Megyn Kelly Apologizes Again for Blackface Comments Amid Criticism from Today Colleagues

Megyn Kelly began Wednesday’s episode of Megyn Kelly Today with two words: “I’m sorry.”

Holding back tears, the longtime journalist apologized again after defending white people who wear blackface on Halloween, asking why it was racist, during the show, Tuesday.

“I defended the idea, saying as long as it was respectful and part of a Halloween costume, it seemed okay. Well I am wrong and I am sorry,” she said.

“One of the great parts of sitting in this chair each day is getting to discuss different points of view. Sometimes I talk and sometimes I listen. And yesterday I learned,” Kelly, 47, continued. “I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country it is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.”

She added: “I have never been a PC kind of person. But I do understand the value in being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity. This past year has been painful for many people of color. The country feels so divided and I have no wish to add to that pain and offense. I believe this is a time for more understanding, more love, more sensitivity and honor. I want to be part of that. Thank you for listening and for helping me listen too.”

A panel discussion on the issue between Kelly, Roland Martin and Amy Holmes followed the host’s statement — with her admitting at the end, “For my part, I have been listening and learning.”

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Kelly’s apology came amid backlash for her comments, which were made during a discussion about censoring Halloween costumes with Jacob Soboroff, Melissa Rivers and Jenna Bush Hager during Tuesday’s episode.

“What is racist?” Kelly had asked. “Because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”

“On Halloween, you’ve got guys running around with fake axes coming out of their heads. It’s going to be jarring,” Kelly said on Tuesday. “You gotta be able to take it.”

As an example, Kelly defended Real Housewives of New York City star Luann de Lesseps, who had previously apologized for wearing a Diana Ross costume on the Bravo show. “Who doesn’t love Diana Ross? She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day, and I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween,” Kelly said.

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Twitter was quick to respond, with stars like Patton Oswalt and Padma Lakshmi slamming Kelly’s views on social media.

“I cannot believe the ignorance on this in 2018,” Lakshimi wrote. “You are on national television. You have a responsibility to educate yourself on social issues @megynkelly. This is so damaging.”

Kelly’s Today show colleagues also spoke out about her comments during Today‘s 7 a.m. hour.

“The fact is, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the county,” Al Roker said. “This is a history, going back to the 1830s minstrel shows. To demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right. I’m old enough to have lived through Amos ‘n’ Andy where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters just magnifying the stereotypes about black people. And that’s what the big problem is. … No good comes from it. It’s just not right.”

“She said something stupid, she said something indefensible,” added Craig Melvin.

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Prior to Wednesday’s show, Kelly had issued an apology to her NBC colleagues in an internal email.

“One of the wonderful things about my job is that I get the chance to express and hear a lot of opinions. Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views,” Kelly began in her email, obtained by PEOPLE.

“When we had the roundtable discussion earlier today about the controversy of making your face look like a different race as part of a Halloween costume, I suggested that this seemed okay if done as part of this holiday where people have the chance to make themselves look like others. The iconic Diana Ross came up as an example. To me, I thought, why would it be controversial for someone dressing up as Diana Ross to make herself look like this amazing woman as a way of honoring and respecting her?” she continued.

Kelly acknowledged that she now realizes “that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.”

The former Fox News anchor concluded by telling the NBC News staff that she is “honored to work with all of you every day.”


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It’s Father’s Day on the other side of the pond and Brad Pitt is celebrating with his children.

Last week, a judge presiding over Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s divorce proceedings established a detailed schedule for the actor to spend time with Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and 9-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, who reside with Jolie as she films Maleficent 2 in London. The court papers obtained by PEOPLE stated, “the children not having a relationship with their father is harmful to them,” and that Jolie, 43, could lose full custody of the kids if she doesn’t allow them to grow their relationships with Pitt.

Maddox, 16, his oldest son isn’t included in the timetable. That’s because according to the court, Maddox is old enough to decide for himself how much time he wants to spend with his father.

