Big Brother host Julie Chen spoke out again about the ongoing racism in the BB15 house (latest update HERE).
Said Chen after watching a segment with the other hosts on The Talk:
“My heart is pounding. Am I the only one who feels so enraged?… I think it shows us all that in 2013, race is still a deeply, deeply personal issue [and] it is so extremely hurtful.”
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In a video for WingNut Daily, Michele Bachmann sends up a right-wing warning flare about Obama and immigration reform:
"He has a perpetual magic wand and nobody’s given him a spanking yet and taken it out of his hand...That’s what Congress needs to do, give the president a major wake-up call. And the way we spank the president, we do it through the checkbook. We have the power of the purse. The most powerful body in Washington D.C. is the United States House of Representatives, of which I'm honored to be a part.”
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In other Bachmann, one of her top aides, Javier Sanchez, was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for theft last Thursday, the AP reports:
Sanchez is legislative director for Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican. Her office is in the Rayburn office building, where police say the thefts took place. Sanchez has been charged with theft of money or goods less than $1,000 in value.
Sanchez was fired Monday evening, according to NBC.
Capitol Police placed a hidden camera in Room 2417 April 4 and placed two envelopes, one with $80 marked "Petty Cash" on one desk, and another marked "Birthday Money" with $120 on another desk. The money from both envelopes was reported missing June 25.
Surveillance video captured a man entering the office just after 6:30 p.m. June 14. The video shows the man opening the chief of staff's drawer, removing an envelope, counting money and taking the cash and envelope with him, the charging documents state.
July 9, Sanchez' boss identified the man in the surveillance video as Sanchez. The two have known each other since January 2013, according to the affidavit.
Open Road Films has released what's being hailed as the first Instagram movie trailer for Jobs, its Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher. The film is out in April 2014.
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At a four-day camp for gender nonconforming boys and their parents, young boys get the chance to express themselves free of the gendered restraints that are often imposed upon young children. Photographer Libby Morris has unveiled a new series of photographs that documents life at the camp, entitled, "You Are You." The camp celebrates the boys and provides them and their parents a freedom they might not be able to find elsewhere. Slate reports:
“'[The kids] don’t have to look over their shoulders, and they can let down their guard. Those are four days when none of that matters, and they are surrounded by family members who support them,' Morris said.
Although it is unknown if the kids at the camp will eventually identify as gay or transgender—or even if the way gender and sexuality are defined throughout society will evolve—the camp allows the kids to look at themselves in a completely different way.
'They get enough questioning in their daily lives, so it’s a great place for them to express themselves as they feel. … I feel we hear so many of the sad stories and how LGBT kids are disproportionately affected by bullying, depression, and suicide, and it hangs a heavy cloud over them and kind of dooms them from the beginning. I’m saying this is a new story. This is not a tragedy.'”
Morris hopes to develop her series into a book and exhibition and ultimately create a foundation that would make the camp accessible to children who otherwise might not be able to afford it. She has also expressed interest in following the kids she photographs as they mature:
“I want to witness the evolution, knowing from where they started and see how life is going to play out for them—hopefully happily—and I think they’re going to have a better transition into adulthood than the generation proceeding them.”
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While in Japan and shooting his upcoming movie The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman committed a small social faux pas. He would relax in the hot springs, or "onsen", during some of the breaks and use the small towel he was given to regulate his body temperature by soaking it in cold water and placing it on his head while he bathed. After getting some awkward stares, one of the fellow bathers pointed out what the towel was supposed to be used for:
"I was feeling uncomfortable and finally this guy in the tub grunts and points to my head and then grunts and points to my private parts. Finally I realised the towel was meant to be covering my privates and I'd spent about an hour just waltzing around this place with this thing in one hand and a beer in my other hand!"
Sadly, no pictures were taken to document the event.