57 minutes ago, by Emily Trainham
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LeAnn Rimes is just ... I don't know, is there a word for secondhand embarrassment combined with exasperation and amusement and that special headache you get from dealing with stupid people and then banging your head against a wall just to force yourself to think about something else? If there is, then that's what LeAnn Rimes is. And to prove it, she did a new interview with Healthy Living magazine. She proved it hard, guys.

Well, to be fair, things started off all right. She talked about her career, and how proud she is to be on her 22nd year in the music business, which is obviously an accomplishment, and she's totally in the right to be proud. Things started getting a little shaky, though, when she started comparing herself to Michael Jackson:

It's funny, you'll hear people start talking crap about someone like him. But we all have our moments. I understand, I think, like you said, a lot more than most when it comes to the challenges that we faced growing up the way we did. He's one of my favorite artists of all time. He's a genius. But his struggle was definitely judged too harshly by people. There are some things that even the closest people to me have no idea why I might need those and want those things. It's so odd for them. But for me that's normal. That's how I grew up. All of those influences definitely shaped the way we become as adults. Because of how isolated growing up as a child star feels, you feel like parts of you are really grown up because you've had to take on a very adult role so young, and then there are all of these other parts of you that are still very child-like, and trying to integrate those and become a full person. There are things that only a handful of people that have grown up like that will ever understand. But I definitely do have sympathy for them. 

But no, that's just us judging too harshly. The interviewer brought MJ up first, and of course there are some similarities since they were both famous singers as children. Unfortunately, we can't so easily justify the part where she speculated that racism is such a big problem in this country because of social media:

Right now, the whole race issue is really disturbing. I grew up in the south. We thought we were over all of this. I grew up around a lot of racism. I never quite understood it at all. It's mind blowing. Are we really free? I think we're just free to a point. I think somehow we got derailed. Maybe it's because of social media. People have a feeling that they get behind a computer screen and spread hatred. I feel like we're greeting it at the moment. It's getting worse and worse. People are just letting these bullies take over. Social media is very much a double-edged sword.

And there is no one in this world who could keep a straight face when LeAnn listed the human qualities she admires most:

Integrity, honesty and commitment. I think I've learned it, especially by watching my husband.

... Says the homewrecker about her fellow homewrecker. OK, girl. OK.

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Filed Under:  LeAnn Rimes , Interview
9/2/2015 10:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor

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Azealia Banks: whether she's right or she's wrong, she always leaves us flabbergasted. 

In a new trademark Twitter rant, she hits out at both Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj, and what she says is pretty interesting (and simultaneously terrible). Take it away, 'Zealia: 

“Miley Cyrus HAS to know her sh-t is whack as f--k. It has to be a joke ... Isn’t she making fun of herself? Yes? No? Either way the sh-t is trizzy as f--k and sucking up too much air.” 

Yes, that we can agree with. About Nicki, she says:  

"All of y’all b-tches are whack and make boring music and rip all ur styles off the downtown NYC girls. It’s so funny to wake up and see nicki and Miley or nicki and taylor fighting when you ALL make basic ass music." 

And hey -- though she's supported Minaj in the past, don't get it twisted: she still thinks she's above it all:

"[Nicki's] great. Incredible even, I’m just ... Better. ... I can help her make dope songs so her sh-t doesn’t sound like Katy perry leftovers. Because her being black means she deserves Tailormade custom African princess styles … not left over cracker swag. [Nicki] be trying her hardest to be on the same level with these white b-tches. Like don’t u get that these white girls are trying their hardest to be you? Why are u tryna be them? Idgi. But I know she knows she’s better than them and IT MAKES ME SO MAD cause it sets a standard for basicness that other black girls follow!! not cool!!!”

Yikes.

About Miley, she concludes:

“She gets that she has no culture no swag no nothing. She understands the inferiority of being white.”

Azealia Banks, once again making it out to be an issue of race rather than that of class. Learn the difference, girl. Learn it, OK?

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9/2/2015 9:00 AM PDT, by Emily Trainham
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Let's take a quick break, if we can even bear it, from discussing the time that Nicki Minaj tried to start a fight with Miley Cyrus right on the stage of the VMAs and instead recall another time that Nicki Minaj took a girl by the hand, pulled her outside, and sat her down firmly under her shade tree. That girl? Tara Reid. Yes, we are going to discuss the possibility of Nicki starting a public feud with Tara Reid, and it is going to be very strange for us all.

Recent reports claim that Nicki, who was with her boyfriend, Meek Mill, and Tara were at the same party over the weekend, and that Tara allegedly "attempted to climb onto their table to dance on the couches, but Nicki nodded to her security and they stopped Tara in her tracks." Because not only are you not allowed to speak about Nicki to the press, you are also not allowed to have a good time in her presence. It doesn't sound like Tara was even trying to get to Nicki -- they were at a club, it was a big party, and sometimes people are going to want to do some dancing on some furniture. That's what happens. It's messy, sure, but if you don't like it, you can stay home.

