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White Queen Wins In Chess-Inspired Skin Whitening Ad

Wow, SkinWhite. Symbolism much? Latino pop culture blog Guanabee noticed this ad for SkinWhite skin lightening cream which conveys a message about race via black and white chess pieces: “See, the white queen is reigning over all the black pieces. That’s because the black king took her as his queen. Because she’s white. Get it?”

It’s unknown if this ad is “spec work” or if it actually ran anywhere. But the fact that an ad for a product that helps darker-skinned people bleach their skin — itself disconcerting, as we recently discussed regarding Vaseline’s skin lightening app on Facebook — thought to depict “white wins over black” as a concept is troubling enough. [Guanabee] Keep reading »

Thanks For Everything, Ex-Boyfriends!

It’s Get Along With Your Ex Week here at The Frisky. Though I possess deep, deep reserves of bitterness, I shall set that aside today for the good of the blogosphere. It’s time to be mature. It’s time to be forgiving. Even if you cheated on me, or blatantly flirted with bartenders in front of me, or wrote a gang rape scene in a novel inspired by our breakup, I still learned something from you. So here I go: after the jump, a totally serious, non-sarcastic thank you to all my exes. Keep reading »

Mel Gibson’s On-Set Pranks Thrived On Humiliating His Female Co-Stars

With the high concentration of d-bags in Hollywood, few would have suspected Mel Gibson would be to whom we attribute the quote “You should just smile and blow me because I deserve it!” Mel’s foul, sexist language to describe his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and his racist, rape-y declarations shocked all of us. But it turns out Mel might have left some clues to how he views women. Piper Weiss at Yahoo Shine has examined 10 years of Mel Gibson’s on-set pranks and there are some disturbing trends: he likes to terrify and/or humiliate his female co-stars and directors. Keep reading »

Lie Back And … I Mean, Bend Over And Think Of England!

When it comes to disposing of waste properly, the anti-littering campaign Keep Britain Tidy knows a dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste. [The Sun UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UN Cuts Food Aid For 800,000 Pregnant And Nursing Iraqi Women

  • Due to a lack of funding, the United Nations has to cut back on food aid for 800,000 pregnant and nursing women and 960,000 children in Iraq. [AOL News]
  • The new wave of abortion providers might not just be exclusively abortion providers, but generalists who provide abortions at their practices. [New York Times Magazine]
  • The new season of “Degrassi,” which premieres today, will feature a transgender character, played by actor Jordan Todosey. [Feministing]

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Jay Leno Tells Ellen Page “We Should Pee Together!”

Not many starlets would talk about pee on “The Tonight Show.” But then again, not many stars would ditch fake-baking in Hollywood for composting at an Oregon eco-village. Ellen Page dropped facts about composting — apparently if you build it right, it doesn’t smell! — and announced how she and her eco-village pals liked to contributed nitrates to the compost by peeing together in a bucket. And that’s when Jay Leno said something very weird. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

“K-Town” Looks Like A “Jersey Shore” Of Demonstrably Lower Quality

I thought the first half of this trailer for “K-Town” — the new reality show starring Asian-Americans who party-hard in L.A.’s Koreatown — must be a joke. The “Tik Tok” cover is as laughably bad as the production quality. And did that girl, Scarlet, really let the cameras film her on the toilet? At least Snooki had the decency to keep the door shut! We love watching party animals having a good time, but “K-Town” just looks like a rip-off. [Popcrunch] Keep reading »

8 Stars Who’ve Been Banned From Having Sex

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It’s been nothing but drama for Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl Cole: Earlier this year she filed for divorce from her cheatin’ soccer hubby, Ashley Cole, and just this month she contracted a virulent form of malaria after a trip to Tanzania. Now doctors have banned Cole from sex and booze while she’s on the mend. Can’t a girl catch a break?! A source told The Sun newspaper, “Cheryl managed to summon enough energy for a giggle when she was given the news about a sex ban. It’s the last thing on her mind right now.” At least she’s still got a sense of humor. [3am Girls]

But Cheryl Cole isn’t the only celeb who has endured a sex ban. After the jump, meet the poor stars who’ve been forbidden from bumpin’ uglies.

“Glee” Actress Admits To Getting Botox — Even Though She’s Only 18

Later this month, Filipino singer and actress Charice Pempengco will begin filming for “Glee” and she’s not just prepping for her role by memorizing lines. The 18-year-old admits she had Botox to make her “naturally round face” appear more narrow on TV. “All people will be anticipating how will Charice look? Is she good enough to pit against Rachel Berry? So of course there is tremendous pressure,” she told an interviewer. Somebody needs to tell Charice that “Glee” is a singing show, not a beauty contest. Unfortunately, it doesn’t surprise me that an 18-year-old thinks she needs Botox. Sometimes I think women use plastic surgery and injectables like Botox as a crutch even if they don’t “need” it, just because it makes them feel better. [AP] Keep reading »

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Baby Is The Result Of A One-Night Stand With A Waitress

The mother of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s surprise baby is said to be an American waitress he had a one-night stand with while in L.A. last year. According to the U.K.’s Mirror newspaper, Ronaldo picked up the waitress — whose identity is still top-secret — and slept with her at his hotel that night. When she discovered she was pregnant, the woman allegedly tracked Ronaldo down through his agent. A DNA test proved the Real Madrid star’s paternity and he allegedly paid the woman $15 million to keep her identity secret and give the baby —said to be named Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. — to him and his family. The single dad surprised everyone when he announced on his website on July 3 that he had become a father. So far fatherhood seems like a breeze, though: last week Ronaldo was snapped suntanning in New York City and hanging out with his Russian underwear model girlfriend, Irina Shayk. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

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