UPDATE, 2:45p.m.: The Baltimore Ravens terminated their contract with Ray Rice today following the release of the video by TMZ. According to ESPN, the Ravens had no other comment. [ESPN]
- TMZ released a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer out cold during an argument in an elevator. The video appears to have been shot by asecurity system in the Revel Hotel and Casino in New Jersey, where Rice attacked Palmer on February 15th. In the video, Rice is seen shoving or slapping Palmer against the wall of the elevator. She responds by lunging towards him, but Rice punches Palmer so hard she knocks her head on the side of the elevator and hits the ground. (What is perhaps most gut-wrenching is that Rice doesn’t look particularly shocked at what he just did.) When the elevator doors open, Rice drags her lifeless body from the elevator and she lies facedown on the floor. Within a few seconds, someone appears outside the elevator doors talking to Rice. Palmer eventually sits up, but appears to be in pain. The whole video — which resulted in a paltry two-game suspension for Rice back in July — is extremely disturbing. But you know what? This is what domestic violence looks like, people. [TMZ] Keep reading »
Donatella Arpaia is a judge on “Iron Chef America” and “The Next Iron Chef.” She was involved in several famous restaurants, like davidburke & donatella and Kefi in New York City and Eos in Miami. She was also the food consultant/chef for a restaurant and lounge called Sienna in the Hamptons … up until July, when she learned the waitstaff was actually made up of 40 strippers being shipped in from a gentleman’s club. Keep reading »
Welp, there goes my ability to ever enjoy Goodie Mob, “Crazy” or “The Voice” again, thanks to abhorrent remarks Cee Lo Green made on Twitter about the definition of rape. See, shortly after pleading “no contest” to charges stemming from a 2010 incident in which he slipped a woman ecstasy without her consent, Green took to Twitter yesterday to defend himself against claims that he raped that same woman while she was under the influence. Green and his lawyer maintain the two had “consensual sexual relations” — and prosecutors chose not to pursue additional charges because of lack of evidence — while Cee Lo, apparently, seems to believe that the woman’s lack of consciousness is proof that she couldn’t have been raped. “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously,” he tweeted, adding, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” Keep reading »
Here’s what I’ve learned about men on the internet who are annoying at best and abusive at worst: They think they know the women they harass. They have access to our ideas and our creative output (i.e. writing, videos, etc.), to our faces, to basic information about us, to a few scant personal details, and from that they concoct for us fictional life stories, fictional personalities, and fictional motivations. It can be terrifying on this end of that interaction, because we don’t know who these men are at all, but they believe they know us and interact with us, talk with us, as if they do.
It’s worse for celebrities, because it’s not just compulsive internet commenters who do this — it’s everyone. We want to be able to relate to celebrities. So we take their movies, videos, music, writing, interviews, press releases, and Instagram and Twitter accounts, and we create a fiction about who they are, or who they would be if we knew them personally. To some extent, that fictional personality is something that they curate and cultivate in order both to create demand and to create distance. Keep reading »