Thursday, December 18, 2014

Will Serial Lead To Podcast Soaps?

There's a huge following for the NPR show "This American Life" spinoff Serial, about true life crimes. Seriously my Facebook feed is filled with all sorts of statuses and memes about this show. It is seriously out of control popular, and it got me to thinking about the origins of soap operas and how most soaps don't really embrace new mediums.

Looking back at the history of Soaps, everyone knows that they began on the radio. When TV was invented, networks got the bright idea to migrate these shows over to that medium. Guiding Light was the first one to make the transition and lasted until 2009. At that time podcasts weren't quite as popular as they have become now, and internet soaps were still a long way from being popular. However things are different now, and as "Serial" has proved, there is a market for serialized storytelling in podcasts. And as this site has proven time and again, there is a market for soap operas altogether.

Since we know that there is an audience for it, all that needs to be done now is to figure out how soap podcasts can be monetized. One idea is product placement but companies would want to see some sort of reliable statistics before they will pay to be in the podcast. There is always the option to charge but that might dissuade some members of the audience to listen. The best way, at least initially is to do a Kickstarter for the project.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stephen Collins Confesses To Molesting Young Girls

One of the biggest stories to emerge from this year was that a beloved TV father was accused of inappropriate behavior. No, not Bill Cosby this time, although he should take a page out of Stephen Collins hand book. In a lengthy essay the 7th Heaven actor says that he did in fact touch young girls in a way that an adult (or anyone) shouldn't.

So to begin he says that ever since 1994, he hasn't wanted to touch a younger girl. However before that he admits that the recording his wife made was in fact a confession. "Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since." Although apparently atonement does not equal an apology. He says it's because being "direct" about what happened can be "worse" for the victim. 

Of course it wouldn't be an admission/apology statement without the blame being shifted to someone else. In Stephen Collins' case it's his soon to be ex wife, Faye Grant. "I've decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist's or my knowledge or consent." Why can't someone just admit that they did wrong and move on from that point? Sure Faye should not have recorded the session without permission but that does not negate the fact that this man did something terrible to at least 3 young girls. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Drunk In Lawsuit

Are they divorcing or staying together? In this moment Jay-Z and Beyonce have bigger fish to fry than trying to detangle themselves from one another. Right now they need to try and cover their asses for stealing a sample of a song, and get the lawsuit from the original singer dismissed. When will this couple learn that they can't get away with doing bad things?

Monika Miczura is the one suing the couple. She is a very famous singer in Hungary, and she says that the first 13 seconds of Beyonce's Drunk In Love is sampled from her song "Bajba, Bajba Pelem". There is an 18 year difference between the songs with Monika's coming out in 1995, and Beyonce's coming out last year. This may be an easy win for Jay and Bey but with all of the  bad publicity their images are taking a major hit.

Of course the Bey-hive isn't happy and they are lighting up the internet with comments about how their Queen would never do something like this. And even if she did, well that chick should be grateful that Queen Bey thought enough of her to use her music. 

Henry Cavill Is A Cheating Douche

Who would have ever thought that I would write those words? I mean the man is Superman, and has muscles of steel. If only he would take his clothes off and just run around naked, the world would be a much happier place. In fact I think that I might have just discovered the route to World peace, maybe I can get the Nobel Peace Prize. Apparently though he is beautiful on the outside, he is ugly on the inside.

We already know that Henry had a girlfriend, Gina Carano. What we didn't know about him though is that he cheated on her constantly. And not with men, I think. Enty Lawyer from CDAN wrote that Henry and his girl were having problems which "Might have something to do with the fact he cheats on her every week..." I suppose it could be worse, he could be cheating on her every day.

Not only does he cheat on Gina but he betrayed her trust too. Ok so some Gossipers will yell and he did that when he inserts his pepperoni into someone elses's roll. However this takes that one step further, he shows off intimate pictures of her to the guys. Entry writes that Henry "is not shy about sharing photos and movies she made for him with his friends." Maybe she should share intimate pictures of him with me. Fair is fair. And I did help bring world peace about....

