Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sister Wives - 12/29/13 - "I Kiss Better Then I Cook" (Misspelled intentionally)

Sister Wives is back! The Brown clan is living in the cul de sac and rebuilding their life as a whole family...and they're calling it the plyg-de-sac.

The family discussed how they thought the new homes would be like fairy dust and fix everything, which it didn't for the adults - they still feel as if they're leading separate lives. However, Kody likes that he can run house-to-house without breaking a sweat.

The family had to discuss their financial matters, including college tuition. Primarily, the fact that Mariah's tuition will be high going to Westminster College. Kody said that he doesn't support student loans. (Which is awesome except they have like, a million kids to send to school.)

The topic of who has cars came up. Aspyn and Logan have cars, but Mariah doesn't, and Meri doesn't want her to go without a car in Utah. So, more expenses for Mariah.

Things got touchy in the conversation when the family discussed who is responsible for paying for what and how Meri's going to be an empty nester.

Mariah was called in for the discussion. Robyn immediately tried to ask her if she'd consider going somewhere besides Westminster, even though she's clearly said it's all she wants. When Meri pressed about why Mariah wants to go to Utah, Mariah got emotional, stating that she wants to be in a place where there are like minded people - like those who want sister wives. She feels that she's unable to move forward with that lifestyle in Las Vegas. Which is valid.

The family pledged to help Meri get to Westminster and make it so Mariah doesn't need to stress about it.

Next up was Mother's Day. For this holiday, all four mothers in law and Kody's own mother were visiting.
- Meri's mom Bonnie was there. The women reminisced about how they'd have Bonnie talk to Kody if they wanted something from him.
- MIL Sheryl (Janelle's mom), also in attendance, is married to Kody's dad.
- Christine's mom Annie was also present.
- Robyn's mom Alice joined too, and because of a remarriage situation, she's been both a first and second wife. 
- Genielle is Kody's mom. She has 10 biological children.

Kody noted that he likes and dislikes some of his mothers in law, but wouldn't say which he likes and dislikes, which is a very smart idea. Although saying he dislikes one or more of them probably wasn't smart to begin with.

Kody took the MILs (and his mom) shopping for gifts for their daughters. The moms were not shy about their opinions. Kody talked about buying a sign for Janelle that says, "I kiss better than I cook". Sheryl was not amused by it, even after Kody's explanation that Janelle can cook but she can also kiss. He kept saying things like "she can kiss good" which made the grammar lover in me go a bit crazy. The concept seemed to make Sheryl quite uncomfortable.

Bonnie said she loves Kody, although she admits he makes stupid mistakes.

Kody's mom made a point that he should choose equitable presents for each wife. He said he shouldn't have to be concerned about what the other wives think when he buys a present for each wife.

Kody talked to the moms about the family's mission statement and current issues since they've moved closer to each other. He talked about how the family isn't as close as he'd like them to be. Kody addressed the discussion from their therapy retreat that the wives wouldn't stay a family if he wasn't there. The MILs seemed to be pretty positive about the situation - they seemed to think things would work out now that everyone lives near each other. One MIL noted that now they're a united family, and she'd heard an older child say that she was happy with the new situation because the younger kids will have the same situation they did - having their siblings all together.

To celebrate Mother's Day, Kody decided to gather the kids and make breakfast for all the mothers. Kody seemed very overwhelmed. He wanted to set up a buffet for the moms, but a blown fuse got in the way. While Kody and the kids cooked, the moms and MILs hung out. In the end, it all worked out, and Kody gave an emotional speech before anyone could eat.

The wives, in the confessional after breakfast, seemed to actually be on the same  for once- they realized they have to laugh at Kody's antics. It was nice to see them united.

The wives asked the MILs for advice on being a sister wife. The advice included realizing that everyone is an individual and contributes something to the relationship. Kody's mom talked about her experiences with jealousy and understanding that change has to come from you, not expecting someone else to change. She also said you have to accept everyone for who they are and need to love unconditionally. There was more talk about broken marriage, trust, long term commitments, etc. To close out the episode, Kody said that he hopes the commitment ceremony he's planning helps to bring the family together to be the family he wants it to be.

Update: Thanks to those who commented to note that the "I kiss better than I cook" sign actually said "I kiss better then I cook." So, as was pointed out, it technically says that Janelle kisses better (than the other wives or whoever else) and then she cooks. This reminds me of the time I saw a shirt that said "It takes a women". Are companies really not hiring proofreaders for this stuff?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kim Kardashian Wants Two More Kids With Kanye

Kim Kardashian revealed that she wants two more kids with Kanye West. Which is fine and all, but once you name a kid North, what do you name the rest?

Here are my guesses:

The typical ones: South and East. Although this leads to a problem if she has South and then gets pregnant with twins. Then what...West West?

Some kind of action: Walk West. Go West. Run West. Drive West. If it's in this category, though, my guess is on March. March West. It sounds like their kind of thing.

The same first letter trend. The Kardashian girls are all K names, so why wouldn't Kim continue the tradition with N names? If they go this route, I vote for Nifty or Nonpariel...but I somehow doubt even they would choose those names. How about just the name Name? They could call her Nami for a nickname, like Nori...I guess.

If they decide on only two kids, I vote for Thorn as the second baby. It's like North but with the letters mixed up. Although that'll hardly give kid 2 his or her own identity.

What do you think Kim and Kanye would name babies two and three?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Jenelle Evans is Pregnant, and It Was Planned.

Jenelle Evans of Teen Mom 2 fame is pregnant with her second child. She and her boyfriend each have one child that they do not have custody of already.

