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Briana DeJesus Speaks Out on Guns in Classrooms: It's Insane!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 11:43 AM PST

While Jenelle Evans doubles down on guns in the wake of the latest mass shooting, Briana DeJesus is stepping up and sharing some much more sensible views.

In particular, she's trashing the idea of arming teachers, and targeting the Florida legislature's move to do so in particular.

In a world where the President is a reality star, it's not so surprising to hear a Teen Mom 2 star making some salient points about public policy.

Briana DeJesus, Post-Surgery

On February 14th, a tragic and terrible shooting at a Florida high school left 17 dead.

The survivors have become a rallying point for common sense gun control legislation. Noting a failure of government leadership, a number of major businesses -- starting with Dick's Sporting Goods -- have announced that they're enacting their own measures.

In the mean time, Trump has suggested arming teachers with guns, an idea that's been widely lampooned online.

And the Florida legislature, to the surprise of no one familiar with the exploits of Florida Man and Florida Woman, decided to pour $67 million into a plan to arm teachers throughout the state.

Briana DeJesus took to Twitter to speak out:

"Stupidest thing ever to give teachers guns ... what is the point of safety patrols on campuses then??"

She's referring to school resource officers -- police who spend time working security on campuses as a measure that people hope will keep students safer.

Jenelle Evans and Briana DeJesus

Briana DeJesus gets very real about the role that racism plays in schools and in countless shootings.

"I have a child of color and knowing 10 teachers in her school will carry a gun terrifies me."

With guns everyone, it just takes one racist person on one bad day to end a child's life.

"As a parent I know I won't be able to protect my kids every second go the day. And I would want their teachers to love and protect like I would."

But Briana lives in real life, not in fantasy land where everyone's a trained marksman. (Though we should note that many combat veterans have spoken out about how dangerous arming teachers could be)

"But giving teachers guns just isn't right and spending 67 [million dollars] is crazy."

Briana Picture

The amount that the legislature was willing to conjure up out of nowhere is a sticking point for many people.

"They won't ever spend 67 million on education but for guns ... it's okay?"

Someone challenged her, suggesting that arming teachers -- who are not trained to be armed guards and are not paid to be armed guards -- would be a great way to protect students.

"I'm all for protecting kids but there's no reason to give TEACHERS guns."

She's already addressed the expense and the fact that not all teachers would be safe with a gun.

But she clearly doesn't want to argue.

"But whatever. Let's see how this plays out. I hope for the best!"

Briana DeJesus, Car Selfie

Trump, of course, announced his "policy proposal" just as he announces his other bad ideas -- with his little orange thumbs.

"What I said was to look at the possibility of giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience -- only the best."

His version of "best" is famously laughable -- just look at the turnaround in the White House.

"20% of teachers, a lot, would now be able to."

Trump then makes some weird sports analogies that perhaps golf players will understand. A real man of the people.

"I want highly trained people that have a natural talent, like hitting a baseball, or hitting a golf ball, or putting. How come some people always make the four-footer and some people under pressure can't even take their club back, right? They can't even take their club back."

He seemed to lose himself on a sports tangent.

Briana DeJesus 2018 Photo

Briana did not mention that even highly trained marksmen are considered to be doing "very well" if they have 40% weapon accuracy in live fire simulations.

So even if teachers are having a shootout with some gunman, where are the other 60% of the bullets going?

Some of them are going into students.

Of course, Trump said that he wanted to take away guns, and then pivoted because he doesn't actually know what he's saying at any given time.

He now plans to meet with video game executives, because surely those violent video games are to blame, even though Canada and the UK and Australia all play the exact same games without the shootings.

Briana didn't get into all of that. That's okay -- she's a reality star, not a politician.

But even she knows that children don't need to be around guns. Which is more than we can say for certain people.

The Bachelorette 2018: Meet the Contenders!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 10:04 AM PST

Who... will... it...be?!?

