We thought this might be the case—Lisa Ling had no idea her agency sent out an email blast yesterday about speaking engagements for the fall. Here’s what she wrote us a little while ago:
Someone emailed me your blog—I am apoplectic and embarrassed by this. I NEVER even suggested that my agency put this out. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
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Lisa Ling’s speaking agency sure didn’t waste a second. Yesterday evening, not 24 hours after Lisa’s tearful reunion with her sister, Laura, one of the two journalists imprisoned in North Korea who Bill Clinton somehow managed to bring home, the email above popped into my inbox. I do a lot of programming at my college, and usually when I get a message about a speaker my gut response is, “Wow, that would be amazing.” But yesterday my reaction was more like, “Soon, much?”
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Last weekend, my friend (one of those types who’s an encyclopedia of random knowledge) dropped an interesting fact on me. She said that women who are on Medicaid, the government-issued insurance plan for people who can’t nearly afford medical care, are not covered if they would like to have an abortion. As someone who’s pro-choice, this kind of shocked me. First, because it feels a little bit Big Brother. And second, because if someone qualifies for the program they almost certainly will have a hard time coming up with the quarter-million dollars it takes to financially support a child through age 17. And they may be looking for other options than having a baby.
I had to get to the bottom of this. So I put in a call to my home county’s Medicaid office and after chit-chatting with some well-versed people on the subject in New York state, I’ve got some deplorable facts to report about abortion coverage. Err, termination coverage. The first thing I learned is that Medicaid workers don’t like the word “abortion.” Keep reading »
My accountant father always complains that I’m an expensive kid. Well lookie here, Pops: the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion just released a study that says a middle-income family will spend about $221,000 raising a child through age 17. See Dad… I’m not the only one! But since they stopped the survey at age 17, it’s scary to think that in reality, the quarter of a million dollars is only a fraction of the nearly half a million dollars parents will end up dishing out for their kid’s college tuition. Second to the pain involved in the birthing process, I think this is one of the top reasons not to have rugrats. Keep reading »
Joan Rivers has been mouthing off all around town. Yesterday TMZ posted a video of her calling out Brooke Shields for pretending to be besties with Michael Jackson, even though she hadn’t actually seen him in years. Rivers snarked, “It’s called face time.” Clearly, face time is something Rivers is familiar with. Between winning “Celebrity Apprentice” earlier this year, getting roasted on Comedy Central, and her new show “How’d You Get So Rich?” on TV Land, the gossip queen has been drumming up more drama than usual. This week alone she also trash-talked Jon Gosselin, Robert Redford and Jay Leno. Keep reading »
Controversial celebrity sculptor Daniel Edwards has unveiled his latest work: a park-bench-sized statue of Angelina Jolie in the nude, double breastfeeding her twins. This artistic work of public indecency (she’s not wearing pants!) is called “Landmark for Breastfeeding” and was inspired by Jolie’s cover photograph on W magazine last year. Edwards decided that, in order to encourage more women to breastfeed and to raise global awareness of public nursing, he would depict one twin as African-American and the other as not, since that could totally happen in the real world. Beginning September 11, at Mainsite Contemporary Art Museum in Norman, Oklahoma, the piece will be on display, before it’s whisked off to an exhibition in London. [Capla Kesting Fine Art]
Though extremely odd, this is far from the strangest piece of art Daniel Edwards has sculpted. After the jump, how Edwards’ other celebrity pieces stack up to this latest magnum opus. Keep reading »
It’s as if Bill Clinton boarded a plane, showed up in North Korea, said “Abracadabra!” and had Laura Ling and Euna Lee home minutes later. The two Current TV reporters are officially back in America and have been reunited with their families. We are ecstatic to hear this amazing news, but are dying to know—what exactly did Clinton do to get them released so quickly? Our best theories after the jump. Keep reading »
Mariah Carey’s next album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, hits shelves on September 15th. And it’ll be a lot bigger than your traditional CD. The album will come bundled with a 34-page magazine made by the folks at Elle. The ad section of the book, which covered the costs for this endeavor, will be home to lifestyle ads that reflect Mariah’s taste—Elizabeth Arden, Angel Champagne, Carmen Steffens, Le Métier de Beauté, and the Bahamas Board of Tourism. A second section of the magazine will contain articles all about Mariah, with “VIP Access to Her Sexy Love Life,” “Amazing Closet,” and “Recording Rituals.” The third part of the book will be your traditional liner notes, full of lyrics and images. The entire booklet will also be available in digital form, and an abridged version will be tucked into 500,000 copies of Elle’s October issue.
Sure, this is the first cross-platform collaboration of its kind. But isn’t this shill-fest taking things way too far?
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We already knew “The Hills” was fake from that time Lauren Conrad told the ladies on “The View” that Spencer wasn’t on the other end of her apology phone call. Oh, and from that other time when L.C. wrote a book based on her experience on “The Hills,” and the characters weren’t sure if what they were going through was real or set up. But now, the show’s producers are totally slacking and not even trying to hide the fakery. Yesterday, a paparazzi photographer caught Kristin Cavallari flat-out reading through a “Hills” script with a producer before filming a clearly set-up romance between her and Justin Bobby. C’mon MTV, just so I don’t have to feel excessively guilty when I watch the next season, can’t you play pretend and at least attempt to cover up the phony reality? [NY Post] Keep reading »