Per RealityTVWorld, Jenelle and boyfriend Nathan Griffith planned this child, although they've only recently begun dating, and Jenelle's still legally married to Courtland Rodgers, who is behind bars.

Crazy Days and Nights reports that Jenelle is drinking and smoking pot during her pregnancy. (The pot is to alleviate morning sickness.) I hope for her sake and the baby's that this isn't true.

There isn't much more I have to say about this except I hope this pregnancy helps Jenelle get her life back on track and make better decisions for herself and her family.

Update: Jenelle and Nathan got into a fight and Jenelle's been arrested. Okay, then.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Brandon Blackstock: Don't Cheat On Kelly Clarkson!

Kelly Clarkson found her man. She got pregnant. And then rumors started about her husband, Brandon Blackstock, cheating. Unfortunately, a woman is claiming the cheating rumors are true...and she's the other woman.

According to a letter to The Dirty, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous is claiming that she and Kelly Clarkson's beau Brandon Blackstock (who is Reba McEntire's stepson) have been intimate. While I'm usually inclined to believe that when people want to stay anonymous they may not be telling the truth, I kind of believe this woman. Why? Because her alibi is that she's got her life and kids to protect, and she's not making this affair out to be something huge - she openly admits that she and Mr. Blackstock never entirely did the deed.

Plus, Crazy Days and Nights has been posting blind items about Brandon's infidelity for quite some time.

Kelly, we wish you all the best with this.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Generation Cryo: My Thoughts/Review of the First Episode

I finally got a chance to watch Generation Cryo on MTV, which tracks 17 year old Breeanna's journey to find the 15 brothers and sisters she's gained through her dad being a sperm donor.

Like her siblings, Breeanna was conceived when her parents decided to get pregnant via a sperm donor. In Breeanna's case, her parents were lesbians. One parent is her biological mom and her other is not. Her parents split up when she was young, and while she's close with both parents, she currently lives with her non-biological mother.

At seventeen years old, Breeanna is on a mission to meet all of her half siblings. On this episode, she met Jonah and Hilit, who are full siblings to each other (biological mom and sperm donor dad). In their situation, their father was unable to produce sperm to impregnate their mom, so they went to a sperm donor to have a family.

Breeanna's interaction with the family proved to be quite interesting in some cases, while being mundane in others (much like real life). The sibling interactions were pretty standard (let's eat bagels, let's do our nails, let's go to a party that MTV probably staged...) but the parent interactions were fascinating.

Hilit and Jonah's mom straight up told the cameras about their dad's inability to produce sperm. And she did not do it subtly. She said something along the lines of "not a sperm in sight", which I'm sure did not go over well when the dad saw it on TV.

Image of Breeanna from HollywoodReporter.com
The other truly interesting part of the episode is when Breeanna and Jonah had to ask the parents if they could send Jonah's DNA cheek swab (Breeanna asked him to do it because she needed male DNA) to a lab to try to find their biological father. Eric, Hilit and Jonah's dad, seemed totally against it at first, seemingly due to his insecurities about not being his kids' bio-dad. On the other hand, Teri, Hilit and Jonah's mom, was all about it, citing that she'd love to meet their bio-dad so she can understand her kids better. It's also important to note here that Hilit and Jonah referenced meeting some of their bio-siblings before, so as emotional as their dad was about maintaining their bio-family, he did let Breeanna in their home and was open to his underage kids (they're 17) meeting their siblings.

Other parts of the show were pretty mundane, like Breeanna asking her parents' permission to travel to meet her siblings and meet her bio-dad, primarily because that part had to be staged. I mean, MTV cameras don't just follow a 17 year old around with a camera without her parents' permission in hopes that they'll agree to let her film the show that they're already filming.

Here are some interesting pieces from / my thoughts on the show:

- One of Breeanna's moms remained a lesbian while the other did not, and one blames the other for Breeanna being a lesbian.
- It was super creepy when Breeanna and Jonah talked about what they like when they hook up with people. I guess it wasn't that weird, but it was strange that siblings that just met discussing their  mating habits on camera...on a show that their parents are sure to watch.
- This show is interesting but a bit dragged out. Breeanna's got a great idea with what she's doing, but because she likely wasn't cast by MTV to be a 'character' (like Snooki or those types) the show isn't gripping. Like, I could walk away for ten minutes and pick back up without feeling like I missed something incredible.
- The best part of Generation Cryo is learning about the similarities between the siblings and seeing how they and their parents feel about the siblings meeting and their quest to find the sperm donor. For example, Breeanna really wants to find him whereas Hilit seems to barely care. And no one seems to want to make him part of the family - those who want to know just want to know.
- I wonder how the sperm donor feels about the show and if we'll find out. It must be interesting to have a show focused on you, even if you take no part in it.
- I would be willing to bet that MTV didn't come up with the idea of this show. If anything, Bree's family contacted MTV to film it, or someone at MTV met Bree's family and went about convincing the executive team to give it a go. Why? Primarily because this seems like an idea Breeanna had way before the cameras followed her around, and because MTV must be paying for all of Bree's travel, so she probably saw this funding as a way to make her dream come true.
- The show is good. Not terribly exciting (very raw and real for MTV), definitely partially staged, and worth seeing through because there are a finite number of episodes (unless MTV plans to show more reunions as the siblings get to know each other). That being said, if your TV schedule is pretty full already, this show's not exciting enough to bump another one out of the way.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Some Fame-Seeking Relationships Seek More Fame (Michaele Salahi / Neal Schon and Ben Flajnik / Kris Jenner)

First and foremost, remember Michaele Salahi of Real Housewives of DC fame? You know how you haven't thought about her in, like, forever? Well, she seeks to change that, and make you pay for it.

