Jada Pinkett Smith Tries and Fails to Knock Sense Into T.I.

I appreciate Jada Pinkett Smith’s efforts to turn T.I.’s horrific “protection” of his daughter’s hymen into a “teachable moment,” but not even Jada can jam sense into T.I’s tiny brain. While visiting Red Table Talk to clear up his controversial comments about accompanying his daughter to the gynecologist to ensure her virginity is intact, he instead doubled down. The most shocking revelation is his insistence that when a woman loses her virginity, she immediately becomes and adult, and with that, comes adult responsibilities. This sounded more like a threat than an education, as if living in T.I.’s house as a non-virgin means more chores, and demanding job, and a clearly defined life plan. When T.I. asked the “purpose of a father,” it was more of a statement than a question, insisting his desire to be “involved” is cloaked with love, and if he doesn’t have a say in his daughter’s choices, he’s then just a man who “donates sperm and pays for things.”

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American Music Awards – Review + Recap

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The American Music Awards aired last night, and with the exception of some standout performances, not everyone was at their best. Below is a recap for your reviewing enjoyment.

Halsey

Halsey first grabbed my attention during her performance at Rihanna’s Fenty fashion show (yes, I’m late to the Halsey party). She’s hypnotic, and her AMA performance is no exception.

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes

I’m over these two. Sure they have chemistry, but it’s so played up it’s now played out. Also, their chemistry is literally the only element of the performance. The non-kiss tension worked for me at the VMAs, but now it’s just unoriginal.

Shania Twain

Shania Twain’s over-the-top fashion choices are almost as iconic as her greatest hits, and it was nice to see her return to form in this crazy pink ensemble. The entire performance felt like a concert-worthy moment rather than a pocket of a larger show. Does anything make you “feel like a woman” more than neon pink? Twain has been honest about her Lyme Disease has impacted her vocals, and she took a layover from the limelight as a result. It’s nice to see her return to the stage.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes. I like her music, I like the presentation, and I love that she refused to go the standard sexy route. Weird is always welcome in my world. Plus, this power duo pens their own tunes, and that goes a long way in my book.

Green Day

Green Day makes the list of bands I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never seen live. I’m most embarrassed because by all accounts their performances are unprecedented. I’m told Billy Joe’s appreciation for his audience shows through from start to finish, which means it always surprises me when they take the stage at an awards show rife with some of a more apathetic crowd. One of the most legendary bands in history is on the stage in front of you, and you’re on your iPhone scrolling (see video below). If only he smashed his guitar and complained about the same way he did on that infamous Bieber moment.

Lizzo

Yes, I love Lizzo, but I almost fell asleep during her performance. She’s not a ballad singer, and this felt like something Adele would do (minus the “passionate” kneeling). The dress is also way off-brand.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa transported me to the 80s with a leotard-driven version of musical chairs amid balloons (white-girl shimmy included). After her fresh, intoxicating performance at the Grammys, this was hugely disappointing. Whose the stylist that got in her ear, told her to dye her hair blond and add extensions? This felt incredibly dated.

Selena Gomez

I don’t want to kick Selena while she’s down, especially since she had a panic attack immediately prior to her performance. That being said, her range is limited, and it shows. The original video for “Lose You to Love Me” is heavily auto-tuned, and the issue with that is — when you actually sing live — you’re exposed. The second song is better (it’s presumably lip-synced), but she looks so uncomfortable in her risque outfit, it’s hard to watch. She should take a page out of Billie Eilish’s handbook and start dressing in a way that brings out her best self.

Tabloid Gossip: Your Celebrity News Update

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Kaia Gerber and Pete Davidson are going strong. Just Jared

Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union are out on AGT — but the men stay put. Access

Billie Eilish got booed by vultures — and she’s having none of it. E! Online

Kylie Jenner just pocked $600 million. Wonderwall

Miley Cyrus‘ sister-in-law thinks Liam Hemsworth deserves better. Hollywood Life

Justin Timberlake was spotted holding hands with Alisha Wainwright despite marriage to Jessica Biel. Us Magazine

