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Lauren Swanson: Disturbing Video Prompts Concerns For Josiah Duggar’s Bride

Last week, Josiah Duggar married Lauren Swanson in one of those massive Duggar ceremonies that's attended by pretty much the entire population of Arkansas.

Duggar courtships are always of intense interest to the family's legion of fans, but Josiah and Lauren attracted even more attention than usual for a number of reasons.

The most obvious of which is that this was not Josiah's first courtship.

In an unprecedented turn of events, Josiah broke up with Marjorie Jackson for reasons that remain mysterious.

Adding to the enigmatic nature of Josiah's love life is the fact that very little is known about Marjorie compared to others who have married into the Duggar clan.

It's not that she's been hiding from the public — quite the opposite, in fact.

The Duggars have posted videos in which Lauren introduces herself to fans.

Swanson has been a fixture on Josiah's Instagram page, and we know she'll be appearing on the upcoming season of Counting On.

But many fans think there's something a bit … off about Lauren.

Maybe it's just nerves, or perhaps it's the fact that she seems to be reading her lines from a cue card, but whatever the case, it seems Lauren doesn't give off the "giddy new bride" impression that viewers were expecting.

"Wow! Lauren was super nervous and obviously reading lines…But looked so beautiful!" wrote one YouTube commenter.

"Lauren sounded like she was about to burst into tears," remarked another.

"I guess that's to be expected when you're a teenager and have just been forced into a marriage to a guy you barely know."

"Super awkward; Lauren looks so uncomfortable & I want whatever drugs she is on because she looks stoned," a third fan wrote.

"She pulled away from that kiss quick."

Others suggested that Josiah might be to blame for Lauren's bad case of the nerves.

"He seems like he'd rather be with someone else…. Like Lawson Bates perhaps?" one commenter joked.

Obviously, Lauren's not totallhy comfortable here, but it's really not all that surprising. 

After all, not only did she just become a wife — she also just became a reality star.

Check out the clip below to diagnose the newest Mrs. Duggar for yourself:

Lauren swanson disturbing video prompts concerns for josiah dugg
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Roseanne Gets All Racist on Twitter, Prompts Sitcom Cancelation

Roseanne Barr is at it again.

Although the comedian/actress claims she’ll never be at it ever again after this.

Allow us to explain…

The controversial star, whose rebooted sitcom dominated the ratings this fall and which has already been renewed for Season 11, caused quite an uproar on Twitter today after responding to a comment about Valerie Jarrett.

Jarrett is a close friend of former President Barack Obama and worked as a top-level White House advisor to the ex-Commander-in-Chief.

Using Jarrett’s initials in a message to her followers, Roseanne wrote early on Tuesday that Jarrett is the result of what would happen is the “Muslim brotherhood [and] planet of the apes had a baby.”

We should note here that Jarrett is African-America.

Barr sucks

Shortly after spewing this racist nonsense to the world, Roseanne claimed she is quitting social media and offered an apology that reads as follows:

“I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me – my joke as in bad taste.”

This Mea Culpa has largely fell on deaf ears, however.

Ever since returning to the public eye with her popular sitcom, Roseanne has been saying cruel things, spreading Conservative conspiracy theories and generally acting like… Roseanne.

She once said Hillary Clinton should commit suicide and that Democrats were involved in a child sex-trafficking ring based out of a New York City pizzeria.

A movement to boycott her show cropped up in March as a result of Barr’s past Nazi remarks.

Roseanne Bar tweet

Roseanne has also feuded with adult film star Stormy Daniels over the topic of anal sex.

We really wish we were making that up, trust us.

In the wake of Roseanne’s latest racist insult, veteran comedian Wanda Sykes resigned as a writer on the sitcom.

Many other celebrities have also had their voices heard on the topic.

There was this from Don Cheadle:

you can take @RoseanneOnABC out of racism but you can’t take the racism out of @therealroseanne …

And this from Roseanne actress Sara Gilbert:

Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show.

I am disappointed in her actions to say the least.

UPDATE: Wow, ABC has just announced that Season 11 of Roseanne has actually been scrapped.

In a statement, Channing Dungey, president of ABC statement said the following:

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.”

Doesn’t get much more straightforward than that.

Expect television viewers, along with folks from both sides of the political aisle, to have a lot to say over this decision.

Where do YOU stand on it?

