Jeremy Vuolo Accused of Cultural Appropriation by His Own Fans

As much as we enjoy photos of Jinger Duggar’s family, this latest photo was weird … and controversial.

Jeremy Vuolo shared a strange image of him with baby Felicity and a Native American tipi.

Followers are accusing him of cultural appropriation.

Jeremy Vuolo shared a curious picture on Instagram.

In the snap, he is holding baby Felicity while being obscured by what looks like fog.

Before them is a miniature tipi (also spelled teepee).

“Time for reflection,” Jeremy captioned the post, as if that explained anything.

It’s unclear if he is referring to the presence of a mirror in the photo.

He may have instead meant, on a more serious note, that he’s reflecting upon Native American culture.

Some fans were confused.

“What is this supposed to mean?” one commenter asks.

Others are worried that he’s misusing another culture’s symbols and traditions.

“If there is a deeper meaning behind this post please do share,” another commenter implores.

“If not,” they continue. “Please know that taking elements of another culture (especially one that has been as mistreated as Native Americans).”

That commenter concludes: “and using them flippantly for your own artistic design is completely inappropriate.”

Followers continued to try to figure out what Jeremy’s post was all about.

“I googled it, guys,” one commenter shares. “And some places are saying November is Native American month.”

“Perhaps as ‘Thanksgiving’ comes it’s a moment to reflect on the atrocities inflicted on the first nations people,” another suggested.

That would be very seasonally appropriate, folks. But others were concerned.

“It’s fairly regularly accepted that cultural appropriation is insensitive,” writes another.

“Benefitting from someone else’s culture,” another writes, is “not OK.”

Some jumped to some very different conclusions about Jeremy’s post.

“Why teepee?” one asked bluntly. “Are you racist too?”

Another jumped to a conclusion on the opposite end of the spectrum.

“Are you Native American?” one asked.

“Hard to understand the meaning of the pic,” another noted. “I am Apache though, so if you are that’s great.”

The Apache nation is not known for tipis.

Tipis are sometimes mistakenly attributed to all Native Americans, but were and are in fact unique to people of the Plains region of North America.

(Tipis are still used for some ceremonies, if no longer used for dwellings)

Native American cultures in other regions used different types of dwellings, including elaborate structures.

It’s understandable that people would be on their guard about Native American cultural heritage being misused by white people.

But one follower commented that this is not what is happening.

“Ya’ll, he is in Oklahoma at a Native American history museum,” the commenter writes. “Chill!!!!”

Tipis are often the subject of misunderstanding.

While tipis are conceptually similar to the European lavvu, they are part of a few Native American cultures and are not for anyone else to misuse.

The Native American cultural heritage more likely to be misused are things like war bonnets and terms like “spirit animal.”

But it doesn’t look like Jeremy Vuolo is doing any of that.

We’re happy to call out cultural appropriation or other wrongdoings when we see it. But that’s not what was happening here.

With context, we see that he was practicising cultural appreciation in a museum.

Let’s save our outrage for the people and actions that deserve it.


Henry Levy: Demi Lovato Is Dating a Fellow Addict and Fans Are Concerned

As we reported earlier today, Demi Lovato is out of rehab, and she’s not allowing her sobriety to interfere with her social life.

It looks as though Demi already has a new boyfriend, and while it’s nice to see her smile after such a difficult year, there may be cause for concern.

Typically, those who are new to recovery are discouraged from embarking on new romantic relationships.

But Demi’s new companion reportedly checks two boxes, as he’s both a source of emotional support and an expert on sobriety.

His name is Henry Levy, and he’s a clothing designer who’s been to rehab several times, having first sought treatment when he was 15 years old.

Now, that may sound like a recipe for disaster at first, as Demi’s latest relapse is so recent that she probably shouldn’t involve herself with another addict at the moment.

But those who know Henry best say he’s been sober for over a year and may actually be a good influence on Demi

His latest stint in rehab–where he reportedly re-connected with Demi–was apparently just a tune-up.

Although it can’t be that long since Levy’s last relapse, as here he is pouring himself a glass of whiskey in 2016. 

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Sources close to the situation say Henry and Demi have been friends for years, but their romance is a recent development.

Though not exactly a household name, Levy is no slouch in the fashion world, and his clothing has been worn by Sophie Turner, Kanye West, Sophia Richie and, of course, Demi.

So Henry’s successful in his own right … but that doesn’t mean he’s stable.

As head of Enfants Riches Deprimes (which translates to “rich depressed children”) Henry has stirred up a good deal of controversy over the years.

“If I wasn’t Jewish I would kill myself. Because I wouldn’t be rich,” Levy wrote on Facebook last year, much to the chagrin of customers and employees.

In the Complex magazine interview that accompanied the whiskey photo, Levy said that one of his primary artistic motivations is the rage he feels toward his parents for sending him to rehab.

Asked by the interviewer at that time if he was sober, Levy answered simply, “No.”

Now, close friendships and romantic relationships are common among rehab patients, but experts generally caution against them for a number of reasons.

Every addict and every recovery is different, but fans are already troubled by the fact that Demi left rehab months ahead of schedule.

