- Dog the Bounty Hunter Pays New Tribute to Late Wife, Announces Second Celebration of Her Life
- Euphoria Slammed Over Raunchy Scene with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson
- Jussie Smollett: I Didn't Pay to Get Assaulted! I Paid For Steroids!
- Archie Harrison Christening Details: Everything We Know!
- 50 Cent Body-Shames Wendy Williams: This Bish is SO Scrawny!
- O.J. Simpson Is Threatening to Murder People on Twitter Because of Course He Is
- Josiah and Lauren Duggar Share New Wedding Pics, Celebrate First Anniversary
- Teen Mom OG Recap: Ryan Edwards Is Out of Jail ... But Far From Okay
- Lil Nas X Comes Out as Gay on Final Day of Pride Month
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 11:31 AM PDT
Beth Chapman may be gone.
But she is very much not forgotten.
A day after the late reality star and wife of Dog the Bounty Hunter was laid to rest in Hawaii, Duane Chapman shared a new tribute to his soulmate on social media.
And he announced that a second celebration of her amazing life will also take place next week.
Having poured his heart out on many occasions since Beth passed away, Duane kept the caption to the above photo very simple, straightforward and factual this time around.
It simply included the time, date and location of the aforementioned second memorial service:
July 13, 2019 - Heritage Christian Center. 14401 E. Exposition Avenue. Aurora, Colorado 80012 - Doors open at 1:00 Service starts at 2:00.
On June 26, Beth passed away at 51 years old after a long battle with throat cancer.
She had been diagnosed with the disease in 2017... gone into remission... and then was forced into emergency surgery this past November after the illness returned.
Wrote Duane as sad confirmation of her passing last week:
"It's 5:32 in Hawaii. This is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."
The famous bounty hunter than spoke to reporters and opened up even more about the loss of his wife.
"I loved her so much," Chapman told these journalists shortly after his wife's death, adding:
"As Lazarus lay, Jesus said he's not dead, he's sleepeth. My final words are Beth isn't dead, she's sleeping...
"I hope to god there is a God. I trained myself [to think] 'What would Jesus do?' and I hope I'm not just talking to myself. I hope there is a God and if there is, I'm gonna see my honey again.
"That's all we can do is hope."
As for other details of this upcoming memorial?
Fans will be able to share their own memories - from photos to videos to simple thoughts and condolences - by sending them to Richard Moore, a member of Duane "Dog" Chapman's media team.
His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three of Beth's children — Bonnie Jo Chapman, Cecily Chapman and Lyssa Chapman - spoke out after the first memorial service, expressing their sadness and sorrow and thanking supporters for their well wishes.
Bonnie, for instance, wrote in an Instagram Story update:
"Thank you, everyone, who came today. She'd love the ceremony and the flowers everyone brought. Thank you for joining us on this emotional ride."
Lyssa also shared a message about the service.
"Someone wake me up from this awful dream," she wrote. "I have no words. Still in disbelief. Pray for our family, as we lost our strongest member."
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 11:26 AM PDT
For almost as long as One Direction existed, there were fans who shipped the bandmates, and particularly Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
HBO's new breakout drama about youth, drugs, and sexuality is Euphoria, and Sunday caused quite a stir among 1D fans.
The show aired a segment about erotic fanfiction about Harry and Louis, and fans of the singers are outraged. Why?
Euphoria depicts stories of addiction, sexuality, and so much more. Exactly what you'd think about a prestige drama starring Zendaya.
It's been attacked for including a trans actress, for its depiction of drugs, and for it's degree of nudity. The usual prudes.
This time, however, the criticism is coming from a pecular portion of viewers and from people who've never even watched the show.
During a segment from Sunday's episode, one character is revealed to be a popular fanfiction writer.
Rather than writing about fictional characters -- be they in Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, or Star Trek -- this character writes about real people.
This practice is known as RPF, and the real people about whom this character famously writes are Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
As a fictional couple, the very real people Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are known as Larry Stylinson.
Euphoria did more than just mention that one character wrote fanficiton of them.
The show actually showed a short animated clip, heavily stylized, to illustrate the fanfic.
Much more engaging to viewers than just having a voiceover read part of the fic would be.
But what might have just been a cute TV moment about a creative expression of sexuality ended up causing an uproar.
"I'm? So? Confused? Who allowed Euphoria to use Harry & Louis' names? Are lou & harry aware that this happened?" asked one fan on Twitter.
