Dutch fashion magazine Jackie is facing outcry after publishing an article in which it refers to pop star Rihanna as the ultimate "n****b****."
As posted on Parlourmagazine.com, the magazine's piece focuses on Rihanna's style, but uses the aforementioned language to describe the singer.
The responses poured in swiftly enough that according to Parlour magazine, the editor of Jackie, Eva Hoeke, issued a statement of apology on the publication's Facebook page, saying that "the author meant no harm" and that the headline using the words was meant to be "a joke."
Update, 12/21: According to the BBC, Hoeke has since resigned. In a press release, as posted in full on Parlour magazine's website, Hoeke explains that her initial reaction, "in which [she] indicated that it was a joke, has been a complete misrepresentation" of what she and the article's author meant. The statement adds that Rihanna will be invited to share her view on the piece in question in an upcoming issue.
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Hot on the heels of their November split, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are announcing new TV ventures.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Ashton, 33, is reviving his prank show “Punk’d,” while the New York Daily News reports that Demi Moore, 49, has a new talk show in the works.
The actress is behind “The Conversation,” an interview series slated to air on Lifetime in January. A source close to Moore notes that the female-friendly show, ordered in April, has “taken on a whole new meaning since her split.”
Apparently on a mission to make himself even more adorable, Ryan Gosling is coming to the aid of egg-laying hens. According to Change.org, the actor is petitioning McDonald's on behalf of the animals that help make the chain's breakfast sandwiches.
The “Drive” star has joined celebs like Zooey Deschanel, Steve-O and Alicia Silverstone in the campaign to convince McDonald's to stop using “battery cage” hens to obtain their eggs and other products.
Ryan and his fellow animal-loving actors have partnered with Mercy For Animals to write McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner about the issue.
We have months still to go until Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" bows in theaters, but there's now a full trailer to tide us over.
It begins "in peace time," with an ominous rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner being performed at a football game. Tom Hardy's villainous masked Bane stalks menacingly as a football field full of players will soon meet their demise, and Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle issues a dire warning to Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman.
"You think this can last. There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne," she says, before dropping into a whisper. "You and your friends better batten down the hatches. 'Cause when it hits, you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large, and leave so little for the rest of us."
"The Dark Knight Rises" opens next July.
With the first season of "The X Factor" scheduled to wrap this week, Simon Cowell says he's keeping a level-headed perspective on how well the series has launched in the States.
"Never finish a season thinking it's the best you've ever done, because you have to feel that you can get better," Cowell, who serves as one of "X Factor's" judges/mentors, told CNN Monday. "I think I probably came here a bit too cocky, but I'm cocky by nature."
He recalls that he was coming off a "massive" run overseas, and with the adrenaline pumping, he couldn't wait to bring "X Factor" to America. "One of these artists is going to be the legacy of this year...and it's going to be better next year."
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