Controversy

Bachelorette Contestant Garrett Yrigoyen Apologizes For Social Media Controversy

Is it too late now to say sorry?

As we reported, according to screenshots shared by former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey, current Bachelorette star Garrett Yrigoyen reportedly liked several social media posts mocking trans people, undocumented immigrants, left-wing women, and Parkland high school shooting survivor David Hoggs.

Related: Shocking Deaths That Have Rocked Bachelor Nation

On Thursday, on his new Instagram account, Becca Kufrin‘s suitor issued an apology for liking posts that “were hurtful and offensive.”

The Reno native claims he is an “open-minded and non-judgemental individual,” and is “sorry for any hurt, damage, or offense [he] may have caused.”

Read his full statement (below):

A post shared by Garrett Yrigoyen GY (@gy_yrigoyen) on May 31, 2018 at 4:22pm PDT

[Image via ABC.]

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Bachelorette Star Becca Kufrin Opens Up About Garrett Yrigoyen’s Social Media Controversy

Every rose has its thorn…

As we reported, according to screenshots shared by former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey, current Bachelorette contestant Garrett Yrigoyen — who won Becca Kufrin‘s first impression rose — reportedly liked several social media posts mocking trans people, undocumented immigrants, left-wing women, and Parkland high school shooting survivor David Hoggs.

Related: Shocking Deaths That Have Rocked Bachelor Nation

On Wednesday, in an interview with E! News, Kufrin responded to the controversy by telling the publication:

“I’ve heard a little bit about it these past couple days… I’ve just been so busy traveling around the country with press that I haven’t really been able to read too much up on it, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and at the end of the day I wanted to go on this journey to open up myself and have people see my love story unfold and I would hope that they would stay open and respect me but also stay open and respect these 28 guys that went along on the journey with me.”

While filming the hit ABC show, Arie Luyendyk Jr.‘s ex and her suitors were not allowed to use phones or computers. Because of this, the reality TV starlet was able to get “a much better picture of who these 28 guys” are.

“It’s different, but it’s nice in a way, because I was truly getting to know these guys for them, and hav[ing] conversations face to face with them about things that were important to me… So I feel like I got a much better picture of who these 28 guys were, as opposed to just looking on their social media and trying to make a decision of who they were by not talking to them.”

At the end of the day, Becca is going to do whatever she wants, whether you like it or not!

“People form their own opinions, but at the end of the day, I know who I am and my friends and family know the type of person who i am, and I can only hope the guys feel that same way. It’s going to be tough. I think social media is a huge presence in our lives these days. There’s no getting around that fact. It’s difficult for people to say certain things about any of these guys, and so I would really just hope that they watch the entire journey and get to know them for who they really are.”

There you have it…

[Image via Garrett Yrigoyen/Instagram/Judy Eddy/WENN.]

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Planned Parenthood Stirs Up Controversy With Deleted Tweet Calling For ‘Disney Princess Who’s Had An Abortion’!

A Planned Parenthood social media account probably intended to generate some controversy with their tweet Tuesday morning — but not this much!

The Keystone, Pennsylvania branch tweeted (and later deleted) a call for a Disney princess “who’s had an abortion” as well as a few others involved in controversial topics.

Video: Disneyland Replaced The Most Controversial Scene From The Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride

@PPKeyStone wrote:

As you might expect, the tweet got a lot of responses before it was taken down, and the discussions continued as several Twitter users screen grabbed it.

There were horrified conservatives, sure, but also some shocked liberals and disapproving moderates. And also a few cheering them on!

We support a woman’s right to choose as much as possible, but we’re not convinced Disney could ever tackle this particular subject — they’ve never even had a Princess get pregnant (sequels don’t count)!

What do YOU think, Perezcious readers??

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Claire Foy Is ‘Not Surprised’ Y’all Freaked Out Over The Crown’s Pay Disparity Controversy!

The Crown fans cried mutiny earlier this month when producers revealed that series lead Claire Foy was paid less than her costar Matt Smith — but no one felt more rattled by the news than the Queen herself.

Foy broke her silence on the fuss surrounding her salary over the weekend. While she admitted that being the center of the drama felt “very out of the ordinary,” she of course understood why fans were royally pissed off.

Video: Ellen Pompeo SLAMS Rumors Her Paycheck Led To Grey’s Anatomy Departures!

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Unsane star explained:

“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary. But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.'”

The odd story came out during the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, when producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries revealed that Foy was paid less than Smith, who portrays Prince Philip, due to the actor’s fame from Doctor Who.

A number of fans weren’t satisfied with that justification, and were so outraged they created a Care2 petition encouraging Smith to donate the difference in their paychecks to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

Related: Claire & Husband Stephen Campbell Moore Have SPLIT!

While Foy didn’t comment on the petition, she added that Smith was just as caught off guard about the ordeal as she was:

“But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”

Smith has yet to respond to the petition. For what it’s worth, Left Bank Pictures, which produces The Crown, issued an apology to both actors in a statement, which reads:

“We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity. As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.”

