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Tinseltown Reacts to Texas Abortion Ban
This week, Texas’ regulation banning abortion as quickly as a fetal heartbeat could be detected went into impact and Hollywoke is none too happy. Many have in contrast the brand new regulation to Hulu’s tv sequence The Handmaid’s Tale. Investigative Journalist Lisa Guerrero tweeted out “Hope red’s your color, ladies,” a jab in reference to the purple robes ladies are pressured to put on within the present.
Actress Hilarie Burton (Grey’s Anatomy, Lethal Weapon) warned ladies the regulation could be coming for them. “This Texas deal,” she tweeted. “They’re coming for you if you have a miscarriage. All it takes is a neighbor ‘reporting’ you. Think of every woman you know who has miscarried. She will now be considered a suspect.”
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) had to throw in her opinion on social media, posting: “I’m thinking about the Black, brown, low-income, queer, and young folks in Texas. The folks this abortion health care ban will disproportionately harm. Wealthy white folks will have the means to access abortion care. Our communities won’t.”
And lastly, Alyssa Milano tweeted: “The newest Texas abortion ban, #SB8, gives politicians, neighbors, and even strangers the right to sue those who provide – or just help patients get – abortion after 6 wks. The time to fight for our reproductive health & rights is now!”
“Nevermind” Cover’s Baby Grown up, and Ready to Sue
Remember the duvet image from Nirvana’s album Nevermind, which featured a unadorned child swimming and chasing a greenback invoice suspended from a fishing hook? Well, that child – Spencer Elden – is all grown up and has filed a lawsuit.
Elden, 30, alleges the duvet is “sexual exploitation” that can observe him for the remainder of his life. The swimsuit suggests that everybody concerned benefited from “the sex-trafficking venture and Spencer’s exploitation.” Defendants named within the lawsuit embody Nirvana LLC, the property of Kurt Cobain, the album designer, the photographer, and the document label. Elden is represented by Robert Y. Lewis of New York. The swimsuit states:
“[They] used child pornography depicting Spencer … in a sexually provocative manner to gain notoriety, drive sales, and garner media attention.”
According to plaintiff, his authorized guardians by no means signed a launch authorizing the band to use his picture, and he has by no means obtained a penny in compensation for an album that was ranked No. 7 on the Billboard’s listing of “The 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time” final 12 months.
According to stories, a number of infants had been invited to a swim celebration whereas the photographer took footage till the band selected Elden’s. “Cobain chose the image depicting Spencer – like a sex worker – grabbing for a dollar bill that is positioned dangling from a fishhook in front of his nude body,” the lawsuit claims.
Elden, who has “Nevermind” tattooed throughout his chest, at first didn’t thoughts the celebrity and recognition. In 2008, he informed NPR: “Quite a few people in the world have seen my penis. So that’s [kind of] cool. I’m just a normal kid living it up and doing the best I can while I’m here.”
But Elden’s angle has modified. Although he admitted to individuals considering it was “cool” that he was the Nirvana child, Elden claimed ladies he dated would break issues off once they realized he wasn’t getting any compensation. In 2016, he informed Time, “It’s a trip. Everyone involved in the album has tons and tons of money. I feel like I’m the last little bit of grunge rock. I’m living in my mom’s house and driving a Honda Civic.”
Elden is asking for not less than $150,000 from every of the 15 defendants named within the lawsuit in addition to authorized charges and different unspecified damages. In a GQ article, he complained: “I’ve been going through it my whole life. But recently I’ve been thinking, ‘What if I wasn’t OK with my freaking penis being shown to everybody?’ I didn’t really have a choice.”
Currently, Elden is an artist and has accomplished a couple of artwork reveals. “I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to do a piece of work better than that in my entire life,” he informed GQ. “But I’m just trying to get it out of my head – this image of a baby chasing a dollar – and not worry about making millions of dollars.”
Cheers And Jeers
Sometimes, HollyWeird gamers make headlines for foolish or weird happenings, so here’s a assortment of newsworthy doings — honorable and dishonorable — by the tenants of Tinseltown.
From Presidential Candidate to Working With Accused Sex Offender
Kanye West, rapper and former presidential candidate, will likely be collaborating with rock star Marilyn Manson, who can also be within the midst of authorized battles after being accused of sexual misconduct. Manson, 52, at the moment has 4 sexual assault instances in opposition to him, together with fees of human trafficking and illegal imprisonment. His voice is featured on DONDA, West’s new album. Fans are usually not completely satisfied.
On Twitter, one commenter wrote: “This isn’t the news I wanted today. What is Kanye doing? This is just a bad look.”
Currently, 15 ladies have lodged complaints in opposition to Manson, together with Evan Rachel Wood (Westwood) and Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones). In an interview with People, one other Game of Thrones actress and Manson’s ex-girlfriend, Ashley Smithline, stated he “bit her, whipped her, cut her with a swastika-emblazoned knife and shoved his fist in her mouth during sex.” The actress claimed she was pressured to do a blood pact with the rocker and was locked in a soundproof glass room referred to as “the bad girls’ room.”
An outraged fan requested: “Why would he even allow that on an album with his mom’s name as the title?” Another merely wrote: “Sick!”
Tune in subsequent week to see what else Tinseltown has deliberate.
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