protest

Kirk Cameron shuns COVID restrictions in mass Christmas carol gathering

Kirk Cameron defied California COVID guidelines twice recently while helping to gather hundreds of people for in-person Christmas caroling. 

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Over the past weekend, the "Growing Pains" star teamed up with an organization called Sing It Louder USA to protest California's stay-at-home orders, which have been implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

Kirk first partnered with the org on Dec. 6. He was among several hundred people who gathered in a mall parking lot to belt out some holiday classics. Almost no one was wearing a mask. On Dec. 13, Kirk and the org did the same thing again, and more people showed up. Again, judging by social media videos, few of the carolers were wearing masks.

"Christmas in Community!" the actor captioned a video from the second event. "Peaceful Protest in Song!"

California is in the midst of the largest coronavirus surge the state has seen. The stay-at-home order will remain in place until a state region's projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15 percent.

In a video from after the first event, an unapologetic Kirk said, "Have you ever sung Christmas carols by candlelight at a time where your state governor has prohibited you from doing that? … People had such a great time. It lifted our spirits. Over 500 people gathered in our local community for this peaceful protest."

According to TMZ, police were notified of the gatherings that defied state ordinance, but officers simply educated folks on the importance of mask-wearing and left.

No arrests were made. 

Airport issue

Comedian Eric Andre claims he was racially profiled at ATL airport

Comedian Eric Andre claims he was racially profiled by authorities at the Atlanta airport, and he documented much of incident on Twitter.

Although some of the tweets have since been deleted, he shared many of them on his Instagram Story.

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"I was just racially profiled in the Atlanta airport. Stopped by two white cops who asked if I had drugs for no reason," he wrote on April 21. "…They asked to search my bag with no warrant or [probable] cause and I said no. Please be careful out there.Tell your POC coworkers in Atlanta."

Eric also made Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms aware of the situation, tagging her in several posts.

"They let me go. I'm on the plane in the air. I'm fine now but I want this reported. Please any Atlanta lawyer reach out to me," he tweeted and used the hashtag "Jim Crow Georgia."

"At that moment, I was the only POC on line," he continued. "@KeishaBottoms I know this isn't the PD you want representing in your airports."

There was a question as to whether the men who allegedly stopped Eric were Atlanta police officers or Drug Enforcement Administration officials. Eric later suspected they were DEA officials. 

"So glad to hear Atlanta PD doesn't operate like this, but who was the agency that interrogated me and why does ATL allow an agency with those kinds of random search rules to operate in one of the busiest airports in the world?" he wrote. "The established authority in the city doesn't do this, who does the DEA think they are to do it themselves?" 

Frozen feeling

Fans flood to L.A. fro-yo shop to troll Demi Lovato after online attack

A small frozen yogurt shop in Los Angeles is reportedly seeing a huge boom in business after Demi Lovato shamed it on social media.

Last weekend, the singer took umbrage with The Bigg Chill for giving sugar-free varieties prime placement in their stores, saying it was "triggering" for her as someone recovering from an eating disorder. She called the shop "diet culture vultures."

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After calling out the mom-and-pop shop, The Bigg Chill responded to the singer on Instagram and said it has indulgent varieties but also carries items for vegans, diabetics and people with Celiac disease. Still, Demi continued her barrage of criticism, spurring the shop to simply begin ignoring her. As some of the dust was settling, Demi recorded a video in which she somewhat apologized for the flap. 

"It's also important to know that my intentions were not to come in and bully a small business, but I walked in and walked out because I was so triggered," she said on the Instagram Live. "It made me really sad. I'm genuinely sorry people took it wrong, but I just get really passionate."

Demi was also critical of the shop's messaging and the media.

Demi was dragged online throughout much of this, and plenty of people accused her of actively trying to put The Big Chill, a female-owned shop, out of business. However, the opposite is actually happening. 

The Blast reported that the viral dustup has resulted in "an avalanche" of sales and that "loyal customers from around Los Angeles have shown up to show support and spend cash."

"When @ddlovato attacks your local neighborhood yogurt shop, you fight back with sugar free yogurt for the whole family," one man wrote on Instagram after leaving the store on Monday. 

