Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Rihanna doesn’t get to perform for the NFL because Ray Rice knocked his girlfriend out

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that Ray Rice is a disgusting human being. Any man – rather, any human being – that can physically harm a person they purport to love in such a violent and aggressive way can’t be anything but. And while there is much controversy over how much the NFL turned their heads for as long as they could or the fact that the woman in question, then Rice’s fiancée and now his wife, supports him wholeheartedly and believes Rice is being bullied for his actions, here’s someone who actually has been penalized: Rihanna.

You see, Rihanna was due to perform at the Steelers/Ravens game last night, but the NFL cancelled the appearance last minute. Why, you ask? Well, because Rihanna was the victim of assault by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, so the organization thought it sent the wrong message to viewers. You know, seeing a woman who was once battered might be a little too close to home and remind people of Rice’s crime.

From TMZ:

The opening features Rihanna performing a version of her hit “Run This Town” — while Don Cheadle introduces the teams and dramatically asks who will “run this town” when the game is over.

But with the Ray Rice scandal in full swing, it’s clear CBS didn’t want to feature another celebrity who was involved in a high-profile domestic violence incident.

CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus says, “We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage.”

I’ve been trying to understand this, and I just can’t. After all, Rihanna was not a perpetrator of violence, she was the victim of it. Frankly, I doubt she cares either way about performing at a football game, but the point is this: why is Rihanna being punished because she was a victim? Shouldn’t she be a beacon of someone who got out (albeit after a lengthy period of time) and who is still strong, independent and successful? Why are we trying to shush her?

I suppose it makes people uncomfortable to think about domestic violence, so with the Ray Rice situation in full swing, Rihanna will remind everyone of the seriousness of the situation. Can’t have a bunch of macho football fans upset while they’re trying to pound some brewskis and watch the game, I suppose.

Yes, insert eye roll here.

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Taraji P. Henson is treated like she’s a D-List celeb

 “I’m treated like I’m on the D-list,” Taraji said. “I’m still being considered with actresses who haven’t done half the stuff I’ve achieved.”  “When people tell me ‘no,’ I get hyped,” she added. “Because when I prove that I can and will, I love watching people eat crow.”  While she might think she is treated as though she is on the D-list, Taraji says she uses her status to get some special treatment to get her “fat ass into a restaurant. If someone tells me there’s a wait, I’ll walk right to the front of the line like, ‘I need a table now. I need to eat, and I want this. So let’s work this out.’”  Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/90982547.html#ixzz3D0IWms1J

Without a doubt, Taraji P. Henson is an amazingly talented actress who has starred in some amazing movies and has even been nominated for an Oscar. All that being said, you’d think people would respect her more, but that’s not the case. According to Taraji, she’s treated like she’s on the D-List!

From Ebony (via Just Jared):

“I’m treated like I’m on the D-list,” Taraji said. “I’m still being considered with actresses who haven’t done half the stuff I’ve achieved.”

“When people tell me ‘no,’ I get hyped,” she added. “Because when I prove that I can and will, I love watching people eat crow.”

While she might think she is treated as though she is on the D-list, Taraji says she uses her status to get some special treatment to get her “fat ass into a restaurant. If someone tells me there’s a wait, I’ll walk right to the front of the line like, ‘I need a table now. I need to eat, and I want this. So let’s work this out.’”

I guess she was trying to have an LOL moment there, talking about using her fame to get into restaurants and shit, but this whole thing rubs me the wrong way. Yes, you’re accomplished and should be respected… but so should every human being. Being a movie star doesn’t (or rather, shouldn’t) give you immediate access to special treatment everywhere you go and in everything you do. Your reward is making millions of dollars a year and not having to slog your guts out in a 9 to 5 like most of the world. Having the red carpet rolled out for you on the daily is just not part of that.

I don’t have an issue with Taraji – and in fact I’m not all that familiar with much of the work she’s done – but either she’s been misrepresented in print, or she really is snotty and entitled, in which case, no thanks, girl.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are soulmates, it seems

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Admittedly, I don’t really “get” the friendship between Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. It just seems bizarre. Gaga is crazier than a craphouse rat and Bennett is a classic. Where those two meet in the middle, I’m not sure, but they’ve become absolute best of friends, hanging out together in NYC and recording a jazz album together that’ll be out later this month.

The pair covered the new Parade magazine and were interviewed inside, and while the actual interview is way too long to paste, here are some highlights.

ON HOW CELEBRITY CULTURE HAS CHANGED SINCE TONY BENNETT BECAME A STAR
LG: It’s changed a lot. Celebrity culture now is a culture of humiliation. For young people it’s cool to not care and to be rude and crass. That’s not the way to act…. We’re all being poisoned by what we watch, listen to, read. Everyone’s using the headline that’s going to get them the most clicks. They don’t care about doing the right thing. It’s all about scandal, and selling, and celebrity. When young people finally realize this is happening, there is going to be a revolution. I really hope that this album can be part of that. We say, “You can listen to timeless, beautiful music that’s honest and authentic.”

