After Gabby Douglas revealed to Oprah that she dealt with racist bullying while training at Virginia Beach’s Excalibur gym, representatives from Excalibur immediately came forward. Oh, not to apologize or offer support or anything. Just to viciously attack Gabby in the press while revealing that they understand virtually nothing about bullying, racism or 13-year-old girls. Sorry if that was unclear! “The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening,” ”former Senior International Elite and National Team member” Randy Stageburg said in a statement to Gymnewstics.com. “Gabby was never a victim, in fact many would say she was one of the favorites. I never once heard her complain about girls being mean, funny how it is just now coming up.” Hmmm, he makes a good point though. Everyone knows that if you don’t immediately tell Randy Stageburg you’re being bullied, it must not have happened. We’ll be sure to sign our kids up for a tumbling class as soon as we can!
Of course, not one is calling Gabby a liar….oh wait, yes, they are. At least one person is explicitly saying that. “Gabby’s remarks were hurtful and without merit,” Excalibur Gymnastics CEO Gustavo Mauretold E! News, also telling Gymnewstics.com: “Is Gabrielle a credible person just because she is an Olympic Champion? She is not giving any names or dates, leading us to believe that the accusation is fake. This wouldn’t be the first time that the media has made up a story. Thousands of gymnasts and families have supported our good conduct and our professionalism during the last 30 years.” So by “media,” do you mean an actual human being with memories of being bullied, Gustavo? Stick the gymnastics, guys. The P.R. business is not really working out for you.
Sorry, Prince Harry. Maybe you hoped we’d get bored of your game of strip billiards by now, but unfortunately for you, it happened to occur during a particularly slow time for celebrity news, so we’re still hungry for more. And if Radar’s sources are to be believed “There is video of Harry partying naked with women in the Las Vegas hotel room,” the source told the gossip site. “There have been some very quiet inquiries to see how much the video is worth.”
Well, duh. If you were taking photos of the prince’s hot ginger butt, you might as well take a video too. And it would be really smart to wait until after the photos had caused such a stir before selling the clip at a much higher price now that we are all fascinated by the scandal. Read more…
Sometimes, when the weather gets hot, a bad relationship starts itching at you like a million grains of sand in your bathing suit. At least we’re assuming that’s what happens, seeing as how the summer months have been rife with celeb break-ups this year. From old married like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to the most casual of booty calls like Kris Humphries and Myla Sinanaj, at least all these painful break-ups will bear delicious new relationships in the fall. Or a few Twitter meltdowns. Either way, you will survive, celebrity dumpees!
This is not a story about blame or victimization or betrayal — this is about turning lemons into lemonade, Hollywood style. Radar reports that Rupert Sanders‘ wife, Liberty Ross, is reaping the benefits of her husband’s “indiscretion” with Kristen Stewart. And this is one rumor that totally makes sense to us. Previously, Ross was well known in European fashion circles as a model and occasional avant garde filmmaker — she’s done covers in major magazines and writes her own Vogue U.K. style blog — but her mainstream acting career was pretty under the radar. Until the day her husband and his Snow White and the Huntsman star were plastered all over the tabs, of course. Then everyone, VH1 Celebrity included, was Googling her name, discovering her small roles in SWATH and W.E., admiring her exotic look on her website, generally wondering who this 33-year-old mother of two really is. And, Radar claims, some of those searchers were casting directors.
“The scripts have been flooding in, and she has already received audition offers on the back of Rupert’s affair,” a source told the gossip site. “Liberty is delighted that she’s being finally recognized, she wants to pursue a career in the movies and is desperate to make more. She would of preferred if it had happened in a different way, but press is press.”
Whether or not that’s a credible source, it’s a credible statement. And after seeing Ross make an appearance at the Lawless premiere last week (pictured above) — she’s friends with singer Nick Cave, who co-wrote the screenplay — we can tell she’s ready to take advantage of the spotlight, whatever the reason it’s being pointed at her. Good luck, Liberty!
The hot sun, the warm sand, the intoxicating scent of bug spray: yes, the summer time is prime time for hook-ups, both celebrity and original flavor. From the clam-chowder-and-madras-plaid love of Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy, to the surprise engagement of Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger (their wedding is going to be designed by Hot Topic, right?), check out our favorite hook-ups from summer 2012, and wish you hadn’t spent the last three months inside on your computer:
Clear out your desk, James Franco! Looks we got a regular Daniel Day Lewis on our hands. (Gangs of New York Daniel Day Lewis, not My Left Foot Daniel Day Lewis. Let’s not get crazy.) You know who is getting crazy, though? Shia LaBeouf, as he tries out a bunch of edgy method acting techniques like actually dropping acid for an LSD scene in his upcoming flick The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. “There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” the actor told USA Today about the experience. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that [electric] chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to.” Jeez Franco, how are you going to top this? Drinking a little salvia in About Cherry just isn’t going to cut it next to Shia!
