Anne Rice had some stuff to say about the terrible, terrible persecution of Paula Deen. Specifically, she worries if Deen is the victim of our "lynch mob" culture. ANNE. ANNE. THAT'S NOT A GOOD USE OF WORDS. That's the kind of word-using that I'd expect from someone who isn't an internationally famous professional writer. Actually, no, it's something that I'd expect a non-famous non-writer to erase immediately once they realized what they'd just written. Anne. Anne. Stop. This is not good. Do you have an old copy of Encarta lying around? Look up the history of the term "lynch mob." Then STOP.
What's happening with Paula Dean? Is it fair? I never heard of her until today, and wow, this looks like a crucifixion. Opinions, thoughts welcome. Thanks to Troy Hawkins for the link. I may be wrong but aren't we becoming something of a lynch mob culture? Is this a good example of that? What are your feelings?
I lived in the south where I was born, and it's almost impossible to describe to other people what really happens in cities like New Orleans and Atlanta. They just don't get it. But all over this country I've encountered contempt for white southerners, hatred of them, disgust for them....a blind prejudice against them that is racism in its own way. I'm frankly sick of it. This woman is just what you said. She's an old southern lady, and she never made these unwise remarks of hers to a black person. We have no evidence at all that she has ever personally insulted or injured any black employee or friend. These remarks were made off hand in private to a white person who has sued her and spread these remarks all over the world. It's all pretty damn ugly if you ask me. I feel sorry for Paula Deen.
It's so easy to persecute an older, overweight, unwise, crude, ignorant woman who may very well be a good person at heart who has achieved a great deal in her life. So easy to vilify her and hate her and try to destroy her life. Woe to anyone today who is not slender, young, clever and politically correct.
Anne. Anne. STOOOOOOOP. Maybe stick with the undead from now on. When it comes to the plight of the living, it appears your grasp is tenuous. [Facebook]
Did you know there's a Tupac musical in the works? There's a Tupac musical in the works.
A workshop of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” is currently under way in New York under the direction of Kenny Leon, who helmed the Broadway hits “Fences” and “The Mountaintop.” The new musical sets Shakur’s music to an original story and hopes to be ready for the 2013-2014 Broadway season.
Producers said Monday the musical is set in a Midwestern industrial city during present time and tells the story of two childhood friends “as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions.”
That is the Tupac musical that's in the works. [TheGrio]
Apparently there's photographic proof that Kim and Kanye named their little baby North West.
The birth certificate, obtained first by TMZ, indicates that the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, 32, and her rapper boyfriend, 36, welcomed their daughter on June 15 in L.A. Though many outlets were reporting that the baby would have the middle name Donda after West’s late mother, the birth certificate indicates no middle name.
- Oh, did Kate Gosselin do something racist and awful? Weird. [Radar]
- Miranda Kerr is a "submissive wife" because she's so dominant in her professional life. [TheFrisky]
- Jim Carrey says he's uncomfortable with the level of violence in Kick-Ass 2, in the wake of Sandy Hook. [MTV]
- George Lucas and Mellody Hobson got married! [NYDN]
- Al Sharpton defended Paula Deen, kind of. [HuffPo]
- Jodie Sweetin is getting divorced for the third time. A wife can only take so much wudeness. [E!]
- Scottie Pippen assaulted somebody maybe. [CNN]
- That guy who tightrope-walked across the Grand Canyon is like, "God did it." Whatever you say, dude. [TMZ]
- "I thought I was going to die a junkie," says Bling Ringer Alexis Neiers. [E!]
- This alleged rapist's last name is Rapis. :-| [Inquirer]
- Since he's had kind of a rough weekend, let's all take a moment to honor Aaron Carter. Oh, Aa-ron.