Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Anthony Weiner Photos | Anthony Weiner Infor | Anthony Weiner Bio | Anthony Weiner | Anthony Weiner Images
Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner has hired an attorney to investigate the hacking of his Twitter account after a lewd photo was sent to one of his followers, his office said on Tuesday."Look, this is a prank, not a terribly creative one and it's a distraction," Weiner said on NY1 TV.
His office confirmed to Reuters that the New York congressman, who has a high profile as an advocate of liberal causes, has hired an attorney to advise him on whether or not he could press criminal charges as a result of the alleged hack of his Twitter account.
Weiner said his account was hacked when a lewd photo of a man in bulging boxer briefs was tweeted to a 21-year-old female college student in Washington state over the weekend.
The posting was quickly deleted and Weiner made light of the incident on his Twitter page.
"More Weiner Jokes for all my guests!" he tweeted with the hashtag "Hacked!"
Americans don't seem bothered enough by the country's growing wealth divide to do much about it, according to a recent Harvard Business School survey. In part, that's probably because they vastly underestimate the gap, believing the top 20 per cent own 59 per cent of the nation's wealth when they actually own 84 per cent.But there's another, less obvious reason for our passivity — the hope and glory pushed by an all-pervasive news, gossip and star-driven celebrity culture.
The core of the American dream teaches us that the formula for achieving wealth involves hard work, determination and luck. Celebrities, and the coverage of them, seem to provide visible proof of this message every day: If it can happen to [Canadian] Justin Bieber, it can happen to me. So why change the system?
Just last week, in an obituary in the Los Angeles Times, the story was retailed again. Mary Murphy, who played the sweet small-town girl opposite Marlon Brando in "The Wild Ones," was "a package wrapper at Saks Fifth Avenue on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills when she was discovered at a nearby coffee shop by a talent scout."
The narrative persists like "once upon a time." Stories about contemporary celebrities — in fan magazines like Us Weekly and on star-driven websites like E Online — typically highlight how much stars were like us before making it big. We see their embarrassing high school pictures and read about their small hometowns, relationships, babies, body fat, marriages and divorces.
Oprah Winfrey is at least as famous for her rise from rural Mississippi to billionaire media mogul as she is for her "Live your best life" message. Teen sensation Bieber personifies overnight success — from YouTube video to a recording deal and platinum album. The very title of his remix album and biopic, "Never Say Never," echoes the American dream of limitless opportunities for anyone who refuses to give up.
The rise of the Internet and reality TV, which has made fame and fortune seem ever more accessible, has further strengthened the illusion that our class system is wide open. That Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of "Jersey Shore" fame can command $32,000 for a Rutgers University appearance — $2,000 more than Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Toni Morrison received to deliver the university's commencement speech — is not just a commentary on the value we place on celebrity. It also reaffirms the possibility of social mobility for those with few skills.
The "has beens" who unwittingly star in these morality tales shore up a convenient notion of the American dream: that downward mobility — even during economic hard times — is about individual character traits rather than the social system or catastrophic societal and industrial changes.
Country cutie LeAnn Rimes is becoming an expert at getting a rise out of her 130,000+ Twitter followers.
On March 29, the seriously thin singer, who is currently on her honeymoon in Mexico with Eddie Cibrian,tweeted a series of provocative photos of herself in a blue string bikini, with her ribs clearly visible and hip bones protruding.
Naturally, her legion of Twitter followers chimed in, concerned about shrinking figure, including @AJPatterson1987 who tweeted, “Whoa, you’re scary skinny! Sorry don’t mean to offend but that’s a lot of bones showing through skin…”
Rimes defensively tweeted back: “Those are called abs not bones love,” adding after the fan once again voiced her concern, “Thx but this is my body and I can promise you I’m a healthy girl. I’m just lean. Thx for your concern but no need to be.”
Later, @AJPatterson1987 tweeted to another fan, “Love her and all but I agree, that’s not a good image to project & she’s in severe denial if she thinks that’s muscle!”
This isn’t the first time Rimes has caused alarm by posting bikini shots.
It was already generally accepted that the two operating system were going to debut next week, but it’s rather strange that Apple would take to the wires with a pre-announcement. Please correct me if I’m wrong, save a teaser image showcasing a roman numeral and a large feline, the company hasn’t done this in recent history. The presser is after the break but it’s more of an advert for the developer’s conference. This pre-announcement either means Apple doesn’t have that much to show, or, hopefully, there’s so much that the company had to announce some ahead of time to make room in Steve’s keynote.
If you woke up to the news that Will Smith died Tuesday morning, you aren't alone. Word on the web is that the actor fell off a cliff while in New Zealand filming Men in Black III.
Yet as quickly as Twitter users can gasp, "Will Smith died?!?" reports are surfacing that the 42-year-old is still alive and kicking. NZ Herald reports, "Actor Will Smith last night became the latest celebrity to not fall to his death near the Kauri Cliffs resort in Northland. Internet hoaxes have plagued the five-star resort, located 17 km north of Kerikeri."
They continue, "In 2006, Tom Hanks didn't die there, while two years later, Tom Cruise didn't meet a similar fate. The fictitious curse also ensnared Jeff Goldblum and Orlando Bloom."
While we're happy to put the Will Smith died rumors to rest, we can confirm the Sean Kingston accident reports are terribly accurate.
As we reported on Sunday, Sean Kingston crashed his jet ski into a bridge over the holiday weekend. The Beautiful Girlssinger and a female companion were rescued from the water and taken to the hospital.
The cameos were in full effect on “Single Ladies,” an original two-hour movie turned TV series. First it was Eve. Then TLC’s Chilli stopped by. Then Common played a Mayor while Jermaine Dupri and the “Real Housewives” Kandi Burrusspartied in the background.
Related: 'Single Ladies' - Another 'Girlfriends' in the making?
Music even found its way into the character’s backgrounds, as LisaRaye plays a former video vixen.
So, it wasn’t really surprising that the “Single Ladies” premiere began with our three female protagonists having a music-related debate with the three men in their lives. Dash’s Val, LisaRaye’s Keisha, and Shea’s brotha-loving April argue over the merit of sexual songs and artists.
“Marvin Gaye is acceptable nasty,” says Val. “R. Kelly?”
“Just nasty!” says all three women in unison.
The music references continued, with Val giving her boyfriend of five years an ultimatum.
“If you like it, put a ring on it. If not, let’s stop wasting each other’s time,” demands Val.
And just like that, we have our first official single lady. Cue the Beyonce music.
“Single Ladies” features a huge cast of black actors, but the show plays less like “Sex and the City,” “Girlfriends,” or even Showtime’s “Soul Food,” and more like a scripted series of “Basketball Wives.” And while “Basketball Wives” is fun to watch (okay, check that, extremely fun to watch), you’d be hard-pressed to admit that the women of the series are likeable. You tune in every week to see who will pull someone else’s weave outta their head the fastest, not because you have an affinity for the “characters” or a vested interest in their lives.
Related: 'Basketball Wives' - More fights, more drama, more fun
That’s kind of how I felt when watching “Single Ladies.” Fun in a tawdry, melodramatic way? Yeah. A must-see series with likeable characters? Not really.
One thing that “Basketball Wives” does have? Chemistry. Whether it’s the friendship between Shaunie O’Nealand Jennifer Williams, or the genuine hate between Evelyn Lozada and Tami Roman, the passion is palpable.
“Single Ladies” feels like a first day rehearsal that happened to be caught on camera. There’s no genuine sense that Val, who has opened up her own boutique, has much in common with Keisha or April outside of their love for the lavish lifestyle.