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Kris Jenner Called “Chubby;” Kim Kardashian Lashes Out!

Kris Jenner is the momager of a media empire. She’s a beloved (and feared) figure in her own right. Also, Kris Jenner is about to get so many new grandbabies.

Kris can and does absolutely speak for herself. But that doesn’t mean that her family doesn’t speak up for her.

But when Kim tweeted a defense of her momager after someone called Kris chubby, Kim ended up in hot water with some Twitter users.

Before we get into Kim’s outrage and the various responses, let’s look at how this all started:

The Daily Mail took a look at the ghost of Kris Jenner’s past — that is, of Kris before Keeping Up With The Kardashians and before Caitlyn Jenner and even before she met Robert Kardashian.

Their very first bullet point reads:

“Before she turned momager and reality TV star, Kris Jenner was a chubby-faced store clerk and a junior flight attendant.”

That’s … a very loaded line. Kim Kardashian certainly thinks so.

Kim Kardashian took offense at the description of her mother’s younger self.

Kim tweeted a link to the article (a surefire way to make sure that as many people read it as possible), and wrote:

“Chubby really? That’s the headline? How about beautiful, youthful, stunning?!?!”

While we can understand (and applaud) a natural disposition that she be defensive of her mother, Kim’s response proved to be controversial.

Would you care to guess why?

Some tweets, of course, immediately agreed with Kim that it was an outrage for her mother to be described like that.

Others took a different view, writing:

“Chubby is not a bad thing!!!”

A lot of tweets shared that sentiment, and they’re absolutely right. In fact, many people lovingly describe their “chubby girlfriends,” though many opt for less polarizing words like “soft.”

Others pointed out that it was still fine for Kim to be unhappy.

Replying to the (correct) assertion that that “chubby” isn’t a bad thing, someone tweeted:

“Yes, it isn’t. But there are so many more words to describe Kris & they chose to target weight specifically rather than something else. Chubbiness is not bad :)”

Another wrote:

“It’s a term you have to be careful with. Definitely not the best term to come up with.”

And another really saw eye-to-eye with Kim:

“I’d be so upset if someone described my momma like that in a headline! Go Kim!”

Ultimately, though, the people who saw Kim’s tweet as relatable, the people who saw Kim’s tweet as fat-shaming, and Kim herself may have all been missing the point.

The Daily Mail described Kris’ younger self as chubby-faced.

While potentially inflammatory, “chubby-faced” is a description often given to photos of people when they were children. And while Kris was 22, and not a child, they may have been highlighting her youth.

But not all chubby people are okay with the word, just as not all fat people are okay with that word. And you know what? Kris’ face aside, she is and was neither.

At the time in Kris’ life that The Daily Mail describes, she looked — more than anything — like Kourtney Kardashian. Their faces are so similar that a time-traveling Kris Jenner could probably unlock Kourtney’s phone.

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Derick Dillard Lashes Out at Fans: I QUIT Counting On & So Did My Wife!

The rapid unraveling of Derick Dillard continued yesterday, as Jill Duggar’s husband posted a series of irate tweets, in which he  explained that parting ways with TLC was his decision, not the network’s.

It was previously reported that Derick had been fired from Counting On due to his controversial comments toward transgender teen and fellow TLC reality star Jazz Jennings.

Now, Dillard says he was not fired, but in fact quit the show due to differences of opinion.

“Unbelievable what’s considered newsworthy these days, but then again this is how I heard I was ‘fired,’” Dillard wrote in response to a Fox News tweet about his firing.

“For the record, I was never fired. I just felt it was best for my family to cut ties months ago, as we are heading in a different direction.”

Derick went on to claim that he “never worked” for TLC, which seems to be his way of saying that he was never under contract with the network.

“Yes, I’m no longer doing [the show], but nowhere did they say that I was fired,” Derick wrote. “Big difference. You can’t be fired from somewhere you never worked.”

“That’s what’s so funny. I was fake fired from my fake job,” he added.

“PR must be their justification. See it is funny, you’re laughing too lol.”

Despite his claim that he left the network by choice and was never really employed there, Derick clearly feels some bitterness toward TLC.

It’s not the first time Dillard has claimed that he quit, but it is the first time that he revealed his wife, Jill, will no longer be appearing on Counting On.

When a fan asked Derick, “So you guys aren’t on the show anymore?” the 28-year-old former accountant quickly replied, “Correct.”

So it seems viewers may have seen the last of fan favorite Jill.

Naturally, the revelation that the Dillards will be stepping away from the spotlight has further fueled rumors that Derick was caught cheating on Jill, but it seems unlikely that we’ll ever receive any sort of confirmation on that.

The fact that she’ll no longer be appearing on television may help explain some recent changes in Jill’s appearance.

Jill’s been sporting a nose piercing, henna tattoos, and other non-Duggar-approved fashion statements.

Perhaps life away from the glare of the spotlight offers some advantages, after all.

Watch Counting On online for more from Jill and Derick’s controversial marriage.

