Eugenie Bouchard: Taylor Swift ‘portrays herself as the victim a lot’

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Canadian tennis pro Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard is seen by many as one of the future stars of the game. She’s got “the look” of a tennis star – she’s blonde, adorable and bouncy, and she gives off a puppy-ish energy that is definitely endearing. She’s currently ranked 40th in the world, but many expect her to really step up to the plate in the coming years. And like so many youngsters (Genie is just 22 years old), she’s very in tune to pop culture. I mean, so is Serena Williams, but Genie is still so young, she’ll talk on the record about celebrity gossip in the middle of her press conferences. Case in point: Genie was playing the Citi Open this week in DC, and at her press conference on Wednesday, she was asked about the ongoing Kimye-Taylor Swift controversy. Genie has previously professed her love of all things Taylor Swift, and has even met Swift backstage at one of Swift’s concerts last year. But Genie is tired of Swifty’s perpetual-victim shtick. Oh, Genie! I heart you. Start around the 5:55-minute mark.

A tennis star with a HUGE backhand directed at Taylor Swift — says she’s sick of the singer always portraying herself as the victim … just like she’s doing in the Kanye West feud. The tennis star is 22-year-old Eugenie Bouchard — who’s a huge pop culture fan — and was asked about the Taylor vs. Kanye situation after she was knocked out of the Citi Open this week.

“This is probably the hardest question all day,” she said. “I love Taylor Swift and I went to her concert and I love her songs and everything, but I feel like sometimes she portrays herself as the victim a lot and she did this time around, and that she said she wasn’t aware of that specific line. The B.I.T.C.H line. But she heard the other line about having sex so, I’m like really, what’s the huge difference? You approved the thing where Kanye said he’d have sex with you, but you didn’t hear the time he said b****? Come on. It’s all the same thing for me. I think she just way overreacted. I think she just tried to get attention by saying she didn’t approve of that. But it’s the celeb world, and it’s just entertaining. It entertains me when I’m on my own in D.C.”

Dear Taylor Swift: when your core audience – white women in their teens and 20s – turns on you, it’s time to pack it up and go silent for a few months. No more emails to TMZ. No more implicit racism to People Magazine. No more words. Just drop it, take some time off, get a massage, go for a run and regroup. I mean, half of the #Taymerica squad won’t even publicly defend her!! And now her high-profile fans are saying that Tay is just acting like a thirsty liar with the Poor Innocent Blonde Child act.

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Star: LeAnn Rimes cancels concerts to keep an eye on Eddie Cibrian

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Many thought that LeAnn Rimes would go full-tilt crazy in the wake of her ex-husband Dean Sheremet’s epic tell-all interview this week. But so far… not much. I wonder if Eddie “accidentally” dropped her phone in the toilet or something. One of the few things happening on LeAnn’s social media yesterday was her stupid “chalkboard inspirational message” crap, which she’s been doing since Valentine’s Day (which is when Eddie gave it to her, telling her that he made it himself except clearly he did not). The message on yesterday’s chalkboard was “It’s important to give it all you can while you have the chance.” She posted it with this message on Instagram:

Happy #Thursday #chalktalk No half assing! Put all of your being into everything you do. You’ll never have to look back and say “I could have given more or tried harder.” You can say “I did my best and laid it all out there.” Win or lose, succeed or fail… YOU GAVE IT YOUR ALL.

[From LeAnn’s Instagram]

Except that’s not what Dean said. Basically, he went away for a week and in that time, LeAnn and Eddie began their affair and LeAnn almost completely checked out of the marriage. But I’m sure in LeAnn’s mind, that was “giving it her all [at least until a womanizing sleazeball came around].”

What else is going on? Let’s see… Star Magazine is calling out LeAnn on her fake illnesses and canceled concerts:

LeAnn Rimes infuriated fans recently when she canceled a number of her concerts, claiming she was too sick to perform. But after social media slip-ups revealed that LeAnn was actually partying, Star has learned the real reason she’s jeopardizing her career: she fears Eddie Cibrian will cheat on her.

LeAnn first sparked outrage by backing out of her Feb. 20 show at the Cold Country Casion and Hotel in Oroville, CA at the last minute. She then went on to cancel the following night’s show at the Primm Valley Resort in Las Vegas.

