“Operation Varsity Blues” and a Troubling Unearthed Interview With Lori Loughlin

Just about everyone on planet earth has sounded off on “Operation Varsity Blues,” a detailed effort on the part of wealthy parents to manipulate their children’s chances of entering elite universities via bribes, the retroactive manipulation of SAT scores, and a false declaration of athletic status. Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and Academy Award nominee Felicity Huffman are both in jail as a result. I have nothing new to say of any value, but I would like to point out a video with Lori Loughlin and her daughter which initially troubled me, and it has now been put into a greater context.

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The Oscars — Highlights From the Night

The 91st Academy Awards seemed to be in dire straights with the Kevin Hart debacle, but the host-less ceremony went off without a hitch and even saw a slight uptick in ratings. Does that mean we should forgo a funnyman/woman next year? I’m not sure, but it certainly had to happen this year. No comedian wanted to go near the ceremony after Kevin Hart stepped down, and that was likely the right decision. 

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Justin Bieber, That Vogue Interview, and His Depression

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, March 2019

I like Justin Bieber. In fact, I might be one of the only people to defend his many random rants. But the news that he’s receiving treatment for depression coupled with the insistence that it “has nothing to do” with his wife Hailey is not surprising. The new couple recently did an interview with Vogue Magazine, and while others thought it a cute inside look at their romance, I saw their mutual misery as absolutely alarming.

Read the most telling quotes below:
Hailey
“The thing is, marriage is very hard. That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.”
Justin

“I’ve made some bad decisions personally, and in relationships. Those mistakes have affected my confidence in my judgment. It’s been difficult for me even to trust Hailey. We’ve been working through stuff. And it’s great, right?”

Hailey (of a past betrayal)
“Negative things happened that we still need to talk about and work through.”
Justin“Fighting is good. Doesn’t the Bible talk about righteous anger? We don’t want to lose each other. We don’t want to say the wrong thing, and so we’ve been struggling with not expressing our emotions, which has been driving me absolutely crazy because I just need to express myself, and it’s been really difficult to get her to say what she feels.”

Hailey (in reference to the Belieber backlash about their marriage)

“I prayed to feel peace about the decision [to marry], and that’s where I landed. I love him very much. I have loved him for a long time.”

Justin (on being homebodies)

“She’s trying to be this grown-up. I think we can be married and still have fun and enjoy our adolescence. That’s something we’re talking about.”

I realize that I’ve plucked out the most negative parts of the interview, so if you’d like to read it in full and judge for yourself, head on over to Vogue Magazine. But be aware that I generously only pulled the actual quotes, because the interviewers observations and asides are even worse.

Tabloid Gossip — Your Week of News

DF-11915_R2 – L-R: Gwilym Lee (Brian May), Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury), and Joe Mazzello (John Deacon) star in Twentieth Century Fox’s BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Pete Davidson is dating my girlfriend. People

Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill welcomed their second child. Us Weekly

NeNe Leakes just came for Lisa Vanderpump. Too Fab

Aly Raisman discussed her ex-boyfriend, The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood. ET Online

Natalie Maines’ estranged husband wants a lot of money in alimony. Dlisted

Birdman and Toni Braxton are back on. The Blast

Cardi B and Offset were spotted canoodling. Hollywood Life

Roger Matthews responded to JWOWW’s abuse allegations. New York Post

Mo’Nique allegedly threatened Steve Harvey during an appearance on his show. The Blast

Gisele’s sobriety ended her relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio. Stuff

Halsey and Yungblud are heating up. TMZ

Brangelina called a brief truce. Socialite Life

Rami Malek said working with Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody was “not pleasant.” Vulture

Paris Jackson opened up about her mental health. Just Jared

Liam Payne and Naomi Campbell are enjoying each other’s company. Radar

Future, Ciara, and Russell Wilson Drama Continues

In the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, my eyes have opened to sexism in the media, and one such realization lies in the fact that men are often way more dramatic and messy than women. Such is the case with Future, who took aim at Seattle Seahawks player and husband of Ciara (his baby mamma), Russell Wilson, during a Beats1 interview radio interview saying:

[Wilson] do exactly what she tell him to do… He not tellin’ her, ‘Chill out with that on the internet. Don’t even talk to him. I’m your husband! You better not even bring Future’s name up!’ If that was me, she couldn’t even bring his name up. She know that. She couldn’t even bring her exes’ names up.

It’s interesting that Future recently said the hardest part of monogamy is a woman’s jealousy when his own statement about Ciara confirmed his hypocrisy. Any man that imposes parameters on what his wife/girlfriend can and cannot say is inherently possessive and jealous. That being said, Ciara and Wilson’s response seems even less mature. Posting a picture of Future’s son on social media is an innate jab wrapped in a pretty bow. If Future has inherent issues with his access/role in his son’s life, keep it private. In fact, keep the entire thing private.

