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July 4 Star Sightings: How Did These Celebs Celebrate?

Red, white and blue?

More like red, white and… looking very cool, stars from across all industries!

In the following photo gallery, we've collected a bunch of snapshots posted to social media by celebrities who were in a very patriotic mood on July 4, 2017.

Click through the fun photos below and see what your favorite singers/actresses/D-Listers were up to on America's birthday this year.

1. LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian

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LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian thought the world would care that they were still together on Independence Day 2017.

2. LuAnn De Lesseps

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Luann opted to throw it back to some of her favorite moments of the year on Independence Day 2017.

3. Laurie Hernandez

Laurie hernandez beach selfie
Laurie Hernandez celebrated Independence Day with a trip to the beach.

4. Ramona Singer

Ramona singer dazzles in red
Ramona Singer is wearing red and celebrating when she’s not trying to squash her beef with Bethenny Frankel.

5. Kirsten Dunst

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Kirsten Dunst celebrated July 4 with a French backdrop and coffee.

6. Kelly Bensimon

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Kelly Bensimon may have left The Real Housewives of New York behind, but she has not left her sultry poses behind.

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Damon Wayans Jr. Ignites Controversy with “Racist” July Fourth Tweet

Damon Wayans Jr. made us laugh pretty hard during his run as Coach on New Girl.

But the actor has elicited a very different reaction from a number of Internet users in response to his sarcastic Fourth of July Tweet on Tuesday.

In celebration of the holiday (or in “celebration,” perhaps we should write, with the quotation marks added and emphasized), the former Fox sitcom star Tweeted the following yesterday morning:

Happy white people proud of their racist ancestors day.

Wayans, of course, is making a joke here about how so many Americans essentially bow down at the feet of the country’s Forefathers, especially on July Fourth…

… despite the fact that so many of these founders owned slaves.

Heck, Thomas Jefferson even impregnated at least one of his slaves.

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Was this joke funny or foul, however?

Over 1,100 people Liked the tweet, while more than 1,200 replied to it.

And many of these responses didn’t think Wayans was in the right for using such a patriotic occasion to play the race card in this kind of manner. 

“Just another example of Hollywood talking down to Americans. They hate this country & their fans. #FabricatedRacism sadly returns @wayansjr,” wrote user @ViperNTheTemple.

The actor actually replied to this critique, stating that he was making a joke and some people just took it personally and that’s okay because “jokes aren’t illegal.”

This is true.

It’s also irrelevant, of course.

Whether or not you agree with Wayans’ stance, no one is saying he ought to go to prison for expressing it.

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“Not illegal, but offensive & hateful,” wrote user @WTPatty, making this same point online.

Others, meanwhile, pointed to the men and women in the armed forces who have died for our independence and freedom and remarked that they should be the focus of all July Fourth Tweets.

This day isn’t really about George Washington, they argue.

It’s about the thousands of people who aren’t grilling with their families because they are on the frontlines of major danger overseas.

This is the best, most rational argument against Wayans’ quip.

But not many users made it. They went straight for the personal jugular instead.

“Enjoy what’s left of your already s–tty career that your dad created for you,” wrote user @JasonSMoonen, to which Damon shot back:

“Thanks Jason 🙂 . Will do :).”

Wayans starred as Coach on New Girl from 2011 through 2016.

He also played a key role on ABC’s criminally underrated Happy Endings and in the movie Let’s Be Cops.

He concluded his back and forth with critics here by writing:

“It was a joke. But feel free to be offended by it.”

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Fourth of July Recipes: Red, White and Yummy!

Happy July 4, celebrity gossip lovers!
 
While this is a time to hit the beach, hang with family and watch fireworks, we all know what this holiday is truly about: FOOD!
 
Specifically, July is about grilling – and we're here to help with the following patriotically awesome recipes.

1. Patriotic Pasta

Patriotic pasta
To do something different with your pasta salad this year, try boiling your noodles in water colored with food coloring.

2. Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob
Want to make your corn on the cob amazing? GRILL IT! Shuck it and throw it over the coals. Slather with butter, sprinkle with salt, or coat it with mayonnaise!

3. Burgers

Burgers
It doesn’t get more perfect than a juicy grilled burger. The little flag just sort of makes it, don’t you think? (Mustard on the bottom bun, people!)

4. Coleslaw

Coleclaw
Spice up your slaw with slices of jalapeno and squeezes of lime juice!

5. Baked Beans

Baked beans
It’s hard to top baked beans as the perfect side dish for a barbecue. We won’t tell if you just open a can and pretend you slaved away.

6. Fruit Flag

Fruit flag
As either an appetizer or dessert, this fruit flag – made from strawberry, banana, and blueberry kabobs – dresses up the table!

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