love Kenya Duke, who he often incorporated into his standup act. Wendy Williams made a shameless play for the newly single father-of-three proving that if it first you don’t succeed — try, try again…and again.

After watching there exchange in full, I did imagine what we might think if the gender roles were reversed given the endless amount of grief we still give David Letterman for often hitting on his female guests. In fact, Wendy took it a step further than flirtation, asking the comedian out on an official date, which is a lose lose situation. He clearly doesn’t want to go, but if he rejects her on air, he’ll seem mean.

It’s worth noting that I believe Gary has already moved on to a new relationship. I got a sense for these things.

Ben Platt Performs “Imagine” on Kelly Clarkson’s Show

I love Ben Platt, but he’s not exactly the most dynamic performer. He stands and sings, and though there’s nothing wrong with that, it can be limiting if you’re lacking Adele’s pipes and there’s no band on stage. Having said that, I have to give the guy well-deserved props for his performance of his new single “Imagine” on Kelly Clarkson’s show, which featured dancers that added some beautiful oomph to his moving tune. Watch below.

American Idol’s Hunter Mett’s Ends Toxic Masculinity with ‘Falling Slowly’ Performance

When Hunter Metts took the stage at American Idol to sing the Academy award-winning song “Falling Slowly” from the film Once, I knew it would be spectacular. Metts has a soothing, unique tone that is the perfect fit for the track originally written, composed and performed by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. What I didn’t predict however, is that Metts would forget the lyrics at the end and in doing so, show the world what it looks like when a man is vulnerable.

Katy Perry received praise for her attempt to console him while he was mid-tears, but I’d like to instead praise Metts for using his huge platform to chip away at toxic masculinity. It is not often that we see men cry and when we do, we should embrace it.

It is brave to be vulnerable — and we need to remember that.

Sheryl Underwood Gives Lackluster Explanation for Ignoring Sharon Osbourne’s Texts

The Talk Cast Photo

When Sharon Osbourne released the apology texts she sent to Sheryl Underwood following Sheryl’s claim that Sharon had not directly reached out, I was floored. Surely there must be some explanation, I thought. Surely Sheryl didn’t receive those texts, because no human being would just outright lie in such a fashion. Turns out I’m naïve.

For those just tuning in, Sharon Osbourne unceremoniously exited The Talk following a heated conversation about race with Sheryl Underwood in which Sharon blatantly disrespected her co-host on air. When Sharon took to Instagram to issue an apology, she neglected to mention Sheryl’s name. Many saw this as further disrespect. Sheryl subsequently doubled down on a podcast, INSISTING that Sharon NEVER reached out. In fact, she made a joke about it. Sharon defended herself by leaking multiple apology texts to Sheryl immediately following the on-air spat and then again days later – to no response.

So did Sheryl block Sharon? Did Sharon have the wrong phone number? Surely there must be some good explanation for Sheryl’s claim. Unfortunately, there is not. Here is what Sheryl said:

“I have not spoken to and do not have any phone call missed or received that I can find in my phone, but there were text messages sent to me. The reason I did not speak about or acknowledge or even respond to those text messages, because they were coming to me during the internal investigation. I didn’t know if you were supposed to communicate or not communicate … I want to be clear on this: I have not spoken to Sharon. I have not had phone calls from her. And my fear of answering something because something pops up in the media that’s misunderstood.”

While it might be true that Sheryl strategically ignored Sharon’s texts, that does not justify Sheryl denying she received those texts in the first place. Furthermore, if you were in fact concerned about impacting an internal CBS investigation, then you should not have publicly discussed this issue until that investigation finished. Instead, you not only discussed it, you lied about it.

Khloe Kardashian Doesn’t Like “Normal” – Wants Photo Scrubbed from Internet

Courtesy of Khloe’s Instagram (and an example of the types of unrealistic photos she approves)

There’s a photo of Khloe Kardashian circling that Internet and her team is taking drastic measures to take it down. Why? Because she looks like a normal human being without all the Photoshop frills and the Kardashian klan doesn’t like normal. I’ve seen the photo and it is far from unflattering. For those following Khloe lately she has had an unrecognizable glow-up that’s caused some concern and the photo in question is actually a comforting reminder that most of the issues are actually Photoshop fails rather than extreme under-the-knife changes.

Team Khloé said that the photo “was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant. Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down.” While it is true that Khloe has the right to reject a photo she deems unflattering there’s a larger issue at play here — vanity, and a fake representation of what people actually look like. What’s so wrong with looking normal anyway?

