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13 Parents Who F-ckin HATE the Elf on the G-ddamn Shelf

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 12:15 PM PST

Christmas is a time for decorating trees, buying presents and spending time with family.

And also for taking to social media in order to rail against the horror that is the Elf on the Shelf.

That's the case for the handful of parents featured below, however, each of whom has held very little back when it comes to their feelings for this tradition.

Ready to see what we mean?

1. This is Not a Required Tradition

This is not a required tradition
Please remember this, parents everywhere.

2. This Isn't a Joke

This isnt a joke
We mean, it is. But that dude is scary! He could come to life at any minute!

3. You've Made Me Into a Liar, Elf!

Youve made me into a liar elf
I hope you're proud of yourself.

4. I Can Only Handle One of You Creatures at a Time

I can only handle one of you creatures at a time
Please take it easy on me.

5. Elf on the Shelf?

Elf on the shelf
Please. This is what all mothers and parents ought to make into a tradition.

6. It's Not Even a Tradition

Its not even a tradition
It becomes a lifestyle. And it's terrible.
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Vanderpump Rules Stars Strip Down for PETA!

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 11:57 AM PST

The only thing better than getting naked is getting naked for a good cause. Or maybe the only thing better than supporting a good cause is supporting it while you're naked?

Either way, three of Vanderpump Rules' hottest stars are teaming up and stripping down to protest against orcas being held in marine circuses like SeaWorld.

And, as you'll see in the video below, they're wearing some very interesting body paint. ...

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For those of you hoping to see Lisa Vanderpump wearing nothing but body paint ... we've very sorry to disappoint.

But we hope that Ariana Madix, Lala Kent, and Scheana Shay won't leave you disappointed.

Nudity isn't inherently sexual, but it sure does grab people's attention. 

Just look at how good Scheana Marie Shay looks in body paint:

Scheana shay nude in body paint

If your message is important, you might want to make sure that you hook people's attention.

Controversial animal rights organization PETA, which has been slammed in the past by political opponents but also by big-time proponents of animal rights who accuse PETA of hypocrisy and of misguided practices, uses nudity a lot.

PETA even made some weird bestiality posters in a recent push to promote veganism.

Sometimes the message gets lost.

But when it comes to this particular campaign, it's not difficult to agree with PETA or these three Vanderpump Rules beauties.

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The video below isn't just skin and body paint (though those are also factors). It's also 

Ariana Madix makes sure that their goals are clear, saying:

"Today we're here with PETA shooting a campaign to release the orcas into seaside sanctuaries from SeaWorld."

Her costar, Scheana, adds some grim information about the prospects for captive orcas:

"Orcas have died at SeaWorld and the fact that none of them died from old age is just insane."

That is so, so sad.

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Lala Kent shares how the release of captive orcas from marine circuses like SeaWorld is important to her.

"When I saw the documentary, Blackfish, it literally changed my entire life."

That documentary did wonders for raising awareness.

"I found my passion and I found my voice and I will not stop until any place like SeaWorld is completely shut down."

That's a powerful personal cause to have.

"Places like SeaWorld or the Miami Sea Aquarium ... it is the equivalent to me of taking a baby and putting them in a bathtub and having them grow up there."

That might be a bit of a stretch -- maybe forcing a baby to grow up within a single room, also unforgivably awful, would be a better analogy.

(We're not blaming Lala for that -- PETA has compared meat-eating to rape in the past; being inflammatory is arguably part of their brand)

Peta slash vanderpump rules 4

Lala continues:

"When you take a mammal of that size and put it into basically a swimming pool, you can't expect it to do anything but self-destruct."

Sadly, we know of countless instances of orcas doing just that. They lose their minds.

Ariana provides her own thoughts:

"Orcas are very social animals and they're very intelligent animals."

That's very true.

Peta slash vanderpump rules 6

"Each pod has their own language. So you have orcas from all different pods who are living in these bathtubs."

Conflict in that situation seems inevitable. And so does misery.

"They're fighting with each other because they have no way of communicating, they're confused, and they're full of anguish, and it shouldn't be that way."

As far as PETA advertisements go, this one is solid. It's an idea that we can all get behind.

Shout-out to these three Vanderpump Rules stars for using their platform for good!

Vanderpump rules stars strip down for peta

Jessica Simpson: SLAMMED For Letting 5-Year-Old Daughter Wear Makeup!

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 11:11 AM PST

Jessica Simpson tends to let it all hang out on Instagram.

