These Ratchet Republicans Are Too Much To Handle

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Republican ratchetness is a serious ailment that affects dozens of politicians each year. It’s currently hitting Gov. Mike Pence (Indiana) hard, given his state’s controversial religious freedom law that basically means business owners can turn away LGBT customers because the Bible tells them so. It’s also taking a toll on embattled Rep. Aaron Schock (Illinois) who resigned from his House seat over an ethics scandal. Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently announced his presidential bid, which means his ratchetness is just beginning — he did call climate change activists “flat-Earthers” after all. However, this stuff is just child’s play compared to what other right-winged suits have done in the past. (We’re looking at you, Mark Sanford.)

From sex scandals to homophobic comments, these politicians represent the essence of Republican ratchetry: ignorance, stupidity, and just a bad moral compass. Isn’t it ironic these conservatives are engaging in some very un-conservative behavior? Tsk-tsk. Browse through our picks for the best of the worst red-state politicos, and let us know what you think in the comments below. (We guarantee a self-esteem boost, because — let’s be real — none of you are this awful.)

Mark Sanford (South Carolina)

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In June 2009, Sanford — who was governor of South Carolina at the time and now serves as a U.S. representative for the state’s first congressional district — disappeared without a trace for a few days, only to be confronted by a reporter in Atlanta. Turns out, he hadn’t been hiking in the Appalachian Trail, as his staff reported: he paid a trip to Argentina to visit María Belén, his mistress. Sanford’s extramarital affair began in 2008, but his wife Jenny actually became aware of it five months before the media explosion. (Which makes sense, given the couple began a trial separation two weeks before shit hit the fan.) As a result, Sanford resigned as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Surprisingly, he wasn’t impeached.

David Vitter (Louisiana) 

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The senior United States senator has a problem with same-sex marriage and is 100 percent here for abstinence-only education. However, he’s super casual when it comes to high-class call girls. In 2007, his phone number somehow popped up on a list belonging to Pamela Martin and Associates, an escort service, owned by the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey (dubbed the “D.C. Madam” by media). Vitter released a statement asking the public to forgive him for his “very serious sin,” which worked for all intensive purposes. He kept his seat in the Senate.

Mike Pence (Indiana)

On March 26, the Indiana governor signed the “religious objections” bill into law. According to CNN Money, the law “gives businesses owners who oppose homosexuality for religious reasons the right to turn away gay, lesbian and transgender people.” Many opponents, including Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, see the bill as a disguise to discriminate against LGBT people. It’s garnered such a strong negative reaction that governors in New York, Washington state, and Connecticut have banned state-funded travel to Indiana. However, Pence insists he wasn’t prepared for this reception and that the law isn’t what people think it is (WTF, honestly). “It would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses a right to deny services to anyone,” Pence said in a Tuesday press conference. “Was I expecting this kind of backlash?” has asked before answering himself, “Heavens no.” Cool, dude.

Sarah Palin (Alaska)
The 2008 vice presidential candidate and reader of all the newspapers has gotten her fair share of flack in the press. But in 2012, she made an offensive snide toward President Barack Obama that had people up in arms. In her criticism of the White House’s response to the Benghazi American consulate attacks, Palin wrote on her Facebook page, “We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.” CNN swiftly pointed out the racial connotation of this phrase, noting, “‘Shucking and jiving’ have long been words used as a negative assessment of African Americans, along the lines of a ‘foot shufflin’ Negro.’”

Reactions were not pretty (and rightfully so). Check out this tweet from The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead:

But Palin remained tone-deaf, as per usual. She responded to her haters by writing on Facebook (again), “For the record, there was nothing remotely racist in my use of the phrase ‘shuck and jive.’” Except yes there was.

New ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Trailer Shows the Men Behind N.W.A.

Before Eazy E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube became N.W.A. they were just three guys trying to get by. The first trailer for upcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton showcased the group’s monumental influence on hip-hop and politics, but now get to know a little more about the lives of the men before they made history. In a brand-new trailer, we see the early days of the Compton-bred crew, when a young Dre, E, and Cube were and trying to change the situation they were in. We also meet manager Jerry Heller (played by Paul Giamatti) who co-founded Ruthless Records with E in the ’80s. Check it out above and catch Straight Outta Compton when it hits theaters August 13.

