Lil Kim has given us iconic bars and looks over the years. But right now, she’s giving us a good laugh (though I don’t think that was her intention). The Queen Bee of rap has become a viral sensation after attempting to do some of today’s hottest dance crazes.
While performing at Funk Fest in Atlanta on Saturday (May 19), Kim wanted to join her backup dancers and show off her own moves. The femcee did BlocBoy JB’s “Shoot” dance and the Milly Rock and looked a whole entire mess in the process.
See for yourself below:
TF YOU DOIN GIRL? @LilKim ? pic.twitter.com/TwO3fedgul
— SaltyMusicStan x2 (@SaltyMusicStan) May 20, 2018
Though the Funk Fest crowd got hyped with Kim, the internet had other thoughts of Kim’s struggle dance break. All in fun, Twitter clowned her meme-worthy moves and the video clip offered a collective laugh.
Mannnnnnn I would pay top dollar to watch Lil Kim vs Mary J Blige in a dance off ????????????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/4AoCXlRez1
— Rob Rich (@1FranklinSaint) May 20, 2018
I want the King Kong part of chun li put on this video pic.twitter.com/F5pbrKjFsr
— SaltyMusicStan x2 (@SaltyMusicStan) May 20, 2018
Lil Kim dances like that single drunk aunty that wants to stay “cool” and “hip” at the family parties and asks the kids to teach her the new moves that are out now.
— jessbellorivera (@jessbellorivera) May 22, 2018
Who would’ve ever thought that Lil Kim would go on to be a hot ass mess.. https://t.co/ngX0h4HNpT
— Cymone (@PhattiLabelle) May 20, 2018
Her backup up dancers don’t get paid enough for this mess pic.twitter.com/YGvxOqsq2x
— Black Barbie? (@harajukuelite) May 20, 2018
Leave the shoot dance to the kids Lil kim lol bless her heart
— Josh (@IceburghSlimm) May 22, 2018
At least the chile feel good about herself… pic.twitter.com/YmzZdzmVqZ
— Zay (@HippieGod__) May 21, 2018
lil kim doing the shoot dance ? pic.twitter.com/5jLRb27DrH
— Kenny (@phillycustoms) May 20, 2018
just saw lil kim attempting to milly rock and do that bloc boy j dance…i laughed really hard..she still the goat doe.
— ???? (@MoRuf88) May 22, 2018
Lil Kim dance like a toddler ?
— Queen of The North (@PozeKoW_) May 22, 2018
— @DuRagModel (@highclasscoon) May 21, 2018
Then Lil Kim gone be like….hold my beer pic.twitter.com/jwIo1t960i
— Rob Rich (@1FranklinSaint) May 20, 2018
i never feel bad about my dancing after watching Lil Kim dance.
— sonia?? (@soniaaisabel) May 22, 2018
Mary gone be like…. pic.twitter.com/zvN0uVwjzd
— Rob Rich (@1FranklinSaint) May 20, 2018
Watching lil Kim dance has just made my day I was on sum weak mad shit
— sir Woodz? (@sunnywoodz) May 21, 2018
Lil Kim’s dance moves previously caught social media attention back in December. Her iconic shimmy was called a “geriatric dance” and some compared her dancing to a defensive move basketball players do on the court.
She went Matthew Dellavedova locking down Steph Curry in the finals on em pic.twitter.com/pLvusWOBdt
DISGRACED sitcom start Roseanne Barr has been spotted out in public for the first time since her racist outburst on Twitter about a former aide to President Barack Obama.
She has now been spotted out and about in her native Utah, The Sun reports.
The 65-year-old was spotted in casual clothes and puffing on a cigarette while engaged in a phone conversation on Thursday.
The news comes after Barr revealed she “begged” ABC executives to keep her show on air before the network swiftly axed the hit sitcom.
She wrote in a tweet on Thursday about her meeting with her boss Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group that she begged him to save people’s jobs.
Barr said: “I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologise & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show.
“I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity 4 them 4 free for weeks, travelling, thru bronchitis. I begged 4 ppls jobs.”
Barr was fired after she sent a series of racist tweets on Tuesday about Valerie Jarrett, once an aide to Barack Obama.
