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Justin Bieber speaks out against bullying on 'Ellen'

Teenage pop phenom Justin Bieber is the latest celebrity to speak out against bullying, saying that even he feels the burn of hateful words. “Everybody goes through bullying,” he said on today’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Everybody has, even me. On my YouTube page, there are so many haters. They just say crazy stuff. I’m not mad, I’m 16 and I don’t have chest hair. I’m not angry about it at the moment. That will come. People are like, ‘Look at him, he puts helium in his voice before he sings.’ You just have to laugh at yourself. It’s funny.”

It’s nice when adults have encouraging words for kids about how to stand up for yourself or to ignore bullies. But it sounds so much better coming from a kid — even if that kid is a star who has sold millions of albums around the world.

Check out the clip after the jump. After serenading the ladies with his new favorite song, he addresses the bullying epidemic.


Lady Gaga is the seventh most powerful woman in the world, says Forbes

lady_gagaImage Credit: Max AbadianPower rankings — they’re so hot right now. Forbes unveiled its “Power Women” list yesterday, ranking the 100 most powerful women in the world. Coming in in the top slot: Michelle Obama. Oprah was ranked at No. 3, Lady Gaga at No. 7, Beyoncé at No. 9, and Ellen DeGeneres at No. 10. That puts them all ahead of Nancy Pelosi (No. 11), Sonia Sotomayor (No. 19), and the heads of state of Australia (No. 58), Finland (No. 62), Ireland (No. 64), Argentina (No. 68), Iceland (No. 80), Costa Rica (No. 83), and Liberia (No. 86). I was a little surprised to see Sarah Palin outrank Queen Elizabeth — 16 to 41! — but okay.

Beyond the top 10, the entertainment and television news industries are really well represented: Angelina Jolie (No. 21), Katie Couric (No. 22), Madonna (No. 29), Chelsea Handler (No. 33), Heidi Klum (No. 39), Meredith Vieira (No. 40), Sarah Jessica Parker (No. 45), Diane Sawyer (No. 46), Stephenie Meyer (No. 49), Rachel Maddow (No. 50), Suze Orman (No. 61), Gisele Bundchen (No. 72), Rachael Ray (No. 78), and Martha Stewart (No. 99, just squeaked by) all made the cut.

The full list is here, and it’s actually a pretty interesting read. (And when you’re finished scanning the list, check out a teaser for EW’s own Power List, in this week’s issue.) Who do you think they missed, PopWatchers?

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This week’s cover: The Power List returns!

Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres, Dan Savage speak out about gay-youth suicide

Neil Patrick Harris is just the latest celebrity to take to the internet to do what’s often difficult in reality: Convince tormented gay teens that there is hope for a better life. Last week, Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi killed himself apparently after his roommate secretly filmed and broadcast Clementi’s intimate encounter with another man online. The details of the case have been big news in the New York-area media since it happened and have coincided with a movement started by sex-advice columnist and commentator Dan Savage. Late last month, Savage launched a YouTube channel called the “It Gets Better Project,” which allows gay adults to upload videos of themselves describing the bullying they endured in high school, but also talking about how much better their lives are now. His main motivation, he tells EW, is that happy, successful gay adults are often not allowed to talk to at-risk kids. “Schools would never bring me in or any gay adults in,” he says. “And their parents are often homophobic, which adds to their distress and isolation. It occurred to me that I was waiting for an invitation and waiting for permission, and I didn’t need anyone’s permission anymore because of YouTube and digital video and Twitter and Facebook. I could post a video and look into a camera and directly address these kids before they commit suicide, instead of feeling bad after they commit suicide.” (See Savage and his partner Terry Miller’s video after the jump)


Lady Gaga's meat dress to be made into jerky

lady-gagaImage Credit: David Gabber/PR PhotosLady Gaga made headlines after sporting a meat dress at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Gaga told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres she meant no disrespect to vegans or vegetarians. “It has many interpretations — but for me, this evening, it’s that if we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re gonna have as much rights as the meat on our bones. AND I am not a piece of meat.”

Okay, so Gaga didn’t entirely clear up the big question marks surrounding that evening’s fashion choice. Nor did she say anything about the future of her raw dress. Lady Gaga probably wouldn’t be caught wearing the same outfit twice, and this isn’t the sort of look that just retires to the back of your closet. (Unless, of course, your closet is some sort of meat-packing plant.)

The designer of the dress, Franc Fernandez, set the record straight when he told the MTV style blog the dress was, in fact, intended to be worn only once. But the now infamous meat garment is not headed for life in a deep freezer. Instead, “the dress will go through a process where it becomes a sort of ‘jerky’ and will be archived,” Fernandez told E!. Yum?

The thought of anyone eating Lady Gaga’s meat dress-turned-jerky grosses me out. Am I the only one? And does this mean there’s a jerky dress in our future? Let’s hope not.

Jane Lynch thanks Ellen for paving the way for gays

PopWatch never complains when two of the funniest ladies around get together and gab for our viewing pleasure. So we’re all for carving out some time today to watch Jane Lynch’s visit to the Ellen show. Lynch, who, of course, just won an Emmy for her fantabulous work on Glee, told Ellen DeGeneres that the talk-show host’s courageous decision to come out in the ’90s made it easier for her to be open about her own sexuality. “That’s because of people like you,” Lynch says in a preview clip (embedded below). “You were at the height of your fame and you came out. That just blazed the trail for me. It really did. It made it so much easier for me, what you did.” Applause! Applause!

