Westboro Baptist Church Calls Taylor Swift a Whore

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Where do I even begin with this?

Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas has made plans to picket Taylor Swift’s concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on August 3rd, 2013.

Why?

Because according to a press release from the church, “@TaylorSwift13 works her ‘girl next door’ country-singer shtick, while hopping from one young man to the next and strutting across the world stage like a proud whore.”

In an interview with RadarOnline, Ben Phelps, the grandson of  the group’s leader, stated, “This girl is a whore. Who else is gonna say that if it’s not the church of the Lord Jesus? She’s coming into our backyard. We’re gonna go preach to her.”

Oh, and that’s not the end of it. Apparently its Taylor’s job to preach to her followers.

Phelps goes on to say that Taylor Swift pretends to be a “good Christian, but she’s not.” According to him, Taylor should use her influence to “promote the standards of God,” to young girls instead of “whoredom, fornication … that filthy lifestyle.”

Ok now, they just went WAY too far.

As a Christian and a Taylor Swift fan, this really boils my blood.

Taylor Swift is the last celebrity I would even think of associating with whorish, filthy behavior.

That’s actually one of the reasons why I love her so much. Taylor Swift isn’t one to behave in such ways.

When was the last time you heard about Taylor Swift in the tabloids for reckless driving or crazy partying?

NEVER.

Since she doesn’t live “la vida loca”, the media needs to write something about Taylor Swift, so they just pick on her love life. Because that’s her only fault: the fact that she hasn’t been able to settle with someone for long term.

So what? That doesn’t make her a whore. As a matter of fact, if I’m not mistaken, the reason why she hasn’t been able to settle with one guy long term is because she won’t give it up!

Isn’t that the opposite of a whore? Last time I checked it was.

Back in January, when Taylor Swift and Harry Styles broke up, the tabloids speculated that it was because she’s a prude.

A source revealed that “Harry found Taylor a little sexually uninterested.”

The same source also stated, “What Taylor doesn’t get is that the guys keep dumping her because she’s being a prude.”

I honestly don’t understand how being a prude is synonymous to being a whore. I thought those two words were considered antonyms.

I think Taylor Swift is a wonderful human being. From the way she dresses to the way she carries herself, she is a wonderful role model. Her fans can learn a lot from her just by watching the way she lives her life.

Westboro needs to get their facts straight. Pull out a dictionary before you start going around calling people whores.

And while you’re at it Westboro, here’s a cherry to put on top of your little Sundae:

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” – Matthew 7:1, NLT

Now eat it. And leave Taylor alone!!

 

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Film Has a Director and Release Date!

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Even though I have only finished the first book of E.L. James’ trilogy, I am excited for the progress towards the production of this film. 50ShadesofGreyCoverArt Last week we learned that the film will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. You may not recognize her name but you might recognize her husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, from Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging, Kick-Ass and Anna Karenina. He’s 23 and she’s 46.

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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson and husband actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Yeah.

That woman has been given permission to direct this film.

This should be interesting.

She has directed the film Nowhere Boy, which is how she met Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as he starred in the film.

Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be released on August 1st, 2014.
Update: Release date moved to Valentine’s Day 2015.

Universal Studios is rumored to be casting Anastasia Steele first. The actresses most rumored/wanted are Alexis Bledel, Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander. I personally want Alexis Bledel to play Ana Steele so badly because ever since hearing that she is a possible pick for the role I can’t imagine her being played by anyone else but Alexis.

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She’s innocently shy but smart, just as Ana is in the books, and she has the exact features that are required to play the role.

For Christian Grey, rumored actors are Robert Pattinson, Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer. If Matt Bomer doesn’t play Christian Grey, I won’t watch the film in theaters. That’s right. I’ll boycott. Matt Bomer is drop dead sexy, as is Christian Grey, and he also has the perfect features to play the role.

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Some say he’ll feel uncomfortable in the role since he’s gay, but he plays perfectly straight in White Collar. This shouldn’t be a problem for him. And come on. Who doesn’t want to hear those words, “Laters, baby”, slide off of Matt Bomer’s lips?!

