Michael Jacksons life showed us the journey from abused to abuser | Hadley Freeman

The maltreatment he suffered was devastating but not sexual. Did that help fans believe in his harmless, lost boy persona?, says Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman Jimmy Savile. Harvey Weinstein. R Kelly. Kevin Spacey. We are not exactly short these days of celebrities accused of exploiting their fame to mask predatory behaviour. Yet the Michael Jackson case is different. And thats not just because he is, still, so passionately defended by some including, most recently, Barbra Streisand and whose father notoriously physically abused him, grew up to become himself the most notorious abuser in modern music. Joe Jackson, who finally died last year, was part of a not exactly proud tradition of nightmarish fathers of celebrity families. His one competitor to …

On the Trail of the Robocall King

PART ONE Those posts did offer a few clues: The calls came over VoIP and seemed to be a classic bait and switch. If you were on the line, you’d hear a recorded female voice saying that you’d received TripAdvisor credits that could be redeemed for a vacation. The “credits” might be for $999 or $2,000—the amounts differed—but you’d be instructed to press 1 to take advantage of the incredible offer and then be transferred to a live operator. Neither the credits nor the name Trip­Advisor would be mentioned again. Instead, the operator would pitch an unrelated offer: a cruise, a resort, an all-inclusive stay at a beachfront hotel. Drawing from angry postings and tips on the TripAdvisor forums, Garvin …

A ‘Detox Tea’ Used An Eating Disorder Survivor’s Image. Here’s Her Response.

SkinnyMe Tea is an Australia-based “teatox” brand selling products that it claims will reduce bloat and promote weight loss, but that ultimately feed into the age-old idea that women are not good enough the way they are. laxatives, frequently calls out the brands and those who promote them and points out that a lot more goes into a celebrity’s often  SkinnyMe Tea faced Jamil’s fury last week when its Instagram account reposted a photo of The Chain, a nonprofit aimed at supporting women struggling with eating disorders in the fashion and entertainment industries. The brand captioned its repost “little self love does wonders.” The hypocrisy of a brand that essentially sells weight loss products claiming to promote self-love is not lost …

From Cardi B To Kylie, These Are The Dumbest Phrases Celebs Trademarked Betches

Over the last two years, Cardi B has truly transformed from a random person on Love & Hip-Hop to one of the biggest stars in the world. This week, it was announced that she’ll be making her film debut, but that’s not the only business move she has in the works. I have a feeling some new merch is coming in the near future, because Cardi B has officially trademarked “Okurr.” She’s making money moves. The official trademark designation is for “Clothing, namely, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, pants, shorts, jackets, footwear, headgear, namely, hats and caps, blouses, bodysuits, dresses, jumpsuits, leggings, skirts, sweaters, undergarments,” so we can definitely expect Cardi B to drop an OKURR clothing line any day now. This …

Cops Were Called To Kanye West’s Star-Studded Sunday Service Due To Noise Complaints! – Perez Hilton

According to reports, at least two LAPD officers were called to the rapper’s weekly spiritual retreat due to “noise complaints from neighbors.” Sources at the invite-only event on Sunday say that “celebrities started leaving” after the cops arrived. This week’s performance was no exception: Ye assembled a massive church choir to sing along as he performed his iconic song Jesus Walks. But Sunday’s event also saw the likes of Courtney Love, Tyler, the Creator, Katy Perry, and Orlando Bloom getting their pray on. Kanye directs his Sunday service choir while Tyler, the Creator watches from the grass. / (c) Kendall Jenner/Instagram Katy Kat attended the service wearing an all pink ensemble — not to mention her $5 million engagement ring …

‘It was like Woodstock’: inside the town hit by super bloom mania

An influx of visitors, eager for Instagram fodder, prompted Lake Elsinores mayor to shut down access to a flower-covered canyon The town of Lake Elsinore sits at the edge of a canyon newly bursting with color. Fields of poppies, lupins and other wildflowers spill across hillsides usually covered with brown, scrubby plants as though poured from a bucket of paint. In the last few weeks, large swaths of southern California have been transformed into a colorful canvas of flowers. This type of super bloom has happened before, but this year is especially intense an unusually wet winter following years of drought, combined with the aftermath of a brutal wildfire season, has set the stage for what many predicted has become …

‘When Im 16, my baby brother will take over’: the rise of the kidfluencer

Tekkerz kid, 10, gets stopped in the street by fans; The McClure twins, five, have 1.7 million Instagram followers. Whats life like as a tiny influencer? Ryan is seven years old and makes a reported $22m (16.8m) a year. His YouTube channel, Tiana, a bubbly 11-year-old toy reviewer from Nottingham (4.4 million subscribers) who has queues of children snaking through shopping centres for meet-and-greets during school holidays. There are hundreds getting more than 100,000 clicks a time, or with six-figure follower counts, such as Super Awesome. But every generation has that same obsessional, cult-like draw towards what is popular, just like the one that wanted to marry Backstreet Boys. Launching children on to platforms that were built for adults is …