Michaele Salahi and Journey's Neal Schon planned to marry on regular TV after being approached by some networks, but then they realized they could do everything on their own and not relinquish creative control, and all it'll cost you to watch it is $14.95.

To me, it sounds like no network pay what the pair wanted for the event (which will have hosts, for goodness sake), so the pair looked outwards to take in the cash they think they deserve.

Good luck to them, I guess...but I hardly think people will be lining up to stream the video of their marriage, as neither Michaele or Neal seem to be fan favorites at this time.

On another topic of publicity studded relationships, Ben Flajnik and Kris Jenner sources are saying the pair is hooking up. Ben's 31 and Kris is 58...is this Ben's way of getting around that most of the younger Kardashians are taken? Seriously, though, I don't believe this for a second. Well, maybe. But it reeks of publicity stunt to me. Kris is probably taking on the role of managing Ben or something, and this is an incredible way to catapult his name into the spotlight. And if Kris knows anything, it's how to make people famous without doing anything.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Breaking the Faith: It Doesn't Look Like It's Real, But That Doesn't Mean It Can't Be Good

Remember how people were mad when they found out Breaking Amish on TLC wasn't real? It looks like the network wasn't so concerned this time when it came to pretending that the show's new counterpart, Breaking the Faith, isn't real.

Like Breaking Amish, Breaking the Faith is about leaving a community, only this time it's about leaving the FLDS community - Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Per Starcasm, Breaking Faith doesn't actually claim to be true reality. Sure, they did pull people for the show that were part of the FLDS community, but not necessarily ones who'd be experiencing non-FLDS life for the first time. Take Martha Barlow, for example, who left in 2011. She definitely was part of the church...but she experienced life outside of it before filming began. Like, for a while.

That aside, TLC doesn't claim this show is reality like it did with Breaking Amish - it claims that it tells a story, which, you know, it does.

Additionally, there's all kinds of tweets out there (thanks social media!) talking about how people are paid to be friends with the cast members on the show, and how people can get their 15 minutes of fame by attending a staged party.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not hating by any means. I would say 99% of reality shows - if not all - are staged in some way. Regular life just isn't that interesting, and the realities of film crews and fame skew 'reality' anyway. So if making this show less than reality makes it more fun to watch, I'm all in.

Update: I liked Breaking the Faith. It's done in a documentary style with spooky elements, almost like a horror movie. It showed the impacts / crimes of Warren Jeffs and how members of his church are affected by them. It did not paint a pretty picture of the religion by any means, so if you're looking for anything warm and fuzzy from the first episode, you're not going to find it. That being said, I believe the majority of stories on the show are real (and of course the news elements are) but we're just hearing about the participants leaving the group after this truly happened, and their initial stories should be considered more of a recap, with their upcoming stories a twist on their current lifestyles.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

New season of Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off announced

If you've seen the past two seasons of Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, you'll definitely won't want to miss the third season that launches early in the new year, Monday, January 6th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

This season of the Celebrity Cook-Off comes with new judges, new celebrities, new challenges. The eight celebrities have been divided into two teams, Team Guy and Team Rachael. Each episodes the celebrities will be competing against each other using their various talents, such as cooking skills, marketing skills and performing skills. My humble guess would be that the winning team will be Team Rachael, or would anyone dare to differ? My reason for that is simple, there are two of my favorites comedians, more specifically Judy Gold and Penn Jillette. So I will definitely be keeping my thumbs up for Team Rachel. But then again, Team Guy comes with names such as Vanilla Ice and Herschel Walker, so who knows. You can find the full celebrity list from the interactive media player below, but you can be sure it's going to be fun watching experience.

"As I’ve said since season one of this show, it is both the most nerve-racking and the most exciting project I’ve ever been a part of, and this season is no relief," said Rachael Ray. "It is intense – intense fun and intense stress – in each and every episode as all of these celebrities play with knives and fire all for the sake of the charities that they love."



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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Scrubbing In: It's Changing!

Scrubbing In seemed to rub people the wrong way...and I don't blame those who were upset by it. It painted a very negative picture of some very amazing people - nurses. And MTV, while they do lots of controversial stuff and stick by it, decided to make things a little more right and change the show.

Website The Truth About Nursing, and other organizations, showed their concern about the show, and fortunately, their words worked. Per the website:

After these collective efforts, MTV reached out to The Truth About Nursing to engage in extensive discussions about how to ameliorate the situation. MTV has agreed to take several helpful steps, including airing the show at a less prominent time, some re-editing of episodes, and other efforts to convey accurate information about nursing, although the last six episodes will air.

This is awesome! By no means did I expect MTV to pull the show off the air (they paid to film it, after all), but I was hoping that they'd show some positive aspects about nursing professionals, rather than just portraying party-filled lifestyles.

This is great news! Hopefully the show will play out and that'll be the last we hear of it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Farrah Abraham to Go On VH1's Couples Therapy...By Herself

Remember how Farrah Abraham tried to get a fake boyfriend to go on VH1's Couples Therapy? It turns out she didn't have to this time...she's going by herself.

