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Ellen DeGeneres Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by Her Stepfather as a Teen

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  • Ellen DeGeneres opened up about being sexually assaulted by her stepfather as a teen in an upcoming episode of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.”
  • DeGeneres said that around the time her mother was battling breast cancer, he convinced her that he needed to feel her breasts to check for lumps.
  • She said he tried to do this again and again and at one point tried breaking her bedroom door down, leading her to kick out her window and run away.
  • The comedian says she hopes sharing her story will encourage other girls to stand up for themselves and come forward with their own stories.

Ellen’s Story

Ellen DeGeneres opened up about being sexually assaulted as a teenager in hopes that sharing her story can help other victims.

During a season 2 episode of Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” the comedian and daytime talk show host says she was assaulted by her stepfather, who she did not name on the show.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Ellen explained that when she was a teen, her mother, Betty DeGeneres, married a “very bad man.”

She said that just after getting married, Betty was diagnosed with breast cancer and had one of her breasts removed. Betty’s husband then used this information to sexually assault her.

“He told me when she was out of town that he’d felt a lump in her breast and needed to feel my breasts because he didn’t want to upset her, but he needed to feel mine,” DeGeneres told Letterman.

The now 61-year-old said that he managed to convince her because she “didn’t know about bodies” at the time. “And then he tries to do it again another time, and then another time,” she said.

Then she said things escalated. ‘He tries to break my door down, and I kicked the window out and ran cause I knew it was going to go more to something… and I didn’t want to tell my mother cause I was protecting her and I knew that would ruin her happiness.”

Not Believed

DeGeneres added that she hid the assault from her mother for a few years. When she finally did talk about it, she says she wasn’t believed and her mother then stayed in that relationship for 18 more years.

She said her mother finally left her husband because he’d changed the story so many times” and is now very apologetic about everything that happened.

“I’m angry at myself because, you know, I didn’t — I was too weak to stand up to — I was 15 or 16,” Ellen explained.

DeGeneres went on to say that she hopes coming forward with her story will help other victims.

“It’s a really horrible, horrible story and the only reason I’m actually going to go into detail about it is because I want other girls to not ever let someone do that,” she said.

“We [women] just don’t feel like we’re worthy, or we’re scared to have a voice, and we’re scared to say no.”

“That’s the only reason I think it’s important to talk about it because there’s so many young girls and it doesn’t matter how old you are. When I see people speaking out, especially now, it angers me when victims aren’t believed, because we just don’t make stuff up. And I like men, but there are so many men that get away with so much.”

“It is just time for us to have a voice. It’s time for us to have power,” she added.

Past Discussions

Though this might be the first time many have heard her story, the comedian has talked about her abuse in the past.

She briefly spoke about it during an interview on the Today show in October of 2018, after Christine Blasey Ford made accusations about Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“As a victim of sexual abuse, I am furious at people who don’t believe it and who say, ‘How do you not remember exactly what day it was?” she said at the time. “You don’t remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you, where you were, and how you feel. That’s what you remember.”

She also spoke about her abusive stepfather in a 2005 interview with Allure and in a 2007 interview with Barbara Walters.

Season 2 of Letterman’s Netflix show premieres on Friday, May 31 and along with DeGeneres, it features guests like Kanye West, Tiffany Haddish, and Melinda Gates.

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Kylie Jenner Faces Backlash Over “Handmaid’s Tale” Themed Party

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  • Kylie Jenner threw a Handmaid’s Tale themed party for her friend Stassie Karanikolaou’s birthday.
  • The party theme outraged many online who called it “disheartening” and “tone deaf.”
  • Meanwhile, some fans spoke out in Jenner’s defense, pointing out that it’s not uncommon for fans to throw parties or dress in costumes based on their favorite shows.

The Party

Twitter users are slamming Kylie Jenner for the Handmaid’s Tale themed bash she threw for her friend Anastasia “Stassie” Karanikolaou’s birthday.

On Saturday, Jenner’s Hidden Hills home was transformed to resemble Gilead, the fictional setting in the popular television series. She shared details of the party on her Instagram, which showed the house decorated with Gilead flags while the waiting staff dressed as Marthas – domestic servants to wealthy families in the series.

Guests wore matching Handmaids costumes and greeted each other with the phrase “praise be.” The party guests were also offered cocktails including  “praise be vodka” and “under his eye tequila.”

“You know the Handmaid’s Tale is my favorite show ever..so for Stass’ birthday, welcome to Gilead,” Jenner says on her Instagram story.