“I am so sorry to my fans that were planning on spending the evening with me,” she said in a statement. “I would think living in California would help deter those pesky winter illnesses but boy was I wrong! As I lay here coughing and hacking away, I promise the wait will be worth it.”

But her followers didn’t buy her excuse. On the day of her second canceled show, LeAnn tweeted about Mexicon food and margaritas, writing that she was doing “Mexican food” to honor the day.

Insiders close to LeAnn claim that her serious trust issues are overtaking her dwindling career.

“She figures that if she watched over Eddie’s every move and spends every waking moment with him, there’ll be no way for him to have an affair. Her fans may hate her for it, but she couldn’t care less.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Yep, sounds about right. Earlier this week, I saw some Twitter people “Twihard proofing” LeAnn’s claims of illness, which I don’t even understand anymore. She lies about this crap so often! Whenever she claims to be sick as a dog, just assume she’s lying and proceed with your life. She’s only doing it to get sympathy from her ride-or-die fans, plus she wants Eddie to come and take care of her. I hope she has a little bell that she rings whenever she wants him to bring her more soup.

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Phylicia Rashad claims she was misquoted & ‘this is not about the women’


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Yesterday, we talked about Phylicia Rashad’s defense of Bill Cosby. She called his ongoing scandal “orchestrated” and insinuated that a mysterious force was trying to destroy the Cosby “legacy.” As many of you pointed out, Phylicia can’t be pleased about how TV Land’s cancellation of The Cosby Show reruns has affected her residuals. She gave a baffling, victim-blaming rant to journo Roger Friedman. He enthusiastically (and I infer this from his narration of events) published Phylicia’s quotes.

It was a big day for Cosby news. Gloria Allred held another press conference (a month after the first one) where she introduced the world to three more Cosby accusers. Gloria called out Rashad: “Phylicia, if anyone did to you or to your daughter, your sister or or your mother, what Cosby is alleged to have done to these women, I have no doubt that you would not be saying forget these women.” Yep. The “forget those women” will forever tarnish Rashad’s legacy. Now she claims to have been misquoted, for real. Rashad visited Nightline last night. I included a clip, but here she is digging a deeper hole:

The amazing Bill Cosby: “He’s a genius. He is generous. He’s kind. He’s inclusive.”

The problem: “What has happened is the declaration in the media of guilt … without proof.”

On “forget those women”: “That is a misquote. That is not what I said. What I said is ‘This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.’

She was misquoted, for real? “I am a woman. I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”

On the allegations: “I had never heard that before. And I can’t even speak to those things and don’t want to.”

Who would have a vested interest to “orchestrate” this? “That’s my question too.”

[From ABC – Nightline]

Huh. She completely denies saying “forget those women,” so it’s her word against Roger Friedman. He must be thrilled. What’s odd is that Rashad actually sounded worse as she tried to defend herself. “This is not about the women,” really? All of the allegations have everything to do with the victims, but Rashad refuses to open her eyes. All she sees is the marvelous Bill Cosby — who was the reason she was still making money in syndication. I guess maybe it’s not about women at all for Rashad. It’s only about her wallet.

Meanwhile, Cosby returned to the stage (for the first time since November) last night. After canceling about 10 concerts, he surfaced in Toronto to make cold weather jokes. How wholesome, right? His appearance was greeted by a dozen or so protesters and hundreds of fans.

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Prince Is No Longer Suing Bloggers For $22 Million

Prince Is No Longer Suing Bloggers For $22 Million

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If there’s one group of people on Prince‘s shit list, it’s bloggers – 22 of them to be exact. Earlier this month, he filed a $22 million lawsuit against them for apparently illegally publishing his music online. We’re not talking early leaks or anything, but rather it was bootlegs from live concerts that got his panties in a twist.

Somehow, over the past couple of weeks, Prince has changed his tune and has dropped his lawsuit – though he can refile at any time.

From TMZ:

Prince has only filed the original lawsuit less than 2 weeks ago … going after 22  anonymous bloggers (for $1 mil-a-piece) who posted concert footage on Facebook and other websites without Prince’s permission.

But after news of the lawsuit went public … it only took a few days before Prince decided to end his crusade on the bootleggers.