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Shannon Beador is keeping things causal this Mother’s Day.

The 54-year-old Real Housewives of Orange County star tells PEOPLE she’s spending the big day with her daughters, Sophie, 16, and twins Stella and Adeline, 13.

“This year, I’ll be a doing a low-key Mother’s day at home with my three daughters,” the reality star says. “Anytime I get to have time with my girls is quality time.” 

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It’s been a tough few months for Beador, who split from David Beador in September after 17 years of marriage.

The two have had a contentious divorce so far, with a source telling PEOPLE that David “spewed profanities” at Shannon back in March after she was awarded joint legal and physical custody of their three daughters as well as $ 22,500 per month for temporary non-taxable child and spousal support in their temporary settlement.

Weeks later, body-shaming texts David allegedly sent Shannon were exposed. He was accused of telling her, “You f—ing disgust me. F— you. What do you have to do? Eat? Because you can’t get off your fat ass.”

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David had no comment on his alleged courtroom behavior and texts, but Shannon told PEOPLE in a statement that she’s focused on moving forward.

“As David and I continue our divorce proceedings, I’m doing everything I can to move things efficiently along so that our three children are not subjected to unnecessary stress during an already difficult time,” she said. “I want to be as fair as possible. I remain focused on a clean resolution and have no interest in engaging in a war of words.”

Last month, Shannon debuted a new line of cooked, ready-to-eat meals on QVC called Real for Real Cuisine — a venture she credited in part to her split. “As a single mom, a lot of my friends say they go through this every night. We say, ‘Oh, if there was just an easy, healthy option for us to eat for dinner tonight,’ ” she told PEOPLE.


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Hank Azaria has outlined what he thinks is “the right thing to do” amid controversy over his Simpsons character Apu.

Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, the actor responded to the recent backlash surrounding Indian shopkeeper Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who has been a character on the Fox television series since 1990.

Controversy has surrounded the character since the release of a documentary last year called The Problem with Apu, in which writer Hari Kondabolu argued the character perpetuates racial stereotypes through mannerisms and an exaggerated accent.

Azaria, 54, told Colbert, 53, that he understands the criticism.

“It’s come to my attention more and more, especially in the last couple of years, that people in the South Asian community in this country have been fairly upset by the voice and characterization of Apu,” he said.

“It sparked a lot of conversation about what should be done with the character going forward, which is not so easy to answer,” he continued. “And I’ve tried to express this before — the idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased based on the character of Apu, it just really makes me sad. It was certainly not my intention. I wanted to spread laughter and joy with this character, and the idea that it’s brought pain and suffering in any way, that it was used to marginalize people, it’s upsetting. Genuinely.”

The Simpsons addressed the controversy in an episode earlier this month with a scene of Marge reading a favorite childhood book with daughter Lisa. However, she suddenly found the story about a tyrannical slaveowner much more racist than she remembered and tried to edit it to fit modern standards of political correctness.

“Well, what am I supposed to do?” Marge asked.

“It’s hard to say. Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” Lisa responded, looking directly at the camera before the shot zoomed in on a photo of Apu with the message “Don’t have a cow.”

“Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” Marge said before Lisa added, “If at all.”

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The response drew even more criticism as many fans thought the scene fell flat. Azaria told Colbert he had “nothing to do with the writing or voicing” of the scene.

“Apu doesn’t speak in that segment,” he said. “It was a late addition that I saw right around the same time that everybody else in America did, so I didn’t know it was going to be in until I saw it.”

“I think that if anybody came away from that segment feeling that they should lighten up or take a joke better or grow a thicker skin … that’s certainly not the way I feel about it,” he continued. “That’s definitely not the message that I want to send out.”

Colbert pushed the actor for his thoughts on how the show should approach Apu moving forward.

“I’ve given this a lot of thought. As I say, my eyes have been opened,” Azaria said. “And I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country, when they talk about what they feel and how they think about this character — and what their American experience of it has been.”

