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Today’s Lady News: Trailblazing Journalist Helen Thomas Retires Following Controversy

  • Journalist Helen Thomas has announced she will retire after controversial comments she made last week about Jews and Israel. Thomas, 89, was a trailblazer for women journalists who covered U.S. presidents dating back to President Kennedy. Among numerous other “firsts” in her career, Thomas became the first woman to become the White House bureau chief for a wire service in 1974 and one year later she was invited to be the first female officer of the National Press Club. Last week, Thomas came under fire for saying that “Israel should get the hell out of Palestine” and that Jews in Israel should return to Germany, Poland, or the U.S. She has since apologized for her remarks. [Chicago Sun-Times, Huffington Post]

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“Wicked” Actress Sues Yasmin Birth Control Over Her Stroke

No one expects to have a stroke at 27, least of all Broadway actress Brenda Hamilton, who is an understudy for “Wicked.” In a lawsuit filed against the pharmaceutical company Bayer, Hamilton claimed she took Yasmin birth control pills for over two years before she suffered a stroke in May 2007.

Hamilton’s lawsuit accuses Bayer of downplaying that Yasmin poses a higher risk for blot clots and strokes than other oral contraceptives. This latest lawsuit, unfortunately, is just one of many filed against Bayer. In a settlement for a past lawsuit, the company promised to spend $20 million on “corrective advertising” to educate women about Yasmin. But Bayer and the FDA have also cited studies — including two which Bayer funded — which said Yasmin doesn’t increase the risk of blood clots. [New York Post]

This freaks me out because Yasmin is the birth control I have been taking for years. You just keep looking better and better, rhythm method! Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Samantha Bee Talks About Her Hilarious Dream Job

Watch your bestseller-list ass, Chelsea Handler. For years, Samantha Bee has been giving brain boners as the Most Senior Correspondent on “The Daily Show,” and now Canada’s finest import has published her first book, a collection of autobiographical essays, I Know I Am, But What Are You? In part one of my interview with Bee, we talked a little bit about her book (more on that in part two), but also about how she got her start in comedy. Keep reading »

“Real Housewives Of NJ” Teresa Giudice Is $11 Million In Debt

You thought you had credit card debt: a New Jersey bankruptcy court says Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, of “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey,” owe $11 million to creditors.

Court documents claim the couple’s income is $79,000, plus they receive $120,000 in “assistance” from family. Although their combined income of $200K is pretty sweet, it’s not enough to finance their blinged-out lifestyle.

Let’s find out: what the hell were this Jersey girl and her man buying? Keep reading »

“Eat, Pray, Love”: The Most Boring Movie Poster Ever

Is it just me or does the movie poster for “Eat, Pray, Love” just look like the paparazzi took a photo of Julia Roberts sitting on a bench eating gelato? When Javier Bardem isn’t wearing a shirt in your movie, that’s what you should be leading with, people. [Just Jared] Keep reading »

Katy Perry Debuts “California Gurls” Video, Kick-Ass Cupcake Bras, At MTV Movie Awards

This is how the strategy session for Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” video went: “I want a blue wig and Snoop Dogg and a cupcake bra and Daisy Dukes and glittery purple eyeshadow and another bra with that shoots whipped cream out the nipples!”

And somebody indulged her. [MTV] Keep reading »

Miley Cyrus Denies Kissing A Girl Onstage Just Like She Denies Her Other Publicity Stunts

Just like she denied pole-dancing at the Teen Choice Awards, Miley Cyrus took to her blog to deny a so-called “lesbian kiss” on “Britain’s Got Talent.” Instead, Miley said, she and a lady backup dancer were just “rock[ing] out with each other.”

Miley. Honey. Listen to me. I’m going to tell you this because I actually kind of like you:

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You, Too, Sandra And Scarlett? Girl-On-Girl Kiss At The MTV Movie Awards


Really, what was up with that Scarlett Johansson and Sandra Bullock kiss?

Sandra Bullock, you were such a class act until this moment. You showed up at the Razzie’s to accept your “Worst Actress” awards. You took the high road when ex Jesse James cheated on your with Miss Nazi Face Tattoos. You even adopted a friggin’ baby and hid him from the paparazzi for months! Then you won career-long accolades at the MTV Movie Awards with effusive praise from Bradley Cooper and Betty White and even a movie montage. I actually had tears in my eyes!

Then you and Scarlett locked lips. Was that really necessary? Girl-on-girl kisses are so cliché. Let’s leave the publicity stunt faux lesbianism to people who need a career boost — not people who already have an incredible career. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Wal-Mart Lawyers Warned Company Of Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

  • Wal-Mart is the focus of the largest sexual discrimination lawsuit in history, but in 1995 the company actually hired a law firm to research their vulnerability to such a suit. A subsequent report found disparities in pay and promotion among men and women employed by the company as well as Sam’s Club. Men were found to earn 19 percent more than women in some positions and were found to be five and a half times more likely to be promoted. In 2001, seven women filed a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart. [New York Times]
  • Black men are more frequently marrying women of other races, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center. Interracial unions now account for one in six new marriages in the United States, a new high. Blacks and Caucasians are the least common type of interracial marriages (1 in 60 marriages) and unions between Asians and Caucasians are the most common. [New York Times]
  • Are the Kardashian sisters — and 637 “bikini body” magazine covers — bringing a newer, more voluptuous body ideal to Hollywood? [CNN]

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Quotable: Kristen Stewart Apologizes For Comparing Paparazzi Pics To Rape

“I really made an enormous mistake – clearly and obviously. And I’m really sorry about my choice of words. ‘Violated’ definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought. People thinking that I’m insensitive about this subject rips my guts out. I made a big mistake.”

— Kristen Stewart pulls her foot out of her mouth after comparing paparazzi photos to rape in British Elle magazine. K-Stew played a rape victim in the 2004 film, “Speak,” based on a great young adult book by Laurie Halse Anderson about a teen girl who stops speaking after she is raped at a party. Stewart has also filmed public service announcements for sexual assault awareness groups the Rape And Incest National Network and for Security On Campus. Now, can we all please move on and be pissed off at actual rapists instead? [People] Keep reading »

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