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Prince Andrew left his palace maid ‘in tears’ with his foul rants & wrath

Remember how the Duchess of Sussex is still being “investigated” for “bullying” staffers at Kensington Palace? The investigation was launched just before the Sussexes’ Oprah interview aired, and the whole thing was clumsily orchestrated by Kensington Palace, and then Buckingham Palace backed KP’s idiotic play. What remains completely bonkers about “Meghan being investigated for bullying” is that there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence that Prince William throws full-on screaming-and-punching-walls tantrums to staff. There’s a wealth of anecdotal evidence that Prince Charles and his senior staff often “punch down” on lower-tier staff, including Michael Fawcett’s well-documented history of racism towards staff. And then there’s Prince Andrew, who apparently would “shout and scream” if his 50-60 teddy bears were in the wrong place on his bed, in his suite at Buckingham Palace. In his 30s and 40s. Well, now the Daily Mail has a first-hand account of Andrew’s behavior around that time (the 1990s-early 00s). Where is the bullying investigation for Andrew?

A former maid at Buckingham Palace has spoken out about working for Prince Andrew, calling the Duke of York ‘demanding and entitled’. Charlotte Briggs claimed on Thursday that she was ‘left in tears’ by Andrew’s foul-mouth rants, and on one occasion faced his wrath over a tiny gap in his curtains.

Speaking to The Sun, Ms Briggs said the prince yelled at her: ‘Can’t you f***ing do anything right?’ as she ran up and down the stairs to fix the curtains, some of which he was sitting a matter of yards away from.

‘This man fought for his country in the Falklands but couldn’t stand up to close his own curtains,’ the 47-year-old mother of two told the newspaper. ‘It was utterly ridiculous but spoke volumes about him,’ she added. By comparison, Ms Briggs said that the Duke’s brothers Charles and Edward, as well as other royals she encountered during her time at the palace, were ‘wonderful’.

She began working at Buckingham Palace in 1996 when she was 21, but within six months was tasked with being Andrew’s maid; a job that ‘nobody wanted,’ she said. At the time, Andrew was 36 and had recently divorced from Sarah Ferguson. He would frequently fly off the handle and expected everything to be done for him.

Ms Briggs spoke about how Andrew’s pillows were embroidered with the Royal Crest, that they had to be right in the centre of his four-poster bed, and that his pyjamas and his teddy bears had to be precisely laid out. Having moved back to the palace after his divorce, the Duke had taken up residence on the ‘nursery floor’ where he, Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Princess Anne used to play when they were children. But despite being a grown man who served in the military, he refused to do anything himself, Ms Briggs told the newspaper.

‘We’d turn down his bed, remove his teddies, do the curtains and lay out his pyjamas. But he was a bad apple and behaved like a spoiled brat,’ she said.

On one occasion, she said he called down from his office for a maid to be sent up to close the curtains in his office, she recalled. For Ms Briggs, this meant putting on her evening dress, going up four flights of stairs to close the curtains Andrew was sitting a matter of feet away from. As she left the rooms, Ms Briggs said Andrew screamed at her over the fact she had left a small gap at the top, despite the curtains running floor to ceiling.

[From The Daily Mail]

He sounds more spoiled, arrogant, stupid and childish more than “bullying,” although I would imagine everyone who has ever worked for him in some capacity could probably tell their own story about their hellish experiences with him. Seriously though, can you believe that the (white) Windsors have always behaved like this and then they tried to pretend that Meghan was a bully? And what’s worse, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace were so stupid, they didn’t even realize that all of this blowback would come after they smeared Meghan.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.

Elizabeth Debicki The Crown

Elizabeth Debicki was seen in London in her full Princess Diana-drag: love it?

The Crown’s Season 5 has been filming for months in and around London. The fifth season sees a reboot of the cast, so it will feature Imelda Staunton as QEII, Dominic West as Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana. Debicki has been photographed in her Diana-drag for months too, but most of those photos have been mega-exclusive ($$$). But this week, The Crown was filming in London, and I think the scene was supposed to be Diana being swarmed by paparazzi on the street as she visited a friend’s home. My guess is that this is probably her visit to the friend who “contributed” to Andrew Morton’s Diana: Her True Story. Diana’s visit was a confirmation that she had helped Morton on the book. In any case, there were fake paparazzi on the scene and real paparazzi photographed the filming of the scene.

I still say that Debicki is going to be a great Diana. I thought Emma Corrin was great too, although it annoyed me that Corrin is so small and Corrin never really got Diana’s physicality right. Corrin nailed everything else about Diana though. Debicki has the height, the legs, the physicality to pull off Diana. It looks like they spent more money on Debicki’s Diana wig too! Remember, Debicki will be playing Diana in her 30s, when Diana was in the process of giving up the big hair and shoulder pads. Diana began editing her look a lot. But this outfit they have on Debicki… that’s pure Diana.

