It’s a weight-loss company smackdown! Score one point for Weight Watchers, which convinced a judge last week to ban Jenny Craig from broadcasting its latest commercial because it contained — how do I put this? — untruths. According to the Weight Watchers lawsuit, Jenny Craig’s latest ad fudges some facts spouted by spokeswoman Valerie Bertinelli. In the banned commercial, Bertinelli walks around a laboratory in a white lab coat, gestures to some nerdy-looking scientists, and says a “major clinical trial … run by some serious lab geeks” found that dieters who used Jenny Craig lost twice as much weight as ones who used Weight Watchers.
In real life, however, that “major clinical trial” doesn’t exist. Keep reading »
Marc Jacobs wants you to get laid in your car! Wait, scratch that … he wants you to get lei-ed in your car. Slight difference. Oh, well. Anyway, Marc is hawking a flowery perfume-scented lei for fashionable drivers to hang from their rear view mirrors — and it can be yours for a whopping $57! (True, the air freshening lei comes with a bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy In The Air eau de toilette spray, which is the real cost behind the $57.) As much as we think Marc’s scents are lovely, we will stick with those $3 air fresheners you can get at Pep Boys, thank you. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Gay-bashing can be tough work: just look at the trouble that the Florida Family Policy Council of Orlando, Florida, ran into while protesting a Miami judge’s decision to grant a lesbian couple the right to adopt a 1-year-old boy. Lesbians Vanessa Alenier and Melanie Leon (photo at right) have cared for the boy, the child of one of Alenier’s relatives, since he’d been removed from his birth parents by child welfare. And last month, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia ruled that a Florida state law banning the gay couple from adoption the boy was “unconstitutional,” effectively awarding them custody.
Judge Sampedro-Iglesia’s decision did not sit well with the scaremongers — they got right to work lambasting her “arrogant judicial activism” in an email alert. Unfortunately, the lesbian adoptee moms were far too femme, smiley and “straight”-looking to scare the bejeezus out of homophobes. So the FFPC (which is affiliated with Focus on the Family) did some creative illustration and cooked up a faux-lesbian duo of butch women who “look” a lot more like stereotypical lesbians (see photo left) to presumably scare everyone away from gay adoption. Because, you know, butch lesbians can’t be good parents!
Klassy, right? [Orlando Sentinel, NBC Miami] Keep reading »
Yes, the controversial Tim Tebow Super Bowl ads have aired — yes, I just said “ads.” The conservative group Focus On The Family apparently bought time to air more than one $2.5 million dollar commercial on Super Bowl Sunday Here’s the commercial starring the Tebows that run during the Super Bowl — not surprisingly, the word “abortion” is not mentioned once. After the jump, watch the other Focus on the Family commercial starring the Tebows which aired during the pre-game: Keep reading »
Poor men. They have it so hard! As Samantha Bee
pointed out in Wednesday’s “Daily Show” skit, they only run 485 of the Fortune 500 companies and three branches of government. How’d this happen, babycakes? Let’s find out … and remember, it’s satire
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“I usually get up at 3 am. I don’t require a lot of sleep and if I get tired, I’ll take a power nap during the day. When my [husband] Carl is awake, I’ll put on my makeup and roll my hair a little, because I don’t want to look bad for him, do I?”
— Dolly Parton, who makes the rest of us lazy girls look more sane [Contact Music] Keep reading »
We’ve all heard about emergency contraception — also called “the morning after pill” — which is most effective when a woman takes it up to 72 hours (five) after unprotected sex to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Chances are, you or someone you know has taken EC after the condom broke, a sexual assault, or some other emergency. Recently, medical experts have been talking about Ellaone, a morning after pill available in the UK, which also very effective up to five days after unprotected sex. In one study, Ellaone prevented two-thirds of pregnancies within three days of unprotected sex and 50 percent of pregnancies within five days.
Ellaone currently isn’t available in the United States, but it could be eventually. Problem is, though, anti-abortion activists both here and in the UK are railing against Ellaone, calling it an “abortion pill.” Keep reading »
Listen up, mothers! Change out of those pajama bottoms and put some damn lipstick on, because you look like a slob!
That’s the pissy message one school in England is sending to mothers who pick up and drop off their kids in the clothes they’ve slept in. School head Joe McGuinness said he was compelled to write a letter home to parents after allegedly witnessing 50 mothers at drop-off wearing PJ bottoms and slippers. His note complained about the “slovenly and rude” attire, called the PJ-clad parents “disrespectful to the school,” and claimed the too-casual dress set a “bad example” for kids. Keep reading »