In a response to a comment about Jarrett, Barr had compared the aide to “Planet of the Apes” and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Barr then made the situation worse and re-tweeted dozens of racist memes despite trying to apologise for her vile outburst about Jarrett by claiming “I thought she was white”.
Barr had tried to blame on the sleeping tablets Ambien.
Barr’s now-deleted tweet read: “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
But in a later post by Roseanne said: “I mistakenly thought she [Jarrett] was white. I honestly thought she was Jewish and Persian”.
She also re-tweeted a large number of racist comments that attempted to defend her comments including one which tried to justify Barr’s comparison of Jarrett to an ape.
Another questioned why some people thought it was acceptable to compare US President Donald Trump to an ape but not Jarrett.
During her latest outburst, the 65-year-old also managed to take pot shots at some of her co-stars.
Sara Gilbert, who played her on-screen daughter, had tweeted: “Roseanne’s recent comments … and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.
“I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.”
Barr replied simply: “Wow! unreal.”
She also took aim at Michael Fishman, who has played her on-screen son since the show’s start in 1988.
Fishman wrote: “Today is one of the hardest days of my life. I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience who welcomed us into their homes.
“Our cast, crew, writers, and production staff strives for inclusiveness, with numerous storylines designed to reflect inclusiveness.”
Barr took exception to that and replied: “I created the platform for that inclusivity and you know it. ME. You throw me under the bus. Nice!”
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey — whose channel was due to air the new show — distanced himself from Barr’s comments and cancelled the show after just one month on air.
Jarrett, who is an African-American born in Iran, had advised Barack and Michelle Obama.
She appeared to implicate President Donald Trump over Barr’s tweets, telling MSNBC that “tone does start at the top”.
She said: “We like to look up to our president and feel as though he reflects the values of our country, but I also think every individual citizen has a responsibility, too.
“And it’s up to all of us to push back. Our government is only going to be as good as we make it.”
Roseanne also tweeted to Jarrett to apologise.
She said: “I apologise to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans.
“I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks.
“I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.”
Barr has also been dropped by her agency ICM Partners, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
When a Twitter user told Barr her tweet was offensive and racist, Barr responded by writing: “Muslims r NOT a race.”
Shortly after, Barr repeated her stance, tweeting: “ISLAM is not a RACE, lefties. Islam includes EVERY RACE of people.”
The rebooted sitcom premiered in April garnering high ratings, attracting over 18 million viewers.
It was particularly popular among many conservative viewers because Barr’s character expressed support for Trump. The revival dealt with politics, topical issues such as opioid addiction ravaging American communities, and access to healthcare, and features Roseanne’s grown-up daughter Darlene whose young son is gender fluid.
Roseanne had been the latest hit show from the 1980s and 1990s to be revived.
It followed NBC comedy Will & Grace and Showtime’s supernatural crime drama Twin Peaks, both of which returned to television in 2017.
This article first appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.
Originally published as Dishevelled Roseanne’s first public sighting
Even though the season’s been over for over one month, get ready for NeNe vs. Kim round 752.
Real Housewives of Atlanta stars NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak-Biermann refuse to let their longtime feud go and have each taken to social media to rehash season 10 of the Bravo series and their reunion showdown.
NeNe writes that Kim deserved to be called out for her RHOA season 10 behavior, while Kim alleges that NeNe attempted to kick her during the reunion taping.
The social media barbs come days after Andy Cohen told radio host Jenny McCarthy that he believes Kim was “ganged up” on by the other housewives at the reunion and felt he should have done more to control the situation.
Cohen said on The Jenny McCarthy Show:
“Atlanta this season, I had a really rough time with the last chunk of that when Kim was on because it got very… I hate a five against one situation. It is a gang up and the problem is that Kim was not … It’s less problematic when the person is good at taking up for themselves and Kim was not having an easy time with her words … No one was listening to me and I really did not have control of the room and I wish that I had walked off.”
NeNe responded to Cohen’s comments on Monday after several fans sent the video to her. “If Kim was [ganged] up on, she deserved it!” she wrote on Twitter. “That’s what happens when u talk reckless abt EVERYBODY!”
Kim shared her own thoughts after a fan tweeted they were shocked that Cohen now feels the ladies ganged up on Kim even though he called her out at the reunion said she had been “negative all season.”