Don’t worry, Lorraine Kelly isn’t being fake

“She may not like the guest she interviews, she may not like the food she eats, she may not like the film she viewed – but that is where the performance lies,” Judge Dean said in the ruling. So has Lorraine Kelly, a gold-standard national treasure, been fooling us all? Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Andrew H Walker’s series of portraits explored the idea of the multiple personas of celebrities like Elisabeth Moss “Lorraine’s value to ITV lies in the image that she’s created and her emotional appeal with audiences, and that brand value can easily be taken to other channels,” says Jeetendr Sehdev, celebrity branding expert and author of The Kim Kardashian Principle. “I think viewers are aware that …

Petition to revoke article 50 exceeds 1m signatures amid site crashes

Petition posted in February was getting 1,500 signatures a minute More than a million people have signed a plea for article 50 to be revoked. The list of names grew so rapidly on Thursday that the parliamentary petition website crashed several times. The criticised MPs for not approving her Brexit deal. When the site first crashed on Thursday the petition had received almost 600,000 signatures and was growing at a rate of 1,500 a minute. At about 9am a message appeared stating that the site was down for maintenance and asking users to please try again later. A House of Commons spokesperson told the Guardian: The petitions site is experiencing technical difficulties and we are working to get it running …

Spycams, sex abuse and scandal: #MeToo reaches Korean pop

A wave of sexual assault cases has swept South Korea but the lucrative K-pop industry remained relatively untouched. Two cases this month, though, have begun a reckoning For many South Koreans, the admission by a young man that he voyeurism epidemic especially in a week when two men were arrested for allegedly Seungri, a member of the internationally popular boyband Big Bang, have snowballed into overlapping sex and corruption scandals that have exposed K-pops dark underbelly and prompted a backlash among all but the most obsessive fans. Jung said he would retire from showbusiness and admitted that he had shared with members of a chatroom footage of him having sex with several women without their knowledge. Members of the chatroom …

I Draw Comics About My Life And The Struggles Of Being A Tall Girl (30 Pics)

I wanted to create some space in my life for something creative that had nothing to do with my work. By doing so, I realized I was telling the story of so many other women. Women, who, just like me, want and need to be reminded that it’s OK, fun and even special to be different and to own who they are. Thanks to them, I never lack inspiration… There’s always something new to tell! #1 A Tall Girl’s Life: Annoying Questions 12 reply View More Replies… #3 When My 6’3″ Cousin And I Are Together, Some People Feel Like It’s An Amazons Invasion 11 reply #5 A Tall Girl’s Life: Annoying Short Dudes 44 reply #7 A Tall Girl’s …

Why the ‘Mormon’ church changed its name. (It’s about revelation, not rebranding.)

(CNN)When the messages come during the dark of night, Russell M. Nelson reaches for his lighted pen and takes dictation from the Lord. “There’s no mistaking it, this is Moses in a business suit,” Flake said of the Mormon presidency, “someone who can lead people, write Scripture and talk to God.” The importance of prophecy dates back to the faith’s founder, Joseph Smith, who said God told him to restore the Christian church. According to some Mormons, Christian churches’ lack of openness to new revelations is partly to blame for their apostasies. Brigham Young, one of Smith’s successors, told Mormons that opening a channel of communication with God should be their “first and foremost duty.” They should seek divine counsel …

Pinterest files to go public. Its not-so-secret weapon: Moms

New York (CNN Business)For years, Pinterest received less media attention and less scrutiny than rivals like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Now the company may finally have a moment in the spotlight. In 2018, Pinterest posted revenue of $756 million, up from $473 million in the year prior. Like many tech companies going public, however, Pinterest is not yet profitable. The company lost $63 million in 2018, down from a net loss of $130 million in 2017. The company was founded in 2010 by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp and Paul Sciarra, the last of whom parted ways with the company early in its history. Over the years, Pinterest has tried to evolve from being a digital scrapbooking service to a visual …

In the Face of Danger, Were Turning to Surveillance

When school began in Lockport, New York, this past fall, the halls were lined not just with posters and lockers, but cameras. Over the summer, a brand new $4 million facial recognition system was installed by the school district in the town’s eight schools from elementary to high school. The system scans the faces of students as they roam the halls, looking for faces that have been uploaded and flagged as dangerous. "Any way that we can improve safety and security in schools is always money well spent," David Lowry, president of the Lockport Education Association, told the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. Two months before those students filed into their schools in Lockport, Taylor Swift performed a concert at the …

Purr evil: cats with hidden agendas ranked!

As Goose the Cat has stolen the show in Captain Marvel, we pick 10 fiendish felines from past films 10. Orion in Men in Black (1997) Orion is a ginger-and-white puss who sees his beloved can-opener, an elderly Manhattan jeweller called Rosenburg, being murdered by a giant cockroach-like alien called Edgar, and refuses to leave the old mans corpse. The cats loyalty to the dead man is genuinely moving in a sci-fi comedy that otherwise opts for flippancy. But Rosenburg had a secret and so does his cat. SPOILER! Hanging from the collar around Orions neck is a bauble that turns out to contain the missing galaxy for which everyone in the film has been searching. Orion, from Men in …