Friday, December 12, 2014

Reports: Andrew Garfield Out As Spider-Man

Oh MariTi will not like this one bit. In fact she's probably going to have my head on a platter for saying this! But I am thrilled with the rumors that are swirling that Andrew Garfield's days as Spider-Man are numbered. See Sony isn't having any luck with the franchise and Marvel is really chomping at the bit to have him back in their universe.

The really cool thing is that Marvel already has a plan in place if they get Spidey back. First they are going to go straight into a storyline with him, no origin or anything like that. Which is a huge win for fans of the character. Next they won't be as focused on romance, they want more of an adventure storyline for him. The romance writer in me doesn't like this but I can see where they are going with it and actually think that would make the newest reboot very successful. Most importantly Andrew Garfield is out! His Peter Parker was a wimp and never made any sense, (ducks after a flying dish nearly hits me). At least Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker was amazing and kick ass!

Marvel wanted to use Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, but since the script is nearly finished that doesn't seem like a possibility. Except for the fact that you know, there is a such thing as revisions and what not. It would be fun to see him in the movie, and it would be even crazier to see who they cast as the webslinger.

Now if you'll excuse me I need to go and hide for a while....

Fire At AMNH

My Facebook feed is alive with news of a fire at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Details are scarce right now, but I have been informed by multiple sources that the museum was evacuated. The fire was apparently in the North American Mammals section of the museum.

There are no more details at this time, as soon as there is I will update.

On a personal note I hope that all of my AMNH family is safe!

UPDATE: While I await permission to use another photo, I am happy to say that there were no injuries. The fire started outside of the building, in an air conditioning unit. There was a lot of smoke, and the fire did spread inside.

Update 2: The picture of Firefighters

Kim and Kanye Living In Separate Countries

Yeezus will rain down a hell upon me, the likes of which I have never seen before, for writing this. So I am gonna go balls to the wall and say that I don't think Kanye West is all that talented. He has one good song of his own (Gold Digger) and an OK part on another (Run This Town), yet he thinks that he is the best thing to grace God's green Earth. His wife, Kim Kardashian, is no better. They want people to think that they are a great couple but reports are surfacing that they may be on the edge of divorce.


Of course this marriage for Kim has already out lasted her marriage to that hottie Kris Humphries. RadarOnline says: “After spending nearly a month apart, which included spending Thanksgiving apart, Kim and Kanye only spent a few days together in New York City before they went their separate ways again.” You mean the famewhores only got together for a photo op? Who would have thunk it? 


Kanye bought a house in Paris, knowing that his wife would never actually move there. He gets to be in the Fashion Capital of the world, while also pretending to be straight. I mean he does have a wife after all and therefore that means he can't be gay. Blind Gossip says "He will buy a house, and let her stay there occasionally so that she can pretend that she is a sophisticated, international star. But he knows that she can’t stand being out of the spotlight long, and will high-tail it back to LA every chance she gets." Maybe Kanye does have some intelligence about him, as long as he keeps his mouth shut and doesn't interview. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Who Is Tim Tebow Dating?

Even though I know he's anti-gay and all of that, I lust after the douche known as Tim Tebow. It must be the fact that he has been a football player or something, I should talk about it with my shrink. Anyways rumors have been swirling that he is dating Jana Duggar, to which I always scream at my computer screen to run away as fast as he can, act like he needs to get the puck in the hoop. I may not get how football works.


So everyone was all excited because apparently they think it would be a sweet love story if Jana and Tim ended up together. It has all the makings of a Hallmark Channel movie, which reminds me, I should write it. There's only one problem with this scenario: According to Tim's rep they  “have never even met.” Maybe Michelle and Jim Bob met up with Tim's mother to do a sort of arranged marriage. Damn this movie is writing itself. 