This is the question on the minds of all ABC viewers at the moment, as we near the end of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Bachelor season, which means we're about to embark on a new Bachelorette season.

Will the star of the latter in 2018 be a woman we've met previously on this network? A woman Arie scorned? A fresh face entirely?

Scroll down to meet the contenders and then let us know who YOU want to see as The Bachelorette...

1. All About Arie... Sort Of

Arie luyendyk jr pleads innocent
As previously reported, Arie proposes on The Bachelor finale... only to then dump his fiancee for his runner-up. How scandalous!

2. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

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Based on The Bachelor spoilers we've gathered, Arie will hand his final rose to Becca Kufrin. But will he end up with her?

3. In a Word?

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No, Arie will dump Becca after just a few weeks, making her our top contender to be The Bachelorette. Makes for a pretty endearing backstory, right?

4. What About Lauren Burnham?

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She'll finish second on the finale, according to various reports, but will actually win Arie's heart in the end... in controversial, possibly cheating fashion. So we can remove her name from The Bachelorette list.

5. Aren't There Other Possibilities?

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Absolutely. Tia Booth, for example, finished fourth on Arie's season, but won over many viewers in the process.

6. And Kendall Long?

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She was sent packing after a night in the Fantasy Suite with Arie, although she almost giggled when he dumped her. Perhaps because she knew something better was on the way?
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Rihanna to Hassan Jameel: Let's Make a Baby, Baby!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 11:41 AM PST

While there have been some unkind pregnancy rumors about Rihanna in recent months, this beautiful and talented singer and actress might bring some truth to them in the future.

You know how she's landed herself a super handsome boyfriend, Hassan Jameel?

She's reportedly considering the idea of making him her baby daddy.

Rihanna: Valerian Premiere Photo

HollywoodLife reports that Rihanna is considering having a child with boyfriend Hassan Jameel.

"Rihanna is madly in love with Hassan and she's starting to plan for a future with him."

The guy's first and last names together literally mean "handsome handsome" and he lives up to that, so this isn't much of a surprise.

"This is the first guy since Chris (Brown) that's made her feel this way, like she wants to settle down."

Hopefully, this relationship will be less disastrous and upsetting.

Rihanna Performs at Grammys

Their source continues.

This time, they're talking about how and when Rihanna and Hassan currently see each other.

"She and Hassan mostly meet up in Europe, it's a good midway point for them."

That makes sense.

"But now she's talking about making it her full-time base so she can have even more time with him"

We in the US would miss Rihanna, but what makes her happy is what really matters.

Apparently, her recent birthday is making her think about settling down.

"They are very serious and now that Rihanna has hit the big 3-0 she's thinking about stuff like marriage and family a lot more."

We can see that.

Rihanna in Cannes

Apparently, like countless fellow Millennials, Rihanna is noticing that she isn't reaching certain milestones at the ages that she'd imagined.

"She always thought she would have kids by this age so that's on her mind now too."

Sometimes, these thoughts gnaw at you. And then there are all sorts of social pressures.

"She and Hassan aren't rushing into anything, but that is where her head is going. It really seems like she's met her Prince Charming."

He's a Saudi businessman and heir to one of the world's biggest companies. 

Those are some princely qualities, for sure.

It doesn't hurt that he's reportedly warned Chris Brown to stay away from Rihanna. That makes him sound like a knight in shining armor.

Rihanna in Barbados

Apparently, Rihanna is understandably head-over-heels.

"This guy has completely swept her off her feet."

That's so heartwarming to hear!

And he's a definite improvement over a certain scumbag she used to love.

"For a long time she worried that she'd never love anyone as much as Chris, but Hassan is showing her it's possible. Chris will always be her first true love but Hassan has made his own mark."

Hopefully, Chris Brown will one day be but a distant memory.

(For the whole world, but especially for Rihanna)

"It's two different kind of loves but equally strong."

This new love, of course, doesn't seem to be toxic or dangerous.