“Listening to voices in television means inclusion in the writer’s room,” he continued. “I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the room, not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced. I am perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new. I really hope that’s what The Simpsons does. It not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do to me.”


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Melania Joins Trump Amid Cheating Scandals as Family Leaves D.C. Ahead of March for Our Lives

As half a million students head to Washington, D.C. on Saturday for the March for Our Lives rally, President Donald Trump skipped town to spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida.

The 71-year-old former Celebrity Apprentice host was photographed alongside wife Melania Trump and their 12-year-old son Baron Trump disembarking Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport late Friday evening.

Their family trip also comes as Donald is embroiled in allegations that he had affairs with two women, porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, while married to Melania in 2006. The White House has denied both affairs.

Earlier in the day, the first lady chose to leave the White House on Friday without her husband — again. Though the official White House schedule stated that the first couple planned to depart the White House together aboard Marine One to Joint Base Andrews, Mrs. Trump opted to depart Washington, D.C. solo following her speech honoring “women of courage” at an event on Friday, CNN reported.

When asked about the change of plans, a rep for the first lady simply told PEOPLE: “Mrs. Trump is here at Mar-a-Lago.”

Meanwhile, the president shared a photo of himself arriving at the Maryland military facility alone on Instagram.

The father of five is expected to remain at Mar-a-Lago for the weekend. The first lady is scheduled to stay for at least a week while Barron is on his spring break vacation.

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McDougal has filed suit against American Media, Inc., the company that owns The National Enquirer, to get out of an agreement blocking her from speaking about her alleged affair with the now-president. Daniels has also sued Trump to end her 2016 nondisclosure agreement on her own alleged relationship with the former businessman.

A source close to Melania recently told PEOPLE that the first lady is “furious” over the nonstop controversies engulfing the White House and her husband’s presidency. “What’s happening is exactly what she didn’t want to happen,” the source said. “They’ve literally become like the Kardashians: scandals, divorces, headlines.”

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The event was planned by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Jaclyn CorinCameron KaskyDavid HoggEmma Gonzalez and Alex Wind within days of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida school, which left 17 of their classmates dead.

Already the event has expanded to include more than 800 “sibling marches” in cities around the world.

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President Trump — who had claimed he would have rushed into the Florida school shooting, even if he wasn’t armed — was reminded of that fact by comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert on Friday.

Hey @realdonaldtrump I thought you said you’d run TOWARD the kids, not away from them!,” Colbert tweeted, linking out to an article about the president’s Mar-a-Lago getaway.


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Kylie Jenner Gives BFF Jordyn Woods a Mercedes-Benz for Her Birthday Amid Pregnancy News

Kylie Jenner may be pregnant with her first child, but on Friday it was all about her BFF Jordyn Woods.

The 20-year-old reality star lead an over-the-top celebration for Woods’ birthday just hours after news broke of her pregnancy, surprising Woods with (among other things) a 2017 black metallic Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Coupe.

Woods, who turns 20 on Saturday, was seemingly pleased by the gift — saying “Oh my God” and crying over seeing the vehicle in videos posted to Jenner’s Snapchat account.

The two besties were out for a day of fun with their mutual friends that included everything from an outdoor table spread of delicious vanilla gold-dusted desserts overlooking the California hills to a meet and greet with a very hungry camel (whom Jenner fed a piece of lettuce) at the Malibu Wine Safari. They ended the evening with a midnight rendition of “Happy Birthday” as Woods blew out candles on a giant white birthday cake.

“Happy birthday Jordy,” Jenner screamed for her her friend throughout the clip.

On a recent episode of her E! reality show Life of Kylie, Jenner took her friendship with Woods to the next level — donning all white and walking down the aisle to exchange vows in a commitment ceremony in Peru, where the cosmetics mogul happened to be visiting children who benefitted from the donations of her Smile lip kit.

“It’s like a marriage for friends,” Jenner said. “I want people to know that we’re more than that. She’s my girlfriend. I care for her like I care for my girlfriend.”