We mean that in the semi-literal sense, as Jessica Simpson bikini pics are a semi-regular occurrence, but also in a more figurative sense, as Jess enjoys putting the quirkier aspects of her private life on display for her millions of followers.

In the past, this has landed the mother of two in hot water.

Jessica Simpson's Daughter Wears Makeup

Simpson's parenting has been criticized on a number of occasions because for some reason, a surprisingly large segment of our population loves nothing more than going on social media and telling moms they're bad at being moms.

Jessica posted the above photo yesterday, along with a caption reading:

"This is NOT an #ad, @maccosmetics is my daughter's favorite store! Mommy-Daughter Day with #MAXIDREW #girlygoth,"

And with that, the call rang out to all the mommy-shamers in the land, who emerged beneath their bridges to get in some quality troll shots:

"You both are beautiful without makeup. Please teach her you don't need makeup to be beautiful," wrote one follower.

"How about taking your daughter some were [sic] fun were [sic] she can be a little girl. Instead of being brain washed that she need [sic] makeup to look pretty," commented another.

Jessica Simpson Poses with Daughter

Fortunately, the haters were largely outnumbered by those who take the much more logical position that a little girl trying on makeup is probably not a reason to call in CPS:

"Who cares if she wants to wear a little lipstick. Kids just want to be like their mom. Leave the woman alone," wrote one.

"All these mommy shamers need to get a life. I mean honestly WHO CARES! I played with makeup as a little girl. She's her daughter!" echoed a second.

This is not the first time that Jessica's daughter has worn makeup on Instagram, and it's not the first time that Jessica has taken flak for it.

In a way, the backstory makes this photo even better.

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson and Kids

Jess knew there would be backlash, and she posted the damn pic anyway.

Why? Because you can't let the haters run your life, that's why.

Jessica's daughter is 5 years old and already owning trolls en masse.

If that's not solid parenting, we don't know what is.

The Bachelor Spoilers 2018: Final Rose Winner CONFIRMED! Who Does Arie Choose?

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 11:13 AM PST

The Bachelor is just beginning with its 22nd season on ABC.

The journey has come to its final chapter, though, as the Final Rose ceremony has been filmed, and The Bachelor spoilers have leaked.

Hard. Raise your hands if you're surprised ... anyone?! 

Arie Luyendyk: The Bachelor

Of course not. At this point, The Bachelor spoilers leaking before the season is a foregone conclusion. Not unlike the winners breaking up!

We kid ... sort of. The show's track record isn't what you would term as great. Or good. Just saying. Anyway, back to the lecture at hand:

Arie Luyendyk Jr., the runner-up on The Bachelorette in 2012, has finished filming his starring turn that no one expected him to get.

Did he make the most of his long, sort-of-awaited chance?

After being rejected by Emily Maynard, who has had like 12 kids since then, Arie took the reins of the reality franchise - and found love.

Oh yes. The 36-year-old has sped to the finish line, seen the checkered flag and all the terrible race-car driving puns you can dream up.

Anyway, ready to meet Arie's final four - and the winner?!

Tia Booth

1. Tia Booth. A 28-year-old physical therapist from Arkansas, she is BFFs with none other than Raven Gates, a.k.a. last year's runner-up.

Hey, it worked out pretty well for her bestie, this show.

Rumor has it that, similar to Raven, there'll be some big time drama involving her ex-boyfriend back home in the Natural State.

Here's hoping unlike Raven, Tia has orgasmed before.

Lauren Burnham

2. Lauren Burnham. Blonde Lauren B.'s have won The Bachelor before (Bushnell) so the Virginia Beach product has that going for her.

(That means nothing, but it is a fun coincidence right?)

Burnham, 25, works for Vonage in the sales department, yet she went to medical school and has a B.A. in psychology she isn't using.

Wonder how her parents feel about that. Or this show.

Becca Kufrin

3. Becca Kufrin. Rebecca Kufrin, who goes by Becca, is 27, is a Minnesota girl who lost her dad and whose mother has battled cancer.

From what we've heard, her cancer is in remission at least, but this Midwestern girl next door has been through a lot at a young age.

We can't guarantee that these struggles will be the topic of an emotional date conversation with Arie, but ... okay, yes we can.

That's 100% guaranteed.

Kendall Long

4. Kendall Long. She's 27, works as a set dresser in L.A., and reportedly has a twin sister named Kylie. You can't make this up.

