Cincinnati Zoo Parents May Be Charged in Connection to Gorilla Shooting

The fallout from this weekend’s tragic shooting at the Cincinnati Zoo continues.

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As previously documented, and as depicted in the video below, a four-year old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at this famous facility on Saturday, May 28.

After the gigantic animals grabbed hold of the boy and started thrashing him about, officials were left with no choice but to have an employee fatally shoot the gorilla, who was 17 years old and named Harambe.

Was the animal protecting the toddler? Hurting him? About to cause him real harm?

Watch the surveillance footage and try to decipher for yourself:

Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Killed to Save Toddler’s Life: Who’s to Blame?

Debate has raged all over the Internet in regard to the incident, with critics wondering why the zoo could not simply use a tranquilizer on the gorilla.

The zoo has responded by saying the tranquilizer would have taken too long to go into effect.

Others have placed the blame squarely at the feet of the boy’s parents, specifically his mother, Michelle Gregg.

In response to the criticism she has received online, Gregg posted (and then deleted) a Facebook message that referred to the situation as an “accident” and which thanked God for keeping her son safe.

Celebrities from all walks of entertainment life have also weighed in on the death of Harambe:


View Slideshow: Harambe Mourned, Celebrated by Celebrities Everywhere

Now, sources have confirmed that Cincinnati police are looking into Gregg and Deonne Dickerson, the boy’s father, even though the latter was not at the zoo when his son fell into the gorilla pit.

Authorities are reportedly reviewing “the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident,” according to TMZ, implying they may be charged with the crime of negligence.

Do you think they ought to be?

Or was this just a very unfortunate accident that has taken on a life of its own due to the Internet?

An insider also says the Zoo is NOT under investigation of any kind.

It falls under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Amber Heard’s Lawyer Releases Statement About Johnny Depp Abuse Allegations

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I’ll be honest with you — I’ve been trying to avoid reading the comments section of any article about the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp relationship, divorce, and abuse allegations because people are fucking terrible. Claiming that Amber is lying because she’s a “gold digging bitch” who just wants to destroy his career. I love that literally all a dude has to say is “Nah, I didn’t do it” and everyone believes him, but a woman basically has to produces endless proverbial receipts to get anyone to even listen to her and she’s STILL called a lying, manipulative bitch who just wants to bring a good man down. It’s depressing, upsetting and a perfect example of why so many women remain silent about living through abusive situations.

But anyway, since Johnny had his lawyer put out a dismissive ass statement last week about how his marriage lasted so little time that he wasn’t really interested in talking or thinking about it, Amber’s lawyers Samantha F. Spector and co-counsel Joseph P. Koenig released their own statement on Amber’s behalf on Monday morning.

Here it is — and fair warning, it’s pretty lengthy:

“As the result of Amber’s decision to decline giving an initial statement to the LAPD, her silence has been used against her by Johnny’s team. Amber did not provide a statement to the LAPD in an attempt to protect her privacy and Johnny’s career. Johnny’s team has forced Amber to give a statement to the LAPD to set the record straight as to the true facts, as she cannot continue to leave herself open to the vicious false and malicious allegations that have infected the media. Amber has suffered through years of physical and psychological abuse at the hands of Johnny,” the statement, provided to Just Jared, began.

“In domestic violence cases, it is not unusual for the perpetrator’s playbook to include miscasting the victim as the villain,” the statement continued. “In reality, Amber acted no differently than many victims of domestic violence, who think first of the harm that might come to the abuser, rather than the abuse they have already suffered. Amber can no longer endure the relentless attacks and outright lies launched against her character in the Court of Public Opinion since the tragic events of May 21st. With her statement Amber hopes to give the LAPD the opportunity to conduct an accurate and complete investigation into the events of that evening and before. If that occurs, and the truth is revealed, there is no doubt that Amber’s claims will be substantiated beyond any doubt, and hopefully Johnny will get the help that he so desperately needs.”

From the beginning it has been Amber’s desire to keep this matter as private as possible, even though LAPD officers responded to a 911 call made by a third-party. The LAPD officers viewed not only the disarray that Johnny had caused in the apartment but also the physical injuries to Amber’s face. We filed the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage at the very end of the day on Monday May 23rd and we did not serve Johnny with the Petition at the premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass that evening. We sent a letter to Johnny’s counsel team the next morning making it clear we wanted to keep this matter out of the media. We then held off requesting a domestic violence restraining order as we knew that Johnny was out of the country.

We took the high road. Unfortunately, Johnny’s team immediately went to the press and began viciously attacking Amber’s character. Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money. Amber is a brave and financially independent woman who is showing the courage of her convictions by doing the right thing against Johnny’s relentless army of lawyers and surrogates.

The Family Law Court is not going to be influenced by misinformation placed in the social media based on anonymous sources. Amber is the victim. Amber is a hero.”

Sorry, but I’ll never feel bad for being on the side of the victim who makes an accusation. Yes, “innocent until proven guilty” in a court of law, but in life, the percentage of women who lie about abuse just to take a guy down is literally minuscule to the point of almost not even being worth mentioning. Johnny is a drunk and a drug addict who certainly has showed a violent side in the past, whether or not he actually followed through on hitting women (and if he did, that certainly doesn’t mean they’d come forward about it for many of the reasons Amber’s facing now) and I don’t for one second think she’s lying. (more…)

“Pope Francis loves beauty vlogs, probably loves a good cat-eye” links

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Pope Francis loves beauty blogs & vlogs. He thinks preaching about beauty helps neutralize aggression. I think he just wants to do a perfect smoky eye.

