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R. Kelly: The Time’s Up Movement Launches #MuteRKelly Campaign

R. Kelly is accused of keeping and training women as “pets” in a captive harem. We’ve heard the horrifying allegations about Kelly’s sex cult, and multiple women who escaped have shared their stories.

Despite all of this, his career is still going strong. He has a concert scheduled for next week.

And the Time’s Up movement is coming for him.

Time’s Up released a statement, specifically from women of color within their ranks.

“As women of color within Time’s Up, we recognize that we have a responsibility to help right this wrong. We intend to shine a bright light on our WOC sisters in need. It is our hope that we will never feel ignored or silenced ever again.”

(If you don’t read a lot of intersectional feminist writing, WOC is an abbreviation for women of color)

“The recent court decision against Bill Cosby is one step toward addressing these ills, but it is just a start.”

Cosby was found guilty at his retrial, in what many see as a triumphant blow against sex monsters who have gone too long without facing justice.

“We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior.”

And they see their next focus as R. Kelly.

“To this end, today we join an existing online campaign called #MuteRKelly.”

R. Kelly is believed to have targeted and “trained” numerous women, including minor girls, to serve him sexually.

Survivors accuse him of iinflicting punishments such as isolation, food-deprivation, and physical beatings to these women.

Time's Up for R. Kelly

“Over the past 25 years, the man known publicly as R. Kelly has sold 60 million albums, toured the globe repeatedly, and accumulated hundreds of millions of plays on radio and streaming services.”

The document then lists the horrifying accusations against R. Kelly, including:

He “married a girl under 18 years of age.”

He “was sued by at least four women for sexual misconduct, statutory rape, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and furnishing illegal drugs to a minor.”

He “was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography.”

He “has faced allegations of sexual abuse and imprisonment of women under threats of violence and familial harm.”

Notice that Time’s Up is not really issuing any accusations, simply repeating provable facts such as indictments and allegations.

Time’s Up has more to say than just briefly touching upon the accusations against R. Kelly.

They are advocating a call to action.

And they list that they are encouraging people to apply pressure to the businesses that allow R. Kelly to continue his career.

That means Spotify, Apple Music, RCA Records, Ticketmaster.

It also means the Greensboro Coliseum Complex where his May 11 N.C. concert is scheduled to take place.

Their aim is to cancel this concert, and to end his career.

Sex monsters should face justice. At the very least, they should not be allowed to continue to rake in profits in front of adoring fans who turn a blind eye to allegations because they like somebody’s music.

Kelly’s management has responded to this call for justice, saying:

“R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement.”

Uh-huh.

“We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals — and in this case, it is unjust and off-target.”

Sure.

“We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices. Time’s Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly’s support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts.”

One might wonder why anyone who has heard the testimony of Kelly’s alleged victims would bother to interview women who are believed to be still under his control.

“Soon it will become clear Mr. Kelly is the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time.”

Would you care to guess which defense Kelly’s team not-so-subtly employs?

“R. Kelly’s music is a part of American and African-American culture that should never –and will never — be silenced.”

Racism is real and systemic, but it is not behind this push — which, notably, was brought forward by women of color. Women of color not unlike Kelly’s accusers.

“Since America was born, black men and women have been lynched for having sex or for being accused of it.”

Sadly, this is true. It’s not relevant to this. The accusations against R. Kelly would put him more in line with people who forced enslaved black women to have sex.

“We will vigorously resist this attempted public lynching of a black man who has made extraordinary contributions to our culture.”

Calling this a “lynching” is shameful. And it would be even if these allegations were all false.

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Jill Duggar Launches Midwife Company; Critics Say She’s Putting Lives at Risk

Typically, Duggar women aren’t permitted to seek employment outside the home, but an exception has been made in the case of Jill Duggar.

There are two reasons for this:

For one thing, Derick Dillard was recently fired by TLC after launching a transphobic tirade against fellow network star Jazz Jennings.

For reasons that defy explanation, Jill Duggar then quit Counting On, possibly as a show of solidarity with her husband.

Needless to say, there’s not a whole lot of cash pouring into the Dillard household these days, and fans were quick chastise the couple for the fact that they were both out of work, despite having two young sons to raise.

On top of all that, Jill’s decision to enter the workforce has been accepted by her husband and father as a result of the nature of the business venture she recently launched.

Put simply, in the eyes of Jim Bob and Derick, it’s woman’s work.

You see, Jill is a midwife, and as such, she’s decided to launch a her own business – an in-home service with the somewhat confusing name of Labor Sit.

While it’s nice to see Jill breaking with her family’s ridiculously outmoded tradtions and join life in the 21st century, her choice has not been without controversy.