Rihanna Posing at Grammys

Rihanna just turned 30 in February.

While there's no "right time" to have a baby, and while absolutely no one is obligated to reproduce ... many look at her and say that this might be a very good time.

But if Rihanna wants to put off having a child for another few years, or a decade, or literally forever, that is totally her choice to make.

Rihanna is an amazing talent, and no amount of love for her gives any fan -- or anyone else -- the right to make that kind of choice for her.

Duggars SLAMMED For Lavish Displays of Wealth: They Own HOW MANY Planes?!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 09:46 AM PST

The Duggars built their media empire by shilling wholesome values and the joys of simple living to an audience that ate it up like so many pickles and Chick-Fil-A sandwiches.

But throughout the family's decade in the spotlight, even diehard fans have wondered if the Duggars are living double lives - preaching the virtues of frugality and humility, while at the same time enjoying lives of incredible fame and fortune.

Duggar Family Photo: A Classic!

Over the years, fans have taken issue with Jim Bob's "high-class hoarding," and other ostentatious displays of wealth.

The Duggar patriarch has been accused of buying up large tracts of land with no plans to make use of them, simply so that he might appear even more powerful in the eyes of local politicians.

Not exactly in keeping with the WWJD philosophy, but believe it or not, Jim Bob's desire for increased clout and high-end antiques isn't even the most galling example of the family's mixed messaging regarding personal wealth.

No, that honor belongs to the Duggars' astonishingly large fleet of private aircraft.

Duggar Family: Counting On Season 4 Photo

You may have known that the Duggars own a private jet, but were you aware that they own several other small planes, as well?

The first and most famous Duggar aircraft is the one belonging to John David, who was the first in the family to get his pilot's license.

The plane, a Cirrus SR22 was purchased as a gift for the Duggar's second-oldest son back in 2014.

At the time, it would've retailed for about $764,900, but as In Touch Weekly points out the Duggars probably bought it used.

Which means it probably only ran them about $200,000.

Jana Duggar With John David Duggar Image

Since then the number of pilots in the Duggar clan has grown rapidly, with Josiah earning his license and Joy marrying Austin Forsyth who counts piloting among his many professions.

So perhaps it's not surprising that Jim Bob has decided to expand the family fleet in a major way.

Just last year, the Duggars purchased four planes from the ALERT Academy, bringing their total number of aircraft to a whopping eight.

The folks at In Touch did the math, and assuming that the Duggars paid an average $547,000 per plane (only some of the purchases were second hand) that brings the total value of their fleet to $3,200,000.

Yes, the family that made a name for itself preaching modesty has spent over 3 mill on private planes in the past four years.

Jim Bob Duggar: Father of the Groom

So what exactly is the family doing with all those big birds?

Well, Jim Bob recently incorporated Duggar Aviation LLC, and the company is headquartered out of nearby Springdale, Arkansas.

At this point, however, it doesn't seem that the family is offering up commercial flights.

They may have plans to do so in the future, but many fans are suspicious that Duggar Aviation is nothing more than a shell corporation that allows Jim Bob to write off his plane collection as a business expense.

All in a day's work for America's favorite Christ-lovin' capitalists.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.

Selena Gomez Gives Justin Bieber a Birthday Shout-Out

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 08:39 AM PST

Though the newly single Justin Theroux broke his Instagram silence to message Selena, Selena's giving a shout-out to a very different Justin.

Justin Bieber, of course. Thursday was his birthday. 

Selena is using her legendary Instagram clout to wish her on-again boyfriend a happy birthday ... somewhat cryptically.

Selena Gomez, Stunning Selfie

Yes, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are really back together, despite the hopes of many fans and, apparently, all of Selena's family that she not repeat past mistakes.

But the world is meant to believe that Justin Bieber has totally transformed. That he no longer suffers from alleged substance abuse and addiction that his own management worried would claim his life.

