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 »
Lauren Bacall, a legendary Hollywood actress who appeared in “How To Marry A Millionaire” and “The Big Sleep,” has been reported dead at 89, according to TMZ. A family source told the gossip site that the actress suffered a stroke. A former model, Bacall had been married to the actors Humphrey Bogart, her co-star in “To Have And Have Not,” and Jason Robards. [TMZ] [Image via IMDB]
Update, 8:20p.m.: The Humphrey Bogart Estate confirmed Bacall’s death on their Facebook page. Bacall was a longtime resident of New York City. [People]