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America Loved Honey Boo Boo and Family Until They Didn’t

Today while watching The Talk I was struck by the contempt America now holds for Mama June. If you don’t know her let me tell you a little about her. We met her when she was showcasing her daughter Honey Boo Boo on the child pageant circle. Her antics and the antics of her daughter captured the attention of America, and ultimately they were given their own show on TLC. We witnessed the family in all kinds of asinine situations. America laughed at them and not with them. The antics went on for years after Honey Boo Boo quit the pageant world. We met her siblings and her mother’s live in boyfriend. They appeared on talk shows and dispensed their homespun wisdom and dropped hilarious soundbites that the media slurped up like country syrup, but the other shoe fell when a convicted child molester came back into the life of Mama June, and the story became more tragic when one of the daughters revealed she was one of his victims. The laughter stopped and the finger pointing started. Mama June will appear on Entertainment Tonight today and she attempts to explain herself, but she is not prepared for the questions. The handlers are gone and she is alone in the sophisticated city and now she is being called uneducated, illiterate, but she has not changed from who she was when America met her. The difference is the TLC (The Learning Channel) has dropped her. They are no longer around to funnel out the information that supported the homespun narrative. She is on her own now left to face the music, and it is no Missouri Waltz.

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President Bill Clinton to Appear in Hangover 2?

We live in a society that has become far too casual. Case in point former President Clinton will appear in the sequel to the Hangover. The original movie was R rated because the movie was raunchy. I saw it so I know what I  am talking about. Don’t get me wrong I am not riding some moral high horse here but is this the kind of movie a former president should be in? I guess the question is what should former presidents be doing? Building homes for the homeless is a good thing, maybe writing books, giving speeches is a profit center, but appearing in the Hangover…what would George Washington say? Tell me what you think.

Gary Coleman’s Ex-Wife Sells Deathbed Photos of Him

This morning on the Tom Joyner Morning show they talked about Coleman’s ex-wife selling the despicable photos of the late Gary Coleman. Some have said she brought a professional photographer into the room to take the pictures. When the existence of the pictures first became known the ex wife feigned innocence, but once they were seen and her big face was shown next to Coleman it was no doubt that she orchestrated this scenario. She sold them to The Globe for $10,000. There was no bidding war so she took what she could get. What she did was despicable and it says a lot about her, but depending on how many papers The Globe sells will say a lot about us.

Michael Douglass and Famous Friends Get His Son’s Sentence Cut in half, is this Justice?

 Cameron Douglass was a middle man in a sophisticated drug operation. He was caught dealing methamphetamine in a Manhattan hotel. He faced a mandatory sentence of 10 years for this crime. According to Webster mandatory means “containing or constituting a demand”. He pled guilty to the charges so the judge had no choice but to impose the sentence. Wrong. Douglass has received a sentence of 5 years. That’s ½ the mandatory. How did this happen? Did the law change? No. He is a member of one of Hollywood’s royal families. His father Michael and his stepmother Catherine Zeta Jones sat in the courtroom as Cameron apologized to his family and loved ones. The judge noted he had  “he had read at least 37 letters of support from family – including his film legend grandfather, Kirk, stepmother Catherine Zeta-Jones and NBA executive Pat Riley – friends and supporters who “believe he has finally bottomed out in terms of his addiction and may be ready to turn his life around.” Celebrity justice is a beautiful thing. If you lived in the ghetto and you had tried to push as much meth as Douglass did you would be doing at least 10 years if not more. To put it mildly Douglass got off with a slap on the wrist, but why should this be any different. We live in a world of it is not what you know but who you know and Cameron has a powerful family and powerful friends.

Why would Sharon Osbourne pick on Susan Boyle?

 

While being interviewed on Sirius radio Sharon Osbourne took a cheap shot at Susan Boyle. She said that she was a “hairy a-hole.” The men interviewing her found this statement hilarious, but why do women insult other women. This was completely unprovoked.  Why aren’t men asked questions about how other men look. Why do so many women feel the need to lash out at other women. Osbourne has since apologized via Facebook.  Osbourne said “Susan Boyle is a lovely gracious woman and I took advantage of that by poking fun at her. I would never want to be responsible for hurting Susan and I must apologize for getting a cheap laugh at her expense.”  It was just a very unclassy move from a woman who claims to have some.

Why Does Hollywood Continue to Defend Roman Polanski?

 This morning I saw Debra Winger on the Today Show defending the admitted rapist Roman Polanski. She like so many in the Hollywood community believe this is ancient history and he should not face further prosecution. Now why are they so forgiving of him? He has admitted that he slept with a 13 year old. There seems to be a real disconnect here. I think because the victim is now a grown woman people can not see the heinousness of his act. As a mother of a 13 year old girl I would have been hard pressed to let the legal system handle this matter. On The View yesterday the ladies say that the victim’s mother was present in the home when he had sex with the child. So they contend that could be a mitigating circumstance. They even said the mother might also be culpable. That might be true but we know he did and he needs to pay. Some people have been in prison for 30 years for raping a child whereas this guy has been living the life of a jet-setting director for the past 30 years. The other thing that is so ironic about this case is the fact that Polanski admitted his misdeed and Michael Jackson who never admitted guilt and also was never convicted of any crime was vilified until his dying day, but this guy received an Academy Award for best director in 2002, and Harrison Ford hand delivered it to him. The victim has forgiven him and that is wonderful but he still needs to answer for his crime.

What am I Missing in this Roman Polanski Case?

 Roman Polanski gave a 13 year old girl drug and liquor and he raped her. In the United States this act is classified as rape. Polanski fled the country 30 years ago to avoid serving time for the crime. He was arrested a few days ago in Switzerland and now he is fighting extradition to the United States. He has been living the life of a celebrity in the 30 years since the crime, but he is still a fugitive rapist. So why are his celebrity friends calling his act ancient history? If this is the case if you commit a crime if you can run away and stay away for years all is forgiven. Well not if you are a “Regular Joe” only if you are a celebrated artist like Polanski. Let us not forget he has had many hardships in his life. His family was killed in the Holocaust, his pregnant wife Sharon Tate was a victim of the Manson murders. Both these incidents have been brought up to show he has suffered. No one is questioning the fact that he has suffered, but the other thing that no one is questioning is the fact that he is a rapist. The travesty here is that he was not arrested years ago. Sure his victim has forgiven him and that is good for her and him, but forgiveness is not the basis of the law justice is, and justice has not been served. Bring this rapist back to the United States and hold him responsible for his criminal actions.

Why is Mackenzie Phillips Sharing Her Family Secrets? Answer: She Has a New Book

Over the past few days we have seen Mackenzie Phillips on Oprah, Larry King, the Today Show and Entertainment Tonight. On each show she has shared “sordid” details of her affair with her father. If her story is true then this is despicable. She admits that she was an adult during some of these encounters with her father. The sad thing about her allegations is the fact her father is dead. He is not here to refute her allegations. By her own admission she has abused drugs for over 35 years so we have to question the reliability of her memory. Her stepmother has called her a liar. She is not just making these public pronouncements to cleanse her soul. Phillips has a new book that she is peddling as she shares juicy morsels with the myriad of news outlets lined up to hear her share her tales. She says that she wants to be a spokesperson for victims of incest, and that might be true, but I wish her father was here to tell his side of the story. There are always three sides to every story, her side, his side and the truth. Sadly, we are only hearing Mackenzie’s version of the truth.