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People Mag: Johnny Depp & Amber Heard ‘should have never gotten married’

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Here are some photos of Johnny Depp in Stockholm on Monday. He’s still touring Europe with his band, the Hollywood Vampires. Do you think Team Depp’s crisis management just operates without him? Or is Depp on those conference calls, suggesting quotes that need to be placed in People Magazine? The only thing I know for sure is that Team Depp was hard at work on Memorial Day. Their current vibe is “let’s throw everything against the wall and see what sticks.” Which is the only explanation for two of the most blatantly pro-Depp pieces thus far, in People Magazine and TMZ. Some highlights:

TMZ’s police sources are chatty. TMZ’s “law enforcement sources” want you to know that Amber Heard did not tell police officers that Johnny Depp had smashed her in the face with an iPhone. TMZ’s sources have already claimed that Amber was sporting no visible injuries and now they’re reiterating that Amber did not tell cops the whole story. TMZ ends their story with this: “We’re told Amber still has not filed a police report. If Johnny’s right and he never touched her … had she filed an official report she could be prosecuted for a felony — filing a phony police report.” Just what every victim of domestic abuse wants to hear, right? If you do come forward and tell (gossipy) police officers about your abuse, you could be prosecuted. Thanks, TMZ! Update: Oh, great, TMZ has another story about how Amber tried to “set up” Johnny by screaming for security when they were 20 feet away from each other. (more…)

Snoop Dogg wants people to boycott the History Channel’s ‘Roots’ miniseries

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I did not watch the History Channel’s miniseries reboot of Roots. The miniseries began last night, and it continues over four nights. The original miniseries – also based on Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book – was groundbreaking television when it was made in 1977. It was one of the most-watched television events in American history and it became a national talking point in a larger conversation about race and civil rights in America. The History Channel’s reboot (or “reimagining”) of the miniseries with a whole new cast is supposed to be reflective of our current conversation about race in America, about Black Lives Matter, about violence against black bodies and more. But some people are just tired of watching movies and miniseries about slavery. One of those people is Snoop Dogg.

Snoop Dogg has no plans to watch the Roots remake, and he’s telling his fans to also boycott the show. The rapper sent out his message over social media on Monday.

“I’m sick of this sh-t. How the f— are they going to put Roots on, on Memorial Day?” Snoop said in an Instagram video. “They going to just to keep beating that sh-t into our heads about how they did us, huh?”

The History channel’s revival is a four-part, eight-hour series that debuts Monday. Snoop said he has no interest in new shows and movies — specifically mentioning 12 Years a Slave — that “keep showing the abuse we took hundreds and hundreds of years ago.”

“I ain’t watching that sh-t, and I advise you motherf-—ers as real n— like myself; f— them television shows,” Snoop said. “Let’s create our own shit based on today, how we live and how we inspire people today. Black is what’s real. F— that old sh-t.”

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Rihanna’s street style: are you feeling her ’70s-style Dolce & Gabbana caftan?

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Here are some street-style photos of Rihanna out and about in NYC on Sunday. She was apparently running some errands or doing some shopping. This is how Rihanna “runs errands.” She wears a bright Dolce & Gabbana caftan, Stella McCartney platform shoes and no Dior sunglasses! Incidentally, that sunglasses-story last Friday has made me review my previous opinions on cheap sunglasses. Maybe I will try an expensive pair of sunglasses one day, just to see what they’re like.

As for Rihanna’s D&G caftan… it’s summery, it’s beachy, it’s glam and like most of what Rihanna wears, it probably only looks good on Rihanna and no one else. Don’t get me wrong, I long for the day when “caftans-as-outerwear” makes a triumphant return. People always roll their eyes at ‘70s style, but I love the ‘70s look of caftans and prints. What I hate here is Rihanna’s shoe choice. Those Stella McCartney shoes are just THE WORST.

Speaking of shoes, Rihanna’s collaboration with Puma is still going strong. Puma released their third collection with Rihanna a few days ago and the sneakers sold out in just 35 minutes online. I’m telling you, Rihanna has the Midas touch when it comes to style/accessories and more designers should pursue her for collaborations. I’ve already convinced myself to start pricing caftans, because surely I’ll look the same as Rihanna when I wear a caftan, right?

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Liam Hemsworth FINALLY Opens Up About Relationship With Miley Cyrus

Liam Hemsworth has been impressively silent when it comes to his relationship with Miley Cyrus.

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The two rekindled their relationship around the new year, but neither party has spoken publicly about it.

Now, in an interview with GQ Australia, Liam opens up a little and confirms he and Miley are very much back on, confessing that she makes him happy.

“I guess when I feel something, then I just feel it and I go for it,” Hemsworth said, speaking about their relationship.

“I make my decisions about what’s going to make me happy, what I think is right and what I want to do — and I don’t worry too much outside of that,” he continued.

While the Hunger Games actor does not specifically reveal their exact relationship status, he hinted that fans already knew.

“People will figure it out, they already have,” he said. “They’re not dumb.”

What the WHAT?!

What does he mean we’ve figured it out?

In the past few months, we’ve heard rumors of an engagement, a pregnancy, cheating by both parties, breakups and even a secret, unofficial beach wedding in which they exchanged palm fronds for rings.

Is he saying it’s all true?

You’re killing us, Liam.

The most prevalent rumor as of now is that the two are engaged to be married and are preparing to wed sometime this year in Liam’s native Australia.

We’ve also received reports that Miley is pregnant and planning a shotgun wedding, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say that’s probably false.

But you never know, and Liam hasn’t denied it.

View Slideshow: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth: Relive the Romance!

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