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Meghan McCain stood strong and bravely in front of hundreds of mourners on Saturday morning in Washington D.C. and have a moving eulogy to her heroic father.
The View co-host was one of several speaks at the emotional event, which paid tribute to U.S. Senatior John McCain, the former prisoner of war and Presidential candidate who died last week at the age of 81.
He passed away from brain cancer.
While recognizing all her dad accomplished in her life and all he stood for, Meghan couldn't help but contrast her father with the man who currently resides in the White House.
No, she did not mention President Trump by name.
But you can decide whether certain passages of her eulogy were written with him in mind.
“The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold,” she said.
“She is resourceful and confident and secure. She meets her responsibilities, She speaks quietly because she is strong. America does not boast because she has no need to.
The America of John McCain has no need to be great again because America was always great.”
At this last sentence, the crowd erupted in applause.
But Meghan wasn't done, not after President Trump had shown such disrespect over the past few weeks by slamming her dad in stump speeches while he suffered from a fatal disease.
And not after he refused to fly the American Flag at the White House at half-staff all week long.
“We live in an era where we knock down old American heroes for all their imperfections. When no leader wants to admit to fault or failure,” Meghan said, addressing her dad as follows:
“You were an exception, and you gave us an ideal to strive for. Look, I know you can see this gathering here in this cathedral. The nation is here to remember you.”
President Obama also spoke at the funeral, which Trump did not attend, mentioning at one point how politicis today is full of people who are small, mean, petty and grounded in insult.
He talked about "phony controversy" and "manufacturing outrage."
We wonder about whom he was speaking.
Click PLAY on the video featured here to excerpts from Meghan McCain's eulogy.
On Sunday, August 19, Alaskan Bush People‘s new season premiered. Fans and viewers got to see the Brown family in Washington for the first time.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians had an episode during the same timeslot. And if Kris got cross on camera, we can only imagine how she feels off camera.
Because Alaskan Bush People‘s ratings absolutely trounced those of KUWTK. They had more than three times as many viewers.
Let’s take a look at Showbuzz Daily‘s Top 150 List and see how ratings went during that August 9 timeslot.
Alaskan Bush People: 3.4 million viewers on Discovery.
90 Day Fiance: 2.2 millon viewers on TLC.
Fear The Walking Dead: 1.9 million viewers on AMC.
Finding Dory: 1.7 million viewers on The Disney Channel.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians did not even bring in 1.1 million for E!
What’s more is that Alaskan Bush People‘s season premiere had nearly double the claim on the coveted 18-49 demographic.
Now, season premiere numbers can give a bit of a bump. That’s normal.
But we’re talking about a difference of more than two million people. That looks like more than a bump, folks.
We’re talking about a family considered to be American royalty getting less than one-third of the market share that the Brown family did.
So, why did viewers tune in?
Well, it wasn’t just to see Bear Brown run through the woods of Washington State.
Viewers are genuinely concerned about Ami Brown’s ongoing cancer battle. They love Ami.
Even though they know that the Brown family spends their off season living large in a Beverly Hills mansion, fans have forged a powerful attachment to the family members.
They want to see how Ami is doing for themselves.
They want to see how the family is adjusting to Washington.
Does this spell doom for the Kardashians?
No, and we don’t mean to suggest that Kris Jenner will see the ratings and start exposing one of her children to carcinogens to attract viewers.
(Insert the obligatory what was really in those doughnuts Kris tried to feed Khloe joke)
First of all, the Kardashian brand is no longer exclusively and inextricably linked to Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
That’s why Kourtney is a millionaire living comfortably and Kylie is on the verge of becoming a billionaire.
Reality television gave the Kardashians a stepping stone that they’ve used to grow their brands and their wealth. It was a means to an end.
We don’t think that this new ratings dynamic means that viewers want totally different things.
If networks respond to this by churning out show after show of families living in unspeakably remote wilderness while one of them battles a terminal illness, it would be a mistake.
This is probably a symptom of overexposure. Everybody knows who the Kardashians are and what they’re up to.
