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Beyonce Throws The Best Hotel Party Ever In Video For “7/11″

FOOT PHONE!

Beyonce has blessed us once again with a music video to end all music videos for her new song “7/11.” The vid, which appears to be shot on an actual damn iPhone, shows Bey and her girls getting silly in a hotel room, having the ultimate dance party, using everything from Red Solo cups to FOOT PHONES as props. I could watch this video over and over again and not tire of it, there’s so much to notice. Seriously, I want to live inside this video. Hell, I want to be buried inside this video when I die. It is that much fun.

Why Aren’t Victims Of Cults Treated With More Seriousness And Respect?

The Problem With Refinery 29's Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

Yesterday, I wrote a response to a Refinery 29 profile of an anonymous Scientologist named “Elaine” which I believe glossed over very serious allegations of abuse within the Church and ultimately served as a piece of PR masquerading as “journalism.” I took issue with a number of aspects of writer Kelsey Miller’s reporting on this story, which she said occurred over the entire summer, namely that she went to the Church directly and requested that they select an “average, regular member” for her to interview and then granted that person anonymity. (For what it’s worth, Tony Ortega at the blog the Underground Bunker has a pretty solid theory on who the real “Elaine” is and she’s hardly your “average regular member.”)

There aren’t just “rumors” about the Church of Scientology being horrible; there is more than enough evidence to support that claim, the most damning being the detailed, corroborated testimonials of actual members. These are the alleged victims of the Church of Scientology. There are many. I believe them just as I am inclined to believe all victims who come forward about abuse. I take what they say seriously. And what bothers me the most about this whole kerfuffle is that it’s clear in their approach to this profile and their response since that Refinery 29 really doesn’t take them as seriously as they should. But I don’t think they’re necessarily alone in their dismissiveness towards victims of cults. Keep reading »

Frisky Eats: 10 Totally Tasty Toast Recipes

Toast! It’s not just for breakfast! I am of the opinion that more often than not, toasting a piece of bread makes it better. And slathering on some sort of mix of toppings makes it a meal. The next time you’re hungry but feeling too lazy to cook anything crazy, whip up one of these super simple and delicious toast — crostini if you’re nasty — recipes.

Ryan Gosling’s Got A Stalker Problem (Plus, More Alleged Cosby Victims Come Forward)

  • Ryan Gosling has a stalker! No, not me, I am just an enthusiastic fannnnn thank you very much. No, he has an actual stalker named Grace Marie Del Villar, who has dropped by his home, sent him and his family members disturbing pieces of mail, and referred to him as her “twin flame.” Gosling was granted a restraining order yesterday. [TMZ]
  • The two new Beyonce tracks that will be included on the platinum edition of her Beyonce album have leaked! Listen to “7/11″ and “Ring Off” at the link. [Spin]
  • Former Playboy bunny Carla Ferigno (wife of actor Lou Ferigno) is the latest woman to come forward with a disturbing story about Bill Cosby. [People, The Ken and John Show, Mediaite] Keep reading »

UVA Freshman Says She Was Gang Raped At A Frat House — And Then Discouraged From Reporting It

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  • The latest issue of Rolling Stone has an incredible and disturbing feature about a student at the University of Virginia who was gang raped at a frat house her freshman year and was told by the school not to report it. [Rolling Stone]
  • Rebecca Traister has written a fantastic piece for The New Republic about why it took so long for Bill Cosby’s alleged crimes to get attention — in short, it’s because Cosby made White American feel good about race. [The New Republic]
  • On Camille Cosby and the problem with asking “Why did she stay?” [Jezebel]
  • But hey, if allllll of these accusers are lying, Cosby should totally sue. The Root explores why that won’t happen. [The Root] Keep reading »

The Problem With Refinery 29′s Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The Problem With Refinery 29's Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

The lifestyle website Refinery 29 is in a bit of hot water after writer Kelsey Miller published a profile of a young, female Scientologist called “Elaine” (not her real name) that, frankly, could have been ripped from the pages of Freedom magazine. (Freedom is the Church of Scientology’s propaganda magazine.) Former Scientologists — including a number of ex members who have been excommunicated from the Church — descended upon the post’s comments section accusing Miller of essentially penning an endorsement for the controversial faith, while others implied that Miller might be a Scientologist herself. Miller defended herself in the comments, writing, “I’d only heard the story from an outsider’s perspective, and I was curious about what an average, active member might have to say. The piece was meant to present — not endorse — her opinions and experience to the reader.” While I believe Miller’s intentions were good (and I don’t believe she’s a member herself), I’d like to join those ex members in calling bullshit on her methods. Her “profile” of “Elaine” reads very much like straight up propaganda, not journalism. Keep reading »

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