This Kendall has the same birthday as the more famous Kendall (Jenner), with whom she shares a birthday. And that's not all:

Long has done production work on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Wild. She also plays the ukulele and sings, which is neat.

Arie goes on hometown dates with these four on the ninth episode of 2018. Thanks to Reality Steve, we know how it plays out.

Before we get to that, though: Steve deserves a special shout-out this year for posting spoilers despite the threat of legal action.

The production company behind the show is trying to silence him, but The Bachelor spoilers must go on! Steve has our respect.

Arie The Bachelor

Anyway, the post hometown-dates Rose Ceremony elimination is Tia Booth. Another great run and near-miss for the Arkansas contingent.

Then it's off to Cusco, Peru, for Overnight Dates, where Kendall Long made it despite never getting a one-on-one ALL YEAR.

At least not one that was filmed. Rare. But also a harbinger of doubt as to her realistic chances of winning the 2018 season.

She doesn't. Kendall Long finishes in third place.

That leaves us with the epic showdown of Becca Kufrin vs. Lauren Burnham for the final rose and the Neil Lane ring they will one day return.

Just kidding, again. But again, sort of serious.

All jokes and predictions of doom aside, when the dust settles and the season finale draws to a close sometime in March on ABC ...

Becca Kufrin Pic

Arie Luyendyk Jr. is engaged to Becca Kufrin!!

Congrats? We suppose? Just as Steve isn't scared of lawsuits, he's not scared of being wrong here ... even if he sometimes is.

That's the thing, though. Even when he initially botched The Bachelorette spoilers last year, he came back strong three weeks later.

In other words, he still had the ending right far before it aired, having corrected his own initial mistake, which is honestly more impressive.

Regarding Arie and Becca's chances, though, Mr. Luyendyk is reportedly cast in the mold of Nick Viall, a.k.a. not here to find a wife.

He's here to build his brand, whatever that consists of, and he probably does kind of like Becca a lot, 'cause we're hearing she's awesome.

Let's just say, without passing too much judgment too quickly, that there's nothing in Arie's past that suggests he's the marrying type.

Sure, people change, but his reputation precedes him, and there are many stories that should surface once tabloids really start digging.

And dig they will. Oh, they will mine this treasure trove hard, and it likely won't end well for Becca, who will have to weather that storm.

That's all we'll get into for now, but with another month to go until the journey officially begins, you best believe we're just getting started.

Hit the comments below and tell us if you believe Arie and Becca will indeed get engaged, and assuming they do, if they stand a chance.

Given who he is, and this track record, it's a slim one ...

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty, Will Testify Against Donald Trump!

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 11:08 AM PST

Former Trump advisor Michael Flynn has entered a guilty plea.

The man who once led a chant of "lock her up!" is now facing up to 5 years in prison. But that's not even the biggest part of this story.

As you'll see in the video below, ABC News is reporting that Michael Flynn is prepared to testify against Donald Trump.

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Michael Flynn is a retired Lt. General from the US Army. In 2016, he was a key advisor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

After Trump entered office, Flynn continued to act as Trump's adviser and confidant.

And, well, Flynn is in a whole heap of trouble. 

He was the first big name to depart from the Trump administration.

(The first of many, though we think that Scaramucci's 10-day stint as Communications Director before getting fired has been hard to top, even in an administration notorious for messiness and high turnover)

Paul Manafort was arrested, and Trump has taken steps to distance himself from his former campaign manager. Trump has also distanced himself from Papadopoulos. 

But throughout his time in the White House, Trump has been curiously loyal to Flynn. Some believe that they might be genuine friends, or at least as close to friends as a man like Trump is capable of having.

Others believe that Michael Flynn may simply know too much about Donald Trump for Trump to be willing to alienate him.

Mike flynn

Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and faces as much as 5 years in prison.

He apparently lied about contact with the Russian Ambassador, discussing sanctions.

That plea is wildly lenient, considering that Flynn was facing other, more serious charges related to his backroom dealings with Russia on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Mueller's investigation also had its eye on Flynn's son.

Political analysts immediately pointed out that Michael Flynn must be cooperating with Mueller's investigation, surrendering information on a "bigger fish" and agreeing to testify in exchange for leniency -- for himself and for his son.

Don trump

Flynn would have answered to very few people: to Mike Pence, to Reice Priebus, to Jared Kushner, and to Trump himself.

All of whom are big fish within the Trump administration.