That's right. So along with couples, Farrah will be working on her issues...by herself. While I fully support Farrah being in therapy (girl needs some healthy self esteem), I hardly doubt her intentions are clean. And I'm surprised that VH1 and Dr. Jenn Berman let Farrah join in by herself. The press release on VH1.com seems to indicate that half of a couple didn't show up...and I'd bet that's because Farrah's other half didn't actually exist, primarily because she used someone to get herself a spot on the show.

Per VH1, Farrah will be joined on Couples Therapy by Taylor Armstrong & John Bluher, Jon Gosselin & Liz Janetta, Ghostface Killah & Kelsey Nykole and Whitney Mixter & Sada Bettencourt.

If you're not aware, Taylor Armstrong joins us from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Jon Gosselin from Jon & Kate Plus 8, Ghostface Killah of music fame, and Whitney and Sada from The Real L Word. Farrah's from Teen Mom.

Here's my question - when couples do their relationship building activities, what will Farrah be doing? Will her mom make an appearance so they can work on their issues? Will Farrah bring daughter Sophia on TV? It'll be interesting, I'm sure, but probably not in a good way.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dourtney's Over: Courtney Stodden, With A Bit of Fame in Hand, Separates from Doug Hutchison

Courtney Stodden, now aged 19, and Doug Hutchison are going to be legally separated. But don't worry, they'll remain in the same house (in separate bedrooms), co-parent the dog and Doug will still manage Courtney's career.

I'm single, come and get me!
Courtney realized she needed space from her 50-something man when she enjoyed her time on the UK's version of Celebrity Big Brother.

While Doug is likely heartbroken, I feel like Courtney got everything she wanted and needed from this relationship and is ready to move on. That, and she's going to be 19 and divorced, while many people won't see their first marriage for at least a few years after their 19th birthdays. Having the chance to grow on her own might be a good thing for her. Maybe she'll learn something about loving yourself for who you are, not for your fame or plastic surgeries. Or maybe she wants to be a REALLY big star and just realized that Doug is holding her back. (Courtney Stodden dating show, anyone?)

Whatever the reasons behind their split, we wish Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden the best, and hope they find what they're looking for...whether it be a relationship with someone in their own age ranges or the fame that just wasn't happening when they were a couple.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Amber Portwood: Out of Jail and Filming Already...And People Sure Are Critical

Amber Portwood of Teen Mom fame made a tough decision to go to jail, despite having a young daughter, rather than opting for rehab. That's right - she chose jail as the best option. Now she's out, and people are already critical of a decision she's made.

Around the internet, people are criticizing Amber Portwood's decision to be filmed by MTV cameras immediately following her release from jail. A main criticism seems to be that she should get herself on track before subjecting herself to the negativity of the limelight. And while I see the validity of this, I also understand Amber's need for money....and to show the world that she's on the right track.

Amber wants shared custody of daughter Leah. And that's going to take two key things: money (for lawyers, to prove she can take her daughter, etc.) and proof that she can be a good mom. And what better way to prove that she's got herself together than to catch it on camera? I don't think we'll see the problem-plagued Amber that we saw on Teen Mom. I think we're going to now see a mature Amber turning her life around.

Secondly, people are criticizing MTV for being willing to film Amber after her release. While I hardly think it's ethical, I do think MTV is a corporation that's out to make money, not a company that's out to promote ethical behavior. I mean, this channel airs Scrubbing In, which portrays nurses is a terrible way, and continues to glamorize teen pregnancy with a zillion seasons of 16 and Pregnant. (Teen pregnancy will make you famous, kids!) That and I wouldn't doubt that Amber approached MTV, and who are they to turn down an offer that'll get them lots of views and advertising revenue? In the world of reality TV, it's all about money over morality. And MTV wins at that game.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tori Spelling Really Wants to Keep Her Name in the Spotlight

There's no reason to read Tori Spelling's new book at this point because Us Weekly is doing great at giving us all of the details. Which is fine by me because I had (and still have) zero intentions of reading it.

Anyway, Us Weekly spilled some more details from Tori Spelling's latest memoir, in which she admits that she didn't eat healthy to lose the baby weight after having baby Finn...she just didn't eat. And her publicist told her to say that she dieted in a healthy way because her fans wouldn't be into supporting someone's anorexia. Understandably!

Anyway, it looks like all bets are off now that Tori's looking for cash in any way she can get. It recently hit the news that she and hubby Dean McDermott can't afford to get him a vasectomy...then they can...then it's a maybe. So whatever the truth is, their monetary struggle isn't a secret. So Tori's willing to spill every secret in order to keep her name in the spotlight and money in her pocket.

Hopefully things will get better for Tori soon because this flip flopping and monetary madness isn't looking great for her - they're about as appealing as learning that a celebrity tried the anorexia diet and it worked. Awesome. (Sarcasm.)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Kelly Osbourne Continues To Hate on Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga appeared with Sharon Osbourne on the X Factor UK, and it went well - until Gaga got word that it was Kelly Osbourne's birthday and she presented Sharon with a cake for her.

Kelly Osbourne DID NOT like that. She tweeted lots of very rude things in response to this gesture and slammed Gaga for her fakeness. She suggested that if Stefani Germanotta really meant to make peace between the pair, she'd have sent Kelly a cake directly, not give it to her mom who's halfway around the world.

Let's be real here - Kelly has a point. Gaga's actions were nice for Sharon, but not particularly nice for Kelly, who wouldn't get to enjoy the cake. That being said, I do think Gaga was trying to extend the olive branch and make peace, not trying to be vindictive. I saw a picture of the cake, and it's not that great...it fits well with Gaga's defense that she'd just heard that it was Kelly's birthday and didn't have time to send one across the globe to her.