When we said “Jill is a midwife,” perhaps have clarified that Jill considers herself a midwife.

According to her critics, Jill has not been properly trained for the job, and thus, she puts lives at stake everytime she puts on a hairnet and calls for some boiling water, or however midwives get ready to do their thing.

For several years, Jill didn’t practice at all.

This was probably the result of accusations that she faked her certification and was in no way qualified to perform the work for which she was being paid.

Jill’s lack of training is certainly cause for concern, but as is often the case with this sort of thing, the critics are slightly exaggerating.

Jill has received a certification, but it’s just not from an organization that anyone takes seriously.

Generally, midwives are granted a Certified Nurse Midwife certification, which requires a 4-year bachelor’s degree one year of nursing experience, and three years in a nurse-midwifery program.

Obviously, Jill has none of those qualifications, and so she received a Certified Professional Midwife’s license, which as far as we can tell, requires that the recipient be willing to write a check.

Add to that the fact that Jill has already earned a reputation for sketchy business practices during her very brief time in the field, and it’s not hard to see why so many think she quit while she’s only somewhat behind.

Jill’s midwife mentor had her license revoked and was forced to move out of state after she was sued by a mother who says she nearly died due to professional negligence.

Insiders say Jill was present for the botched birth, but thus far, there’s no evidence to that effect.

All of this bad news comes at a time when the Dillards are ramping up their social media presence, presumably in an effort to promote Jill’s new business.

Of course, some fans think the couple has simply been simply missing the spotlight in the months since Derick got canned.

Whatever the case, he and Jill may soon want to lie low again.

We sense another Duggar scandal coming.

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Olivia Nova: Porn Star’s Cause of Death Revealed as Family Launches Fundraiser

On Tuesday, the world of adult film was shaken by news that up-and-coming performer Olivia Nova had passed away at the age of 20.

Nova’s body was discovered by Las Vegas police over the weekend, but news of her death did not go public until two days later, when authorities could be certain that her family had been notified.

Sadly, Nova’s is the latest in a succession of adult film actresses to pass away prematurely in recent months.

In December, well-known star August Ames took her own life after being bullied online for her allegedly homophobic views.

In the weeks prior to Ames’ death, performers Shyla Styles and Yurizan Beltran passed away due to 

Given her youth and the recent rash of deaths it’s been widely assumed that Nova’s death was related to addiction or mental illness.

Now, several sources are reporting that there was no sign of foul play, and Nova’s death does not appear to be the result of natural causes.

Not surprisingly, fans have concluded that Nova (real name Lexi Rose Forte) either took her own life or accidentally overdosed.

However, it may be quite some time toxicology results can begin to offer a more complete picture of the actress and model’s final hours.

“Test results usually take about 6-8 weeks,” an investigator involved with the case tells Radar Online.

Nova had reportedly struggled with depression throughout her life, a condition that was exacerbated in recent months by a series of personal setbacks.

In early 2017, Nova revealed on Twitter that her boyfriend had fatally overdosed on heroin (she tweeted that he’d “killed himself,” leading some fans to the conclusion that she believes he intentionally took his own life).

“Rest In Peace love…. it seems like we were cuddling in bed all day with the puppy eating pizza and watching movies yesterday. Im not ready to say goodbye to you yet….” she captioned the above photo.

The death came not long after a car crash that left Nova with serious facial injuries that left the future of her modeling career in question.

It could be months before police have any definitive answers with regard to what substances were in Nova’s body at the time of her death and what may have motivated her to ingest them.

In the meantime, her family is asking for the support of Olivia’s many fans, as they cope with the financial burden of planning a funeral and getting her affairs in order.

Olivia’s mother, Leslie Forte, has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of planning a funeral and traveling from Minnesota to Las Vegas to retrieve Olivia’s beloved dog and gather her belongings.

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“We are asking that friends and loved ones of Lexi rally together to support her family during this time of need, whether it be by prayer, good vibes or a monetary donation,” the page reads.

“Leslie must now travel to Las Vegas to sort through and pack Lexi’s belongings, retrieve Lexi’s beloved dog, Rocko, and finally, bring Lexi back home to Minnesota.”

The family hopes to raise $ 8,000 to cover expenses.

Olivia had more than 20,000 Twitter followers, whom they hope will show their support for the beloved performer one final time.

We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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Farrah Abraham Launches Weird New Porn Venture, Surprises No One

Farrah Abraham may have risen to fame as a member of the Teen Mom OG cast, but in recent years, she’s become well-known to a group that falls outside of the show’s target demographic.

We’re talking, of course, about dudes who really like porn.