The big surprises that had everyone interested — things like Tristan’s cheating and Kylie’s pregnancy — are old news.
Right now, the Kardashians are focusing on feuding between Kim and Kourtney. They are grown-ass adult mothers of three each and their feuds aren’t as meme-worthy as they once were.
The Brown family might not be more authentic than the Kardashians, but they’re more relatable and they’re way, way less overexposed.
That, we think, is what’s happening here.
Last year, Shannon Beador was working to lose weight to save her marriage. As we all know, that ended with a messy divorce.
Her new castmate, Emily Simpson, has been a target for vicious body-shaming by trolls who watch The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Rather than rushing to appease her detractors, Emily is taking a stand for all women.
On Twitter, Emily Simpson posted an array of photos of herself.
“It’s never ok to call a woman fat, fatass, plus-size, etc,” she asserts in her tweet.
For the record, plus size is a fine label for someone to use on themselves, especially if they’re a model. It’s not a euphemism to be hurled at others.
Think of words like plus size or thicc like pregnant, where you don’t comment about it until the person you’re talking about describes themselves that way.
Emily, already bearing the brunt of body-shaming, says: “I will take the criticism and be the voice for all the women out there.”
Emily’s proud tweet continues.
She’s happy to take one for the team for those “that feel inadequate because they don’t fit someone’s ridiculous standard of beauty.”
“Be strong,” Emily advises her fans and followers who may be targeted by body-shamers. “Be proud. Be confident.”
Finally, Emily assures them: “I got you.”
It is always so, so nice to see a reality star use her celebrity status as a platform for a good cause.
In the captions beside a photo of her showing off her outrageous body in a velvet dress, Emily made a similar message.
“Love yourself,” Emily encourages her fans and followers. “Love your body.”
She says that the shape of a person’s body — or the size of it — should never discourage them from having confidence and enjoying their life.
“Always walk into a room and own it,” Emily suggests.
Emily explains how to do this, intructing: “Make eye contact. Hold your head high.”
Emily’s Instagram post continued with some encouraging words.
“Don’t let anyone make you feel inadequate because they are thinner than you,” Emily writes.
While you should never feel inadequate for other reasons, either, this post was specifically for folks who are targeted with fat-shaming and body-shaming.
“Self-confidence is the best outfit you can wear,” she says. She’s not wrong.
“So,” Emily suggests. “Own it and rock it.”
A few weeks ago, Emily was invited to work out with resident fitness nut and also general nut Tamra Judge.
Emily, who works and has three children, was less enthusiastic. She’s not accustomed to working out because she leads a busy life.
While all of the Real Housewives are, of course, real women, a lot of viewers may find Emily and her struggles — and her humble beginnings — more relatable.
Some of the other stars are older and have been living opulent lifestyles for decades.
Emily is a working mom, and that is bound to resonate with a lot of the show’s viewers.
Either way, it is wonderful to see her taking a stand for women everywhere.
In case you needed a reminder that Ariana Grande radiates Big Vagina Energy, look no further than how she claps back at trolls.
Ariana is engaged to Pete Davidson, but one fan blasted her for naming a new song after him — and accused her of having cheated on her ex.
She clapped back hard. Take a look!
Ariana Grande, like so many of us, is literally counting down the days until the release of her new album, Sweetener.
She shared the track list for that album, which includes a song named after her love.
Unfortunately, one rude-ass “fan” decided to troll Ariana in the comments with a nasty jab at her fiance.
The so-called fan wrote: “Pete davidson will be the song I skip all the time.”
Ariana clapped back: “Awwwww boo f–king hoo Alexa play ‘Pete Davidson.'”
If you’re not familiar, the “Alexa play” meme — the punchline of which varies from song to song — was all the rage on the interwebs last month.
Unfortunately, the troll wasn’t done, and had the audacity to reply to Ariana’s clapback.
In this reply, the commenter accused Ariana of having cheated on Mac Miller with Pete Davidson.
“I didn’t but go off,” Ariana replied tersely.
Ariana’s retort continued with a request: “Can you like… go stan someone else? ur boring.”
