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Patty Hearst Blasts TV, Film Projects for Romanticizing Her ‘Rape and Torture’

Patty Hearst won’t be involved in any film or TV series depicting her hostage ordeal … and, in fact, she’s blasting the people behind the upcoming productions for glorifying her rape. Patty tells us … “Over the years I have been approached many…

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Tide Pod Challenge: Teens Film Themselves Eating Detergent Pods! Why?!

What happens when you mix the internet, the neo-dadaist humor shared by Millennials and Generation Z, social media, YouTube's "challenge" culture, and millions of years of evolutionary instinct?

Well, you get teenagers recording videos of themselves eating Tide detergent pods.

As you'll see in the video below, this unbelievable (and very inadvisable!) stunt is the latest "challenge" video that's taking the internet by storm. Oh, dear.

So, you know when you were a kid — and, honestly, now — and some things looked like food and, on some primal level, you felt the impulse to try to eat it?

Recently, people on social media have been talking about detergent pods and other "forbidden snacks."

From little colorful bouncy balls to salt lamps to translucent dice to detergent pods, there are certain small items that we have to resist the impulse to devour.

Why? Because our instincts — we're talking, like, lizard brain instincts — see a small, colorful object that might be partially see-through, and it registers as fruit.

Not just fruit, but some sort of nutrient-rich morsel full of flavor, vitamins, and simple carbohydrates that our bodies need to survive.

So people have joked about "forbidden snacks." Memes were born.

Unfortunately, while the vast majority of people talking about these detergent pods were just remarking on the absurdity of their impulse to eat them, well …

Some people have been taking things a step further by recording themselves putting a detergent pod in their mouths.

They took a perfectly good, almost wholesome, meme, and turned it into one of those stupid "challenges" that could easily poison someone.

As the Taylor Swift song says, "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things."

Now, some of these "challenge" videos are funny. Genuinely, truly funny.

Artistically created, they're even set to music.

Many of them use tricks, via editing or camera movements, in order to simply make it appear that someone has eaten one of these "tasty" pods.

They are made of extremely concentrated soap, folks. They do not taste good. When eaten, they are also super, super bad for you.

Some of these videos are, again, illusions.

In fact, some videos include artificial detergent pods, made of safely edible things like candy and jello, which reminds me of that game show where people bite onto everyday objects in a room in order to discover which are chocolate.

(You can view an edible Tide Pod recipe here)

But we're sad to say that at least some of these videos are for real.

Many companies make detergent pods, for the dishwasher or the washing machine.

Tide pods, for whatever reason, have been singled out by the meme and particularly by the people taking the "Tide pod challenge."

We can only imagine what a PR nightmare this must be for all of the people working at Tide, who must either be scratching their heads or screaming as they see their cleaning products ingested all across the internet.

In fact, Tide actually put out a statement:

"Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes, and they're used safely in millions of households every day. They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children."

Their statement continues:

"We have seen no indication of an increase of cases seeking medical treatment amongst infants and teenagers associated with the recent uptick in social media conversation or in consumer calls."

So, that's good, at least.

We should note that the reason that detergent pods in general are so colorful is because that appeals to our instincts. (That's why products and packaging, in general, look colorful)

We don't think that it's Tide's fault, or any other company's, that some people make terrible choices because they want their videos to get views.

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Ami Brown Cancer Update: Is She Too Sick to Film?

Following Discovery’s Alaskan Bush People Christmas special, fans and viewers couldn’t help but wonder how Ami Brown’s cancer battle is going.

And whether that special might be the last time that they see the Brown family matriarch on their televisions.

Let’s look at what we know.

Ami Brown has been battling lung cancer.

She finished her second round of chemo before Thanksgiving and the family sounded optimistic during the Christmas special (which was also filmed before Thanksgiving).

Positivity is great, but Ami Brown was not miraculously cured of cancer. Even though we all wish that she had been.

Instead, comments that she was no longer “sick” were references to the fact that she was over her chemo treatments.

Chemo, of course, can horribly ravage the body — the idea being that it also horribly ravages the cancer and that the cancer, not being a whole person, will die but the body itself will tough it out.

Ami Brown is still fighting her cancer, of course, but she needs to take rests to recover between rounds of chemo.

And, of course, she reportedly suffered a setback.

As we mentioned, the non-fan page Alaskan Bush People Exposed shared the context of the Christmas special.

“Last night’s show was filmed before Thanksgiving and Ami was doing fairly well after finishing chemo.”

They also shared an unhappy update.

“Shortly after Thanksgiving she suffered a brief setback and was very ill.”

But there’s good news.

“She is doing better now and back on the mend. They are still in Los Angeles, and she is recuperating.”

And they offer a dose of reality for those who need it.

“There has been no miracle cure and unfortunately this will be a long battle for her. She has lost a lot of her hair, wears a hat most of the time and very frail.”

