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True Story: I Wrote A Scathing Obituary About My Mother (And I Have No Regrets)

True Story: I Wrote A Scathing Obituary About My Mother (And I Have No Regrets)

“Marianne Theresa John­son-Reddick born Jan 4, 1935 and died alone on Sept. 30, 2013. She is sur­vived by her 6 of 8 children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way pos­sible. While she neglected and abused her small chil­dren, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.” – Reno Gazette-Journal

How could anyone write a scathing and public obituary showing such distain for a parent? For me, it was a natural “normal” process for ending and celebrating the death of someone who camouflaged themselves as a mother.

There are no words or expressions to adequately describe the sense of freedom I felt upon a phone call from my brother singing “Ding Dong, the witch is dead.” Keep reading »

Woody Allen’s NY Times Response To Dylan Farrow’s Molestation Allegations Is Arrogant, Repulsive & Full Of Distorted Information

Last night, The New York Times posted Woody Allen’s response to daughter Dylan Farrow’s allegations that he molested her as a child which, he writes, will be his final word on the matter. If it is, then he has done himself no favors. The entire thing is a revolting display of arrogance and entitlement, and, in my opinion, only further supports Dylan Farrow’s story, as Allen’s justifications, mistruths and attacks fit those of an unrepentant sociopath and child abuser. If the Times actually edited op-eds, they would have had a fact-checking mess on their hands. It’s worth noting that almost every defense/excuse Allen makes in his piece was also used in that godawful piece on The Daily Beast, which led me to wonder if Allen used it as a reference. Keep reading »

The Trouble With Alec Baldwin’s Response To Dylan Farrow’s Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Woody Allen

Dylan Farrow Speaks
Dylan Farrow Details Abuse Claims In Startling New York Times Open Letter
Woody Allen's adopted daughter details sexual abuse allegations. Read More »
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Late Saturday, The New York Times published an open letter written by Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, in which Farrow, for the first time in her own words, described the sexual abuse she allegedly endured as a child at the hands of Allen. At the end of the letter, Farrow specifically called out celebrities who have continued to work with and champion Allen’s talent, despite the publicness of these allegations. “What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett?” Farrow asked. “Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson? You knew me when I was a little girl, Diane Keaton. Have you forgotten me?” (Allen has continued to deny Farrow’s allegations.)

Cate Blanchett responded vaguely and delicately when she was asked about Farrow’s allegations at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. But Alec Baldwin, who has never been delicate with words, had stronger words for Twitter followers who said he owed Farrow an apology. “What the f&@% is wrong w u that u think we all need to b commenting on this family’s personal struggle?” he tweeted angrily to one. To another follower he responded, “You are mistaken if you think there is a place for me, or any outsider, in this family’s issue.” Both tweets have since been deleted. Keep reading »

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Abuse Claims Against Woody Allen In Startling New York Times Open Letter

Dylan Farrow Details Abuse Claims In Startling New York Times Open Letter

Today on NYTimes.com, Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has penned an open letter about the abuse she alleges she endured as a child at the hands of Woody Allen. These abuse allegations first came to light in 1993, during the bitter custody battle between her mother and father. Allen was never prosecuted and has denied any wrongdoing. The allegations regained interest in the last few months, following a Vanity Fair profile in which Dylan was quoted discussing the abuse, and the fact that Allen received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. During the ceremony, Dylan’s brother Ronan tweeted, “”Missed the Woody Allen tribute. Did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” A recent piece on The Daily Beast, written by a man who did a documentary on Woody Allen, attempted to poke holes in the allegations. Dylan Farrow’s piece in The New York Times is the first time she has spoken or written publicly about the alleged abuse, in her own words. Among other things, she writes:

…when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains. Keep reading »

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Taking Nude Photographs Of 15-Year-Old Girl

dc police officer charged with production of child pornography

“Shocking and disturbing.”  These are the words of Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Chief of Police Cathy Lanier after an officer was arrested on Monday for the production of child pornography by taking nude photos of a 15-year-old girl. Keep reading »

Child Molester Offers To Get Castrated In Exchange For Reduced Sentence

child molester offers to get castrated

Sorry, John Burbine, but sacrificing your nuts is not a fair trade for allegedly raping and sexually abusing 13 children Keep reading »

Female Genital Mutilation Should Be Treated As Child Abuse: Report

Doctors Doing FGM
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British docs have been busted for offering female circumcision. Read More »
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Uganda will finally outlaw female circumcision. Read More »
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British government goes up against female genital mutilation. Read More »
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Female genital mutilation (also called female circumcision) should be treated just like child abuse and considered a crime, according to a new report called “Tackling Female Genital Mutilation In The UK.”