Nicki, honey, maybe next time, just stay home.

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Filed Under:  Nicki Minaj , Tara Reid
9/2/2015 8:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor

The movie that's never gonna happen though we wish -- hard -- that it would: "Meryl: The Lifetime Biopic With Christina Applegate." Can you imagine? Well, hey -- you don't have to, because here's a spoof trailer for a spoof movie of a spoof series that's never gonna come to fruition. 

In it, Christina Applegate, who shared the below message -- 
-- is simply flawless in her hilarity. 

She's no Meryl Streep, sure; but then, Meryl Streep might not be a good Christina Applegate, either, and isn't that a metaphysical paradox to behold, huh? 

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9/2/2015 7:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor
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"[The President] announced yesterday that he will be renaming Mt. McKinley, Denali,  its 'traditional Native American name'. But renaming a mountain is not going to make up for all the other ways he has let down the Alaskan people. Why doesn’t he check out our oil fields? Why doesn’t he open our pipeline so we can supply our own natural gas instead of buying it from our enemies in the Middle East? ... The President should be worrying about the radical jihadists in ISIS who are gaining land and power everyday as they enslave, rape, and murder their way through the Middle East. He should be worrying about Pastor Saeed and the other Americans held hostage in Iran while we send billions of dollars to them in a horrible nuclear deal. He should be worrying about the economy, which still hasn’t fully recovered. You should be worrying about our broken immigration system." 

--Bristol Palin in an excerpt from her recent blog post titled "Mr. President, Get Out of Alaska: You Have Bigger Mountains to Climb," and isn't that just so cutesy? Except the thing is, it's not. And the only thing Bristol really achieved in endearing herself to the hearts of America -- a thing so painfully and obviously dear to her own heart -- is showing off her growing bump. 

Yes, those are all real issues. Nobody's saying that they aren't -- but what you need, girl, is a good dose of perspective. Rome wasn't built in a day, and the world at large won't be taken down in just one sitting, either. You act as if things are just now like this -- now that you've been clued into real-world things -- are brand-new and all-of-a-sudden. 

Perspective, friend ... lots and lots of perspective would do you good. 

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9/2/2015 6:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Kylie Jenner was Kylie Jenner.

Unfortunately, through the passing of time and rebel forces known as "Kardashians," Kylie Jenner morphed into something other than what Kylie Jenner might have otherwise been intended for. Kylie, through much fault of her own and others, and has transformed into a bewildering hybrid of big sisters Kim and Khloe

The above photo was shared on Kylie's IG page with the following caption: 

"Took months of not dying my hair and wearing wigs to get my hair back to health so I can do this!! Thank you @priscillavalles @maishaoliver for putting up with me all day. I'm going for an ashy dirty blonde for the fall. But this s--t's a process! I'm coming for u khloe!" 

Sigh. A new hope is dead.

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9/2/2015 5:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor

Because everybody's apparently been losing copious amounts of sleep over this thing, here's Miley Cyrus' "real" reaction to what Nicki Minaj was spitting on the VMA stage the other night ... and as you might've guessed it's even less dramatic than the last video was, and definitely less real-looking. 

We stand by our word that Nicki's jab was the real deal, and that Miley is still absolutely right in being able to say what she wants about whomever she wants in the press, but this is just getting ridiculous now. We don't need 17 more reaction videos to prove that both Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj are twits just barely above acknowledging without the slightest bit of resentment and antagonism in the sentence. 

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9/1/2015 6:00 PM PDT, by Simon Delott
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's "What Do You Mean?" actually has a pretty decent sound to it. Yeah, we didn't expect to write that sentence, either. The problem, for those of you with the apparent superpower of being able to understand lyrics from just hearing them (are you wizards?), is the lyrics.

"When you nod your head yes/But you want to say no/What do you mean?"

Lena Dunham picked up on a potentially alarming interpretation of the lyrics.
That's a really good sentiment, in general. Bieber's song, specifically, is really more about him being confused about girls, which is understandable. And, like, it's no rape culture anthem like "Blurred Lines." Bieber's song isn't about consent one way or the other, and actual consent isn't really all that ambiguous, but he does perpetuate the idea that girls aren't always saying what they mean.

But, like, that's true. Most people don't always say exactly what they mean. And the lyrics aren't about a girl saying "no" when the singer thinks that she really means "yes." They're about him asking her to tell her how he feels, rather than assuming that he knows how she feels. Which is actually pretty sweet, you know?

And Lena knows that. She just wishes that "What Do You Mean?" weren't part of a larger trend in music and in our culture. And, hey, we agree.

On the more positive side of things, Bieber's hair is finally getting to a good place again! Like, we're really, truly happy to see what's been happening to his look very recently. Priorities or whatever. 

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Filed Under:  Justin Bieber , Lena Dunham