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Amazon is hearing it from many sides today, following a sale on its UK website Saturday of T-shirts that encourage violence against women.
The items – manufactured and also sold in the U.S. – included slogans such as “Keep Calm and Rape a Lot” and “Keep Calm and Rape Them.”
They were retailing for between $23 and $26.
It didn’t take long for Amazon to remove the shirts, but not before receiving hundreds of complains.
Harriet Harman – the shadow Culture Secretary in Great Britain – even called on the online retailer to make a “substantial donation” to a women’s refuge as a wayMore >
The online campaign urging Macy’s to Dump Trump is hitting the streets – billboard style.
On Saturday, a mobile billboard attached to a truck began circling Macy’s headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as a nearby department store.
In New York, another mobile billboard began circling the company’s flagship store in Herald Square. The goal? Get Macy’s to cut ties with Donald Trump.
Dump Trump, a petition from the liberal group MoveOn (dot) org, has gained nearly 680,000 signatures since launching last month in a bid to get him fired.
The petition charges Trump with makingMore >
Victoria’s Secret has apologized after the use of a Native American-style headdress by a model in its recent fashion show sparked outrage.
Model Karlie Kloss (above) donned the headdress at the brand’s annual fashion show, and was instantly criticized for ignorance toward tribal culture and history.
The company responded over the weekend, saying it was sorry to have upset anyone and wouldn’t include the outfit in the show’s TV broadcast next month.
“We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone,” VS said.
Historically, headdresses are a symbol ofMore >
The halls of Seattle Grace are about to get a whole lot less steamy. McSteamy, that is, as star Eric Dane has announced his intentions to leave Grey’s Anatomy.
“I am extremely grateful to everyone at Grey’s, ABC and Shondaland for the experience and memories I have had over the course of this run,” Dane told TV Line in a statement. “It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as [creator] Shonda Rhimes.”
Dane will stick around to finish off his character’s storyline – Season 8 concluded with Mark Sloane’s long-time love, Lexie, dying in a plane crash – asMore >
Nikkole Paulun, a 16 and Pregnant star who was introduced on Season 2 of this MTV series, has leveled some rather serious accusations at her dad.
Why do we never see this parent on the small screen? Said Paulun this week via Twitter:
“You NEVER got to see my dad on camera because he’s an abusive asshole. One night after Lyle was born her BEAT me up & I literally had to jump out my window & hitch a ride to my bestfriends house to get away.”
Nikkole goes on to write that her father has referred to her by every derogatory name in the book, that he has threatened to kill her and that her momMore >
There are television shows about families with 19 kids. And television shows about teenage mothers. There’s even one that features strange addictions such as eating laundry detergent.
Yet One Million Moms – a conservative group that went after JC Penney after it hired Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson – believes an upcoming NBC sitcom titled The New Normal is “attempting to desensitize America and our children” because it centers on a gay couple and a surrogate.
The series stars Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as partner looking to adopt. That’s the entireMore >
Torrence Brown, Jr., one of the many Dark Knight Rises viewers who was inside the Aurora, Colorado movie theater when James Holmes opened fire last Friday morning, has filed a lawsuit in conjunction with the massacre.
Brown was not physically injured, but he lost close friend A.J. Boik in the shooting and says he’s suffering from major trauma. As a result, he’s filed a suit against three defendants:
- The movie theater, which attorney Donald Karpel says was negligent in not possessing a more secure emergency door, which made it easy for Holmes to prop it open and enter it with his arsenal
Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon scored a resounding legal victory over her ex-husband Tareq when a judge threw out his ridiculous claim Wednesday.
A Virginia judge dismissed Tareq’s $50 million lawsuit that thee former Real Housewives star and her Journey guitarist lover defamed him somehow.
Short story: They screwed him over (and each other a lot) big time, but that’s not illegal. The judge called the case”not legally sufficient” to proceed.
The lawsuit claimed Schon sent pictures of his junk to Tareq, and that the Journey guitarist also called him and said boastfully, “I’m f–king yourMore >
Just when it seemed like the world’s most unexpected feud was dying down, Jonathan Cheban has stepped in to voice his take on Kim Kardashian’s war of words with Jon Hamm.
How does the random reality star and hanger-on feel about the Mad Men actor dissing his BFF as an example of stupidity in our culture?
Words We Never Thought We’d Write: Are you on Team Cheban or Team Hamm?
“I think Jon Hamm needs to just shut up and stop being such a mad man!” Cheban said at an Ocean Drive party last night. “He needs to mind his own business, because Kim works hard. They do different things – it’s aMore >
Rick Santorum sees sex in purely utilitarian terms.
If it’s not done with fertilizing an egg in mind, dude’s got no love for it. Any such act (or product, or film, or contraceptive) is JUST PLAIN WRONG, PEOPLE!!
The Republican presidential candidate and staunch social conservative wants to ban hard core adult films, calling them toxic to marriage and relationships.
The former Pennsylvania senator writes on his website:
“America is suffering from a pandemic of pornography. It contributes to misogyny and violence against women. It is a contributing factor to prostitution and sexMore >
There’s a strange twist to the death of Don Cornelius.
As previously reported, the Soul Train creator took his own life early this morning via a gunshot to the head, as his son discovered his body and called 911. But it’s another relative who will soon make news as a result of this tragedy.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, the music icon passed away with a pair of life insurance policies in his name – and because the suicide took place more than two years after he signed them, they cannot be challenged by California law and around $300,000 will be handed out to Don’s ex-wife,More >
Piers Morgan wears many hats: talk show host, America’s Got Talent judge, former Daily Mirror editor. But one thing the British celebrity swears he is not? A phone hacker.
Morgan was forced to defend himself today after Louise Mensch – a Conservative member of Parliament on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, who grilled Rupert Murdoch during that News Corp. chief’s hearing in London – accused bragging about his own history of breaking into voicemails.
Said Mensch: “[Morgan] said in his book ‘The Insider’ recently, and I quote, that that little trick of entering a standardMore >
Gwen Stefani is good people.
The singer has become the latest celebrity – following Sandra Bullock, Demi Lovato and others – to donate a large chunk of change to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
She has given $1 million to the Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.
Says the artist: “I’ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make aMore >
(HMG Celebrity News) -Whether he really is secretly gay or bisexual, or just a victim of the tabloids, it looks like Zac Efron is gonna be another one of those actors that is constantly dogged by rumors he is in the closet.
An eyewitness tells the National Enquirer (March 14, 2011 edition) (via Wesmirch and Boy Culture) that Zac was seen at an NBA party at the W Hotel last month openly showing his interest at some buff dude all night. Zac’s on-and-off-again girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens was also at the party but hung out with girlfriends while the Enquirer’s source claim Efron only had eyesMore >
In a break from its typical cover shots, Maxim has placed a gorgeous woman at the center of its latest issue, one wearing very little clothing.
The beauty in question is actress Olivia Munn, who stars on the new NBC sitcom Perfect Couples. She poses for the publication in a cleavage-baring top and skimpy underwear that pretty much resembles every other cover the magazine has ever ran.
But try telling that to Dan Gainor, the vice president of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center. He says of this image: “It’s disgusting. Maxim has moved their magazine from tawdry to full-onMore >