"Like they must be-it's hbo so they probably had to like have some form of permission from lou & harry's management or them themselves," they guessed.
The tweet continued: "But why would anyone allow that?"
Public figures are allowed to be referenced and even caricatured
"Just saw the euphoria scene of harry & louis & i'm so disgusted," tweeted another deeply scandalized 1D fan.
"Louis clearly said that the ship ruined their friendship & some prick decided to air that on tv with their real names for everyone to see," the tweet accused.
"If we're this uncomfortable," the fan generalized. "I can't imagine how they're feeling."
"If euphoria really has an animated larry sex scene," tweeted another. "i am going to be LIVID that's so disrespectful and f– GROSS."
Showrunner Sam Levinson explained to the LA Times about the process of bringing fanfiction to the screen.
"Something that I thought was a fascinating or exciting idea," he begins.
Levinson continues: "was to take this burgeoning curiosity about sexuality that's ultimately framed through the lens of fan fiction and allow it to come to life."
"It's sort of what Kat's dream would be if she could see an animation of one of her stories," he explains of the animation.
Levinson adds: "That was the impetus behind it. It's sort of allowing her wishes to come true."
In case anyone who is not familiar with how fandoms work is wondering, the show's creators didn't pull this idea out of thin air.
If you look at AO3 (Archive Of Our Own, created after fanfiction.net started purging stories based upon content), you can see that it's very popular.
Explicit fics about Harry and Louis currently total 7044.
The most recent 10 of which were either added or updated in July -- and it's currently July 2.
By the time that you finish reading this article, it's likely that the number will have grown.
And those are only the explicit-rated fics. All of the fics combined reach a total of nearly 34,000.
All that Euphoria did was bring the works of that passionate fanbase onto the small screen.
People who strongly oppose specific (relation)ships, or the very concept of shipping real people, are often called antis.
They are sometimes referred to as puriteens, a clever nod to their puritannical views and to how many of them are very young.
The truth is that, for most of history, huge chunks of famous literature and art have been "fanfiction" involving real people.
Contrary to what these folks think, it's harmless in and of itself and it's fairly normal (just look at reality TV fandoms).
The trick for everyday folks who "ship" real people, be they YouTubers or singers, is to just ... being a grownup about it. Don't @ them on Twitter.
That's it. It's that simple. The people flipping out about Euphoria need to relax.
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 11:21 AM PDT
It's been over six months since Empire star Jussie Smollett allegedly staged an assault in order to portray himself as the victim of a hate crime.
Now, the incident is once again making headlines due to the fact that an investigation into the way the case was handled could result in new charges against Smollett.
Law enforcement officials were stunned when the charges against Smollett were dropped before his case could go to trial.
Several prominent figures in Chicago spoke out against the decision, including the city's then-mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
Last month, a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate claims that State's Attorney Kim Foxx dismissed the case as a result of political pressure.
Smollett is not the principal target of the investigation but the judge who appointed the special prosecutor made it clear the actor may wind up back in court on new charges.
And thus far, Smollett and his attorneys are not happy with the media's coverage of the investigation.
According to TMZ Jussie is outraged over what he claims is the mischaracterization of a text he sent to alleged co-conspirator Abel Osundairo just four days before the incident.
"Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?" Smollett wrote.
Jussie says the text had nothing to do with the attack, but was instead a request that Osundairo obtain herbal steroids for Smollett during his upcoming trip to Nigeria.
Lawyers for the actor claim that Jussie's version of events is corroborated by the fact that Abel googled "banned supplements" and "steroids" shortly after conversing with Smollett.
Also at issue is the fact that Smollett called Osundairo shortly after the attack.
Smollett also says the media has misrepresented the conversation as evidence that the two were co-conspirators.
Jussie's camp says the call was simply an attempt to give Osundairo a heads up that detectives would be calling him to corroborate Jussie's timeline, as the two of them had spoken earlier in the day.
Smollett and his team claim that a text Abel sent to Jussie in the hours after the attack prove that Osundairo was not involved in the incident:
"Bruh say it ain't true. I'm praying for speedy recovery. S**t is wild. [prayer emoji]," Osundairo wrote.
Jussie cites the text as proof that Osundairo learned of the incident only after it was reported to police.
Yes, in an ironic twist, the man who's been head-to-head with MAGA Nation is now claiming he's a victim of fake news.
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 10:38 AM PDT
Archie Harrison is extremely cute and very loved.
This much we know.