I honestly can’t wait for Season 5, which will come out this fall, probably. Charles is going to be in full meltdown mode. Prince William will be incandescent too, I’m sure. Oh sh-t, I totally forgot that Olivia Williams is playing Camilla in Season 5!! Jonathan Pryce will play Philip… which is a very odd choice. And Jonny Lee Miller as John Major!! OMG.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

Robert Pattinson

‘The Batman’ has a run-time of nearly three hours: nope or hell yeah?

Did we *need* another Batman movie? No. We absolutely did not. Am I still interested in Matt Reeves’ The Batman? Sure, I legitimately am interested. I think the idea of Batman-as-noir-detective is a much better basis for a Batman film than “omg, his parents died, watch him mope around in a bat cave for two hours because of it.” I’m also intrigued by the fact that Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman seems so front-and-center in all of the promotion. Is Batdude in a full-fledged relationship? Is co-parenting kittens with Catlady? As I said, it’s intriguing. All that being said, I CANNOT with this run time. Apparently, the cut of The Batman which will be in theaters in March is two hours and fifty-five minutes long. CAN WE NOT.

Fans can expect three full hours of Robert Pattinson superhero action. The official runtime for The Batman, the forthcoming iteration of the DC Comics Caped Crusader starring the Twilight alum in the titular role, was confirmed Thursday as 2 hours and 55 minutes including the credits, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Additionally, the Motion Picture Association announced last week that the film received a PG-13 rating for “strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material.”

For comparison, The Batman’s length nearly matches that of Marvel’s Avengers: Engame, which clocked in at 3 hours and 1 minute and broke box office records in 2019. Recent release Spider-Man: No Way Home is 2 hours and 28 minutes, and the director’s cut Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which debuted on HBO Max last year, is a massive 4 hours and 2 minutes long.

The R-rated Joker — which won an Oscar for star Joaquin Phoenix — was 2 hours and 2 minutes, and the lengthiest entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which is 2 hours and 44 minutes.

[From People]

The Dark Knight Rises was too long. So was Batman Begins. The Dark Knight was also pretty long but it was (arguably) the best film of the trilogy and it had the best “flow” when it came to the story. And let me tell you something else: this film is going to be literally dark as hell. None of the Batman directors (save Tim Burton) believe in lighting their films properly. It will be nearly three f–king hours of watching Batdude fumble around in the dark, looking for the keys to the Batmobile because he wants to get out of Catlady’s apartment before she wakes up! It would be one thing if we were seeing three hours of a brilliant story unfold in a series of well-lit rooms. It’s quite another to sit for three hours, feeling like a mole person because you can’t see anything on the screen. Do I sound old? I AM OLD. I am too old to watch a dark AF three-hour Batman movie.

Posters & promotional images courtesy of Warner Bros.


Bono: ‘I’m just embarrassed’ whenever I hear a U2 song on the radio

Do you still listen to U2 songs? I do, sometimes. Sometimes I’m in the mood for the Joshua Tree album especially, and sometimes Achtung Baby. I still think “One” is one of the most beautiful songs to come out of the 1990s. “With or Without You” still hits. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” didn’t age well, but it’s still okay. “Bullet the Blue Sky” can still slap. I didn’t even remember that U2 had a song called “Vertigo” but they did and, according to Bono, that’s their best song? Or his favorite song. Bono chatted with the Awards Chatter podcast about how most of U2’s songs make him cringe, and how the band name is stupid.

U2 frontman Bono has said many of his band’s songs makes him “cringe” with embarrassment, and that he doesn’t like their name much either. The band, comprised of Dublin schoolmates, has sold more than 150 million albums over a 40-year career. But speaking on the Awards Chatter podcast, the 61-year-old said that, aside from 2004 track Vertigo, he finds it hard to listen to their music. He added that his voice sounds “very strained” on earlier recordings.

“I’ve been in a car when one of our songs has come on the radio, and I’ve been the colour of – as we say in Dublin – scarlet,” he told The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg during an hour-long interview. “I’m just embarrassed. I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a lot. And maybe that’s the place to be as an artist is right at the edge of your level of pain for embarrassment, your level of embarrassment. And the lyrics as well. I feel that on Boy and other albums it was sketched out very unique and original material. But I don’t think I filled in the details.”

In defence of his band, U2 have had 10 UK number one albums and seven chart-topping singles, since arriving on to the scene in the early 1980s. Their fifth album Joshua Tree – featuring anthems like With Or Without You and Where The Streets Have No Name – was recently named as the best album of that particular decade by Radio 2 listeners.

While Bono agrees that his band “sound amazing”, he said he does not like the sound of his own voice at all, except on Vertigo, which featured on How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. “Most of the other ones make me cringe a little bit,” he said.

And despite a career spanning four decades, the Irish singer believes his voiced sounded weak early on and that he “only became a singer recently”.

“I just found the voice very strained and kind of not macho and my Irish macho was kind of strained by that,” he continued. “A big discovery for me was listening to the Ramones and hearing the beautiful kind of sound of Joey Ramone and realising I didn’t have to be that rock and roll singer. But I only became a singer recently.”

