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Southern Charm is no stranger to controversy — most notably the stunning rise and fall of Thomas Ravenel.
This time, it’s Cameran Eubanks who’s been put in the hotseat. Not by police, but by her own followers.
When she shared her opinion about vaccines, the backlash was so intense that she deleted her tweet — and apologized.
On Thursday, Southern Charm star Cameran Eubanks decided to encourage her followers to make responsible health decisions.
She posted a photo of the bandage on her arm, announcing that she had just receive her flu vaccine for this year.
Cameran then encouraged her fans and followers to do the same.
It’s not just the right thing to do for themselves — it can help to protect others, including those with compromised immune systems.
The backlash to her post was enough that she promptly deleted it.
After deleting her post, she shared an undeserved apology message with her followers.
“I just deleted a post that I made today about my belief in getting the flu shot,” she began.
“Never did I think it would cause such a fuss,” she explains.
A few years ago, it might not have. But thanks to internet algorithms, dangerous misinformation spreads like a virus.
“I’m sorry to all I offended who don’t believe in vaccinating themselves and their children,” she writes.
“If you do not vaccinate I do not think you are stupid or wrong,” Cameran generously claims.
Not everyone would be so charitable in their assessment of people who endanger their children and others by believing falsehoods.
“We just disagree,” she writes.
“I have always said I will not talk about religion or politics on social media,” Cameran concludes. “And now I’m adding vaccines too.”
This is not the first time that Cameran has been taken aback by an unexpected controversy.
“Palmer had hers today,” Cameran shared about her 11-month-old. “I played baby shark and not even a whimper. Couldn’t believe it. God bless that annoying ass song!”
Her Southern Charm costar, the incomparable Patricia Altschul, also posted on Thursday after she received her flu shot.
“@caconover is right! I just had my flu shot and I can only walk backwards #southerncharm #medicine.”
Craig Conover, everyone’s favorite formerly reformed playboy who talks like a frat guy, has some wild opinions about vaccines.
He called them a “crazy government shot” that would force him to walk backwards for the rest of his life.
Honestly, that’s not the worst thing that we’ve heard an anti-vaxxer say, but … that’s not saying much.
Patricia was not the only one who leapt to Cameran’s defense.
“Um your post literally reminded me to sign up for ours,” wrote one fan. “Appointments booked. Thank you for posting about it!”
“It’s not a matter of belief or disbelief, nor opinion. It’s a matter of science and facts,” correctly asserted another fan.
That comment continued: “Vaccines save lives and suffering and those who choose not to certainly have the right to that choice, but yeah, they are wrong.”
“My family doesn’t get the flu shot,” wrote another commenter. “And I still found nothing wrong with your post!”
Vaccinations aren’t just a personal decision — they help protect those with compromised immune systems through “herd immunity.”
Someone whose immune system doesn’t function at full capacity cannot be vaccinated, so they are vulnerable to the flu — or something worse, like measles.
But everyone with whom they come into contact is vaccinated, then they are insulated by the “herd” and less likely to be exposed to a contagion.
As for the theories about vaccines being dangerous … some of that is misinformation, and some is fearmongering.
(Personal note: I am one of the one-in-a-million people who had a strongly adverse reaction to a vaccination as an infant; the real virus would have been worse and I’m glad that I was vaccinated)
Vaccines do not cause autism, but even if they did, we would all rather see a child be autistic than die of a preventable disease.
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Gossip Girl alum Penn Badgley married Domino Kirke early last year, and now he’s starring in a new series.
Unfortunately, while doing press for this new show, he put his foot in his mouth in the worst way — appearing to make light of people who have been molested.
Penn has come forward and apologized.
Penn Badgley, who played Daniel Humphrey on the legendary CW series, Gossip Girl, is set to star in a new Lifetime series, You.
In this series, he will play a stalker. He was quick to connect that such a predatory fictional character relates to real life predators.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Penn Badgley says that he hopes that his show will help people have “necessary conversations” in the wake of #MeToo.
“I think it’s significant that a show like this is coming out now,” Penn says.
Clearly, he is not equating his show with #MeToo — just drawing an accurate connection.
This is where he begins to put his foot into his mouth, and it’s all about one word choice.
“I think as an actor you can become an object of desire,” Penn says. “Which is something women are already accustomed to more or less around the world.”
