Hey, did you hear the one about the romantic comedy coming out about ... wait for it ... abortion? On Friday, Obvious Child, a new movie starring Jenny Slate about a female stand-up comic who contemplates an abortion after she gets pregnant from a one-night stand, opens in theatres. As is to be expected, the movie, which won a Producer’s Award at the Sundance Film Festival this past January, is creating all sorts of controversy even though it hasn’t actually opened.
According to The Guardian, when approached by a media buyer representing the movie, NBC asked that the word “abortion” be removed from online ads as they considered it still taboo. This caused Planned Parenthood to get over 10,000 signatures on a petition accusing NBC/Universal of censorship.
A 22-year-old mother named Megan Everett is wanted on federal charges after allegedly kidnapping her 2-year-old daughter Lilly. Everett and Lilly’s father, Robert Baumann, shared custody of the little girl until May 6 when Baumann dropped Lilly off in compliance with their recently decided custody agreement. The toddler was supposed to be returned to Baumann a week later, but Everett never showed up. Instead, she wrote a note, stating, "If I let them take her and vaccinate her and brainwash her, I wouldn’t be doing what’s right. I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised.” Baumann had reportedly planned to have his daughter receive vaccinations the next time he had custody and also planned to enroll her in preschool, which Everett was against.
As unusual as this particular situation may sound, you've got to admit: It shouldn't be a court's place to override how a mother wants to raise her child.
Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley, presumably one of the highest paid stars under 30, revealed in the July issue of Glamour magazine that she gets by on a piddly $50,000 per year salary. This shocking news comes during the media blitz for her upcoming summer musical romance Begin Again, which also stars Mark Ruffalo. It's certainly strange considering the UK's Sunday Times Rich List says her net worth is estimated to be a whopping $50 million. So what the heck happened?
With only days to go before the kickoff of the World Cup, the Associated Press reports that singer Jennifer Lopez has pulled out of performing at the opening ceremonies in Brazil. Her official excuse: Unspecified "production issues."
Lopez was to perform the official song "We Are One (Ola Ola)" that she had recorded with rapper Pitbull and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte. Right now it's clear we are not one -- because one of them is outta there. Why did J-Lo decide to be a no-show? I've got a few theories.
As a wishy-washy Agnostic who was raised Catholic, I don't believe most of what I've read in the Bible. I think God could definitely exist, but I wouldn't bet money on it either way. Basically, I question it all but would never be presumptuous enough to argue against religion, either. I try to respect others' faiths, but as a mom, I find others don't always respect my beliefs -- or in this case, the beliefs I don't hold to be true.
The number one offender here is probably the last person you'd expect: my mom -- my children's otherwise amazing and loving grandmother. A religious person who just can't help herself and refuses to stop taking my toddler to church.