Another duo took a not-so-veiled shot at Demi, writing on Instagram, "The sugar & fat free options tried to trigger us but we made it out alive."

"Demi Lovato chose to drag this wonderful small business for no good reason. PLEASE join me in supporting The Bigg Chill & eating their ice cream sammys," another fan said. 

As sales poured into the store, The Bigg Chill also corrected false rumors and doctored Internet screenshots that claim Demi made amends with a donation. 

"We have not received donations from Demi's team. Nor do we want one," the store said on its Instagram Story on April 21. "We have not made any changes to our menu. We have not heard anything from Demi since her 'Sorry, Not Sorry' apology on Monday. We have not heard from her team."

Considering the sales and media attention, perhaps it's accurate say: Revenge, like fro-yo, is a dish best served cold.

Pic fallout

Chrissy Teigen discussed Khloe photo controversy with therapist

Chrissy Teigen said she's "frustrated" over the controversial leaked photo of her friend Khloe Kardashian, and she even spoke to a mental health professional about it.

"I went, like, a million different ways with it," she told Andy Cohen. "I actually ended up talking about it in therapy, oddly enough, because of my own body insecurity issues and what celebrities have done to people in distorting their image of what a real human body looks like."

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In early April, an unedited photo of Khloe in a bikini surfaced on social media. The image, which is current, showed Khloe without makeup and without photoshop editing, which the Kardashian family is suspected of often utilizing. Several websites and social media accounts shared the image, which was reportedly posted by Khloe's grandma (a family rep, though, said an "assistant" posted it). Quickly after, the famous family began threatening legal action against websites running the photo, according to reports.

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A family rep told Page Six that the Kardashian-Jenner clan wanted the image off the Internet because it was unauthorized — not because Khloe was pictured looking au natural. Then, on April 7, Khloe addressed the situation and insinuated that the picture was unflattering, hence why she wanted it off the Internet. 

In addressing the photo fallout, Chrissy said, "You get frustrated because I look at Khloe and I'm like, 'Of course, you're so beautiful, you're so strong.' The changes that she's made to her body, she's so proud of and everybody's so proud of."

The "Lip Sync Battle" co-host continued, "If she didn't want that photo to be out, she didn't want that photo to be out, and that's fine, too."

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The model said "there can be two truths" in this situation, while maintaining that social media plays a big role. Social media users, she said, "can't possibly believe that someone would not want this photo out, but also be proud of that photo."

Had the leak happened to her, Chrissy, who admits to being highly critical of her body in the past, stated she would "want people to know that, like, this is a strong, powerful photo of myself and I'm proud of it."

Two weeks after Khloe's photo controversy, the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star got in an Instagram flap after a user was critical of a series of images Khloe posted that showed her in a tight-fitting space-inspired bodysuit. 

"If insecurity was a person," the user wrote.

The comment didn't sit well with Khloe. 

"Baby girl, you have to look in the mirror. Only insecure people tear other people down," she replied. "I'm sending you so much love, health and happiness! I'm sorry that you're hurting."

online debate

Eva Mendes' spanking post sparks online debate

Eva Mendes sparked a passionate conversation among parents after posting a quote about spanking children to Instagram. 

The quote that caused the uproar was this: "Spanking does for a child's development what hitting a spouse does for a marriage."

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After the April 20 post, many of Eva's followers sounded off in both support and criticism. 

"Yes! I agree. Every time I was 'disciplined' growing up, I only felt fear and shame. IT never 'corrected' behavior. I would never hit my child to teach them a lesson and inflict psychological and physical pain. but that's just me," one person wrote.

Another echoed that spanking "is loss of control on the part of the parent. As parents were are trying to teach our kids how to communicate in a healthy way even when we are really, really upset. We are also helping them build those internal controls so that they do not lash out on others when things do not go their way or they are frustrated, angry or upset. We have to model what we want to see in our kids. (And we won't be perfect so that includes apologizing when we mess up!)"

However, many people were vehemently opposed to the "Hitch" star's thoughts.