LaBeouf’s intensity seems to have started with his naked Sigor Rus video, and the nudity has only continued. “I don’t know what’s going to be asked of me,” the actor said of having actual sex in Lars Von Trier‘s upcoming Nymphomaniac. “But I’m willing to do whatever is asked of me to get closer to the truth that’s on the page.” Frankly, that makes the fact LaBeouf was drunk while shooting Lawless look downright normal. “He says go off for five minutes through the woods and get there,” Shia said of director John Hillcoat instructing him to booze it up. “It took away a lot of my inhibitions, just made it easy to actually be in the scene, and in the moment.” Cut to Jame Franco frantically researching whether he can somehow give birth on-camera. If anyone can do it, it’s you, James. It’s you.
Some days, there is so much foolishness going on in the world, it’s all we can do not to collapse onto our fainting couches and fan ourselves with one hand. That was our immediate reaction upon reading that Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas had to deal with racism from her fellow gymnasts on her way to the top. “I felt [I was] being bullied,” Douglas revealed to Oprah on yesterday’s Oprah’s Next Chapter about her time training at her home gym in Virginia Beach. When her teammates were asked to scrape the balance bar, for example, “They’re like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it? She’s our slave.” Great slavery joke, you guys! If only you were as good at being a human being as you are on the uneven bars!
Recalled Gabby, “I definitely felt isolated. I felt, ‘Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black?’ Those thoughts would go through my mind.” Of course, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that the Olympic gymnast had to deal with all this; the kerfuffle over Gabby Douglas’ hair during the Olympics made our eyes roll so far back into our heads, we had to use a dust buster to pull them out. Eventually the bullying got so bad, Gabby’s mom Natalie Hawkins explained, “She said, ‘I’d rather quit. If I can’t move and train and get another coach, I’d rather quit the sport.’” Luckily Gabby was able to move to a gym in Iowa to work with Shawn Johnson‘s coach Liang Chow, and the rest is history. It is literally world history, and no one can take that away from her. Meanwhile, if we were Gabby, we’d be so tempted to slowly drive past our old gym wearing our gold medal, but she’s probably way too classy for that.
Last we heard, Rihanna was lamenting her single status (and apparently trying to let Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran do their thing), and Rob Kardashian was dating Rihanna doppleganger Rita Ora. So what were Rob and RiRi doing on Saturday night? It kind a looks like they were on an old-fashioned high school date — go-karting at Racer’s Edge Indoor Karting in Burbank, California. Then again, they were out with other friends too. According to the Daily Mail, Rihanna was totally schooling Rob on the track.
Part 2 of the date was a little more “adult,” as they continued on to the Playboy Club. Rihanna flipped off the paps during the outing, so maybe she was upset they were spotted together. Or maybe it was an innocent night out with friends — they did arrive at the club separately, after all. Read more…
Once you’ve allegedly referred to your friend/former That ’70s Show costar as your “little wife,” chances are everyone is going to start monitoring your dates with a focus approaching laser intensity. (Especially if you, you know, still technically have a wife somewhere.) Such was the case this week when Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher attended a Dodgers game with Mila’s parents. The two are admittedly a super-hot couple, which is probably why Mila held a baseball cap over their faces when they shared an intimate moment. But were they definitely kissing? The pervert in us says yes, but there are plenty of reasons why two adult human beings would hide their love under a sweat hat. For example, maybe the Dodgers politely asked Mila to cover up, as her beauty was distracting them at a pivotal point in the game. Or maybe Ashton wanted to show off his new tongue ring, or…
But…but we still have a drawer full of Live Strong bracelets we were planning to wear! We couldn’t have been the only ones shocked to hear Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency today over his alleged use of illegal performance enhancers, right? Or the fact that Lance was also banned from the sport of cycling forever. “I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” Armstrong wrote on his site last night. “Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by [an] unconstitutional witch hunt. The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense. ” Us Weekly notes that while Lance has never been convicted of doping, he has allegedly done steroids during his career, an accusation that several of his teammates testified about to the agency. So…is this a case of “if there’s smoke, there’s fire”? Or is the smoke just burning rubber billowing off Lance’s bike as he blows past his competitors? We don’t know what to think!
In case you weren’t sure how to react to the Armstrong bombshell either (suggested emotion: bummed either way), Ryan Lochte has a few thoughts on the subject. “If Lance is innocent, it’s a sad time in sports history,” the Olympic swimmer told Celebuzz.“I know that it would be awful to go through all of that. I don’t have first hand knowledge of all the facts in the situation [and] I don’t like making assumptions based on what the media reports. None of us will know, so ultimately none of us should judge…. There’s always two sides to the story. I do feel that there should be zero tolerance for anything that artificially enhances performance. But it should not take years after seven wins for this to be so heavily investigated and debated.” Declared Armstrong on this site,”I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours. We all raced together.” Now that Armstrong is out of the game, we guess we’ll just have to turn our eyes to another cycling great for guidance. People like…um…oh, what’s his name…and the other man…the one with the thing…oh yikes. Lance, wait! Come back!