The report, which was put together by Equality Now, the Royal Colleges of Midwifery, Nursing, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the union Unite, stipulated any evidence of FGM should be reported to police and educators. Currently over 24,000 girls under age 18 are at risk of having their clitorises and labia removed, said the report, because they live with women who had FGM themselves. Keep reading »

Vivian Vosburg, Mother Of One Of Rebecca Sedwick’s Cyberbullies, Arrested For Child Abuse & Child Neglect

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“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” said Florida’s Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in regards to the announcement that Vivian Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland, FL, the stepmother of one of the cyberbullies who tormented Rebecca Sedwick, 12, before her suicide, has been charged with child neglect and child abuse. Vosburg is the stepmom of the 14-year-old girl who was arrested for aggravated stalking after Rebecca, a middle schooler, killed herself in September by jumping off a building. Vosburg was not arrested in connection to the bullying, which took the form of both in-person and online harassment; instead, Vosburg’s arrest is in connection to a video she posted on Facebook of her beating her own children. Keep reading »

Minnesota Vikings Player Adrian Peterson’s Two-Year-Old Son Dies From Beating By Mother’s Boyfriend

  • The two-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson has died. The child was beaten on Wednesday by his mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Patterson, who has a history of domestic violence charges. The kid was Peterson’s “secret” child (whose name is being kept private) by an ex-girlfriend. Both were now living in South Dakota and the child was alone with Patterson, who was the one who called 911 when the child became unresponsive. The child suffered from “multiple head injuries” during the abuse, which also included choking.  This story is so disgusting and sad. [Deadspin, Sports Illustrated]
  • It’s National Coming Out Day! Here’s Andy Cohen’s mama Evelyn with a message for the parents of gay youth. It gets better for them, too. [YouTube]
  • A well-known addiction specialist has joined Joe Jonas’ entourage, adding fuel to the rumor that the Jonas Brothers cancelled their upcoming tour because Joe is battling drug addiction. [TMZ]
  • LeAnn Rimes’ ex-husband Dean Sheremet opened up about the phone call she made confessing her unfaithfulness with her now-husband Eddie Cibrian. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Some Psycho In Florida Beat A Child To The Tune Of “Blurred Lines”

Defending "Blurred Lines"
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Is the song "rapey"? Read More »
Robin Thicke's NSFW Vid
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It's got nipples, lambs and Pharrel. Read More »
Oh Please, Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke Says "Blurred Lines" Is A "Feminist Movement"
"Blurred Lines" is a good song but it's not a "feminist movement." Read More »
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This is so sickening I can’t even make any jokes about Florida (and that’s saying something): a 40-year-old man was arrested for allegedly beating a minor relative for 40 minutes with a switch while he “played the Robin Thicke song ‘Blurred Lines,’ striking her with the switch to the beat of the music.” WHAT THE FUCK!  Steven Grady Fillingham also videotaped part of the beating and sent it via text message to his (now ex-) girlfriend, who handed the video to police and wisely broke up with him. Fillingham somehow only managed to be booked on three counts of cruelty towards a child, despite the fact he is accused of other physical and mental abuse, like other beatings with a belt, forcing the child to shovel dirt for 90 minutes before being allowed to go to bed at 1:30 a.m., and making her hold heavy weights as punishment for being “lazy.” The child reported received the “Blurred Lines” beating because she had skipped school. Fortunately, she has now been placed with her mother.

What the fuck is wrong with people?!? Sometimes I am seriously convinced that people should have to get a license in order to be a parent or guardian. [Uproxx via Pensacola News Journal and The Smoking Gun]

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