I think what Gaga did may have been a mix of genuine peacemaking and negative curiosity...not that I'm explaining that right. What I mean is, she may have been sort of trying to make peace, but with the fact in mind that Kelly may freak out and make herself look bad. So who looks good? Gaga. Who looks bad? Kelly. Even though technically Gaga instigated the situation. So, if that's the case, I guess it worked! Either way, Gaga kind of won. Well played, Gaga, well played.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jon Cryer's Wife Wants BANK - $88,000 a Month in Child Support

Jon Cryer's ex-wife went from 4% physical custody of their son to 50%...and she wants a raise to go with it. One that would make her child support go from $8,000 a month to $88,969 a month...which, even though Jon Cryer makes a lot of money, is completely ridiculous.

Sarah Trigger claims this is all for her son, and because Jon Cryer makes $2 million a month, he should pay up. You know, even though he still has his 13 year old Charlie half the time. Per TMZ:
Sarah says life is awful.  She says her son Charlie can't afford the ritzy summer camps his friends attend.  She says Charlie's friends go on "exotic vacations in the summer and winter like Europe and Thailand."  He can't go.

It gets worse. Sarah says Charlie's friends at The Buckley School have "huge birthday parties at expensive places like Sky High Sports and they invite the entire grade."  And worst of all ... the Bar Mitzvahs. Sarah says, "Last year there were multiple Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs all with custom invitations, a dress code and huge private receptions afterward."
EOnline has even better info, in which Ms. Trigger defends her choice of asking for money because she's unemployed and can't provide like the Two and a Half Men star can...so clearly, the solution is that Jon hands her money so she can look good in front of her son.
"Currently, Charlie experiences two different lifestyles depending on which parent he is with," Trigger, who shares custody with Cryer 50-50, says. "Fifty percent of the time Charlie is able to compete with his peers on a level playing field and the other fifty percent of the time Charlie is not able to compete on a level playing field."

Here's a hint: maybe don't send him to a zillion dollar a year private school. Send him to a normal school and that $8,000 monthly paycheck will be more than many kids' parents see in several months.

I read earlier that Sarah is an actress whose career never got off the ground. This sounds like an attempt to get her name in the spotlight now that her son's a teenager. Maybe she wants to try acting again and think this is the way to get her name out there.

Also, I'm not sure that Jon Cryer should be trying to give any money to Ms. Trigger, who reportedly choked their son a few years back and wanted to have Jon Cryer killed. (It seems the second part may not be true but the first part was...and even after that, Jon had to pay $8,000 a month for her to watch their kid 4 percent of the time!)

Something is very, very wrong here.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Scrubbing In: Can't Even Watch It

I tried watching MTV's new show Scrubbing In and I couldn't even do it. Like, I watched part of the episode and then gave up. There are a few reasons for this:

- I realize reality shows are fake, but because I understand some aspects of travel nursing, the fakeness level is evident to me. For example, you have to apply for travel nursing jobs and get placed. They aren't going to just pick you and your whole group of best friends and take you all together.

- Per my friend who works as a travel nurse, they wouldn't just take a bunch of young, new travel nurses (not to mention that you need to do some time before you even qualify to travel) and put them in a house together. The experiences my friend had didn't even provide housing - they gave her a housing stipend.

- It seems unlikely that they'd let someone move to another state and start a nursing job without his or her license for that state. Those checks and balances are taken care of before someone begins to travel.

- The drama is over the top. The episode practically opened by announcing that hospitals are crazy and doctors and nurses are doing each other all over the place. While this isn't necessarily untrue, it's painting a pretty bad picture of people who do a lot of work to save people in need.

- The sequencing is disjointed and hard to follow, and the most notable thing to me is that most of the women (with the exception of one person in flats) were wearing really tall heels.

I will not be watching this show. It's not painting a pretty picture of some of the strongest people in this country.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mama Lohan Blames the Paparazzi For Her DWI

Dina Lohan pleaded not guilty to a DWI last month despite blowing over the legal limit on a breathalyzer. And now she's back in court with a pretty weak defense.

According to PerezHilton.com, Dina's defense is that the paparazzi is at fault for her bad behavior. Mark Heller, who represents her (and also represented daughter Lindsay Lohan), stated that the stress of the paparazzi, the media and tabloids talking about her are having a negative impact on her.

So...he's saying that the stress of being in the public eye made Dina drive drunk. Okay, I totally understand Dina being stressed because of her life, but I don't think that gives her the right to drink and drive.

Mark went on to say that he hopes the courts will take Dina's lifestyle into consideration when prosecuting the case. He probably should say that he hopes that the courts DON'T take Dina's lifestyle into consideration! I mean, Dina's made some pretty bad decisions in the name of fame, as have her ex-husband and kids. She's hardly a lifestyle role model.

At the end of the day, the judge will make the ultimate decision...and hopefully we'll find out if Dina's fame affects her positively or negatively.
Dina's defense attorney Mark Heller, a hand-me-up from daughter Lindsay Lohan we guess, decided the buck would stop… somewhere else! He read from a court report, saying:
"The circumstances leading to Dina's arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles."
Wow. We know tabloids can make things up, but we're pretty sure they can't MAKE you blow twice the legal limit on a breathalyzer. Mark continued:
- See more at: http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-23-dina-lohan-dwi-court-paparazzi-blame-media#sthash.g5gi5hka.dpuf
"The circumstances leading to Dina's arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles." - See more at: http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-23-dina-lohan-dwi-court-paparazzi-blame-media#sthash.g5gi5hka.dpuf
"The circumstances leading to Dina's arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles." - See more at: http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-23-dina-lohan-dwi-court-paparazzi-blame-media#sthash.g5gi5hka.dpuf
"The circumstances leading to Dina's arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles." - See more at: http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-23-dina-lohan-dwi-court-paparazzi-blame-media#sthash.g5gi5hka.dpuf

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pauly D is a D-A-D

Pauly DelVecchio is the father to a little girl, and he's got pretty much no relationship with the mom. Apparently the pair had a one night stand that led to a child. Fortunately, Pauly's happy with the outcome and is ready to be a dad.