But we now know something else about the first and, thus far only, child of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: His Christening date!
According to multiple sources, this major religious event will take place on Saturday, July 6.
Per People Magazine sources, the very young man - who turns two months old on this same date - will celebrate his milestone in Queen Elizabeth's private chapel at Windsor Castle.
The location was chosen by the Duchess and Duke of Sussex because they "wanted an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty," People writes.
It probably also helped that Meghan and Harry now reside at Frogmore Cottage... which is also on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
So there won't be any need to stuff Archie into a car seat.
What else do we know about the pending Royal Christening?
Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, will be by her daughter's side for the occasion, although Queen Elizabeth actually will NOT be due to a prior commitment.
Before you take this as a sign that the Queen clearly hates Markle, please consider/remember: both the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were absent for Prince Louis' Christening last year.
We can also confirm, via what we read on the Internet, that the gathering will be attended by approximately 25 family members and friends -- and that photos to be released the next day.
Both of these tidbits are typical of a Royal Christening.
The timing of the baptism also makes sense, considering Prince William and Kate Middleton's three kids - Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - were all Christened within about three months of their birth.
Moreover, Charlotte and Louis were both christened in the month of July, just like Archie will be.
Or maybe just a coincidence.
"This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world," an insider tells People Magazine.
Markle and Harry, meanwhile, have also announced that they'll be taking a tour of Africa in the near future ... with Archie in tow! It will mark the first time the baby leaves his native country.
During the Diana Award National Youth Mentoring Summit (an event honoring his late mother, Princess Diana), Harry delivered a speech this week in which he opened up about caring for his son.
"I'm struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model. The person who may be sitting here today that doesn't realize that someone looks up to them, that -- for that person -- you inspire them to be kinder, better, greater, more successful, more impactful," said Harry, adding:
"Perhaps it's the newfound clarity I have as a father knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps."
Added the handsome Royal:
"But it's not just my role as a father that shows me that; it's in the people I see every day that don't realize how inspirational they are to those watching.
"From small acts of kindness to large measures of character -- each move that we make matters, especially when we don't think anyone is watching. That is when our true character comes to light."
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 10:06 AM PDT
Wendy Williams has been enjoying her extended hiatus from her show and celebrating life while dating a "very sexy" new boy toy.
But after she shared photos of herself having a good time, her old archenemy reared his ugly head.
50 Cent body-shamed her in front of the whole world. Take a look:
"How you doin', New York?" Wendy Williams asked in her Instagram captions.
June was Pride Month, and Wendy -- in addition to having scores of LGBTQ+ friends and acquaintances, is a bit of an icon.
She rode in the Pepsi float for New York City Pride, and she showed off the photos.
"I'm blown away by the energy and the love in this city right now!" Wendy gushed.
She wished her followers a very "Happy World Pride!"
50 Cent shared Wendy's photo on his own Instagram, and it was not to hand out compliments.
"This bitch skipped leg day for 20 years," 50 Cent captioned.
Some have speculated that Wendy's slender limbs may be the result of Graves Disease.
Others suggest a simpler explanation: she's a woman who hosts a talk show for a living, and she keeps herself slender as a result.
Regardless of the reason for her body's shape, there is of course no excuse for 50 Cent's vicious body-shaming attack.
Her body exists to ferry her around, not to please 50 Cent's eyes or meet someone else's imaginary standards.
50 Cent got called out in the comments under his own post.
"This is body shaming and is actually so gross," one fan correctly scolded him.
The comment then excoriated 50 Cent with a few simple words: "Cheap by name, cheap by reputation."
Get it? Because his name is 50 Cent?
Clearly, the comment got under his skin, as he wrote back: "Get the f--k off my page!"
Others took to the comments to put 50 Cent on blast.
"Wendy is unbothered. Let her live," wrote another. "It's not funny anymore."
"This is so low," pointed out another comment. "Shame on you."
"Why did he just come at her for no reason?" questioned an Instagram user.
"So mean," observed another.
However, not everyone was Team Wendy.
Some jumped in to body-shame her because they thought that it was "funny."
Others did so because they wanted to get 50 Cent's attention.
But others pointed out that Wendy Williams is the last person who deserves defending against public shaming.
"Don't understand why people defend and protect her from being dragged," laments one comment. "And all she does is drag people."
According to that commenter: "she's gotta eat what she's serving."
As some of those comments implied, 50 Cent has a long history of verbally attacking, and specifically body-shaming, Wendy Williams.