Once again Kim blames editing and says she had “positive moments” this season and the audience didn’t get to see how rude the women were to her during filming and at the reunion, including when NeNe allegedly tried to kick her.
“Sweetie you didn’t see an 1/4 of what happened this season or an 1/8 of reunion…the reunion was disgusting! Nene trying to kick me, girls making fun of my children, mocking my … Husband, I do not pick on people’s children, husbands!”
Sweetie you didn’t see an 1/4 of what happened this season or an 1/8 of reunion! I had positive moments Irregardless Im comfortable w/ who I am and what I stand for it’s television! The reunion was disgusting! Nene trying to kick me, girls making fun of my children, mocking my https://t.co/NSbpqLXUAX
— Kim ZolciakBiermann (@Kimzolciak) May 21, 2018
Husband, I do not pick on people’s children, husbands! You are clueless human being! Sending love and light
— Kim ZolciakBiermann (@Kimzolciak) May 21, 2018
The major conflict between NeNe and Kim during season 10 began after Kim claimed NeNe had roaches in her house based on a video Kim’s daughter, Brielle Biermann, recorded. NeNe and several of the housewives believed the accusation had a racist subtext.
NeNe also accused Kim of holding on to the video and a photo of NeNe’s car parked in handicap parking spot in order to use them against her at some point during the season.
NeNe Leakes is expected to return to Real Housewives of Atlanta for season 11. However, Kim Zolciak was not asked back and it’s being reported she never wants to make another appearance again due to her season 10 portrayal.
IF YOU thought we’d already hit peak royal mania, just wait until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Australia later this year.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will head to Sydney in October for Harry’s Invictus Games, an event which he founded as an Olympics for wounded, injured or ill armed service personnel and veterans.
Prince Harry has been to Australia a few times already — most recently a two-day flying trip last June to launch “Team Invictus Australia 2018” — but this will be the former Suits star’s inaugural visit.
And it’s clear she’s looking forward to it.
During the couple’s visit to the UK team’s training camp earlier this year, Meghan reportedly gushed to one of the war veterans about their upcoming trip.
“We talked a lot about Canada last year and how hot it had been for that time of year and how impressed she was at the level of competition,” Michael Mellon told People. “She told me that she had never been to Australia, but was going to this year’s event and was really looking forward to being there with Harry.”
Given that there’s no official word yet on what else they’ll be doing while they’re here, your best bet at catching a glimpse of the glamorous royal pair is at the Invictus Games.
No guarantees of where and when they’ll turn up — but it’s set to be a sensational event either way.
A selection of tickets are already on sale for the Games, which will be held from 20-27 October.
According to British media reports, Meghan’s former Suits co-star Gabriel Macht and his Australian wife — who both attended the royal wedding earlier this month — have also invited the couple to stay at their home in Queensland either before or after the event.
Their stunning $880,000 property is located in the beachside town of Noosa.
A source told The Sunday Mirror : “Harry and Meghan have a window free and Gabriel and his wife have invited them to their beautiful Queenslander-style house.
“It’s an incredible place and will be perfect for them to chill out before they go on to what is likely to be a fairly non-stop tour.”
Wherever they decide to visit, Harry and Meghan will be able to get plenty of Australian travel tips from other members of his family.
PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON
There’s no doubt Harry and Meghan will draw a crowd when they land here. When his brother and Kate Middleton brought a nine-month-old Prince George to Australia in April 2014, hundreds greeted them wherever they went.
Kate and William’s royal tour
During their whirlwind 10-day tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge packed in plenty of sightseeing, as well as attending to their official duties in Canberra.
William and Kate hit some of the country’s most famous tourist attractions, including Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, and Uluru in the Northern Territory.
And look, while the whole trip may have been touted as the William and Kate show, Prince George was undeniably the star.
I rest my case.
PRINCE CHARLES AND DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES
Prince Charles and Diana made three visits to Australia together during their marriage. The Prince of Wales first brought his new bride and their son Prince William in 1983, flying into Alice Springs for an official visit.
It marked a turning point in the royal family’s interactions with Australia. As historian Aaron Paul told the ABC, Diana’s informal approach to the tour marked a 180-flip from the Queen’s visit in 1954, when “she was very much at arm’s length”.
The couple returned in late 1985 to mark the 150th anniversary of the state of Victoria, and famously attended the Melbourne Cup.