Here;s the act 2 twist that no one (read: everyone) sees coming. There's a harlot threatening our heroes happiness. Tim was spotted at Disney World with Ariana Grande, which you know totally means that they are dating. I mean why else would two people be in the same place at the same time? Of course what a lot of people forget is that Ariana is dating Big Sean, and I'm pretty sure he wouldn't appreciate his girl going out with someone else. That's just a guess though. 

Breaking: Detroit Emerging From Bankruptcy

Governor Rick Snyder, Emergency Financial Manager Kevin Orr, and Mayor Mike Duggan are holding a press conference to confirm that they city of Detroit is emerging from bankruptcy. The biggest message from the conference was that the city is on the right track, and there are plans in place to make sure that it stays that way.

Snyder also handed Duggan a check for 1.2 million dollars for police and firefighting services, citing a good job done by everybody. Snyder also says that the partnership that has emerged as a result of the bankruptcy and that he looks forward to a long and better relationship between the state and the city.

This is a breaking and developing story, more details to come as they are available. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

More One Direction Scandals On The Way

What in Leo DiCaprio hell is going on with Harry Style's hair? It looks like a rat got lost up in there and has nested for the winter. My hair got long for a while but never to the point where people had to wonder if it was me or Anne Hathaway. Enough with the snarkiness, at least for now. apparently the weed video starring the boys of One Direction that came out earlier this year is only the first of many scandalous videos to come out.

This sort of thing happens when you present yourself as being innocent and pure in order to entice teens to buy your music and see your films. According to CDAN One Direction's " ...squeaky clean image will be kaput once more racy videos are leaked..." I want to know what's on these videos. If it's Harry making love to his rumored boyfriend Liam Payne or anything Niall Horan is doing. 

Without going into any details CDAN also says that the person behind these leaks are a bitter ex-handler. I'm researching my heart out right now to find out what happened or who it could be. I wish someone had a cookie sheet that they could hit against their knee while flicking the lights on and off, screaming "DRAMA!"

Yung Berg Outed In Homophobic Post

If there were ever a time that I missed Bitchy Beonca, it's now. She would have a great take on this story and would know the key players a lot better than I do. Since she is MIA, it is up to me to bring you one of the most scandalous stories of the year. Ray J's (you know Kim Kardashian's sex tape partner) Cash Jones is accusing Yung Berg of not only being gay but also of allowing a teenage boy to blow him.

So apparently Yung Berg is a star on the VH1 show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, and there's been a bunch of drama brewing on that show. Well Cash Jones decided that there wasn't enough drama, so he took to Instagram and filled it with a rambling, homophobic post that outed Yung. Here is one thing he said: "Breaking news @hitmaka aka #YungBerg is now an exposed homosexual... Walked in the studio and seen some sh-t I didn't want to see..... He's out the closet!" That was bad enough but Cash couldn't leave it at that because well that wouldn't cause enough drama. 

So he made another post. This one he went into more detail about what went down and what he allegedly saw. If you want to read that post (or see it) Click Here! This is a serious allegation that could end up with someone going to jail because you know having sex with a teenager is a crime. Of course the teen in question denies that anything happened. He also claims that people just want to create drama for drama's sake, for that CLICK HERE.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Another Fake Kardashian Relationship

Is there a more fame whore-y family than the Kardashian Klan, out there right now? No I didn't think so. I mean these people will literally do everything in their power to maintain what little popularity they have left. Instead of leaving on a high note, momager Kris Jenner is once again pimping out her daughter Kendall Jenner, this time in a gay relationship.

Have you tired of seeing Kendall out and about with Cara Delevingne? Well I hope not because this is the storyline that will be playing out for Kendall on the next season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. With declining ratings, they had to do something to shake up the show, and this is what they decided on. Our friends at Blind Gossip report: "The story line would include the girl coming of age and exploring her sexuality, her confusion over what she is and who she wants to date, and how her friends and family react to the events." If this was a FICTIONAL (or scripted) show this would be an Emmy winning story. 

However this is supposed to be 'REALITY' show and therefore shouldn't be filled with lies. This is why I detest those kinds of shows. Unless of course Kris Jenner is reading this, then you are amazing and I would love to have you manage my writing career. Let's talk!!