But for now we shall just wait and see who gets cast.

Meanwhile I’ll share with you an unofficial trailer featuring my two choices for the lead roles.

Brangelina Wedding Guest List Concerns

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Like any bride, Angelina Jolie wants her wedding to be perfect.

So perfect that she would ban some of Brad Pitt’s friends from the wedding.

Jonah Hill, Quentin Tarantino, and Philip Seymour Hoffman are among the people she wants to ban.

George Clooney is getting a warning next to his name.

A source told The Sun that “Angelina wants the whole affair to be very civilised and is concerned about the habits of some of Brad’s more raucous friends. She thinks that if Jonah and Quentin come, they’ll hit the bar early on and cause a commotion.”

I don’t blame the woman. She probably doesn’t want her wedding to end up like The Hangover movies. Completely understandable.

I don’t think that’s going to fly very well with Brad, though.

I’m shocked at George Clooney’s warning. George doesn’t strike me as the type who would cause a commotion, which is probably why he’s just a red flag and not completely banned.

But then again, I don’t know him personally.

Maybe instead of banning them altogether, she could just make sure they are not allowed more than three drinks that night.

However, I’m not sure how well that would work.

I just hope that whatever happens, the two walk down the aisle happily, without any gripes pertaining to this issue.

Summer 2013 Playlist

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It’s officially summer! Here comes the vacations, the parties and all the fun! But those summer activities wouldn’t be complete without a summer playlist now, would they?

Here are 14 fun, festive and relaxing summer songs to add to your summer playlist.

1. Summer’s Not Hot, Selena Gomez and the Scene: What else screams summer better than Selena Gomez literally screaming “It’s summer!” at the beginning of this track? The song is cute and fun, as she sings about the summer not being hot without her guy. Wink, wink.

2. So Many Details, Toro y Moi: This song is part of the chillwave genre, so it has a relaxing beat. The scenery in the video will make you want to take a relaxing vacation in The Carolinas.

3. Let the Groove Get In, Justin Timberlake: For those of you who know how to dance Samba, I envy you, because this song makes me want to dance the Samba. But I can’t do it properly because I don’t know how to. This song is perfect for an outdoor summer party with its festive beat.

4. Ride, Lana Del Rey: I’m not a big Lana fan but I heard this song for the first time during the Pretty Little Liars season 3 finale. It’s one of those songs you would listen to in your convertible with the top down letting the summer breeze take all your troubles away.

5. Move, CSS: Brazilian band CSS, acronym for Cansei de Ser Sexy (I’m Tired of Being Sexy), brings you a cool dance song that will get you moving at this summer’s backyard parties!

6. Trying to Be Cool, Phoenix: Because that’s all we’re trying to be this summer. Pop this French band’s tune on as you try to cool off in the air conditioning.

7. Fifteen (Oxford Remix), Goldroom ft. Chela: I love this song so much that it’s my alarm sound every morning. Chela sings in the first line “It’s been a long time, wondering why the summer smells like sin and wonder.” Indeed it does. And maybe we’ll never know why.

8. Hey Now, Candy Dulfer: What’s summer without a little bit of jazz? This song has the perfect balance of saxophone to make you wanna get groovy.

9. En la Obscuridad, Belinda: In English, the title would be “In the Darkness.” This song is so cute and the video is even cuter. We all know that one mysterious stranger we meet at a late night summer party that we want more from. This song will remind you of him.

10. I Need Your Love, Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding: This mellow electronic song coupled with Ellie Goulding’s fresh voice is the perfect dose of exactly what we need this summer.

11. She Wants to Go, Something like Kites ft. Patrick: Who doesn’t want to go this summer? Here’s another great party song for your party playlist. The awesome guitar chords in this song will make you definitely want to party it up!

12. Como Te Vas, Trails and Ways: This song is from another Brazilian band. The title in English would be “How’s it Going.” The song is sung in Spanish instead of Portuguese. It has a very relaxing summer vibe to it with its smooth guitar.

13. Scratch, BG5: I heard this song for the first time when they were featured on Keeping Up With the Kardashians because Kris Jenner manages the group. The beat of this song is a lot of fun, just the way summer should be.