Though they shared that moment together, Jenner also agreed to give Woods space so that she could pursue her own dreams and not just follow her famous friend around on all of her adventures

“I do think it’s hard to be the best friend,” Jenner said, admitting she doesn’t keep a lot of people in her inner circle. “It’s a lot of attention. Dealing with me and my family becomes a lot of positive, but a lot of negative too.”

“All I want for Jordyn is to have all the success in the world and I want her to know that I’m always gonna be here to support her on whatever,” she continued. “I just think everything is happening perfectly for her. She’s going at the perfect pace. She’s accomplished so many things so far. I’m just really proud of her. Jordyn is my ride or die. Vice versa. We might not always be together, but we will always be connected in the mountains of Peru.”

Multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE earlier on Friday that Jenner is expecting a girl in February with her new boyfriend Travis Scott, 25.

“They started telling friends a few weeks ago,” said the source of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and her rapper boyfriend. “The family has known for quite some time. She is really excited and so is Travis.”

Another source close to the family told PEOPLE: “It is an unexpected but completely amazing turn of events that she could not be more excited or thrilled about.”

“Everyone is overjoyed for her,” the source said. “This is the happiest she’s ever been.”

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Another insider said Scott began telling friends about the pregnancy in July. “He was so excited he couldn’t keep it in,” says the insider. “He’s been so affectionate and protective of Kylie since they found out. He can’t wait to be a dad.”

The insider added Jenner was worried people would find out she was pregnant before she was ready to share the news, so she “started posting old photos of herself on social media” that flaunted her flat stomach.

“Kylie was really surprised but is so happy,” said the insider. “She wants to be a mom.”

Reps did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Jenner has been dating Scott since earlier this year after splitting from her on-again, off-again boyfriend Tyga in April.


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Vanity Fair Releases Angelina Jolie’s Interview Transcripts Amid Casting Controversy

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Chris Harrison Speaks Out Amid ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Investigation

As reports about the “allegations of misconduct” that halted production of “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 4 slowly come to light, the show’s host Chris Harrison is attempting to set the record straight. 

In a lengthy statement obtained by People, Harrison explained that there are “rumors and misinformation” out there regarding the alleged incident that reportedly happened between two contestants and that the truth will come out following Warner Bros.’ investigation. The longtime ABC host wants viewers to be patient and hopes all can “respect the privacy of the parties involved.”

The full statement reads:

By now, no doubt, you have heard that we have suspended production on this season’s “Bachelor in Paradise.” I can confirm to you that this is sadly the case. Out of respect to all involved, there’s only so much I can and will say at this time. Normally with a situation like this I would not say anything until the incident is fully resolved, but with all the rumors and misinformation being put out there, I don’t find that to be possible anymore. 

Let me start by saying the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us. It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming. An investigation into the situation was started immediately. Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation. They’re moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that’s done, a clear, concise decision can be made about where we go from here.

There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete.

I know in this day and age we want — and even expect — immediate answers, but in this case, it’s just not possible. So again, I urge you to please be patient and respect the privacy of the parties involved. I will keep you as informed and up to date as I possibly can. We’re sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused the cast, the crew and our loyal fans. It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon.

News of the incident hit Sunday after Warner Bros. announced that ABC was suspending production on the new season due to “misconduct” on set. The cast, which includes Raven Gates, Robby Hayes and Amanda Stanton, was sent back to the U.S. from Mexico. 

“We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.” 

Following the reveal, reports started emerging detailing an alleged sexual encounter that happened between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios in a swimming pool. Although neither has spoken out, sources close to each have shared information. But as Harrison said, right now, we don’t know the facts.

Bachelor in Paradise” brings together former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants in Mexico and gives them another shot at finding love on television. Season 4 was set to premiere Aug. 8. 