Three years later, Charles and Diana turned up again — in what would be their last time in Australia as a couple — to take part in the bicentenary celebrations.
PRINCE CHARLES AND CAMILLA
Charles and his second wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles have also made three visits to Australia (so far) during their marriage.
They first toured for six days in 2012 in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, spending time in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and the ACT.
In 2015, Charles celebrated his 67th birthday in Australia with Camilla, taking in the sights of Adelaide, Tanunda, Canberra, Sydney, Albany and Perth.
Most recently, the couple attended the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
While they were here, they attracted plenty of attention touring famous Queensland attractions including Bundaberg Rum Distillery and the Great Barrier Reef — but it was Camilla’s apparent boredom at the Games’ Opening Ceremony which made the most headlines.
The Duchess of Cornwall was sprung by Channel 7 cameras appearing to read a program instead of paying attention to the ceremony, prompting Buckingham Palace to go into damage control.
“The Prince and The Duchess thoroughly enjoyed the opening ceremony,” a Clarence House statement said.
“They found it entertaining and moving particularly the indigenous musical performances and the smoking ceremony.”
Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin said if Camilla came across as bored, it was “not true”.
“She did full duty right through and the only time she got a break was when she sat in the car from Brisbane down to here,’’ she said.
“Then she got 20 minutes to change before she went to another reception. When you’re back to back like that, coming off a long-haul flight … and she literally hates flying. She really wanted to go to sleep.”
QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND PRINCE PHILIP
Queen Elizabeth II has been to Australia 16 times over the years — beginning from 1954, when she became the first reigning monarch to set foot on Australian soil.
In 2011, the Queen and Prince Philip made what was considered to be her “final trip” here, given her age and the long distance from the UK.
The couple met with then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a reception held in her honour in Canberra, during which the Queen praised Australians for their bravery after a horror “summer of national disasters”.
“We were all inspired by the courage and resolution shown by those affected in the face of crippling desolation,” she said in her speech.
Originally published as How you can meet Harry and Megan
Amid reports that Kenya Moore and Sheree Whitfield have lost their Real Housewives of Atlanta peaches comes news that a friend of the show has officially snagged a peach of her own, and you may (or may not) be able to guess who it is.
Is it longtime “friend” Marlo Hampton? Or what about new “friend” Shamea Morton?
According to The Jasmine Brand, it’s neither one of the two aforementioned RHOA friends. It’s …
Yes, you read that right, Eva Marcille will be an official peach-holding cast member for the upcoming 11th season of Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Last season, Eva was a friend to the show and was introduced to the RHOA group via NeNe Leakes.
Sources tell us that it’s likely her storyline for the upcoming season will revolve around her being a new mom again (she and fiancee Michael Sterling welcomed a baby boy last month).
We’re also told it’s highly likely that viewers will watch her prepare to walk down the aisle with Michael.
Eva and Atlanta-based attorney Michael Sterling became engaged back in December 2017, and their son, Michael Sterling Jr., was born on April 13, 2018.
Eva also has a daughter named Marley (born January 2014) from her previous relationship with singer-songwriter Kevin McCall. Eva and Kevin broke up in 2014 and Marcille has stated that she has sole custody of their daughter.
Of course, Eva isn’t new to the world of reality TV. In addition to her appearances on RHOA Season 10, she was a cast member on Oxygen’s reality show Girlfriend Confidential: LA, and in 2017, she competed in the inaugural season of VH1’s Scared Famous. She was also a co-star on BET’s About the Business.
As an actress, Eva has also appeared on shows like The Young and the Restless, Smallville, Let’s Stay Together, House of Payne and BET’s The Real Husbands of Hollywood. She also has a few movie credits under her belt—2006’s “Crossover” and 2007’s “I Think I Love My Wife.”
Eva Marcille started her Hollywood career at the age of 19 by winning the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model in 2004.
SOME didn’t know they had children, others didn’t want to admit it.
Here are 10 celebrities who have at least one thing in common, secret children.
After Drake was called out by Pusha T on a new diss track for allegedly having a secret child with a porn star, questions about the baby once again began to swirl. Despite doubts about paternity, TMZ claims Drake has been financially supporting the woman, Sophie Brussaux, and the boy, Adonis. When Brussaux initially claimed last year that Drake was the father, his rep countered: “This woman has a very questionable background … She’s one of many women. If it is in fact Drake’s child, which he does not believe, he would do the right thing by the child.”