Usually, what happens is that he takes a cheap shot at her on social media.
Next, she claps back on her show. The circle of life goes on.
Most people figure that 50 Cent wants to remind people that he exists.
Other think he's not that bright and just speaks without a filter or common sense, like when he victim-blamed Terry Crews.
Of course, right now, Wendy's show is on hiatus until July 8. We're not sure when he expects her to "reward" him by speaking his name on TV.
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 10:06 AM PDT
The news that O.J. Simpson has joined Twitter was met with a mix of disgust and resigned apathy.
After all, this development took place in 2019, a time in which it's almost impossible to imagine an event that could universally shock social media users.
Combine that with the fact that Simpson has enjoyed a baffling resurgence in popularity in the past few years, and his emergence on President Trump's favorite platform seemed like an inevitability.
And what would O.J. bring to the world of 280 character hot takes?
Well, in a video announcement, @RealOJ32 (most of the variations on Simpson's name had already been claimed by parody accounts), stated that he would mostly be offering sports-related content.
A widespread joke was that it wouldn't be long before the disgraced NFL running back was issuing death threats to online haters.
But again, we live in the slightly pre-apocalyptic hellscape known as 2019, so it should come as no surprise that such a seemingly absurd gag premise quickly became a reality.
In O.J.'s first post, he ominously stated that he would like to use his account to "get even" with critics.
The comment was lampooned all over the internet, but according to Radar Online, one user was reminded in terrifying fashion that Simpson was not joking.
The site claims that a parody account which goes by the name of @KillerOJSimpson posted a video response to O.J.'s tweet.
The clip has since been deleted, but the response from Simpson still speaks volumes about his mental state.
"Think I'm playing motherf--ker…" Simpson allegedly replied.
"Sadly, nope," @KillerOJSimpson shot back
"Seen that video just posted about me. You think I'm playing? Tired of all your bulls--t," Simpson wrote, according to Radar.
And that's when things really got ugly:
"I WILL FIND YOUR ASS AND CUT YOU. Don't believe me? Just watch and see bitch," Simpson allegedly tweeted.
Again, these tweets have been deleted and have not been viewed by The Hollywood Gossip.
But not only has Radar reported on their existence, legal expert Nancy Grace has commented on the alleged threats from Simpson:
"To me, it just reinforces the fact that he's a double killer. That's just who he is," Grace said in an interview with Radar.
"But what does he do instead of thanking God for being free again? He's basically sending out threatening tweets," Grace continued.
"It never ends with him. It never will."
We're not thrilled with the prospect of siding with Nancy Grace, who -- were it not for the existence of Tucker Carlson -- would be a strong contender for the worst person to ever appear on television.
But it's tough to argue with her on that point.
Indeed, it often seems that when it comes to O.J. Simpson, the insanity will simply never end.
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 08:52 AM PDT
Josiah and Lauren Duggar have quite the incredible year ahead of themselves.
That's very safe to assume, at least, considering the couple is expecting its first child.
But the stars aren't here to talk about the future, not right now. They're here to reflect on the semi-recent past.
"Can't believe it's already been a year since we said "I do". I remember the big day and just how excited we both were about getting married. Ohh the memories!" wrote Josiah and Lauren as a caption to the photo above and below on Instagram this week.
They exchanged their vows on June 30, 2018.
"We've had more downs than ups than any newly married couple should ever have. We wouldn't trade it for anything. It's our story. We are SO blessed! "
Looking forward to growing old and more in love with you."
It's very true that Lauren and Josiah have been through so very much over the past 12 months.
On an episode of Counting On in February, they opened up to their fans about Lauren suffering a miscarriage, which is just about the most painful thing a woman can endure.
A few months later, however, they delivered the opposite news:
Lauren is pregnant!
"We are so excited to announce that baby #2 is on the the way!!!! It's hard to fully express just how grateful we are for God blessing us again with another precious gift!" said the couple in May, taking followers aback for the most amazing reason ppssible.
"So, as we rejoice of the life of our second sweet baby, we also remember (balloon as symbolism) our other sweet baby, Asa, in heaven. God is so incredibly good."
Speaking to People Magazine about the blessed development, these Duggars continued:
God's faithfulness to us in our most difficult moments has sustained us and brought us such love and comfort.
We cannot begin to tell you how much we are looking forward to holding this baby in our arms this fall.
Just last week, meanwhile, Lauren and Josiah concerned they're expecting a girl. How exciting, right?!?