14. Don’t Stop the Party, Pitbull: Because none of us want this party called summer to end, so enjoy it with Mr. Worldwide’s festive song!

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Have a fun and safe summer 2013 everyone!!

‘The X Factor’ Taping at Nassau Coliseum

Yesterday I went out to Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum with my friend Kristell to watch The X Factor taping.

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I’ve never been part of a live audience before, so this was pretty exciting for me.

However, my excitement disappeared when the clock struck 1pm and they weren’t letting us in. The ticket told us to arrive by then, so we got there around 12:25pm. We didn’t actually go inside until about 2:25.

The sun was unbearably hot. The soles of my feet were killing me and there’s a tan line from my flats on both of my feet.

When we got inside I was starving, so I bought cotton candy. It cost me $6.75. Since when does cotton candy cost six freaking dollars and seventy-five cents?!

Once Kristell and I sat down and I put the cotton candy in my mouth, I got excited again.

Jay Flats pumped the crowd up while we waited for the judges to arrive. We “got rowdy” to Martin Solveig and Dragonette’s “Hello” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

Then they did a sound check. Amy, a member of the crew, sang “Rollin’ on the River.” She was really good.

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Amy performing “Rollin’ on the River” for the sound check
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After the sound check came the camera check. Audience members either got really shy, excited, or did nothing when they saw their faces on the big screen. The elderly were most likely to do nothing when the camera focused in on them.

At around three, judges Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, and Kelly Rowland showed up. They began auditions without Simon Cowell.

Simon didn’t arrive until three auditions later. When he walked in, the Franco Sisters were on stage and they thought the screams and cheers were for them. Unfortunately, as soon as he opened his mouth I wished he had gone back to wherever he came from.

He blamed Demi for his lateness, saying that she texted him to be there at 3:30 instead of 3. How dare he!

Then he told the older Franco sister off. I won’t spoil that part for you, but I think that what he said to her was unnecessary.

The youngsters were definitely blowing us all away. The three to look out for are 13 year olds Hannah Johnson and Ashley, and 15 year old Isaiah Austin.

Another interesting performer was Steven, a 40 year old blueberry farmer from South Korea who moved to the US when he was 18. I wasn’t expecting him to be any good, but gosh did he shock us all with his audition! He sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” starting at the final chorus. Wow is all I can say to that.

Then of course there were the trolls, Vincent and Tara. The sad part about the trolls is that they let them sing for longer than the people that can actually carry a tune.

During the breaks in between auditions, there was a girl in my section with a Demi poster that had lights on it who kept screaming Demi’s name at the top of her lungs. By 4:30 she hardly had a voice. But she just kept on screaming. And Demi just kept on ignoring her.

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Judges getting powdered up during the break
Photo Credit: Kristell Taylor

Overall my first experience as an audience member was okay. The waiting and the food prices were annoying, but otherwise I had a good time.

 

Movie Review: ‘Now You See Me’

Yesterday I went to the movies with my mom to watch the film Now You See Me.

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My mother is obsessed with winning money, so when she saw the trailer for the film she went crazy.

The movie was directed by Louis Leterrier. Now you See Me is considered a caper film, which is a subgenre of crime fiction.

It all begins with four magicians, Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), a card magician, Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), daredevil magician in a tank of piranhas, Jack Wilder (Dave Franco), a metal bender magician, and Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), the mentalist, each performing their tricks solo in a series of  four different scenes.

My favorite was Merritt McKinney’s mentalist hypnotism of a couple. He scams a woman’s husband into paying him off to make her forget that he admitted to fooling around with her sister. Too good!

Each of the four magicians is slipped a tarot card by a mysterious man in a hoodie. On the back of each card is an address to a NYC apartment and a time to be there. At the apartment we learn that Henley used to be Daniel’s assistant.  The only reason she quit was because Daniel kept telling her she was too fat to fit in the box to perform the “girl gets sawed in half” trick.

In the apartment the four search for a light source to find that the light switch activates a hologram. This hologram is a plan for what will become the magic act of “The Four Horsemen.”