Chris Brown now totes his daughter, Royalty, around on red carpets. It was a different story in 2015 when it came out that he had fathered a child with ex-model Nia Guzman. The news came out a full nine months after the baby was born … and while he was still dating Karrueche Tran.
Simon Cowell had to be hush-hush about his son Eric because the mother of his child, Lauren Silverman, was still married to one of his good friends when she got pregnant. Lauren and her then-husband, Andrew Silverman, ended up divorcing, and she has been with Cowell ever since.
Gavin Rossdale thought he was Daisy Lowe’s godfather until she was a teenager. It was then revealed he was actually her biological father. The news came out during his marriage to Gwen Stefani.
Chuck Norris didn’t meet his daughter Dina until she was 26 years old.
Though they’ve had a consistent relationship for years now, Liv Tyler didn’t know Steven Tyler was her dad until she was 11 years old.
Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a son with a woman who was part of his house staff. The news brought on a divorce from his wife, Maria Shriver, who he was married to at the time of the pregnancy. His son, Joseph Baena, is now 20 years old and continues a relationship with his dad.
Hugh Grant went from a responsibility-free bachelor to a father of four in just four years — and news of baby No. 3 didn’t come out until a year after the birth. His first child, daughter Tabitha, was born to Grant and now-ex Tinglan Hong in 2011. The next year, he had a child with TV presenter Anna Eberstein, but then got back together with Hong and had a son. Finally, he got back together with Eberstein and had another child in 2015. Fast-forward to March 2018 and Grant and Eberstein welcomed another baby (his fifth). They reportedly tied the knot in May.
Tom Jones’ affair with model Katherine Berkery led to a son the singer denied was his. A paternity test proved otherwise, but Jones still remains estranged from son Jonathan Berkery.
50 Cent didn’t publicly acknowledge is son Sire until TMZ outed him when they found court documents claiming he was the father. He later revealed that he had a secret third son named Davian, though he later said the boy wasn’t actually his child but rather a fan he treats like a son.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.
Originally published as Celebrities with secret children
The man who went viral last week for “quitting” his “job” at Popeyes by hilariously singing the lyrics “I don’t really wanna work here no more” admits that the whole thing was fake.
Armed with a portable mic and speakers, a man walked into a Popeyes restaurant last week and announced his “resignation” with a catchy song.
“So I got an announcement… I’m quitting my job today,” he said before breaking out into song. “I don’t really want to work here no more,” the man melodically sang over the beat while customers chuckled and whipped out their phones to record the moment. “I quit!” he yelled after singing and rapping for nearly two straight minutes.
The clip, which was originally uploaded to Facebook and YouTube last Tuesday (May 15) and posted on Twitter the following day, became an instant viral hit. As of today, on Facebook, it has so far racked up more than 3 million views and 53,000 shares. And on Twitter, it has been watched over 5 million times, with over 145,000 retweets and 300,000 likes.
According to the man in the video—Cedrick Workuff from Kansas City, Missouri—he never really worked at Popeyes in the first place. He said he and his cousin Marco Summers (the man behind the camera) just wanted to spread a little positivity and bring some humor into folks’ lives with the viral clip.
“It’s something me and Marco wanted to put in the works,” Workuff told KSHB. “It wasn’t planned. It was all improvised. Only the idea was planned.”
Summers said that other videos he’s made have been picked up by celebrities and TV shows like Right This Minute. He said his inspiration comes from his own experiences.
“I’ve been through most of the stories I talk about. Instead of letting them damage me, I make them something funny,” Summers said. “It’s opening a door for people to laugh at situations like that.”
Cedrick and Marco hope to turn their stories into a TV show one day.
“If we don’t make people smile, we failed,” Summers said. “Our main missing is to bring back peace and love through laughter,” said Workuff.
Although it’s slightly disappointing that he didn’t actually quit by reworking one of the hottest tracks of 1998, but it still takes guts to go into a random Popeye’s, break into song ,and then theatrically throw your apron on the floor. There were apparently no hard feelings: Shortly afterward, Workcuff posted a picture of a box of Popeye’s chicken on Facebook. “Still had to get some anyway lol,” he wrote.
