A lot to get into today folks, so let us start!
Taylor Swift is in the headlines again, but not because of the whole HiddleSwift romance.
This time it has to do with ex, dj and producer Calvin Harris.
The latest drama has to do with the world learning Swift actually co-wrote Harris’ latest summer banger, “This Is What You Came For,” vocals from Rihanna.
Harris took to social media, in a series of tweets, to clear things up for the world.
First, he started off really sweet.
“And she sings on a little bit of it too. Amazing lyrics writer and she smashed it as usual,” he wrote on Twitter. “I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though. And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym.”
Then, it turned a little personal for Harris.
“hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though.”
THEN Harris confirmed something major for us.
There really is some sort of feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
“I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do,” Harris continued on Twitter. “I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it.”
Finally, Harris ended with a peaceful message.
“God bless everyone have a beautiful day.”
Can we talk about the third tweet please?
This proves Swift really does have bad blood with Perry, and has all along.
This also proves that Harris sees the photos we all see of HiddleSwift travelling around the world.
I love that he basically says she’s bored and wants to fuel the fire with somebody.
I truly believe Swift could be like this, which is unfortunate for her clean-cut image.
Good for Harris though, he has said nothing but nice things about Swift since the break up and should stick up for himself.
Speaking of those sticking up for themselves, Jennifer Aniston completely and utterly shuts down everyone in the world who ever thought she was pregnant, is pregnant, or will ever become pregnant.
Aniston wrote a blog post for Huffington Post this week to discuss how she is “not pregnant,” but instead is “fed up” with the press consistently body shaming her.
The 47-year-old actress talks about how her and husband, Justin Theroux, are stalked everyday outside their home by “aggressive” paparazzi to obtain any kind of photo they can.
“Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo, even if it means endangering us or the unlucky pedestrians who happen to be nearby” writes Aniston. “But setting aside the public safety aspect, I want to focus on the bigger picture of what this insane tabloid ritual represents to all of us.”
She continues, speaking on how these photos and messages tabloids exploit of celebrities directly affect women and girls around the world.
This is because, the actress explains, girls are told if they don’t look like the supermodel or actress on the magazine, they are not “worthy.”
“If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues,” the actress writes. ” The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty.”
The worst part? Aniston believes we are accepting this as a culture.
“Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance… a subconscious agreement. We are in charge of our agreement. Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise.”
Aniston believes the paps only care about physical appearances, constantly wanting a picture that looks like she’s pregnant.
And when she comes out and says she is not, the paps turn it around and call her fat.
“We use celebrity “news” to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical “imperfection”?”
The “Friends” actress continues on about how much time and money is spent from tabloids trying to figure out if she is pregnant or not.
Aniston believes this is teaching society that women cannot be fulfilled in life without a child, without marriage, etc.
“The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.”
My favourite part?
When she mentions that in the past month, many magazines have been swirling trying to get a picture of her so-called baby bump, when in reality the world is going through a traumatic time.
“In this last boring news cycle about my personal life there have been mass shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court, an upcoming election, and any number of more newsworthy issues that “journalists” could dedicate their resources towards.”
She ends with some advice to those who follow the celebrity tabloids.
Though she knows tabloid practices probably won’t change any time soon, we as a collective need to change our mind set all together.
“From years of experience, I’ve learned tabloid practices, however dangerous, will not change, at least not any time soon,” writes the “Mother’s Day” actress. “What can change is our awareness and reaction to the toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping our ideas of who we are. We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullshit.”
What I Think
As a hopeful entertainment journalist, this makes me sad. I know that every time I am in a grocery store and see those magazines with headlines like “Jenn’s pregnant and now Justin is leaving,” or “Jenn’s finally expecting!,” I obviously know they can’t be true. If you read tabloid magazines, most of the sources are unnamed and “close to the actress” but in reality most of the time it’s just a tip from some random with no connection to her at all. I would never work for these kinds of magazines, nor do I look to them as a source for my blog post. I’m glad she did this though, she deserves some peace people!
Lastly in movie news, “Legally Blonde” turns 15!
On the anniversary of the 2001 “Legally Blonde” film, Reese Witherspoon (or you know, Elle Woods) took to Instagram posting several photos today to celebrate the film’s 15th!
Witherspoon performed the bend and snap for us, which is the iconic dance Elle learns to impress men.
She told the Instagram blog that the movie had a whole bend and snap musical number in the movie, but was later shortened.
But the move will forever stay with Witherspoon.
“That is still the most asked request I get from people. Even this past year, when I have been giving speeches or talking about whatever, they always ask me, ‘Will you do the bend and snap?’ I have a feeling I will be doing the bend and snap until I am 95.”
She also said the movie has been really empowering to women all around the world, even fifteen years later.
“I have had so many women say to me, ‘I went to law school because of Legally Blonde.’ I think it was a pivotal moment in feminism only because it was like, Oh wait, you don’t have to be learned and boring. You can embrace your femininity, you can love to get your hair and nails done, you can love fashion, but also be incredibly intelligent. And I don’t know why those were two separate ideas at the time. Now it seems crazy to think that people thought that. It was kind of a lightning rod moment. Which was crazy that was 2001!”
Can I just say at the age of like 13 I watched “Legally Blonde” every day for like a year! I fell in love with the empowerment of the film, and of course I loved the pink, the outfits, and the shoes!
You go, girl!