TMZ has obtained legal documents filed in federal court in California to dismiss his lawsuit … but it’s without prejudice, which means he could refile the suit if he feels like it.

Listen, unless the quality of the footage was something you’d find on an officially released DVD, Prince needs to take a fucking seat. Bootlegging is a pastime of stans dating back decades, bro, and no one else is filing lawsuits about it. You should be grateful that people like your shows enough to want to have a memory of them/be able to listen to them again any time they want. Where’s the harm?

At least he seems to have realised there is no harm, for now…

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Kim Kardashian’s black suede t-neck dress, with fringe: amazing or terrible?

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Here are some more photos of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West leaving his apartment building in NYC on Saturday night. Fame/Flynet says they were heading to Madison Square Garden for his concert. Kim and Yeezington were in NYC for most of the past week – Kanye had shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and he and Kim were seen out and about during the day a lot too. For the most part, Kanye looked rather pleasant, but in these photos, he does look “over it”. Sometimes I wonder if he’s really down for all of the attention he gets for impregnating a Kardashian.

As for said Kardashian, I don’t like this look on her at all. Is her dress suede? That must be uncomfortable. I wouldn’t mind if Kim actually went with a sleeker, covered-up, well-tailored look, but not in suede and not with gigantic fringe attachments on the sleeves. Her heels are crazy too, but I’ve come to peace with the fact that I could not and would never wear anything like that. I simply value my feet too much. Last thing: I dislike this hairstyle for Kim. She looks better when she has some hair volume.

Also, we got a tip about this story on The Daily Mail – Kim “auctioned off” some of her old clothes, claiming that the proceeds from the auction would benefit the International Medical Corps’ work in the Philippines. But in reality, she was only donating 10% of the proceeds to charity, because she’s a Karda$$$hian. However, there was an interesting detail in the story – most of Kim’s clothes are listed as “European size 42 (US size 8/UK size 12).” CB – who has experiences with European sizing – says that size 42 is more like a 10 in American sizing. The gist of it is that Kim was never a size 4. But we knew that.

As for the actual Yeezus tour – apparently, people who’ve seen it say it’s completely bonkers. Kanye does most of the show in a bejeweled Martin Margiela mask, and it’s being compared to avant-garde theater more than a typical concert. Rolling Stone had a good piece about why the Yeezus tour is actually pretty awesome (awesomely bonkers), and one of the best concerts in a long time.

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Lady Gaga: ‘Playing into the gossip of the tabloids, that’s just not what I’m about’

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Here is the new cover of Attitude Mag, with Lady Gaga looking… I guess this is her version of normal. I even sort of like her expression on the cover. Quite honestly, I feel like Gaga has been phoning it in a little bit with the promotion for ARTPOP. Remember how she promoted Born This Way? She covered literally EVERY magazine ever. She gave delusional, self-aggrandizing interviews, she went on and on about her process and how every Gaga fart is precious art, etc. While I’m glad she’s not going all out this time around, I do wish she would say more crazy sh-t. Bitch has changed! Anyway, I guess I’m getting my wish in this interview. Gaga talks about Madonna and Gaga basically says Madonna was trolling her but she (Gaga) doesn’t care. HA.

As it turns out, Lady Gaga was more than pleased to ruffle Madonna’s feathers. In a new interview with Attitude, Lady Gaga addressed her conflicts with the Queen of Pop over the Gaga song “Born This Way.”

“I have to be really honest, I was completely kind of floored that Madonna was singing my song on her stage every night! I’m certainly not thinking about anybody but me and my fans when I’m on stage,” Gaga said to Attitude, referencing the fact that Madonna took to performing a mashup of “Born This Way” and her own song “Express Yourself” during live concerts last year. (The songs share a similar beat and melody.)

“The fact that I was on her mind at all. I mean, Madonna’s … she’s Madonna. I looked up to her for a long time. I’m not quite sure what her intention was -– to do that in the show, but I don’t really care,” Gaga continued. “I think playing into the gossip of the tabloids and, I guess the fodder of the competition, that’s just not what I’m about. She chooses to use her voice the way she chooses to use hers and I choose to use mine the way I use mine. All it meant to me was that Madonna Ciccone was singing my song on her stage and I’m 27! And as a punk-rocker from New York, I’ve basically been hoping that I would become so good that one day I would piss off Madonna!”