While it’s a bit disappointing to find out that he didn’t actually quit his job by remixing one of the hottest tracks of the 90’s—Big Pun and Joe’s “Still Not A Player“—it takes guts to waltz into a random Popeyes and break into song.
And, apparently, there are no hard feelings between him and the restaurant. Not too long after filming his viral clip, Workuff posted a photo of a box of Popeyes chicken on Facebook. “Still had to get some anyway lol,” he wrote.
Also, according to a more recent post, Cedric says he was signed by Gucci Mane’s 1017 Bricksquad label, though we’re inclined to believe this is also a joke too, considering he never worked at Popeyes.
WHEN ABC president Channing Dungey axed the reboot of the hit ’90s TV show Roseanne this week after a horribly racist tweet by co-writer and star of the show, Roseanne Barr, the sounds of applause could be heard all over the world. Finally, a clear message was being sent to pro-Trump-Roseanne-Barr types that this kind of conservatism was not to be tolerated.
But it is tolerated. Because Americans voted for a president who is just that, and he continually spews his vitriol all over policy that further segregates our world. He is conservative and he is not going to change. The problem is that he’s here now, and nobody can really stop him. So there’s a lot of rage about that, and I feel that that rage has been aimed squarely at the next in line: Roseanne.
It seems if you think Roseanne should have stayed on air you are a pro-Trump conservative, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have experienced a lot of racism in my life being born to migrant parents in Australia. I have been discriminated against. And in my experience, the only way to make change is to have conversations, not slam doors.
The reboot, which first aired on March 27, had a whopping 18.2 million viewers. But what’s more important than these ratings is that she had a huge pro-Trump following. Roseanne had the ability to hold the attention and to communicate with that audience, to create stories and art that spoke directly to that audience, and that is such a powerful tool — maybe even a weapon — to be used to shift the conservatism that seems to be gripping our world. There is no denying that art has the power to do that.
For example, in episode one of the reboot, it is revealed that Roseanne and her sister Jackie haven’t spoken for a year because of their political differences, and we get a glimpse into the thinking of a Trump supporter (Roseanne) which I found fascinating. Or in episode two Dan voices his concern for his grandson choosing to dress in glittery skirts and tries to convince his daughter Darlene not to allow it. But by the end of the episode he concedes. While to me, this is a no-brainer — the grandson should be allowed to dress however he likes — to a conservative who is listening (many of them only listen to the extremists they idolise) this is slow and steady change in the making.
I am no Trump supporter. I do not think celebrities should be running a country and I believe his Twitter feed to be abhorrent, littered with sexism and racism. But the facts are the facts. He is the President of the United States. The facts are he has a huge following that reaches every corner of the globe. It saddens me to say this — we truly live in dark times.
Now it seems that ABC is scrambling, trying to come up with ideas on how to keep the show alive without Roseanne Barr, without the “bad girl” who did a bad thing that needs to be taught a lesson. And that’s great, there’s a lot of brilliant talent working on the show. But without Roseanne we are just preaching to the converted. In my view, a better alternative would have been to have Roseanne address her racism within the show and have her concede. It would have been brilliant TV to watch and the show could have been able to make a real difference.
The thing is, Roseanne has a long history of being loud and outspoken and inappropriate. ABC knew this when it made the reboot — so why make the show in the first place? With the decision to axe the show, it seems there was some line that maybe Roseanne wasn’t aware of. She had been known to make openly racist comments in the past. Therefore, in a way, this was bound to happen. She would have crossed the line in some other way. Unfortunately for Roseanne, I’m not sure she was made aware of where the line was, because if her President is being openly racist, and she is governed by a society that is so, and she has a history of speaking without thinking, and she was given a show based on who she is, why would she think she should act any different than her loudmouth self?
And one has to also point out, that Roseanne is a comedian. And there has always been this attitude of you can get away with anything in the name of comedy or satire. I remember watching Louis CK in his stand-up and his TV show and thinking, you’ve crossed the line. Yet he was praised and only had his show canned because he was accused of sexual harassment. Roseanne has not broken any laws.
It seems that we hold very high expectations of women to be “good girls” but men can often get away with whatever they like. One has to wonder, if she were not a Trump supporter, and she was being racist, and she was a man, would she have had this kind of treatment?
