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Awkward: John Edwards Allegedly Got Turned Away From A Funeral

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It just gets worse for John Edwards, doesn’t it? First he got busted cheating on his wife and siring a love child. Then his mistress Rielle Hunter, with whom he made a sex tape, turned out to be cuckoo bananas. And now the family of the woman whose presidential campaign donation he allegedly used to financially support Hunter allegedly turned him away from her funeral. Page Six reports that the family of heiress Bunny Mellon, who donated  $700,000 to the Edwards campaign in 2008, were none too pleased when Edwards and his adult daughter Cate showed up to her recent funeral in Virginia. “He was barred from entering,” the gossip page reports, citing NY Social Diary blogger David Patrick Columbia. After he was turned away, Edwards and his daughter watched the funeral onscreen with the “overflow crowd” at a nearby location. He then showed up at the cemetery and “was working the crowd near the graveside after the service,” according to Columbia. While there may be a bit of editorializing on the gossip reporters’ part, do any of us have a difficult time imagining John Edwards fielding dirty looks while he hobnobs with a bunch of old rich folks dressed in black? Ick. [Page Six] [Image via Getty]

25-Year-Old Jon Hamm Promises A Foot Fetishist A “Fabulous Foot Massage” On Cancelled Dating Show

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Forgive The Hair, It Was 1996

You know that thing where you feel really, really embarrassed for someone you don’t even know? Where you cringe watching what’s happening to them? Where you squirm instead and think Oh my God I feel so bad for you that this exists? That’s how I feel about this 1996 clip of Jon Hamm on a dating show called “The Big Date.” Self-professed “foot fetishist” Mary needs a “sexy, hot man” who knows how to give a good foot massage.  ”Jon” doesn’t just give a good foot massage, he gives a fabulous foot massage. “The Big Date” has been canceled. But clips of Jon Hamm promising an evening of “fabulosity” live on the Internet forever. [YouTube via BuzzFeed]

James Franco Admits He “Used Bad Judgment” Propositioning 17-Year-Old

  • James Franco admitted this morning on “Live With Kelly And Michael” that he “used bad judgment” and is “embarrassed” about propositioning a 17-year-old Scottish girl he met after a performance of “Of Mice And Men” on Broadway. Franco was busted sending DMs to Lucy Clode over Instagram in which he asked what hotel she was staying at, and whether he should rent a room. Lucy rejected the actor, then posted his messages online for all to see. [ABC News]
  • Snooki has announced she is expecting her second child with her fiancee Jionni Lavalle. Mazel tov! [In Touch Weekly]
  • Anthony Bourdain is standing up for fellow chef Nigella Lawson after she was denied entry to the U.S. because of her admitted drug use. “Toronto mayor Rob Ford? Welcome to the USA!” Bourdain tweeted. He has a point! [Page Six]
  • Another day, another rumor that a woman’s success is “emasculating” her husband. Today’s victims of media sexism are Jessica Alba and her hubby Cash Warren. [RadarOnline] Keep reading »

Shirley Manson Is Sick Of “Over-Sexualized Imagery,” Ready For More “Female Provocateurs”

“I feel like there has been such a dearth of female provocateurs over the last decade. It’s been wonderful to watch women dominate the pop charts — to truly dominate — but unfortunately we’ve had to pay a price for that kind of success, which is that the less malleable female musician has really been pushed aside. We haven’t heard a lot from women coming from more of a “punk” ethos, for lack of a better term. So I’m excited to see an underground swell of girls with a lot of attitude and a lot to say. They’re using their intellect as opposed to their assholes. I’m so sick of over-sexualized imagery right now. When women first took it and ran with it it felt very exciting, but now it feels sort of tedious. I want to hear what women have to say as opposed to what they look like in a bikini.”