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Kourtney Kardashian Continues Public Romance with Younes Bendjima amid Scott Disick PDA with Bella Thorne

 

Kourtney Kardashian isn’t letting her ex Scott Disick‘s recent PDA with Bella Thorne stop her from enjoying her vacation — she’s got her own budding romance to focus on.

On Wednesday, Kardashian was spotted leaving the Gotha nightclub in Cannes hand-in-hand with her beau Younes Bendjima, a 23-year-old model. Kardashian, 38, opted for a sparkly pink minidress with a plunging neckline and baby pink heels, paired with a high, swinging ponytail.

The outing certainly isn’t their first: Kardashian and Bendjima, who have been seeing each other for about a month, have spent several days together in the French Riviera, and a source close to the reality star recently told PEOPLE that Bendjima is “fun for Kourtney.”

“Younes is young, but very responsible,” said the source. “He doesn’t really party. He’s very sweet to Kourtney.”

Meanwhile, Kardashian’s ex Disick, 33, with whom she shares three children, is also in Cannes — where he’s been getting close to his latest fling, 19-year-old Thorne.

The two first sparked romance rumors last week when they stepped out for a dinner date in Los Angeles, and after jetting out of Los Angeles together, the two were spotted cuddling on Wednesday as they lounged on sun beds at a luxury private villa.

Of the PDA pics, one source told PEOPLE that Thorne “really likes the attention,” and another source said the two are “having fun together — partying and acting very flirty.”

“There’s definitely chemistry, and they both seem to love the attention,” said the second source. “It’s not like they’re hiding.”

However, Disick and Thorne appeared to party separately on Wednesday evening: Disick was seen at Baoli nightclub without Thorne, while Thorne was spotted leaving their villa, presumably heading to an event in a sparkly gown and tiara.

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Kardashian and Disick ended their nine-year relationship in July 2015. They’ve gone through ups and downs in their relationship ever since, though up until recently appeared to have been in a good place, spending plenty of time together as a family co-parenting their three kids.

Earlier this month a source told PEOPLE that Disick wasn’t taking well to his ex’s new relationship.

“Scott is a typical guy about it,” said the source. “He doesn’t like that she’s dating. For him, it’s fine to hang out with girls, but when Kourtney does, he pouts.”

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MOSCOW — The building that will house the future, larger Kuznetskiy Most 20 store here was last week wrapped in a giant orange banner declaring “стиль” — the Russian word for style.
It’s also a subbrand of Heron Preston, feted here in grand manner by KM20 owner Olga Karput. She also wrangled Off-White’s Virgil Abloh for an event that reflected feverish interest in American designers and the burgeoning luxury streetwear category they represent.
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Antonio Sabàto Jr. Divorcing Wife Amid Drug Abuse Allegations

Antonio Sabàto Jr. and his wife Cheryl Marie are calling it quits after five years of marriage. 

The former soap star, who recently announced plans to run for U.S. Congress, reportedly filed for divorce back in December 2016, according to TMZ. Sabato Jr. is seeking joint custody of their 6-year-old son, Antonio Kalani, while Marie is asking for sole physical custody over concerns for her child’s safety. 

Marie is claiming in documents obtained by the media outlet that her estranged husband struggles with drug abuse. The television presenter and former beauty pageant winner alleges that Sabato Jr. admitted to using crystal meth before they started dating, but has more recently abused benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that are primarily taken for treating anxiety and sleeping disorders. 

While Sabato Jr. admits to seeking treatment for an addiction to sleeping pills in the past, he denies the other allegations. A representative for the actor told HuffPost that the accusations are “unfounded,” but as the divorce proceedings are ongoing, he has no statement at this time. 

Coincidentally, Sabato Jr. has made substance abuse and the opioid endemic a central part of his political platform, as he runs for California’s 26th Congressional District seat, against incumbent Rep. Julia Brownley (D).

The 45-year-old, who was one of Hollywood’s biggest supporters of Donald Trump in the last election, filed with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month. According to GOP strategist Charles Moran, Sabato Jr. plans to utilize his connection to the current president as “a member of the majority party who has good relations with the Trump administration.”