(To stan someone is to aggressively support them, beyond the normal scope or enthusiasm of a regular fan)
We’ve heard this kind of cheating accusation malarkey before — because Ariana and Pete started dating so soon after their respective breakups.
Some people can’t wrap their heads around the speedy engagement and have decided that these two must have somehow been carrying on a secret affair.
(We’re pretty sure that speedy engagements can be explained by being young, in love, and having poor impulse control, but that’s none of our business)
Maybe cheating accusations aren’t as bad as the absurd claim that Ariana “caused” Mac Miller’s DUI hit-and-run, but it’s still crappy.
But we have a question about this commenter who stated that they would be skipping “Pete Davidson” on the album.
If you believe that Ariana cheated on Mac, wouldn’t you be skipping the entire dang album?
All of Sweetener is Ariana’s work, so if you think that she cheated and you also feel worked up about it, you’d probably skip every song.
Pete sounds like a bystander in that alleged situation, right?
It sounds like this trick-ass b–ch was just trying to elicit a reaction — any kind of reaction — from Ariana.
And it worked.
You know, we here at THG have our own takes on whether Ariana and Pete or Justin and Hailey will last longer in their engagements and actually make it down the aisle.
But if you think that her engagement is doomed, you don’t have to tell her.
If you think that she was running around on Mac even though that’s totally out of character for her, you don’t have to tell her.
Being nice to people on the internet is actually 100% free, folks.
So when some troll on Twitter had the audacity to try to body-shame her, it’s no surprise to see her hit back.
Take a look at how she clapped back!
Some absolute troll took to Twitter to admonish Kail and her bff, Bone Estrada, to “dress more appropriately” for their “bodies.”
The line about how they dress would have been bad enough on its own — too many people feel entitled to tell women how to dress.
Adding “for their bodies” adds a layer of body-shaming, which is equally inexcusable.
The implication behind this gross sentiment is that people have to look a certain way in order to wear certain clothing.
Clearly, the dweeb who wrote this (now deleted) tweet felt that Kail doesn’t have the “right body type” to wear what she wears.
Kail saw it, quoted the tweet, and replied.
“We didn’t ask you,” Kailyn tweeted.
She’s right — neither she nor Bone asked. But that didn’t stop this rando from projectile vomiting their terrible opinion onto social media.
“We,” Kailyn affirmed. “Will wear what we want.”
Good for them!
Unfortunately, our society has an embarrassment of body-shaming.
As a plus size woman who is also a public figure, Kailyn bears the brunt of a lot of this.
For a variety of cultural reasons, a lot of people feel that they have a right or even a duty to tell women how to dress or how to appear.
The sheer audacity of someone on a street telling another woman what to do with her face — usually to smile — is just the tip of the iceberg.
On social media, these people rely upon relative anonymity and upon being part of a chorus of voices and say things that are even worse.
Sometimes, these unwelcome statements and pieces of unsolicited advice are poorly disguised as sagely wisdom, for the receiver’s benefit.
This is called concern-trolling, and it is never cute.
The person whose now-deleted tweet told Kail and her friend to dress differently for their bodies wasn’t yelling abuse at them, and may have thought that they were doing the women a favor.
But women do not exist simply to be pleasant for someone to look at.
And, for the record, Kailyn looks just fine in whatever she wears — but that’s beside the point. Even if Kail looked like a gorgon, she could still wear whatever she likes.
We’re not saying that we always agree with Kailyn Lowry.
Her decision to reunite with Chris Lopez made a number of Teen Mom 2 fans uneasy, even though it was for Lux’s first birthday party.
Like so many people (like too many people, really), Kail has been unlucky in love — many times. Every time, really.
Despite that, she manages to be a total champ at coparenting, even though her relationships with a couple of exes are deeply complicated.
Good for Kail for standing up for herself and countless other women when she could have just ignored the trolling.
Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of fights on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Like, remember the time that Kendall and Kylie fought over a dress and then Kendall told one of Kylie’s dogs “I’m sorry your mom is such a c–t”?
Or the time that Kourtney and Khloe were bickering and Kourtney dropped the epic line “F-ck you, you f-cking pregnant whore“?