Revenge's Big Twist: Who Wanted To Die?

Nobody does death like Revenge. If you watch any ABC show or any channel owned by Disney, those ads were inescapable. As a fairweather fan, who only got back into watching it because of my roomie, the last few weeks have been getting so good. Last night though, last night the drama was off the chain. We had a bet as to who was gonna bite the big one, and to be honest we were both wrong.

My roomie thought that Margaux was the one who was gonna die, which would have been eh. I turned my attention to David or Victoria but thought that David be too obvious and they wouldn't get rid of Madeline Stowe. As the hour kept going we changed our guesses like a hundred times and even when the fatal shot rang out, I said no way they won't get rid of Daniel he's a main character. Boy was I wrong. My roommate cried, and I got a touch of the feelings.

Well for you all who are sad for actor Josh Bowman, don't be. He was tired of playing the character and had been trying to get written off the show for a very long time. He told TV Guide last year: “I’m trying to pitch a Daniel death by the end of the season. I love working on the show, but I’m just being honest. My character has flip-flopped the most, and it’s been so hard for me to play.” Some viewers claim that they knew he was a goner when they started to redeem Daniel but I say hogwash. I thought that they were launching a brand new story for him.

What do you think of last night's Revenge??

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Has Nick Jonas Lived Up To His Promise?

The hottest JoBro keeps getting hotter. The last few weeks has seen my crush on Nick Jonas growing and growing, I mean he's no Scott Evans but he'll do in a pinch. So anyways lately he's been showing us his sexy side lately, to great avail. His song Jealous is on after Blank Space by Taylor Swift like every 15 minutes. His DirectTV show Kingdom has been renewed, and all because Nick Jonas is sexy. (or because of solid ratings, whichever you choose to believe.)


It's Kingdom that makes me write this article today. Back in October, Nick said "Never say never, If the art required it and it was a role I felt really committed to and like I had to go there with it, I would do whatever it takes to tell the story." Well apparently he felt that commitment to  his role on the show, because it appears as though he showed the whole kit and caboodle. In stills that I found on the internet (From Attitude Magazine!) he shows his buns and what three other people said was def his penis. 


For all the gals and gays in the world, I would like to thank Nick for getting naked for us. Sure, We have Channing Tatum, who is always more than happy to show us his body, but really can we ever have too hunks disrobing? The answer is no BTW. Click the link below to see all of the hot Nick Jonas pics sans clothes. 


Friday, December 5, 2014

Racist Mark Wahlberg Wants To Be Pardoned And To Live In Toronto

One of the great things about being a gossip blogger is that I get to talk to great people like Jason Dottley and Steven Moreti. It also provides me the opportunity to learn things about A-list celebs like Mark Wahlberg. I have always thought that Mark was hot, even having indecent thoughts about things I would like to do to him. Yet now that I know what he did, there's no way in hell I can be attracted to him.

Back in 1988 Mark was convicted of assault. At the time Marky Mark was 16 years old and doing all sorts of bad stuff (narcotics) and beat two Vietnamese men, even blinding one. The sentence for blinding a man is 45 days in jail. Can you believe that bullshit? I mean you blind someone, spend a few days in jail, then are allowed to go on to make millions of dollars. Maybe I would be less upset id he had apologized to his victims but he doesn't even have the decency to do that. However he does want the Federal Government to forgive him and make the past disappear. He has asked for a pardon. His rationale is that now he's a nice person, so is my ex but I won't be taking him back either. Here's what the leader of the Funky Bunch says:

“I have not engaged in philanthropic efforts in order to make people forget about my past. To the contrary, I want people to remember my past so that I can serve as an example of how lives can be turned around and how people can be redeemed.”
          Rather than ignore or deny my troubled past, I have used the public spotlight to speak openly                about the mistakes I made as a teenager so that others do not make those same mistakes.”

