Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Russell Brand wants you to stop bullying Bruce Jenner


In case you forgot, Russell Brand has his own daily YouTube show called The Trews, where he gives his views on what’s happening in, well, the news. A lot of his commentary in this series tends to be about what’s big in pop culture, and one of his recent shows is about the whole Bruce Jenner transgender debacle. His views? Everyone needs to shut the hell up and treat the man like a human being.

“Transphobia seems to be the most recent and encouraged form of prejudice, now that racism and homophobia are not tolerated. It’s such a celebration of the worst aspects of human values. What this does is it sanctions people being judgmental and cruel toward transgender folks.”

Can’t argue with that. Say what you want about Russell Brand, but he’s whip smart and really eloquent and generally gets shit like this spot on. Here’s the full episode, if you’re interested in watching:

Yeah, so how about we stop worrying about what makes the most ludicrous headline to the point that we’re literally Photoshopping makeup on a man and trying to sell it as real/humiliate him for it and actually start treating people with a modicum of respect? Sounds like a grand idea…

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Shakira and Gerard Pique are throwing a World Baby Shower

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Shakira will soon be giving birth to her second child – another son! – with boyfriend Gerard Pique, and they’re using their expanding family for good. She’s once again joining up with UNICEF, this time to launch the World Baby Shower that will benefit underprivileged children around the world.

Here’s the official press release:

Fans can visit the special website and buy one of the ten ‘Inspired Gifts’ that directly contribute to UNICEF. Some of the gifts are midwifery kits with medical equipment, vaccines, blankets, baby scales, soccer balls and storybooks.

The Pique Mebarak family’s first baby shower resulted in the application of over 80,000 vaccines against polio, 4 tons of therapeutic food donated, around 1,000 anti-malaria bed nets purchased and 200,000 oral rehydration salts sachets distributed.

Shakira wrote a post about it on her Facebook, saying that “now that we are about to be parents for the second time, we want to take it one step further: by making baby showers with a philanthropic bent accessible to everyone. Thanks to social media, celebrities are not the only ones who are able to make a real change. Now you can contribute so that baby showers that give to other children become a new global trend.”

Well, that’s pretty great – not only have we not heard much from Shakira since her pregnancy announcement, meaning she’s actually living her life and not trying to suck up as much press as possible. Also, she’s actually doing something useful, that benefits people who need it. Can’t argue with that. Plus, look how cute her little family is!

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Justin Bieber is getting his own Comedy Central roast

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Justin Bieber has already been roasted repeatedly by Saturday Night Live and pretty much the entire internet, but it’s time to make it official, eh? Comedy Central is actually giving Bieber his own roast, to be filmed in March. He’ll be present for the roast and is apparently thrilled it’s happening since he’s been begging for it for years (lol).

The world-famous pop star, 20, will be roasted by the network in a March 7 taping, the insider tells Us. (Ryan Seacrest was first to reveal the news on Tuesday, Jan. 19.)

The source tells Usthat Bieber will be present for the roast. In fact, the “Baby” singer has been wanting to take part in one for ages. “Justin has been asking us for years to roast him,” Comedy Central told Seacrest, “so we kept telling him to create some more material and we’re thrilled he listened.”

First of all, there’s no way in hell he’s been wanting to do this for ages. He’ll cry his eyes out once the cameras stop rolling – he has no idea what he’s in for. But kudos for the attempt to seem like you’re ~totally chill~ and can laugh at yourself. It’s completely unbelievable, but hey, A+ for effort.

That being said, I wouldn’t miss out on an opportunity to see Justin Bieber ripped a new asshole, so I’ll check this out. Well played, Comedy Central.

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Scott Disick is too busy getting Kourtney Kardashian pregnant to marry her

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Kourtney Kardashian just gave birth to her third child with little-boy-trapped-in-adult-body boyfriend Scott Disick just last month. Some would think that by now, they’d be ready to walk down the aisle and at one point, it seems like that’s what Scott really wanted. Not anymore, though – he’s too busy knocking her up to marry her, apparently.

“If it’s not broke don’t fix it – we’re happy the way it is,” Disick told PEOPLE Saturday in Las Vegas. “I don’t even think we’ll have time to get married at the rate that we’re popping out kids,” he joked.

Scott also thinks he’s a super suave father and has it all figured out when it comes to raising kids. You know, despite the fact that he seems to be too busy drinking and partying to actually do much “raising”.

“There’s always so much in the beginning when they’re that little. Every day is such a big milestone, but this is my third time so it’s just kind of a charm,” he said.

“You know it by now; the first one was scary, the second one was less scary, and the third one you’re like, I get it, I got a whole team over here.”

Well, that’s special. Surely Kourtney has to be done having kids now, though? I suppose only time will tell. I can’t imagine what would make someone want to have kids with this manchild, but I suppose to each her own.

