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The Boob Tube: Hot Weekend TV For March 21st-22nd 2009

  • “Biography: Barbara Hutton: Million Dollar Baby” on BIO at 9 am
  • “E! News Weekend” on E! at 9 am
  • “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on E! at 11 am
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    Quickies!: LeAnn Rimes Was A Beard?!

  • The family of LeAnn Rimes’s husband, Dean Sheremet, have outed him as allegedly gay. If this is true, she must have cheated because she was tired of being his beard. [Perez Hilton]
  • Loved ones attended a wake for Natasha Richardson at American Irish Historical Society in Manhattan today. [People]
  • The new tween Dora the Explorer has been hanging with some folks a little too old for her, like Amanda Bynes and Rihanna. This is not what we expect from you, Dora. [Urlesque]
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    OctoMom Gets Her Grip On Art World

    The OctoMom, Nadya Suleman, has created a lot of drama, condom use, and diaper sales, but now she’s also inspired art! Daniel Edwards, best known for his sculptures of Britney Spears giving birth doggy style on a bear skin rug and Paris Hilton’s anointed autopsy with dog Tinkerbell pawing her body, has taken another pop culture icon, the OctoMom, and made her even more plastic. Pepto Bismol pink String Of Babies has Nadya Suleman wrapping her tentacles around eight baby heads and one giant phallic baby bottle. But we all know, she’s really got a hold on the media! [Hollywood Drag]

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    Women Who Rock: Betty Ford

    BETTY FORD (1918- )

    Former First Lady Betty Ford, born Betty Ann Bloomer in 1918, was a pioneering force for the causes of substance abuse rehabilitation and breast cancer awareness. Never before had a public figure, let alone a First Lady, allowed the people to know so much of her private life. Betty Ford stunned the nation with her public admission of her prescription drug and alcohol abuse. By allowing all to see that drug and alcohol abuse can affect anyone and, more importantly, that a person can recover from those addictions, Ford set an example. Her passion for helping others with the same struggles led her and her husband, President Gerald Ford, to establish the Betty Ford Clinic. Over the years, the Betty Ford Clinic has helped celebrities and ordinary people alike break free of substance abuse.

    Not only did Betty Ford speak openly about her substance abuse, but also she revealed her struggle with breast cancer. Going public with her mastectomy raised national awareness for breast cancer. Her life is a living and lasting legacy of how our experiences can shape and make better the lives of countless others.

    Further reading:

  • Betty Ford: Candor And Courage In The White House by John Robert Greene
  • The Times of My Life by Betty Ford

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  • Gift For Gab: Your Best Comments For The Week Of March 20th 2009

    We here at The Frisky live for celeb gossip, chocolate, and your comments. What can we say, you bitches crack us up! So in honor of you, our smart, sexy, and incisive readers, who aren’t afraid to talk smack on the Internet, we’re giving away prizes! Each week we’ll award you an awesome internet chatty Cathy’s a little something special. This week seven winners will receive a copy of CHEER! Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. So, without further adieu, here are the lucky winners of this week’s Gift For Gab… Keep reading »

    Professional Tennis Star, Born A Hermaphrodite, Ignites Controversy

    Germany’s Sarah Gronert is a professional tennis player who competes on the same level as the Williams sisters and Maria Sharipova. The thing is, Gronert was born with both male and female sex organs (i.e. she’s a hermaphrodite), though she had surgery a few years ago to remove the male genitalia. Her story ignited controversy in her own country and within the professional tennis world, but she was able to plead her case with the WTA (the group that oversees the sport) so that she could continue to play among her female peers. But her critics believe that the fact that she was born both as a man and a woman gives her an unfair advantage competing against women. “There is no girl who can hit serves like that, not even Venus Williams,” said Schlomo Tzoref, who coaches rival player. “When I heard her story, I was in shock. I don’t know if it’s fair that she can compete or not. She does have an advantage, but if this is what the WTA have decided, they probably know best.” Apparently, Gronert is so good, she’s expected to be crack the Top 50 players in the world this year.

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    The World’s Tiniest Brothel

    Leanne Eisen is a Toronto-based artist who creates dollhouse scenes that depict the human condition. One of her most intriguing photo-based series is “Play,” for which Eisen built miniature replicas of brothel interiors. While most dollhouses contain scenes of perfect domesticity, Eisen’s rooms allow viewers a downsized peek inside the mostly hidden world of prostitution. I asked the artist about her mini-sex work project; her response is after the jump. Keep reading »

    Quickies!: Natasha Richardson’s Cause Of Death Revealed

  • The New York City medical examiner has ruled Natasha Richardson’s death an accident. The report said she died from blunt impact trauma to the head, which caused internal brain bleeding. It’s so scary that something like this can happen and you don’t realize you’re seriously injured until it’s too late. [People]
  • Russell Brand definitely knows how to work his sex appeal. He tongued-down a girl in Sydney after knowing her for only a few minutes. [Dlisted]
  • Steve-O is waiting to hear whether he can return to “Dancing with the Stars” after pinching a nerve in his back during a horrible spill while rehearsing. He’s also experiencing internal bleeding after the nasty fall. [Perez Hilton]
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    Britney Spears, Like, Totes Inspired By Shakespeare And James Joyce

    Slate has uncovered shocking evidence that Britney Spears’ songwriting abilities are maybe, just a tad, unoriginal. Her most recent single, “If U Seek Amy,” is a play on words that, when said quickly, spell out, um, something dirty. Best of all, the way in which the phrase is used in the song, doesn’t really make sense. “All the boys and all the girls are begging to if u seek Amy.” However, previous uses of naughty wordplay like this are everywhere and no doubt inspired Brit. “If You See Kay,” apparently, has been a song put out by a bunch of artists, including one who admitted that he got the reference from James Joyce, who wrote in Ulysses:

    If you see kay
    Tell him he may
    See you in tea
    Tell him from me.

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    U.S. Teen Birth Rate Up Again

    President Barack Obama has been in office for more than 50 days, but the impact of the previous eight years is still leaving an impression. According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 2007 marked the second straight year teen birth rates rose in the U.S. The first year, 2006, ended a 14 year decline. More than 70 percent of Black babies and 51.3 percent of Hispanic babies were born to unmarried women in 2007 and the teen birth rate increased by five percent between 2005 and 2007. Some experts are blaming the increase on the Bush administration’s “abstinence-only” education policy. Keep reading »

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