Leah Messer Fights to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Hero or Hypocrite?

After years of turmoil marked by addiction, multiple divorces, and countless accusations of shoddy parenting, Leah Messer appears to have found a modicum of happiness and stability in her life.

And in admirable fashion, she frequently expresses gratitude for her good fortune.

These days, the MTV fan favorite is making it clear that her primary career goal is not lining her pockets, but setting a positive example for her millions of impressionable fans.

In the early days of the Teen Mom franchise, both stars and producers stated that their objective was not merely to entertain but to shed light on the difficulties faced by young first-time parents.

Obviously, in the years since, that intention has been overshadowed by the casts’ celebrity status and high-profile feuds.

But as a mother of three daughters it seems Leah is still focused on spreading the word about the perils of teenage pregnancy.

In recent weeks, Leah has been engaged in an ongoing open conversation with her social media followers about the importance of sex education and equal access to birth control.

“So proud of you!!! You are such a strong woman! From one teen mom to another I look up to you a lot. Thank you for being you,” one tweeted to Leah this week.

“You’re welcome! It’s not easy but I hope all of us girls can continue to prevent teen pregnancy by sharing our story/struggles! That’s the goal,” Leah replied.

Yes, Leah has eagerly reminded viewers of the show’s original mission statement several times in the past few weeks.

It seems that like many critics of the show, she now feels that Teen Mom 2 has had the opposite of its intended effect.

While teen pregnancies have been on the decline in recent years, there are certainly young viewers of the show for whom the prospect of getting pregnant at a young age has only become more attractive by MTV’s most popular shows.

Leah seems to be aware of this, and she also seems genuine in her hopes to dispel the notion that a teen pregnancy is something to aspire to.

For the most part, Ms. Messer has been lauded for her efforts.

Of course, her comments have attracted their fair share of criticism as well.

Some have derided Leah as a hypocrite and expressed their belief that a woman who welcomed three children before her mid-twenties and benefited enormously by doing so, she’s not the best representative of the dangers of teen pregnancy.

But Leah has repeatedly made it clear that good fortunate of the kind that she’s experienced is increasingly uncommon.

Hopefully, the same young fans who look at Leah’s life these days and see an aspirational figure will also bear in mind that Ms. Messer went through hell to get to where she is today.

Watch Teen Mom 2 online to relive all of Leah’s struggles.


Kim Kardashian Fights to #FreeCyntoiaBrown

Kim Kardashian is not here to pose half-naked for a change.

And we’re not here to make fun of Kim Kardashian in any way, shape or form for a change.

That’s because the mother of two has just used her Twitter account for something other than personal exposure, alerting her millions and millions of followers to the plight of a young woman named Cyntoia Brown.

“The system has failed,” Kardashian Tweeted this week, surprising fans and adding:

“It’s heart-breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right.

“I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown.”

This unexpected message has caused many to wonder:

Who is Cyntoia Brown?

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Brown was sentenced to life in prison back in 2004 when she was 16 years old.

She was found guilty shooting dead a 43-year old Nashville real estate agent named Johnny Allen after he picked her up for sex.

According to legal documents, Brown said she was forced out on the streets by her boyfriend, a drug-using pimp who went by the named “Kutthroat.”

She said he verbally and physically abused her over the years.

Brown explained after her arrest that Allen showed her his gun collection once they got back to his home.

She says ate dinner with him, watched television and got into his bed with him. From there…

“He grabbed me in-between my legs – he just grabbed it real hard,” she told the trial court, adding:

“I’m thinking he’s going to hit me or do something like it…”

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Brown then said Allen turned over and reached for something at the side of his bed.

She thought he was getting a gun.

She therefore responded in self-defense and shot him in the head with a .40-caliber handgun that Kutthroat had given her.

Brown was tried as an adult, with prosecutors arguing that she attempted to rob Allen (because she left with his wallet and weapons).

The jury found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder, and aggravated robbery.

She will be eligible for parole when she is 67 years old.

Along with Kardashian, Rihanna and Cara Delevigne have written social media posts about Brown. 

