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Allison Mack Tried to Recruit Emma Watson, Kelly Clarkson to Sex Slave Cult

Last week, former Smallville star Allison Mack was arrested for sex trafficking over her alleged role as a “master” in a sex-slave cult that masquerades as a women’s self-help pyramid scheme.

It has now come to light that she solicited other celebrities to join Nxivm.

Was she trying to turn Emma Watson and Kelly Clarkson into sex slaves for Keith Raniere?

On Friday, Allison Mack entered a plea of “not guilty” for sex trafficking and forced labor.

See, even if you pretend that it’s “empowering,” it is in fact illegal to coerce people to have sex through blackmail and the threat of beatings.

Yes, it’s still illegal even if the  initials are already branded on that woman’s body.

Mack is, of course, accused of recruiting women to join the pyramid scheme and then selecting which women would be ordered to Raniere’s bed.

And now it’s come out that she may have very brazenly tried to recruit two very familiar names over twitter:

Beloved Harry Potter star Emma Watson and sometimes controversial American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.

Allison Mack Tweet to Emma Watson

“I’m a fellow actress like yourself and involved in an amazing women’s movement I think you’d dig,” Mack wrote.

Her tweet continued:

“I’d love to chat if you’re open.”

A month later, when Watson still hadn’t taken the bait, Mack wrote:

“I participate in a unique human development and women’s movement I’d love to tell you about.”

Well … it certainly is unique as far as women’s movements go.

Allison Mack Tweet to Kelly Clarkson

Allison Mack also wrote to Kelly Clarkson.

With Clarkson, she used a somewhat vaguer approach, apparently hoping to dazzle the Since You’ve Been Gone singer with her “star power.”

“I heard through the grapevine that you’re a fan of Smallville.”

Smallville ran for 10 seasons. Its fan base was relatively small yet very dedicated.

“I’m a fan of yours as well! I’d love to chat sometime.”

Those are deceptive friendly words for such an ominous tweet.

While it doesn’t look like Watson or Clarkson fell for Mack’s invitation, that doesn’t make this any less bizarre.

It’s not surprising, however.

Mack was said to have quickly become one of Raniere’s favorites because he liked having a celebrity (or close enough) to recruit more people to Nxivm.

It only stands to reason that, either of her own volition or acting on Raniere’s orders, Mack would seek other celebrities with whom she might have an “in.”

Emma Watson is an outspoken feminist, so Mack clearly hoped that calling Nxivm a “women’s movement” would help to draw her in.

And since Kelly Clarkson apparently likes Smallville, well, who wouldn’t want to hear from an actor from a show that they love?

It’s not clear if she was determined to rope them into joining the sex slave cult, or was just trying to get them both in the “normal” self-help part of the organization to draw in more members.

There’s no doubt that Allison Mack was a major recruitment tool for Nxivm.

But some have called into question how much a willing participant she was in the abuse that she allegedly doled out.

We don’t know all of the evidence that the prosecution will present, but prosecutors may find themselves in a tricky situation.

If they successfully prove that the women in Raniere’s DOS program were unwilling participants and sex trafficking victims because of abuse and blackmail and brainwashing …

… Might Mack’s defense team use that to argue that she herself was also a victim?

They might also try to argue that, if Mack was capable of making her own choices, that the victims were all there of their own free will?

We’re not saying that we believe those arguments, but this is definitely a complicated case.

We’ll see how things work out.

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Jenelle Evans: Did She Really Just Mock Emma Gonzalez?

Jenelle Evans really loves her guns.

Therefore, it’s reasonable to wonder whether the Teen Mom 2 star dislikes anyone who is pushing for comprehensive gun control.

And it’s even more reasonable to wonder about this after Evans shared a questionable meme on Facebook yesterday.

The controversial MTV personality at least appeared to be mocking outspoken Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez via a photo that featured a young woman with a buzz cut blowing smoke in the face of someone.

Along with this picture, the meme included a message that read:

Emma Gonzalez puffing vape smoke into a classmate’s face after calling him a racial slur.

The image was taken from a Facebook account that belongs to “Dolan Trump,” which does bill itself as being a “progressive [and] independent Bernie Sanders supporter.”

“Can anyone verify this picture?” the original caption reads. “Just saw this on conservative Facebook. Huge if true.”

Put those latter facts/sentences together and it’s pretty clear the meme is meant to mock those who have been disparaging Gonzalez…

… but it’s a strange and confusing way in which to accomplish this goal.

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Gonzalez is a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.

She was inside the school on February 14 when a gunman opened fire, killing 17 of her classmates and teachers.

In the days and weeks since, Gonzalez has been among the most vocal proponents of gun control legislation, appearing on talk shows and doing all she can to pressure Congress to pass various laws along these lines.