Does Nicole Scherzinger have a new love interest? Mirror

Joycelyn Savage turned on R. Kelly. TMZ

Selma Blair and her boyfriend make a beautiful couple. Daily Mail

Justin Hartley and his wife are divorcing after two years. Dlisted

Lizzo just shut her haters down with one revealing shot on IG. Page Six

Scooter Braun publicly addressed Taylor Swift drama. Stuff

Coldplay is taking a stand on the environment. NYDN

Shark Tank’s Lori Grenier Calls Contestant a Chauvanist

I onced joked to Mark Cuban that the chairs on Shark Tank should be rearranged according to the most successful investors/sharks, and he replied, “Then the women would be sitting dead center.” The clip below brought me back to that moment, as Lori Grenier suggested (in one of the first moments in the history of the show) that the contestant was a “chauvanist.” Though the men didn’t seem to bite on her observation, I think she’s onto something. Furthermore, the contestant’s reaction is telling, as it’s more condescending than contrite.

It’s not easy to be the lone female on a panel of dudes, especially when making an assertion based on nuance only another woman might understand. In fact, any woman whose been to a car dealership (let alone a board meeting) beside a man would know what she’s saying 3.5 seconds into the clip below. Watch and judge for yourself.

Selena Gomez Takes Aim at Justin Bieber With New Tune

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are poster children for toxic relationships, but like most of America, I always rooted for their reconciliation and was baffled by his quick rebound with Hailey Baldwin. As for Gomez herself, she was equally baffled, especially given her new song, “Lose You to Love Me,” which will no doubt generate some confusion and cantankerous conversation in Casa Bieber. Gomez’s tune is equal parts prosaic and beautiful. She somehow seemlessly ebbs in and out of the public eye with grace. Listen below.

Taylor Swift Goes for Kanye . . . Again

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As long as Taylor Swift is going to parse out her Kanye West feud point-for-point, so is The Dishmaster, because as a current lawyer and former debater, I know how to read between the lines — and Taylor Swift’s lines are actually circles. 

Let’s review. Swift and West’s feud began at the MTV Video Music Awards when West interrupted her speech to boldly proclaim that Beyonce should have won. They briefly reconciled, but their new love took a left turn when West wrote a song about Swift, with the lyrics, “I made that bitch famous” and “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.” When West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, came to her husband’s defense, Swift’s team attempted to demoralize her with a cutting, sexist quote, saying:

“Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West. However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place. It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware of being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”  

Swift doubled down when she accepted the GRAMMY Award saying, “There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.” Team West/Kardashian finally had enough and released the actual footage of Swift gleefully consenting to West’s use of the song. In the leaked footage, Swift can be heard calling West “awesome” for being “outspoken” in declaring that the VMA incident “made her famous.”

I suspect Swift was not aware she was being recorded, as there’s no way in hell her team would release the above quote if they had knowledge that it could be disproved in an instant. Furthermore, it’s illegal. California is a two-party state, which means that it is illegal for West to record anything without Swift’s permission or knowledge. West/Kardashian obviously knew that a lawsuit would serve to further soil Swift’s reputation, so they took the risk in releasing it. 

When Swift got word of the release, her entire argument hinged on West NOT asking to use the words “that bitch,” saying ” You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.” Though we don’t get to “control” her emotional response, we do get to judge whether its genuine. And the evidence suggests it is not genuine. She did not object to West declaring that he made her famous (yet Swift took aim at this line during her GRAMMY speech) and she did not object to a line involving the two having sex. On the leaked footage she is heard saying that the sex lyric is actually “tongue in cheek.” If she didn’t object to both those lines, it stands to reason she would also not object to being called “that bitch.” But a busted person gets desperate — and she did the best she could to remove the red paint from her hands.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Swift resurrected the feud, claiming Kanye is two-faced. Swift recounts being asked by West to present him with the Vanguard Award only to say on stage, “MTV got Taylor Swift up here to present me this award for ratings!” But Rolling Stone fact-checked her claim, and West’s EXACT quote is, “You know how many times they announced Taylor was going to give me the award ’cause it got them more ratings?” The difference between those two sentences is MASSIVE. Swift’s claim implies West baited her to present the award and then made it look like it was solely MTV’s decision. His actual quote implies that HE wanted her to present the award but it was MTV who capitalized on the kind gesture between friends for ratings. While it’s possible she does not understand the difference between those two quotes, it’s also possible that this is once again a desperate attempt to revive her reputation. 

