The Lifetime Movie About The Steubenville Rape Case Is Very, Well, Lifetime

  • If you have literally nothing else in the world to do tomorrow night, Lifetime will be airing “The Assault,” a new made-for-TV movie based on the Steubenville rape case. Although it would appear, to put it mildly, that some facts of the story are massively altered. The movie opens with the victim attempting suicide by lighting herself on fire, and she soon reveals that her mother has just died — neither of which are true of the real-life case. Apparently, a gruesome rape and subsequent cover-up and shunning of the victim isn’t dramatic enough in itself to Lifetime? [Slate]
  • “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes shuts down New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley who called her an “angry black woman” in an article. [Huffington Post]
  • Kim Kardashian reportedly told the UK’s Sun “I’d love to be on [‘Downton Abbey’] if they asked…I love things like that.” She also reached out to Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Crawley on the series, to attempt to talk her into getting a role. [Gawker]
  • Yulia Volkova, former member of the girl band t.A.T.u. who is famous for kissing fellow band member Lena Katina on stage, said she would “condemn” a gay son but that she’d be fine with a daughter who was a lesbian. “It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing.” Volkova has identified as bisexual in past interviews and was once an advocate for LGBT rights. [Huffington Post]
  • CNN anchor Don Lemon compared disciplining a child to disciplining a dog on “CNN Tonight” this week. Not the best idea, Don. [Clutch]
  • The best Rob Thomas-themed Missed Connection you never knew you needed. [Craigslist]
  • A comprehensive new biography about Bill Cosby is being praised as a must-read and draws from hours of interviews and detailed research. Alas, it leaves out a key story — the 2005 accusations of sexual assault by 13 women. [Flavorwire]
  • Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy inspired more women to seek genetic breast cancer tests. [Reuters]
  • “Smash” star Megan Hilty has welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Viola. [US Weekly]

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