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James Franco thinks Lana Del Rey isn’t meant for this world

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James Franco and Lana Del Rey have somehow, despite being on their own planets, managed to form a sort of bizarre friendship. I suppose it’s because they’re both so ~artistic~ and really understand one another. They actually spent a lot of time together over recent months in Los Angeles, and Franco gave like, an entire soliloquy on his feelings about Lana to V Magazine. Here is some of it:

She’s weird. But she never wanted to be a live performer anyway. If she could have, she would have made her music, and her videos, in her room forever.

This is a poem about Lana Del Rey.

This is an essay about Lana Del Rey.

Lana has become my friend. She is a musician who is a poet and a video artist.

She grew up on the East Coast but she is an artist of the West Coast.

When I watch her stuff, when I listen to her stuff, I am reminded of everything I love about Los Angeles. I am sucked into a long gallery of Los Angeles cult figurines, and cult people, up all night like vampires and bikers.

The only difference between Lana and me is her haunting voice. That carries everything. The voice is the central axle around which the spokes of everything else extend.

My axle, like her voice is for her, is my acting. Out of it, I do everything else.

I don’t like vampires and bikers in my life, but I like them in my art.

Lana lives in her art, and when she comes down to earth for interviews, it gets messy, because she isn’t made for this earth. She is made to live in the world she creates. She is one who has been so disappointed by life, she had to create her own world. Just let her live in it.

I am a performer and she is a performer.

The thing about singers, especially the ones who write their own lyrics, is that everyone reads the person into the songs. An actor is sometimes aligned with this roles, but a singer is about her lyrics as if they were direct statements of her true thoughts and feelings. Sometimes Lana doesn’t know what to say in interviews, so she plays into the idea that her songs are her, and not her creations.

Lana spends a lot of time alone because everyone wants in.

She has this idea for a film. I want to do it because it’s a little like Sunset Boulevard. A woman is alone in a big house in L.A. She doesn’t want to go out. She starts to go crazy, and becomes paranoid because she feels like people are watching her. Even in her own house. It’s like an awesome B-movie that lives in Lana’s head. It’s about her, and it’s not about her. Just like her music.

I wanted to interview Lana for a book and she said, “Just write around me, it’s better if it’s not my own words. It’s almost better if you don’t get me exactly, but try.”

I don’t know what’s going on here, but I’m vaguely uncomfortable. Frankly, there’s nothing artsy fartsy about either of them – it’s all contrived and a bit over-the-top. Lana Del Rey isn’t some moody misanthrope, she’s an upper class white girl who changed her pop image to be this indie darling when she realised that was more lucrative. James Franco is just a hot mess.

Anyway, do you guys think they dated/are dating still? Do you think they’ll ever do an album/art show together?

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Fox wants to bring ‘The X-Files’ back to life

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Look, I have no shame – I was what one would call an “X-Phile” (though I never, ever referred to myself or anyone else as such). I’ve watched the entire series of The X-Files two or three times over (minus season nine, because hello, that shit sucked), I even – God help me – wrote Mulder/Scully fanfic in my younger years. In more recent years, I’ve actually been paid to write about the importance of Dana Scully as a female pop culture icon. I’m telling you this because I want to provide some context for my disapproval of the recent news that Fox wants to reboot The X-Files, complete with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, for a whole new series. PLEASE NO.

From Deadline:

Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden said that the conversations so far have been only logistical, looking at windows when the key X-Files players, creator Carter and stars Duchovny and Anderson, are available. She confirmed that a potential X-Files followup will star the original leading duo of Duchovny and Anderson. There have been no creative discussions yet about what that new series might be.

From Entertainment Weekly:

On The X-Files front, Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman say they have been in talks with series creator Chris Carter about reviving the supernatural procedural, which was a major hit for the network from 1993 to 2002. The executives also revealed they hope to have original series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles on the show.

“It’s true that we’ve had some conversations on X-Files,” Newman said. “We’re hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.”

Walden added: “Gary and I both worked [at 20th Century Fox Television] through the entire run of The X Files. It was a great experience. We’ve maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. We’re very hopeful, but it’s hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.

I mean, look – The X-Files was a wonderful show for its time, one that was underappreciated and absolutely brilliant, even for those who weren’t typical sci-fi fans. That being said, some things just need to be left the hell alone. Both stars have moved on, that chapter has closed and to bring the show back now would be basically to shit on its legacy. Nope, not a fan, no thanks.

That being said, I don’t think it’ll ever happen, anyway. David’s busy writing weird books about supernatural cows or some shit and Gillian is on every amazing TV drama going, so… thankfully, I think there’s nothing behind this.

What do you think? Did you watch The X-Files during its original run? Would you watch a reboot?

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Amber Rose might as well be naked

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You’ve got to hand it to Amber Rose – she definitely slept in the day they were giving out fucks, because she’s fresh out. Instead, in a series of Instagram pictures posted to her account this weekend, she is “fleekin’”, “MILFin’” and “slayin” – all pretty accurate, I’d say.

The above photo is the tamest of the bunch, so I’ll throw the rest behind a cut for you, as they’re NSFW. I don’t really know what Amber Rose does… like, in life, and particularly in showbiz, besides look good. Perhaps that’s enough of a job. Kim Kardashian doesn’t do much more. Get yours, girl.

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