Controversies

by (@hallekiefer)

Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Drinks Yanked By Whole Foods

In case you were wondering how something could be low-cal, alcoholic and all-natural without tasting like rubbing alcohol, the answer is…it can’t. Real Housewives Of New York vet Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl margaritas are off the shelves in Whole Foods, allegedly after the company found out the drinks contained the preservative sodium benzoate, “This product had been offered in about a dozen of Whole Foods Market’s 310 stores. After discovering that it contains a preservative that does not meet our quality standards, we have had to stop selling it,” their spokesperson told E! Online. Frankel fired back, “With all due respect to Whole Foods, we were in a dozen of their stores and have decided not to continue in these stores. They represent an infinitesimal fraction of our business. We are, in fact, the fastest growing spirits brand in the U.S. We were bound to piss someone off and everyone loves to try to tear down a success.” Dang girl, how many of those margs did you have before releasing a statement like that?

In addition to her thin-person booze kerfuffle, Bethenny Frankel defends Bravo over allegations that the network could bear any responsibility in RHoBH‘s Russell Armstrong’s suicide. “It’s preposterous to blame a TV show for someone’s suicide. When the show started filming, I’d heard he wasn’t so kind to his wife. But I know nothing about them,” Frankel told USA Today. Hoo boy. Controversy like this makes us want to stop by Whole Foods and pop open a few….oh wait a minute. Nooooooooooo!

by (@hallekiefer)

Tina Fey Might Use Tracy Morgan Gay Rant As 30 Rock Plotline

According to Tina Fey, 30 Rock might feature the Tracy Morgan gay controversy as a future plot point, which seems at least as entertaining as watching Tracy Jordan buy two blimps and crash them into each other to see what kind of sound they make. When asked by Deadline whether the anti-gay comments Morgan made earlier this summer would affect the show’s chances for an Emmy or reduce their audience, Fey replied, “Because of my real-life pregnancy, we don’t go back on the air until January. I’m hoping that Tracy will have, and the world will have, forgotten about that by them. He from the first has gone around very sincerely and done his best to try to make up for the foolishness.” Don’t worry, everyone still associates him first and foremost with wanting to take them behind the middle school and get them pregnant.

Morgan later apologized for his comments in a GLAAD press conference, as well as defended of gay marriage. But since it happened (and since they already had Tracy visit Africa, have another baby and discover he has a son older than himself), Fey and the writing staff might just have to incorporate the scandal into 30 Rock‘s upcoming season. “It’s the kind of story that even if it happened to someone else, we would probably turn it into a Tracy story,” Tina mused. “So we may use it.” We bet they will; Tracy Jordan’s lizard’s album drops in December, but then they have a lot of airtime to fill.

by (@hallekiefer)

Melissa Leo Defends Tracy Morgan’s Comedy Skills

In case you’re wondering what kind of people those were who cheered his anti-gay bit, Melissa Leo defends Tracy Morgan following his homophobic rant on-stage in Nashville. “I witnessed Tracy very upset by being misunderstood, and the best comfort to him seemed to be that comedy is the most difficult [skill] of what we do,” said the Academy-Award-winning star of The Fighter, and Tracy’s current co-star in Predisposed. “And comedy in the theatrical arts presses boundaries and asks questions and puts things in people’s faces. The cat I’m working with up the river is a very fine man with the best intentions. And yeah, he likes to push an envelope, without a doubt.” Tracy sure is pushing the envelope alright. The envelope that has his 30 Rock contract in it, and he’s slowly pushing it towards the garbage.

Despite the fact that Tracy Morgan’s apology seemed to indicate even he didn’t know what he was talking about, Leo’s Oscars swearing mishap apparently means the actress feels his pain. “Golly, I’ll live the rest of my life with a four-letter cuss word that we all use, in a moment that was beyond my wildest dreams, so there you go,” she exclaimed. Accidentally swearing on live television and accidentally claiming you’ll stab your son are two distinct and separate thing.

[Photo: /Splash News Online]

by (@hallekiefer)

Rihanna Warns Fans Not To Make Threats Over “Man Down” Video

People are getting crazy crackers over the violence in Rihanna’s “Man Down” video. Fans, as well as detractors, are bombarding Rihanna’s Twitter about the scandalous vid, which features the “S&M” singer gunning down her attacker in the middle of a crowded city street. However, just because Rihanna takes part in some fictional gun play does not mean she needs her supporters to go all The Warriors on her naysayers. “Guys please stop making threats #NotCool!!! We love it, they don’t…that is all, and the world keeps turning!,” the singer writes, brushing off the haters by saying, “People gon’ talk whether u doin BAD or GOOD!!! Yeeeaaaaaaa.” Rihanna doesn’t apologize either, telling concerned parents: “The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US.”

[Photo: Splash News Online]

by (@hallekiefer)

Gaga Claims God Sent Her New Single “Judas,” Nixes Weird Al Parody


Anytime someone has a huge hit, people always claim it was poached from someone else, though usually it’s another musician rather than a deity. According to the singer, Lady Gaga’s new single “Judas” was sent to her by the Lord Almighty him or herself. “I feel like honestly that God sent me those lyrics and that melody,” Gaga said in a teary interview. “When you feel a message to give to the world and people are shooting arrows through it … there’s no way for something that pure to be wrong.” Hmm, didn’t Gaga claim Alexander McQueen wrote “Judas” as well, despite the fact that he too is of the spirit world? We guess our impression that Heaven is a big recording studio where our friends and relatives jam out to Lady Gaga songs was right after all. Take that, organized religion!

While Gaga, playing the SNL season finale with Justin Timberlake May 21, willingly cops to using beats provided by supernatural beings, she is out to shut down comparisons to another pop goddess. “If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression,” Gaga explained, arguing that similarities between “Born This Way” and Madonna‘s “Express Yourself” are purely coincidental. “It’s the same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I’m the first f–king artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn’t mean I’m a plagiarist, it means I’m f–king smart. Sorry.” The other similarity between the two singers? Weird Al parodied Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Madge’s “Like A Virgin,” though unlike the Madonna’s spoof Al’s ode to Mother Monster has apparently been nixed by Gaga’s camp. Listen Lady, your heavenly ghost writers probably just got too caught up rocking out to the Like A Prayer album and they got carried away. Let’s just hope they never start channeling Madonna’s American life. Though, they’re in heaven, so why would they?

[Photo: NME]

by (@unclegrambo)

Does Knowing Justin Bieber’s Stance On Abortion Change Your Feelings About Him?

What do we know about Justin Bieber? Well, aside from knowing he likes nachos, expensive haircuts and exotic getaways with Selena Gomez, now we know his stance on abortion!

In a wide-ranging interview with ace Rolling Stone reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis, the Biebs was asked (and, shockingly, decided to answer) the kinds of questions that are generally reserved for politicians running for office, not 16 year-old pop stars. When asked about a woman’s right to choose, the “Baby” singer clearly stated that “I really don’t believe in abortion.” Being the savvy reporter that she is, Grigoriadis sensed she was onto something and pushed him further, asking him if he felt the same way in the case of a woman being raped. That prompted the following reply from Bieber: “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

Quicker than you can say “Baby, baby, baby ohhh,” Bieber opened up an industrial-sized can of worms, possibly altering the trajectory of the rest of his career. Or will it? Does it make you more likely to boo Justin Bieber knowing that his political views skew to the right? Or, perhaps, does it make you find him even more attractive, knowing he’s down with conservatives? Or do the views of pop stars — particularly those who may or may not already have pubes — not matter one iota to you when their mp3 comes up on shuffle? Hit us up on Twitter (@TheFABLife) or in the comments and let us know.