For the life of me I do not understand why Swift won’t let this die. Part of me wants to believe she thinks she’s right and doesn’t understand the facts. But then I remember her sexist quote about Kim Kardashian and her deplorable GRAMMY speech and it hit me — she doesn’t think she’s right, she wants to win.

Kim v. Kourtney: “Your Style is Nasty”

KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS — Season: 16 — Pictured: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” Key Art — (Photo by: Miller Mobley/ E! Entertainment)

There are so many layers to the greatness of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians clip below, I’ve decided to explain it in bullet form to ensure I cover all the key points. Note that the sisterly spat began when Kim accused Kourtney of trying to copy her style.

  • A Humanitarian hoe: Kim Kardashian calls Kourtney Kardashian a “fake humanitarian hoe,” because Kim is actually doing things for the world and Kourtney is just pretending. Kim might be a real humanitarian, but she’s also a humanitarian that called her sister a “hoe.”
  • Kris Jenner’s reaction: Kris Jenner is clearly the favorite Kardashian, as the matriarch has an unprecedented hustle. Her zen-like response to her kids’ fights is priceless. Plus, she couldn’t help but crack a smile at the ridiculousness.
  • Khloe doesn’t give a f*ck: Khloe Kardashian is the queen of bypassing drama with a dazed phone scroll, and this clip is no exception.
  • Kourtney’s response: Kourtney has always dominated the savage insults, and her “people-are-dying-Kim” response to Kim losing her $75,000 diamond earring in the ocean has gone down in history as one of the show’s all time best quotes. The fact that this clip gives that quote a callback makes me very happy.
  • Kim is a style snob: While Kim might have the best style of the Kardashian clan (excluding mamma Kris), that doesn’t say a lot. Plus, Kanye plays a large role in it and Kim hoards the credit. That being said, she’s taken over Kourtney’s savage insults by calling Kourtney’s stylist’s picks “nasty.”

Watch the glorious clip below. Keeping Up With the Kardashians airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on E!.

Lala Kent Tries to Wiggle Out of 50 Cent Feud

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Vanderpump Rules star Lala Kent’s warped sense of self worth is an always entertaining addition to the intoxicating Bravo reality series, but when it comes to her feud with 50 Cent, I simply can’t let it slide. In the clip below, you’ll see Kent claim that she has receipts to prove that she “bruised 50 Cent’s ego,” which is laughable considering the extent to which “Fofty” humiliating her husband/Power producer Randall Emmett over outstanding debt owed to the rapper/producer. Watch below to see her wiggle out of one of the best feuds of all time.

Miley Cyrus & Kaitlynn Carter – Why Are Same-Sex Affairs, “Fake”?

When Miley Cyrus surfaced on the beach smooching Foray co-founder/Brody Jenner’s ex Kaitlynn Carter, most people thought it was fake, including The Hills star/Tommy Lee’s and Pamela Anderson’s son, Brandon Lee. Personally, I thought it was more disrespectful than fake. In fact, it’s just as disrespectful as Brody’s recent rendezvous with Josie Canseco, but because society is way harder on women, Brody’s actions seemed to get a pass. He rightfully came to his ex-“wife’s” defense, but the damage is done.

Here’s my issue. Why is it “fake” when two women kiss on the heels of a divorce, but it’s “scandalous” when a woman and a man run off together? Is a lesbian love affair less believable? Though men might not place the same weight on girl/girl infidelity, it’s just as tacky to rub your new relationship in your ex’s face, regardless of the gender. I have zero idea about the timeline here, so I can only go by their announcement. But judging by Liam Hemsworth’s reaction, he’s still grieving the loss of his marriage – which makes this worse.

Taylor Swift’s “Lover” v. Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You”

It’s no secret I’ve been riding the Taylor Swift hate train for quite some time, but that doesn’t make me a “hater.” I’m just simply a longtime fan gone rogue after a series of unforgivable missteps. Aside from the usual complaints about her whoa-is-me/I’m-a-victim behavior, she’s released a new tune entitled “Lover” and it’s so clearly a rip-off off of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” my head might explode. Will she receive legal push-back? Probably not. To quote my friend, “It’s close, but it’s not close enough.” Listen below and judge for yourself.