Did you read about author Emily Giffin’s attack on Meghan Markle? It was bizarre but the sentiment is not surprising – if you’ve ever perused the comments section on an article about the Duchess of Sussex, you’ve seen stuff like this (and worse). The implication that often comes from a certain type of Karen is that everything Meghan does is sinister and calculating; there is always an undertone of “what dare she”, how dare she exist in this space. Emily posted her own text messages with a friend (on her stories) in which she called Meg unmaternal and fake; she also claimed that Meghan ignored Archie’s plea for dad, which sounded like standard baby da-da-da-da babble to me (see the screenshots here). We spent a lot of time analyzing the criticism around Meghan, but this isn’t that deep. Emily’s posts were unhinged and desperate and filled with prejudiced vitriol. Not only that, but Emily’s a spineless chickensh-t who went private on Instagram and Twitter before she released a statement (alongside Harry and Meghan cardboard cut outs). She’s sorry for the “negative impact” which is a very easy way of apologizing for publicly calling someone a fame-hungry, substandard mother. She sure didn’t bring the same energy to the apology that she brought to the criticism. Today, Emily is going on with life, her latest post (at time of writing) was of puppies and there are so many supportive readers with nothing but nice things to say in the comments. Do you think she deletes the negative comments herself or has an assistant do it for her?

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I enjoy following celebrities and analyzing them with my readers. I post dozens of IG stories a day in a very honest, unfiltered way, as if I’m confiding directly with close friends. Further, I’m very interested in the British monarchy. I always have been. See the link in my bio for an essay I wrote in the days before Meghan and Harry wed. To be clear, I absolutely loved that a biracial, American woman was marrying into the Royal Family. It seemed a wonderful, happy thing for everyone. I celebrated their wedding by hosting a gathering here at my home and posting many, many photos. Further, I was appalled by any signs of racism against her. Over recent months my feelings about BOTH Harry and Meghan changed. But I can say from the bottom of my heart that my criticism of Meghan has never had anything to do with her race. Further, I understood why she wanted to leave the monarchy and carve out her own path. I do, however, find fault with the way BOTH she and Harry handled things, and those feelings bled over in later posts, including the ones today. I can see how some of my posts may have felt mean-spirited, and could be construed as having racial undertones. It was not my intent, but I understand that intent and impact are two very different things. And I am truly sorry for that negative impact.

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Johnny Depp joined Instagram in mid-April but Salma just noticed.

Kelly Osbourne is not self-distancing with a glam squad (which I suspect quite a few celebrities are doing). Her hair has grown out well, particularly considering how much upkeep it must take, and I’ve never noticed how much she looks like a young Cyndi Lauper. Right?

TikTok is like a virtual open casting call for the most extra musical theatre group.

 

Variety has written a story about Joe Manganiello’s Dungeons & Dragons night, which I first saw on Sarah’s Twitter feed. Is it a club? I don’t want to get the terminology wrong. Joe is the DM – Dungeon Master. The participants include Game of Thrones guys, athletic champions, actors and directors, and Vince Vaughn. The story is interesting but the only other person I wanted to hear from was Sofia Vergara. What does she do while this group is nerding out in her basement? I would like to read this story again, from her perspective. How many pizza bagels and juice boxes are these guys going through?

There have been rumblings about Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson on social media a few times over the last six months but now they have apparently broken up, officially. It seemed like they were quarantining together not very long ago (along with Kaia Gerber and Margaret Qualley)  - was it an uncomfortable stretch of time or a conscious uncoupling?