The first show is in Las Vegas. For the final trick, the Four Horsemen ask a person in the audience which bank they would like them to rob. After McKinney hypnotizes the person, they sign a playing card. They then place a teleportation device on their head and tell them to step into the machine that will take them to the bank.

After placing the signed playing card in the middle of the money in the safe, all of the money gets sucked through a vent and rains all over the audience in Las Vegas.

The next day, the FBI takes the Four Horesmen and the audience member in for questioning. As usual, Jesse Eisenberg ends up playing the smart guy, telling FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) a piece of his mind. “The closer you look, the less you’ll see,” he tells Rhodes before undoing his handcuffs and placing them on Rhodes with his mind. The key ends up in the can of diet Coke, which spills all over the table.

The Four Horsemen perform two more shows—one in New Orleans and another in NYC. All the while, Agent Rhodes and Interpol Agent Alma Gray try to find out how to capture these guys and accuse them of robbery. Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), an ex-magician who makes money off of exposing magicians, helps the agents try to figure out how they are doing their nifty trick.

Oh, how the tables turn by the end of the film. It’ll leave you laughing and screaming, “I knew it!!”

I really enjoyed the film and so did my mom.

I especially loved the New Orleans show scene, where the Four Horsemen give all the audience members their money back from Arthur Tressler, the Four Horsemen’s sponsor, who embezzled money from the Hurricane Katrina victims through his insurance company. The Four Horsemen bring Tressler’s huge $144 million dollar check out onto the stage along with a large flashlight. As the flashlight shines over the dollar amount on the check, the value goes down and into the audience member’s bank accounts! It was so great. Justice was definitely served!

I also really loved the fact that Jesse Eisenberg’s hair was straightened in this film. It looks amazing that way!

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The soundtrack for this film was definitely well chosen. As the Four Horsemen come out onto the stage for the Las Vegas show, “Codec” by Zedd plays. I am a huge Zedd fan, so that really made me happy.

If you’re contemplating seeing this film, contemplate no longer! Just go see it! It was totally worth it.

Nigella Lawson Choked by Husband at Restaurant in London

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While dining at a restaurant called Scott’s in Mayfair, Central London, celeb chef Nigella Lawson was choked by her multimillionaire husband Charles Saatchi.

Reports state that Saatchi reached his hand over the table and grabbed Lawson’s throat. A British newspaper got photos of the incident.

The people dining around them were frightened by the sight. One person said, “It was utterly shocking to watch. I have no doubt she was scared. It was horrific, ­really. She was very tearful and was ­constantly dabbing her eyes. Nigella was very, very upset. She had a real look of fear on her face. No man should do that to a woman. She raised her voice and got angry but at the same time was trying to calm him down, almost like you would try to calm down a child. The kiss was a strange thing. He was being ­intimidating, ­threatening. And yet she kissed him. She ­appeared to be a woman who loves him but was clearly unable to stop him being abusive, ­frightening and ­disrespectful to her.”

A waitress stated that Lawson looked “distraught and in tears.”

Interestingly, this incident occurred at the tables outside the restaurant—the ones on the sidewalk—and no one intervened.

Come on people! Jeez!

Nigella Lawson has not pressed charges.

The two have been married since 2003. I wonder what has been going on between them to cause such violent public acts.

This morning, British politician Nick Griffin joked about the incident on Twitter, writing, “If I had the opportunity to squeeze Nigella Lawson, her throat wouldn’t be my first choice.”

This is not something to joke about, Griffin.

Other celebs on Twitter responded to Griffin’s comment.

DJ LL Cool P tweeted, “how is “nick griffin” legal? how is that something that exists?”

Louise Lainton wrote, “Jesus Christ, I frigging hate sharing an island with people like Nick Griffin.”

Derek Knight said, “Nick Griffin reminds me of a 5 year old desperately saying the most offensive thing he can think of in the hope someone will pay attention.”

Munieb Raban also tweeted, “Well done Nick Griffin, reassuring the masses once again what an absolute moron you are.”

Moron indeed.

