Michelle Duggar Launches Counter-Petition: SAVE 19 Kids & Counting From Anti-Marriage Foes!!
With critics calling for TLC to cancel her reality show, Michelle Duggar has launched a counter-petition to save 19 Kids and Counting from cancelation.
A Change (dot) org petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting was actually started earlier this year, after Michelle made controversial headlines politically.
She allegedly recorded a robo-call allegedly asking Fayetteville, Ark. residents to vote to repeal a law that prevents discrimination. Yes, that prevents it.
The law in question condemns property and business owners to oust or fire people based on gender identity. In other words, transgender Americans.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar then sparked an even bigger public controversy this month when they invited fans to share kissing photos on Facebook.
After they reportedly took down submissions from gay couples, they faced backlash online, and the aforementioned petition began to widely circulate.
Both incidents are rooted in the family's support for "traditional" marriage, and form the crux of the rebuttal petition Michelle is promoting to save the show.
"The Duggar Family is under attack from anti-marriage advocates for standing for traditional marriage," the Ipetitions (dot) com note posted by Michelle reads.
"We commend The Duggar Family for their brave stand in defending marriage as ordained by God between one man and one woman," the petition goes on.
"No individual's sexual behavior and chosen lifestyle has the right to redefine marriage. Sign our petition today to let TLC know that you support the Duggars."Jessa Duggar and her then-boyfriend Ben Seewald began courting controversy almost from the moment they started dating, posing for photos like this one - a picture that now seems tame considering what they've been stirring up more recently.
As of this posting, it has about 6,000 signatures. The petition to make TLC axe the series now has 130,000, although it has been online since August 20.
The scandal is not the first surrounding the Arkansas family, and it almost certainly won't be the last. The question is whether or not the network will cave.
The couple did not address the Facebook controversy specifically, but recently put out a statement saying they will always stand for truth and values.
Don't expect them to back down, in other words. Your move, TLC ...
Lisa Rinna Freaked Out on Kim Richards Because of Harry Hamlin Cheating Allegations?!
If you watched The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 5 Episode 1 this week, then you know that Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin joined the cast and immediately declared their place as the poshest, prettiest couple on a show full of posh, pretty people.
Hamlin on Housewives was something of a surprise, as it was originally rumored that he wouldn't be participating in the show, because...ya know, he has a real career and all.
But it looks like Harry's on board after all, and we already have reason to believe he'll be involved in some serious Housewives-style drama.
You may remember this Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 5 trailer. The Lisa RInna bug-out around the 1:30 mark stands out in particular:
Lisa can be heard to remark, "Don't you ever go after my husband!" before hurling a wineglass in the proud Housewives tradition. Now we might know what caused her to lose her cool:
Sources on set tell Radar Online that the fight began when Lisa Rinna accused Kim Richards of falling off the wagon during the ladies' trip to Amsterdam.
Kim shot back with some remark about how it's an open secret in Hollywood that Harry sleeps around.
Needless to say, Lisa was less than pleased.
So between ax-alcoholics turning back to the bottle and accusations about philandering husbands, it sounds like we're in for quite the season.
Watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online to catch every minute of the sauvignon blanc-slinging action.Brandi's back, and boozy as ever. Spoiler alert: At some point this season, she smacks Lisa Vanderpump. You'd HAVE to be drunk to assault such a classy lady!
John David Duggar: Single and NOT Ready to Mingle!
Earlier this week, reports that John David Duggar is courting a "mystery brunette" had the Duggar family faithful preparing for another member of the famous family to be married off.
Now, however, it looks as though there is no chaste side-hugging romance in JDD's life, and to make matters worse, his parents insist on reminding the world that he's a 24-year-old virgin.
"Just thought we'd set the record straight," Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar wrote on their blog today. "John David is not courting and not in a relationship...and he has never been in one! [He is] still looking and waiting for the right one."
JD, bro - you're 24! The right one is anyone and the right time is now!
We kid! The Duggars have their own courtship process and it seems to be working for them so far. And from the sound of things, John shouldn't have anything to worry about, in terms of finding a mate:
"John is still single, ladies," the Duggars wrote online. "And he has an airplane!"
We've seen enough rap videos to know there's no point in having your own plane unless you're filling it with willing groupies. Hopefully John David will start using that thing to get his courtin' on in the near future.
Of course, there's no guarantee that John will be the next to get married.
John's twin Jana Duggar has two younger sisters who have already beaten her to the altar. Of course, there are rumors that Jana isn't allowed to date because the family relies so heavily on her help around the house.
So apparently John David gets a plane, while Jana get an apron. Sounds like a raw deal to us.
Watch 19 Kids and Counting online to try and guess which Duggar will be married off next.Jana Marie Duggar is so beautiful ... and put upon, supposedly, by a family that relies on her to help take care of the others but never have a life of her own. If that's true, it's sad. Is it time for her to break free?