Rachel Bilson v. Rami Malek – Who’s Right?

Rachel Bilson posted an unflattering high school throwback photo of Rami Malek on Instagram, Malek asked her to take it down via DM, and The O.C. actress complied…sort of. She recounted the story on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast and it predictably went viral, thereby further disrespecting the Oscar winner’s request for privacy.

Is it wrong to post an innocent, “nerdy” photo of someone sans their permission? Perhaps not. But as someone who has been asked to take down unflattering photos of friends and kindly complied, I can’t help but believe in Bilson’s malintent. Because Malek coldly made the request without any pleasantries attached, she felt offended – and struck back accordingly.

It’s About time for Paris Hilton to Take Ownership of Her Racist Past

Paris Hilton seems to be on a dirty-laundry cleanse, only she’s raiding the closets of others and failed to purge her own precarious overflow. Hilton drew attention to an old Sarah Silverman joke aimed at The Simple Life star, in which the comedian referenced Hilton’s then-upcoming jail sentence, saying that in order to make the heiress “feel more comfortable in prison, the guards are going to paint the bars to look like penises.” While I understand the desire to demand an apology (and she succeeded in getting one) given that the joke was based on Hilton’s stolen sex tape recorded sans her permission, I’d like the accountability train to also include Paris Hilton’s racism.

If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to take a trip down memory lane. Paris Hilton has a history of racist, anti-Semitic, bigoted language — none of which was even moderately acknowledged in her This Is Paris documentary, which purported to be a thorough examination of her life. Some might remember that Paris Hilton’s storage locker became public after she failed to pay the fee, and that storage locker included damning videotapes of her repeatedly using the N word in addition to other horrific racist language. Many of the videos have been scrubbed, but some live on and are easily findable.

Journalist Neil Strauss (The Dirt) also documented a troubling encounter with Hilton in his book, Everyone Loves You and Your Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness. According to Strauss, during an interaction with Hilton, heiress pointed to an unnamed actor in Saving Private Ryan, and said, “We were making out, but then we went somewhere where it was bright and I saw that he was black and made an excuse and left. I can’t stand black guys. I would never touch one. It’s gross.” Hilton denied the alleged interaction and threatened to sue, but I believe Strauss. Her use of the N word in the aforementioned video was far more difficult to deny given we can see it with our own eyes so her then-publicist issued a pathetic statement on her behalf. Here’s what it said:

“I’m not going to make any attempt to spin this. It happened. I’m not going to deny it happened. Each of us has used words we have regretted later. This was six years ago. She was 20 at the time. It was New Year’s Eve. She had been obviously drinking. She sincerely regrets using those words. She is not a racist or an anti-Semite.”

Speaking of anti-Semitic, there are also numerous reports of Paris Hilton taking aim at Jews. I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point. If you’re going to come for Sarah Silverman make sure own house is clean. And if you’re going to make a “documentary” about your life, you sure as sh*t better take ownership of your deplorable behavior. Because I’ve seen that documentary and it should be called — This is NOT Paris.

Sharon Osbourne Apologizes – But Leaves Sheryl Underwood Out

If there is anything I have learned during my antiracist awakening, it’s that it is not up to Black people to educate white people on racism. When Sheryl Underwood kindly attempted to ask Shannon Osborne about her stanch defense of Piers Morgan, Osborne got predictably defensive and in fact demanded that Sheryl justify the question in the first place. In the video below, you’ll notice that Sheryl keeps her composure, whereas Sharon Osborne gets to throw a tantrum with no consequences. Furthermore, demanding that Underwood “not cry” is deplorable.

I don’t know Sharon Osborne, but I trust Sheryl Underwood’s opinion when she said that Osborne is not racist. That being said, she certainly ignorant in her defense of Morgan, missing the fact that Morgan’s continual diminishment of Meghan Markle’s experience with racism is in it of itself racist. He need not use the n-word to be considered racist — a point lost on Osbourne.

According to reports, the on-air spat is currently being investigated and Osborne has since apologized via Instagram. Though I’m happy to see an apology of any sort, it would’ve been better in person — and Underwood’s name is curiously nowhere to be found.

I’d hate to see Sharon fired over this. I’d love for the conversation to continue on-air until she gets it, but to reiterate my original point – that would be exhausting for her cohosts, and it’s not their job to offer Osborne an educational course on racism or unconscious bias.