They are trying to draw attention to young women such as Brown, who lived a life of violence and abuse before she was even old enough to vote.

Is she really the type of person who must spend decades behind bars?

“To each of you responsible for this child’s sentence, I hope to God you don’t have children,” Rihanna wrote on Instagram about the situation.

Added Delevigne:

“The justice system is so backwards!!! This is completely insane.”

While in prison, Brown earned an Associate’s Degree from Lipscomb University’s in-jail program. She is now working on another degree.

At the time of this writing, a petition seeking a presidential pardon for her has attracted over 186,000 signatures.

Kardashian’s Tweet, meanwhile, has been Liked over 379,000 times.


Jenelle Evans FIGHTS Nathan Griffith at the Teen Mom 2 Reunion!

So look, we all know how Jenelle Evans is, right?

It doesn’t take much to get her worked up, and when she does get worked up, she tends to get a little bit rowdy.

Well, “rowdy” is a nicer word for it. Really she gets nasty and hateful and loud, and every once in a while she’ll get violent, too.

Check out her arrest history if there’s any doubt on that one.

When you consider all of that, and when you also consider that Jenelle has seemed to be in kind of a dark place lately, judging from her scenes on Teen Mom 2 and her decision to possibly quit the show

There’s really no way that the reunion show this weekend could have gone well.

The weekend isn’t over yet — as far as we know, MTV is still filming today — but our girl here has already thrown down once.

And the whole mess started because of Nathan Griffith. Of course.

A source who was actually on set for the reunion revealed to The Ashley’s Reality Roundup that when Jenelle’s big fight with Nathan began, “most of the cast was in various green rooms backstage and the kids were all running around playing together.”

Nathan’s current girlfriend, Ashley Lanhardt, was there, and she happened to see Jenelle’s mother, Barbara Evans.

The two women hugged, and Jenelle happened to see it. And she did not handle it well.

“She yelled at Barbara that it was wrong for her own mother to hug Nathan’s girlfriend,” the source explained.

“Nathan jumped in and was defending Ashley, and that’s when Jenelle called David in.”

Oh, great idea, Jenelle, bring in the guy with the violent criminal history and the uncontrollable jealousy and anger issues when it comes to Nathan.

The source said that Jenelle “yelled that Nathan was being out of control,” and “that’s when one of the female producers stepped in between Jenelle and Ashley.”

Another source on the scene told the website that Nathan claimed that Jenelle was high, and at another point in the fight, Jenelle claimed that Nathan’s mother, Doris, was high.

(Doris was there for the reunion, apparently to care for Kaiser.)

“No one actually threw a punch,” a source revealed, but the argument did bring the show to a halt because so many crew members had to stop what they were doing to step in.

And while it’s good that the fight didn’t get physical, it’s not so good because so many of the kids witnessed everything go down.

“The kids were all running around during this huge fight,” the source explained, “and someone in the cast grabbed Kaiser and took him away from the scene.”

“Because the fight was in the hallway, some of the other cast members were basically trapped inside the rooms they were in. Some of the other parents were really concerned and barged out of the green rooms to find their kids and bring them somewhere safe.”

Things were so intense that “Several cast members — even some of the dads — made the statement that this was not a safe place for kids to be, with stuff like this happening.”

Well, yeah.

We’ve seen Jenelle and Nathan fight before, so just throw in Nathan’s girlfriend, David, and Barbara … we wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that mess.

The fact that a bunch of kids were around to see all that fighting, and that those kids’ parents weren’t able to get to them?

We would say that we haven’t heard the last of this fight, but for one last little tidbit, a source revealed that MTV was able to film every bit of it.

So, you know, we definitely haven’t heard the last of it — unless Jenelle’s able to wrangle herself one of those “good edits,” we’ll be able to see it for ourselves!

Seriously, how good is this reunion going to be?


David Cross Accused of Racism; Amber Tamblyn Fights Back

So there’s been this thing going on for the past couple of weeks, don’t know if you’ve noticed, where all kinds of people are really opening up about moments when they were harassed.

