Welcome to the February 25, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: “Playboy” may find itself in hot water over their Terry Richardson issue.
Heralded for over five decades for its realistic depictions of female bodies, the men's “lifestyle” mag inspired some condemnation last summer when it was revealed that it hired accused sexual assaulter/photographer Terry Richardson to spearhead its February issue. As the issue prepares to hit stands (NSFW), a number of tweeters are taking issue with “Playboy's” decision to showcase Richardson's work:
brb, just threw up in my mouth after looking at the pix from THE ISSUE OF PLAYBOY SHOT ENTIRELY BY TERRY RICHARDSON http://t.co/s2ymrgWmw0
– meg clark ??•?•?? (@MC1RK) February 25, 2015
apparently, @playboy didn't get the memo that hiring terry richardson makes you the official worst.
– sara zucker (@sbz) February 25, 2015
there's seriously an entire issue of Playboy shot by Terry Richardson. seriously. wonder how many Playmates he molested in the process.
– Jamie Righetti (@JamieRighetti) February 25, 2015
– Dame (@illaim) February 25, 2015
None of which will stop “Elle Du Jour” from buying the damn thing:
I know that he's a dick but I want the Terry Richardson edition of Playboy soooo badly
– ELLE DU JOUR (@ellenrosemariex) February 25, 2015
Look, we want what we want.
Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles.
Outraged: Kelly Osbourne
Target: Anyone who accused her of making those controversial comments about Zendaya's hair
Why: “I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY QUESTIONONIG STAYING ON THE SHOW!” said the caps-loving “Fashion Police” panelist via Twitter yesterday after having Giuliana Rancic's “patchouli and weed” comments incorrectly attributed to her. Clearly not getting it, one user then replied with the following: “@KellyOsbourne you are a racist pig.” Deep breaths! We should note that Rancic made a heartfelt apology for the comments on E! News last night, and that Zendaya has accepted. Can we all be friends now?
Outraged: L.A. dominatrix Mistress Trinity
Target: “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Why: Just when you thought we were finally done with the “Fifty Shades” hate, here comes another critic! In a piece for the Huffington Post literally titled “50 Shades of Shame,” the BDSM advocate claims she was “tortured for two hours of my precious time” in order to bring back the following report: this movie is terrible. “This is another representation of male dominance over women that perpetuates sexist ideas that sex is something that men do to women, never exploring the woman's pleasure or fantasies,” she decries. “Why not just say what the movie is really about, a sadistic sociopath who hates women and leave BDSM out of it? Christian claims he's 'like this' because he's 'fifty shades of fucked up. Well, that goes double for this film.” Call me Fifty Shades of Over These Fifty Shades Think Pieces.
Outraged: Victoria's Secret models
Target: Victoria's Secret
Why: After word broke that both Karlie Kloss and Doutzen Kroes had exited their seemingly-lucrative gigs as VS Angels, Page Six reported that even more models may follow suit over their apparently less-than-stellar pay. “The money isn”t what it used to be,” a source told the tabloid. “Older contracts like Alessandra Ambrosio were in the millions, now they”re like $100,000.” On a related note: do you have any idea what I would do for $100,000? It's pretty sick.
Outraged: Rachel Maddow
Target: Bill O'Reilly
Why: The Fox News host has been threatening reporters over those “war zone” allegations, and Maddow isn't happy about it. “Fox News has a bunch of folks like Mr. O'Reilly on their shows, it's part of why I call them 'Republican TV,'” Maddow said on her MSNBC show Tuesday night. “But they also have a lot of real reporters on staff who do real reporting all day long on real news. …And I'm sure they don't take kindly when their own reporters get threatened for trying to do their jobs. But it is hard to imagine what this is going to do to the work environment at Fox News Channel for the Fox News Channel's real reporters.” O'Reilly is taking this to heart! I'm sure of it.
Outraged: Jon Stewart
Target: The media's coverage of the Bill O'Reilly story
Why: “Really? We”re going after O”Reilly for exaggerating being in a war zone? I don't know if you watch his program…misrepresenting the zone he is in is kind of his hook,” said Stewart, referencing O'Reilly's famed “No Spin Zone” opening. The “Daily Show” host later concluded: “It seems to me, you know, we might all be just a little better off if the exaggerations about covering a war get less attention than the exaggerations that got us into so many of them.” So I take it Jon won't be signing the MoveOn.org petition?
Outraged: Stacey Dash haters
Target: Surprise! Stacey Dash
Why: The Twitter peanut gallery was quick to pile on the “Clueless” star after she announced her new memoir “There Goes My Social Life” on this morning's “Fox & Friends,” during which she also took a moment to slam Senator and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (“I feel like she's a hypocrite and a little cowardly”). The subject of the book, which centers on the supposed “brutal backlash” she received from Hollywood after “coming out” as a Republican during the 2012 presidential campaign, didn't sit well with left-leaning tweeters:
Hi, @RealStaceyDash… please quit whining. Most don't have a thriving Hollywood career after just one hit movie. Sorry it didn't work out.
– Chris Lavoie (@RadioGuyChris) February 25, 2015
There's nothing wrong with Stacey Dash being conservative or Republican. Just don't be a stupid one.
– Action Swanson (@LeeTRBL) February 25, 2015
Can't wait for @REALStaceyDash upcoming book on she was “persecuted” as a D-list celeb for her wacky political views, fact checker's dream.
– SEO Web Writer (@LAWriter) February 25, 2015
– D. McLeod (@Reality1843) February 25, 2015
Sorry, she'll always be Dionne to me.
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