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Evening Quickies: Sydney Spies Defends Her “Artistic” Yearbook Photo

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  • Sydney Spies is defending I’m-Too-Sexy-For-My-Yearbook photo as “artistic,” damn it. The 18-year-old high school senior says her pic just expresses her interest — which is modeling — the same way other students pose with a football. She is only allowed to get her pic in the yearbook by paying $300 to publish it as an ad. Sydney and her mom Miki make the case for artistes the world over in this “Today” show clip. Even though I roll my eyes at this whole kerfluffle, I have to admit her yearbook peers are being totally slut-shame-y. [MSNBC]
  • Katy Perry’s parents want her to date Tim Tebow, a noted good Christian boy. Hmm. Between the whipped cream shooting out of her bra and the erotic lollipop-sucking, something tells me he’s not going to want to date her. [Popdust]
  • Ashton Kutcher is still wearing his wedding ring, which he “fiddled with” during an entire press junket while discussing “Two & A Half Men.” Quelle scandale! [Us Weekly]
  • The worst (best?) Blue Ivy Carter memes, from imagined looks to Illuminati theories. [The Daily Beast]
  • “The Real Housewives of New York”‘s Jill Zarin is reportedly getting her own show on Fox called “The Beverly Jillbillies,” about moving from NYC to L.A. Because moving from one major metropolis to another major metropolis is just like being a hillbilly. [Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Graphic Ads Of Bloody, Aborted Fetuses Could Air During The Super Bowl

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Anti-abortion extremists ruin everything — and not just what should have been a visit to Planned Parenthood for a super-fun Pap smear.

Forty cities across the United States could air graphic anti-choice commercials depicting bloody, aborted fetuses during pigskin’s holiest of days, the Super Bowl. The ads would be paid for by Randall Terry, who runs an extremist anti-abortion group called Operation Rescue and is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. The ads will obviously be graphic in content, which is usually a no-no. But stations cannot deny Randall Terry from airing them due to a Federal Election Commission rule that forbids candidates’ ads from airing within 45 days of an election, including primary elections. He is now taking donations on his website to buy airtime for these graphic and emotionally manipulative commercials (which you can view on his web site, should it strike your fancy). 

Sadly, Randall Terry’s bloody, aborted fetuses are not the first time Super Bowl Sunday airtime has been exploited for political gain. Keep reading »

Facts About America’s Warped Body Ideals Are “Controversial” Somehow

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Naked models usually gets mouths flapping. But the real reason people are gabbing about a photo spread in Plus Model Magazine is because each picture of plus-size model Katya Zharkova posing nude is accompanied by a fact about body size and eating disorders. In the image from the spread shown above left, Katya even holds a “straight size model,” cupping her hand over her butt like a newborn baby. Of course, commenters on the Plus Model blog — and every other blog that has posted about this spread — are shrieking about obesity. I’ve never quite understood why the fact that human beings are made in different sizes — and beauty comes in all of those sizes — is so controversial. While I don’t doubt that obesity exists (in fact, there was a great piece in the New York Times this weekend about obesity in children), such a knee-jerk response obscures the larger point that many of us are bored with the assumed beauty ideal of stick-thin 14-year-olds. Give me an adult model with voluptuous, womanly curves any day. 

You can check out all the images from the Plus Model Magazine spread after the jump. [Fashionista] Keep reading »

Kim Novak’s Publicist Defends Rape Comment

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 “There are all kinds of rape including the rape of one’s soul. All rapes are violent acts and all victims should be supported.”

– This is Kim Novak’s publicist, Sue Cameron, jumping to the defense of her clinent. Recently, Kim Novak joined the ignominious band of celebs who have used “rape” insensitively, like when Johnny Depp said he feels “raped” by photo shoots. Kim Novak took out an ad in the magazine Variety to beef about the movie, “The Artist,” which uses music from one of Kim’s films. “I want to report a rape,” the ad says. “I feel as if my body – or, at least my body of work – has been violated by the movie, ‘The Artist.’” After rape crisis groups pointed out how such a comparison is callous, it put Kim’s team on the defensive. Other celebs, like Depp, have apologized for their stupid comments. However, it doesn’t look like Kim Novak has any intention. [Fox News]

Michelle Obama Resents “Angry Black Woman” Portrayal

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“It’s more interesting to imagine this conflicted situation here and a strong woman and — you know? But that’s been an image that people have tried to paint of me since the day Barack announced, that I’m some angry black woman. … You know, I just try to be me. And my hope is that over time people get to know me. And they get to judge me for me.”

– First Lady Michelle Obama reacts to portrayals of her as an “angry black woman.” Michelle has been dogged by this stereotype from the beginning of her husband’s campaign when rumors abounded that she ranted about “whitey”; more recently, New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s new book, The Obamas, alleges Michelle sparred with her husband’s staff. It is sad in our culture that a woman — who just happens to be black, and may or may not have reasons to be angry (ahem, ahem) — gets dismissively painted with a wide brush as an “angry black woman,” as if she is just behaving the way stereotypes say she is expected her to behave. The new book by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women In America, is sadly quite timely. [Bossip

Morning Quickies: Russell Brand Removed Wedding Ring In Video Posted To Porn Site

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  • How’s that for uncomfortable? A month before Russell Perry filed for divorce from Katy Perry, he filmed a promotional video in which he slipped off his wedding ring. In the video, Russell is promoting an upcoming American college tour and his interest in exploring “sex clubs for women” — er, the rest of us call them sororities — so he removes his wedding ring and jokes he is going to “place it somewhere very, very safe for the next week.” [The Superficial]
  • Like a sexiness bomb detonating over all of our brains, Halle Berry and the French actor  Olivier Martinez are engaged. Olivier popped the question over the holidays with an emerald and diamond ring. Congratulations, Halle! [People
  • Robert Kardashian’s widow, Ellen Kardashian, is blabbing to the tabloids about the family and dropping bombs. She’s claiming that Robert Kardashian confessed to him Khloe wasn’t his kid and that Khloe even knows. Oof. [Radar Online]
  • But wait, there’s more: Ellen Kardashian also said she heard that Bruce Jenner is a “secret cross dresser.” She claims Bruce’s ex-girlfriend said he tried on her bras and that Khloe once called her father “crying and screaming” after she found size 13 heels in her mother’s closet. [RadarOnline] Keep reading »
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