Or, to take it way back, remember when Kim bought her very first Bentley and her siblings made fun of her for being so braggy about it, so she attacked Khloe with her purse?
There’s been quite a few classic feuds in this family, and what happened on last night’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiere is definitely going to end up on the list.
In the episode, Kim was seen doing the planning for the family’s Christmas card photo shoot, and at one point she complained that she had to reschedule the shoot “so that we can all accomodate Miss Queen Kourtney.”
But Kylie, who was very pregnant at the time, couldn’t make it, and Kendall was busy, and Rob didn’t want to be seen, as usual.
“It’s just like craziness,” Kim explained. “So I thought, ‘Why not show the craziness of our family?'”
She decided that they’d all do individual pictures to share throughout the month, and that’s what ended up happening — the edited together the final version with most of the family.
And although Kylie and Rob didn’t do photos for the Christmas card at all, Kim went after Kourtney.
“No one wants you in the f-cking shoot,” she told her. “I’m planning it. I’m planning the shoot, so we don’t want you in the shoot.”
Kourtney replied that she’d already said she’d do the shoot, but Kim still wasn’t having it.
“Maybe if you had a f-cking business that you were passionate about then you would know what it takes to run a f-cking business but you don’t, so don’t even act like you know what I’m talking about,” Kim said.
Kourtney didn’t stick around to hear Kim’s mouth any longer, so instead, Kim continued the chat with Khloe and Kris, telling them that Kourtney is “the least exciting to look at,” so she didn’t have to be on the Christmas card.
“She doesn’t do sh-t,” she complained. “She doesn’t know what it’s like to actually have f-cking work to do.”
And then, because that wasn’t enough drama already, Kourtney called Khloe while she was still with Kim, and Khloe put her on speakerphone.
“I’m not here to f-cking be mistreated by my f-cking bitch family,” Kourtney said through tears. “Kim saying that I’m the least interesting to look at … who even speaks like that?”
Kim didn’t answer that question, but she did tell her big sister “You do whatever the f-ck you want to do and you don’t do sh-t. So be accommodating to the people that actually do sh-t.”
And Kourtney delivered a line that will surely go down as one of the best in KUWTK history:
“You’re a very distraught, evil human being … I don’t agree with who you are as a human being.”
Later, Kim tried to make things right between them by inviting her to her baby shower for precious little Chicago, but Kourtney turned down her invitation.
After that, Kim said that she’d “really hoped Kourtney was gonna get over herself and just show up, but she didn’t. So I don’t think she’s big on family ‘cause if she was, she would be at my shower.”
So it’s clear that the feud is not over yet.
We’re sure to see more sister fighting this season, but as a special treat, we saw quite a bit of it last night on Twitter as the episode aired!
Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe all tweeted during the show, and when her big fight with Kim started, Kourtney wrote “Watching this fight actually gives me chills.”
“It’s not normal to have to relive this stuff,” she added.
Then she tweeted “We all have our own priorities. Mine is being a mother.”
And Kim did not appreciate that one bit.
“And mine is not?” she asked. “The shoot was with our kids!!!!! My #1 priority is being a mother as well and I can work too, so can you!”
Kourtney told her that she does work, “But i wasn’t wanting MORE work, i already felt spread thin. Being a good mother also has different meaning to each of us.”
“You’re an amazing mother,” she added, “I’m not taking that away from you.”
But then Khloe jumped into her own argument with Kourtney … or Kourtney dragged her in, rather.
Someone asked Khloe whose side she was on in the Christmas card feud, and she claimed that she “just wanted peace,” to which Kourtney tweeted “Khloe let’s be honest here.”
“What the f-ck does that mean??” Khloe asked. “I didn’t want peace??”
After stewing for a moment, she asked Kourtney if she was “for real,” and she also asked “Do we want to get into why all of us were frustrated with you? You want to do this on twitter?”
“Please explain when I ever jumped in on that situation. I’m the one who f-cking called you to make sure you were good.”
