Oh, the shade of it all! If you’re familiar with the sweres and curves of the drag queen Latrice Royale, you’ll know something about shade. Oxford Dictionary states that to throw shade is to “publicy criticize or express contempt for someone.” It was reported to have roots in African American and LGBT culture. The drag performer Dorian Corey from “Paris is Burning” said shade was when, “I don’t tell you you’re ugly, but I don’t have to tell you because you know you’re ugly.” Some celebrities are so good at throwing shade their quotes become immortalized forever. Here are the best and worst trash talkers.
Martha Stewart is coming for Gwyneth Paltrow. As the world watched, Martha Stewart went to jail for insider trading in 2004. Paltrow took to her lifestyle blog to post a recipe for a “Jailbird Cake” after Martha mocked Gwyn’s breakup with Chris in Martha Stewart Living magazine. The Jailbird Cake is made of chocolate wafers and whipped cream with black and white prison stripes. It looks criminally delicious.
Diplo was crazy enough to face the wrath of Taylor Swift’s fanbase when he made fun of her behind! A fan named “Taylur Swyft” replied on Twitter, “You need to grow up like honestly, how old are you?” Lorde even came to Taylor’s defense and made fun of his manhood. Lorde and Diplo seemed to have become friends again since Lorde said, “I love Diplo and he’s a big brother to me.”
Nicki Nicki is too biggie to be here stressing about Iggy Azalea’s fame. It was at the BET Awards when Nicki told the audience, “What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.” This was referring to Iggy possibly having other people write her material for her. And then’s there’s the GIF of them backstage and Nicki Minaj giving her a side eye like nobody’s business.
Mariah Carey was on a radio show when she was asked about Ariana Grande being compared to her. On Power 105.1, she said, “I wish everybody the best of luck and if this is the career path they choose, hopefully they can achieve.” Ouch! It looks like Mariah won’t be performing a duet with Grande anytime soon. Mariah’s been in the game a long time so we’ll see if Ariana can achieve!
Jon Bon Jovi does not approve of Justin Bieber and he let the London Evening Standard know it! “They run the risk of disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you permission to take two or three hours of their lives. Do it enough times and shame on you,” said Jon about Bieber’s tardiness for a concert.
Iron Man versus Terrence Howard! The box office smash left one actor without a job and he told Andy Cohen all about it. “This is going to get me in a lot of trouble. It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second movie, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” said Howard. Don Cheadle took over for the role of War Machine in the latter movies.
Dannii Minogue and Sharon Osbourne were judges on “The X Factor” and it was almost like seeing Nicki feuding with Mariah. It all centered around a very expensive Chanel handbag. Sharon called Dannii “a little madam” in her autobiography for holding the handbag she wanted Dannii to return. The Daily Star also reported that Sharon thought Dannii was too big for her boots.
If you’re ready, come and get it! Selena Gomez made an appearance in Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour, but it’s not what you think. Miley Cyrus held up a cardboard cut-out image of Selena Gomez during a performance of her song “FU.” The cardboard cut-out had a black bra on and fishnet stockings. These two are rarely seen together anymore so maybe there was trouble brewing!
Country singers can throw shade too, it seems! When asked about the gay country singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman, Skagg said, “We’re all sinners.” Ricky Skaggs is a country and bluegrass singer who was a member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band. He won best bluegrass album Grammy for “Honoring The Fathers of Bluegrass 1946 and 47” and a 1982 Male Vocalist of the Year CMA award.
Michael Che is a new “Weekend Update” anchor on “SNL.” Referring to the latest scandals plaguing Dr. Cosby, Che said on the air, “Hey Bill Cosby, pull your damn pants up!” His sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” aired from 1984 to 1992 and gave us such stars as Raven Symone and Lisa Bonet. About sixteen women have come forth with allegations against Cosby.
Lol, Kevin. Kevin Hart told Jameis Winston in person, “I started to bring a bunch of crab legs to see if you was gonna take ’em.” Winston got in trouble for stealing crab legs from a Publix establishment earlier this year. Security footage was released showing the Florida State quarterback who said he forgot to pay for them. He was ordered to do 20 hours of community service and pay for it.
There are more people up in arms over 50 Cent’s Instagram picture of P. Diddy. He seemed to have fat shamed a woman who appears to be dancing with Diddy in the picture. “50’s Right. I’m EFFEN up right now.” Diddy had no comment but pictures paint a thousand words. The feud is over his rivalry with Diddy’s Ciroc vodka. Any Fiddy fans can get his Effen brand vodka in raspberry and salted caramel!
The pic that broke the internet had a “Glee” star talking and it wasn’t the guy in the wheelchair. Naya Rivera told Kim Kardashian, “You’re someone’s mother.” Naya can’t seem to shake off the rumors of her obsession with Kim Kardashian. It doesn’t help if you keep tweeting about her, Naya! Many outlets have been putting side-by-side comparisons of Naya and Kim on the internet and the resemblance is not really there.
Nene Leakes may have gotten applause for her performance in “Zumanity,” but somebody wasn’t impressed back in 2008 when she sang a song about Kim Zolciak’s age. Zolciak went to her Bravo TV blog to air out her thoughts: “She was being disrespectful by singing a song about me, Dallas, my age etc. Whether or not it was in good fun, a true friend wouldn’t do that. I was very hurt and shocked to say the least.”
“And you know, Santino, playing the dummy can be a scene-stealing role. Right, Michelle?” On a memorable episode of “Rupaul’s Drag Race,” Rupaul was telling a contestant about the benefits of playing a supporting role and used the opportunity to throw shade at her friend and fellow judge Michelle Visage, who took it in stride. This happened after Coco Montrese failed to play a dummy.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.