What else can we thank Ellen for? Personally, I’d like to thank her for rocking all those black-and-white striped shirts so stylishly. It’s a fetish we share. So Ellen, can I borrow the cute top you’re wearing on the show today? I love the tie front. READ FULL STORY

Ellen grills Lady Gaga about VMAs meat dress

Today’s season premiere of Ellen features a post-VMAs interview between vegan DeGeneres and carnivore-couture spokeswoman Lady Gaga. (Video’s embedded after the break.) PETA has already responded to the “meat dress” designed by Franc Fernandez that Gaga wore to accept the award for Video of the Year by issuing a statement including the rhetorical question: “What’s next: the family cat made into a hat?” Don’t think she won’t take you up on that, activists! Anything is possible.

Lady Gaga’s response to Ellen’s gentle prompt — “What is the purpose of the meat?” — was about as jam-packed with crazy as a Top Round London Broil is crammed with protein and other important nutrients. Behold:

“Well, it’s certainly no disrespect to anyone that’s vegan or vegetarian….I, as you know, am the most judgment-free human being on Earth. However, it has many interpretations — but for me this evening it’s that if we don’t stand up for what we believe in, if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re gonna have as much rights as the meat on our bones. AND, [holds up Japanese Vogue, on the cover of which Gaga appeared in a (real) meat bikini], I am not a piece of meat.”


Everyone reluctantly applauded! Then Ellen gifted Gaga a kale bikini (pictured, right). And they all lived happily ever after, except for the animals. READ FULL STORY

Ellen DeGeneres surprises audiences on Letterman, Broadway, TV, and the runway: Where should she pop up next?

ellen-degeneresOkay, Ellen DeGeneres: You’re starting to make me feel pretty useless. After all, you already have plenty on your resume — I’m fairly certain you’re the world’s only stand-up comedian/sitcom star/talk show host/awards show host/reality TV judge/reality TV guest judge. (Phew. So many slashes!) Also, you’re the second non-Oprah person in history to ever grace the cover of O magazine (with Oprah by your side, natch).

But, on top of all that, you’ve made four recent surprise guest appearances, popping up on Letterman, Broadway, television, and the runway. Seriously — is there anything you can’t do, Ellen?

Let’s run this down: Last month, you danced your way through a routine with tWitch during the So You Think You Can Dance finale. And this week, you hosted the Late Show‘s Top 10 on Tuesday; appeared on Broadway in a guest appearance for Promises, Promises the same night; and walked the runway at the Richie Rich fashion show last night for New York Fashion Week.

Where else are you going to pop up next, Ellen? Or are you standing behind me right now?

Photo: Frank Micelotta/Fox; Michael Rozman/Warner Bros; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

'American Idol': On the scene for the finale

Simon-Idol-finaleImage Credit: Kristian Dowling/PictureGroupWell, at least he’s a nice guy. Say what you want about Lee DeWyze winning American Idol (to my ears, Crystal Bowersox outperformed him the entire season), but at least the guy sincerely appreciated the love America showered upon him. Fox ended the finale telecast while Lee was still belting out U2′s “Beautiful Day,” which is too bad because the sweetest (as in, awww, that’s sweet) part of the show occurred right after his victory song. Lee, with mic still in hand, took a moment to personally thank the audience in the Nokia Theatre. “You have no idea how much this means to me,” Lee said. “Everyone, all of you guys up top (on the balcony), I love you! And another round of applause for Simon, too!” Lee could have simply walked off the stage and started what will surely be hours upon hours of media interviews and photo ops, but instead he took an off-camera moment to thank those responsible for his ascent to stardom — a classy move. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Crystal steals the show, alumni pack the Nokia, and Simon sorta rescues a swaybot on the scene for Top 2 performance night

Idol-finaleImage Credit: Michael Becker/PictureGroupSo let’s just call this thing: Crystal killed it, and Lee kinda choked. Having discussed last night’s American Idol finale performance night with EW.com’s preeminent Idoloonie Michael Slezak, I know that was also his assessment of the evening from the vantage point of his living room couch. From my seat inside the IdolDeathStar — a.k.a. the Nokia Theater LA Live — the difference between Crystal’s often effortless excellence and Lee’s unfocused striving was even more stark. I don’t think I’ve experienced an Idol finale, on TV or in person, this lopsidedly obvious since the days of Fantasia Barrino and That One Girl Who Does Broadway Now. Crystal owned that gargantuan room like it was a small bar in Toledo, Ohio and not packed with 7,000 screaming fans. Lee just barely borrowed it.

Before you scream “omigodyouaresooooobiased!!!!” at me in the comments, please know I truly have no dog in this hunt. Really, my job here is to report back to you what the experience was like at the show itself, so I’m honestly just telling you, as a reporter, that Crystal was simply better. Now, the Crystal and Lee t-shirts being sold outside the Nokia before the show were an entirely different matter. READ FULL STORY

Robert Pattinson on 'Ellen': His hair no longer full of secrets

We spend a whole lot of time thinking about Robert Pattinson. We wonder what he’s up to, who he’s with, and most importantly, what he’s thinking. Well Twihards, today is your lucky day. Pattinson finally revealed just what is going on in that pretty little head of his: nothing. “There’s always stuff, you know after all the Twilight things, everyone’s always like ‘Brooding, what’s that?’ And so people always ask me, ‘What are you thinking about?’ And there’s literally nothing!” Pattinson explained to Ellen DeGeneres on her show this afternoon. (See the clip embedded after the jump.) READ FULL STORY

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