It’s like women started talked about their experiences with Harvey Weinstein, then suddenly everyone felt comfortable sharing some real deep, dark stuff.

It’s actually been pretty inspiring to see.

People have called out Harvey and other celebrities like Ben Affleck and George Clooney for their bad behavior, and now actress/comedian Charlyne Yi is doing the same with David Cross.

In a series of tweets made on Monday, Charlyne recalled the first time she met David.

It was about ten years ago, she explained, and “he made fun of my pants (that were tattered because I was poor). Dumbfounded I stared at him speechless and he said to me ‘what’s a matter? You don’t speak English?? Cing-chong-ching-chong.'”

“Then after he saw I was offended he asked me if I was going to fight with him karate in a southern accent.”

She said that a few years after that, she was introduced to him again after she performed a comedy show, and “he said ‘Hi nice to meet you.'”

“I will say this,” she continued. “I can tell the difference between this man making a joke vs condescending me.”

“This happened 10 years ago and I sure as hell hope he’s changed (or at the very least, he’s scared enough to not be his racist self.”

“HOWEVER,” she concluded, “it is very uncool that a 40+ man was being racist towards me, being a young 20 year old woman who was clearly on the verge of tears from his first racist comment.”

So that’s a pretty awful story, right?

But in a Twitter post of his own, David suggested that perhaps Charlyne simply wasn’t remembering things correctly.

He wrote that this “accusation” was “deeply upsetting,” that he would “never intentionally hurt someone like that,” and that he does not even remember any of this happening.

However, he also tried to make it clear that he wasn’t accusing her of lying, “and I’m truly sorry if I hurt her, it was never my intention to do that.”

David said that while he doesn’t remember doing any of the things Charlyne said he did, he reached out to her about the issue, and he also proposed “the possibility that perhaps we are both misremembering exactly what happened that night.”

He finished up his message with “I can’t believe I have to write this but I am not a racist nor a bully and loathe them in real life.”

But after mulling the whole thing over for a while, he came to the conclusion that he may have actually said those things, but he just said them as “some asshole redneck racist character.”

Because he grew up in Georgia, see, and he’s frequently used that kind of character to make fun of those asshole redneck racists. Charlyne just didn’t get that, apparently.

After explaining that, he wrote that he was “done with this,” and that he hopes the people who have called him a racist have to deal with a similar scandal, because “maybe then you won’t be so quick to judge.”


Why is it so hard for some people to just make a sincere apology for something they’ve done? Why is that such a task?

Charlyne made it clear that David offended her and hurt her, and not for some ridiculous reason either — regardless of whether or not he was doing a character, he said racist things to her and it didn’t go over well.

Why does he feel the need to justify it so much when a simple “Hey, I was trying to be funny and messed up, I’m sorry” would have done the job?

Whatever the reason, David’s wife, Amber Tamblyn, has jumped into the fray, too.

And if you’re remembering her amazing words about feminism and sexism and hoping she’ll make it all better … well, you’re in for a surprise. Not a good one, either.

People were talking on Twitter about David’s lackluster response to Charlyne’s story, and someone said that it was unfortunate because Amber is so great.

“He said he was sorry, publicly, several times,” she responded. Please don’t @ me in conversations dragging my husband. Thanks.”

Several people called her out for that statement, because David never really apologized, and he certainly didn’t do it several times.

Someone even pointed out that she dragged James Woods “like a dead body all over the internet for being a perv but ‘sorry’ is OK for your obnoxiously racist husband.”

Enough people pointed out the problem that she reconsidered, and last night she revealed that she personally spoke with Charlyne, “and her feelings/safety are all that matter to me.”

“We’re good,” she added. “I owe you nothing, Twitter. You’re lucky to have me.”

“I’ll say it again,” she wrote when people still tried to criticize her. “I spoke to Charlyne. I believe her. I’m about HER feelings/emotional health right now, not Twitter’s. That okay with you?”

“I will say this for the last time. Do not hold women accountable for the actions, decisions or words of their partners. Don’t. Do it.”

What an emotional roller coaster.