Michelle Duggar Launches Counter-Petition: SAVE 19 Kids & Counting From Anti-Marriage Foes!!

With critics calling for TLC to cancel her reality show, Michelle Duggar has launched a counter-petition to save 19 Kids and Counting from cancelation.

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A Change (dot) org petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting was actually started earlier this year, after Michelle made controversial headlines politically.

She allegedly recorded a robo-call allegedly asking Fayetteville, Ark. residents to vote to repeal a law that prevents discrimination. Yes, that prevents it.

The law in question condemns property and business owners to oust or fire people based on gender identity. In other words, transgender Americans.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar then sparked an even bigger public controversy this month when they invited fans to share kissing photos on Facebook.

After they reportedly took down submissions from gay couples, they faced backlash online, and the aforementioned petition began to widely circulate.

Both incidents are rooted in the family’s support for “traditional” marriage, and form the crux of the rebuttal petition Michelle is promoting to save the show.

“The Duggar Family is under attack from anti-marriage advocates for standing for traditional marriage,” the Ipetitions (dot) com note posted by Michelle reads.

“We commend The Duggar Family for their brave stand in defending marriage as ordained by God between one man and one woman,” the petition goes on.

“No individual’s sexual behavior and chosen lifestyle has the right to redefine marriage. Sign our petition today to let TLC know that you support the Duggars.”

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Jessa Duggar and her then-boyfriend Ben Seewald began courting controversy almost from the moment they started dating, posing for photos like this one – a picture that now seems tame considering what they’ve been stirring up more recently.

As of this posting, it has about 6,000 signatures. The petition to make TLC axe the series now has 130,000, although it has been online since August 20.

The scandal is not the first surrounding the Arkansas family, and it almost certainly won’t be the last. The question is whether or not the network will cave.

The couple did not address the Facebook controversy specifically, but recently put out a statement saying they will always stand for truth and values.

Don’t expect them to back down, in other words. Your move, TLC …

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Brandi Glanville: Trying to Find a Boyfriend, Going Too Far With Botox, Source Claims

Brandi Glanville doesn’t do anything halfway, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that when she’s on the market, she attacks the singles scene like the hungry cougar that she is.

Until recently, Brandi was dating some 23-year-old and creepily compared the relationship to “having a third child.”

Not surprisingly, the dude dumped Brandi (probably after she licked her thumb to wipe some schmutz off his face), and she’s once again single and desperate to mingle.

Brandi Glanville: Botox Gone Wrong?

But if you think Ms. Glanville is going after guys her own age, then you don’t know Brandi. This woman is allergic to men over 40…but that’s not the reason her face is all puffed up:

Sources say Brandi has been going overboard with her Botox treatments lately, and she’s not pleased with the results.

“Brandi is embarrassed by how it turned out,” says one insider. “She’s trying to find a boyfriend and wants to look young, but she knows she went too far.”

And how is Brandi coping with the humiliation of a disfigurement that’s unnoticeable to anyone besides herself? By guzzling booze, of course!

“Brandi’s girlfriends took her out to cheer her up,” says the source. “Nothing like a drunken night off for Brandi to shake it off!”

Ugh, she probably sang the Taylor Swift song too. Homegirl is 42 going on 14.

Watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online to see Brandi desperately cling to her youth.

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Brandi’s back, and boozy as ever. Spoiler alert: At some point this season, she smacks Lisa Vanderpump. You’d HAVE to be drunk to assault such a classy lady!

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Winnie the Pooh Banned from Polish Playground Over "Dubious Sexuality," Lack of Pants

Government representatives in Poland have pooh-poohed efforts to use Winnie the Pooh as the official mascot of a town playground.

According to The Croatian Times, local officials will not allow the beloved Disney character to grace a poster near the park due to his “dubious sexuality.” We’re not making this up.

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“The problem with that bear is it doesn’t have a complete wardrobe,” says Councillor Ryszard Cichy. “It is half naked, which is wholly inappropriate for children.”

In Winnie the Pooh’s defense, he is wearing more articles of clothing than most bears out there.

Also, he’s a cartoon.