ABC News reports that their reliable source tells them that Michael Flynn is cooperating fully with Mueller ... and is willing to testify against Donald Trump himself.

As you'll see in the video below, they say that Michael Flynn only reached this conclusion very recently and decided to cooperate and agree to reveal the truth to investigators rather than continue to battle charges in court.

While we don't know the full details yet, apparently Flynn will testify that it was Donald Trump who directed Michael Flynn to contact the Russians during the campaign.

Donald trump mike flynn campaign photo

This is huge. To many Americans, it feels like Christmas has come early.

Those who are eager to see Trump impeached and ideally imprisoned shouldn't count their eggs before they hatch, however.

The wheels of justice move slowly, particularly when there are so many ways for the Trump Administration to obstruct investigations.

And impeachment isn't something that the will of the American public can do -- it has to be Congress. Which, as the recent tax bill has demonstrated, clearly no longer feels beholden to the American voters.

Still, Flynn entering a plea is major news. We are all eager to hear what exactly he has to reveal about Trump.

Mike flynn pleads guilty will testify against donald trump

Kylie Jenner to Kim Kardashian: Stop Making Me Insecure About My Body!

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 10:12 AM PST

As you've no doubt heard by now, Kylie Jenner is pregnant with her first child.

For reasons that remain unclear, Kylie hasn't confirmed that she's expecting, but she's always been sort of a private, press-shy type.

Kylie Jenner and Red Lips

Just kidding, Kris Jenner is probably planning a live televised announcement, complete with celebrity cameos.

Anyway, sources say one of the reasons for all the secrecy is the fact that Kylie is feeling self-conscious about her appearance these days.

We suppose being pregnant for the first time in front of 100 million social media followers can have that effect.

The relationship between Kylie and older sister Kim Kardashian has always been a complex one, characterized, as it is, by both competition and mutual admiration.

In the past, fans have observed that Kylie seems to be "transforming" into Kim, styling herself to more closely resemble her most famous sibling.

Kylie Jenner with Her Lips

Now it seems Kylie's pregnancy has only deepened her appreciation for Kim's famous physique.

"The tables have really turned between Kim and Kylie," a source close to the family tells Hollywood Life. 

"When Kim was pregnant with Saint she spent a lot of time being envious of Kylie's amazing body. Kylie was getting so much attention at the time, it was kind of the start of her takeover and it was hard on Kim."

Yes, it seems Kylie's pregnancy has marked the beginning of a new stage in the battle for Kard clan dominance.

And Kylie is currently feeling like Kim has the upper hand:

"She was already feeling uncomfortable with her pregnancy weight gain and getting compared to her little sister only made it worse."

Kim Kardashian Sexy Pose

"But now that's all flipped and Kylie's feeling jealous of Kim's body," the source added. 

"Kylie's proud of her sister for getting in such great shape but it also makes her very envious."

Frankly, we think Kylie's looking at this situation all wrong.

After all, we're sure many women would kill to be in regular contact with a mom who's got the inside track on all the best nutritionists, personal trainers, and Photoshop practitioners.

Peggy Sulahian: FIRED From The Real Housewives of Orange County!

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 10:11 AM PST

Bye girl, bye!

Peggy Sulahian is a newcomer to The Real Housewives of Orange County, but though she was definitely in her share of unnecessary fights with costars, she didn't make that big of a splash.

Now it's reported that Peggy has been fired from the series.

Peggy Sulahian on Date Night

We had already told you that, reportedly, three women will be fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County. Peggy Sulahian was one of the names that we gave you.

Not everybody has what it takes to be a Real Housewife.

You need to be affluent enough, interesting enough, dramatic enough.

At the same time, you need to be somehow relatable, you have to have normal elements to your life, and you have to get along well enough with your costars that you can all make the series together.

Peggy Sulahian?

Well ... she's definitely not in the poor-house. But she failed to be interesting enough to grasp the attention of most viewers.

She also failed to be likable. 

Peggy Sulahian, Hospital Bed

RadarOnline reports that their sources (plural) say that Peggy Sulahian has been fired from The Real Housewives of Orange County.

"None of the ladies wanted to work with her anymore," one source reports.

When your much more established costars can't stand you, it's not an entertaining feud -- it's potentially toxic to the series.

"After the reunion they were just done with her," the source continued.

Another source tidily summarized what made Peggy such an undesirable Real Housewife.

"She didn't bring anything to the table." 