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Mayim Bialik Lashes Out at “Vicious” Critics, Totally Doesn’t Get It

Mayim Bialik is not apologizing for her controversial stance regarding rape and feminism.

Over the weekend, Bialik wrote an op-ed in response to accusations of sexual assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Big Bang Theory actress was not a victim of Weinstein’s. It doesn’t sound as though she knows anyone who has claimed to be.

So why did she choose to speak out about this topic?

Because Bialik thought she had helpful advice to offer fellow members of her gender.

“As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms,” Bialik wrote, instantly stepping into scalding hot water.

Right off the bat here, she’s saying that Weinstein only preyed on attractive women.

Moreover, she’s blaming the attractive women for… well… being attractive.

She’s completely missing the point that sexual harassment is all about some insecure jerk such as Weinstein exerting his power, not simply wanting to tap some fine piece of you-know-what.

“Those of us in Hollywood who don’t represent an impossible standard of beauty have the ‘luxury’ of being overlooked and, in many cases, ignored by men in power unless we can make them money,” Bialik continued.

Over the past week or so, approximately 43 women have come forward and accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Some, such as Rose McGowan, have accused him or rape.

The fact that anyone would dare to lecture these women, or any victims of assault, is horribly offensive.

But that never occurred to Bialik, apparently.

“If you are beautiful and sexy, terrific. But having others celebrate your physical beauty is not the way to lead a meaningful life,” she wrote.

“And if – like me – you’re not a perfect 10, know that there are people out there who will find you stunning, irresistible and worthy of attention, respect and love.

“The best part is you don’t have to go to a hotel room or a casting couch to find them.”

In response to this terribly pompous and totally misguided editorial, critics lambasted Bialik for blaming the victims of rape in any way, shape or form.

Gabrielle Union, for example, Tweeted that “Sexual or physical violence, harassment, demeaning language is NOT the price one should pay for seeking or maintaining employment. Period.”

She then shared her personal story:

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Care to respond, Mayim Bialik?

Actually, the actress has responded.

Not to Union, specifically, but to her critics.

“I’m being told my N.Y. Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all of the feedback,” she wrote on Twitter, adding:

“I also see a bunch of people have taken my words out of the context of the Hollywood machine and twisted them to imply that God forbid I would blame a woman for her assault based on her clothing or behavior.

“Anyone who knows me and my feminism knows that’s absurd and not at all what this piece was about.

“It’s so sad how vicious people are being when I basically live to make things better for women.”

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The actress announced that she would hold a Facebook Live discussion with the newspaper on Monday to clear the air.

But we have a question, considering that Bialik wrote the following in her piece:

I am entirely aware that these types of choices might feel oppressive to many young feminists.

Women should be able to wear whatever they want. They should be able to flirt however they want with whomever they want. Why are we the ones who have to police our behavior?

In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want.

But our world isn’t perfect.

Nothing—absolutely nothing—excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can’t be naïve about the culture we live in.

How, exactly, are we taking anything out of context to interpret this as placing blame on sexual assault victims for how they dress and act?

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Demi Lovato Lashes Out: You Wanna Know If I’m Bisexual, Huh?

Over the years, Demi Lovato has become known as one of the most open and honest celebrities in Hollywood.

The singer has never shied away from her history of drug use and her battle with an eating disorder, hoping to use her troubled past as a way to assist others.

But there’s one topic about which Lovato has been noticeably silent.

Despite rumors floating around the Internet that she’s now dating a woman, the artist is refusing to address this seemingly major personal tidbit.

And it’s driving a few fans crazy!

“I love Demi Lovato, but her reason for refusing to talk about her sexuality is total bulls–t,” complained a Twitter user this week, linking to a Huffington Post article titled Demi Lovato’s Reason For Refusing To Talk About Her Sexuality Is Total Bulls**t.

An excerpt from this article reads as follows:

“The longer she refuses to talk about this one specific aspect of who she is – while continually telling the queer community that we should be proud of who we are and simultaneously courting us to buy her albums and concert tickets – the less I’m inclined to want her support… or to support her.”

Lovato slammed this take as “rude,” while referencing the YouTube Red documentary “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated” that drops next month.

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The star then followed up with a second Tweet on the topic:

“Just because I refuse to label myself for the sake of a headline doesn’t mean I’m not going to stand up for what I believe in.”

Rumors about Lovato’s sexuality have been circulating ever since the artist was spotted at Disneyland last month… holding hands with DJ/producer Lauren Abedini.

About two years ago, Demi hinted pretty strongly that she’s open to dating women.

“All my songs are based off of personal experiences,” she said at the time of “Cool for the Summer,” whose lyrics make mention of lesbianism.

Added Lovato in this interview: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with experimentation at all.”

So… why not come out now and acknowledge that she’s dating a woman?

This is what Lovato told PrideSource.com’s Chris Azzopardi about the ongoing chatter:

I just feel like everyone’s always looking for a headline and they always want their magazine or TV show or whatever to be the one to break what my sexuality is.