Dave Grohl: Don't Smoke Weed and Watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians!
Nirvana and Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl opens up in a new interview with The Sun (UK) about why he doesn't smoke weed or do drugs anymore.
Spoiler alert: It somehow involves Keeping Up With the Kardashians!
"I stopped doing drugs when I was about 20 years old," he recalls. "But just recently I thought, 'Oh I'm going to start smoking pot again to cure insomnia.'"
"I'd put the kids to bed, go upstairs and smoke a little pot. But then I'd get stuck in front of the Kardashians on TV for 45 minutes. And it freaked me out."
"I was like, 'I'm never doing this ever again.' It's definitely not for me."
Hilarious bottom line: If you insist that you must watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians online, fine. If you wish to smoke weed, that's your decision.
Combine the two and prepare for downright scary results, though.
It can hard enough to stomach, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Scott, Kanye, Kris, Bruce, Brody, Brandon, Kendall and Kylie Jenner doing their thing while sober.
Can you imagine adding some controlled substances to the mix?
We can't. And thanks to Dave, we will know from his experience that any fleeting temptation to do so is surely misguided. Deeply, deeply misguided.
Remember as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season: Friends don't let friends smoke marijuana and watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
And add Dave to the list of the Kards' famous, outspoken critics!Cher has Tweeted that the Kardashians are "bitches" who should be "drop kicked down the freeway." She made a point of saying she is NOT kidding.
Brandi Glanville: Trying to Find a Boyfriend, Going Too Far With Botox, Source Claims
Brandi Glanville doesn't do anything halfway, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that when she's on the market, she attacks the singles scene like the hungry cougar that she is.
Until recently, Brandi was dating some 23-year-old and creepily compared the relationship to "having a third child."
Not surprisingly, the dude dumped Brandi (probably after she licked her thumb to wipe some schmutz off his face), and she's once again single and desperate to mingle.
But if you think Ms. Glanville is going after guys her own age, then you don't know Brandi. This woman is allergic to men over 40...but that's not the reason her face is all puffed up:
Sources say Brandi has been going overboard with her Botox treatments lately, and she's not pleased with the results.
"Brandi is embarrassed by how it turned out," says one insider. "She's trying to find a boyfriend and wants to look young, but she knows she went too far."
And how is Brandi coping with the humiliation of a disfigurement that's unnoticeable to anyone besides herself? By guzzling booze, of course!
"Brandi's girlfriends took her out to cheer her up," says the source. "Nothing like a drunken night off for Brandi to shake it off!"
Ugh, she probably sang the Taylor Swift song too. Homegirl is 42 going on 14.
Watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online to see Brandi desperately cling to her youth.Brandi's back, and boozy as ever. Spoiler alert: At some point this season, she smacks Lisa Vanderpump. You'd HAVE to be drunk to assault such a classy lady!
Winnie the Pooh Banned from Polish Playground Over "Dubious Sexuality," Lack of Pants
Government representatives in Poland have pooh-poohed efforts to use Winnie the Pooh as the official mascot of a town playground.
According to The Croatian Times, local officials will not allow the beloved Disney character to grace a poster near the park due to his “dubious sexuality." We're not making this up.
"The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe,” says Councillor Ryszard Cichy. “It is half naked, which is wholly inappropriate for children.”
In Winnie the Pooh's defense, he is wearing more articles of clothing than most bears out there.
Also, he's a cartoon.
A town meeting was held over this divisive issue, with one official reportedly saying Winnie the Pooh “doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex It’s a hermaphrodite.”
Councillor Hanna Jachimska, meanwhile, then dared to call out Winnie the Pooh author Alan Alexander Milne.
"This is very disturbing,” she said. “The author was over 60 and cut [Pooh's] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity."
Ummm... we're not gonna touch that one.
All we know is that if wearing pants were a requirement to be a playground mascot, no THG staff member would qualify for the gig.Imagining having 101 children to keep up with pretty much gives us hives. This wouldn't have happened if people listened to Bob Barker.
13 Biggest Duggar Family Scandals: Will They Force TLC to Cancel 19 Kids & Counting?
The Duggar family is at the center of massive controversy this week, with more than 120,000 people signing a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.
It's far from the first time they've faced heavy scrutiny, however.
In many ways, the family's most recent scandal is a culmination of many. The petition was actually started months ago, only to gain traction recently.
Here's a look back at 13 times the TLC stars faced backlash ...Jessa Duggar and her then-boyfriend Ben Seewald began courting controversy almost from the moment they started dating, posing for photos like this one - a picture that now seems tame considering what they've been stirring up more recently.
The Duggars, as we all know, are conservative individuals.
Staunch ones at that, standing out among today's TV offerings, drawing many like-minded viewers. But their earnest, authentic way of life also has a broader appeal.
As more people watch 19 Kids and Counting online and their fame has grown due to social and traditional media, so has the criticism they face quite often.