Discussing individuals’ salaries is certainly not polite conversation, but sometimes it’s a necessary one. As the producers said, from now on, “no one makes more than the Queen.”

[Image via Netflix.]

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Chrissy Teigen No Longer Uses Snapchat After Rihanna Controversy

Chrissy Teigen revealed she no longer uses Snapchat after the company posted a controversial ad featuring Rihanna and Chris Brown that made light of domestic violence.

“I stopped using snap. The update, the constant complaints of people not being able to find me, plus the Rihanna poll…no bueno,” the Lip Sync Battle host, 34, tweeted on Saturday, March 24. The post has been liked more than 38,000 times and retweeted over 2,500 times.

 

As previously reported, Snapchat lost $ 800 million in its stock market value after the app posted an ad that asked users whether they’d prefer to “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.” The ad, which referenced an incident before the 2009 Grammys where Brown beat up his then-girlfriend, prompted Rihanna to condemn the company: “You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV [domestic violence] victims and made a joke of it!!!” Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, took the company to task and said, “They should change their name from Snapchat to Tone Deaf.”

Snapchat later apologized for the incident, saying that the ad was “approved in error.”

When a follower pointed out to Teigen that disgruntled celebrities who complain about Snapchat cause employees to be fired and suggested they work with the company to find a solution, the model responded, “Except concerns have been brought up for months and this isn’t different from any other company where quality affects sales. Everyone has been very vocal about the changes and frustrations. Consumers shouldn’t *have* to work with companies beyond that.”

2018 has not been the best year for Snapchat. Not only are users annoyed with the app’s recent upgrade, but after Kylie Jenner tweeted, “does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me,” the company’s stock reportedly fell more than 7 percent.

 

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Barack & Michelle Obama Portraits Stir Sentiment, Controversy

Barack and Michelle Obama returned to the public eye on Monday, February 12.

Both the real-life versions of these stars and two pieces of artwork based on them, as the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery unveiled its two latest additions to its presidential portraits collection.

The paintings of the 44th President of the United States and his First Lady were completed by world famous artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, and each drew quite a reaction on social media.

Some users looked at these portraits and longed for the days when there was a sense of sanity and intelligence in the White House.

Others, meanwhile, looked at Michelle's in particular and wondered: WTH is that?!?

Scroll down for a look at the paintings and for some of the most prominent reactions online to them…

1. Barack Obama

Barack obama portrait
Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. There weren’t many negative responses to this depiction of former President Obama.

2. Michelle Obama

Michelle obama portrait
A thing of beauty or a thing of controversy? The Internet is split on this official Michelle Obama portrait.

3. How Appropriate

How appropriate
Two African-American artists for the first African-American couple in the White House. Makes sense, right?

4. We Feel Ya, Little Girl

We feel ya little girl
These portraits are gorgeous, they just take us back and give us ALL the feels.

5. We’re Not Entirely Sure What This Means

Were not entirely sure what this means
But it still sounds about right to us.

6. The Future Seems Bright

The future seems bright
It only SEEMS that way upon portrait glance, that is. In reality, let’s remember who is President.

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Rose McGowan’s Former Manager Commits Suicide Amid Harvey Weinstein Controversy — And Her Family Blames Rose!

This is too horrible…

Producer Jill Messick is dead, according to her family — who are making it very clear who they believe is to blame.

Messick was Rose McGowan‘s manager in the 1997, the year Rose claims Harvey Weinstein raped her at the Sundance Film Festival.

Related: Rose Cancels Upcoming Appearances & Demands Apology After Fight With Trans Heckler

Her family mourned her loss in a public statement, saying:

“Jill Messick was a mother of two children, a loving wife and partner, a dear friend to many and a smart entertainment executive. She was also a survivor, privately battling depression which had been her nemesis for years. Today she did not survive. Jill took her own life.”

They also unequivocally blamed Rose and Harvey — saying Jill “became collateral damage in an already horrific story” as she was caught between the two:

“Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her. It broke Jill, who was just starting to get her life back on track. What makes Rose’s inaccurate accusations and insinuations against Jill ironic was that she was the first person who stood up on Rose’s behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered.”

Rose claimed she told her manager about the incident, and she did nothing.

Messick did go on to work as a production executive at Weinstein’s Miramax from 1997 to 2003. Harvey recently used a statement attributed to her in his most specific denial of wrongdoing yet.

Related: 50+ Women Have Accused Harvey Weinstein

The family now insists Jill reported the matter to her bosses at Addis Wechsler management at the time and thought that was the end of it:

“All Jill knew was that the matter was settled and that Rose continued making films with the Weinsteins. She never knew any details until recently, when Rose elected to make them public.”

Jill was 50 years old. She is survived by two children, their father, her brother, and her partner.