A little later, when Kourtney hadn’t responded, Khloe tweeted her again and asked “Are you watching the same episode I am??? Do you think I was picking on you?”
“I was genuinely concerned about your happiness. Stop looping me into your drama with Kim! Don’t ever tweet me that sh-t again!”
At one point during that absolute mess of an episode, Kourtney tweeted that she and her sisters are “ride or die,” but “I don’t accept the way we criticize and judge each other anymore. My personal growth doesn’t allow it.”
Kim agreed, writing “Don’t ever get it twisted, me, Kourtney and Khloe are GOOD! ALWAYS!!!! Never question that!”
But then Khloe said that “I was going to ask kourt to workout with me tomorrow but she may throw a dumbbell at my head lol,” so while they obviously still love each other, the fighting may still be happening.
Or, since pretty much all of these tweets ended with a “KUWTK” hashtag, there’s also a very good chance that they’re not fighting at all, they never really were, and Kris Jenner is just going hard for those ratings.
Guess we’ll just have to wait until next week to figure it all out!
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Earlier this month, Ariana Grande and Mac Miller split after almost a year of dating.
About a week later, Mac Miller was arrested for a DUI hit-and-run. That’s no laughing matter.
When a fan took to Twitter to accuse Ariana of being somehow at fault for Mac’s troubles, Ariana shut that down in the best way.
Following Ariana Grande’s powerful BMA’s performance, she’s been a topic of conversation — even more than usual.
Someone on Twitter apparently needed to get some thoughts about Ariana off of their chest, and on Monday, tweeted:
“Mac Miller totalling his G wagon and getting a DUI after Ariana Grande dumped him for another dude …”
We should interject here that this is referring to Ariana’s reported “very new” relationship with Pete Davidson, to which we referred on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena Bombing.
“… After he poured his heart out on a ten song album to her called the divine feminine is just the most heartbreaking thing happening in Hollywood.”
Really? He couldn’t think of anything more heartbreaking than that happening in Hollywood?
Ariana clapped back, hard. As one Twitter user phrased it: “ARIANA! HAD! TIME!” Because she is not mincing words.
“How absurd that you minimize female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them.”
She also takes the time to correct a misconception, though of course no amount of art obligates someone to stay in a relationship.
“Which btw isn’t the case (just Cinderella is about me).”
She emphasizes that she was Mac’s girlfriend.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be.”
She was also not his nurse or his therapist.
She says that she’s careda bout his health and well being, starting long before they were dating.
“I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety and prayed for his balance for years.”
She clarifies that their breakup doesn’t change her desire for him to be happy and healhty.
“(And always will, of course)”
She continues, however.
“But shaming and blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s–t together is a very major problem.”
There is so much of that in the world.
“Let’s please stop doing that.”
Keep in mind that some have tried to blame one of the victims for last week’s Sante Fe High School shooting because she rebuffed the shooter’s sexual harassment.
“Of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was.”
Most people in relationships don’t tell you what it was really like while it’s happening. That absolutely applies to people who are dating people with substance abuse issues.
“I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out.”
She is such a sweetheart.
“And that any other woman in this position does as well.”
She ends her epic shutdown with a simple outline of a heart.
The person who posted the original tweet wrote up a lengthy response, saying:
“I’m really sorry this is something you took the time to read and that upset you enough to make such a thoughtful reply.”
“I know nothing about your relationship and the heartache you both feel.”
“I in no way think you are the cause of Mac’s shortcomings. We all have our demons to keep at bay, and I truly worry about his well being.”
“I am very sorry I hurt you and I’m sorry you feel my tweet stigmatizes women for ending a toxic relationship. That wasn’t my intention at all.”
It’s safe to say that most people who write about a celeb without actually using their Twitter handle or any tags don’t expect an interaction.
When there is a response, it’s usually in the form of a “like” or perhaps a heart emoji, because most people have positive things to say.
There is no way that this person was expecting Ariana to see their post. They weren’t trying to be cruel, they were just placing blame in the wrong place.
And we think that they learned their lesson.
Ariana is such a strong voice and such an inspiration. She’s the hero that this world needs.