There’s a tape circulating which features Elisabeth Hasselbeck walking off the show after being scolded by Barbara Walters during a heated Hot Topic about abortion. It offers a fascinating inside look into the The View during its Barbara Walters/Bill Geddie reign. Though I remember lauding Walters for admonishing a far-too-intense Hasselbeck, age, time, and our current climate has resulted in me viewing this exchange with a different lens.
Hasselbeck was on an island alone for years, and she held her own on that island. By all accounts, Walters was not the easiest to work with, and it makes sense to have a conversation about Hasselbeck’s tone OFF the air. In short, she humiliated her in front of a live audience. Even more interesting from the clip, is the genius that is Bill Geddie, for somehow finding a way to comfort Hasselbeck, convince her to go on the air, and simultaneously explain Walters’ point of view without defending it. To do that in less than four minutes is incredible. Watch below.
Call me a troublemaker, but when Abby Huntsman fawned over Zachary Levi’s body by leaving her seat to grab his bicep, I couldn’t help but think of the double standard. If a male co-host had put his hands on a female guest, there would be an uproar. If men have to respect the personal space of women, then women need to do the same.
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.
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.
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:
“The thing is, marriage is very hard. That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.”
“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.
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.
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
Janelle Monae in Chanel
Nicole Kidman in Michael Kors Collection
Sandra Oh in Atelier Versace
Sandra Oh in Versace (Winner)
Sandra Oh in Stella McCartney
Kristen Bell in Zuhair Murad
Rachel Brosnahan in Prada
Regina King in Alberta Ferretti
Jamie Lee Curtis in Alexander McQueen (another favorite)
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?
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.