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Oh, crazy, desperate, race-baiting, ignorant Megyn Kelly…
… how we’ve missed you!
The formerly controversial Fox News host moved over to NBC at the outset of 2018, determined to shed her polarizing reputation and settle in as a harmless and happy morning personality.
She wanted to be the next Kelly Ripa, basically.
The thing is, though, there’s already a Kelly Ripa on television — and Kelly quickly learned that you can’t go from ranting and raving about the plight of the rich white person on Fox to casually discussing makeup and paleo recipes on NBC.
Viewers do not forget.
So, with her Today Show ratings dwindling, Kelly has returned to what she does best:
Making really dumb, close-minded and misguided statements.
She sided with Brett Kavanaugh a few weeks ago, for example, arguing that the Supreme Court justice nominee was innocent of sexual misconduct simply because he said so.
And now Kelly is here to wonder why people dressing in blackface is such a big deal.
“I have to give you a fair warning, I’m a little fired up about Halloween costumes this morning,” Kelly said on Tuesday to open a segment.
“I mean, truly, political correctness has gone amok. There are strict rules on what you may and may not wear by someone who thinks is the boss of you.”
“Isn’t the whole purpose of Halloween to dress up and pretend you’re someone other than yourself?” she continued. “I feel like it’s so absurd. Who comes up with these rules?”
What rules, you may be wondering?
Receiving flak for painting one’s face black for a costume, Kelly used as a major example.
“What is racist?” she actually asked.
“You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.”
For the record:
Blackface was a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person in the 19th century.
It contributed to the spread of racial stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon” and it was very offensive to African-Americans.
It was stereotypical and insulting and a reminder to African-Americans that they were viewed as a lesser other by those who wore it.
This really isn’t complicated.
But Kelly brought up Real Housewives of New York cast member Luann de Lesseps to try and prove her point.
Luann faced backlash in April when she attended a Halloween party dressed as legendary singer Diana Ross.
de Lesseps said soon afterward that she understood the criticism and apologized for it. But Kelly doesn’t comprehend why she had to do so.
“People said that that was racist! And I don’t know, like, I thought, like, ‘Who doesn’t love Diana Ross?'” said Kelly, adding:
“She wants to look like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t know how that got racist on Halloween. It’s not like she’s walking around [wearing blackface] in general.”
Patton Oswalt spoke for most of the free world when he responded to Kelly’s viewpoint as follows:
It seems hard to believe that Kelly herself believes this one.
But we’re pretty sure we know what’s going on here:
She’s auditioning for a return to Fox.
Someone is clearly yearning to be employed by a company that will appreciate her racist views.
The Giudice family is rallying against Joe’s impending deportation and asking their fans for support.
Teresa is still making time to do Real Housewives events — it’s part of her job, after all.
At a recent gathering, she asked fans in the audience to keep her family in their prayers as they fight to stay together.
Teresa Giudice took part in the East Coast Vs. West Coast Real Housewives Brunch at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Us Weekly reports that, while she was there, she used her platform to ask for emotional support from the audience.
“Teresa said to please pray for me and my family,” an eyewitness reveals.
The eyewitness adds: “She really hopes Joe is out of jail to see [their daughter] Gia graduate.”
Additionally, “She said she cannot wait to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Not everything that Teresa discussed was as upsetting as a family being torn apart.
According to the eyewitness, Teresa “was in really good spirits and made the crowd laugh several times.”
“She explained that Dina [Manzo] and Jacqueline [Laurita] were asked to recommend beautiful women for the show,” the eyewitness reports.
“Dina recommended Teresa,” she shared.
The eyewitness then reveals: “Teresa said she does not know why Caroline [Manzo] did the show.”
“And,” the eyewitness shares. “There was a joke about if Teresa did the show, her husband would go to jail.”
That prophecy has been fulfilled, then.
As far as doing the show, “she said she f–ken shouldn’t have.”
“She said it is Jacqueline’s fault for her doing the show,” the eyewitness adds.
“Teresa said she suckered Joe into doing the show,” the report says.
The eyewitness continues: “and now that he is away, he has watched himself and says he was an a–hole.”
