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Are Bert and Ernie Getting Married? A Huge Petition Wants It to Happen…

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For years, viewers have wondered about Bert and Ernie, the lovable “Sesame Street” best friends…or more?

Well now, an online petition is being passed around the internet, saying that Bert and Ernie are gay, and should be allowed to be married.

Illinois resident Lair Scott posted the petition on Change.org last week, and so far, it has gotten more than 1,000 signatures.  The petition’s Facebook page states,

“If done tastefully, this would greatly help put an end to the bullying and suicides of LGBT youth…Sesame Street should recognize that there are LGBT relationships, families, and include them in their show.”

According to Time Newsfeed, opponents of the petition say that marrying Bert and Ernie could confuse children or be too political for a children’s program.  There’s also the detail that none of the other muppets are married or in romantic relationships.

A spokesman for Sesame Workshop confirmed that idea of no relationships in a statement:

‘(Bert and Ernie) were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves…Even though the Sesame Street Muppets… possess many human traits and characteristics, they have no sexual orientation.’

So after all this, along with past incidents of Bert ‘coming out‘ on the show’s Twitter page, a video circulating to prove their homosexuality, and parody articles were written about the duo quietly coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, what do you think?  Is this an example of equal rights being suppressed, or are people just over thinking a children’s program?

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After Alec Baldwin Tweets Homophobic Slurs At Reporter, Some Cry Foul Over Inconsistencies In Public Backlash.

Alec Baldwin hurled homophobic slurs at a British reporter who accused Baldwin’s wife of tweeting about wedding presents while she was at James Gandolfini’s funeral. Now critics are drawing comparisons to the Paula Deen scandal, raising questions about whether the media and society are selective about who gets a pass on improper language.

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Alec Baldwin Hilaria ThomasAlec Baldwin hurled a few homophobic slurs at a British reporter who accused Baldwin’s wife of tweeting about wedding presents while she was at James Gandolfini’s funeral. Then, after the tirade, he shut down his twitter account.

Baldwin, whose temper is notorious, and who seems apparently infallible from backlash after numerous public tantrums both online and in recorded messages (remember when he called his daughter a “rude, thoughtless little pig” on her voicemail?) seems to always bounce back with little or no effort or public scrutiny.

Here’s what happened:
Baldwin and wife Hilaria Thomas went to James Gandolfini’s funeral on Thursday.

At some point, Hilaria tweeted about wedding presents and TV appearances. Just WHEN she did that is being disputed by both sides.

HERE ARE THE TWEETS… Click on the image to enlarge them.

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British reporter George Stark (From the Daily Mail… which loves a good juicy scandal)  insists the tweets were posted during the funeral, citing that if that’s the case, it’s in poor taste. He cited:

  • Service for the Sopranos star started at 10am at a Catholic church in New York
  • Hilaria posted tweets at 9.53am, 10.17am and 11.09am

Alec Baldwin was not pleased. He turned to twitter to defend his wife. He started by calling him a “lying little bitch,” a “toxic Brit,” and then continued:

“If put my foot up your f**king ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much,” one tweet read.

“I’m gonna find you George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f**k you… up,” he added.

Baldwin insists his wife’s tweets were instead made after the New York City service:

“My wife DID NOT use her phone, in any capacity, at our friends funeral. Now, f**k this twitter + good luck to all of you who know the truth.”

According to FOXNEWS: “this is not Baldwin’s first tech-based tirade. He was thrown off an airplane in 2011 for refusing to turn his phone off while playing Words With Friends. And following a Feburary altercation with a newspaper photographer, Baldwin reportedly made racist remarks, calling him a “coon” and a “crackhead.””

Several media outlets are crying foul over Baldwin’s numerous (and recent) tirades… citing a hypocrisy among those that seemingly give Baldwin ‘a pass’ after consistently offensive language, while Paula Deen, whose recent scandal involves inappropriate language from decades ago, yet despite apologies, has struggled to recover.

