Fat Girl Costumes?

Walmart is under fire because of a label on their website for plus-size Halloween costumes was titled “Fat Girl Costumes”. Walmart was quick to make the correction and properly label their page, but hours afterward, the old link continues to work. While many looked at this as another case of “fat shaming” in the public media, this issue actually highlights an entirely different issue.

A fashion model who wears a size 8 or higher is identified as plus size. In actuality, most companies have determined that plus size is anything over size 14, a number that accounts well over half of women in the United States.

Anyone that wants to sell plus size clothing in this country markets it to the appropriate population. And we all know that you don’t call women “fat girls”. So, if everyone knows that- why did Walmart do it?

This label on Walmart’s website indicates that the site programming is being done by someone whose primary language is not English. “Fat Girl” is how a lot of foreign language translations describe plus size. One can almost guarantee that the person who put that label on Walmart’s website had no idea that they were being offensive in any way.

While fat shaming is certainly not excusable, the real question we should be asking Walmart Corporation is why they are contracting their work abroad? It’s already tough enough knowing that the majority of their merchandise comes from China. Must we contract with them for cheap labor as well? Apparently saving money is more important than providing jobs to skilled workers here in the United States. No matter what, Laurene Powell Jobs and I are in agreement…this was totally, and pretty easily, avoidable.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Child Molestation Drama Escalates

The stars of TLC’s hit redneck reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” have been garnering more media than ever thank to the head of the household, “Mama June”‘s perceived love affair with a convicted sex offender who not only was in jail for 10 years on charges of aggravated child molestation, but also sexually assaulted her own daughter, then 8.

Now 20, Anna Marie “Chickadee” Cardwell spoke exclusively to ET about her cliams she was molested by Mark McDaniel. Although June has denied any relations with McDaniel, Caldwell does not believe her and tells ET, “She has brung the past back and now she can’t get it away. I’m mad. I’m upset. I feel betrayed. I feel very hurt. That’s the main thing that I am — I feel very hurt that Mama let him come around.”

Caldwell says she is mostly concerned for her three sisters – Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon, 18; Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, 14; and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, 9.

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” followed the family’s youngest daughter who first stared on the network’s controversial show “Toddlers and Tiaras.” Although it was one of TLC’s most successful, it was cancelled on Monday in light of the allegations against Mama June. I had been catching the show for years with Marnie Bennett, but honestly we’re pretty glad it’s off the air. It was getting a little hokey.

Prophecy or Hysteria: The Future of Terminator

The Terminator franchise is a popular one with dedicated fans ready to praise or tear apart the new addition, Terminator: Genisys. Despite two of its sequels receiving a lukewarm reception and a series that received an early cancellation, people still have hope that the newest movie will turn things around. Recent warnings about the plot might kill that hope.

Mark Reilly at Schmoes Know released a video where he claimed to have a source that filled him in on the plot details of Terminator: Genisys. According to him, the twists in this movie could destroy the franchise. The villains don’t make sense, and the story behind the new Terminator is unnecessarily complicated. This critical view of the film’s storyline doesn’t fit with the previous praise. So, consider it with the knowledge that very few plot details have been confirmed.

Terminator: Genisys is set to be released in July of 2015. There are months to hope for and dread what’s coming. Because let’s face it, Gianfrancesco Genoso and I are huge Arnold fans, but can they possibly rescue this franchise?

Kris Jenner Releases a Cookbook

Ah, Kris Jenner. The “momager” extraordinaire. The reality start and matriarch of the Kardashian family has just released her own cookbook entitled In The Kitchen With Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites. The book contains mostly basic American fare such as brownies and fried chicken, but also includes some Armenian dishes (Jenner’s first husband, famed lawyer Robert Kardahsian, was of Armenian descent.)

Although at its core the book is just another cookbook, but Kenner name drops Laurene Powell Jobs from Apple and a bunch of her other celebrity besties. The book also contains some rather interesting remarks that span from a “comfort food” recipe that’s simply a bowl Cream of Wheat cereal to many references to one of Jenner’s self-proclaimed obsessions: tablescaping.