Sorry that doesn't make it alright to me. Of course there is a process that needs to be gone through before he gets a pardon. First the Parole Board has to approve it and then Governor, after that the Governor's council has to say yes, then he gets his Pardon. Clearly there is no justice in the US right now, given everything that has happened in the last few days with No Indictments for killers, but that's another post.

Why does he want this almost 30 years later? Speculation has turned to the fact that he bought a $12 million condo in Toronto. Apparently he and his brothers will be opening up one of their Wahlburger restaurants there, and probably wants to be near the new project to make sure it's making more money that he won't give to his victim. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why Nancy Grace Should Join The View

So it's no secret that the ratings for The View are sinking faster than Lindsay Lohan's career. The finger is being pointed at many different causes but come on we all know that the audience doesn't want these women to disagree politely. We want fights, we want real debates, and if there's a split screen thrown in all the better. There are worse things that could happen, like a boring panel. If Whoopi and Rosie O really hate each other, let that rivalry show on screen! Barring that I say that Nancy Grace should join the show.

What has been absent since Star Jones left the show before Rosie's first tenure? Yep that's right a lawyer who speaks her mind. Say what you will about Star but at least when she was on the show, it was interesting. Sure she was a punchline for mean spirited comics (IE the ones I love) but the ratings were steady and the show was in the zeitgeist. Nancy Grace would not only fill the void that was left by Star but she would add a very unique perspective to some of the days hottest headlines. Imagine if she had been on the panel for the discussion about Michael Brown or even the Bill Cosby allegations, that conversation would have been much more interesting and would have made headlines the way that the show used to.

Some argue that she has her other show an wouldn't be available for The View. Hogwash I say. Joy Behar had another show while she was on the show and it didn't stop her. Nancy is used to long days seeing as she used to be a prosecutor, as she is fond of reminding everyone. Anyways there is always enough time if a person wants there to be.  It is obvious that she likes to work and to have the cameras in her face, so this gig would be perfect for her.

Who on the panel would I replace? No one in theory. I would have Rosie O be the new Barbara, you know have her on a few days a week. This would lighten her load and hopefully improve her mentality, it would also give her a chance to launch a new franchise for ABC. anyone who watched her OWN show knows that her one on one interviews are glorious. Nancy would take her seat as a regular co-host. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bruce Jenner's Big Transformation

There have been a lot of jokes made about Bruce Jenner lately. Many bloggers are commenting on how womanly he is appearing and some argue he is acting. Why is it wrong for a man to look or act like a girl? Does it really matter as long as they aren't hurting anyone and they are happy? Anyways Bruce Jenner's transformation to a woman will begin in earnest in the coming months.

Bruce has hired a PR manager to help him with coming out publicly as transgendered. In fact, according to our friends over at Blind Gossip, he will be making a formal statement to the public very soon: "Their current plan is for Bruce to make a formal announcement about his transition within the next two months. It will be public, and Bruce will be a full participant. They are still debating about the exact timing and scope of the announcement." Each person needs to determine what they tell people and when, so I hope Bruce isn't feeling pressured. 

So where does Bruce's ex wife Kris Jenner fit into all of this? Well apparently she knows about everything, but won't acknowledge it yet. "She has always known about Bruce’s inner struggle with gender identity. He has been privately cross-dressing for many years." When the announcement is made Kris "... will not be a participant in the announcement, although she has tentatively agreed to offer up a separate, brief statement of support. All of the Jenner and Kardashian children have also been briefed about the situation. While there are mixed emotions among the group, it is expected that they will all publicly support Bruce." I'm almost inclined to think that Bruce's sons are the ones that are having the hardest time accepting this. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Matt Lush's Bad Behavior Controversy

My employment history is mostly in customer service. Actually until very recently it was all in customer service, so it really grinds my gears when somebody is rude to a customer service rep. My experience is unique in that almost every place I worked, I was lucky enough to be a manager and have the full support of the entire management team. So it makes me mad that someone like Matt Lush thinks it's funny to be douchey to a CSR.

