We all know sexism is alive and well in America. Hollywood’s seemingly endless celebration of the chubby, schlubby, slacker dude is sexist as hell, given that chubby, schlubby, slacker girls get nowhere in Tinseltown, least of all the big screen. And yes, much of the media’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign was sexist too—and I wasn’t even a Hillary supporter, so this isn’t just a P.U.M.A.’s bitterness talking.
The latest accusation of sexism in the media comes from Governor Sarah Palin, the Vice Presidential nominee for the McCain campaign. Her supporters, her spokespeople, and conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly assert that she is the target of sexist smear campaign. This is surprising for two reasons: 1) O’Reilly has consistently pooh-poohed claims of sexism in the past and 2) wasn’t it only a few months ago that Palin said Clinton should “stop whining” about sexism herself? Keep reading »
Last Friday, John Edwards finally fessed up to having an affair with Rielle Hunter in 2006, after reports surfaced in the National Enquirer. Over the last two decades, political sex scandals have become as common as nipple slips in Hollywood. Initially, we were fascinated and titillated by the little glimpses the media gave us into the private lives of our public figures. But after the media began inundating us with more scandals than we could stand, we stopped caring, we stopped judging, and we became utterly numb to the bad behaviors of these political leaders. In light of Edwards’ confession, do we even care anymore? Do we care that while his wife was battling cancer, he was out schtupping his campaign’s videographer? Or do we expect politicians like Edwards to behave badly?
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The same week John Edwards admitted to cheating on his wife with Rielle Hunter, Mad Men‘s Don Draper lost his (short) battle NOT to cheat on his wife. The comparisons are easy, if shallow — both dashing, charming, well-manicured, with wives that ooze kindness, morality, loyalty, and selfless struggle. While John Edwards does not have the luxury of his affair being fictional, Don Draper, nevertheless, remains at the top of our “Most Boinkable on TV” list. But how is it that we still have such a girl-boner for a character who not only cheats on wife, but also just had one of the more sinister moments we’ve seen on TV? Keep reading »
Ugh. REALLY, John Edwards? Really? Edwards admitted today to having an affair with Rielle Hunter and to lying repeatedly during his campaign for President. He denies that Hunter’s child is his, but says he has not taken a paternity test — he claims he cannot be the father based on the timing of the child’s birth. He maintains that he doesn’t and didn’t love Hunter and that the affair started after his wife Elizabeth went into remission from cancer. Apparently Edwards and Hunter, an aspiring filmmaker, met at a bar in NYC and then afterwards his campaign paid her to produce films for them, despite her inexperience. I cannot decide which would be worse — cheating on Elizabeth while she was battling cancer or cheating on her after she went into remission, because man, oh man, did she probably need her husband’s support during both of those times. And does the fact that he says he doesn’t “love” Hunter somehow make him less…disgusting? No way. It just makes me sick he would even address the emotional aspect of his affair, or lack thereof, as if it makes a difference. The Democratic Party better be thanking their lucky stars this guy didn’t end up their nominee. [ABC News]
Check out one of Hunter’s videos, after the jump. At around 1 minute 20 seconds, you can see Edwards blushing and flirting with the filmmaker, who is behind the camera. Guh-ross. Keep reading »
So, The National Enquirer is claiming that John Edwards has a mistress and a love child and that he was totally caught visiting with them at a hotel recently. All this while his wife Elizabeth is still dealing with cancer. Now, this is the National Enquirer we’re talking about, so this is hardly FACT, but politicians stepping out on their wives is hardly an original rumor. Besides, despite the fact that my Grandma calls it “the trash”, they have been right on more than one occasion. Our lovely intern Annika revisits the Enquirer‘s moments of “A-ha! We told you so!”
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No, not literally, silly — like, in the sense where you’re a man and your lady has you wrapped around her little finger…or something? We ask because GQ has put together such a lovely slideshow of famous men who are, in their view, whipped by their wives (or husbands, in the case of Elton John and David Furnish). Included on the list are Guy Ritchie (Madonna got him into Kaballah and, maybe, strap-ons), Ashton Kutcher (he gushed about wife, Demi Moore, in interviews, the wimp), Ben Stiller (Christine Taylor always scores roles in his terrible movies), and John Edwards (Elizabeth defended him when Ann Coulter called him a f*ggot). Honestly, we don’t get it — is it that the men are very supportive of their wives’ endeavors? That they genuinely think they’re cool, talented, and funny? That they don’t get to make all the decisions? Or maybe it’s that they’re super smart, as is especially the case with Catherine Zeta-Jones, who arranged for a pre-nup before marrying Michael Douglas that ensured her $5 million dollars if he ever cheated. [GQ] Keep reading »
Oh John Edwards. If politics was about rugged good looks, a killer smile, and unapologetic sex appeal, you might have won the nation’s heart. But alas, a car salesman’s haircut, a Southern drawl, and a sassy and smart wife were not enough to guarantee you the Democratic nomination for President. With you out of the race, the voting booth will be lacking in some serious mojo on Election Day. But hey, something tells us People magazine might call about a little something called “The Sexiest Man Alive” issue — and that’s something Obama and Romney could never take away from you. [ABC News] Keep reading »
The National Enquirer is reporting that a woman who was allegedly having an affair with Presidential candidate John Edwards for over a year is pregnant with his child (though she, Edwards, and the man she says is the father are denying it). Elizabeth, Edwards’ wife, has been sick with cancer for the last few years. [National Enquirer] Keep reading »