And we thought Heidi Montag’s performance
and all the plastic surgery
at the Miss Universe pageant was scandalous
? Check out this video of Miss Australia blowing up a condom to the point where it burst. The backstory: a few days before the pageant, the Miss Universe Organization held a “Condom Olympics” in conjunction with Population Services International (PSI), a global health organization which sponsors the YouthAIDS program. At said Olympics, the Miss Universe contestants participated in a slew of condom-use and HIV-awareness games, including one where condoms filled with water were used as shot-put balls. The winner of the contest received a spot as a YouthAIDs ambassador. Of course, not everyone was so excited about this event and many religious groups are up in arms about it. What do you think—good way for the Miss Universe contestants to use their fame in their respective countries, or completely out of line? [CNS News
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After months off the job following the whole some-creep-filming-her-nude-in-her-hotel-and-posting-the-voyeuristic-vid-on-the-internet thing, Erin Andrews returned to ESPN last night as a sideline commentator at the South Carolina vs. North Carolina State game. (Goooo Gamecocks!) Some critics are saying that her return was uneventful and boring, but, uh, what did they want her to do? Tap dance while saying, “I’m baaack! And this time with clothes on!” I gotta say that I think Andrews handled the situation like a champ. When the video exploded online, she stepped out of the public eye. Thankfully, ESPN stood behind her and threatened legal action against anyone who posted the video. Since then, she’s stayed mums on the topic. She did a photo shoot for the September issue of GQ, but while the magazine often has women take it all off for their images, Erin kept it classy posing with a group of football players. In one of the images, above, she’s suited-up, covered in mud, and sitting on a locker room bench. I think it’s a great commentary on who she is—one of the guys and, yet, not. Next Friday, Erin’s one and only interview on the subject of the video will air—and it’s with Oprah. Keep reading »
In late 1980, hours before he was shot and killed, John Lennon posed with wife Yoko Ono for legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. Lennon was naked and curled around his wife. After the Beatles star died, the image became an iconic Rolling Stone cover. Now, nearly 30 years later, their son, Sean Lennon, and his model-girlfriend Kemp Muhl recreated the infamous shot with provocative photographer Terry Richardson for the fall issue of Purple magazine. This time, Sean lies fully clothed as a nude Muhl spoons him. What do you think: beautiful homage or twisted facsimile? [Flavorwire] Keep reading »
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that folks back in olden times (a) had a sense of humor and (b) had dirty minds just as bad as ours. But it’s true. An art restorer at the Louvre was tasked with restoring Nicolas Poussin’s 17th century painting “Hymenaios Disguised as a Woman During an Offering to Priapus,” which shows the god of marriage (Hymenaois) giving a gift to the god of fertility (Priapus). Underneath many layers of paint, she found that … Priapus has an erect penis that’s, well, basically porn-star sized. The restoration team thinks that the peen was probably in the original work and that, years later, another artist covered it up after getting complaints from the Catholic Church. An alternate theory is that, back in the day, artists would paint their subjects nude and then paint clothes on top so as to make them as realistic as possible. Who knows which theory is right, but if you happen to be in Brazil next week, go check out the unveiling of the restored painting at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo. [The Art Newspaper] Keep reading »
Speaking of Ashley Dupre, it looks like there’s a reason the call girl who Eliot Spitzer frequented decided to post a rant about women on her blog today, as opposed to last week or a year ago. Remember how she wanted to be a singer? Looks like she’s drumming up press for her new single, “Inside Out.” And, oh goody, it’s a ballad that kind of reminds me of Vanessa William’s “Save the Best for Last.” Take a listen below. [NY Mag]
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A few years ago, I heard a rumor about a female fight club on a college campus in North Carolina. I tried for months to find someone who was a member so that I could write a story about them, but I never got very far because, well, we all know the first rule of fight club. Turns out, I should have been talking to Drew Barrymore. In the new issue of Time Out New York, in addition to snapping some gorgeous photos of New York City, Drew sat down for an interview to talk about her directorial debut, the roller derby flick “Whip It.” Here’s what she had to say about the movie and the huge bruises all over her body.
“What I love about [roller derby] is that it’s real and high stakes. And by the way, it’s scary as sh*t to do. I wouldn’t have guessed that the first film I directed would have a sports element, but then again it doesn’t surprise me, because I love girls getting to do what boys do…We also had female fight club. We discovered at a bar one night that I definitely have that, like, feisty little boy inside of me, and when I drink he comes out.” [Time Out]
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The gloves are off! Ashley Dupre, the high-priced escort who brought down former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, lashed out at other women in a blog post.
The 24-year-old said women—NYC ladies, especially—are hypocrites who judge her for having been a call girl, but they still date rich men and bleed their boyfriends dry! Dupre’s choicest insults, after the jump… Keep reading »
The Vanity Fair “Me and Mrs. Palin” article by Levi Johnston—which he appears to not have “written” so much as dictated to the editors—is the juiciest, gooeyiest, gossipiest smear I’ve ever sunk my teeth into. Did you know Sarah Palin wanted her and the First Dude to secretly adopt Bristol and Levi’s baby, Tripp, so no one would know her teen daughter had been pregnant?!?! Or that Cindy McCain offered to let Bristol and Levi marry at the White House if McCain won?!?! Allegedly.
But beneath all the gossip that supports the theory that, yes, these chuckleheads and their hunting gear are just as ridic as we’ve always thought they were, Levi (and the Vanity Fair editors who approved his piece) tells another story: Sarah Palin is a bad mother and wife. As much as I dislike the Alaskan ex-governor’s character as a politician, that particular story is not one that’s fair to tell. Keep reading »
We raised an eyebrow when Susan Sarandon and her daughter took a pole dancing class together. We shook our heads when Demi Moore took daughter Rumer to a strip club. But we are completely and totally scandalized by Traci Young, 39, and her daughter Tami Smith, 22, who used their mother-daughter bond as a gimmick to reel in johns in Philadelphia. The two posted ads on Craigslist, under the now-discontinued erotic services section, with the subject line, “Mother and Daughter Tag Team.” An undercover police officer responded to the ad and met the two women at their house, where they decided on the price of $200 smackeroos to have a threesome. Then he slapped handcuffs on them. The pair went on trial this week, and were just found guilty of prostitution. “It’s a messed up world out there and we have to do this just to get by,” Young told reporters. Yeah, I’d say so. [CBS 3] Keep reading »