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Stephen Collins Claims He’s “Not A Pedophile”

  • Child molester and former “7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins told Katie Couric he is “not a pedophile” because “a pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I’m not. I had a distortion in my thinking where I acted out in those ways. But I’m absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted to children. I’m just not…I think I’m someone who gave in, several times, to exhibitonistic urges. Someone who had big boundary issues as a young man and beyond that…to an extent.” Say what you want, Stephen, but you’re still a child molester. [Gawker]
  • Yet another victim has come forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault. She told Dr. Phil that Cosby allegedly drugged her so heavily that she blacked out for two days. Awful, awful, awful. [Death + Taxes] Keep reading »

Admit It, At Some Point You’ve Been Tempted To Start An Airplane Brawl Like This One

Airplane Brawl

I kid, but this is actually terrible: yesterday, a brawl broke out between three women on an Air China flight from Chongqing to Hong Kong over a crying baby. Two women were woken up mid-flight by crying, so they confronted the baby’s mom, a 27-year-old woman named Chan Juan Sung. I’m going to take a wild guess and imagine that when you’re a frazzled parent whose kid is screaming in an enclosed space, the last thing you need is to be told that your child is screaming loudly. Sung was already acutely aware of that fact. When the confrontation resolved little, the two women passive-aggressively reclined their seats as far back as they’d go, because they are mature grown-ups. Before anyone could register what was happening, things got physical, with one woman hitting her head on an overhead bin.

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Willie Robertson From “Duck Dynasty” Is “Trying To Figure Out” Whether Being Gay Is A Choice

Duck Dynasty
Nope, Still Not Getting It

Remember last year when Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” compared homosexuality to bestiality and terrorism and the world was rightfully outraged? Now, his son Willie Robertson has spoken out about the fiasco to Larry King. Willie told King that he doesn’t agree with some of his father’s hateful words: “We love everybody… In this business, there are a lot of people who are gay.” Still, Willie says he is still undecided as to whether homosexuality is a choice. Ugh. This is a step up from his father’s closed-minded attitude, but seriously? [Mediaite]

Breaking: Actress Has Priorities Other Than Weight Loss

“It took nine months to build. It should take nine months to get off. I wanted fettuccini alfredo. I didn’t want a barbell…I was like, ‘Don’t talk to me about how fast and fabulous you are or it came off. That was not my experience. I’m having to work my ass off until I even think about getting it off.”

Drew Barrymore gave birth to her second daughter in April, and as would be the case for any actress, most people seem more interested in the state of Barrymore’s dress size than the fact that she brought a new life into the world. She told People that she had better things to focus on this year than dieting (like, I don’t know, raising two young kids and nurturing a career at the same time) and is just now considering ramping up her fitness. I’m bummed that she actually had to justify this to a reporter and that it’s considered a novel, newsworthy response. I’m still holding out hope for some far-off day in which new mom’s bodies aren’t up for public debate. A girl can dream, right? [People]

Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye With A Musical Number & A Few Famous Friends

Stephen Colbert
See You On Late Night!

The finale of “The Colbert Report” aired last night, and it included a visit from a freakish number of celebrity guests to sing him a send-off song. That guy sure has a lot of friends! Stephen will take David Letterman’s place on the “Late Show” next year, but it’s still a bittersweet goodbye. There was nothing quite like ‘The Colbert Report,” and it’ll be missed! [Death + Taxes]

Frisky Q&A: “Daily Show” Correspondent Jessica Williams Gets Scientific

Jessica Williams

Last week, “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams paid a visit to the NYU science labs to conduct some #EmojiScience experiments. The GE #EmojiScience campaign set out to prove that there’s science in everything by creating experiments that relate to emojis. Scientists then sent out Snapchat footage of celebrity guests like Bill Nye, Gary Vaynerchu, Baratunde Thurston and Williams conducting them. At the lab, I watched the research team light a taco on fire (scientifically, of course) in a plea for Apple to add a taco emoji and discovered beakers full of neon liquids that fizzed just like in the movies. For a person who reads and writes all day at work and thus hasn’t done a science experiment since maybe 11th grade, it was a grand adventure. I watched Williams conduct experiments that involved electric-shocking a pickle (at least, that’s what it looked like!) and making color-changing tie-dye water; but first, she sat down with me for a quick chat about science, street harassment and internet cats. Keep reading »

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