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Amy Roloff Throwback Photo Prompts Matt Roloff Backlash… For Some Reason

Amy Roloff has shared a new/very old and cute photo of her and her twin boys.

And it has resulted in some major Matt Roloff backlash for no discernible reason whatsoever.

Allow us to explain…

On Wednesday, Amy shared a totally adorable and sort of shocking throwback picture of herself and her twins, Zach and Jeremy.

(Yep, their twins, even though the former was born with dwarfism – just like his parents – and the latter was not. Interesting, huh?)

In the sweet image, it appears as if Amy just got at least one of her sons out of the bath and is drying him off… while the other is on the floor, attempting to crawl.

It was obviously snapped decades ago.

“Yep! All my kids are my life then as they are now,” wrote the Little People, Big World matriarch at a caption, adding:

“These twin boys were a hoot and now look at them. Jeremy and Zachary I’m so proud of you and love you forever and always.”

Take a look at the sentimental snapshot here:

Some Instagram users took a look at this image and simply commented on how it’s very precious and pretty hilarious.

“One helluva mommy Amy it had to have been a challenge to take care of 4 children, love you,” wrote someone named Betty Tucker, for instance.

A few others, however, used this photo as a reason to GO OFF on Matt Roloff. For some strange reason.

Just consider this response:

hating on mattr

And this one:

matt sux

Why is Matt Roloff a “bad person” simply because Amy gave us a glimpse at her life as a mother many, many years ago?

We have absolutely no idea.

The prevailing notion, as best as we can guess, is that TLC viewers are angry about Matt’s divorce from Amy, even though it seemed perfectly amicable at the time.

They finalized their legal split in May of 2016, several months after making a joint announcement that reads as follows:

After 27 years of marriage, it is with great sadness that we have come to the difficult decision to file for divorce.

We are proud of what we have accomplished together, including raising four wonderful children who have grown to become remarkable adults and building our strong and ongoing successful business.

Neither reality star asked for spousal support and both continue to be main cast members in Little People, Big World.

It truly seems like an amicable break-up.

HOWEVER, Matt has been dating Caryn Chandler for over a year now – and she formerly worked as a manager at the family farm.

Amy supporters are therefore bitter and angry that Matt would begin a romance with someone who knows Amy fairly well.

And it’s true that this appears to have created a bit of tension between the former spouses, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Heck, Amy herself is in a very serious relationship with Chris Marek (below); she certainly isn’t missing Matt at all these days.

She’s never said a bad word about Matt in public and vice versa.

Might this be an imaginary feud?

Might some fans be a little too invested in a romance that fell apart years ago?

Might it actually be a tad bit sexist to slam Matt in the ways some people did above, the implication being that Amy is some poor, weak, scorned woman… as opposed to a perfectly strong and steady individual who has moved on from her marriage and holds no resentment?

Just a few questions to ponder.

We see no reason to stir up any controversy between Amy and Matt when none seems to exist.

Can’t the former just share a sweet throwback photo of her sons without it inciting a Matt-hating riot?

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Joel Taylor Death Prompts FBI Investigation. Here is Why.

We have a pretty major and surprising update on the sudden death of Joel Taylor.

As previously reported, the former Storm Chaser star was found dead on Tuesday, passing away at the very young age of 38.

Multiple friends and ex-co-workers took to social media to confirm the sad news and also to pay tribute to Taylor, who graduated from the University of Oklahoma and who was rose to fame on the aforementioned Discovery Channel reality show.

He was admired by nearly everyone in the field of meteorology.

At the time of these reports and Twitter posts, however, the circumstances around Taylor’s death was unknown.

And the same could be said for his cause of death.

Now, however, TMZ and People Magazine have provided many more details on just what transpired Tuesday morning.

For starters, Taylor died on board the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Harmony of the Seas.

It left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico after his corpse was discovered by a fellow passenger.

“The U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan, Puerto Rico was notified today in the afternoon by the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship that they had a death on board,” Ricardo Castrodad, public affairs officer for the Coast Guard’s San Juan sector, told People.

Taylor’s family has reportedly identified his body.

At the time of Taylor’s passing, the ship was hosting Atlantis Events’ all-gay Caribbean Cruise; Olivia Newton-John was the headlining act.

According to TMZ sources, drugs were prevalent on board the cruise liner.