Yes, as much as Farrah loves to point out the difference between sex tapes and porn, at this point there’s no denying it:

Farrah Abraham is a porn star, and it looks more and more as though she prioritizes sex work over reality TV stardom.

Even when it looked as though Farrah might be fired by MTV due to her decision to make some extra cash by charging people to watch her masturbate via webcam, she stuck to her guns.

Or her vibrators, as the case may be.

Of course, this is far from the first weird, sex-related business venture that Farrah has been involved with.

In the past, Farrah has sold plastic molds of her vagina, penned a number of erotic novels, and raked in thousands charging top dollar to perform at high-end strip clubs.

And it doesn’t seem that Ms. Abraham is at all eager to retire from the sex industry.

In fact, she just launched yet another weird side-project that’s should add more heft to her already fat pockets.

According to The Ashley’s Reality Roundup, Farrah has teamed up with adult film site ManyVids to hock clips geared toward foot fetishists.

Somewhat confusingly, Farrah has titled her first video “Thank you for buying! My Feet Are For You.” 

Yes, Farrah is working under the assumption that you’ve already shelled out.

It’s like a “thank you for not smoking” sign, but rather than refraining from lighting up, the presumption is that you’ll crank it to Farrah’s oily feet.

Naturally, the description of the clip is equally entertaining:

“Watch as I oil up my pretty feet and toes for you. I remove my sexy gold heels and start playing with my feet. It feels so good. Do you like my perfect soles,” Farrah writes.

The video reportedly features Farrah massaging her feet with her own brand of–sigh–“backdoor lube.”

If feet aren’t your thing, Farrah also offers a package for lip enthusiasts.

It’s not clear what exactly the video entails, but who wouldn’t pay to hear the sultry words whispered by the same lips that have uttered all that semi-coherent “Farrah speak” over the years?

The answer, of course, is “everyone.”

In the immortal words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Watch Teen Mom: OG online for more of the ridiculousness that is Farrah.

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Derick Dillard Launches New Attack Against Jazz Jennings

Bill O’Reilly. Sean Hannity. Alex Jones. Derick Dillard.

Yes, Jill Duggar’s husband may not have earned a spot on the list of the far-right’s most emotionally unstable mouthpieces just yet, but he’s determined to get there some day.

And like any good professional bully, D-Dill has already chosen a sufficiently vulnerable target at which to direct all of his frustrations over his own intellectual shortcomings.

Yes, presumably acting on instructions issued to him when Jesus appeared in his Chick-Fil-A Hash Brown Scramble Bowl, Derick has launched a one-man war against his fellow TLC reality star Jazz Jennings.

Derick first attacked Jennings in an unprovoked Instagram tirade back in August.

Dillard was slammed on Twitter by folks from all walks of life who were put off by the idea of a grown man attacking a teenage girl, but the father or two carried on his quest to … teach a young girl how hateful the world really is?

We’re not really sure what Derick was hoping to accomplish.

In fact, we’re guessing Derick couldn’t tell you what Derick was hoping to accomplish.

But since his bigotry briefly earned the attention of people who hadn’t thought about the Duggars since Josh was exposed as a molester, Derick is carrying on with his attack.

In response to a fan who recently pointed out that many of Dillard’s tweets and blog posts come off as “hateful,” Dillard replied:

“I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child.”

He added:

“It’s sad that ppl would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on tv these days.”

Replying to those who have pointed out that Derick appears to be relentlessly harassing a girl he’s never met who did nothing to provoke him, Dillard added:

“Never bullied anyone, just said I didn’t agree with what is being propagated on my TV.”

You would think he was talking about the fact that there’s a TLC series about a family who harbored a child molester (It’s true ! We looked it up!) but no, Derick is still going in on Jazz.

He went on to argue that Jazz is simply too young to make decisions for himself.

In fact, he argues that all minors are incapable of making decisions, which is why he doesn’t send his children to school–they might get a head full of ideas and start making decisions without his supervision!

We wish we were joking:

“Jazz is being taken advantage of, as part of a larger agenda,” Derick argues.

“I hate seeing him used this way,” he adds. “Is it good for the government to force kids to go to school before they are old enough to decide how they feel about it?”

Dontcha see? The guv’mint’s sending kids to school and brainwashing them with Caitlyn Jenner proaganda!

And don’t get Derick started on the moon landing!

For her part, Jennings has yet to reply to Dillard’s latest bid for attention, which is typically the best way to deal with bullies.

Besides, she already said everything she needed to in response to his earlier tweets:

“Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different,” she wrote.

Further evidence that at 16, Jazz Jennings has attained a level of maturity that Derick Dillard can only dream of.

Watch Counting On online for more of Derick’s desperate attempts to attain relavance.

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