Monday, December 31, 2012

Kim Kardashian is Pregnant With Kanye West's Baby!

I don't believe a thing that Kim Kardashian does isn't completely calculated. So when Kanye West announced at his concert that Kim's pregnant, I did have an "oh my goodness" moment, but not because I thought Kim may have forgotten her birth control.

A survey confirmed that America wants less Kardashian news in 2013, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Why? Because Kim Kardashian being pregnant with Kanye West's baby is something that momager Kris Jenner can pimp out like CRAZY.

Because the Kardashians seem to be falling out of favor, and Kim and Kanye seem to believe that their romance is forever, I think the pair planned to get pregnant in order to keep Kim and company relevant. That and they're reportedly shopping around to get their wedding on TV and nobody's biting, so they needed a backup plan. (Need I note that a child should never be a backup plan?)

I could just be cynical - the pair may have genuinely discussed having children, getting married and stepping out of the spotlight to raise their child quietly together, but I don't think anyone really believes that. And oh yeah, there's that whole pesky court case that's still open because Kim is still legally married to Kris Humphries! If Kim's trying to dig an even bigger hole to prove her marriage was a fraud, I think the baby just did that. Congratulations, Kim, you may have just handed your savings over to Mr. Humphries.

Kanye initially announced the news during his concert on December 30th at his concert in Atlantic City, NJ. The Kardashian clan then confirmed the news in true Kardashian fashion - via social media. Kendall Jenner even called the unborn baby a "Kimye" baby, using the media's often negative nickname for the pair.

I bet Kris Jenner's already planning how to pimp this kid out for more Kardashian cash.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Why Won't LeAnn Rimes Step Out Of The Spotlight For a Minute? She Really Should.

Can someone please let me know why LeAnn Rimes won't let the world forget about her affair with Eddie Cibrian? And why won't she step out of the spotlight until the public can like her again?

LeAnn Rimes has been a hot mess lately. First, she and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville are having an all out war. In case you haven't been following, LeAnn's husband Eddie Cibrian was married to Brandi before he left her for LeAnn, who he met while filming a Lifetime movie. Now, Eddie and LeAnn won't let Brandi and Eddie's kids to appear on RHOBH, yet LeAnn has no problem posting pictures of them and calling them 'her boys' on social media.

Second, LeAnn tried to make a comeback by singing How Do I Live on the X Factor with finalist Carly Rose Sonenclar. LeAnn was BAD. Like, Carly Rose sang nicely, and LeAnn stepped in with some crazy melodies that came out of absolutely nowhere. Carly Rose actually lost the X Factor after this, and her family is pissed.

Third, LeAnn released a single about her affair, an event which ruined not only Eddie's family, but her own. (She was married to Dean Sheremet at the time that she met Eddie.) Okay, LeAnn...your affair was YEARS ago. You can never take back the pain you caused, but you can stop throwing it to the media to keep you relevant. I can list a few, healthy ways to stay relevant, which I've listed below:

- Release a good single about something happy
- Get a part in a movie and ROCK IT!
- Make peace with Brandi Glanville for the sake of your stepkids...for real

We all make mistakes. But as human beings, it is our responsibility to move on, learn from our mistakes and make things right in the best way that we can...even if that means taking LeAnn taking a step away from the media for a while. She claims to hate how the media talks about her affair, but there's one easy way to fix that: stop giving the media things to talk about. When you stop giving them stories, they'll stop reporting on you. Try it, it works!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sister Wives: Helping Polygamists That Walked Away

This week on Sister Wives, Madison, Logan and Aspyn took a trip to help an organization, Holding Out Hope, that helps people escape negative polygamist situations.

We heard the stories of some of the former polygamist community members like Suzanne. Suzanne came from the FLDS community. When she first arrived at Holding Out Hope, she was terrified. Steven, another helper at Holding Out Hope, was kicked out of the FLDS community for staying out late one night. Nicole, from the Kingston community, was told she had to be married at sixteen. She didn't, and broke away and married a man outside of the community. Kollene, 19, left the Kingston group of polygamists twice, the second time at age 17. She was beaten by her father, who was a leader in her community, all throughout her life. Kollene was very strong in her convictions against polygamy - she thinks no one should participate. It turns out that she was shunned almost her whole life in her community, which explains some of her negative feelings towards the polygamist community, along with her other very valid reasons.

Nicole shared terrible stories of young girls who were abused in her community. While the Brown children were horrified by this, they maintained that polygamy isn't the issue - it's the negative leadership in certain polygamist communities.

Next, we joined the Brown kids as they met a host family, which sponsors a polygamist who left the community. While at dinner with her host family, Kollene explained that in her family, her biological father only came along once in a while, and he was treated like a king while everyone else was garbage. Kollene told Aspyn she's dumb for wanting to continue in a polygamist lifestyle. Fortunately, she was able to stick up for herself, despite Kollene's strong personality.

The Browns invited the people they met to visit them in Las Vegas to experience their lifestyle. The former polygamists were understandably skeptical, although Nicole began to get sentimental about the good memories she had of her family.

