President Obama Does The “It Gets Better” Project — But He Needs To Do More


President Obama is the latest public person to contribute to Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Campaign,” on the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the video (above), the president says that “We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage — that it’s some inevitable part of growing up.” He notes that although he doesn’t know what it’s like to be bullied for being gay, “I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough. And for a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart – I know can just wear on you. And when you’re teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself — for being different, or for not fitting in with everybody else.”

The video and message is a powerful one, especially since it’s coming from the President of the United States. I am incredibly pleased that he chose to participate in this important project and hope that his words have an impact on those gay men and women who may not believe that “it gets better.” However, there is a part of me that is also bothered by his participation, as well as the participation of anyone else who does not actively support gay marriage. Keep reading »

Rod Stewart Talks About The Daughter He Put Up For Adoption

“[I was] absolutely stone broke. She was put up for adoption when I was 17 or 18, I think … Since her mom and dad have died, we’ve tried to come together and be close together, and it’s working out pretty well. I never felt like I was her dad, because I didn’t take her to school, change her nappies, there was no paternal thing there. But I’m trying.”

—Crooner Rod Stewart talks about Sarah Streeter, the first of his seven children, who was put up for adoption. She is now 46. Geez, Rod has been procreating for almost half a century. His wife Penny Lancaster is currently pregnant. [PopEater] Keep reading »

Star Couplings: Reese Witherspoon Might Become A Wife Again

  • Reese Witherspoon‘s boyfriend of 10 months, Jim Toth, is reportedly designing an engagement ring for her. [Us Weekly]
  • A family insider says Jordan Bratman didn’t cause Christina Aguilera‘s busted lip days before she filed for divorce. [Hollywood Life]
  • Kat Von D threatened to sue producers of her reality show, “LA Ink,” if they didn’t edit out negative comments she made about now on-again boyfriend Nikki Sixx. [TMZ]

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Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get Diamond Teeth Like Kanye’s (Besides The Obvious)

Kanye West has done some really stupid things. So are you surprised that he went out and had diamonds permanently drilled into his bottom teeth? OK, maybe not so surprised. But still kind of astounded by the stupidity, especially after learning from The New York Daily News that this type of cosmetic enhancement is pretty risky. For starters, it’s not so healthy (ya think?) and one dentist says: “Diamonds are very hard, and this hard surface should not be used on the biting side of a tooth … Since diamonds are harder than your teeth, you will wind up breaking or wearing down your other teeth, causing you to need more dental work.” What else? Bleeding gums (gross). And if you choose to get the diamonds drilled directly into your teeth (as apposed to using a strong glue), and something goes wrong with the tooth, then you have the added cost of replacing the tooth and the diamond (assuming you still want it there).

Our question is … what credible dentists are actually doing this to people? [New York Daily News] Keep reading »

Woohoo! Jared Leto Is Hot Once More!

Ladies and germs, I am excited to present evidence that Jared Leto has returned to his formerly hot self. Gone is the man makeup and the bleached-out or swoopy goth hair. His band still sucks, but he at least looks good playing in it again. I would like for him to gain a little more weight in his abdomen area, but I give him an “A” for arousal. [via Dlisted] Keep reading »

Catfight: Jezebel Creates A College Fund For “16 & Pregnant”‘s Tyler And Catelynn — Rad Or Wrong?

When I read that our blogger friends at Jezebel.com started a PayPal account for a “college fund” to help Catelynn and Tyler, the teens who gave their daughter up for adoption on “16 and Pregnant,” my heart melted a little bit. “Catelynn and Tyler have won us over, exhibiting strength and maturity in the face of hardship, and they’ve expressed a desire to continue their schooling,” wrote blogger Tracie Egan Morrissey. “So we’ve decided to raise some cash for their college education.” Who doesn’t watch those kids’ awful parents — Tyler’s dad, Butch, who is in and out of prison; Catelynn’s mom, who is nasty to Catelynn for not keeping her baby — without wanting to get them outta there? Anyone whose left their own family drama behind them knows it takes a certain amount of money for a young person to extricate himself or herself from their parents. I don’t know how much they’re paid by MTV to appear on “Teen Mom.” So, hell, if Jezebel wants to help these kids out some more, show me where I can donate.

But my colleague Julie couldn’t disagree more. Julie’s also a “16 & Pregnant”/”Teen Mom” fan and her soft spot for Catelynn and Tyler is just as big as mine. But she questions Jezebel.com’s motives for starting a PayPal college fund in the first place. Not to mention the fact that they’re just doing it for Catelynn and Tyler—not the others on the show.

So Julie and I did what we always do around The Frisky when we disagree: we had a catfight! After the jump, the hair will fly! Keep reading »

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