The “Melrose Place” actor was inspired to run for office after praising Trump at the Republican National Convention in 2016, which he believes was the reason he’s been blacklisted in Hollywood

HuffPost has reached out to representatives for Sabàto Jr. and will update this post accordingly. 

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Amid Retail Funk, Macy’s Says ‘We’re Not Dead’

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‘The Last Ship’ Halts Production Amid Eric Dane’s Battle With Depression

“The Last Ship” has halted production so lead actor Eric Dane can treat his depression, People reports.

“Eric asked for a break to deal with personal issues,” Dane’s rep said in a statement to outlets. “He suffers from depression and has asked for a few weeks of downtime and the producers kindly granted that request.”

Variety, citing an “insider,” noted that shooting for this summer’s fourth season has already wrapped ― but the hiatus is delaying production of the fifth season. The two seasons were being filmed back-to-back.

“He looks forward to returning,” the rep added, per Variety.

In the popular TNT series, Dane stars as the captain of a naval destroyer on a mission to save the world after a a global pandemic.

The 44-year-old actor, who previously starred on “Grey’s Anatomy,” has publicly dealt with personal issues before. He entered rehab for a painkiller addiction in 2011. Earlier, he weathered a scandal over a nude tape, in which he and wife Rebecca Gayheart appeared with another woman.

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Selena Gomez Stands Behind ’13 Reasons Why’ Amid Controversy

Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” gained popularity almost instantly after being released on the streaming platform March 31. But as more and more people are watching the series, controversy has surfaced surrounding its sensitive subject matter

“13 Reasons Why,” based on the best-selling book by Jay Asher, follows the story of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who takes her own life after facing numerous traumatic experiences in high school. She records 13 tapes to give to the individuals she says played some sort of role in her decision, leaving her friend Clay (Dylan Minnette) to uncover the harsh reality behind her heartbreaking death. 

Due to the fact that the show is being binge-watched by the youngest generations, many, including experts in the field of suicide and assault, are worried that the graphic content of Brian Yorkey’s series is simply too much. 

Now, executive producer Selena Gomez is speaking out about her decision to join the project and put it out into the world. During an interview with E! News at a WE Day event Thursday, the 24-year-old said she’s “a little overwhelmed and very surprised” by the success of the show and stands behind its message to inform teens about the harsh realities of the world.

“I believed in the project for so long and I understood what the message was,” she said. “I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused ― in a way that they would talk about it because it’s something that’s happening all the time. So, I’m overwhelmed that it’s doing as well as it’s doing.”

One of the show’s stars, Kate Walsh ― who plays Hannah’s mother ― recently spoke with HuffPost about the controversy, saying, “Parents and teachers and students [should] watch this and have conversations about sexual assault, about bullying, about LGBTQ issues, race issues, gender issues, suicide, depression and mental health, because largely in our country as we see now, it’s still in the shroud of shame or silence.” 

There is already buzz that “13 Reasons Why” will receive a second season, despite being based on a single novel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is close to renewing the series, with sources saying that “a writers room for the sophomore run has been up and running for a few weeks.”

When asked about a Season 2, Gomez smirked and told E!, “Maybe?”

We’ll have to wait and see what happens next. 

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Michael Moore Urges Democrats To ‘Declare A National Emergency’ Amid FBI Trump Probe

Filmmaker Michael Moore on Wednesday urged the Democratic Party to declare a national emergency after the FBI said it was investigating whether members of Donald Trump’s campaign team had worked with the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Of course, Moore made his point in a most engaging way on Instagram, using a red alert light to call on Democratic leaders to respond with full alarm to the “shock in our democracy.”

“The Democratic leadership in the House and Senate needs to bring a halt to all business being done in the name of this potential felony suspect, Donald J. Trump,” Moore wrote. “No bill he supports, no Supreme Court nominee he has named, can be decided while he is under a criminal investigation. His presidency has no legitimacy until the FBI ― and an independent investigative committee ― discovers the truth.”