[From BBC]

I listened to “Vertigo,” thinking I was missing something. His voice sounds TERRIBLE on that song!! It sounds really strained, so I don’t know what he’s talking about here at all. Personally, I don’t think U2 was particularly good at lyrics or vocals, and yet I would probably agree with the sentiment that they were/are one of the best bands of the last fifty years. They were more than the sum of their parts.

His vocals sounded best in the Joshua Tree/Achtung Baby era, my God. I have no idea what he’s talking about.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.


The M&Ms got a makeover to be less sexy & more ‘progressive’

We, as a society, just accepted anthropomorphized M&Ms. We accepted them as icons of the M&M brand (which is such a candy subsidiary of Mars), and we accepted that the green M&M was a sexy bitch and the brown M&M was a lady too, but not as sultry as Green M&M. We accepted that different color M&Ms had their own personalities and unique features and voices. We accepted all of that as if we were placating a child: yes, of course, we promise to remember and care about these corporate cartoons. Now, in a bid for millions of dollars’ worth of free promotion, Mars has announced that they have redesigned and recharacterized the M&Ms. They’re truly making the M&Ms more woke.

M&M’s iconic characters — six different colored “lentils,” each with their own personality — have gotten a modern makeover for a “more dynamic, progressive world,” Mars said Thursday. The redesign is focused on creating a sense of belonging and community, as well as spotlighting the character’s “personalities, rather than their gender.”

The most notable changes include the green M&M’s redesign, which will exchange the white heeled go-go boots she was given in 1997 for “cool, laid-back sneakers to reflect her effortless confidence.” Mars had received criticism for the green M&M’s sexy characterization. The green M&M will also be “better represented to reflect confidence and empowerment, as a strong female, and known for much more than her boots.”

The green M&M and the brown M&M will have a more friendly relationship, showcasing a “force supporting women.” The two characters’ dynamic will have them “together throwing shine and not shade,” the company said. The two characters have sometimes been at odds in advertisements, but they have also been seen as friends — or more than friends in others, like this viral tweet from 2015 showing the two holding hands on a beach. Mars also added that the brown M&M’s heels will be lowered to a professional heel height.

The orange M&M, who has an anxious personality, will “embrace his true self, worries and all.” But the orange M&M’s shoe laces will now be tied to represent his cautious nature. According to Mars, the orange M&M is “one of the most relatable characters with Gen-Z,” which is the “most anxious generation.” The red M&M, who has shown bully tendencies in the past, will be more kind to his co-characters.

Mars will also include imagery of M&Ms of all shapes and sizes, moving away from only one body size, and it will remove the prefixes from the characters’ names in order to focus on “their personalities, rather than their gender.” Currently, only the brown M&M has a prefix — Ms. Brown — on the M&M website. The company hopes their changes will show the importance of “self-expression and power of community.”

[From CBS News]

WHO was complaining about Green M&M’s sexy boots? Who was like “this M&M is much too sexy, please think of the innocent children”? Who complained about Brown M&M’s heels?? For the love of God. Honestly, I kind of missed that the “lentils” have been characters since the ‘90s? Why did I think it was more recent than that? I always assumed the different shapes were supposed to indicate the different kinds of M&Ms too – one is a peanut M&M, one is a peanut-butter M&M, surely? Anyway, I’ve always felt like they really missed an opportunity to make a Goth M&M.

Pour one out for slutty green M&M we’ll miss u ho

— Merry Kish (@MerryKish) January 21, 2022

someone went to journalism school to write this headline

— matt (@mattxiv) January 20, 2022

why did they reverse yassify the green m&m …

— matt (@mattxiv) January 20, 2022

The new green M&M

— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) January 20, 2022

Photo of the ‘new’ M&Ms courtesy of Mars.


Iggy Azalea selling her colorful

Australian singer Iggy Azalea is selling her medium size mansion (5,228 sq ft) for a very big price tag of $6,195,000!

The Hidden Hills home is a charming home with bright art and furnishings making the place feel homey but still designed for a star.   Fun detail, check out the art on the bathroom wall.  Seems Iggy kept the cue card from when she was on SNL.

From the listing: “one-story residence with a two-story guest house is highlighted by an open floor plan accented with impressive beamed ceilings, natural stone fireplaces throughout”… “flagstone patio with an outdoor fireplace and built-in BBQ area, a new and improved saltwater pool area, a grassy field, a recently added Sport Court, and a lemon tree orchard with serene views”.

ASking: $6,195,000  5 Bed, 4.5 bath, 5,228 square feet    Pool, guest house, outdoor kitchen


Pamela Anderson divorcing 5th husband Dan Hayhurst

Pam has a tough 2022.  Not only does the movie “Pam and Tommy” come out next month and chronicaling the tumultuous marriage to her first husband, Tommy Lee, but now comes word she and her 5th husband are parting ways.

The former Baywatch actress, 54, has filed for divorce in her native Canada where she had relocated with her new hubby last year, Rolling Stone reported Thursday citing a source close to the couple.

A source said ‘Pamela loves as authentically as she lives,’ and that the ‘pandemic whirlwind’ romance had run its course.

The pair tied the knot in an intimate Christmas Eve ceremony on the grounds of Anderson’s home on Vancouver Island, Canada.