Before the biopic was official, Ice Cube gave us his dream cast.

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Have Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna Put an End to Their Instagram Feud Over Tyga?

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In these modern times, Insta shade is the best shade.

Blac Chyna and the Kardashian/Jenner kontingent don’t get along. After all, she’s both Tyga‘s ex and a bestie of Amber Rose. So, the 26-year-old and 17-year-old Kylie Jenner have taken their distaste for one another to the ‘gram — they’re showing off their bling, their feud, and Tyga’s inability to purchase original gifts for his ladies.

First, Blac Chyna posted this, a watch given to her by Tyga:

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Then, Kylie decided to be a shady lady and post this (since deleted):

It’s the same watch. Frankly, I’d be less inclined to show off that I’m the latest worthy recipient of a retread watch, but that’s just me —you do you, Kylie. TMZ caught up with Chyna and asked if she’d gotten rid of the watch after the shade-down, and she simply flashed her wrist. Her bedazzled wrist. As fun as this has been, Kylie, with her sisters’ urging, has decided to end the feud. But not without one last bikini-adorned word.

What’s the use in having the last word if you can’t flaunt it?

Olivia Wilde Talked about Her Mom Body (and Icing Her Vagina) and It Was Awesome

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This month on the April cover of Shape magazine, Olivia Wilde wrote her own profile, like a boss, and talked about her new mom body, like a boss, and how it hasn’t been like this since she discovered pot, like a stoned boss.

“I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot,” she wrote. “The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one.”

This is so rare for a celebrity to admit that it’s practically revolutionary. And she went on!

I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience. In that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is your body. I don’t want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection. I’d rather rebuild my strength while dancing my ass off…literally.

It’s no secret that “How She Lost a Kazillion Pounds of Baby Weight in 10 Minutes and You Can Too (Probably Not Though!)” covers are a big seller, with tons of celebs buying in to the notion that they need to get immediately back to perfect when that’s just not realistic for most of us. So to hear Wilde admit that and speak so openly, it’s just great. Is she taking best friend applications? Where do we sign?

She also talked about post-baby vagina, which is a thing NO ONE warns you about, so Wilde took one for the team and is letting you in on the biggest, worst post-baby secret: that your vag needs a good ice-down.

First of all, you haven’t seen your vagina in months, even though it’s all her fault you’re in this situation. Now that you can finally confirm that she is, in fact, still there, she isn’t the gal that you remember, and would rather you back off and give her some space (and an ice diaper) for the time being, thank you very much.

This whole interview gets a big, icy slow clap.

We’ve always thought Wilde was a boss. Check out this vintage interview with her Drinking Buddies co-star Jake Johnson.

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Mark Wahlberg To Produce Boston Bombing Movie, ‘New Girl’ Gets A Fifth Season + More First Dibs

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Downton Abbey may get a spin-off, David Duchovny is about to drop a solo album, Matthew McConaughey gets paid big bucks for a commencement speech and more celebrity news.

  • Mark Wahlberg has signed on to produce Patriots’ Day, a film based on the Boston Marathon bombing. Wahlberg may also star in the flick as well. [Time]
  • FOX has renewed Zooey Deschanel‘s New Girl for a fifth season. [Variety]
  • The creator of Downton Abbey has discussed a spin-off of the series that would be based in the 1970s. [NME]

  •  David Duchovny is prepping the release of his solo album, Hell or Highwater. [Uproxx]
  • Celebrity commencement speeches aren’t cheap, a Texas school paid Matthew McConaughey $135,000 for an upcoming speech in May. [THR]
  • Kurt Russell and his killer mustache, unveiled a brand new Furious 7 clip last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. [The Wrap]

  •  In honor of April Fool’s Day, the Big Morning Buzz Live crew play a prank on Nick Lachey.