That he'll no longer partake in the terrible, juvenile, and often illegal behavior for which he was so infamous just a few years ago.

Apparently, Justin Bieber is way more into his religion these days. Which reportedly has led Selena to feel that God has blessed their reunion.

And now, Selena has posted this.

Selena Gomez Birthday Shoutout

That polaroid which is affixed to Selena's beautiful forehead in this photo is a picture of the Biebs.

In case fans somehow missed it, though, Selena Gomez posted this caption.

"March 1, 1994 someone I know that happens to be super cool was born. Boom."

Justin Bieber was, of course, born on that date.

He is now 24 years old and getting yet another chance at happiness with one of the most talented and exceptional human beings on the planet.

We hope that he counted his blessings.

And we can't imagine what he wished for when he blew out his candles -- what more could he ask for?

Selena Gomez, Blonde in a Floral Print

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber recently celebrated Justin's once-deadbeat father's wedding with him in Jamaica.

Not only were the two practically joined at the hip for this happy occasion, they also spent time joined at the lips.

"They were kissing and hugging throughout the morning," E! reports about Jelena's tropical makeout.

The details make it all sound very romantic.

"He rubbed sunscreen all over her back, and they enjoyed the pool and being outside..."

What matters isn't what fans think of Justin or their reunion, but how Selena feels about all of this.

"They looked extremely happy."

Awww, good for them!

Justin Bieber, Shirtless Tattoos

As for those who accuse Selena of repeating past mistakes, well, E!'s insider claims that this is something else.

"Everything is so different this time around."

Well, they've both lived their lives and grown as individuals since they last broke up.

"This time around, Justin is behaving like a gentlemen and showing how much he cares about her."

That's certainly very nice to hear. We hope that it lasts.

"He's is a lot more open about his feelings towards Selena, which has been a big sign of him maturing."

Awwww! Very different from the guy who couldn't express his affections unless he was drunk whom Selena describes in her song, "Sober."

Selena Gomez, Cleavage Image

Obviously, the renewed closeness of this couple has led to rumors.

Some have claimed that Selena Gomez is pregnant with Justin Bieber's baby -- she is not.

In the light of Selena's ongoing struggle with Lupus, a devastating autoimmune disorder that caused her to get a kidney transplant last June and which continues to threaten her life, those rumors are almost cruel.

But, bittersweetness aside, this was a wholesome post by Selena.

We hope that she and the Biebs enjoyed his 24th birthday.

Jennifer Lawrence: Kylie Jenner Is My Least Favorite Kardashian!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 08:03 AM PST

Hey, maybe Red Sparrow will surprise us all and absolutely destroy at the box office this weekend.

It's got Russia, and Jennifer Lawrence's boobs, and presumably other things that might be of interest to American audiences.

What seems much more likely, however, is that Sparrow will extend Lawrence's streak of relatve flops with middling reviews from critics.

So why are we even talking about a film that few will remember a year from now?

Mainly because Jen is still doggedly promoting the movie, and her press tour has been peppered with crige-worthy moments.

Yesterday, Lawrence defended Ryan Seacrest in an interview that elicited audible face-palms all over the country.

(Seacrest has been accused of sexual harassment by several of his female employees.)

Now, she's on the hook for a far less scandalous comment that's still attracting ire from Angry Internet People.

Sitting down with Andy Cohen recently, Jen was asked to rank all the members of Kardashian-Jenner clan from most to least favorite.

Despite some serious reluctance, Jen seemed fairly certain about her top rankings:

“Kendall, Khloé, Kim, Kourtney,” she began.

“Oh god I hate this. Does Kanye count now? I forgot about Kris! Oh god, it’s like Sophie’s Choice,” she continued.

“Please don’t do this. Kris is at the top, the rest I guess they’re at the bottom.”

When Andy pointed out that that would place Kylie Jenner alone at the bottom, Jen sighed in concession.

Many have wondered what Kylie has done to reach such a lowly status in Jen's eye, but to us the real question is - no love for Rob?!

