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'Big Brother': The problem with loving 'The Character You Love To Hate'


Big Brother has been a summertime guilty pleasure for me for years. I’ve skipped some seasons (three episodes a week for nearly three months is not always a commitment I am capable of making), but I couldn’t tell you which ones without consulting Wikipedia. The seasons fade from my memory or blur into fuzzy recollections of other seasons minutes after host Julie Chen announces the results of the final vote and the “Houseguests” wave goodbye to the cameras that spied on their every whisper, argument, cuddle, swim, smoke, flirt, folly and fart for three months.

I remember the rogues best — the characters we love to hate. The smug, showmancy puppet masters of Chilltown. Duplicitous Danielle and her diary room downfall. Demon dad Evel Dick. I watch Big Brother for the soapy sensationalism derived from stupid people plotting intricate conspiracies of lies, betrayal, and emotional abuse to win a week’s worth of power and chase a meager pot of prize money. Last year’s runner-up Dan Gheesling pulled off one of the greatest fork-tongued ass-saving scams in reality show history with a devious deception that involved feigning the appearance of Biblically-inspired contrition and traumatizing his closest ally with phony allegations of treachery. Delicious. It’s like watching the callow hedonists of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers play Mafia for three months, with a couple nerds, geeky professionals, and parents (who clearly need a break from their kids) thrown for diversity, and a dash of humanity.

Watch President Obama call Prop 8 plaintiffs

Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are having the best day ever… and that was before President Obama personally called them to congratulate the couple on their legal victory.

“We’re proud of you guys, and we’re so glad,” the president said on-air on MSNBC thanks to speaker phone. Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, the two other plaintiffs challenging Prop 8, gathered around Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin’s cell phone as well. In the brief remarks, the president highlighted the couples’ courage, and told them they were “helping out a whole lot of people.”

Earlier, President Obama released a statement, saying, “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.  This was discrimination enshrined in law.  It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people.  The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.  We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Watch the phone call below — and prepare to tear up when a thrilled Katami jokingly invites President Obama to his upcoming wedding:

Anne Rice defends Paula Deen, refers to 'lynch mob culture'

Things haven’t been going great for Paula Deen the last few days: She’s been dropped from the Food Network, QVC is “reviewing the relationship,” and her biggest defenders so far have been her sons — and their examples left a lot to be desired. But Deen has got at least one public figure in her corner: Anne Rice. The vampire author took to her own Facebook page to defend the chef, but her comments (first discovered by Jezebel) are likely to just cause more controversy.

After first posing the question to her readers by saying, “What’s happening with Paula Dean? Is it fair? I never heard of her until today, and wow, this looks like a crucifixion. Opinions, thoughts welcome….aren’t we becoming something of a lynch mob culture?” Rice then decided that the “opinions, thoughts” needed were her own, and had quite a bit to say in the comments, including, in part, “…This woman is just what you said. She’s an old southern lady, and she never made these unwise remarks of hers to a black person. We have no evidence at all that she has ever personally insulted or injured any black employee or friend.” READ FULL STORY

Paula Deen apologizes for 'inappropriate, hurtful language' -- VIDEO

Following this morning’s Today show interview cancellation, Paula Deen has released a YouTube video apologizing for her offensive remarks in which she admitted in a sworn deposition to using the n-word, among other racist statements.

The 46-second apology opens with Deen saying, “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this … inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”  Despite the short length, the video is oddly shown in multiple takes. UPDATE: The video was taken down, but others users have captured and uploaded. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Kim and Kanye have named their baby ...

America, if you’ve been Keeping up with the Kardashian baby name saga, the speculation game is officially over.

And the answer isn’t Kaidence. (Unfortunately?)

People confirms that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have named their celebspawn … NORTH WEST.

Yes, far less awesome than North-by-North, but we’ll take it. I guess. If I’m being honest, I’m a little underwhelmed — mostly because rumors of a baby named North have swirled since March.

TMZ, the common man’s wooden easel, was the first to report.

Dane Cook pulls Boston show from live stream, angers fans

Last night several big acts, including Aerosmith and New Kids on the Block, came together for Boston Strong, a concert held to raise money for One Fund Boston, which supports victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Comedian Dane Cook also performed at the event, but he angered fans when he wouldn’t let his set to be part of the free livestream that other acts were allowing.

Explaining the decision, Cook tweeted: READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': How much have you watched? What did you think? POLLS

Much like Gob on the cross, Arrested Development made its return from the presumed dead this past weekend on Netflix for a 15-episode fourth season that was available all at once. (Read Annie Barrett’s episode by episode take.) Whether you did a full-on Sunday Bluth Binge — who needs sunlight? — or are slowly working your way through the family’s latest misadventure, now’s the time to weigh in on what you’ve seen so far. Plus, you can find out what other EW.com readers/Bluthaholics are thinking.

Before you begin your almost mandatory re-watch to catch all the Easter Anns Eggs, make your voice heard in a whole slew of polls about the new episodes, below: READ FULL STORY

The Internet comes to life for Patton Oswalt in Webby Awards promo -- VIDEO

The Internet is everywhere and Patton Oswalt can’t do anything to escape it.

In a new promo for the Webby Awards, host Oswalt starts seeing things through meme-ready Internet eyes, with real-life cats becoming LOLCats, people posing with built-in Instagram filters and catchphrases of YouTube stars past (“Is this real life?”) all invading his thoughts. “You saps! The Internet is taking over and you can’t even see it,” Oswalt declares. Then “Gangnam Style” starts playing and things really take a turn for the weird. Will Oswalt be able to fend off the zombie Internet robots or will he become one himself? Twist: What if he already is one?! Stay tuned.

The Webby Awards, celebrating the best of the web, will be available to stream on May 22. You can check out the full list of winners, and watch the Funny or Die trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Office' series finale is tonight. Here's your catch-up guide

Listen up, fans of Dunder Mifflin. I hope you’re preparing to say your final goodbyes to Jim,Pam, Dwight, Andy, and, if the rumors are true, maybe even Michael tonight. Over nine seasons the Scranton paper company has provided all the laughs (“Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica”) and the gut punches (“I love Italian food”) that you would expect from one of the best comedies. But they’re finally closing up shop for good tonight, and it’s anyone’s guess what will happen in the final 75 minutes. At the end of the last episode, the whole gang gathered at Poor Richard’s to watch the premiere of the documentary about their office that they started filming all those years ago.

If you’ve stopped watching recently but plan on tuning back in tonight, never fear. Below, five things you need to know from this season so that you can be on the same page as the Dunder Mifflin crew.  READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno to CBS: Give Craig Ferguson a house band, you 'cheap bastards' -- VIDEO

You don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you — a lesson that Craig Ferguson laid out for Jay Leno last night when Ferguson was a guest on The Tonight Show.

The two men were discussing a recent incident where an air conditioner unit at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson began to leak, forcing staff to move part of the audience onto the stage where the band would typically play — if they had a band. Ferguson explained that that wasn’t a huge problem because they can’t afford a house band. Leno — who obviously has had his own problems with network heads — told Ferguson he had to stick up for himself. “You’ve got the No. 1 network – you think these cheap bastards would give you a band,” Leno half-joked. “You tell [CBS president] Les Moonves to give you a band!”

Ferguson, however, insisted he didn’t want to get involved. “If they don’t know who you are, they can’t fire you!” he explained to a laughing Leno.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

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