Even as a non-fan site, they’re trying to remain optimistic.

“Hopefully, after the holidays she will get strong enough to start filming the upcoming season.”

RadarOnline reports that Ami Brown will be heavily featured in the eighth season of Alaskan Bush People.

While those are, again, rumors, that’s welcome news.

Especially after so many of the show’s fans had feared that the family would film season 8 without Ami Brown.

Interestingly, there are conflicting reports about how much of this season of Alaskan Bush People has actually been filmed, with some suggesting that they’ve pretty much wrapped.

Considering how little time Ami Brown has spent in Colorado — where the family’s new homestead is — we have to figure that either they have more filming to do, or she won’t appear in this season that much.

No one knows what Ami Brown’s future will bring.

In a heartbreaking confession, (now) 15-year-old Rain Brown admitted that she doesn’t know if her mother will make it.

“My mom and I spent all morning making our favorite peach tea and our own mix of essential oils together (frankincense, eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, and spearmint) with coconut oil as a carrier and a touch of shimmer.”

This was during Ami’s second chemotherapy treatment.

“She is now going through her second round of chemo, sadly I can’t say how she is doing just yet, but we are all hopeful and faithfu.”

As the Brown family’s de facto spokesperson in recent months (because of her social media presence), Rain is more aware than anyone of all of the support, prayers, and well wishes that Ami and the Browns have received.

“Thank you all so much for your support and love in this harsh time.”

Ami Brown is battling lung cancer. It wasn’t caught in early screening. She and her husband have been known as serious smokers.

(Billy Brown’s been slammed by fans for not giving up smoking despite his wife’s cancer)

So, though Ami’s been getting first-rate health care and a filming schedule that revolves around her health and ability to film, prospects have looked grim from very early on.

That doesn’t mean that there’s no reason to hope for her to make a recovery, however.

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Kevin Spacey Cut from Completed Ridley Scott Film, Christopher Plummer to Replace Him

Kevin Spacey’s fall from grace is getting worse — the actor’s been dropped from an already finished Ridley Scott film after the director decided to remove him in the wake of more sexual abuse allegations. It’s pretty crazy — Scott’s movie, “All…

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Teen Mom 2 Season 8 Extended; Jenelle Evans “Refusing” to Film

The fab favie of Teen Mom 2 are rumored to be itching to leave (one of them in particular), but legally, they’ll be hard pressed to do so.

Following the network’s latest move, especially.

MTV has exercised its option to extend Teen Mom 2 include a “B” season, allowing them to film more installments of Season 8.

This was the network’s choice, and is legally binding, meaning there will be a lot more episodes of the hit show coming our way.

As for what this means for the cast members?

According to The Ashley, Jenelle Evans, Kail Lowry, Chelsea Houska, Briana DeJesus and Leah Messer aren’t going anywhere.

Despite several members of the cast not knowing about MTV picking up the option yet, it won’t matter, since they’re all signed.

“The girls signed on to Season 8 knowing that the network has the opportunity to extend the season,” says an inside source.

The contract gave MTV this option and as such, it can “basically do a whole other season of episodes under the Season 8 contract.”

While that sounds nefarious, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, “MTV has done this for several of the previous seasons.”

Part of the reason this is so noteworthy is the controversy regarding the show’s editing and the stars’ current dissatisfaction.

Not that it’s slowing production down at all.

According to The Ashley, Season 8 is already set to be the longest in the hit reality show’s history at a whopping 18 episodes.

That’s not counting the Reunion and “Unseen Moments” episodes – or the “Season B” option that was just picked up – either.

What even is Season B? It’s a gray area.

“Some of the cast members are already filming for Season 8B, even if they don’t know it yet,” one MTV crew member dished.

The girls will earn additional income for the season, given the new number of episodes, but will not receive a salary bump.

Contract terms are re-negotiated (along with salaries) before each new season, and by definition, this is not a new season.

Somehow we don’t think this will go over well.

Monday night, Jenelle Evans blasted MTV in a rant for the ages, saying the network is ruining her marriage and treating her like a freak show.

The Carolina Hurricane has expressed frustrations before, but this time claimed she’s “probably done” for good after the “uncalled for” episode.

Can she legally bail, though?

The Ashley informs us that Jenelle is aware that Season 8 has been extended, and no, she cannot legally flake out … but this is Jenelle.

“She doesn’t care. She’s refusing to film,” says the source close to the Teen Mom 2 firebrand, breach of contract be damned.

While this has all the makings of a standoff, Evans has made these threats before and backed off, and time may be on MTV’s side.

There will reportedly be a season of Teen Mom: OG, the flagship of the franchise, in between Teen Mom 2 Season 8 and Season 8B.

Nothing is finalized, but we would guess that means the OGs will return in winter/spring followed by the TM2 crew in summer/fall 2018.

In other words, plenty of time to get over her gripes about how the network makes her look bad and remember that it lines her pockets.

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