If you or a loved one is combatting suicidal thoughts please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

[Image via Facebook/RW/Media Punch.]

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YouTube Cuts Ties With Logan Paul After Suicide Video Controversy

YouTube is officially cutting ties with Logan Paul. The video sharing platform is pressing pause on current projects they have with the 22-year-old vlogger, who offended many users after sharing a controversial video of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, where many people take their lives every year.

“In light of recent events, we have decided to remove Logan Paul’s channels from Google Preferred,” a spokesperson for YouTube told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Wednesday, January 10. “Additionally, we will not feature Logan in Season 4 of ‘Foursome’ and his new originals are on hold.”

The news comes one day after YouTube released an open letter condemning the internet celebrity’s video. “Many of you have been frustrated with our lack of communication recently. You’re right to be. You deserve to know what’s going on,” the statement, shared via Twitter on Tuesday, January 9, read. “Like many others, we were upset by the video that was shared last week. Suicide is not a joke, nor should it ever be a driving force for views.”

The Weird Loners actor’s father, Greg Paul, issued a statement via Instagram on Tuesday explaining that Logan will soon return to vlogging. “We all screw up. It’s a part of life,” he captioned the post. “Logan is coming back. That is definite. The amount of love that has been coming out has been unbelievable … The haters think they’re having an effect on us. If the haters knew how much love was out there, how much support was out there, they would shut their freaking mouths.”

As previously reported, Paul issued a second apology on January 2 after his video, posted one day earlier, received a wave of backlash on social media. “I’ve made a severe and continuous lapse in my judgment and I don’t expect to be forgiven. I’m simply here to apologize,” the former Vine star told followers in an emotional clip. “So what we came across that day in the woods was obviously unplanned and the reactions you saw on tape were raw, they were unfiltered. None of us knew how to react or how to feel.”

Paul has not yet commented on YouTube’s announcement.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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James Franco Denies Sexual Assault Allegations Following Golden Globes Controversy

It’s been a hectic 72 hours in the life of James Franco.

On Sunday night, the celebrated actor/director/artsy weirdo won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of fellow actor/director/artsy weirdo Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.

It was inarguably one of the biggest highlights of a career filled with critical acclaim and tremendous commercial success.

Within minutes of Franco’s acceptance speech, however, the 39-year-old was publicly accused of several incidents of sexual misconduct and brahypocriteoctrite for his ostensible support of the Time’s Up initiative.

Actress Ally Sheedy was the first to hint at abusive behavior on Franco’s part, posting a series of scathing tweets that have since been deleted.

“Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya,” she began.

“James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business,” Sheedy wrote during Franco’s acceptance speech.

At one point, she implied that actor Christian Slater was also guilty of some sort of misconduct, tweeting:

“Ok wait. Bye. James Franco and Christian Slater at a table on @goldenglobes #MeToo”

Many stated that they were not surprised by Sheedy’s accusations.

Some called attention to Franco’s history of sexual misconduct.

(In 2014, the actor was accused of attempting to seduce a 17-year-old girl via Instagram.)

Others tweeted about appalling firsthand experiences with Franco.

“Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17?” tweeted a woman named Violet Paley, adding:

“After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?”

Paley later followed up by writing:

“A couple weeks ago, James offered me & a few other girls an overdue, annoyed, convenient phone ‘apology’. I don’t accept, but maybe some other people’s lives would be made easier if he donated all of his earnings from ‘The Disaster Artist’ to @RAINN01.”

Franco is already experiencing preliminary fallout from the accusations, as at least one promotional event for The Disaster Artist has been canceled.

Franco appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, where he denied the allegations against him while at the same time expressing sympathy toward his accusers.

“I haven’t read [the accusations.] I’ve heard about them,” Franco said.

“The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to … shut them down in any way.”

Asked about Sheedy’s allegations, Franco replied:

“I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I directed her in a play Off Broadway. I had nothing but a great time with her, total respect for her. I have no idea why she was upset

We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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Debra Messing Shades THE FUCK Out Of E! For Their Unequal Pay Controversy At The Golden Globes!

Debra Messing just came out swinging against E!

While walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes, the Will & Grace star stopped by to chat with Giuliana Rancic about the Time’s Up movement, which was founded to help combat sexual misconduct in the workplace. However, Messing reminded those tuning in to the awards show that harassment isn’t the only issue facing working women.

Photos: Golden Globes 2018 ALL The Red Carpet Pics!

In fact, Debra highlighted that the campaign was also an attempt to help squash the gender pay gap. Here’s where the 49-year-old industry vet called out E!. While discussing equal pay in the workforce, Debra expressed how disheartened she was to learn that E! didn’t pay their employees equally — referencing Catt Sadler‘s decision to leave the network after learning she made significantly less than her male peer.

Be sure to ch-ch-check out the SNAP! SNAP! moment for yourself (above) AND take a look at the best reactions to the shade (below).

AH-Mazing! Way to use your platform for good, girl!!

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