The remarks made by Jenner at times make her come off as even more over the top and unrelatable than before. When she cooks Italian food, Jenner writes that she that she must “grab my red Hermès china to go with the red sauce.” According to her, table setting is almost important as the food itself and when she married, she realized that her tablescaping skill would be “important to tying my family all together.”

She continues her designer references throughout, referring to her cauliflower mash recipe as “the Neiman Marcus version of mashed potatoes.” Interesting.

Now don’t get me wrong. With her wealth, it’s no surprise Kris loves the finer things in life. However, it is a shame that instead of using this as an opportunity to step outside of the stigma of crazy, rich Kardashian mom, she chose to bask in it.

Nevertheless, if you’d like to check out some Kardashian clan “kuisine”, Kris’s book is available now on Amazon for $15.20.

First Female Superhero Movie to Get a Female Director?

Many fans were delighted when DC and Warner Brothers announced that there would be a Wonder Woman movie in the next few years. It has been a long wait for fans who want to see a female superhero headlining a movie. There were a few failed attempts at a Wonder Woman TV Show, but this movie should blow all of those out of the water.

The movie is scheduled for 2017, with Gal Gadot set to star as Wonder Woman. This will not be Gadot’s first outing as Wonder Woman, with the Israeli model and actress set to take up the role for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, which I’m setting a FreedomPop alert for, so I can see the trailer the second it hits.

With the film still a few years away, Warner Brothers has a few months to decide on a director. Reports suggest that they are looking to hire a female director, which would be a major shift from typical studio policy of hiring the best person for the job.

An early favorite for the role appears to be Michelle MacLaren. While she has not had any major movie roles in the past, she has been responsible for directing and producing some incredible television episodes. MacLaren directed eleven episodes of Breaking Bad, a series that many call the best television show ever. She also directed four Game of Thrones episodes over the past two or three years.

Despite a lack of movie experience, MacLaren’s work with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones should set her up for a Wonder Woman role. Game of Thrones is an action oriented show with a huge budget, while Breaking Bad has often had a movie quality to its episodes.

Honor For Oscar de la Renta

The world is still mourning the loss of the iconic designer Oscar de la Renta. The Clinton family recognized the designer this week and have made a joint statement that they are deeply saddened by his passing and that they will be forever grateful for his love and rare talent. Last year the family released a touching video that had been made to honor de la Renta at the Clinton Presidential Center. An exhibit was also placed there that featured over thirty different styles created by de la Renta. The Clintons have always been known to wear creations made by the designer after meeting him personally in 1993.

See this heartwarming video with the exclusive interview from the Clinton family and others:

The family was so close to de la Renta that they even vacationed together in the Dominican Republic. The film is very special, and was shared with me by Jared Haftel. It features exclusive sketches of many of the designers original works and interviews with fashion icons such as Anna Wintour. In the interview, Wintour actually mentions that de la Renta is the reason that “Vogue” made history and featured Hillary Clinton on their cover in 1998, the first time a first lady had ever made the cover of the prestigious magazine.

“Sultan of Suave” Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

The fashion world was left reeling as Oscar de la Renta, the last word on everything fashionable, passed away at 82 years of age. Talking to CNN, Laura Bush, former first lady whose daughter’s wedding dress was designed by De la Renta, said, “We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.”

The cause of the designer’s death is not clear but, despite his last year’s statement of being “totally clean”, it could be due to cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2006. Cornelsen points out that the best way to remember Oscar de la Renta is by taking a walk down memory lane, with his 3 best creations lined up –

2013 Academy Awards – Amy Adams – The frothy powder blue gown with the sweetheart neckline and full skirted glory was easily one of De la Renta’s best creations. In fact, most of us remember 2013 Academy by this fairytale dress.