He is totally right about that, and it’s good that he acknowledges that this is already the case for countless women.
Then Penn says: “I mean, I don’t want to sound sensationalist, but I’ve literally been molested — just in the literal sense of the word — by many people in the moment. Because that’s what they do.”
Penn also gave a shoutout to Terry Crews as one of the men who came forward with a #MeToo story, but we’ll get to that in a second.
Penn very clearly means one of the literal definitions of molested — meaning to be bothered. He is speaking of people intruding into his life because of his fame.
Folks, especially when you’re discussing #MeToo but really at any time, use whichever word is most accurate and clear for the message that you are trying to convey.
Say that your privacy was violated or your personhood was disrespected or that you were objectified or simply that you were bothered.
Don’t say “molested” when you mean one of those things. Some people, actors included, have actually been molested — groped and worse.
Penn Badgley did not mean to make light of people who have actually been molested, and issued a clarification to Us Weekly.
“The point of my comment was not to confess a personal trauma,” Penn explains.
Penn continues: “I was speaking about the way emotional and physical boundaries are violated for someone in the public eye, who is seen as an object of desire.”
“Depending on so many factors, it can range from conscious abuse to something very unconscious,” he tries to clarify.
“And that is the point I was making, cautiously,” he says. “In the context of a conversation about fanaticism and cultural norms which support manipulative or abusive behavior.”
“These are the same norms which support predatory men, but not exclusively predatory men,” Penn concludes. “They affect, and infect, us all.”
That very cerebral clarification was great, but he could have avoided this entire situation by just making a better choice with his diction the first time around.
But we get it. And Penn is a good person, clearly. As we mentioned, his original interview included a shout-out to Terry Crews’ sexual assault and to the backlash that Crews is currently facing from powerful people in the entertainment industry.
Penn points out that men who have been groped or assaulted face challenges that are different than those that women face, because of societal standards.
“You’re led as a man, particularly, that when it happens you should feel great about it,” Penn says of men who have been sexually assaulted.
To be clear, he is not saying that men have it worse — simply that society treats men differently than it treats women over this issue.
In Crews’ case, people responded that he should have used violence against the predator.
That is a shameful piece of victim-blaming that ignores the consequences that Crews would have faced.
Many other men are simply told that they should be grateful.
“Particularly,” Penn notes. “When it comes from someone who’s feasibly an object of your desire as well.”
In other words, there are men who have been groped or even raped and, because the perpetrator was a woman or even a beautiful woman, they are told that they should feel flattered.
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On Friday afternoon, Ariane Grande was one of a multitude of celebrities who touched down in Detroit to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin.
The 25-year-old artist performed the Queen of Soul's hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the service, which was live-streamed across the Internet.
After this incredible rendition, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III greeted Grande after her performance, talked glowingly about the singer…
… and sort of rubbed her breast while he did so.
It was impossible to miss. Videos such as the footage featured on this page quickly circulated around the Web, earning widespread backlash against the Bishop.
"I don't care what you think about Ariana Grande, her music or her dress," tweeted feminist author, journalist and public speaker Mona Eltahawy, referring to different backlash over the singer's mini dress.
"This is wrong. That bishop's hand should not be on her breast."
We'd say so.
Following the outrage that quickly formed in response to this incident, the preacher told the Associated Press the following:
"It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast."
"I don't know, I guess I put my arm around her.
"Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize…I hug all the female artists and the male artists. Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them.
"That's what we are all about in the church. We are all about love.
"The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin."
Yes, somehow, we've reached the point in society where a preacher has to issue a mea culpa for groping a young singer's boob at a funeral.
"I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community," Ellis later said in his interview, concluding:
"When you're doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there."
Watch the REALLY creepy grope now.
Kanye West is known for saying a lot of crazy stuff.
He just comes right out and tells the world what sort of porn he likes to watch, for instance.
But the rapper appeared on Chicago-based radio station 107.5 on Wednesday and said something we never expected to hear him say:
Kanye issued an apology.
The artist has been under more fire than ever before over the past several weeks, due to patently ridiculous comments he made this summer about how slavery was a choice for black people.
He also made it clear, over and over and over again, that he was an ardent support of Donald Trump, sharing a photo, for instance, of himself in a Make America Great Again hat.
In this radio interview, however, Kanye basically took it all back.
