Trigger warning: this video and the text below contain accounts of rape and sexual assault.
On last night’s “Nightline,” three of Bikram Choudhury’s five sexual assault accusers bravely came forward to talk about the horrors they suffered at the hands of the yoga guru. Honestly, I had read about the charges, but the first-hand accounts were far more disturbing than I imagined. As a newly minted yoga teacher and a long-time yogi, these women’s stories rocked me to the core. To think of a practice that has been such a positive influence in my life being perverted by the most disgusting form of victimization is gut wrenching. As Sarah Baughn, the first woman to come forth in the media with her charges, says, “My daughter one day looked at me and said…’Mommy I want to be just like you. I want to be a yoga teacher.’ And all I could think was, ‘You can’t do that. You’ll get raped.’” Keep reading »
Billy Bob Thornton takes the blame for the failure of his marriage to Angelina Jolie in a new “Nightline” interview. “I blew it because I didn’t think I was good enough for her. She has one way she wanted to live her life and I had another way to live mine and I was just too insecure,” he says. “I did feel like the Phantom of the Opera hiding in the catacombs. People have actually said that I didn’t deserve to be with her.” Read more …
Most women have to ward off horny creatures on a daily basis, but the one that Phoenix teenagers Brynne, Tess and Savannah contend with isn’t a high school quarterback, or a fist-pumping “Jersey Shore” wannabe — it’s the devil.
That’s because when the trio aren’t shopping, practicing karate or singing musical theater in local productions, they’re performing exorcisms on people who’ve found themselves demonically possessed.
“We’re just normal girls who do something extraordinary for God,” Brynne, 17, told ABC “Nightline.” “After seeing an actual exorcism in person, led by us, you will walk away with no doubt, whatsoever.” Read more …
What’s going on with Corey Feldman? Oh, not too much. He’s bleached his hair AND decided to speak out about the biggest problem in Hollywood: pedophilia. In a bizarre “Nightline” interview, Corey went on a rant about how Hollywood’s biggest secret is all the pedophiles flying under the radar. He says he was surrounded by them when he was a child actor. He even goes so far as to blame Corey Haim‘s death on the trauma of pedophilia — claiming they were both molested by Hollywood moguls. Keep reading »
Most theme parks involve humans wandering around in cartoon character suits, vomit-inducing roller coasters, and scads of cotton candy, but Little People’s Kingdom of Dwarves in China offers little people as its main attraction. For the paying crowds that number in the hundreds, costumed little people sing and dance, make and sell trinkets, and pretend to live in miniature huts. If you want to work there, you have to be disease-free, under 50, and no taller than four-foot-three. “I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be horrified or amazed — or both,” declares “Nightline” reporter Clarissa Ward. If, as this western report declares, the Chinese are cashing in on “people’s morbid curiosity,” well, why is the American camera crew there? For the same reason, no doubt. One (wo)man’s politically incorrect is another little person’s paycheck. “I used to stay at home all day,” says one little person, “but I’m happy here.” [Blisstree] Keep reading »
This weekend, “Nightline” ran a special on everyone’s favorite topic, the insanity of the Church of Scientology
. The whole thing was actually pretty boring. (Martin Bashir interviews drive me crazy. Why does he insist on doing the crinkled brow, “I’m really listening to you” thing, followed by repeating what the person just said with faux shock?) Until minute 3:40 of the clip above, where Bashir asks Scientology mouthpiece Tommy Davis (who runs the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood), “Do you believe that a galactic emperor named Xenu brought his people to earth 75 million years ago and buried them in volcanoes?” Davis gets upset. “I am not going to discuss disgusting perversions of Scientology beliefs that can be found commonly on the internet … If you’re gonna ask me about volcanoes and this kind of thing, I will stand up and walk out.” Which he then does, dramatically throwing off his mic. But wait, I find it interesting that, out of all the nuttiness in that question, he found the part about volcanoes the most insulting? I so don’t get this “religion.” [Gawker
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