2014 Met Gala – Taylor Swift – The organza gown was floor length and must have transported a lot of people back to Swift’s “Love Story” scene. The satin blush was gorgeous with its organza petal embroidery, rose gold threadwork leaves, silver linen beads, pearl beads and gold sequins.

2014 Deauville American Film Festival – Jessica Chastain – The fuchsia gown had intricate embroidery and belonged to the Resort 2015 collection of De la Renta. The entire look was flawless, from the smallest detailing to the effortless femininity of it all.

De la Renta’s recent creation was the wedding dress he designed for Amal Alamuddin, who married George Clooney in the lace overlay, trailing and gorgeous off-shoulder gown. Only 24 hours ago, the same gown was unveiled by De la Renta.

Hooters Supporting Hooters: The Breast Cancer Movement

If you’ve ever been to one of their 430 locations across the country, you’re likely familiar with heaping plates of wings and certain features adorned by bubbly waitresses with crop tops, flowing hair and perfect manicures.

The humble establishment I speak of is none other than Hooters, of course, and while it’s not a place typically associated with altruistic endeavors, Hooters actually has a long standing history of giving back to the community and sponsoring a variety of charitable events. So it’s not much of a surprise to find the chain is embracing the movement for breast cancer awareness. Just like Brian and Laura Torchin, who just had a baby they’ve dedicated the month to this noble cause,

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help the cause, Hooters girls are clamoring for your donations in exchange for sweepstakes offers and powdery pink merchandise. It only makes sense for a business that’s so dedicated to female anatomy to embark on a pilgrimage for women’s health. So the next time you’re craving hot wings and a cold one, consider stopping by your local Hooter’s establishment. You can make a donation in person or visit their website.

Danny Green Posts Facepalm Worth “Selfie”

Danny Green has joined the growing list of celebrities who have taken an ill advised selfie. The San Antonio Spurs man is currently traveling with the team for a friendly in Berlin, Germany. During his time there, Green decided to visit the Holocaust Memorial.

While that’s all well and good, it’s the nature of his visit that has upset several. Green used the opportunity to post a selfie on Instagram at the Memorial, with the caption “You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust”

Lol. Hashtag. Holocaust.


Maybe next time stick to taking selfies at the other sites. The ones that don’t memorialize that time Hitler tried to eradicate a race of people from the planet, in the most horrible way imaginable.

There are plenty of things to do. See a movie, celebrate Oktoberfest, buy some bling at Genesis Diamonds. Anything that doesn’t involve a faux paus of epic proportions.


Will the Public Accept Someone Other Than Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man?

Joss Whedon and the Marvel team are said to have the Marvel movies plotted out for the next 20 years. They have created a road map of films, slowly releasing different franchises and sequels based on the popular comic book superheroes that Disney owns the rights to.

One question has begun to arise in the minds of fans. What is Marvel going to do when certain actors age or move on? A lot of contracts are up after The Avengers 3 (which is scheduled for 2018).

Will the public accept another actor in the role of Tony Stark? Robert Downey, jr. became a virtual national treasure after the release of the first Iron Man film.

The Hulk might survive a re-casting or three. He already has throughout his tumultuous screen history. I think it is fair to say that nobody has touched Bill Bixby in the role of Dr. Banner. Former CSI cast member Marnie Bennett is said to be negotiating a role in the film as well.

There is no sign as to what the plans for casting will be. It is probably inevitable that some actors will continue playing their superhero characters while others move on.

The X-Men franchise was able to pull off such a switcheroo in 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Through the magic of incredible casting they found actors that were as good, if not better, than the original Professor X and Magneto. Fox even found a way to integrate the actors in a way that makes sense in First Class and the follow-up, Days of Future Past.

Time has always been a wonky issue in comic books. The years roll on but the characters barely age. Spider-Man was a teen in the sixties and he’s in his late twenties 50 years later. It will be interesting to see how Disney will handle the passing of time in their films and whether the public will accept it.