Watch the full segment in the video below:

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Safaree Samuels: Nicki Minaj Only Dated Me For My Anaconda!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 09:17 AM PST

Safaree Samuels' nudes leaked. That shouldn't happen to anyone, of course. In Safaree's case, though, it's opening up new opportunities.

In a new interview, Safaree is opening up about those opportunities and whether or not he'll accept the offers to do porn. He also talks about one thing that got canceled over his nudes.

He also says that his prodigious dong is what kept Nicki Minaj coming back for more for all of those years.

Safaree Has Abs for Days

When asked by TMZ how he imagines that Nicki Minaj feels about his leaked and very impressive nude photos, Safaree makes it clear that the two of them aren't in touch.

"I don't know. How do you know if she even knows or not?"

After a moment, though, he opens up with a relevant story about their relationship.

"The funny thing is, she used to always say to me that 'If you didn't have that thing, i would have been left you.'"

Clearly, she didn't mean it in a hurtful way.

"She would be cracking up laughing when she said it to me."

Was she laughing because she was joking, or because she was laughing at herself because it was true? They did have an off-and-on relationship for about 12 years.

Safaree Samuels on Twitter

Like we said, between Safaree's fame, his equipment, and the way that his nudes went viral, porn companies were bound to eye him for some work.

Those rumored offers are real, Safaree admits.

"I definitely do not want to do porn, but some porn company reached out, too."

He admits that he's puzzled, since he's never expressed any interest in doing sex work of any kind.

"I don't understand these people. Something leaks and then you ask the guy who ... I don't wanna do porn."

You can't blame a company for making the offer. They'd hate to pass on the opportunity.

Safaree clarifies what he is interested in doing.

"I want to do music. And TV. Entertainment. Movies."

Safaree Samuels Photo

He says that he's gotten other offers.

"Some people from some condom places, uh ... some sex mold ... they want me to do a mold."

Penis molds of famous people aren't uncommon, though usually they're of porn stars.

(There are even kits that they sell where couples can make their own mold)

"Like, these people are talking crazy ... like a hundred thousand dollars. And, like, rubber Safaree meats with fur coats wrapped around them."

That's quite an image.

"I've been seeing, like, my female fans hit me up, saying that they would like that."

He doesn't sound inclined to take up fans on the offer -- or, at least, he doesn't sound like he'll publicly admit to it.

"I don't know, that sounds a bit personal."

Sex so often is.

"I think that would mess me up in the future for having a wife."

Safaree Samuels Is Put on the Spot!

All things considered, though, it looks like Safaree is focusing on the bright side.

"You know, there's definitely been some good coming with it. So I guess we can't complain about that."

To be clear, one absolutely can complain about having their privacy violated. But Safaree talks about new opportunities.

"My bookings are going through the roof. The phones and emails are going nonstop."

Hey, that's great news. But one gig did get canceled.

"One thing happened. I was supposed to go to a school -- a high school. And the principal did not want to let me in the school. This happened yesterday."

The school was a high school in Brooklyn. Apparently they arrived and a woman came outside, saying: "We don't want him here; we don't want the backlash."

Safaree in White

On the one hand, we can understand any school being leery of backlash.

On the other hand, this isn't Safaree's fault. This sounds like victim-blaming.

Back to that first hand, though, it's not clear why Safaree was going to a school in the first place.

All in all, it sounds like Safaree is taking the Kardashian approach and using these nudes to his advantage.

That is, admittedly, easier to do for men than women, because of how society praises male sexuality but condemns women for having bodies.

Good for Safaree.

The Real Housewives of New York Season 10: First Look!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 08:40 AM PST

Shut your mouth and shut your f-ckin legs!

You are a vengeful bitch!

LuAnn is a loser!

Oh, yes, readers: The Real Housewives of New York City are nearly back!

And, as you can see from the quotes above, they are nearly back and possibly better than ever before!