A town meeting was held over this divisive issue, with one official reportedly saying Winnie the Pooh “doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex It’s a hermaphrodite.”

Councillor Hanna Jachimska, meanwhile, then dared to call out Winnie the Pooh author Alan Alexander Milne.

“This is very disturbing,” she said. “The author was over 60 and cut [Pooh’s] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity.”

Ummm… we’re not gonna touch that one.

All we know is that if wearing pants were a requirement to be a playground mascot, no THG staff member would qualify for the gig. 

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Imagining having 101 children to keep up with pretty much gives us hives. This wouldn’t have happened if people listened to Bob Barker.

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13 Biggest Duggar Family Scandals: Will They Force TLC to Cancel 19 Kids & Counting?

The Duggar family is at the center of massive controversy this week, with more than 120,000 people signing a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.

It’s far from the first time they’ve faced heavy scrutiny, however.

In many ways, the family’s most recent scandal is a culmination of many. The petition was actually started months ago, only to gain traction recently.

Here’s a look back at 13 times the TLC stars faced backlash …

Jessa Gets Strapped


Jessa Duggar and her then-boyfriend Ben Seewald began courting controversy almost from the moment they started dating, posing for photos like this one – a picture that now seems tame considering what they’ve been stirring up more recently.

The Duggars, as we all know, are conservative individuals.

Staunch ones at that, standing out among today’s TV offerings, drawing many like-minded viewers. But their earnest, authentic way of life also has a broader appeal.

As more people watch 19 Kids and Counting online and their fame has grown due to social and traditional media, so has the criticism they face quite often.

The family’s views on dating, courting, marriage and child-rearing are noteworthy enough, but they’ve also proven polarizing on political and religions grounds.

Outspoken opponents of abortion, birth control, gay marriage and even evolution, Duggar family members have made many eyebrow-raising headlines of late.

From patriarch and matriarch Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, her now-husband, it seems like everyone is getting in on the act.

Scroll through the gallery above to look back on some of their most notorious scandals, and tell us: Do you think TLC will cave to the public pressure?

As more and more people urge the network to pull the plug on the hit reality show, they will likely be forced to at least address the controversy in some form.

Will they cancel arguably the most powerful family on TV? That remains to be seen, and is probably a long shot for those pushing this petition so hard.

Nevertheless, it’s left the family, their beliefs and their way of life under the microscope like never before, even as they enjoy such widespread popularity.

Dates Without Chaperones


The Duggar parents often accompany their children on dates in order to maintain their “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

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Diem Brown Memorial Video Feel Good Video Of The Day

diem brown memorial videoThis is a bittersweet “feel good” video. Diem Brown came into the public eye on MTV’s ‘The Challenge.’ She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 23 and shared her journey publicly, allowing people to see her cancer battle. She even founded a charity called MedGift. RELATED: Diem Brown battles cancer for the third time.

Late last summer Diem’s cancer returned. She was only 34. She fought bravely, giving interviews as recently as a couple of weeks ago about her fight. Unfortunately, Diem passed away on November 14. She never gave up. When her doctors moved her to hospice care the night before she died, her friends reportedly told her that she’d been given an “upgrade” so she wouldn’t realize she was in hospice. This video was shown at her funeral. Get some kleenex and settle in: this video is a little long at 12 minutes but worth the look. Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 9 Teaser: Bring Bonnie Back!

The Vampire Diaries is taking Thanksgiving off and will next air a new episode on Thursday, December 4.

This is sad news, but also welcome news… because we have A LOT to digest following The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 8.

We learned this week that Liv and Luke are next in line to head up the Gemini Coven. Except they have to merge on their upcoming 22nd birthday, leaving the weaker of the witches dead.

Also, Jo is their sister! She saved them from a murderous Kai back in 1994 and left her magic in a dagger outside the family’s home in Portland.

This is the same home Damon found himself in, opposite Kai’s father, who was so distressed by the possibility of his son returning and taking all of Jo’s powers that he actually tried to kill Jo!

In 1994, meanwhile, Kai found his sister’s discarded dagger, took its magic, stabbed Bonnie and left her all alone.

So, as teased in the preview above, everyone is focused on a singular mission on The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 9: bringing Bonnie back home.

