We've been over the Duggar family for a good long while now, what with all of their backwards beliefs and general obnoxiousness. But now, it seems like a whole mess of people are over them too, so much so that they're trying to get their show, "19 Kids and Counting," cancelled. A petition was started to get TLC to see the error in their choice to continue employing this family, and here's the argument:
End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars. The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people. You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show.
The petition also has some specific examples of this, claiming that Michelle Duggar has been trying to get laws repealed that protect transgendered people, because they are "child predators," and that Josh Duggar is working with a hate group known for its anti-gay beliefs and practices. But really, all the specifics don't matter, because over the years the Duggars have made it clear what their beliefs are, and it seems strange that TLC would continue to promote them when, thankfully, our society seems to be progressing beyond all this ignorance.
As of right now, the petition has over 130,000 signatures. With any luck (or common sense), that's enough people to get this issue noticed, and with even more luck, we might not have to be subjected to this nonsense for much longer. Dream big, friends!
For the past couple of months or so, we've all been so lucky to witness one of the more amusing celebrity feuds of our time: Gwyneth Paltrow vs. Martha Stewart. It's just been such a pleasure to see these two well-to-do ladies making little swipes at each other, or, to be more accurate, to see Martha make little swipes at Gwyneth while Gwyneth takes all that shade as flattery. It's been nice, and the niceness just won't stop coming.
This round centers around a recipe that Gwyneth published over on her website, GOOP, for a nice little cake. OK, OK, but do you know what it's called? Jailbird cake. Gwyneth posted a recipe for a jailbird cake, and it's ever so catty because Martha Stewart was in jail herself. Insult accomplished!
Oh, and just in case you're thinking something like "wow, that's super lame," then one, you're correct, and two, the lameness doesn't stop here, because a source close to Gwyneth made a statement about the recipe, and this is the only reason why we'd ever think this was a Martha Stewart slam:
"The folks at goop know how to have some fun, too. If Martha served up the appetizer, the Jailbird Cake is just desserts."
Well, at least little Gwynnie tried, right? Sure, it's the weakest slam of all time, and it's sad that she's feuding with Martha in the first place, but she did try. And that's what matters.
By now, you surely have heard about all the rape accusations against Bill Cosby ... the new ones, that is, since women have been accusing him of sexual assault for over a decade now. It's uncomfortable, of course, to hear these things, and it's unspeakably sad, but after hearing story after story after story of the same exact thing, it kind of makes it hard to dismiss these claims. At this point, Bill Cosby is, at best, a very unsavory person.
But no, let's go ahead and make him the victim, all right? That's Glenn Beck's plan. On his show yesterday, he discussed an interview in which Bill was asked about all these allegations, which he refused to comment on before asking the footage to be scrapped. Here's Glenn's take on that:
"You want to talk about rape? That's media rape, right there ... You said you would not do that. Since when does your 'no' mean 'yes?' Do you know the definition of 'no,' sir? You've just raped Bill Cosby. You said you wouldn't do it. You just did it and then you blamed it on him. My gosh, maybe we should have a lesson on rape."
It really shouldn't be, but for some reason, it's always shocking when Glenn Beck and people like him display such massive stupidity as this. Because no, actually, Bill Cosby was not raped during that interview. There's no such thing as "media rape." Rape is one thing, one very terrible thing, and it's a thing that Bill Cosby is in no way a victim of. And why does Glenn even feel the need to defend him like this? Because of that awful, terrible media, right? Because we should all be so delicate with our words around someone accused of assaulting and raping a number of women.
Against all odds, Glenn Beck managed to make this whole thing even worse. Congratulations, buddy. You should be so proud.
It's been an extremely difficult few months without Robin Williams, but his family is coping as best as they can ... and really, what else can they do when something so tragic and sudden happens?
Zak Williams, Robin's son with first wife, Valerie Velardi, has spoken out for the first time since his father's death on August 11th, and it was just as freshly sad as it was the day we as fans found out. Speaking on behalf of Williams' family, Zak said, "We're doing OK. We're acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step. Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good. She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we're working with them to do good in the world.
He continued by sharing memories of his late, great father, saying, "Dad had almost a childlike love, and he shared that love with people, with everyone. And that ability to love, and that ability to be generous and giving and kind is something we would want to share with future generations."
RIP, Robin. You raised a great family, friend.
Oh, friends, this is going to be so hard for us all, but together, we can get through anything: some new songs by Selena Gomez were just leaked, one of them is called "Do It," and it is, in fact, about doing it. Like sex. Doing sex. And it's bad:
"If I had a choice," Selena sings in her lovely little voice, "if I had my way, boy, you know we'd do it every single day." She tells the subject of the song -- and now is as good a time as any to suggest the very real possibility that this is about Justin Bieber -- that "I'll show you what I like boy boy boy if you show me what you like boy boy boy." It's a lot to take in.
Look, there's nothing wrong with Selena enjoying sex. That's good and healthy and all that, and even if -- sorry for this mental image -- it's Justin Bieber that she enjoys having sex with, that's fine. If she wants to write songs about sex, that's fine too. But to write a song like this, a song called "Do It," and to have it be such a basic little pop song, it's just weird. And kind of sad. And more than a little mortifying.
Try again, Selena. Please.
"I stopped doing drugs when I was about 20 years old. But I recently thought, 'Oh I'm going to start smoking pot again to cure insomnia.' I'd put the kids to bed, go upstairs and smoke a little bit of pot. But then I'd get stuck in front of the Kardashians on TV for 45 minutes. And it freaked me out. I was like, 'I'm never doing this ever again.' It's definitely not for me."
--The legendary Dave Grohl of both Nirvana and The Foo Fighters on what happens when he mixes marijuana with "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," and what the scary end result is, and we've gotta say, we can't blame him. Could you imagine what it would be like to be under the influence watching Kim and Khloe and Kourtney and Kendall and Kylie and Kris and Kanye and Kerfuffle all the rest doing their thing, whatever it happened to be at the time?
Hear that? That's a big, resounding "no" being shouted from the collective subconscious of the world, y'all.
Case in point: friends do not let friends do drugs ... and then watch "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
Beyonce's apparently got it in her to be soft and sweet and truly empowering -- not the faux feminism Bossy Lady that we all know her to exhibit normally -- and she's gone and proven it in a leaked song that's alleged to be about her mother, Tina Knowles.
Check out the moving lyrics:
"You used to dress and fix your hair
You’d always smile through your tears
In the mirror you would stare and say a prayer
Like, “I wish he said I’m beautiful
I wish it didn’t hurt at all
I don’t know how I got here
I was once the one who had his heart”
Until you had enough and then you took that ring off
You took that ring off
So tired of the lies and trying, fight and crying
You took that ring off
Now the fun begins
Dust yourself off and you’ll love again
You found a new man
Now you’re shiny, fine, like “It’s my time"
Sweet, right? You can listen to the leaked song here, and if we're being honest (and we always are), it's a fine, fine departure from "Partition" ... but then really anything would be.
Here's Kylie Jenner "overlining" her lips again, and what's more -- what's become primary to dem lipz in this post -- is that she took her hair extensions out and it looks like this is what we're dealing with now (we like it).
Also, Kylie's looking a whole, whole lot like Khloe lately ... and that's not a bad thing. To the contrary -- looking like Khloe, as opposed to being a Kim clone, could do wonders for Kylie ... especially if she's trying to come into her own.