It seems as though Taylor was partaking, per a law enforcement official who said the following to the celebrity gossip site:

“It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances.”

A passenger who spent time with Taylor adds that he had consumed so much GHB on the dance floor early Tuesday morning that he was rendered unconscious and carried back to his cabin by two people.

A few hours later, his body was discovered and the authorities were called in.

TMZ goes on to write that the abundance of GHB, cocaine and ecstasy on the boat has triggered an FBI investigation.

Numerous individuals were apparently arrested for possession before the cruise left Fort Lauderdale and this agency will be looking into how the drugs ended up on board the ship.

And not merely on board, either, but on board in significant quantities.

timmer tribute

Taylor’s close friend and former colleague Reed Timmer was among the first to publicly mourn his passing on social media.

“RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend,” Timmer Tweeted along with image of the pals when they were chasing storms together since 2008.

He added:

“We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend.”

Added the Discovery Channel in a statement:

“We are so saddened to hear about Joel’s passing. We will always remember him fondly as an incredible meteorologist and driver of ‘The Dominator.’

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

We echo this sentiment. May Joel rest in peace.

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Oprah Winfrey 2020: Golden Globes Speech Prompts Presidential Run Demands!

Sunday night’s Golden Globes award ceremony had a number of big moments, but the biggest by far was Oprah Winfrey’s incredible speech. People are still talking about it.

But some people — particularly on Twitter — are talking about more than just Oprah’s speech.

They’re talking about Oprah’s potential political career. They’re talking about Oprah 2020.

Oprah Winfrey, clad in a gorgeous black dress, accepted the prestigious Cecile B. DeMille award.

The speech that she delivered touched hearts and minds. Talking about the changes and milestones that she’s seen in her lifetime, and all of the positive change that still needs to happen, 

In that speech, she speaks up for so many marginalized people who have endured similar abuses to what so many women in Hollywood have undergone, but who aren’t in any position to speak up. 

Even with the #MeToo movement and now the #TimesUp movement, some people’s jobs or lives make it impossible for them to speak up without potentially condemning their children to lose everything.

You know what some would call everyday folks in those circumstances? Voters.

Twitter’s reaction to Oprah’s evocative speech was pretty intense, with one tweet reading:

“As I sit here in tears…I have never ever seen such a speech. @Oprah, my friend. Please run for President. This world needs more of THAT. WOW.”

That was a very popular sentiment. And it still is.

The idea of Oprah running for President isn’t new. After Trump’s alarming electoral victory in 2016, a number of Democrats started to wonder if the Left needed a billionaire celebrity of their own.

Oprah is a self-made billionaire who has touched the lives of millions. She’s intelligent, well-spoken, thoughtful, compassionate, and her positive contributions to society are well-known.

On the other hand, some wonder if Oprah’s lack of any governing experience should disqualify her from the position.

Prior to 2016, Presidential candidates were usually either former members of Congress or former Governors. People need to feel confident that their candidate knows what they’re doing.

Some question whether Trump’s disastrous Presidency is simply making people desperate for any alternative whom they believe could win, rather than for the best and most qualified person for the job.

Is Oprah the answer to our nation’s problems? Or just an inspirational name that some hope will bring in the right votes and bring an end to our long national nightmare in 2020?

Some criticisms of the idea are less about Oprah and more about … other political beliefs of there.

It’s been pointed out that Oprah becoming President would mean that Oprah would be the one ordering drone strikes.

For some people, the US’ ongoing drone warfare as a counterterrorism strategy is controversial.

For some, very validly, there’s concern about collateral damage. (Though still, fewer innocents die in drone strikes than would die if the US sent in soldiers to perform the same duties)

For others, however, there’s a general objection to some of the roles that a modern Presidency fulfills. Some of these people are anarchists, others merely pacifists.

And there are plenty of folks who would hate to see Oprah committing what they believe to be “atrocities.”

Some say that you can’t fix the problems of an evil billionaire celebrity with a good billionaire celebrity.

Under no circumstances would Oprah’s candidacy mean that the Democratic Party would be “sinking to the level” of the GOP.

Oprah worked herself from nothing and became a billionaire. Trump inherited his father’s riches and, with repeated failures, is worth less today than he would have made if he’d simply invested his inheritance.

But while Oprah is an incredible human being, is she the best choice?