The family's views on dating, courting, marriage and child-rearing are noteworthy enough, but they've also proven polarizing on political and religions grounds.
Outspoken opponents of abortion, birth control, gay marriage and even evolution, Duggar family members have made many eyebrow-raising headlines of late.
From patriarch and matriarch Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, her now-husband, it seems like everyone is getting in on the act.
Scroll through the gallery above to look back on some of their most notorious scandals, and tell us: Do you think TLC will cave to the public pressure?
As more and more people urge the network to pull the plug on the hit reality show, they will likely be forced to at least address the controversy in some form.
Will they cancel arguably the most powerful family on TV? That remains to be seen, and is probably a long shot for those pushing this petition so hard.
Nevertheless, it's left the family, their beliefs and their way of life under the microscope like never before, even as they enjoy such widespread popularity.The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their "accountability" and "keep things from going in the wrong direction," per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave "moral danger." When the parents aren't available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.
Students Hate on Healthy Lunch Fare, Say #ThanksMichelleObama for Mystery Meat Sandwiches
It’s difficult to get Republicans and Democrats to agree on anything these days.
But unhappy students across the country have banded together to Tweet pictures of their unappetizing cafeteria food, blaming the First Lady for such disgustingly healthy fare.
The Thanksgiving-themed lunches seen here must comply with the food regulations implemented by the USDA (a limit on calories, fat, sugar and sodium) and supported by Michelle Obama, who has taken on the sweeping issue of childhood obesity.
Hence the hashtag "#ThanksMichelleObama" that accompanies these complaints/photos.... and an apple!
In July, Obama vowed to “fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have."
She didn't direct folks to healthy recipes on Food Fanatic for some reason, but she did get behind an initiative to change the ingredients used in cafeterias around the nation.
Still, we wonder whether or not Obama realized she'd be fighting the kids themselves.
Lindsay Lohan Parties With Rick Ross, Plans to Become "Major Movie Star" Again
For the past six months Lindsay Lohan has been living in London, performing in a West End production of Speed the Plow.
Judging from the pics of Lindsay stumbling all over Europe drunk, she seems to be having the time of her life across the pond. Even so, sources say she's getting homesick and eager to return to the States.
Sure, she wants to see her family, re-connect with friends and blah, blah, blah, but apparently the main reason Linds is eager to get back to Hollywood is so that she can get back on the A-list!
That's LiLo hanging out with Rick Ross in a London club, where she supposedly "partied sober." (Fun fact: on Instagram she accidentally tagged Ross as one of Ariana Grande's backup dancers. Sounds like the act of a sober person to us!)
Yes, Lindsay's PR team has been working overtime in preparation for her big comeback.
That means getting her into parties with actual celebrities, spreading rumors about how totally sober she is, and having "sources" tell tabloids about what an in-demand actress she is these days:
"Lindsay is doing better than she has in years!" one such insider tells Radar Online. "She's determined to be a movie star again!"
The anonymous source who totally hasn't been paid by Lindsay says she has starring roles in three major projects lined up.
Of course, those who know who her best are treating the news of Lohan moving back to America with trepidation. After all, what reason do we have to believe she won't just revert to her drunken, panty-flashing ways the second her plane touches down?
But don't worry, those totally legitimate "sources" are way ahead of your doubts:
"Lindsay is still sober and we are all very supportive," says one "friend." "She even has a clean slate after all of her legal issues. The old Lindsay is back!"
Yes, the old Lindsay is back. May God have mercy on us all.Lindsay looking rouch in London. Think she's been partying too hard?
Taylor Swift Fuels Non-Existent Belly Button Rumors, No Longer Believes in "Happily Ever After"
Taylor Swift covers the latest issue of Lucky, opening up to the magazine about a number of personal issues.
Like dating, coffee and whether or not she has a belly button.
"I really used to think that happily ever after was a thing," Swift admits to the publication. "I used to believe that you find the one and that's it: Nothing's difficult after that."
But Taylor has sadly grown more cynical as so many of her high-profile relationships have flamed out, now telling Lucky she knows I "legitimately nothing about lasting relationship experiences because I don't have them."
Awwww! Sad face! At least Swift will always have her cat.
If/when Swift does find her special someone for all of eternity (no, it won't be Harry Styles), she hopes she feels about that person how she feels about coffee.
"Skinny caramel lattes are a daily thing that I get excited about and I never stop being excited about," she says. "So if I could just find one person who I felt that way about - the way I feel about coffee - then I think I'd be in a content relationship."
Swift, who just set another music milestone with the track "Blank Space," also tells Lucky that she doesn't like showing her belly button.
But she does like all the chatter that now surrounded this body part.
“I don’t want people to know if I have one or not,” she says. “I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows, based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button.
"It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I’m going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it’s going to be right next to my belly button because no one’s ever going to see that."Taylor Swift covers this issue of British Cosmopolitan. Inside, she talks to the magazine about dating, sexism and a lot more.