She helped organize the March for Our Lives on March 24 and gave one of the most memorable speeches at this event, largely because she held a six-plus minute moment of silence at one point for the Parkland victims.

(She remained quiet for the same duration of time it took the shooter to kill all 17 of these young men and women.)

So you can probably understand why Evans is being dragged for the impression that she is dissing Gonzalez in any way.

Except that Evans swears she isn’t doing so.

Yes, the Teen Mom cast member is now a member of the NRA.

And, yes, she was featured in a social media photo shooting a gun the day after this tragedy occurred in Parkland.

But Evans is aware of the backlash she’s received for her post and made it clear in the Comments section of her Facebook page that the meme was only meant as a “joke.”

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We actually believe her this time around.

Jenelle has not done much to engender good will around here, but if you look back at the original source of the meme, it is hard to argue that this was intended to be a parody.

Perhaps a poor parody, but a parody nonetheless.

With her husband having recently been fired by MTV, the other major question now surrounding Evans is whether she’ll continue to film Teen Mom 2.

Insiders say Evans thinks she holds a lot of leverage over the network and is refusing to shoot upcoming scenes until they meet her demands.

We can’t say we’re  big fans of Jenelle as a human being.

But as a source of entertainment? Come on! How can you not be?!?

Give her anything she wants, producers.

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Derick Dillard Just… Asked Jazz Jennings and Emma Gonzalez to Coffee?!?

Derick Dillard must have just been hacked.

That’s the only explanation we can come up with for what the former TLC reality star wrote this week on Twitter.

As anyone who follows Dillard on social media knows well by now, the guy is not a fan of transgender individuals – or, apparently, high school students who manage NOT to get shot to death by crazed gunmen.

No, really:

Earlier this month, Dillard labeled survivors of February’s horrific Parkland, Florida shooting as “ridiculous.”

He wrote that networks are using these teenagers to push for a “liberal agenda” because the kids have been outspoken about their desire for nationwide gun reform.

Along with this criticism, Dillard has taken every available opportunity to slam Jazz Jennings, a transgender reality star who anchors her own series on TLC.

Just this week, Dillard referred to Jennings as a male, pissing off many Internet users, which was merely the latest time Derick went off on the Jazz for no real reason at all.

Except for his intolerance of the LGBT community, that is.

Jazz Jennings is a role model for other transgender teenagers. For Derick Dillard? Not so much.

It all started last August when Dillard bashed the entire concept of a transgender person as a myth.

“What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God,” he Tweeted at the time.

Then there was this comment left by Dillard in November:

“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child.”

TLC eventually fired Dillard for these insensitive and inappropriate remarks, much to the delight of people who don’t have hate in their heart and do have open minds.

So that’s how we arrived at this point.

That’s all the preamble to a Tweet from Dillard that we never expected to read.

Emma Gonzalez cried tears of anger and pain over her fellow students getting killed. Derick Dillard wasn’t very moved, however.

On February 24, Jennings re-Tweeted a video of Gonzalez speaking out at an anti-gun rally.

It was the speech that made Gonzalez into a true American hero, in the minds of many, at least.

“This is so powerful. I’m so proud of my community,” wrote Jennings in response to the footage, which evidently prompted Dillard to… agree?

At least kind of? To some extent?

Tagging both Jazz and Emma in a March 6 Tweet (below), the controversial star wrote:

“Thinking about and praying for all those across the country, and especially in your community, who this horrific tragedy has affected.

“Let me know if you’re ever in Northwest Arkansas and I’d love to grab coffee and visit. #MSDStrong #neveragain.”

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Wait… what?!?!?!?

In the slightest defense of Dillard, he never did slam Gonzalez or her fellow students directly.

Instead, he’s been saying that the mainstream media has been exploiting them to push for an anti-second amendment agenda.

You can agree with this belief or disagree with it, but we suppose it can still be possible that Derick can state it while still having sympathy for Emma and her classmates.

Then again, Dillard has since deleted the message above, perhaps because he had regrets about posting it… or perhaps because he really was hacked!

We may never know.

But it’s probably safe to go back to hating Dillard and his hate-filled view of a world he doesn’t ever try to fully understand.

That’s what we’re gonna do.

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Emma Stone Accused of White Feminism for Oscars Remark

Sunday night’s Academy Awards were a hit, but they weren’t without their controversies. From Gary Oldman and Kobe Bryant’s Oscar wins to Ryan Seacrest’s presence on the red carpet, there was awkwardness for viewers and for stars.

One interesting moment came when Emma Stone made a political statement that didn’t go over very well.

She’s now being accused of “white feminism.”

Emma Stone won an Academy Award for La La Land, and this year she presented the category of Best Director.