What do you think? Voice your opinion below.

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Amanda Bynes Update: Between Her Twitter War With Rihanna, Her Bong Throwing And Head Shaving, We’re Officially Really Concerned.

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Amanda Bynes MugshotThere seems to be no end in sight to the Amanda Bynes story.

Bynes had a tumultuous week last week when the concierge in her apartment building called the cops, alleging that she was smoking marijuana in the lobby. Bynes found out police were coming and made haste to her 36th floor apartment. When cops showed up, she let them in, and reportedly threw a bong out the window of the high rise, which has not been found. (Look for the pieces of shattered glass, or the pedestrian with the huge lump on their head from the impact.)

Police sent her for a psychiatric evaluation. If the horrible wig she wore to court wasn’t enough to show she is having trouble, the mugshot reveals the actress recently shaved her head.

Bynes says the officer lied about the bong and that she opened the window “for fresh air.” She also tweeted that the officer “slapped (her) vagina,” and  and will sue over the incident.

Amanda Bynes Mugshot 2“My lawyer and I are taking this mistake extremely seriously! You cannot illegally enter my apartment then take me to mental hospital without any grounds … I have never been so offended in my life. They found nothing criminal on me or around me, one cop then sexually assaulted me, so I’m suing for all of the above! I’ll be happy when I get money compensation from the cop who assaulted me and NYPD for wrongfully arresting me and having me put into a mental hospital and jail overnight! I don’t want to keep talking about it.”

Bynes also claimed on twitter that she is suing some family members for money laundering and bad management, urging followers to never believe anything they say.

As if that weren’t enough bad publicity for Amanda, it got worse. Then, she got in a twitter war with Rihanna.  According to TMZ, Bynes posted nasty tweets towards Rihanna, then quickly deleted them. But NOT before people saw them. They read:

“Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough,” she tweeted. “No one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother.”

Rihanna replied, “Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?”

Bynes responded again, “unlike your fugly faced self I don’t do drugs! U need the intervention dog! I met your ugly face in person. U aren’t pretty u know know!”

LATER ON, Bynes said those means tweets towards Rihanna were fake , tweeting:

“I’m followed by so many people that someone is always mocking up fake tweets so I feel the need to address them! Rihanna and I met and I’m sure we’ll be in a music video together one day!”

That’s right, Bynes plans to be in music videos next:

“Look forward to seeing me in music videos! … I’m getting in shape and getting a nose job! I’m looking forward to a long and wonderful career as a singer/rapper!”

She also took to twitter to say THIS:

“What would you do if someone accused you of things you didn’t do and yet you still had to be in jail at all over it! I’m so offended but I am so educated that I know cops cannot illegally enter my apartment, sexually harass me, arrest me, take me to a MENTAL HOSPITAL, then lock me up for a crime I didn’t commit. I’m suing them all for this upsetting nightmare. My lawyer knows I’m a model citizen who doesn’t partake in drugs. He’s going to court this week to set the record straight again on my behalf. Thankfully I’m an educated multi-millionaire who knows better than to speak to perverted unjust cops without my lawyer.”

Amanda Bynes ComparisonIt’s truly painful to watch this unraveling in real time online. This, the girl who at 13 had her own sketch comedy show, and went on to become a major star on Nickelodeon. Now 27, she seems to have lost her way. Hopefully someone will get through to her and get her the help she needs.

 

 

 

 

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WATCH: Dashcam Video of Reese Witherspoon’s Arrest Goes Public

It was one thing to READ of Reese Witherspoon’s “Do you know my name” behavior during her arrest in April. Watching the dashcam video, and hearing her behavior, is a whole other story.

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Reese Witherspoon Arrest Dashcam VideoIt was one thing to READ of Reese Witherspoon’s “Do you know my name” behavior during her arrest in April. Watching the dashcam video, and hearing her behavior, is a whole other story.

TMZ got the video from Atlanta police, and you can see why Witherspoon has since admitted to being “deeply embarassed” by her behavior.

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