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Arizonans Upset Over $21 Lion Burgers. Wait, What? Lion Burgers?

This morning I saw a news story in a tawdry tabloid that I read (just for fun, I swear!) about some restaurant in Arizona that was serving lion burgers and getting the meat from a “free-range farm in Illinois.” A free-range lion farm? Ha-ha, I thought. People who edit tabloids sure are gullible and dumb.

But now slightly more credible news outlets — like, the Associated Press — are reporting lion burgers are a “thing” and Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Arizona, is serving burgers made from African lion meat in honor of the World Cup. (Because nothing says “let’s hear it for Africa” like eating their wild animals?) Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: NFL Star Lawrence Taylor Indicted In Teen Prostitute Sexual Assault

  • NFL star Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on charges of rape after allegations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old prostitute. The former Giants player was arrested on May 6 for allegedly having sex with a teen at a Holiday Inn in New York. If convicted, he faces four years in prison. [USA Today]
  • In other sports-y/rape-y news, pitcher Johan Santana of the New York Mets has been accused of sexual battery for an incident at a For Myers, Florida, golf course in 2009. [Buzzfeed]
  • “The Daily Show” has one female correspondent and will have a grand total of two if Playboy and Maxim cover girl Olivia Munn survives her tryouts. Irin Carmon at Jezebel spoke with comedy writers who’ve been past “TDS” staffers — on-air or in the writing room — about the “boy’s club” atmosphere and why “insecure, broken, needy, neurotic” humor was for men-only. [Jezebel]

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Edith Shain From Famous WWII Sailor-Kissing Photo Dies

Edith Shain — who claimed to be the nurse kissed by a sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World World II — has died at age 91. Shain said on August 15, 1945, she had just gotten off her shift at a hospital when she and a friend went to Times Square to find some hot sailors celebrate the end of the war. A sailor grabbed her and dipped her backward in a kiss as a photographer for Life snapped a pic. The photog never got the sailor or the nurse’s names, but Shain has maintained throughout her life that she was the recipient of the world’s most famous smooch. [AP] Keep reading »

Algerian Soccer Player Slaps A Female Sports Reporter Across The Face

World Cup Algerian soccer player Rafik Saifi slapped a female sports reporter across the face with an open palm after his team lost to the United States earlier today. Witnesses say Saifi was walking through the interview area when he saw journalist Asma Halimi, who writes for the Algerian newspaper Competition, in the room. Without saying a word, he struck Halimi in the face; also without saying anything, Halimi responded by hitting him back. Saifi then threw a sports drink at the wall and Halimi left with security. Apparently, Saifi did not like an article Halimi had written in the past. The journalist said she intends to file an official complaint with FIFA, soccer’s governing body, as well as the Algerian team.

WTF, dude? You don’t just walk up to a journalist and hit her in the face because you don’t like an article she wrote? It’s no excuse if you were angry because you just lost a match. Seriously, you’re an adult. Grow a pair and get over it. [Um, also, go USA! -- Editor] [Yahoo Sports] Keep reading »

The “Jersey Shore” Boys Flex Their Pecs For The Village Voice’s Queer Issue

Never in my life did I think I’d see the day when the word “guido” was splashed across the front page of The Village Voice, preferred liberal rag of East Village communists who haven’t trimmed their beards/armpit hair since ’68. But there are the boys of “Jersey Shore” oiled down (or is it greased up?) on the cover of the “Queer” issue. Yes, the queer issue.

A source told Page Six at The New York Post that the Shore’s biggest poonhounds “didn’t know” their cover would be for the gay issue. It’s funny, considering their homophobia and blustery machismo, but still a little unethical, no? [New York Post, The Village Voice] Keep reading »

Maria Arraras’ Domestic Violence 911 Call Transcript Is The Most Infuriating Thing You’ll Read Today

If you don’t watch Telemundo, you might not know the name Maria Celeste Arraras. She appears on “Al Rojo Vivo” on Telemundo and on the “Today” show and she is called the “Katie Couric of Spanish television.” Earlier this week in Today’s Lady News, I reported that on May 28 in Miami, Arraras was allegedly the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her boyfriend. According to The New York Daily News (in an article tastelessly titled “Latina TV Host Maria Celeste Stars In Own Abuse Saga”), a police report of the incident said the boyfriend, Raul Quintana, hit Arraras several times, pulled her by her hair and threw her on the floor.

That alleged assault would be horrifying enough for most women. But the blog Tiger Beatdown has posted a transcript of Arraras’ 911 call to report the alleged incident and the operator’s dismissive treatment of a panicky Arraras is straight-up galling. Like, Amelia actually gasped when she read it. Keep reading »

Gloria Steinem (Almost) Drops The S-Bomb Talking Reality TV With Katie Couric

Uh oh. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has some choice words — actually, just one four-letter word — for CBS’ Katie Couric about reality TV.

Steinem says dating shows like “The Bachelor” are “incredibly stupid” and “what is most offensive about them is it’s not equal opportunity stupidity.” Couric points out that shows like “The Bachelorette” exist, too, but Steinem and Jehmu Greene, president of the Women’s Media Center, explain that there are more reality dating shows where women are vying for a man. “I have a kind of motto,” Steinem says. “S**t is better if it’s equally divided. It’s still a problem, but if it’s equally divided, it’s at least not a political problem.”

Do you agree? [CBS News] Keep reading »

Quotable: Kourtney Kardashian Weighs In On Breastfeeding-Gate To Say “Don’t Look”

“I know that for me, I need to try to cover myself while breastfeeding so that no one snaps a picture. If this wasn’t the case, I probably wouldn’t mind as much because my son is my biggest concern. My attitude is, if someone sees a little somethin’ somethin’, don’t look if you don’t like it.”

Kourtney Kardashian, mama to baby Mason, weighing in on sister Kim’s recent foot-in-mouth tweets about a woman breastfeeding at a restaurant. I prefer “Sensible Kourtney” to “Let Me Wax Your Bikini Line For You Kourtney.” [E! Online.com] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Woman With No Arms Earns Her Black Belt In Taekwondo

  • Sheila Radziewicz, 32, of Salem, Massachusetts, does not have either one of her arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from earning her black belt in taekwondo! For her black belt test, she had to break wood, kick, punch, and spar. Watch out: she’s also got nunchucks. [Boston Globe]
  • In the wake of gossip blog Gawker’s exposés that American Apparel allegedly hires its employees primarily on looks, the company is allegedly issuing new hires a crazy-strict “confidentiality agreement” that punishes blabbermouth employees with a $1 million fine if they discuss their jobs or Dov Charney’s precious reputation with the media. [Gawker]
  • Finland’s president has appointed Mari Kiviniemi as the country’s second female prime minister. In other news, the United States still hasn’t had a female president or vice president. [AFP]

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Was Miley’s “Tribal” Performance At The Much Music Awards Offensive?

Finally, some Miley Cyrus news that doesn’t have to do with Perez Hilton and her vajayjay!

Miley performed her new song “Can’t Be Tamed” at the MuchMusic Awards in Toronto this weekend, but not everyone is happy with the performance. Some blogs say the tiki torches, her backup dancers’ tribal-looking face paint, and the part where she looks like she’s being dragged on a stick (say, like a wild boar?) is offensive to aboriginal cultures. Keep reading »

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