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In Defense Of Tyra Banks.

It’s well known that former model and America’s Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson says whatever she wants, whenever she wants. As a result, crass remarks pretty much eject regularly. This time she is going off on Tyra Banks and the series in what seems more like a jealous rant than anything insightful.

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It’s well known that former model and America’s Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson says whatever she wants, whenever she wants. As a result, crass remarks pretty much erupt regularly. (Kind of like a cold sore – just when you think you haven’t seen her in a while, she pops up and makes an appearance.) This time she is going off on Tyra Banks and the series in what seems more like a jealous rant than anything insightful.

In an interview on Janice TV at FilmOn.com, Dickinson talked about a revelation regarding how the series America’s Next Top Model is made. One that shouldn’t be that shocking. But she also takes such a low road in doing so that it’s Dickinson herself that looks like the fool.

In her ‘shocking revelation,’ she reveals what she claims made her leave the show:

“CoverGirl are the ones who choose the model — not any of the judges. People don’t know that! … When I found that out, I split. It’s rigged!”

First of all, I doubt that she spent as many seasons as she did on the show without knowing that CoverGirl would have an enormous impact on who won, whether or not they actually choose the winner. They are the show’s largest sponsor, they provide a six figure contract to the winner, and they have a brand to protect. They also provide a lot of credibility to the show. It stands to reason that they are not going to blindly allow people who don’t have an investment in CoverGirl to just gratuitiously decide who should be the face of their brand without their input. Still, you can’t underestimate the input and value of Tyra, a seasoned model and businesswoman, and her various judges to translate what works as a model and a brand in the world of fashion, TV and marketing. They will add insights that CoverGirl execs won’t have. The truth is, it is more than likely a synergistic relationship where everyone has discussion about what makes for good television (characters) and good business (beauty, grace, and personality that fits the brand.) You can bet that CoverGirl signs off on the winner.

But step back for a moment and consider – what IF CoverGirl was the sole decider? (The network denies the claim.) Would that be such a big deal? As a television executive producer myself who has worked on reality shows, I can tell you that TV isn’t free. When a major sponsor is integrating themselves into your show, you can bet they will have an impact on the show’s direction to some extent.

Additionally, Dickinson implies she ‘left’ the show on her own volition in light of this realization. But it has been previously reported that she was actually fired from the show back in 2005 after four seasons. That’s a long time working on the show in complete ignorance. I don’t buy it.

Dickinson did not take kindly to the ouster, reportedly calling Banks a “huge, big woman,” and a “man” in later interviews. (How professional!) Honestly, for kids who think the cattiness and rudeness of high school ends after graduation, look no further than Janice Dickinson. The sour grapes she’s been eating is evident in the expression she uses in most of her photos.

It seems the former supermodel is bitter about the money Banks makes lincensing the series internationally, but Dickinson wouldn’t be complaining so much if the concept was her own idea, and she were selling it to the world.

“The fact of the matter is [Tyra Banks] makes like $90 million,” Dickinson said. “She makes a lot of money per year still hawking that franchise worldwide — they’re doing it in every country — and it’s CoverGirl who chooses the winner…F*** you Tyra!”

Really, Janice? Banks makes cash on the show because she developed a smart concept that works. Networks don’t throw money at people out of kindness. Frankly, this wreaks of jealousy and competitiveness and ulimately it’s Dickinson who ends up looking like the fool.

As campy and silly and dramatic as Tyra can get on ANTM, don’t forget that she is also a businesswoman who is keenly aware of her own brand and image, how to ‘work it,’ and when. Note how she presents herself on the series versus interviews on other programs. She behaves differently. She’s adapting to each audience at any given moment.

In Dickinson’s own way, she herself is keeping her own, trash talking image in tact by sounding off. She knows it. She’s built a brand based on being brassy bitch. Mission accomplished. Given the choice, I’ll take Banks – who opts for professionalism and fun. (And, it’s worth noting, generally takes the high road, avoiding comment on her detractors, but isn’t afraid to speak up when she deems necessary.) Her success in of itself is a testament to what works.

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Well Sh-t, Leslie Jordan Has Shared Three Videos Of Himself Dancing In One Week And They’re All Perfect

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Doing much better now, Leslie.