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Paul Walker’s Emotional Farewell in ‘Furious 7′ Will Make You Cry Like a Baby

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Furious 7, which opens in theaters this weekend, is a slam-bang, non-stop action flick with outrageous stunts, crowd-pleasing one-liners, and some deliriously over-the-top scenarios (a car drives through not one, but three buildings at one point). But don’t be surprised if you leave the car caper a little misty-eyed. Honestly, don’t be surprised if you leave in a full stream of tears. That’s because the film pays a touching, heartfelt tribute to one of the saga’s original family members, Paul Walker.

Walker — who tragically passed away at the all-too-young age of 40 in a car accident in 2013 — gets the send-off he so richly deserves in what marks his final film. Not only does Walker’s character Brian O’Connor get the full action hero treatment (he has more than a few jaw-dropping sequences that will bring fans to their feet), but the film is dedicated to the memory of the actor.

There’s no question that it’s hard to adjust to Walker’s presence at first. Walker’s stunning blue eyes and captivating smile light up the screen in Furious 7 and it’s still hard to believe he’s actually gone. Even in the midst of watching a silly, hyper-violent popcorn flick, you can’t help but feel the sting of his death. It’s particularly difficult watching Walker in the film’s many car crashes, but even more tough to watch him play a loving, doting father. Some of it just feels a little too close for comfort.

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Still, Walker’s memory and legacy in the Fast and Furious franchise is, undoubtedly, in the right hands. The movie’s finale gives his Furious family the chance to say goodbye to him and pay their respects, but it’s one that allows fans of the popular series to say goodbye to the actor and the character alike. Walker’s on-screen departure — which features a montage of his work in the previous Furious films and an instantly classic exchange with co-star Vin Diesel (who named his newborn daughter after his late friend and co-star) — is handled in a lovely, appropriate manner. You’re pretty much made of stone if you don’t get even a little choked up at the moment.

While the actor’s brothers Cody Walker and Caleb Walker — who stepped in to film some of his remaining scenes — are undeniable to spot, it’s as bittersweet as it is fitting. After all, the Furious films have always been about family, both on and off screen.

The Gossip Table has more on Diesel’s tribute to Walker.

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Hilary Duff’s New Show ‘Younger’ Is ‘Sex and the City’ for Millennials

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Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster’s new show Younger premiered tonight on TVLand with back-to-back episodes, and millennials need to rejoice. Duff’s first big television return since her glorious Lizzie McGuire days isn’t just good: it’s absolutely delightful. If the show’s 20-minute pilot is any indication, Younger is a brisk, bubbly, and snappy dramedy filled with solid acting, glitzy story lines, and one very hot man. While it’s not innovative or groundbreaking by any means, Younger is positioning itself to be the perfect Tuesday night guilty pleasure. And with Pretty Little Liars getting ridiculous AF, we’re in desperate need of a new show. (Warning: spoilers ahead!)

The first episode introduces us to 40-year-old Liza (Foster), who is recently divorced and struggling to find a job in publishing — an industry she dominated before leaving to raise her daughter for 15 years. After a ridiculously sexy and tattooed 26-year-old named Josh (Nico Tortorella) asks Liza out on a date — thinking she’s in her 20s — Liza’s friend Maggie (Debi Mazar) suggests that she lie about her age to get a job. And it works. Liza snags a gig assisting marketing HBIC/Dragon Lady Diana Trout (Miriam Shor) at a prestigious publishing firm and meets Kelsey Peters (Duff), a junior editor who takes Liza under her wing. Liza struggles in the beginning — she had to Bing-search how to set up a Twitter account for her first project — but she gains her footing and eventually pitches an idea that her boss steals. (It’s some serious bullshit, really.)

Meanwhile, Kelsey’s boyfriend Thad (Dan Amboyer) is a grade-A prick who makes her fetch him drinks while they’re at bars together. Kelsey gets defensive when Liza confronts her about this, explaining that she likes to “do things for her man.” GORDO WOULD NEVER DO THIS TO YOU, KELSEY.

We end the episode on a cliffhanger. Liza’s daughter Caitlin (Tessa Albertson) is studying abroad in Mumbai, but she’s ready to come home — which will certainly throw a wrench in Liza’s, “I’m 26 and know who Lena Dunham is!” shtick. Also, Liza is about to go on her date with Josh, so that’s exciting. Will they kiss? Discuss the fear of turning 30? Both? WAH!