"I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel,” West said, adding on air:
"I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment.
"And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through."
Kanye actually dissolved into full-on tears at one point as well, touching on the subject of his late mother and how he has lacked a support system over the years.
He told the hosts that's the reason why his wife, Kim Kardashian, has not suffered a mental breakdown yet: because her family is always, always there for her.
"The thing about being called crazy, the biggest stigma that has to be broken is that you instantly get written off,” he continued.
“But you might be the only one who knows what they’re talking about. Also, what I wanna say to everyone listening right now – I have never really approached or addressed the slavery comment fully.
"And it’s not something for me to overly intellectualize.
"This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way, more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize.
"That happens sometimes when people are – I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health."
We never thought we'd live to see this day, did you?
Check out the extended clip featured on this page to hear more from Kanye on this personal and important topic.
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Ashley Jacobs says she is very sorry.
But critics still say she is full of it.
Scroll down, read the latest piece of news about these Southern Charm stars, and try to decide for yourself on which side of this debate you fall.
“To all the Southern Charm fans, in general. And to Kathryn, in particular. I owe you all an apology,” Jacobs wrote in a note posted to Instagram on Tuesday, August 21.
Seems like a strong start, right?
Jacobs and Dennis engaged in a tense relationship throughout Southern Charm Season 5.
At the time, Jacobs was dating Thomas Ravenel, Dennis’ ex-boyfriend and the father of her two kids.
This created some understandable awkwardness, but perhaps now Jacobs has seen a bit of light after she broke up with Ravenel late last week.
(And after Ravenel was accused of rape by two different women.)
Continues Jacobs in her unexpected mea culpa:
“I’d like to apologize for how I treated Kathryn, and how badly I disrespected her. I’m not sure what made me think it was okay to speak to a mother that way.
“It was not my place to say anything at all, much less the reckless comments I made. I crossed a line and hurt people who don’t deserve it.”
What are the sort of “reckless comments” to which Jacobs is referring here?
Well… she once called Dennis nothing but Ravenel’s “egg donor,” saying her kids “weren’t planned on.”
She also slammed her parenting style, suggesting Dennis was on drugs, and alleging she sees Ravenel’s children more than Dennis does.
You know, that sort of stuff; the sort of stuff ripe for a reality TV rivalry.
But now that Jacobs is no longer with Ravenel, and now that she maybe sees him for the monster he appears to be, Jacobs has seemingly come around.
“After many chats with my friends and family with children, I never understood the unbreakable bond a parent has with their child,” the 33-year-old writes here, adding:
“I can listen and learn and be more respectful in the future but until I’m blessed with a child, I can never truly understand the sacrifices a parent makes on behalf of their children.
“Some children may not truly get it until they have their own baby.
“It makes me feel horrible that I may have taken my own parents for granted and thus I’ve learned a tremendous lesson from all the good parents out there.
“I can’t rightfully describe how sorry I am, but I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t at least try.”
Jacobs started to appear on Southern Charm last year after she got together with Ravenel, who sahares four-year-old daughter Kensie and two-year-old son Saint with Dennis
It’s unclear if she’ll play a role on Season 6 now that Ravenel has announced his departure from the show.
It’s also unclear, to some, whether Jacobs is even sincere in writing all of these very kind words.
“Ashley just wants attention,” a critical insider tells Entertainment Tonight, adding that these women have not had any contact since the fiery Season 5 reunion.
“Kathryn is focused on more important things,” the source concluded when asked whether Dennis will respond.
Jacobs swears she means all of this, though.
“I have tried to ask her to lunch/coffee so I could apologize to her person to person,” Jacobs replied to one comment before revealing that she “attempted to apologize to her person to person a few months ago” to a different user.
No other Southern Charm cast member has remarked on this attempt to end the nasty feud, but we can guess what Patricia Altschul thinks about Jacobs.
Actually, we don’t need to guess.
“My new favorite word is ‘famewhore,’” she told Entertainment Tonight in July of Jacobs.
“I love to use it whenever possible, so… famewhore! Famewhore! Famewhore! I think it’s hard to fall in love after five dates.
Call me a skeptic, and the fact that she was so adamant about getting a ring, getting clothes, getting jewelry, getting Vuitton luggage.
“I mean, it seemed a little too obvious to just be love.”