He plans to build a relationship with his child's mom, which is cool...and probably a good thing because he'll be co-parenting with the woman who's practically a stranger to him.

I'll give the mom of this child a lot of credit - this seemed to just become news after the paternity test was completed and the court papers for paternity filed. She could have cashed in a few months back at her child's expense, but she didn't - she kept her child out of the spotlight. And she's continuing to do so - it seems that her name and the child's aren't common knowledge.

We wish Pauly D all the best with his new instant family and hope he and his baby's mother are able to build a strong relationship.

Update: Turns out the pair actually hates each other...the news broke after this was written. Pauly thinks his baby mama, Amanda, is a famewhore who tried for Rob Kardashian before going for Pauly. And she's a single mom to two kids. Plus, she named the baby Amabella (what?) and posted a pic of the baby with money all around her. This is going to get messy!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Catfish Season Finale - 10/15/13 - Mike and Caroline

The one who called Catfish: Mike. He lives in Pensacola, Florida.

The Catfish: Caroline. Battling colon cancer. Likes to leave creepy notes. Also lives in Pensacola but always cancels when Mike wants to meet. Her camera is always broken. Claims she's got self esteem issues.

Mike and Caroline met on Plenty of Fish, and their personalities meshed well. They've talked on the phone but haven't video chatted. They've planned to meet but Caroline always backs out due to anxiety. At some point, she just disappeared and blamed it on her cancer treatment. Warning signs? I'd say yes.

Initially, Caroline said her name is Caroline Rhodes, but he found a public Facebook profile for Caroline Olivia Ledford. He reached out to Caroline Ledford but she never got back to her. However, Caroline had a story - she said Rhodes is her mom's maiden name and Ledford is her dad's name.

Caroline found out she had cancer eight months before filming. Mike connected with Caroline because his mom had the same type of cancer. Mike is now unable to socialize properly with other women because he's so invested in Caroline. And Caroline does creepy things - she had a friend drive by Mike's house and leave a note saying she can't wait to meet him. And she's taken pictures of Mike's place of employment. Creeeeepy!

When asked why he isn't giving up on this creepy and mysterious person, Mike said he's too invested.

Max and Nev checked out the two Caroline profiles. They decided to reach out to Caroline Ledford, as well as her friend Lauren. Nev and Max geotagged some of Caroline's photos - and they were uploaded in Pensacola.

Lauren gave Nev a call. Lauren said that her friend Caroline is from North Carolina and has never mentioned a Mike from Florida. Caroline Ledford also contacted Nev and Max, and she video chatted with the guys. She said she doesn't know a guy from Pensacola, Florida. She recorded a message for Mike letting him know that his Caroline isn't the real one.

Mike was devastated by the deception. Next, Nev and Max showed Mike where the picture was geotagged from, and it matched the address that Mike had for Caroline. He then admitted that he'd been outside her house and she refused to come out.

Nev and Max called Caroline. When Caroline answered the phone, she seemed shocked to hear from Nev and Max. When they asked her to video chat to prove who they are, she declined. They pressed for the truth and Caroline declined to disclose information. Caroline sounded shocked that Mike had seen the real Caroline, and Caroline on the phone started to cry and panic. She admitted she's scared to meet Mike. Nev and Max convinced her, and she said she'd meet them in a public place.

Nev and Max think that Mike and "Caroline" know each other, so she can't disclose his name, or she'd know who he is.

As Mike and the Catfish team waited in the park, Mike seemed to not entirely believe that Caroline would show up, based on past experience. However, a car did pull up - and a girl who is not Caroline got out. Mike knew her - her name is Heather. She'd pretended to be someone else on Plenty of Fish and Mike had called her out on it.

She broke down, cried and apologized. She said she and her friend made the fake profile to see if her friend's husband was cheating on her. Mike messaged the fake profile, and Heather confessed to the situation. She said Mike was really mean about it, so she made Heather's profile as revenge. But then she started to really like Mike. And the cancer thing? That was a scam because she felt Mike pulling away. She was afraid to confess the truth because she was really into Mike and wanted to keep him in her life.

Heather and Mike met to talk honestly. Heather admitted that her lie about cancer is awful, especially given that she's had family members who died from cancer. Heather explained that she doesn't let people in, and she was afraid to lose Mike because she'd opened up to him. She offered a genuine apology. Mike told Heather that she needs help for her issues. She didn't seem opposed to the idea. And with that, she left and cried in her car.

Nev and Max later told Mike to close his eyes and sat him in front of a computer screen. When he opened his eyes, the real Caroline was on the screen. The pair really hit it off! They agreed to be friends on Facebook.

In the end of episode catch-up, Heather admitted that she's taking care of herself - eating better, writing a blog and considering seeing a therapist. Mike said he's over the fake Caroline situation, but from it, he learned to be more cautious. He's been texting the real Caroline.