The entire incident happened because Lush wanted a refund for a flight. Now there is nothing wrong with that, my current roommate returns everything she buys. I yell at her, we laugh. The flight was supposed to be no refundable, but the CSR working with him told him that it could be done for a $150 fee. She then lowered the fee to $100. This wasn't good enough for the self important "celebrity", I'm using that term very loosely here. He wanted all of his money back, apparently spending all of his time on Myspace (is that a thing still?) and Youtube has rotted his brain to the meaning of nonrefundable. So let me clear this up for him right here and now: NONREFUNDABLE means that YOU DO NOT GET YOUR MONEY BACK. There I think that should be very helpful to this guy.

The first tweet I found from him concerning the matter was this: "Don't fly @JetBlue! Their customer service is horrible! Especially Regina 87346. She is ruining my Thanksgiving vacation..." There were some emoji's that wouldn't show up. Jet Blue ended up banning him for life, after his supporters went crazy. They said he was a security threat, I don't know the full situation and in the research I did, he didn't seem like a threat but he does seem like an annoying person. He has his minions (ie fans) trying to destroy Jet Blue by using the hashtag  #BoycottJetBlue, and Regina followed by her employee reference number. So I want to start using my own, #LearnToRead. Given that this is the holiday season, let me do a solid for all of the CSRs out there. READ THE RETURN POLICY that the company gives you. 

Let's Talk: Favorite Britney Song

So ya'll know that I loves me some Britney. I mean like seriously anytime I put on any of her songs, and automatically my mood changes for the better. Two of my favorite songs are unreleased from my girl, one is called She'll Never Be Me, the other is Before The Goodbye. Those songs are awesome and upbeat.

In honor of her 33rd birthday today, share some of your favorite Brit songs! And listen to mine.

She'll Never Be Me

Before The Goodbye

Monday, December 1, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence Pop Star

Seriously is there anything that Jennifer Lawrence can't do? Girl is already an Oscar Winning actress with a major franchise under her belt. America (and the World) is in love with her and her clumsy self. Now it seems as though Jennifer Lawrence might have a backup career if she ever decides to leave acting because her song in Mockingjay is burning up the charts.

According to Billboard, the song, "The Hanging Tree", sold over 150,00 downloads in the last week. While that didn't really propel the soundtrack to Hunger Games: Mockingjay up the charts, this is a significant achievement for JLaw. The Hanging tree is expected to debut somewhere in the Top 40 songs, and if the movie keeps performing that way it has, will undoubtedly keep climbing higher and higher up the charts. This could be the new "Let It Go"!

The last time that an actor in a live action movie (Sorry Idina Menzel!) had a hit was last year when Anna Kendrick took her song "Cups" to near the top of the charts for Pitch Perfect. That song invaded Sirius, like literally there was no avoiding that song. Will it be the same with JLaw's song?


The Hanging Tree:

Prince Harry's Big Secret

Many people were hoping that Prince Harry would reveal that he likes his own sex or at the very least he can swing both ways. Sadly for my best friend and Michael K, neither of those things are true. Nope the Prince is straight as a (Crooked) arrow, but he does have another secret. He revealed it in order to gain attention for his charity and World Aids Day, Prince Harry let us in on his big secret.

The Gossip in me really wanted him to admit that Prince Charles isn't his father, and the my future husband Prince William isn't really his brother. Apparently that's another secret that will have wait to see the light of day because he choose to tell us that he doesn't really like to talk in front of groups. He says:

“Today, World AIDS Day, my secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience. Despite the fact that I laugh and joke all the time, I get incredibly nervous, if not anxious actually, before going into rooms full of people when I’m wearing a suit.”

What's your secret?

Watch the video:

Is Rosie O'Donnell About To Be Fired?

Another day, another firing rumor at The View. Seriously it seems like every other day, one of the co-hosts is about to be fired and there's going to be another shake-up. If the producers were smart, they would realize most of their audience want stability and a lively debate among the co-hosts. This kumbaya bullshit is boring. Anyways today TMZ claims that Rosie O'Donnell is about to be fired.