Thankfully, all is resolved in the next episode. Caitlin has a change of heart and decides to stay in Mumbai because she meets a boy. Liza and Josh keep dating and are adorable as hell; however, when Liza runs into old friends and agrees to go on a date with a divorced 40-year-old, her cover is almost blown.

Back at work, Liza pitches an idea to get buzz around a veteran author’s latest book that her boss loves. Meanwhile, Kelsey is trying to sign a hot new writer to the agency, but isn’t having much luck. (Plus, her idiot boyfriend is mad she stayed at his place and didn’t have sex with him, as if that’s a damn requirement. Dump. Him. Please.)

We end with Liza running from her failed date with the divorcé and into the arms of Josh for a quick, mysterious kiss. It’s very Carrie Bradshaw, which makes sense given Daren Star (who created Sex and the City) is the brains behind Younger. 

While you wait for the third episode next week, check out the five main things you need to know about Younger. (The big picture? Watch it.)  

1. Foster really does look 26. 

What does she eat? What does she DO? Art definitely imitates life in Foster’s case because she IRL looks super young. Her skin is flawless, and she looks like she could run a marathon faster than most 21-year-olds. Foster and Jennifer Lopez must start a “How to Defy the Laws of Physics” skincare line. We need their secrets.

2. Tortorella is an angel-carved human. 

Tortorella’s face alone is motivation to watch Younger. The actor (who also stars on Fox’s The Following) is so beautiful, it’s scary. That hair! Those tattooed-covered biceps! The way he just says the word “sexy” and makes us feel a little bit pregnant! Even if Younger’s plot lines start to feel recycled, we’ll return every week to watch Josh sex up the screen and our lives. Yes ma’am.

3. Kelsey is who Lizzie McGuire would be at 25. 

Ever wonder what Lizzie looks like grown up? Look no further than Duff’s Younger character. Lizzie has officially grown out of her awkward stage, got over Ethan Craft, and created the glamorous life we were hoping for. Somewhere, Kate Saunders is looking at her middle school cheer outfit and crying into a bowl of ice cream. Revenge is sweet.

4. This show could start important conversations about ageism. 

Younger opens with two 20-somethings blatantly rejecting Liza for a job because of her age. This causes her to to lie about her age to get work, and even then she has to endure snarky comments from Kelsey about older women. Ageism is no joke — just ask Madonna. This show has created the perfect platform to discuss when people are going to stop thinking it’s cool to discriminate or judge people for their age.

5. Are 20-somethings really this vapid? 

You know those 20-somethings who rejected Liza? Yeah, they were awful. In the middle of their interview with Liza, they started gabbing about social media platforms and debating if Tinder was more superior than Bang With Friends. It’s cringe-worthy, but could it be totally on point? The relationship between newer and older generations will certainly be a focus on Younger, and it’ll be interesting to see if the “hip kids” respect the seasoned ones. Kelsey isn’t off to a good start by calling Diana “pathetic” for lying about her age, but that’s what character development is for. Right?

What did you think of Younger? Sound off in the comments below.

Watch Duff and Foster give their younger selves advice.

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Tara Reid Concerns Many with Super Skinny Bikini Pics, James Franco Jokes About Impregnating Selena Gomez + More in Last Lap

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Tara Reid look skinnier than ever in new photos, James Franco makes another creepy joke, Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato collaborate for a new project, and more celebrity news.

  • Tara Reid worries many as new photos of her extremely skinny figure in a bikini hit the Internet. [Daily Mail]
  • James Franco posted this photo, joking that he got Selena Gomez pregnant while shooting Spring Breakers. [MSN]

  • Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato will work on a new film together. [E!]
  • Game of Thrones star Kit Harington says it’s “demeaning” to be called a hunk. [Us Weekly]
  • The selfie shoe is an actual thing. [Us Weekly]
  • Nick Lachey asks Harold and Kumar star Kal Penn if Obama would ride with the famous duo.

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