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Jimmy Kimmel cut Rick Santorum joke from his White House Correspondents' Dinner speech

Jimmy Kimmel didn’t spare many feelings at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last month. During his address, the late night host took aim at President Obama, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, attendee Lindsay Lohan, and Keith Olbermann, among others. But there’s one target who escaped Kimmel’s crosshairs: former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

During a visit to Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show this week, Kimmel revealed that he ultimately decided to nix a joke that referenced Santorum’s actions after the death of his infant son. The line: “Newt Gingrich’s campaign is so dead, Mitt Romney wants to baptize it and Rick Santorum wants to put it in a jar and show it to his kids.”


Obama's convention speech to cast long shadow over MTV's awards show

The President of the United States is due a certain amount of deference when it comes to television appearances — and everything else, really — but Barack Obama has a habit of inadvertently big-footing his way on the tube. Take, for instance, his impromptu press conference to announce the death of Osama bin Laden: he went live with his speech just as Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice finale was nearing its climax on the east coast. Obviously that was a coincidence, but it’s far from the only time POTUS has frustrated the networks.

Fans of The Bachelorette were just about to see Constantine bail on Ashley when the president interrupted to talk about the debt ceiling last July. A Cougar Town episode was postponed when the prez’s January 2011 speech about the Tucson shootings ran long. And Bones nearly had to scrap its 2009 season finale because of one of the president’s early state-of-the-economy chats.

But now, he’s simply gone too far! President Obama is scheduled to accept the Democratic nomination for a second term on Sept. 6 — the same night as MTV’s Video Music Awards. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z backs Obama's stance on same-sex marriage


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Since President Barack Obama's historic declaration that he believes same-sex couples should be legally allowed to married, he has
raised $15 million for his campaign and welcomed a flood of support from celebrities and liberal politicians alike. Add Jay-Z to the pro-Obama camp. The rap mogul told CNN he's with Obama on this issue. "I've always thought [the fight over same-sex marriage] was something that was still holding the country back," he said. "What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. [It]

is no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.” READ FULL STORY

'Newsweek' versus 'Time': Which cover is more controversial? -- POLL

The past week bore witness to two bold stances that made for a pair of controversial covers. President Barack Obama took a historic stand on the issue of same-sex marriage, telling ABC’s Robin Roberts, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Personal politics were also brought to the forefront on a Time cover that showed one mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. (Time is owned by Time Inc., the publisher of EW.)


Bristol Palin responds to Obama's gay marriage announcement by dissing 'Glee'

Memoirist and reality-show bronze medalist Bristol Palin took to her blog yesterday to offer the world some thoughts on what she views as a double standard regarding President Obama’s expression of support for gay marriage. In her response, Palin focused exclusively on a throwaway comment made by Obama (“focusing on a throwaway comment” being the primary rhetorical methodology in the current political era).

At one point in his carefully-worded discussion, the president noted that one reason his position on gay marriage had evolved was his conversations with his daughters. Apparently, Malia and Sasha have schoolmates with gay parents — schoolmates who have not yet turned into heroin-addicted devil-worshipping goat-people. Palin took issue with that decision-making process, claiming that whenever a Christian conservative female runs for office, she faces questions about taking orders from their husband. “So let me get this straight,” she writes. “It’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?” READ FULL STORY

Opinion: Obama set for Hollywood fundraiser after voicing support of same-sex marriage -- What would Jed Bartlet have done?

Follow politics long enough — or even just a week — and you’re bound to come to the cynical conclusion that there’s no such thing as a coincidence, especially during an election year. President Obama announced yesterday that he’d gone “through an evolution on this issue” of same-sex marriage and now believes that his previous halfway stance — that civil unions were sufficient for gay couples — was no longer enough.

“When I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, in monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together. When I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet, feel constrained — even now that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is gone — because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

Liberals rejoiced, with celebrities and Democratic politicians expressing their gratitude and excitement in Twitter posts and TV interviews . Fox’s Shepard Smith welcomed the president to the 21st century and described opponents of same-sex marriage as being “on the wrong side of history.” And yet my own enthusiastic approval of Obama’s semi-reversal was tempered by its timing. Thursday, one day after his historic announcement, the president is at George Clooney’s house raising a record fundraising haul from the Hollywood elite. READ FULL STORY

Celebrities, politicians tweet reaction to Obama's support of same-sex marriage

The Internet took no time at all to react to President Barack Obama’s statement that he believes same-sex couple should be allowed to marry. The vast majority of celebrities and politicians reacting to the news online wrote messages of support to the president following his ABC News interview with Robin Roberts on Wednesday.

Celebrities from Sean Hayes of Will & Grace (a show which on Sunday Vice President Joe Biden credited with educating America about same-sex relationships) to Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, and Patton Oswalt shared their excitement about the news. Politicians (mostly on the left), including Nancy Pelosi, Cory Booker, and Gavin Newsom also expressed their support. Beyond Twitter, there is already a Tumblr blog out there called When Obama Endorsed, with animated gifs like the dance from Arrested Development and Tina Fey high-fiving a thousand angels.

Check out all the celebrity tweets on Obama’s historic statement below.


Cher apologizes for Twitter rant against Mitt Romney and conservatives: 'I was a Hater!'

Never one to mince words about the issues, Cher started a flame war yesterday when she tweeted — and later deleted — some harsh words for the GOP’s presidential hopeful: “If ROMNEY gets elected I don’t know if I can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters.”

Though many rose to support Cher’s passion, several followers railed against the Oscar winner for her opinions. It only fueled the diva, who responded to one fan, “TOO HARSH? That’s me Holding BACK! They care nothing about the POOR The OLD The SICK The HUNGRY CHILDREN & People striving 4 a Better LIFE ! –” READ FULL STORY

Celebs tweet their reaction to North Carolina's Amendment One

In the wake of North Carolina’s election results that approved Amendment One, a ban on same-sex marriage, celebrities have rallied on Twitter to speak out for equality. Ellen DeGeneres, who had a legal wedding in California before Prop 8 passed, tweeted, “Getting married was one of the greatest things I have ever done. I hope everyone in North Carolina gets the same opportunity someday.”

Fellow out actors Alan Cumming and Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson also tweeted their disappointment with the decision in North Carolina, as did straight actors Russell Brand, Christopher Gorham, North Carolina native Brooklyn Decker, and even a certain Harry Potter character who must not be named. See their responses and more below. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp's inspiration for Willy Wonka: An incredibly stoned George W. Bush

Johnny Depp visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time today, revealing the inspiration for some of his most iconic characters and his greatest personal terror — dancing. While Dark Shadows costars Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz hoofed it as they were introduced to the audience, Depp resisted. “I fear it more than anything in the world,” he told Ellen when she asked him why he refused to dance. “I’d rather swallow a bag of hair.”

Later, the star discussed some of his more famous creations, including Edward Scissorhands, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Willy Wonka. “Certain ingredients you add to these characters — Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like…incredible stoned,” he said, as the crowd began laughing at the mention of Bush and Wonka in the same sentence. “Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there — sometimes to the dismay of the director.” Watch the exchange below: READ FULL STORY

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