Most of the rumors about the alleged shake up has centered around Rosie O. The tabloids love her because she was once a beloved and powerful figure in the talk show world. Now though she doesn't carry the ratings power that she once did on her own show and her first stint on The View. As of this writing, after an initial ratings surge, The View is down double digits from where they were last year. One rumor had it that producers were looking at bringing Joy Behar and Sherri Shepard back, but that seems to have bit the dust when they realized that Joy might be a spark plug but Sherri is a wet noodle.

Rosie Perez is also rumored to be on the chopping block. She was supposed to lure the Latina audience in, but that hasn't translated like they hoped. It seems like they are hoping to sign Naya Rivera and replace Rosie P with her. That would bring in the Gleeks, and maybe pump up the ratings a little bit. However replacing Rosie O would be very expensive and damning, since she had been working on her own talk show again. If we learned anything from her OWN run, Rosie is great at the One on One talks. Combine that with a Wendy Williams esque hot topics table and she will be back on top.

Should The View Replace Rosie O?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Joni Mitchell Squelched Taylor Swift

Books being turned into movies is nothing new, especially in this day and age. When you consider the success of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, it makes perfect business sense to turn these properties into franchises. Waaaaay back in 2012, Taylor Swift was rumored to be in talks to play the legendary Joni Mitchell. However Joni says that there was no way in hell she was going to allow Taylor to play her.

I often play the game of which celeb should play which celeb. Like Ariana Grande would make a great Mariah Carey. However I agree with Joni, Taylor Swift would not do well as her, that's why I cheer when Joni said “I squelched that!” If Taylor really wants to act, she should do something fictional before heading into the deep end of the pool. 

The entire film, Girls Like Us, was scrapped because of Joni. Apparently she had a little chat with the producers, She told them: “I said to the producer, ‘All you’ve got is a girl with high cheekbones. It’s just a lot of ­gossip, you don’t have the great scenes.’ There’s a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions.” The book of the same name was all about Carly Simon, Joni, and Carole King. 

CM Punk Says WWE Fired Him On Wedding Day

Just like reality shows, I rarely pay attention to Wrestling. Sure we all know it's fake, and very homoerotic but who wants to watch roided, greased up guys try to slam each other? I prefer a story with my homoeroticism thank you very much. But none of that is the point, CM Punk is leveling accusations at the WWE right now, he says that they fired him on his wedding day.

Is this a case of a disgruntled former employee? The commenters at TMZ sure seem to think so. A few claim that there was no way for the producers to know that Cm was getting married because that's personal. Here's where I have to disagree with them, based on my management experience; first and foremost people talk about weddings all the time, both men and women. Secondly he was marrying AJ Lee, a WWE Diva. So the argument that they didn't know makes no sense at all.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let's Talk: Is The Victim Always The Victim?

Last night we found out that there would be no indictment against Darren Wilson. Once again the debate began raging, and it has led to some of the best conversations that society needs to be having. Was the Grand jury's decision based on race or was there no evidence that Wilson intended to kill the unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. It has also led to the question, is the victim always the victim?

This morning I was having a debate with my roommate about that very thing. She thinks that Brown could have incited the shooting by arguing with the police officer. The argument stands that if Brown had just stayed quiet and left the scene peacefully that he would be alive today, and there would be no riots in Ferguson. According to this side of the story, the officer had no choice but to shoot an unruly teen. It is very reminiscent of the victim blaming going on in the Billy Cosby situation.

Victim blaming is never ok. NEVER! Wilson had a choice to make, he choose to reach for his gun and kill an unarmed civilian. There was no way that his life was in any danger, and yet he got away with killing somebody. Brown was not armed, and even if he was yelling at the cop or being physical with him, there were other choices that could have been made. Wilson had handcuffs, he could have called for backup. Yet he choose to reach for the gun and then fired it when the victim was far enough away from him to not to be a danger. This is not alright, this is a crime no matter what anybody says.

What do you think?