Would an Oprah Presidency see cabinet positions filled by unqualified charlatans? Would Doctor Oz be Surgeon General? Would Doctor Phil be … whatever cabinet position is usually filled by walruses?

Let’s wait and see what sort of campaign Oprah would run before we rush to judgment in either direction, okay?

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Matt Roloff Shares Mysterious Video, Prompts Engagement Speculation

Matt Roloff has shared a new video on Instagram that reveals absolutely nothing…

… and yet possibly everything at the same time.

In the footage, which we’ve posted below, the Little People, Big World patriarch is behind the wheel of his car.

He pans over to a house (for some reason) and then over to the passenger seat, where long-time girlfriend Caryn Chandler is just hanging out and smiling.

Roloff remarks that he can’t film his Instagram Story while he’s driving and, well, that’s it.

Like we said, it reveals absolutely nothing, right?

Or did Matt intend on giving his followers a look at the home he and Chandler have purchased together, but was simply unable to do so at that moment?

Before (over) analyzing the video in question, take a look at it here:

Roloff has been dating Chandler for about a year now.

The romance is not without its complications and controversies, however, considering Chandler got to know Matt by working as the manager at his family’s farm.

Yes, the same farm ex-wife Amy also owns.

Caryn and Amy weren’t best friends or anything, but they certainly knew each other fairly well when the former started to date Matt.

As a result, many TLC viewers continue to give Matt a hard time for this relationship, putting the reality star on blast any time he shares a photo with Chandler.

They understand the two are dating; they just don’t think Roloff ought to be flaunting it on social media or in public.

For the record, meanwhile, here’s a photo of Chandler, taken from the video above.

It didn’t help quiet matters when Chandler allegedly snubbed Amy back in October.

According to a bombshell report, Caryn organized a big birthday party for Matt and invited all of his loved ones… except for Amy.

Some might say this is perfectly normal (Why would a girlfriend invite her lover’s ex-wife to a party she’s hosting?), but others might argue that the invitation would have been a nice gesture.

It’s not as though Amy and Matt don’t talk often, after all.

And Amy likely would have turned it down anyway.

Moreover, the party was held at the farm. And Amy was at the farm on the day of the party!

“It definitely felt like she was being usurped at her own farm by Matt’s new girlfriend,” a source told Radar Online.

The thing is, Amy has a boyfriend of her own.

She seems VERY happy with Chris Marek and does not need your pity.

So you can go ahead and speculate on Matt’s relationship status. You can wonder about the meaning of this attempt at an Instagram Story.

Just know one thing for sure:

Amy isn’t doing that. She has happily moved on.

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Derick Dillard Firing Prompts Internet Applause, Outrage

Derick Dillard will never appear on TLC again.

The network made this announcement after Dillard attacked 17-year old transgender reality star Jazz Jennings, who anchors her own series on the same cable network.

After Dillard said he pitied Jazz and that it's "unfortunate" Jennings was given a show, TLC released a statement that reads:

We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future.

We want to reiterate that Derick’s personal statements do not reflect the views of the network.

TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.

How are viewers and fans reacting to this development? Good question. Let's find out!

1. Butt Out, Derick!

Butt out derick
Simple questions: How does the transgender lifestyle affect you, dude? Why do you care at all about this?

2. Thank You, TLC!

Thank you tlc
One fewer thing I need to worry about my children seeing on TV now.

3. Ignorance is Not Bliss

Ignorance is not bliss
It’s just mean in this case.

4. Dillard Has His Supporters, Though

Dillard has his supporters though
And they all seem confused by the concept of “Free Speech” and/or “consequences.”

5. Bullying for Religious Discrimination

Bullying for religious discrimination
We’re not totally sure what that means, but this person is sure it’s very wrong.

6. Oh, Boy

Oh boy
Why is this a complicated issue, this person wonders? Derick is just stating the obvious.

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Blow Job-Themed Wedding Photo Prompts Collective Internet Spit Take

Seen one wedding photo, seen ‘em all, right?

The bride is wearing a flowing white gown. The groom is looking all dapper in his tuxedo.

There’s a sunset or some other kind of lovely background and the newlyweds have broad smiles affixed to their faces, right?

stock wedding pic

Typically, yes. This would be right.

But not always.

A Dutch wedding photographer named Michel Klooster and his subjects have gone viral after the Internet grabbed hold of a few extra spicy pictures from the bride and groom’s special day on August 17.