Shirley Manson spoke to Styleite recently about her favorite makeup brands (MAC, obviously) but also to chat about women in music who inspire her right now. I’m not too surprised that she’s so over the boobs squirting whipped cream and the naked rides on wrecking balls in the current pop landscape. But have hope, Shirley! Go out for all-black mani-pedis with Lorde, or whatever it is that “female provocateurs” do for fun. [Styleite] [Image via Getty]

Chris Brown Headed To D.C. Jail To Stand Trial For Assault

  • With the help of federal marshals and some handcuffs, Chris Brown is reportedly on a flight to Washington, D.C. this afternoon to stand for the October incident when he and a bodyguard assaulted a man outside the W Hotel. The drama is seemingly endless with this guy … [TMZ]
  • David Letterman announced during a taping of “The Late Show” today that he plans to retire in 2015. [CNN]
  • Paula Deen shut down Uncle Bubba’s, the Georgia restaurant where she allowed racist language and sexual harassment to flourish. [RadarOnline]
  • Kate Winslet has confessed she was extremely troubled by the early fame she received after “Titanic.” [BBC]
  • Wanna listen to Lana Del Rey’s new song, “Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight”? Here ya go. [Paper Mag] Keep reading »

Women Don’t Apply To “Male-Sounding” Job Postings, Whatever That Means

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  • A small study of 260 people found that women are deterred by the language in job postings, particularly when “male-sounding” words are used like “aggressive” and “assertive.” Instead, ladies responded to ads using words like “sociable” and “dedicated.” Surprise, surprise, language in job postings didn’t deter dudes at all. [EurekaAlert]
  • Do you work for one of these 71 companies which don’t want to cover birth control in their health insurance plans? If Hobby Lobby is successful at the Supreme Court, these non-religious businesses just might be able to do so. [Mother Jones]
  • Welcome to North Carolina, where Republican wannabe-politicians tell 6th graders that gay marriage is like “a man marrying a dog.” [Raw Story] Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Want To “Save Marriage”? Stop Telling Women What To Do

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Conservatives’ stance on marriage hasn’t ever much suited me. The so-called value they profess the loudest is “Preserving And Protecting Traditional Marriage” — it sat at number one atop the 2012 GOP platform — and is of course coded language for marriage between a man and a woman.

Their PR strategy for pushing traditional marriage is pretty firmly focused on accusing LGBTQ couples of not being “natural.” Obviously this boner for “saving marriage” is just a cover for bigotry towards LGTBQ folks. But having recently gotten married — to a man — I’m noticing more and more how conservatives meddle in heterosexual marriage, too.

Ladies, you haven’t won the game just because you have a ring on your finger!  You are also probably doing something wrong right this minute!

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Nigella Lawson Barred From Flying After Drug Admission

  • Oh, this is some bullshit: Nigella Lawson was reportedly blocked from flying out of the UK by British Airways because she publicly admitted to drug use. Was Amy Winehouse ever banned from flying? [Update: Apparently, yes!] Charlie Sheen? Anyone from the Rolling Stones or Aerosmith? Come the fuck on, people. [Page Six]
  • Farrah Abraham wants Jessica Alba to play her in a movie version of her new erotica, Celebrity Sex Tape: In The Making. Good luck with that one, kid. [Celebuzz]
  • Beyoncé once complained about a Bergdorf Goodman employee posting a picture on Instagram of her shopping for jewelry and the woman got fired. [Page Six]
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Nirvana Musical Is “Very Likely,” Says Courtney Love

  • Courtney Love said she and Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean have agreed that a “respectful but honest” Nirvana musical is “very likely.” I’m still going to take everything Love says with a grain of salt, especially since it’s unclear whether the other members of Nirvana would be so on board. [Rolling Stone]
  • The hippie dippie psychologist who invented the term “conscious uncoupling” speaks! [New York Times]
  • Miley Cyrus is not pregnant, so that’s a relief. [US Weekly]
  • Comedienne Amy Schumer talks season two of (duh) “Inside Amy Schumer.” [Splitsider]
  • Hipster-ized celebrities? Yes, please! [Design Crowd]
  • An at-home Kardashian-level makeup job only take 17 products, 10 brushes and half an hour … [Into The Gloss] Keep reading »

Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

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  • Brad Pitt and his producing team have bought the rights to the Rolling Stone article, “Anonymous Vs. Steubenville,” about the online hacktivist group who brought nationwide attention to the sexual assault of a teen girl by members of the Steubenville High School football team. The article focuses on Deric Locstutter, one of the hacktivists within Anonymous, and how he faced jail time for exposing the coverup of the assault, rather than the issues directly pertinent to rape culture. I’m happy to hear the story won’t disappear into history, but I’ll hold off judgment until I see how it’s handled. [Daily Dot]
  • Administrators of a Catholic hospital in Oklahoma have directed all doctors to stop prescribing contraceptives for birth control. I guess everyone needs to lie about having bad cramps now, huh? [The Nation] Keep reading »
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