The fact that the new man in her life is relatively newly sober himself is likely to be greeted with even greater concern.

After all, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Demi’s overdose in July nearly claimed her life.

With the help of family, friends, fans, and an army of specialists, Demi recently celebrated 90 days of sobriety.

But just like every other addict, she’s always just one bad decision from throwing it all away.

Here’s hoping Henry is equipped to help her remain on the right path.


Modern Family Kills Off “Major Character” and Fans Are Outraged

Fair warning: this post contains a Modern Family spoiler.

Whether or not it's a major spoiler is a matter of some debate.

Modern Family's co-creator promised that, in Season 10, a character of significance would die.

On Wednesday night's episode, that happened … sort of.

See (and here's the spoiler), the "major character death" was DeDe, Jack's ex-wife, the mother of both Mitchell and Claire.

DeDe is not a main character — she's just related to a bunch of them.

She did not appear in even a guest role in Season 3, Season 5, or Season 6.

Modern Family fans took to Twitter to express their outrage over all of that hype having been built up for nothing.

1. Modern Family killed a character

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Don’t worry — it’s not anyone you know. It’s DeDe.

2. Here is DeDe, in case you forgot

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Here she stands beside her son and her son-in-law

3. People did a double take

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When you hear “major character death,” you expect to AT LEAST recognize the name immediately

4. Fans called bull

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Of course, we’re glad that the lead actors kept their jobs, but still …

5. This is a great reaction image

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Nobody has time to get worked up over an occasional guest character’s death

6. This person warned their own followers

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That’s a spoiler, but maybe not the kind that people cared about

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Jinger Duggar Shares Adorable Pics of Her “Little Family,” Melts Fans’ Hearts

Hard to believe it's been three months since Jinger Duggar welcomed her first child.

These days, Jinger and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, are loving their lives as new parents and sharing every moment of that joy on social media.

Perhaps it's because Jinger and Jeremy live in Laredo, Texas, far away from the rest of the Duggar clan in Arkansas.

Or perhaps it's because Jinger has harbored a lifelong love of photography.

Whatever the reason, the pics of little Felicity just keep coming, and fans can't get enough.

Take a look:

1. Jinger, Jeremy, Felicity

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Jinger has posted several new photos of her “little family” this week. And fans have eagerly expressed their appreciation.

2. Felicity In Black and White

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“Safe in Daddy’s arms,” Jinger captioned this artful pic. Duggar fans may recall that Jinger has long had an interest in photography.

3. Felicity’s Parents

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Despite the demands of being first-time parents, Jinger and Jeremy still make time for one another. She captioned this pic, “Forever and always.”

4. Friend of the Vuolo Family

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“Our lovely friend Adelyn Foto is in town this weekend! Felicity couldn’t be bothered for a smile,” Jinger captioned this pic.

5. Felicity at 3 Months

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It’s hard to believe three months have gone by since little Felicity entered the world. Fortunately, Jimnger has been thoroughly documenting all the major moments in her daughter’s life.

6. Flying High

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At 3 months old, Felicity is already a seasoned world traveler! Okay, so she’s only been on one plane — but it’s a start!

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Teresa Giudice Asks Fans to Pray for Her as Joe Faces Deportation

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.

“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.


Jinger Duggar Continues to Outrage Fans With Pics of Her Daughter

In general, photos of infants are up there with videos of cats doing funny things on the short list of internet posts that won’t piss anybody off.

But if you’re a member of the Duggar family everything you do is subject to intense scrutiny and harsh criticism — and Jinger Duggar’s latest baby photo is no exception.

That’s little Felicity Duggar enjoying what we assume is her first plane ride.

Jinger captioned the pic, “Little travel buddy.”

Seems inoffensive enough, right?

After all who could have a problem with an infant on an airplane (aside from, ya know, every other passenger on that plane).

Well, believe it or not, Jinger has been accused of trolling her critics with this pic.

If that sounds absurd, that’s because it absolutely is.

But you’re currently on the internet, so you’re well aware that we’re living in absurd times.

Anyway, the outrage has to do with Felicity’s headgear.

Yes, believe it or not Jinger has been accused of cultural appropriation for tying a scarf to her child’s head.

We suppose it’s possible that Jinger came across an old photo of Tupac and decided that would be a good look for her daughter.

But the much more likely explanation is that the scarf is simply an easy way to keep the baby’s head warm.

Not surprisingly, the constant negative attention has begun to take a toll on Jinger.

“She feels like she’s constantly getting mom shamed since she had Felicity. She had no idea it was going to be this bad,” an insider close to Jinger tells Hollywood Life.

“Jinger is doing her best to ignore the negativity and focus on the positive, but it’s hard.”

Scarf-gate began with the above photo of Jinger and Jeremy attending a Chicago Cubs game last month, and remarkably, it shows no signs of letting up.

Fortunately, Jinger isn’t letting the haters win.

She’s continued to post pics of Felicity, and it doesn’t look like she’ll be stopping any time soon.

We say give the girl a break. It’s bad enough she was raised in the freakin’ Duggar family.