As much as many Catfish viewers probably hate Heather, I can't hate her. She seems so lost. She really does need help and friendship. And while she lied about terrible, awful things, she genuinely apologized and probably did the only thing she thought she could to not lose Mike. While I can never condone catfishing, I can give Heather credit for owning up to the truth and apologizing to Mike. It's just too bad she didn't do it much sooner.

Side note: Condolences to the family of Catfish participant Mike Fortunato, who passed away on October 12th from a pulmonary embolism.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Is Lorde Racist? I Don't Think So.

Sixteen year old Lorde, singer of the hit song Royals, has come under fire for being racist. But honestly, I think people are being a little overdramatic.

Per CNN.com:

In a post on the prominent feminist blog feministing.com, writer Veronica Bayetti Flores took issue with the song's lyrics, in which Yelich-O'Connor sings that "every song" is about gold teeth and Maybach luxury cars -- both fixtures of hip-hop music videos -- before concluding "we don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams."

"While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist," wrote Bayetti Flores. "Because we all know who she's thinking when we're talking gold teeth, Cristal (champagne) and Maybachs. So why s--- on black folks? Why s--- on rappers?"

Okay, so I can understand Ms. Flores' point of view, but it's nothing that came to mind until she said it. And I still don't agree with it. Time.com made a good point on the matter - they let us know that Lorde's fans defended her, stating that Ms. Flores' point of view is American, and we shouldn't place American cultural norms on those who aren't even American. (Lorde is from New Zealand.) Does Ms. Flores even know what's popular with what cultural group in New Zealand?

Even if there are some items in the song that are primarily popular in rap / hip hop culture, that doesn't necessarily make them racist. And really, Lorde isn't saying anything negative about them, anyway. She's pointing out some possible aspects of culture for those with loads of money, and really, I don't think anyone would really mind having enough money for diamonds and frequent island visits.

There are plenty of songs out there with racist undertones, and some that are blatantly racist. Why not leave the sixteen year old who's trying to show that she's just not into money alone, and talk about those who are truly spreading a negative message?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Catfish: 10/8/13 - Is She Really Dating Rapper Bow Wow?

Keyonnah is in an online relationship with rapper Bow Wow (theoretically). She found his Facebook account and messaged him, and that led to texting and more...but no video chatting because because something's always broken on his end. On the flip side, he sent her $10,000...so that says something!

The next bit was pretty mundane, aside from a part where Nev, Max and Keyonnah discuss the pronunciation of the word "aunt".

Bow Wow...for real.
Keyonnah said Bow Wow said he could help her out and would send her money via his assistant Larry Brown. To Keyonnah's credit, she offered to return the money, and when (theoretical) Bow Wow refused, she helped her family out and saved some of the cash.

A problem came up - Keyonnah said the page she'd originally contacted Bow Wow on had been deleted...a different Facebook page for Bow Wow is now active and Keyonnah has no contact with him on there.

A second problem came up - Bow Wow Skypes with his daughter. And he can't Skype with her. Oh, and the phone number Renee has for Bow Wow is from North Carolina...and could belong to a woman named Renee or her son named Maurice.

Nev and Max used their MTV connections to talk to MTV's Media Relations group. They found out that Bow Wow's assistant's name is Ant, not Larry.

"Bow Wow" didn't answer a call from the group, but did text Nev back asking who he is. They texted back and forth, and "Bow Wow" said he is, in fact, not Bow Wow, but then identified himself by his real name - Shad Moss. Still, no answers on whether this "Bow Wow" is real.

Nev got a text the next morning. It was "Bow Wow" saying he'd be in Atlanta the next morning and wanted to meet Keyonnah.

The group pulled up to the address they were given to meet Bow Wow. A small boy stepped out of the house. Wait...wait...this kid said he's 23? Wait again...it's a GIRL? Okay, I think I just went through some kind of mental turnaround here. Okay, here's the deal - I thought a young boy opened the door. It turned out to be a 23 year old girl. Wow. Okay, then.

It turns out Dee, which is the person's stage name, was sorry for lying but still wants to be there for Keyonnah at least as a friend. She made up the Bow Wow page to meet girls, although I guess she didn't think through that girls who were attracted to Bow Wow may not be attracted to her.

So, this girl says she's called Dee Pimpin in her music career and makes a lot of money from it...but there's nothing searchable on her. And Dee said her cousin was the voice Keyonnah communicated with. And Dee said something about putting a dildo in her pants so girls think she's a guy...yeah, weird.

This episode got really, really strange!

Next, we met Fred, Dee's cousin. Keyonnah told Fred that his actions were pretty messed up. Fred said he was 'just a man online' and he was being there for his cousin. He apologized for hurting Keyonnah, which is a start.

Then, Dee opened up about how Keyonnah showed her how to have feelings, and it seems that she thought things would work out because she sent Keyonnah money. Dee maintained that she makes her money from music, and she doesn't want to put her music online in case anyone steals it. (What?)

Then the truth came out...DEE BORROWED MONEY FROM PEOPLE TO GIVE MONEY TO KEYONNAH. She said they were okay with because they knew she'd pay it back. But she hasn't paid them back. And they thought they were supporting her career, and Dee maintains that she'll pay them all back when music makes her rich. WHHHHAAATTTT????

End of story: Keyonnah said she doesn't want to be friends with Dee right now BECAUSE SHE'S A LIAR but decided to think about it and see her actions in the future.

In the end notes of the show, Dee says she's trying to pay her friends back and wants to be friends with Keyonnah. Keyonna's just trying to recover.

