“Your daughter is going to die right now” were the words that jarred Mohamed Hossain from sleep yesterday in Phoenix. His daughter tried to hang herself after her boyfriend, whom she had been speaking with in a chat room via a webcam, told her he was moving out of the country. The webcam continued to broadcast the suicide attempt over the internet, and it was the boyfriend who called Hossain and his wife to warn them of what their daughter was doing in their family room. Police don’t think anyone else was in the chat room, but they’re investigating because they’re worried she might be victimized by someone posting the images on the web. She’s listed in stable condition at a Phoenix hospital. [MyFoxPhoenix]
Apparently, web suicides aren’t that uncommon, but could they be an indication of the increasing vanity of our culture? Or are they simply high-tech cries for help? Keep reading »
LA Times blogger Elizabeth Snead has a bone to pick with Maison Martin Margiela’s couturiers. She writes:
“The oceans are dying, children are suffering around the world, the ozone is disappearing, and the polar ice caps are melting, and this is the best idea you can come with up for us to wear in a few months? Is it any wonder no one takes high fashion designers’ suggestions to heart anymore?”
Okay, it’s kind of funny and true (in a sad way), but at the same time, this brings us back around to the age old question: When it comes to fashion, and more specifically, to the meticulously crafted works we see during couture week, should we consider it art or, um, just really unwearable clothes? Let’s discuss! Keep reading »
Surprise! An extra marital affair dating website (what?) in the UK found that cheaters do not have their priorities straight. The average cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater spends more than $450 per month on their infidelity. Meanwhile, they only put aside about $100 for retirement. Sheesh, getting it on behind your spouses’ back is expensive! A lot of adulterers have more than one cell phone and rent hotel rooms or go on vacations to see their lover(s). And, for whatever reason, the illicit lovers are usually given more presents than the cheater’s spouse. We hope their spouses find out so these jerkfaces can spend their their “golden” years poor and alone. Heh. [Metro UK] Keep reading »
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Tarte’s CelluFIGHT Anti-Cellulite Self-Tanner. This self-tanner is the Superwoman of all self-tanners. Not only does the super powered self-tanner create a shimmery golden tint all over your body, it simultaneously fights the super villain Dr. Cellulite. Tarte’s secret weapon: CelluFIGHT formulated from the not-so-creatively-titled skinTIGHT complex. Sadly for us, CelluFIGHT doesn’t come with a cape, but it does give you the taught thighs of a super heroine. This product uses organic and environmentally friendly materials to fight flab for the short term and anti-inflammatory properties to halt the long-term accumulation of fat under the skin. The only question is, will it give you super powers? [$40, tarte, Sephora]
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“It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen. Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?”
– Rachel Weisz on botox in Harper’s Bazaar U.K. [DListed] — Nicole Kidman has yet to respond. Keep reading »
For the past 22 years, the U.S has banned HIV-positive visitors from entering our illustrious and diverse country. Other progressive lands with such rules: Iraq, Saudia Arabia, China, Libya, and the Sudan. But the government has finally lifted the ban and surprisingly, it was George W. Bush who signed the bill that put the repeal into action last summer. But because HIV was still on a list of communicable diseases restricting travel, people were still being kept out of the country and their only option was to apply for a waiver that cost $545 and didn’t guarantee admission anyway. The Department of Health and Human Services made the final steps on July 2nd to officially get rid of this policy altogether.
I’m still confused—did tourists have to get blood work before coming to America? It’s not like sneeze germs pass HIV and, I mean, Americans should know better than to sleep with tourists anyway. (Just kidding!) If I was foreign and HIV positive, I would totally want to go to Graceland for Dippin’ Dots, so thank God the government’s finally done something about this. [Med Page Today] Keep reading »
Several tabloids this week did Michael Jackson tribute issues, which is to be expected. But there’s so much other trashy celebrity drama that we need to catch up on! We’ve practically forgotten all about Jon and whatsherface or Rihanna and so-and-so. I never thought I’d say this, but I kinda need more diverse hubbub in my life (no offense MJ), so thank goodness this week hit a few of our favorite drama mongers. Keep reading »
I have no problem admitting that I believe the National Enquirer sometimes because the tabloid has a pretty impressive track record for getting things right, except when it comes to aliens. But when I read that Morgan Freeman was having an affair with his step-granddaughter, I thought the Enquirer was making something out of nothing, a misunderstanding. Now, however, I’ve changed my opinion because this scandalous charge has reportedly come out in his divorce proceedings with estranged wife Myrna. Keep reading »
Toward the end of last month, French President Nicolas Sarkozy addressed Parliament, stating his position on burqas. He said the face-covering, body-length Muslim veils are an unacceptable symbol of “enslavement,” and that it’s not a religious issue, but simply a “sign of the subjugation, of the submission, of women.”
This discussion has resulted in threats from Muslim groups outside of France, but Parliament hasn’t made a decision on the matter just yet. A committee held its first meeting today, and Jean-Francois Cope, the head of the governing conservative party UMP, suggested a two-stage ban of burqas. Meaning there would be “six months to a year of dialogue, explanation, and warnings” before the ban would go into effect. Keep reading »
I’ve already said that I love Michael Jackson’s music and am very sad that he passed away at far too young of an age. I think it’s terribly sad that his children, who have already led such bizarre lives, at least out in public, now have lost their anchor. Which is why it was heartbreaking to see Paris Jackson speak at her father’s televised memorial yesterday, saying (with prompts from the Jackson clan to “speak up, sweetheart, speak up”), “I just want to say ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him, so much,” eventually collapsing into her aunt Janet’s arms.
I agree wholeheartedly with Jessica Grose at Double X, who says that while Paris’ emotions seemed genuine and the Jackson family said it was her desire to speak, they should not have allowed her.
I’m all for public grieving, and for Paris to have spoken at a family funeral would have been entirely appropriate and I’m sure cathartic. But having her grieve in front of the entire world felt incredibly exploitative…. To allow this child to put herself out there in this manner just seemed wrong.
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