Look, anyone can wheel out the same old mildly risqué “controversial” Halloween costumes to make a splash at this year’s parties — but seriously, if you really want to make an impression (while avoiding being an utter, utter fuckwit), you need something contemporary. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for topical pop culture costumes that will genuinely terrify your friends. Watch everyone cower in terror — or, if they’re drunk, maybe pick a fight with you — as you emerge from the bathroom as any of this lot. You’re welcome! … Read More
We shall never be free of Paula Deen, it seems. The latest is that yesterday, a federal judge in Georgia dismissed certain parts of a lawsuit filed by a former employee of Paula Deen’s restaurant empire. The former employee, Lisa Jackson, exposed the infamous comments Deen made about wanting a “true southern plantation-style wedding” in her complaint. She further claimed that even as a white person, she’d “suffered from the racially discriminatory humiliation of her African-American staff.” The judge quite rightly suggested that although this was certainly a less than ideal situation for Ms. Jackson as a manager of said staff, she was at best “an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination.” … Read More
Was it Deen herself or some sort of social media acolyte who decided that this was a great idea?
At long last, Paula Deen has spoken out in response to the comments she made in a deposition that alluded to her cavalier use of racial slurs. Well, she’s spoken to a real-life human rather than a camera, and this time wasn’t able to self-edit her remarks for a YouTube apology. The celebrity cook, recently dropped from the Food Network, appeared on The Today Show this morning to chat with Matt Lauer after ditching her appearance last Friday. And what did we learn? That Paula Deen is sad and upset and feels real bad about all that happened. … Read More
When it comes to high-profile celebrity screw-ups, there’s an expected narrative for the public figures in question to follow. Somebody does something embarrassing for all to see, whether it’s using a racial slur or getting arrested or having an affair. Then he or she goes through the motions: holding a press conference, reading off a generic statement, and retreating for a few months, keeping quiet and biding one’s time, before attempting a comeback. But if the recent experiences of Serena Williams and Paula Deen are any indication, this narrative is falling apart — and it might be a good thing, for celebrities’ audiences if not celebrities themselves. … Read More
Despite promising an appearance and making it as far as her New York City hotel room last night, embattled celebrity… Read More