Koraly Dimitriadis is a freelance opinion writer and the author of Love and F**k Poems. www.koralydimitriadis.com. Twitter: @koralyd
Originally published as Why ABC was wrong to cancel Roseanne
You can’t keep a bad bitch down too long, and when you’re the “baddest bitch,” that sentiment definitely rings even truer.
Fans of Joseline Hernandez will be glad to know that the Puerto Rican Princess will be making her big return to reality TV any day now, as she has recently signed a deal with WE TV for her new reality series Joseline Takes Miami.
As fans of Hernandez know, she quit Love & Hip Hop Atlanta last year after a “disagreement” between herself and producers of the popular VH1 show. And earlier this year, reports emerged stating that she was preparing to pitch her own show to networks, which would see her take on the city of Miami.
Now, months later, new reports have surfaced, confirming that Joseline is partnering with WE TV for the show, which we hear is executive produced by former RHOA producer Carlos King, who has also done production work for LHHATL, Gucci Mane and Keyshia Kaoir’s Mane Event BET series, as well as his own show, Hollywood Divas.
According to reports, Joseline Takes Miami will follow Joseline’s journey as a single mother raising her adorable daughter Bonnie Bella in Miami. The show will also display Joseline’s sexy tropical lifestyle and put a huge spotlight on her brand new music featuring a “talented array of hot Latin artists,” Hip Hollywood reported.
It remains to be seen whether or not Joseline’s ex-boyfriend and baby daddy Stevie J will appear on the show. But the two are now in a peaceful co-parenting relationship, as they have finally settled their child custody war and were recently spotted at Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall shopping with their 16-month-old daughter.
Joseline also shared the following photos to her IG account proving that she and Steebie are on good terms.
So if Steebie’s LHHATL contract allows it, we wouldn’t be surprised if he made a few cameos on Joseline’s show.
With LHHATL suffering falling ratings, likely due to Joseline’s departure, it definitely makes sense for WE TV to pick up those viewers for Joseline’s show.
Joseline Takes Miami doesn’t have a premiere date, and we don’t even know if it’s in production just yet, but we expect WE TV to make some sort of announcement about the show pretty soon, possibly as early as summer/fall.
ROSEANNE Barr “begged” ABC for a second chance before the network cancelled her sitcom over a racist tweet.
In her latest Twitter frenzy the comedian claimed she told ABC that she was “willing to do anything” in order to save cast and crew’s jobs.
On Tuesday, Barr’s sitcom Roseanne was cancelled by ABC after she compared Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to an ape on Twitter.
I begged Ben Sherwood at ABC 2 let me apologize & make amends. I begged them not to cancel the show. I told them I was willing to do anything & asked 4 help in making things right. I’d worked doing publicity4 them 4free for weeks, traveling, thru bronchitis. I begged4 ppls jobs.
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 31, 2018
He said: what were you thinking when you did this? I said: I thought she was white, she looks like my family! He scoffed & said: “what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.’ I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 31, 2018
Barr later deleted the tweet and apologised, claiming it had been a joke and she was “Ambien tweeting”.
On Thursday, Barr tweeted that she had told Disney ABC Television Group President Ben Sherwood that she thought Jarrett “was white, she looks like my family!”
“I begged 4 my crews jobs. Will I ever recover from this pain? omg,” she added.
I think I’ll b better tomorrow. The saddest part of all is 4 Jayden Rey on the show whom I grew2 love so much & am so ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American. It’s the most gawd awful painful thing. I can’t let myself cave in tho
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 1, 2018
I end by offering everyone involved one more apology and prayers for healing of our divided nation. Tomorrow is Shabbat and I will continue to pray that everything for everyone goes forward & ends well for all. signing off twitter for a while. love u guys!
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) June 1, 2018
Barr also tweeted that she was sad Roseanne actor Jayden Rey had to see the tweet, because she was “ashamed of myself that she would ever think I do not love her bc she is African American”.
The comedian ended her latest tweeting spree by “offering everyone involved one more apology and prayers for healing of our divided nation”, before announcing that she was “signing off Twitter for a while”.
Meanwhile, it might not be all over for Barr’s co-stars and crew, with Entertainment Weekly reporting ABC may throw them a lifeline.
An insider told the publication that the network was considering reworking the show without Barr.
Originally published as How Roseanne begged ABC for second chance