In the following trailer for Season 10 of this beloved franchise, we see series series regulars Bethenny Frankel, Carole Radziwill, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and Tinsley Mortimer going through some major drama.

At the center of it all, of course, is de Lesseps and her arrest in Palm Beach, Florida last Christmas Eve.

You remember what happened, right?

The veteran reality star was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT, resisting arrest with violence and threatening a public servant.

It was all pretty ugly (or "embarrassing," as one Real Housewife labels the arrest below) and it had a lot to do with LuAnn's sadness over her divorce.

"Why did I have to get married?” she asks in this new trailer, as cameras follow de Lesseps in a car ride where she tells someone on the phone:

“I’ve been traveling, I’ve been to prison, and I just want to be close to home."

At various points in this video, meanwhile, LuAnn is referred to as a loser and a convict.

But there's other drama and other feuds as well, all set to kick off when the show returns on April 4.

Medley and Morgan go at it, for example, with the former bashing the latter for an ill-placed analogy.

“Don’t you dare compare your f-ckin marriage to me burying my husband,” she screams. “He left your ass!"

It's a fair point, to be honest.

Later, during a trip to Puerto Rico, Frankel tells Medley that she's a "drunk" as the stars help folks recover from Hurricane Maria.

What about the status of Frankel's friendship with Radziwill? And with Singer?

Check out the trailer to find out more!

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Jill Duggar SLAMMED For Racist Social Media Comment!

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 07:24 AM PST

Jill Duggar is in hot water yet again.

Although at this point, she's probably used to the temperature, as it seems to be where she spends most of her time.

Jill Duggar Holding SamSam

As you may have heard, Derick Dillard was fired by TLC after harassing a fellow network star on Twitter.

Derick did not appear in Monday's Counting On season premiere, and many fans took note of the fact that Jill was absent from the episode as well.

So it appears that Jill is either sitting this one out, or she was axed alongside her husband.

Either way, if she had hoped the scrutiny of her personal life would diminish now that she's stepped away from the spotlight, she's got another thing coming.

The latest mini-scandal has to do with a comment that Jill posted on her sister Joy-Anna's Instagram page.

Joy-Anna, Austin, Gideon

As you may have heard, Joy welcomed her first child this month, and the photo above is the first pic of little Gideon to appear online. 

"We are so blessed by the arrival of our son, Gideon Martyn Forsyth! He was born on 02/23/18 @ 3:39pm, weighing 10lbs. 3oz. and was 22 inches long!" Joy captioned the image.

Jill remarked:

"Congrats @austinandjoyforsyth on baby Gideon! We are so happy for y'all! #anotherbuddyinourteam #favoritetia."

It's that second hashtag that's got everyone up in arms.

"I'm Hispanic and it feels like she is using Spanish to seem cool, hip, whatever. Sounds like cultural appropriation to me." wrote one commenter.

Jill Duggar: Baby Bump on Instagram

"At this point, it feels like cultural appropriation. You're not in [Central America] anymore, Jill. Derick is not papa, you are not tia," commented another.

The second remark refers to the fact that Jill and Derick performed missionary work in El Salvador for the better part of two years.

We won't bother to weigh in on the controversy regarding Jill's use of "tia" except to say it seems a bit nit-picky.

Far be it for us to defend a couple as problematic as the Dillards, but we wonder if these same people would be this upset if Jill casually tossed out an "adios," or another word borrowed from Spanish.

Interestingly, it seems criticism of Jill and Derick has only intensified in the months since Derick was fired.

Jill Duggar Rocks Gold Shoes

That's partially for good reason.

After all, Derick said some pretty abhorrent things, and it certainly doesn't seem he's learned his lesson.

Still, maybe fans should be saving their outrage for occasions like the time Derick attacked the Parkland shooting survivors in an unhinged social media tirade.

We know that outrage isn't a finite resource (especially in 2018), but it's most effective when used judiciously.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV's most controversial family.