Gaga has addressed her dispute with Madonna before, but rarely in such specific terms. Last year, during a concert in New Zealand, Mother Monster told fans that she was trying to stay above the fray.

“That doesn’t make me feel good at all,” Gaga said about tearing others down. “That just makes me feel like I’m not a good human being … I don’t even want to fight back because it’s more important to me to keep writing music. Because that’s really all I care about, is the music … things are really different than they were 25 years ago, and that’s what makes ‘Born This Way’ so relevant for me. We’re socially in a different place and it’s OK, we don’t have to all slice and hate each other anymore.”

Madonna wasn’t shy about her stance that “Express Yourself” was an inspiration for “Born This Way.”

“I’m a really big fan of [‘Born This Way],” she said during a 2012 interview. “I’m glad that I helped Gaga write it.”

For her part, Gaga still doesn’t think there are similarities between the tracks, and blames the whole dust-up on something else entirely.

“I truthfully believe that was nothing about those records sounding alike, and everything about this gay icon versus gay icon [is] nonsense,” she told Attitude. “I don’t need to take anybody’s torch. I have no interest in taking anybody’s torch. I am over here and they are over there and if you feel connected to it the door is open for you to come in and enjoy this with us. But this need for competition was everything that ‘Born This Way’ isn’t about!”

[From HuffPo]

“I think playing into the gossip of the tabloids and, I guess the fodder of the competition, that’s just not what I’m about.” Ooooh. So, Gaga is basically saying that MADONNA started the beef and that Gaga doesn’t want to engage. Gaga is thisclose to saying that Madonna is “bullying” her, I think. While I agree that Madge is largely trolling Gaga, I also think Madonna was and is still amused that Gaga is jacking Madonna’s well-worn shtick.

Also: Gaga gave an interview to SiriusXM where she said she wants to have “tons of kids… I think at least three. I really want to have a family and I really want to nurture my children.” You can read more here.

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Eddie Cibrian: ‘A $50-million divorce… they just have no fact checking whatsoever’

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Two nights ago, Eddie Cibrian spent the majority of his time on the red carpet for The Best Man Holiday trying to wrestle his way out of his wife’s Falcor grip. She was grabbing him, rubbing him and putting her tongue on him throughout the red carpet, and it was uncomfortable. And kind of funny. It was just the kind of show we expected following last week’s tabloid reports of the trouble in delusional paradise. Also funny: when Eddie finally managed to pry LeAnn’s talons off of his body, he then had to defend his marriage to the press outlets on the carpet. Eddie went to Access Hollywood and said this:

Cibrian said, “It’s just ludicrous. They say we’re going through a $50-million divorce… they just have no fact checking whatsoever.” Eddie added that he and LeAnn just laugh off the rumors. “Most of the time, all you can do is laugh because it’s so out there and outrageous.”

Cibrian explained that they decided to do a reality show in order to dispel rumors. “There were a lot of things going on, reasons why we made this decision. One of them was that people have misconceptions. The tabloid fodder is just out of control. People think they know us, and they don’t, so we wanted to give them a glimpse into who we really are.”

Eddie said his wife’s support means the world to him. “I’ll go with her and support her when she’s going out in concerts. She’s here to support me… that’s what a married couple does.”

[From Extra]

Although I don’t think he’s very bright, I think the wording Eddie has been choosing for the past week… well, it’s been very interesting. All of his words are very open to parsing and analysis. Like, “They say we’re going through a $50-million divorce… they just have no fact checking whatsoever.” Okay, so what part needs to be fact-checked? The $50 million figure? Because he’s right – their combined assets do NOT equal $50 million. Maybe $20-25 million on a good day. Also, gotta love that he worked in a shill for the reality show. LOL.

A source (with hooves and talons) also told Us Weekly: “They’ve been laughing off rumors of his infidelity. They really don’t take all the reports too seriously and have been doing fine.” Sure. Like, they’ve specifically been laughing and laughing about the infidelity rumors? But have they laughed about the rumors that their marriage is terrible? Have they laughed about the rumors that LeAnn is obsessed with his ex-wife to the point where she copies everything Brandi says, does and wears? No, they just laugh about the infidelity. Rumors.

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