And, based one on the images below, it appears as if this was an extra special day for the groom!

In the snapshot that has truly gone viral, the new husband has his pants down around his knees, while his very generous wife is down on her knees doing… well… you know.

Or at least pretending (we assume) to do “you know,” by which we mean provide her man with some oral sex.

“Some grooms can’t wait until the party is over to go quietly to the suite and have a crushing wedding night,” reads the translated caption underneath this photo on Facebook.

It continues:

“Fortunately, they had already given the “yes” Word and they were officially married. Soon a small impression of this charming wedding.”

Klooster was aware the photo might generate a bit of controversy as soon as he shared it, which is why he added at the end of his caption:

Edit: this is absolutely not as inside. We just thought it was a funny idea. It’s still suggestive and we’re not doing anyone here.

Angry with you. Anyone who considers this offensive is in my eyes still in the year 1996. of all the pictures that have been taken there is one playful, which in 10 years is great to talk about.

Give those people their fun. I’ll give you that too. Life is a prude.

Meanwhile, in case you were afraid this set-up was sexist and only the guy was getting his proverbial rocks off, considering another snapshot from this legendary shoot:

“You see nothing in this picture, but it looks like something is going on there,” the photographer explains.

“Every picture you’ll take with that kind of question is interesting to watch. For me, sex is one of the most natural things we do in life. It’s normal! Everyone does it.

“We don’t live in the 1900s anymore.”

It’s true. We don’t. That’s a fact.

Klooster insists these images are not pornographic in nature and even included an aerial shot of the faux felatio to add show off the beautiful scenery.

aerial shot

Since these images went viral, he’s had requests from other couples who want similar layouts.

“If it’s not porn, I don’t have any problems with that,” he says.

But is this porn?

Is it appropriate?

Is it hilarious?

Or is it just unrealistic because no wife does this to her husband, not after those vows are exchanged?

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Johnny Depp Assassination Quip Prompts White House Response

Just a few weeks ago, it seemed impossible to believe that Johnny Depp would make a worse career decision than starring in Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

Then the actor flew to England to take part in the Glastonbury Film Festival.

And then he opened his mouth, basically threatened to murder Donald Trump … and made his latest turn as Captain Jack Sparrow come across as pure genius by comparison.

In case you missed it, Depp introduced an old movie at this at the aforementioned event last night, but not before making a very dumb remark about President Donald Trump.

“This is going to be in the press, and it will be horrible…” the actor said, speaking to a crowd and clearly well aware that he was about to say something stupid.

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?” he then asked.

The answer, as we’re sure Depp is aware, was 1845, when John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln in the head while he was watching a play.

“I want to clarify, I’m not an actor. I lie for a living,” Depp quickly said in a weak attempt to extricate the foot from his mouth.

You can click PLAY on the following video to see the former Oscar nominee crack unwise and not be funny:

Surprisingly, Trump has not addressed the comments on Twitter (yet), but the White House itself has issued the following statement:

“President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead.

“I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.”

The Secret Service is aware of Depp’s comment, Secret Service staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN.

“For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” reads a separate statement from the Secret Service.

The White House actually does have a point here.

Back when Ted Nugent said ludicrous and dangerous things about Barack Obama, other stars jumped all over Twitter to castigate him.

But we haven’t come across a single famous take on social media in response to what Depp said here.

(To be fair, pretty much everyone on the Internet slammed Kathy Griffin after she posed with the severed head of Trump earlier this month.)

Depp, meanwhile, has had a worse year than the American political system.

He remains accused of beating Amber Heard and his own management team has acknowledged that the star has a serious spending problem.

The stupid hat-wearing actor simply can’t stop draining his own bank account.

When it comes to Trump, Depp hasn’t been able to resist taking as many shots as possible, either.

Prior to the November election, he said the following in an interview:

“If Trump is elected… we will see the actual last President of the United States. It just won’t work after that.”

He also referred to Trump as a “brat” during a Q&A segment at Arizona State University last year.

And most famous of all, prior to this latest incident at least, Depp portrayed the President in Funny Or Die’s phony movie based on the former real estate moguls’ book, “The Art of the Deal.”

In general, Depp should probably just top talking for a long while.

And stop beating women.

And stop wasting his money.

And stop starring in terrible sequels.

The guy just has a lot to work on overall.

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