The Oscar-winning documentary director has been an outspoken critic of President Trump, having instructed Americans on how to resist his administration from Day 1.

This time, he punctuated his point by using an ironic quote from former Republican President Richard Nixon.

The man does have a flair for inspiring action.

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Amid Health Care Battle, Trump Takes Moment To Attack Snoop Dogg

Between 6:55 a.m and 8:14 a.m ET on Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump sent out five tweets.

Four of the tweets dealt with the typical stuff, like tax returns, the auto industry, CEOs, “FAKE NEWS” and the like. But one tweet stood out among the rest. That tweet was about Snoop Dogg. 

He sent a few more tweets out afterward. Like this:

And like that:

And like this:

And, uh ― then it went silent for a while.

But exactly 40 minutes after the president posted his final tweet, the official POTUS Twitter account literally copied, pasted and published the same exact Snoop Dogg tweet

For those wondering, exactly 1 hour and 52 minutes passed between the time of the two Snoop Dogg tweets in question. That means that the president ― nay, the leader of the free world! ― likely spent almost two hours of his day thinking about the rapper, instead of, say, the millions of people who stand to lose their health care under a newly proposed Republican plan. 

What did Snoop Dogg do to warrant such antipathy? He released a music video in which he shoots a prop gun with a flag that says “BANG” at a clown who looks a whole lot like President Trump.

Uh, yeah, believe it or not, that’s it. That’s the whole story, and that’s why the president believes Snoop Dogg might be headed to jail in an alternative world in which the president is still Barack Obama.

This is not the rap beef we want. Is it the rap beef we deserve? No. No one deserves this.  

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Mui Exits Hudson’s Bay Amid Cuts

The marketing and fashion departments at Hudson’s Bay Corp. have taken hits as the company moves to cut overhead in a difficult retail environment.
Among those who were let go in the past several weeks include Nelson Mui, vice president and men’s fashion director for the Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor divisions.
At HBC, Mui was a fixture at the men’s runway shows in Europe and New York as well as the trade shows in Las Vegas. He is credited with adding over 40 premium brands to the mix and launching a multibrand designer-contemporary department in Hudson’s Bay with lines such as Balmain, Neil Barrett, Jil Sander, Junya Watanabe, Marni and J.W. Anderson. He also led the product development for a new private brand called Laboratory, targeted at Millennial men, and revamped the catalogues and advertising campaigns for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor.
Before joining HBC, Mui was vice president of marketing and communications for David Chu Design and Tumi. He has an M.A. in fashion from the Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in London.
Mui, who has been with the retailer since July 2013, said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work for HBC the past three and

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Bruce Springsteen Takes Powerful Stance Amid Trump’s Immigration Ban

Bruce Springsteen didn’t shy away from sending a political message at his concert in Adelaide, Australia, on Monday, just days after President Donald Trump unveiled the administration’s controversial immigration ban.

On Friday, Trump announced an executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States for three months. The move erupted in protests at airports and elsewhere over the weekend, and not surprisingly, caught the interest of The Boss.

“America is a land of immigrants,” he said during the concert. “This is fundamentally un-American. This is a song about immigrants.” Springsteen then went straight into the song, “American Land,” with the crowd exploding in cheers, according to Australia’s Herald Sun.

The song features the lyrics: 

I docked at Ellis Island in the city of light and spire
I wandered to the valley of red-hot steel and fire
We made the steel that built the cities with the sweat of our two hands
We made our home in the American land

That wasn’t the only political mention of the night. While singing “Land of Hope and Dreams,” Springsteen changed the lyrics to include: “This train carries immigrants.”

The New Jersey rocker’s latest comments come on the heels of remarks he made about the Women’s March on Washington at another concert in Australia. 

His words also came at the same time as the SAG Awards, where many celebrities spoke up about the ban both on the red carpet and in speeches. 