LADY GAGA ON WHETHER SHE WANTS TO START A FAMILY
LG: I thought I did, because I was feeling kind of finished with all of the chaos of my life. But then I started to spend a lot more time with Tony, and everything just became simpler, more pure, and more perfect. Now I think I’m going to take a lot more time before I have kids and settle down. I just want to sing.

ON WANTING TO GIVE UP
LG: I’m not going to say any names, but people get irrational when it comes to ­money—with how they treat you, with what they expect from you. … But if you help an artist, it doesn’t give you the right, once the artist is big, to take advantage of them. … I was so sad. I couldn’t sleep. I felt dead. And then I spent a lot of time with Tony. He wanted nothing but my friendship and my voice. [She begins to cry.] TB: [quietly] I understand. [He holds her hand.] LG: It meant a lot to me, Tony. I don’t have many people I can relate to.

Okay, so these two are clearly soulmates. It’s weird and I don’t get it, but they seem to really love and vibe off each other, so good for them. Maybe Lady Gaga can stay in the jazz world and out of my eardrums permanently. I think that would work!

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Jessica Alba is whining about how insecure she is again

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I really just need Jessica Alba to stop. Every single interview she gives lately is about how insecure she used to be and how she’s still insecure and how sure, objectively she’s really hot and also filthy rich, she still feels lesser-than sometimes because boo hoo, life is hard.

Jessica stopped by The Meredith Vieira Show on Wednesday to go on and on about the same old shit (via US Weekly):

“My teens and my 20s I just wasn’t sure of myself and I was always kind of insecure and I always felt I needed to apologize for myself,” the brunette told the talk show host. “After I became, first of all, 30 and being a mom of two, I just sort of came into myself as a woman and now I have a company,” Alba said of daughters Honor, 6, and Haven, 3.

The Honest Company co-founder, 33, explained her lack of education also hindered her confidence. “I was always also insecure about not going to college and I always felt I wasn’t smart enough,” she added. “I feel better now especially after 30, it’s crazy what happens.”

I don’t doubt that Jessica Alba sometimes feels insecure. We all do – we’re human beings, and it’s especially hard as a woman, which doesn’t even take into account being a woman in the public eye. However, the way she goes on about it, you’d think she’s persecuted on a daily basis and called fat and ugly and a million other things. She’s just about to be a billionaire and is constantly told how hot she is. Something just doesn’t add up. That’s not to say, of course, that people who are praised for their looks by others have to internalize that or get all their self-esteem from that, but I kinda feel like she just has nothing else to talk about, nothing else that makes her seem interesting, so she resorts to this pity party shit. Sorry, I’m just not feeling it.

Ellen DeGeneres recreated Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ video and it’s hilarious

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Nicki Minaj released her video for ‘Anaconda’ last month and pretty much EVERYONE was talking about it. It was definitely a NSFW affair, but if anyone can bring things back down to earth a bit, it’s Ellen DeGeneres. She decided to create her own version of the ‘Anaconda’ video – or rather, hilariously insert herself in the original – and the results are amazing.

How can you not love Ellen? She’s the best!

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Liv Tyler is pregnant with her second child!

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You don’t hear enough about Liv Tyler these days. She’s a lovely actress and seems like a lovely person, from what I’ve read of her, but she keeps a low profile – I imagine purposely. We do have a little bit of news, though: she’s pregnant with her second child!

From People:

The Leftovers actress is expecting a child, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Tyler, 37, is already mom to Milo, 9, her son with ex-husband Royston Langdon.

She is dating Dave Gardner, a British football agent and friend of David Beckham, who appeared with the soccer star in his documentary, David Beckham into the Unknown. The couple has been photographed out and about together over the past four months.

Cute! Also, it’s always jarring when I see a human named Milo, since that’s my dog’s name (but it is a very cute name). Congrats to Liv & Dave and yay babies!

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Kanye West hospitalized for a migraine

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Kanye West is currently touring in Australia, and shit got serious yesterday when he was rushed to hospital. It wasn’t what you think – this wasn’t the result of some hip hop beef or another fight with a photographer. It was… for a headache.

From TMZ:

Yeezus and his entourage rushed to the emergency room Wednesday in Melbourne after playing basketball.

Sources tell us Kanye had a pretty intense migraine.  He was released later that afternoon after doctors checked him out and determined it wasn’t serious.

The Australian media is claiming Kanye suffered seizure like symptoms … but we’re told it’s not true.

He wasn’t the worse for wear … Kanye made it to his show at the Rod Laver Arena that evening … and ranted like his normal self.

Aw, poor wittle baby. I think it’s hilarious that it’s always the big hard men who have so much shit to talk on a daily basis that are the biggest babies about stuff like this. I’m not saying migraines can’t be scary, especially if you’re not used to having them, or that you shouldn’t seek medical attention if you think something’s wrong… but really, man?

Clearly it wasn’t that bad since he was back to himself hours later. Also, no wonder he had a headache – he’s an absolute misery and gives me one on a daily basis. It’s only natural that he’d experience it for himself after a while.

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