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Shonda Rhimes Will Not Tolerate Twitter Homophobes

  • Shonda Rhimes shut down homophobes on Twitter like a badass after haters criticized the love scenes in her shows that feature gay characters. When one viewer tweeted that the “gay scenes in ‘Scandal’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ are too much,” she fired back with, “There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.” YAS. [Pink Is The New Blog]
  • Bethenny Frankel (who Katie and I totally ran into at the Starbucks by the Frisky office the other week) will return to “The Real Housewives of New York City” when it begins its seventh season. [NYMag.com]
  • Blake Lively’s artisanal pregnancy cravings, curated by Preserve. [YouBeauty] Keep reading »

The “One Tree Hill” Cast Reunited This Weekend

One Tree Hill Cast

“One Tree Hill” stars Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush, and Hilarie Burton met up in Paris this weekend. Thankfully, Sophia put it on Instagram so all of us little people could gawk at the fact that the three look just as adorable as ever. Oh 2003, how I miss thee.

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Jillian Michaels Wishes She’d Been Born Straight

“I’ve been approached about having mutual approval over everything to do a reality show. It’s interesting because we can talk about parenting, relationships, health—all the things that are important to me. But then I think, What if I open up and people attack us just because we’re a gay family? It scares the hell out of me….I don’t know that I am [comfortable talking openly about being gay] now, to be honest with you. The gay thing has always been hard for me. When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, ‘Are you sisters?’ I say, ‘We’re friends.’ I guess it comes from thinking that they will be shocked or disturbed. Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that, but I’m just not.”

Fitness guru Jillian Michaels came out as bisexual in 2011 and struggles with discrimination just like anyone else. She told Health magazine about the fears that she and her partner Heidi Rhoades face simply for being who they are and their desire to fit in. The couple has two kids together. It’ll be a happy day when her family is considered just as “normal” as any other — or better yet, when society’s obsession with normalcy fades away altogether. Keep reading »

Here’s 18-Year-Old Channing Tatum Working As A Stripper

Channing Tatum
Like "Magic Mike" But WAY Better

Several years ago (practically centuries in the internet world), Us Weekly managed to find this glorious footage of 18-year-old Channing Tatum working as a stripper in Florida. Now, they’ve unearthed it once again in honor of the upcoming “Magic Mike” sequel. Channing performed under the name Chan Crawford back in 1999 when boy band style was still ultra trendy (of course, Backstreet Boys fashion is always alive in my heart). Tatum has said that the people he met on the job gave him the ability to play a much wider range of characters. It also makes him even hotter, so there’s that. [NYMag.com]

Life After Dating: Sorry, But Sometimes I Just Want A Man To Take Care Of Me

Life After Dating: Sorry, But Sometimes I Just Want A Man To Take Care Of Me

Growing up, I saw singledom as the “default” way to live. My first impression of my (divorced) parents were as singles, and they were carrying on just fine, so I figured that was just the way things were. I managed to remain pretty oblivious to the society-wide pressure to marry longer than most kids, and while a partner sounded nice, I never thought I needed one growing up or planned my future with a someday husband in mind. I reasoned that I could never plan for something so volatile as love, and always thought of myself as something of a free agent in the world, unlike many of my peers, who went through high school and college counting the days until they found a nice young guy with top-dollar earning potential so that their “real life” could start. Other people, potential partners included, seemed like such wildcards — who knew whether they’d show up for me or when? I expected to only be able to count on myself. On paper, this sounds pretty bitter, but it wasn’t that way at all — it was just how I saw life, and rarely gave it a second thought. If I had thought about it more at the time, I’d have seen it as empowering, if anything. As I got older, though, my mind felt lagged and overtaxed as it constantly ran over and prepared for every task and potential problem each day would hold. I had to check and double check my own logic, because I made nobody else privy to my day-to-day stresses, and as a result, nobody else was going to make sure I stayed on top of things. I started to feel the mental and physical toll of counting on nobody but myself.

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5 Things To Know About The 7,000 Yazidi Women Being Held As Sex Slaves By ISIS

Militants from ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State/ISIL (or whatever else you’d like to name the terrorist group that’s been wreaking havoc on Middle Eastern society and by proxy, much of the rest of the world), has kidnapped close to 7,000 Yazidi women and children within the past two months to be kept as slaves and forced into marriages with strangers. Many of those who were kidnapped saw their husbands, fathers and other male relatives murdered before their eyes. The victims, members of the Kurdish Yazidi religious group (which ISIS has heavily targeted), are from the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, an area that’s now been overtaken by the terrorist group. Here are five things to know about the nightmarish kidnappings. Keep reading »

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