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Streep, Trump trade barbs amid actress’ Globes speech

This image released by NBC shows Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Meryl Streep's acceptance speech after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes turned out to be the opening volley in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump.



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Ryan Reynolds Credits Blake Lively For Keeping Him ‘Sane’ Amid Anxiety Attacks

If Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively can weather the train wreck that was “Green Lantern,” then these two can make it through anything, right?

Speaking with Variety in a new interview ahead of the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Reynolds, who is nominated in the category of Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for “Deadpool,” opened up about how Lively helps him handle the stress of life in the spotlight.

“By the time we were in post[-production], we’d been to Comic-Con, and people went crazy for it. The expectations were eating me alive,” Reynolds said of the massive hype before “Deadpool” went on to make a killing at the box office. 

“Blake helped me through that,” he explained. “I’m lucky to have her around just to keep me sane.”

The father of two has candidly discussed his struggle with anxiety before, revealing that he had “a little bit of a nervous breakdown” before the film’s premiere. Apparently, Reynolds has suffered from anxiety attacks since childhood, something he believes stems from his difficult relationship with his father, who died last year after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“I have three older brothers,” he told Variety. “Our father was tough. He wasn’t easy on anyone. And he wasn’t easy on himself. I think the anxiety might have started there, trying 
to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognized that. I was just a twitchy kid.”

But with a “Deadpool” sequel on the horizon, Reynolds says he’s working feverishly to make sure the film exceeds the expectations of the original, which not many believed would succeed at the box office, let alone receive attention from any award shows.

“It’s really proof that literally anything can happen in Hollywood,” Reynolds said. “I wish I could absorb it.”

Read Reynolds’ full profile in Variety

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Angelina Jolie ‘Seems OK’ Amid Divorce From Brad Pitt, According To Ex Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton is keeping tabs on famous ex-wife Angelina Jolie during her divorce from Brad Pitt. The “Bad Santa 2” actor opened up about the actress during an interview with Entertainment Tonight last week. 

“She seems, you know, OK to me when I talk to [her],” the actor told ET. “I don’t talk to her that often, though. You know? We’re still very good friends, but she’s got her world. I’ve got mine.”

Thornton recently opened up about his former wife of two years in a quirky, candid GQ interview, telling the magazine he “never felt good enough for her.” But it seems the pair has still managed to form a friendship.

“Once in a blue moon we come together,” the actor added in his ET interview. “Every now and then we talk, you know? Whatever. But when people are going through their trials and tribulations I try to leave them alone unless they want to talk to me.”

“Trials and tribulations” seems to be the mildest form of language possible to describe Jolie’s divorce from Brad Pitt. Pitt was only recently cleared of child abuse allegations after the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services investigated an incident between the actor and his eldest son, Maddox. The “Allied” actor and Jolie are still wrestling with a custody agreement for their six children. 

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Finding cause to celebrate! It’s been a tough time for the Duggar family, but on Saturday, June 6, Jill Duggar took time to share a happy milestone via Instagram.

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Hong Kong Protester Proposes To Girlfriend Amid The Action

As the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue, emotions run high.

Not all emotions are negative, however.

On Sunday, footage captured in Mong Kok shows Yau Chi Hang, 22, getting down on one knee to propose to fellow protester and girlfriend Crystal Chan, 21. In the video, featured on the Associated Press’ YouTube channel, the couple is seen surrounded by a crowd that cheers after Chan says yes.

But the sweet scene comes amidst political unrest as thousands blockade the streets, demanding the right to vote for a leader in the 2017 elections.

“We hope our next generation won’t have to be occupying the streets as they’ll have true universal suffrage,” the engaged couple told reporters when asked about having children.

Authorities have given the protesters a deadline to clear the streets. Some have pulled out of talks with the government due to clashes with the police, but CNN reports a student group is willing to restart conversations if the conflict between pro-democracy protesters and those opposed is better handled.
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