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Golden Globe Awards – 2019 Red Carpet Standouts

It is not lost on me that the 2019 Golden Globe Awards had some of the best fashion looks in the last decade, and it’s the first year without Fashion Police. Perhaps celebrities and stylists are more apt to take risks without the public backlash that comes with a less than stellar fashion choice? It’s time to celebrate risk, not diminish it. See below for the best looks of the night.

Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Halle Berry and Lena Waithe at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Janelle Monae in Chanel

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Janelle Monae at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Nicole Kidman in Michael Kors Collection

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Nicole Kidman at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: (l-r) Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg arrive to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/NBC)

Sandra Oh in Versace (Winner)

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Sandra Oh in Stella McCartney

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Sandra Oh, Best Actress – TV Series, Drama, “Killing Eve” at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: (l-r) Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive to the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Rachel Brosnahan in Prada

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Rachel Broshahan, winner of Best Actress – TV Series, Musical or Comedy at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Regina King in Alberta Ferretti

Regina King at the 2019 Golden Globes
76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Regina King, winner of Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Jamie Lee Curtis in Alexander McQueen (another favorite)

Jamie Lee Curtis in Alexander McQueen at Golden Globes 2019
76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Ben Stiller and Jamie Lee Curtis at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Lady Gaga in Valentino

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson, winners of Best Original Song – Motion Picture at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Kendall Jenner “Depressed” Over Proactiv Backlash?

Kendall Jenner is the new face of Proactiv
Image courtesy of People Magazine

KRIS JENNER MISLED US

When Kris Jenner teased an open and honest confession from Kendall Jenner, I assumed it was about her crippling anxiety disorder. In the past, Keeping Up With the Kardashians has alluded to Kendall’s mental health issues, which greatly impacted her modeling career, because the star was physically unable to even get on planes without shaking and losing her breath. She also suffers from sleep paralysis, a disorder that I can personally say is terrifying.

KENDALL IS NOT A KARDASHIAN

While I’ve come to terms with the Kardashian machine, Kendall Jenner perhaps cannot say the same. She’s a bit of an outcast, with a personality that is clearly different than her siblings. She’s admittedly more of a tomboy and although she has made some “on brand” provocative red-carpet appearances, it doesn’t seem to quite fit with her personality. She’s just a little too cool for that, and I’m not sure Kris Jenner got that memo.

THE WORD “BRAVE” SHOULD NOT BE THROWN AROUND

White t-shirt, straight-to-the-camera commercials are nothing new. They are meant to illicit a relatable nature, as if the audience and the speaker are friends. But that doesn’t quite work here. If you’re going to get money for a commercial, just own it. Don’t use the word “brave,” especially during the #MeToo movement. And if it’s true that Kendall Jenner is upset/depressed over the backlash, I feel sorry for her given her aforementioned mental health issues. That being said, she should know better. If the Pepsi debacle wasn’t a lesson to change her advisors, what is?

Kevin Hart Addresses Oscar Controversy

Forgive me for minimizing Kevin Hart’s Oscar debacle with a petty analogy, but the man reminds me of every guy I’ve ever dated who is allergic to apologizing. So allergic in fact that he says things like, “I’m sorry IF I offended you,” or “How many times are you going to mention the same thing. I’ve already apologized.” Lastly, “Can’t we just focus on the future, not the past?” When combined with fame, social media, and the a rightfully offended LGBTQ+ community, it gets even worse.

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‘The Masked Singer’ Debuts – And it’s Awesome

Gimmicks can go terribly wrong, but in the case of The Masked Singer and its mysterious head games (pun intended), FOX got it right. The fun format features celebrity performers in an elaborate costume, and it’s up to the judges (Nicole Scherzinger, Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke and Ken Jeung) to guess their identity. Billed as “TV’s wildest singing show,” it’s a fun twist on a tired, competitive format that has over-saturated the market. And the best part? The guesses are all over Twitter, including a hilarious tweet from T-Pain who many think is last night’s “monster.” See below, along with videos from the show.

Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner wedding
Photo courtesy of @Karlie Kloss IG

Toni Braxton and Birdman called off their engagement. Dlisted

‘Boy Meets World’ star Danielle Fishel is pregnant. E! Online

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting their fourth child via surrogate. New York Post

‘The View’ co-host Abby Huntsman is pregnant with twins. ET Online

Karlie Koss released a new video from her wedding to Joshua Kushner. People

Sofia Richie and Kourtney Kardashian are #newfriendgoals. Hollywood Life

Tiffany Haddish‘s comedy set didn’t go so well . . . and that’s okay. Lainy Gossip

Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa have a fourth child on the way. OK! Magazine

Courtney Love got a restraining order against Britney Spears’ former manager. The Blast

Drake seems to generate a lot of drama. The Blast, Vibe

Vincent Cassel, 52, and his 21-year-old wife are having a baby. Celebitchy

Gordon Ramsay and his wife are expecting baby #5. Bossip

Nicki Minaj‘s new boyfriend has a disturbing criminal history. The Blast

Ariana Grande is never dating again. The Blemish