If you’ve never believed that “good things come in small packages” then you’ve never seen Leslie Jordan’s instagram. The 4’11” actor known for his iconic roles in shows like Will & Grace and American Horror Story has recently developed a whole new fanbase who loves him for his viral Instagram videos. Usually starting each video by greeting fans with “Well shit, how y’all doing?”, viewers have grown to anticipate Jordan’s hilarious recounting of stories from his time in show biz or growing up in the south. This week, however, the Tennessee native has shared 3 videos of himself dancing within 5 days and honestly it’s precisely what we all need right now.

The first video was posted on August 12th and shows Jordan taking part of the “Git up and dance challenge” which swept the internet about a year ago. Even though he is a little late, the video is still perfection.

On August 13th, Jordan does a dance to “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray a with special guest dance partner Katie Couric!

Finally, on August 15th, Jordan does an epic “tootsie roll” and challenges Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, to do the tootsie roll herself. Of course Rinna commented with a big “ON IT ❤️😂.” Who could say no to the viral star?!?

The moral of the story here is that the world is going through some tough times right now but maybe, even for a few seconds, we could all feel better if we’d just dance it out. Thanks for the inspo Leslie Jordan!

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Planters ‘Baby Nut’ Has Somehow Already Turned 21 And People Are Not Loving The News

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2020 keeps getting nuttier.

The world was shocked when the iconic Mr. Peanut was killed during a pre-Super Bowl ad earlier this year. There wasn’t much time to mourn, however, before a new nut was thrust onto us like back-to-school commercials in July. Yes, after the 59-year-old mascot met his untimely death consumers were introduced to his reincarnate, Baby Nut. With big, expressive eyes and a tiny stature fans began to swoon over the cute branding revamp and accepted him as the new mascot. Well as if 2020 hasn’t been crazy enough, Planters just released a new commercial celebrating Baby Nut’s 21st birthday and I’m not sure how to feel about it.

According to a quick Google search, a peanut plant takes 4-5 months to reach maturity. So with Baby Nut being born in February, he is technically right on track in his growth cycle. The OG Mr. Peanut was the reigning mascot for 59 years so does that mean he was actually over 3,000 peanut-years old? The accelerated aging is not explained in the new ad with Baby Nut (Young Adult Nut?) simply saying “it’s been a weird year.” Reactions on Twitter are largely negative but as always, hilarious. Here are some of the best:

Yikes. Good thing Baby Nut is old enough to drink now…looks like he might need to throw back a few to handle some of these reactions.

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The Last Blockbuster Store In Existence Is Now Listed On AirBNB

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Netflix could never.

Remember how exciting it was to take a trip to Blockbuster back in the 90’s? You’d try to get there early enough to rent one of the latest “new releases” before everyone else in the neighborhood got to them. You’d beg your parents for some popcorn and candy which were conveniently placed on the checkout line. And if it was a whole family outing, you’d wander off to look at all the films and games that you were never going to rent but found comfort in knowing you could rent someday. Gosh, it felt like you could spend days inside one of those movie meccas. Well good news, now you can because the last Blockbuster in existence is now listed on AirBNB!

The retailer, located in Bend, Oregon is offering up three one-night stays for up to four guests for folks who want an “end of summer sleepover.” The store has added an adorable living room set up which includes a pull out sofa and a big screen tv so guests can binge all their favorite films. Oh and there’s snacks! Along with providing ideas for a perfect 90’s night the ad also suggests that you should “help yourself to some NERDS, Raisinets and popcorn (heavy on the butter), but make sure you save room for a couple slices.”

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There is a catch to the whole experience though, the listing is only available to Deschutes County residents. Is it too late to move!?! Manager Sandi Harding explained that the publicity stunt is a response to the newfound economic uncertainty due to the pandemic. “Not much has changed at our store – not even our prices – and that’s just how we like it! We think of ourselves as a family, and that includes everyone from the global travelers who come to visit, to the lifelong friends and couples who first met as Blockbuster employees. The Covid-19 pandemic has been a test of our community unlike any other, so we decided to list this stay to keep this tradition alive during these uncertain times.”

Such a clever way to keep this iconic 90’s treasure trove alive! To check out the AirBNB listing, click here!

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