Charles Saatchi claims that, “About a week ago, [he and his wife] were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and [he] held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize [his] point.

“There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because [they] both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.

“[They] had made up by the time [they] were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside [their] house after the story broke yesterday morning, so [he] told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled.”

I don’t know how much truth lies in Saatchi’s claims, but the fact that he put his hands on his wife like that is unacceptable. If he could do something like that in public, who knows what he would do, or has done, behind closed doors!

If he needs anger management, he should get some. Soon. I don’t want to hear that he was trying to “emphasize” a point to his children and end up choking them to death instead.

Gantry Plaza State Park and East River Ferry

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Yesterday I went to visit Gantry Plaza State Park with my friend Kristell.

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During senior year of high school back in May 2012, a trip to this very park was planned for Senior Skip Day.

But we were such good students that we didn’t go.

That and my rough draft in creative writing was being peer critiqued that day.

So about a year later we finally got to visit the park.

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Kristell and I on one of the cool wooden park chairs

Its a very lovely park. Gantry is located in Long Island City, right along the East River, so you can see the buildings in the city from there.

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The view was just breathtaking.

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After strolling through the park for a while, we decided to try to find the East River Ferry.

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We got lost and had to ask for directions. Twice.

So much for iPhone maps, eh?

In our defense, there was construction everywhere.

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The $4 ferry ride from Gantry to 34th Street was short. The second level of the boat was so cool! We could see all of the Manhattan skyline from there. I was in awe.

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If you’re ever in Long Island City looking for something touristy to do, this should be on your list. Take a trip to Gantry, enjoy the skyline, and then take the ferry into the city for some sightseeing.

Enjoy some footage from Gantry and the East River Ferry!

Jane Lynch and Lara Embry Getting Divorced

When I saw the news on my Twitter feed this morning I was in such shock that my retainer broke in my mouth when I gasped.

At least I think that’s why it broke…

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The lesbian couple of three years, Glee actress Jane Lynch and clinical psychologist Lara Embry, are getting divorced. Lynch announced the sad news yesterday, June 10th.

Say it ain’t so!

Lynch and Embry met at a fundraiser back in 2009.

“We actually have a picture of the moment we met,” Jane Lynch said three years ago. How romantic!

“I said, ‘I want my picture taken with her,’ ” Dr. Lara Embry remembered. “I thought she was cute.”

They got married in Sunderland, Massachusetts at the Blue Heron Restauran back in May 2010, and now they’re calling it quits.

I guess the cute didn’t last very long.

Sigh.

52 year old Lynch stated that the decision to divorce was a difficult one for the couple. I wonder if their age difference played a role in this (Embry is 44).

I guess Nelly Furtado is right when she sings “all good things come to an end.”

My heart goes out to their two girls, Chase and Haden.

May this divorce be a  stress free and tranquil one for the family.

High Line NYC

Yesterday I went to the High Line in NYC with a few of my girlfriends from high school!

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The High Line, an urban linear elevated park located along 10th Avenue,  is quite the interesting sight. It used to be a street level railway in the 1840s. Too many accidents occurred between the trains and the traffic, causing 10th Avenue to became known as Death Avenue. Later the train became an elevated rail to prevent anymore accidents.

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In 2009 the railway was transformed into a lovely park complete with statues, flowers, and grassy areas to enjoy the summer sun. The view is fabulous!

You can still see some of the rails. It’s so cool!

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Three highlights of our time at the High Line yesterday:

1. The Goshka Macuga bust of Colin Powell. The following pictures should explain why.

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2. The flowers!! They’re so gosh darn gorgeous!!

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IMAG18003. And the grass. I could lay there forever.

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As my friend Xiran said as we all lay on the grass, “Nature is perfect.”

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Indeed it is, my dear. Indeed. Especially at the High Line.

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

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My girlies!! (l-r Niketa, Kristell, and Xiran)

*(As you can tell, Xiran cannot take a normal picture. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.)*

If you’re ever in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan near 10th ave and 14th Street, you should totally visit the High Line. You won’t regret it. It’s beautiful!

Check out the official site for the High Line.

Enjoy some of the footage I took while there!!