On the way to the Brown home, Tonia, the leader of Holding Out Hope, worried about how the Browns would react to her. This made sense, since the Browns were concerned about her from the get-go. It turns out that the Browns didn't need to worry about Tonia - she said that she helps people both within and outside of the community.

Suzanne had a very sad story - her father left the family to repent (in his words) and a caretaker was assigned to her family. It didn't work out and her family went to a friend's place for help. The friend directed Suzanne's family to Tonia, and she helped them get away.

Nicole's story was sad. She said she hardly had a family, even though she had 27 moms and one day. She said her mom was so busy fighting for her dad's attention that she she didn't feel like she had a mom of her own.

The guests were treated to a tour of the Brown homes and to a picnic. The visitors seemed surprised to see family photos of the Browns as a whole. Their lives weren't really like that, with the moms working together as a cohesive team. On the picnic, Kody sat down with Kollene and they talked. Kollene questioned Kody about his parenting, and she seemed to loosen up a little bit as Kody spoke about how he's close to his children.

In the end, there was definitely no convincing Kollene that polygamy is a good thing, and that's completely fair. But I think the Browns did show her and the others that not all polygamist families are abusive. I'm not going as far as to say that some polygamist families are completely positive, but I will say that the Browns are certainly not toxic like the abusive families in other polygamist communities.

The Browns took Tonia and the others out for dinner in the last night of their visit. It seemed like a really enjoyable dinner. Everyone laughed, even Kollene. It was nice to see Kollene smile and relax a bit. After dinner, the teens had ice cream and talked. Kollene said before getting to know the Browns, she assumed they were fake and hiding something. The former polygamist community members were asked if the visit with the Browns made them consider polygamy again, and while the answer was no, the former polygamists did seem to respect the Browns. Even Kollene was pleasantly surprised by the Browns and how Kody acted as a father and husband. While she certainly isn't embracing polygamy with open arms, it was nice to see her understand that being a polygamist doesn't automatically make someone evil.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Kate Middleton's Hospital Nurse's Suicide: A Tragic, Avoidable Event

A senseless prank call caused a hospital nurse to lose her life.

If you recall, a set of radio DJs from Australia, Michael Christian and Mel Greig, thought it would be funny to call the hospital where Kate Middleton was staying with morning sickness. They pretended to be Prince Charles and the Queen, and spoke to the (seemingly naive) nurse Jacintha Saldanha asking about Kate. The interaction was broadcast on the radio as a prank, bringing public humiliation and shame to innocent Saldanha.

In response to her newfound fame and this cruel trick, Ms. Saldanha took her life, leaving behind a husband and children.

Should Ms. Saldanha have provided the information to the callers? Probably not. But I can certainly understand why she did it. It seems that many British people deeply respect and admire the royal family, and Ms. Saldanha had no reason to believe that someone would fake a call to find out how Kate is doing, let alone broadcast it on the radio!

Since Ms. Saldanha's suicide, the radio DJs have stepped away from their jobs and deleted their online presences, including their Twitter accounts. And who can blame them? People are obviously outraged that their lack of consideration for Ms. Saldanha led to such a tragic end.

What I want to know is, how did these DJs think their actions were funny or appropriate in the first place? What business did they have calling the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated? That's unfair to Kate's privacy (and she doesn't get enough of it as it is!), to the hospital staff and to the royal family.

I hope this unfortunate and tragic outcome teaches the world a lesson - sometimes you need to consider other people before making a decision. The radio station DJs knew what they were doing was ethically and morally wrong, yet they still did it, and now they've destroyed a family.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Anything Browns Can Do, Dargers Do Better...And Other Notes From The Week

Did anyone watch last night's Sister Wives? I hate to say it, but the Brown family's friends, the Dargers, put their family to shame. Did you see their organizational skills? Their well-packed suitcases? The way the family got along? The way the wives looked so happy and put together? They painted a much prettier picture of polygamy than the Browns have on recent seasons! I'm pretty sure the jealousy was evident on the episode, and I hate to say it, rightfully so!
On some other notes:

Kate Middleton is pregnant! There will soon be a royal baby. There's sure to be a ton of fanfare for this child, who's sure to live a privileged life in the spotlight! Here's to hoping the family chooses a nice name for the young royal.

Courtney Stodden is casting a guy for a music video. If you're an attractive male (a Chris Hemsworth type, per Perez Hilton) it can be you. You know, because being in a Courtney Stodden music video is quite an honor. (Sarcasm.)

I loved the season finale of Couples Therapy. It was so nice to see Nik Richie and Shayne Lamas actually getting along. I bet by now that's ancient history, but it's still nice to have seen it.

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris are going to give marriage another try. Well, let me rephrase. They're going to give getting married another try, despite Crystal selling her engagement ring and bashing Hef on the radio and stuff. My guess? She broke up with her boyfriend, realized her music career was going nowhere and decided to be a kept woman for a while.