Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dear Gossips,

It was reported yesterday that Ryan Lochte is negotiating a deal to appear on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. So, you know, he may have lost several sponsors this week, but there are many people out there who don’t think that what Ryan Lochte did was that big of a deal. And, more importantly, many people who believe that even though Ryan drunkenly pissed his way into a lie in Rio, causing an international incident, he deserves all the chances. So, again, as I said earlier this week, nobody needs to f-cking worry about Ryan Lochte. That is the privilege of being Ryan Lochte.

But what is the privilege of being Leslie Jones? Does she get to enjoy any privilege? Leslie Jones was in a movie called Ghostbusters. Then she was attacked on Twitter, with racist assholes comparing her to a gorilla, smearing her timeline with bullsh-t. But Leslie bounced back after that and went to Rio, becoming the best Olympic cheerleader in the age of social media. While in Rio, Leslie did not urinate on the walls of a gas station and “whatever” her way through an interview while selling out her teammates. It was an exhilarating experience for her. She supported the athletes, she supported her country, and people loved her. They ADORED her.

Maybe that’s what she did wrong. Maybe, in being herself, and earning the admiration of so many, she broke the rule, the rule that says that a black woman who won’t conform can’t be popular and successful while being proud and outspoken. And the assholes who uphold that rule, who cling to the existence of that rule because otherwise the system that unfairly favours them would start to crumble, had to punish her for it. They tried to humiliate her for it. They wanted to humiliate her for having the audacity to aspire to more. How dare she create opportunities for herself? How dare she want more than what’s been institutionally limited to her?

And, most importantly, what would happen if there were more Leslie Joneses?

THAT is the great fear, isn’t it? So for those of you who’ve emailed to ask why, why did that happen to her? What did they do that to her? Because they weren’t just hacking Leslie Jones. They were hacking the hope that Leslie Jones represents, sending a message to others who might hope for the same. They were trying to kill the hope that Leslie Jones represents. This was an attack on equality.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey
 

Blair & Seth!

August 25, 2016 15:12:32 Posted at August 25, 2016 15:12:32
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
Tibrina Hobson/ Michael Tran/ Emma McIntyre/ Todd Williamson/ Getty Images

Sometimes I forget that Leighton Meester and Adam Brody are together in real life. Sometimes I get confused and wonder if it’s fan fiction…and then when I remember it’s not, I get happy. Full Story

View All 10 Photos

Two Assholes

August 25, 2016 14:54:11 Posted at August 25, 2016 14:54:11
Sarah Posted by Sarah
Photos:
Wenn, Splash News

In today’s “There’s Absolutely No Way This Ends Badly” news, Sean Penn and Mel Gibson are going to star in a movie together. The movie, The Professor and the Madman, is an adaptation of Simon Winchester’s book about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, and Gibson will play the professor, and Sean Penn will play the madman. Full Story

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dear Gossips,

On the latest Sasha Answers podcast, posted yesterday, we heard from “Lost Teenager” who is about to become a sophomore in high school. She liked a boy who liked her back, and this surprised her because he’s cool and popular and everyone likes him and she didn’t think she was his type.  Read Full Intro

Smutty Tingles

August 24, 2016 20:50:14 Posted at August 24, 2016 20:50:14
Lainey Posted by Lainey

There will never be anything wrong with this outfit (Dlisted

Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie head to the spa (Just Jared

Another really cute royal baby (Cele|bitchy

Sharon Stone and her sons (TooFab

Sia is selling her home (Evil Beet

Holy s-t, Ben Affleck really needed a cigarette (The Superficial

The Games of Usain Bolt’s post-Olympics (Hollywood Tuna

Will and Kate step out for the first time in a month (Go Fug Yourself)  

Oh my GOD, John Cho. Bite that lip again and again and again (Pajiba

Scott Eastwood’s gross world

August 24, 2016 20:14:56 Posted at August 24, 2016 20:14:56
Sarah Posted by Sarah

Scott Eastwood is featured in Australia GQ’s September issue—in a somewhat telling play, he’s on the alternate subscriber cover while Jake Gyllenhaal covers the newsstand copy. So Scott Eastwood gets covers, but he still has to take a backseat to an actual movie star. Full Story

Swoki’s first fight

August 24, 2016 19:40:25 Posted at August 24, 2016 19:40:25
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
Splash

It’s a milestone in every relationship, the first fight. Are you the kind of person who memorialises every moment of your relationship? You know sometimes in movies there’s a character who pulls a shoebox out from under the bed and inside there will be a bus ticket from the first date, and the napkin he used when he proposed, or a matchbox from the place where …whatever, you get my point. Full Story

Ryan Murphy’s Feud has a bonkers cast

August 24, 2016 18:41:23 Posted at August 24, 2016 18:41:23
Sarah Posted by Sarah
Photos:
PG/ Splash News

Ryan Murphy’s new anthology series, Feud, sounded great from the beginning. Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, and Stanley Tucci starring in a miniseries about the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford? Sign me up. Full Story

Can you see Leo?

August 24, 2016 17:03:47 Posted at August 24, 2016 17:03:47
Lainey Posted by Lainey
Photos:
Michael Stewart/ Getty Images

The Hillary Clinton fundraiser that Leonardo DiCaprio was originally supposed to host happened yesterday at Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s. Leo was in New York because he had to work on finishing up The Turning Point, his environmental documentary, for TIFF with Fisher Stevens. Full Story

View All 13 Photos