Those who were invited included, Jenner’s assistant Victoria Villarroel, her makeup artist Ariel Tejada, and Scott Disick’s girlfriend Sofia Richie.

Many criticized Jenner and her friends for the theme. The series, which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, showcases a dystopian society where women are enslaved, routinely raped and abused, forced into childbirth, and more.

The red robes and white bonnets were designed to label women and prevent them from looking at their surroundings. They have been used in several protests over recent years by women standing up for issues like reproductive rights and fighting against sexual assault.

Backlash

The party was quickly met with backlash online, with many shocked by the theme.

Defense

Still, many fans defended Jenner. Some even pointed out that it is not uncommon to throw parties based on popular shows and movies.

See what others are saying: (Cosmopolitan) (People) (Teen Vogue)



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How Markiplier, Bear Grylls, Kimmy Schmidt and The Fine Bros. are Changing the Future of Television

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Ever since Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on Netflix in December, more and more digital entertainment companies have been announcing new interactive projects that allow the audience to control the direction of the plot. But is this just a gimmick or is interactivity a trend that could change the future of television as we know it?

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Baker Calls Out Miley Cyrus for Stealing Cake Design

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  • The Sweet Feminist called out Miley Cyrus for stealing her “Abortion is Healthcare” cake design and using it to promote her collaboration with Planned Parenthood.
  • After being called out, Cyrus responded by tagging the baker in the promotional post and said she did not realize who created the original design.
  • However, this move was not enough for the baker, Becca Rea-Holloway, who called the decision “willfully neglectful.”
  • Her supporters now argue that Cyrus should compensate the artist for her work

The Cake Backlash

A baker whose cake design went viral on Instagram is calling Miley Cyrus “willfully neglectful” after seeing the singer use the design in a promotional photo without giving the baker any credit.

On Tuesday, Cyrus took to Instagram to promote a new collaboration with Planned Parenthood, her own nonprofit Happy Hippie Foundation, and the clothing brand, Marc Jacobs. In the photo, which has over four million likes, the singer is leaning in and licking a cake that reads “Abortion is Healthcare.”

Source: Miley Cyrus via Instagram

People began commenting on Cryus’s photo, pointing out that the cake was nearly identical to a cake from the account The Sweet Feminist.

The baker behind the account, Becca Rea-Holloway, had posted a photo of her cake back in June 2018 and reposted it several times since. After seeing Cyrus’ Instagram, Rea-Holloway’s posted her own photo comparing the two cakes, calling the signer out for “direct theft.”

“It’s literally my exact handwriting, message, and concept,” she wrote in the caption. “Cake art is for everyone, but this is inexcusable.”

Cyrus reached out to Rea-Holloway and explained that she saw the photo of her cake and “didn’t realize” it was hers. She added that she was using the design as inspiration and promised to give her credit.

Cyrus’ Response to TheSweetFeminist via Instagram

Rea-Holloway is now tagged in the singer’s post, but that move wasn’t enough for the baker. She wrote back to Cyrus and said that while she appreciated the quick response, her work was still used without her consent.

“This was not an oversight,” Rea-Holloway wrote. “It was blatantly and willfully neglectful and deceitful. I would have been more than happy to work with you on a collaboration for this project, but instead my work was just copied without compensation. Someone got paid to make, style, and photograph this cake, and it wasn’t me. It’s also totally unacceptable that you deleted my comment on the post.”

Rea-Holloway added that in her attempt to receive the credit she believes she deserves, fans of Cyrus are now harassing her.

TheSweetFeneminist’s Response via Instagram

In another comment she goes on to tell Cyrus, “this is not ‘inspiration, its theft.”

At the same time, many people are coming to Rea-Holloway’s defense and supporting her standing up to Cyrus. On the baker’s post comparing the two photos, people are calling for Cyrus to compensate her.

Cyrus has not made any further comment since her reply to Rea-Holloway on Tuesday.

Other Incidents like this

Rea-Holloway is not the first artist to go head to head with a household name over stolen work. In May, artist Marius Sperlich called out Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and G Eazy’s music video for “Wobble Up” which featured two moments that mirrored his art.

In February of 2019, Vladimir Kush, a Russian painter accused Ariana Grande of copying two of his paintings during her “God is a Woman” music video.

Kylie Jenner among other celebrities that have been repeatedly called out for stealing artists work and not giving them credit. Vlada Haggerty, a Los Angeles based makeup artist has called Jenner out twice for stealing her work, even filing a lawsuit in 2018.

See what others are saying: (Newsweek) (Business Insider) (People)

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