I feel like it’s irrelevant to what my music is all about. I stand up for the things that I believe in and the things that I’m passionate about, but I like to keep my personal life as private as possible when it comes to dating and sexuality and all that stuff just because it has nothing to do with my music.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where everyone is trying to get that soundbite and I am purposefully not giving the soundbite.

Watch my documentary.

We love, Demi Lovato.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her.

But it is a little lame to continually push a professional project when asked about something personal, especially when that something ties into a larger societal issue that you have often discussed proudly.

Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated will premiere on YouTube on October 12.

The singer also has a new album on the way.

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Tamra Judge Lashes Out at Rumors: Eddie is NOT Gay!

This again?

As you know from our The Real Housewives of Orange County recap, the topic of Tamra Judge’s husband Eddie’s sexuality came up, again.

As soon as the episode aired on the East Coast, Tamra Judge went off in a furious social media rant. One that even she realized went too far, and had to dial back (but we have both versions).

So, Vicki Gunvalson — Queen Bee of The Real Housewives of Orange County and Tamra Judge’s friend-turned-enemy — was with Gretchen Rossi, Lizzie Rovsek, and Kelly Dodd.

Vicki Gunvalson has heard a rumor in the past that Eddie Judge, Tamra Judge’s husband, might be gay.

Vicki has also repeated this, often with a tone of delight, at more or less every opportunity.

The question of Eddie Judge’s sexuality even made it onto that Tamra Judge diss track.

Why? We don’t think that she’s concerned that Eddie Judge is living a lie when he could be living his best life.

Instead, it’s because the rumor seems to really get under Tamra Judge’s skin.

Anyway, this time, Ricky — Tamra’s very close friend — is part of the conversation.

And he claims that he once saw Eddie Judge kissing another man.

That caused a stir, obviously. It’s a dubious claim with zero support, but it’s salacious enough that Vicki would have to know that it would irk Tamra to no end.

And Tamra, on social media, took the bait.

So, as soon as the episode aired on the East Coast — where, we’ll remind you, most shows air three hours earlier (in real time) than on the West Coast because of the time difference — Tamra Judge took to Instagram to post her rebuttal.

Currently, her post says this:

“How orchestrated and wrong was that? The worst acting I’ve ever seen. They are nothing but homophobic bullies that think it’s okay to try and Out a straight man hoping to humiliate him.”

What exactly does it mean to out a straight man?

“Well guess what it didn’t work ! It’s Not the 1920’s and being gay is not something to be ashamed of or mocked. You should all be ashamed of yourself [sic].”

In its current form, Tamra’s post ends like this:

“We all know who was behind this …. bye.”

There’s a lot to unpackage here.

First of all, spreading rumors about someone’s sexuality is never good.

In many cases, it can endanger people. Not Eddie Judge, but … it’s never a good idea.

Even if you know something that somebody did or someone just sets off your very accurate gaydar, it’s bad form to share it.

Also, every part of this conversation about Eddie Judge isn’t just gossip, it’s also bisexual-erasure.

Plenty of straight people have bisexual spouses. Plenty of gay people have bisexual spouses.

Bi folks may be one of the “invisible” minorities because people tend to assume that they’re either gay or straight depending on their most recent partner, but they exist.

(They probably outnumber all of the rest of us combined, actually)

Anyway, so if Vicki’s going ot perpetuate rumors, she could at least refer to a man who’s married to a woman but allegedly has a past witn a man as bisexual.

But … it would still be better to find a new way to get under Tamra’s skin.

Perhaps she could talk about how Tamra Judge’s own daughter wants nothing to do with her, alleging neglect and emotional abuse.

Tamra’s original ending to that post after “you should all be ashamed of yourself [sic],” was a little more accusatory:

“Vicki was 100% behind this and I hope she loses her job just like Phaedra.”

That is … viciously harsh.

Gretchen Rossi then posted her own response on Instagram.

“Talk about reaching, this post takes the cake even for Tamra. Some of my dearest & best friends are part of the LGBTQ community…I am not homophobic in any way!”

Good that she starts by defending herself against accusations of being homophobic.

“No one was trying to ‘out’ anyone….Kelly was only pointing out that Vicki didn’t start the rumor and Lizzie pointed out that Tamra has known about this rumor going around town for years.”

We know … we all saw it.

“By the reaction on all our faces no one could have anticipated what Ricky was going to say when asked if he knew if Eddie was gay (which I only asked him because I knew he had been best friends with Tamra for 13 plus years and if anyone he might know)”

She saves her best point for last, however:

“Besides it’s only ‘outing’ someone if he is actually gay….which she adamantly denies. And just for the record Vicki Did not set anything up!!”

Honestly, whatever she really thinks of Eddie Judge, Vicki should probably cool it with the rumors.

Vicki can be creative and could find something else to use to needle Tamra.

Something that won’t make viewers and fans of the show uncomfortable.

Vicki’s taunts might even hit a little close to home for viewers and fans.

Taunting that someone’s spouse might be gay or bi shouldn’t be part of our society, you know?

Let’s all try to be better. Real Housewives included.

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