"Love you but completely disagree," responded one fan. "The goal in raising kids is not to have to spank, but it's correcting before they can reason behavior out with you. Completely different than hitting someone. That's not correcting behavior. We raised 5 respectful love kind kids that were a joy to be around. Good fruit shows from loving correction."

Eva responded, "I totally respect you. Thank you for a respectful comment, So nice to disagree with respect. I found the quote powerful and wanted to pass it on. Lotsa love to you and yours [heart emoji]."

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The actress and mom of two had a similar response to another fan who disagreed. 

"Thank you for your comment. So happy to agree to disagree," she replied. "Want this page to offer that in a loving way. We all parent in our own way and I have no idea what I'm doing most of the time. This didn't come with a manual, so when there's something that resonates with me, I pass it on. Lotsa love."

Splitsville

Zac Efron and Australian girlfriend reportedly split

Zac Efron no longer has a plus one.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the "High School Musical" star and Vanessa Valladares, his girlfriend of 10 months, have split. 

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The couple had a whirlwind romance during their time together, having reportedly met while she was working as a waitress in Byron Bay, Australia, where Zac has been living for over a year. Soon, Zac and Vanessa were inseparable, and she even quit her job to spend more time with him, reports Down Under said.

Since last fall, the duo had been pictured together on vacation many times. Last October, she also threw him a surprise birthday bash, which was supposedly attended by members of the Hemsworth family.

An aspiring model, Vanessa has posed for RVCA, Spell, Of The Sun and Love Street. Her Instagram shows several modeling shots, but Zac has always been absent from her social media. Likewise, he kept their romance private, as well.

Last summer,  TMZ reported that the actor was "burnt out living in and around Hollywood" and wanted to relocate to the Byron Bay area of Australia, which is where Chris Hemsworth lives.

The Daily Telegraph said Zac even put in a bid on a home in Byron Beach but ultimately lost out on the property. Still, he stuck around and extended his tourist visa for a year to stay in the area.

"He was only planning to fly home if he had to," a source told the Daily Mail at the time. "He didn't really want to go back to America."

Court matter

Danny Masterson claims Leah Remini is influencing rape case

Danny Masterson and his defense team need more time to prepare for his rape case because of Leah Remini's long-running anti-Scientology campaign, at least that's what the actor is claiming. 

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Citing new legal documents, TMZ said the "That '70s Show" star alleges that Leah has been influencing Los Angeles detectives and the prosecution in his case, even claiming she urged three women to make sexual assault accusations against him. 

The actor has been charged with raping three women —all identified as Jane Doe — between 2001 and 2003. He denies all the accusations. 

Danny, an active Scientologist, and Leah, an ex-Scientologist, have been at odds for years. He once accused her of "religious bigotry" after she left the church and began urging others to cut ties.

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In his new court documents, Danny alleges that Leah was actively involved in his accuser's statements to authorities and implied that their spat was a prime reason for the accusations. He also says Leah uses local police as her personal security and, because of this, curries favor with them. He further argues that cops are "starstruck" by the actress.

Danny's team argues that it's difficult to prepare a proper defense under the current timeline because of the alleged bias and affection toward Leah.

If convicted on all charges, Danny faces 45 years to life behind bars.

BLM Brit

Britney Spears takes stance on Black Lives Matter, Instagram erupts

Britney Spears has come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has divided many of her fans.

On April 19, the pop star posted an Instagram picture of a Black man on a bus. The man is holding up a sign that reads, "White people have generational wealth. Black people have generational trauma. #WeAreNotTheSame."

Britney captioned the image, "Just sayin' 🗣🗣🗣 !!!! She also added the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #BLM.

To no surprise, fans immediately began voicing their opinions in the comments sections of Brit's Instagram — a large portion of the Britney brigade basically said "gimme more," while others vowed to be a critic "til the world ends." 

"We looooove woke Britney yaaas," one person said. Another wrote, "I didn't think I could love you more!!! Thank you for this. Britney for President!!" One person applauded the comments and joked, "Senator spears has entered the chat!!!"

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Naturally, a swath of her nearly 30 million Instagram followers were livid at Britney's position and threatened to unfollow her. 