As for their nuptials?
Josiah and Lauren tied the knot on June 30, 2018 at John Brown University Cathedral of the Ozarks in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Their wedding, which were later shown on the TLC series on which they appear, was officiated by Swanson's father Dwain and included a combination of grey, blue, pink, olive, green and white colors to complete the romantic theme.
"What a joy it is to be husband and wife," the couple told People at the time. "Our wedding day was absolutely perfect!"
"What was even more perfect was to see my beautiful bride walking down the aisle," Duggar added. "We are so thankful the Lord has brought us to this place and we can't wait to begin our journey as husband and wife!"
We continue to send these two our very best wishes with their pregnancy.
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 08:58 AM PDT
Back in November of 2018, Ryan Edwards left rehab after completing 90 days of treatment.
Family, friends, and fans were cautiously optimistic, but sadly, their worst fears were confirmed when Edwards was arrested just weeks after leaving treatment.
Ryan wound up serving 90 days behind bars, and on this week's episode of Teen Mom OG, he was finally able to return to his family.
But his homecoming was not the joyous occasion his wife and parents might have expected.
Take a look:
1. The Road Back
2. Victim of the System
3. A Second Chance
4. A Shot at Recovery
5. A New Chapter
6. Tough Times Ahead
Posted: 02 Jul 2019 08:44 AM PDT
June was Pride Month, and there is no bigger rising star in the music world right now than Lil Nas X.
The 20-year-old rapper has charmed the ears and hearts of millions with his music, especially "Old Town Road."
And on the last day of Pride, he had an important announcement.
"Some of y'all already know, some of y'all don't care, some of y'all not gone fwm no more." Lil Nas X tweeted on Sunday.
"But before this month ends," he wrote. "i want y'all to listen closely to c7osure."
There are a couple of important things to note about that tweet.
First, that the 20-year-old rapper has (perhaps jokingly) clarified that the song's title is pronounced "csevenosure."
Second, that June is always Pride Month, and Lil Nas X was excited yet nervous to come out to fans.
As he said, he knew that some people already knew that he was gay.
(Full disclosure -- I had no idea that he wasn't already out until he came out. I had the same problem a decade ago with Anderson Cooper)
He knew that some folks would be indifferent, and he acknowledged in that same tweet that some homophobes would drop his music immediately.
Also, in case the rainbow emoji and everything else wasn't enough, Lil Nas X posted plenty of follow-up tweets.
Lil Nas X later showed his album art and suggested that he'd "deadass thought i made it obvious."
"C7osure" contains lyrics about coming out of your shell and not holding yourself back anymore.
"Ain't no more actin', man that forecast say I should just let me grow," one verse reads.
"No more red light for me, baby, only green, I gotta go," the song continues.
"Pack my past up in the back, oh, let my future take ahold," Lil Nas X's lyrics express.
"This is what I gotta do, can't be regrettin' when I'm old," he wrote.
Lil Nas X himself shared a screenshot of an online annotation of the lyrics of the song, where one person had noted beside these words: "He gay."
Lil Nas X's song "Old Town Road" was initially blocked from the place it deserved in the charts.
See, Billboard had determined that it just wasn't quite "Country" enough.
One remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus later, however, and that bizarre boundary was lifted.
Lil Nas X has been dominating the #1 slot all summer.
That is part of what makes his coming out so huge.
It's not just that he's a young, black, gay rapper who is out at such a young age and so early in his career.
He came out during Pride at a time when every young person in America knows his name. That's powerful.
Lil Nas X has also had fun with his fans who have responded to the story of him coming out.
In some cases, he just pokes fun at a typo.
(We all make typos every day of our lives, but Lil Nas X confirming that he is "a guy" is very funny)
He has also poked fun at people overanalyzing all of his lyrics.
For the record, he has tweeted that "Old Town Road" is literally about a horse.
Why does a young black rapper coming out of the closet at the launch of his stardom matter so much?
In part because it's just good that he can be himself. He doesn't need to be fake dating Blac Chyna for clout or whatever.
But it's also great for LGBTQ+ youth to have a role model. Lil Nas X is right on the cusp of Millennials and Gen Z.
And, as we said, every young person in America knows his song. For some younger ones, he may be the first gay entertainer in their lives.
Also, combined stigmas of racism and homophobia make black LGBTQ+ representation even more important for young people to see.
Congratulations, Lil Nas X!
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