Peggy's erstwhile costars had a lot of reasons to dislike her, too.

Peggy Sulahian and Husband Diko

For starters, there's that time when Meghan King Edmonds and Vicki Gunvalson were talking and Peggy just ... pinched Meghan's lips shut.

As if that were a normal thing to do.

But there's more.

Peggy, a mother of three, bashed Meghan King Edmonds' parenting.

Unlike the conflict between Meghan and costar Lydia McLaughlin over Meghan having a psychic at her party and Lydia being weirded out for religious reasons, Peggy's criticisms were deeply personal.

And they rubbed people the wrong way -- costars and viewers alike.

Peggy also seemed to be paranoid that Kelly Dodd and Tamra Judge were making fun of her.

Whether she was really worried about it or was just playing up some paranoia for the cameras, we don't know for sure. Either way, it wasn't a great look.

Also, Peggy left early during this season's girls' trip to Iceland. To put it plainly: nobody likes a quitter.

But there's something else:

Peggy Sulahian

Fans have pointed out that she gets offended at every little thing and that she tries to pass herself off as a dumb foreigner even though, well, she's lived in the US for most of her life.

But what really gets under people's skin is that Peggy Sulahian is a raging homophobe.

We've heard Vicki accused of homophobia for negging Tamra about rumors about her husband, Eddie Judge. We've heard Tamra accused of homophobia for being bothered by the rumors.

This is on another level. Peggy Sulahian reportedly banned her own brother, designer Pol' Atteu (he was, like, BFFs with the late, great Anna Nicole Smith), from their father's funeral.

It's been reported that she even tried to have him removed from his father's services by security.

Reality television can put up with a lot of bigotry -- just look at the Duggars. But, if you look at Derick Dillard getting fired, you know that there's a limit.

Peggy's views were so bad that she got bashed by other Housewives and received public condemnation from Lisa Vanderpump.

All of these factors combine to making Peggy Sulahian a toxic castmember.

The question is: When will they announce this officially?

And who will be the next to get the axe?

Kailyn Lowry: I Won't Be Seeing My Sons on Christmas!

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 09:27 AM PST

If you think your holiday season is busy, imagine what the run-up to Christmas must be like for Kailyn Lowry.

Kailyn is a single mother of three, having just welcomed her third child in August.

Add those stresses to the constant demands of running a one-woman media empire, and you can see how Kailyn might be feeling the strain these days.

Kailyn Lowry Via Instagram

As each of her three sons has a different father, holidays and vacations are particularly challenging.

Kailyn recently began hosting a podcast entitled Coffee Convos, which is currently climbing the iTunes charts.

On the most recent episode, she revealed that her two oldest boys, Isaac and Lincoln, will be spending Christmas with their respective fathers.

"I had the kids for Thanksgiving so they'll be with their dads for Christmas," Lowry told her co-host, Lindsie Chrisley.

She added that she's okay with the arrangement for a number of reasons.

For starters, she won't be spending the holidays alone.

Kailyn at Teen Mom 2 Reunion

"I'll have Lux," she said, referring to her 4-month-old son.

"I always have Lux."

Asked if she's a holiday person, Kailyn said that depends on whether or not she's with her boys.

And she and her exes reportedly reached their current arrangement with the idea that when Kail has one of her kids for the holidays, she'll have all of her kids there to share in the celebration.

"When I have the kids I'm a holiday person, when I don't have the kids I'm a me person," she said.

"I'll always have all my boys on the same holidays. I wanted it to be that way."

Kailyn Lowry and Baby Lux at Disneyland

It seems she'll have Lux for every holiday, as the boy's father, Chris Lopez, refuses to acknowledge paternity.

The downside is that Kailyn can't collect child support for that reason.

But she may consider that a fair trade-off, as it's not like she's hurting for cash.

"He won't acknowledge paternity so she can't file for child support," an insider close to the situation tells Radar Online.

"They gave a form in the hospital, but he didn't sign it."

Kailyn Lowry in a Jean Jacket

Her relationship with Lopez may be damaged beyond repair, but otherwise, Kail seems to have done the nigh-impossible by establishing amicable co-parenting relationships with her other baby daddies.

And don't worry about her holiday plans.

Kail has apparently arranged for a pre-Christmas celebration with her boys in Philadelphia.

The girl has a talent for making the most of her very little free time.

Watch Teen Mom 2 online for more from one of reality TV's most admirable parents.