"So now we are labeling people based on skin color which is literally what we are supposedly trying not to do?" one person said. Other people called the post "ignorant" or "hurtful." Some others are now convinced that Britney's social media is being controlled, a theory that has perpetuated for several years.

Last week, Britney attempted to shoot down the rumors that she's not in charge of her life. 

"Yes, I'm totally fine. I'm extremely happy," she said. "I have a beautiful home, beautiful children. I'm taking a break right now because I'm enjoying myself."

Dating game

Kim Kardashian being 'flooded' with dating options

When Kim Kardashian decides she's ready to put herself back on the dating market, she will have no shortage of well-heeled suitors. 

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Just two months after filing for divorce from Kanye West, the new billionaire is being courted by a slew of famous faces, a new report says. 

"People are reaching out through mutual friends and people that she's worked with to set her up with everyone from royal family members to A-list actors to athletes to billionaire CEOs," a source told Page Six. "People are also trying to reach out to her via DM."

Still, it seems that all those Internet window shoppers are going to have to wait, as she's only focused on motherhood and work right now. 

"She's not looking to jump into anything but is keeping an open mind," a source said, noting that she wants her next romance to happen "organically." 

"The qualities most important to her are someone who values family, is supportive, fun, romantic, enjoys the simple things and is also hardworking," the source said. "Someone who values family first and foremost because she's a mom of four kids."

Kim and Kanye share daughters North, 7, and Chicago, 3, and sons Saint, 5, and Psalm, 1.

Over the weekend, in one of her first post-split public outings, Kim actually headed to Miami and was seen hanging out with Colombian singer Maluma, but friends insist they're simply friends.

"Miami the other night was a lot of fun," a source said. "It felt great to be out and there were certainly people trying to shoot their shot that night, but she wasn't paying it any mind and just loved having a fun night out with old friends."

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While Kim certainly wants her next man to love her children, she'll also apparently be pretty specific about who she lets into her love life. 

"She certainly wouldn't want anyone to be with her for the spotlight," the source said, adding that Kim really wants "someone who values privacy."

Kim, the source continued, "needs to be with somebody that she would look for as her best friend. She's just not there yet with anybody."

Like Kim, Kanye also seemingly has a certain type of person in mind as his next great love. Last week, a source told Page Six that the rapper wants to be "with an artist and a creative person… [so] they can speak the same language to each other."

Photo clapback

Khloe Kardashian responds after critic says she has 'insecurity' issues

Khloe Kardashian is firing back after an Instagram follower left a stinging response to new pictures the reality star shared.

Over the weekend, the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star posted a series of images that show her in a tight blue bodysuit. The fact that the images have an out-of-this-world feel wasn't lost on Khloe, who captioned the snaps with UFO emojis and the word "Avatar."

One follower wasn't love the nine intergalactic-inspired images and took a shot at Khloe. 

"If insecurity was a person," the user wrote, according to a screengrab published by TooFab.

The comment didn't sit well with Khloe. 

"Baby girl, you have to look in the mirror. Only insecure people tear other people down," she replied. "I'm sending you so much love, health and happiness! I'm sorry that you're hurting."

Other people wondered if Khloe actively erases critical comments, as most of the responses to her pics appeared to be positive.

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The new cosmos-inspired snapshots come just two weeks after a photo controversy enveloped Khloe. 

In early April, an unedited (and authentic) photo of Khloe in a bikini surfaced on social media. The image shows her without makeup and without photoshop editing — which the Kardashian family has been known to utilize. Several websites and social media accounts shared the image. Quickly after, according to reports, the famous family began threatening legal action against websites running the photo. 

A family rep told Page Six that the Kardashian-Jenner clan wanted the image off the Internet because it was unauthorized — not because Khloe was pictured looking au natural. Then, on April 7, Khloe addressed the situation and insinuated that the picture was unflattering, hence why she wanted it off the Internet. 

"When someone takes a photo of you that isn't flattering in bad lighting or doesn't capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point … you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared – regardless of who you are," she said on Instagram while addressing body acceptance. "My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It's not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable anymore."