To start things off, she spoke:

“It is the director whose indelible touch is reflected on every frame. It is the director who, shot by shot, scene by scene, day by day, works with every member of the crew to further the story.”

She continues to praise the job that a director does.

“And it is the vision of the director that takes an ordinary movie and turns it into a work of art.”

Then it came time to introduce the nominees.

“These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year.”

Clearly, Emma Stone was trying to emphasize the fact that, with many skilled directors, the Academy somehow decided that 80% of the ones good enough to be nominees were men.

And perhaps she was trying to recreate Natalie Portman’s “all-male nominees” jab from the Golden Globes.

However, on a night when Jordan Peele was nominated for Get Out and Guillermo Del Toro was nominated for The Shape of Water, Emma Stone’s focus exclusively on gender did not go over well with some viewers.

And people shared their gripes on Twitter:

“Peak white feminism from Emma Stone. Pointing out that 4 of the nominees are men while ignoring that 2 of those men are minorities.”

“She minimized the incredible achievements of a Black man and a Mexican immigrant in the name of white feminism.”

“Ok emma stone being like ‘four male directors and greta gerwig’ or whatever tf she said is exactly what we mean by white feminism. Jordan Peele and Guillermo Del Toro are not white men that had everything easily handed to them and they don’t deserve to be classified as such.”

To be clear, what “white feminism” means is practicing a sort of feminism that focuses only on one’s own experiences, which means that activism is less helpful or even harmful to other individuals.

For example, someone whose push for feminism forgets about people of color, or the LGBT community, or the disabled, because that’s not part of their experience.

Not all white people who are feminists are white feminists and not all white feminists are white, though the term arose from white activists who ignored the experiences of black and brown women.

(This phenomenon exists in any human rights movement — men might push for racial equality from an exclusively male perspective; some advocates for LGBT rights might forget that there are LGBT people of color who experience the world differently)

Emma Stone seems like an especially likely target for this kind of critique, because she starred in La La Land which famously whitewashed the story of jazz.

She, a white woman, also played a Hawaiian woman in Aloha for reasons that the world still does not quite understand.

Emma Stone was thinking along lines of gender but forgetting that Jordan Peele and Guillermo Del Toro are men of color who also face numerous obstacles.

Considering that some Oscar voters outright refused to watch Get Out because they didn’t consider it to be a worthy film speaks volumes about how far Hollywood needs to go.

(Though Oscars voters are famously awful — whenever the notes made on their votes comes out anonymously, the world is reminded that there are a lot of terrible people making these decisions)

Whether or not Emma Stone is a white feminist or was just using her very limited time to address one of many problems is … unclear.

But it’s not a cruel accusation. Emma Watson has recently spoken about how being called that years ago helped to open her eyes to becoming a better intersectional feminist.

Fortunately, Best Director went to Guillermo Del Toro, a Mexican director, whose film about about a woman who bangs a fish man is sometimes affectionately referred to as “Grinding Nemo.”

He also won Best Picture.

And Jordan Peele then won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.

It would be nice to see more women win, but it’s also nice to see men of color make historic wins. There are too few of each, and not for lack of talent or merit.

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Emma Chambers Dies; Notting Hill Actress Was 53

Emma Chambers, a veteran actress likely best known for her sizable and very funny role in Notting Hill, died this week of natural causes.

She was 53 years old.

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The surprising news was confirmed by Chambers’ agent in a statement to The Guardian.

“We are very sad to announce the untimely death, from natural causes, of the acclaimed actress Emma Chambers,” said John Grant to the British publication.

He added:

“Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many and we be greatly missed.”

Overseas, Chambers rose to fame by portraying Alice Tinker in the BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley.

She earned acclaim Stateside in 1999 by playing the character of Honey – opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant – in the aforementioned romantic comedy.

Tweeted Grant in response to his former co-star’s passing:

“Emma Chambers was a hilarious and very warm person and of course a brilliant actress. Very sad news.”

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British broadcaster Emma Freud, who is married to Notting Hill writer and producer Richard Curtis, also jumped on Twitter Saturday to express her condolences, writing:

“Our beautiful friend Emma Chambers has died at the age of 53.

“We’re very very sad. She was a great, great comedy performer, and a truly fine actress. And a tender, sweet, funny, unusual, loving human being.”

And here is Dawn French, her Vicar of Dibley co-star:

“Emma was a very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for. I will miss her very much…

“I loved her. A lot.”

Here is a look at other Twitter reactions to this unfortunate news:

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Prior to making it big on television in 1994, Chambers worked for years as a stage actress.

She was asthmatic and had a severe allergy to animals, but it’s unknown if either of these traits played a role in her death.

In 2002, Chambers told The Telegraph that her allergy could leave her needing a steroid injection or being rushed to hospital.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years.

May Emma Chambers rest in peace.

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