Note: There's a lot of buzz on Twitter about this episode being really, really fake. And I don't necessarily disagree. Why?
- Because Bow Wow could stand to gain some publicity from this. And he plans to live tweet after the show. So he is gaining publicity from it.
- It was noted that Keyonnah didn't react strongly enough to meeting Dee, so it didn't look that real.
- Do people really lend others enough money to get to $10,000?
- So...one person was the talker and one was the texter? Dee and her cousin were that good at coordination?
- Bow Wow had a video ready to release as soon as the episode aired: Click here. In this message, Bow Wow thanks the Catfisher / Catfishee for the publicity and asks them to come on 106 and Park. Yeaaah.

Thoughts?

Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner Have Split Up!

Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner have split up...if you believe EOnline, anyway.

The pair is reportedly living apart, and although separated, remain best friends and supporters of their family.

They released a statement letting us know that they are, in fact, living apart, and are happier that way. Which is a pretty classy way to say it, honestly, and surprising given the low level of class often displayed in the Kardashian / Jenner empire.

We wish them, and their family, all the best. That being said, with Bruce out of the way, does anyone else think Kris will try to land herself a dating show or something? I wouldn't be surprised to see a show called "Who Wants to Date Kris Jenner?"

Advertising campaign that inspired The Hangover



Most of you have seen the movie The Hangover and of course, the sequel, and you know that it has been inspired by Las Vegas. But more importantly, it has actually been inspired by the advertising campaign that was launched back in 2003, the advertising campaign that came out with the tagline "What Happens Here, Stays Here."

The campaign was supposed to launch with the ad "Mistress in Disguise" during Super Bowl in 2003, but it was banned by NFL. However, instead of just being banned and forgot about, the rejection gave the campaign millions worth of free media publicity and became known as the "ad that NFL doesn't want you to see."

It has now driven millions of new people to Sin City, inspiring number of parodies (including at least one by Saturday Night Live), an Usher song and of course the trilogy of Hangover movies and also the Cameron Diaz movie "What Happens in Vegas."

This year it's the campaign's 10 year anniversary and Las Vegas has come out with new commercials to celebrate it. The new commercials aren't a review of things that have been, but come with an original story that encourages visitors not to share the shenanigans of their friends with the world.
The new campaign starts with "History of Friendship" which is a story of two friends of whom one is a so said Vegas Enabler who is experiencing hysterical incidents throughout their friendship. The new campaign will be airing through May 2014.

Even though the campaign is not all about TV commercials and features a multitude of platforms, Sara Gorgon, an account supervisor at R&R Partners, says that "The heart of the campaign is the video." R&R Partners is the agency of record for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

You can check out the clips and other information at www.lasvegas.com.

Disclosure: This post was requested by an advertiser.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Is This The End For Toddlers and Tiaras?!?

First, France moved to ban child beauty pageants. Then, we found out that Toddlers and Tiaras is coming to an end. Is the kids' beauty pageant reign of terror over?

The show that brought us Honey Boo Boo, Eden Wood and a young girl dressed like the prostitute from Pretty Woman is ending its reign.

While TLC won't actually tell you that the show is over, it will tell you that it's not currently casting...which to those of us who understand how reality TV works, means that it's over.

I don't disagree with the network's decision to end Toddlers and Tiaras. I used to watch the show, but got pretty burnt out after the controversial Sterling family and the unfair parenting of Braxton and Alaska. And while the show used to be novel, now every episode is pretty much like watching a re-run of a previous one, while switching out the name of the pageant and the names of some of the kids.

I'm sure some people will miss the show, and some parents are cursing the network for not featuring their kids before the show's demise, but I think we can do a little bit better with whatever fills the show's TV spot...maybe something with a tiny bit of educational value, perhaps?


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mindy Kaling is a Rockin' Role Model

Mindy Kaling rocks. The actress / writer / producer / comedian / star of The Mindy Project breaks through all the barriers - and with a birth year of 1979, she did it all when she was really young, too.

(And if you believe what Wikipedia has to say, she's named after Mork & Mindy!)

Anyway, Mindy Kaling is a great role model. Why because Mindy likes Mindy. If you watch The Mindy Project and have seen Kaling in other areas of life, she makes fun of herself - but in a confident way. It's not self deprecating, which is a trap so many of us fall into - it's done from a positive place. She's strong, she's tough, she's not afraid of her success, and she's happy to be who she is. She views herself as a role model, not just for young Indian girls, but in an all around sense.

And best of all, Mindy speaks out. Per Mindy via EOnline:

"I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?' I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting," the Office vet admits. "Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you're worth anything?'"

Mindy's got a great point. We're told we have to fit a particular mold to be confident. We need to fit a particular appearance, have a certain amount of body fat, etc., and if we don't, we should lack confidence until we get there.

Per a Bustle article:

Famous women who aren't model-thin or beautiful by conventional Hollywood norms are given an extra third degree by the press, relentlessly questioned over "the reason" for of their confidence or "the development" of their self-worth. Women like Kaling and Lena Dunham, a fellow talented female who happens to be a few dress sizes bigger than most TV actors, get asked more frequently about their body weight than their accomplishments.
So, Mindy, you may have to explain yourself and why you can be awesome even outside of Hollywood's cookie cutter image, but you're making it so future people don't have to. And you acknowledge that as a public figure, you're a role model and should set a positive example. So, Mindy Kaling, you rock!

Hollywood Darlings: Episode 2, My So Called Prom

On Hollywood Darlings (which is an improvised comedy, not reality), the girls drank a charcoal drink, which Jodie hated. Someone came up to ...