Apparently Gia and her mom have been looking at universities, but Teresa is strongly encouraging for her to stay close to home.
“Teresa said she is sick of driving far,” the eyewitness reports. “So is pushing for her to go to Rutgers.”
“She said she drives too much,” the report continues. “From dropping off and picking up kids and going to see Joe, she is sick of driving.”
Teresa also dished on her 17-year-old daughter’s academic performance, which is … a hell of a thing to do.
“She said Gia struggles in school,” the eyewitness says. “And has tutors and she is tired of paying for them.”
The eyewitness reports: “She said she gets good grades, but she is not a genius like her middle daughter, who gets straight As and is the smart one.”
Teresa addressed other topics, beyond comparing the relative academic performances and intelligences of her children.
Specifically, Teresa had some not-so-kind words regarding her feud with Caroline, Jacqueline, and Kathy Wakile Opens a New Window. .
“She said she is sad she let them into her house, to be betrayed by them,” the eyewtiness reports.
“Fame and money will do that to family,” the eyewitness characterizes of Teresa’s words.
“She said,” the report concludes. “You never go against family.”
Teresa and Joe have four daughters. Gia is 17, Gabriella is 14, Milania is 12, and Audriana is 9.
For them to lose their father to deportation — a horror that is sadly all too common these days — is nothing short of tragic.
While Teresa and Joe aren’t perfect (fraud convictions and table-flipping are only the tip of that iceberg), they love their children.
(Even if Teresa openly gossips about Gia and also doesn’t seem to understand that academic performance isn’t synonymous with intelligence)
Seeing this family put on a brave face while getting torn apart is heartbreaking.
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Abby Lee Miller is battling cancer, and receiving visits and comfort from Dance Moms alumni. Now, she’s asking for something else.
If you are one of her fans or followers, she would like your prayers.
On top of her cancer, Miller has a high fever — and her white blood cell count is worryingly low.
“It’s Friday,” Abby Lee Miller writes in the captions of her latest Instagram photo, posted on Friday, August 17.
Curiously, she follows that announcement with the words: “Yay & Pray.”
The yay is to celebrate the end of the workweek. The pray is the beginning of her request.
Miller asks fans and followers to pray that “my white blood cell count goes up and my 103 fever goes down!”
Though she’s clearly not trying to be too dramatic, she follows that up with an understatement: “Yikes!”
She paired her captions with this photo.
Clearly, the once and future Dance Moms star is trying to keep things positive — even chipper.
A 103 fever is no joke. Even a degree or two higher can lead to brain damage.
And while one normally looks for an elevated white blood cell count when a body is fighting certain types of infections, it looks like hers is too low.
Why? She doesn’t say, but we can infer that her chemotherapy and radiation treatments are taking their toll on her immune system.
Earlier this year, Miller was released from prison and sent to a halfway house. It looked like she was on track to getting her old life back.
Then, she was sent to the hospital for an emergency surgery after a fast-creeping paralysis began to spread through her body.
Doctors performed an agonizing spinal surgery on her to take care of what they believed would be just an infection.
Instead, they discovered that she has a kind of cancer — Burkitt lymphoma, which is most often found in children.
That was not what they expected, and it is definitely worse than the infection that they had expected to find.
Miller then underwent a second emergency spinal surgery to relieve pressure, even as she goes through chemo and radiation to deal with the cancer.
Burkitt is a fast-spreading cancer.
The positive side of that is that Burkitt also responds more quickly to treatment than a slow-spreading cancer might.
Burkitt lymphoma has a 90% recovery rate in children, among whom it is the most common.
That figure is said to be somewhat lower among adults, but it sounds like Miller’s odds — statistically speaking — are good.
Still, this is a frightening experience for Miller and for her loved ones and her countless fans.
Though she has been criticized for her antagonistic attitude toward children, no one wants to see her be another victim of cancer.
This fever is, we hope, just a minor speedbump on her road to making a full recovery.
If any fans of hers want to send her their prayers or well-wishes that her fever goes down and her white blood cell count goes up, we are sure that she will appreciate it.