How will they go about doing it?

Check out The CW promo and then watch The Vampire Diaries online via this video in order to stay current:

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Iggy Azalea-Eminem Feud Heats Up Following "Old Man" Diss on Twitter!

Iggy Azalea is no stranger to feuds.

The Iggy-Snoop Dogg beef made headlines last month, with the Aussie raptress eventually “winning” by forcing an apology from the Doggfather.

Prior to that, Iggy feuded with Nicki Minaj, and while the First Ladies of Hip Hop have occasionally shown love to one another in public, sources say that situation is unlikely to ever be resolved.

Considering how man beefs she’s been involved with, you may think that Iggy intentionally seeks out drama, when in reality, she seems to simply be a favorite target for A-list emcees.

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Her latest public throwdown is no different, as Iggy finds herself in the position of responding to some shocking comments from a hip hop icon:

Eminem seems to be using controversy to promote his new mixtape, Shady XV. Last week, Em rapped about punching Lana Del Rey during a freestyle, and this week he’s set his sights on Iggy-Ig.

A recently released track on Shady XV contains the following lyrics:

“So what’s it gonna be? / Put that sh-t away, Iggy / You gonna blow a rape whistle on me?”

Eminem’s supporters have pointed out that he’s made a career out of targeting potentially offensive threats and insults toward other artists through his Slim Shady persona.

Many feel, however, that this time Em has simply gone too far, and his critics have pointed out that the sort of lyrics that may have gone unnoticed in 1999 are simply not acceptable in 2014 – particularly now that Mr. Mathers is 42 and has a daughter in college.

Iggy brought up the topic of Em’s age (and the fact that he remains an influential Rap God to many young men) when she responded to his controversial verse on Twitter:

“I’m bored of old men threatening young women as entertainment trend,” Iggy tweeted. “It’s especially awkward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest Eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. Nice!”

Of course, the grand hip hop tradition requires that artists settle their differences in song form, and the fact that I-G-G-Y has never written a response track (despite her many feuds) is seen by many as further evidence that Iggy doesn’t write her own rhymes.

But that’s a conversation for another time…

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Taylor Swift wrote a song titled “Bad Blood” about an enemy in the music business. We’re pretty sure the subject was Katy Perry.

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One Direction Poses with Jimmy Kimmel, Stuffed Animals and a Baby: The #CutestSelfieEver?

Back in March, Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Academy Awards and set the record for most Tweeted selfie ever when she posed in the audience with a slew of A-Listers.

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, meanwhile, the host and a few very handsome guests didn’t attempt to break this record. They attempted to set one of their own.

With the desirable singers of One Direction on board – along with some stuffed animals, kids, pets and bunny ears – Kimmel posed for what he hashtagged as the “#CutestSelfieEver.”

Do you agree with that assessment?

Cutest Selfie Ever?

Earlier in the week, Zayn Mailk, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan were involved in a controversy that none of their fans found remotely adorable.

After Malik fell ill and missed a Today Show interview, Matt Lauer wondered whether Zayn had a drug problem.

Supporters lashed out at Lauer on Twitter, while Malik admitted he was upset by the seemingly random inquiry.

Fortunately, the artist is feeling much better these days, joining his pals to promote their new album and, as seen above, to be totally and utterly precious online.

Where does this celebrity selfie rank when compared to other famous celebrity selfies? Compare, contrast and decide now!

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Ellen DeGeneres posts the best selfie ever. Literally the best, in terms of re-Tweets.

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Benedict Cumberbatch talks about his ‘stupid’ birth name with the WSJ

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Celebatchy Log: Day 16

It has been over two weeks since Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement to his girlfriend of less than six months, Sophie Hunter. The Starship Celebatchy is still on lockdown, dealing with the fallout. But I am fine. All is well. It occurred to me as we reach the pre-Thanksgiving gossip slowdown that the past two weeks would have been super-boring for celebrity gossip without our Otter King. Which is why I continue to write about the many interviews Otterbatch has given in the past week – there is literally nothing else to write about. So with that in mind, you can read Benedict’s full Wall Street Journal interview here. Some highlights:

As Richard III, the costume designers are hiding the “hunchback”: “We figured there would be a certain amount of disguise going on in order for him to function as a luminary in the court and to be a figure of power… When you start talking about the entitlement that his family, the Plantagenets, are heir to—this beautiful, Adonis, athletic family, this sort of English Kennedy family—Richard is this dark embarrassment in the corner that everyone wants to quietly ignore or patronize, this disabled child. Being an outsider festers, and fosters the sociopathic, the anger and sense of entitlement to seize the crown.”

He tried to replicate & study Alan Turing’s drawings: “In a way it’s an actor’s trick—how he holds himself, his body, his pen, what sounds are distracting to him. For all the extraordinarily complex ideas and mathematics and science, this was a man who was incredibly sensitive to his environment. It could be as simple as a particular use of language.”

Breaking down in one of Turing’s last scenes: “It had to be contained, the emotion I felt in the last scenes, because it was near the end of the schedule of shooting. I couldn’t control my grief, and I realized it wasn’t me in the role being upset as Turing. It was me outside of the role grieving for the loss of this extraordinary man that I had this great sympathy for.”

Sherlock versus Turing: “People may think, ‘Oh, he’s playing another difficult genius,’ but they’re very different. Sherlock is an extrovert, who uses people. He’s asexual and sociopathic. Alan is just slightly awkward, he’s more guileless in his behavior.”

On Sherlock: “He’s iconic. He’s a man of the digital age. He’s incredibly intelligent. The asexuality is interesting. He’s unobtainable and that drives people kind of crazy. I think you can take ownership of someone who’s not a predatory heterosexual, as a lot of heroes can be, whether it’s a kind of Bond character or what else. He’s not a threat and that I think makes him a safe fascination you can own in a fan world, because in reality it would be very messy and very different.”

He almost went by Benedict Carlton: “I was going to be Benedict Carlton,” Mr. Cumberbatch said. He wasn’t getting work, and when his agents suggested using his catchier original name, he resisted. “I said, ‘It sounds a bit like a fart in the bath. It’s clumsy. Dad doesn’t use it.’” The agents argued that people would remember it, if only to wonder, Cumber-what? “When people started suggesting I’d made it up, I was like, ‘Well thank you for crediting me with that much imagination. I don’t think I could possibly make up a name as stupid as the one I was born with.’”

Benedict’s “moment”: “I’ve got so much that’s fortunate going on in my life right now,” he says, referring to his recent engagement to Sophie Hunter, a theater director. “I was very happy in this world as a working actor before any furor kicked off and I will continue to be that person. The work is wonderful and I’m in it for the long game. People say, ‘This is your moment.’ Well, I hate to say it, but I don’t believe in moments. I don’t believe in one-offs. I believe in something continuing and continuing, and I want to be doing this job for the next 50 years if I live that long.”

[From the Wall Street Journal]

Showing that I can still learn new things about Lord Otter, I totally didn’t know that he actually did use the stage name “Carlton” for a time early in his career. That was a smart decision, to go back to his real last name. Would a Cumberbatch by any other name smell as sweet/ottery? His funky, ridiculous, painfully-English name is part of his charm. I’m not sure he would be the internet’s boyfriend if he was Benedict Carlton.

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Danica McKellar She’s Married!

2014 Billboard Music Awards - ArrivalsCongratulations to Danica McKellar and Scott Sveslosky! The two tied the knot in Hawaii last Saturday. RELATED: Danica McKellar flaunted her ring.

Danica’s rep confirmed the news to People. Danica said:

It was absolutely magical. We were married at 6:30 a.m. in a sunrise ceremony. The forecast predicted rain, but there was not a drop of water in the clear sky. The sun came peaking up over the mountains just as I was walking down the aisle, alongside both my parents.”

The couple’s sons were involved in the ceremony. Scott has a 10-year-old son from a previous relationship, and Danica has a four-year-old son. Danica explained:

Scott and I exchanged our vows, and then we exchanged family vows with our sons Hunter and Draco – we wrote everything ourselves. We also performed a sand ceremony where the four of us poured different colored sand into a vase which we will keep at home.”

They’re currently enjoying their honeymoon, too.

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