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›  Piers Morgan Needs To Stop This Weird Crusade To Destroy Kim Kardashian

It only takes one look at the scorched Twitter accounts of Chloë Grace Moretz and Bette Midler to understand that Kim Kardashian is fully capable of defending herself against the haters. 

In fact, shutting down the BS is something of a sport for the famous family, whose every move seems to elicit controversial reactions on the daily. So it’s no surprise that Piers Morgan, of all people, is the next in line to try and take Kardashian down. 

After taking a swipe at the mother-of-two over unretouched bikini photos earlier this week, the British TV personality is at it again with a new article in the Daily Mail about how he’s reached his limit with all things Kardashian.

Are there valid criticisms to be had about the KarJenners regarding what they promote and represent in our culture? Sure. But Morgan’s article titled “Kim has hit rock bottom and I no longer wish to keep up” takes it to the extreme by painting Kardashian as a cultural mastermind bent on corrupting our children and capitalizing off a traumatic experience for her own benefit. 

Morgan says he is officially “done” with her after her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she tearfully recounted her robbery in Paris last October. In the interview, Kardashian explained how her outlook on life and material things has changed post-Paris, as she’s taken time off to spend more time with her two children. 

“Kim Kardashian wants us to think she’s turned over a new leaf, that she’s renounced her old materialistic ways. That, as a mother of two young children herself, she has learned how to behave in a responsible fashion,” Morgan wrote. “But she hasn’t. The truth is that she’s now using her massive global platform to actively corrupt our kids.”

Morgan’s biggest gripe against her is that she is simultaneously going public with her recent distaste for hyper-materialism, while promoting her new KIMOJI line that, yes, features some racy content, like an ashtray marketed as an “asstray” and drug-related emojis. 

“Kim Kardashian’s now selling nudity, drugs, booze and high-risk sex to the youth of the world and making hundreds of millions of dollars in the process,” Morgan continued. “Do we really want someone like her to be the role model our young daughters look up to and want to emulate?”

He even knocks Kardashian for exploiting her children and “pretending to prioritise their safety and interests” as part of a money-making scheme. 

Morgan assumes that Kardashian is somehow unable to both be changed by an incredibly traumatic incident and continue to sell her products ? be it emojis or video games ? to the public. Kardashian is, after all, an incredibly successful businesswoman whose brand is about making money. To expect her to abandon all of her ventures is not only unrealistic, but unfair to a woman who’s worked hard to build an empire.

“I want them gone from public life, expunged from the airwaves, thrown off the newsstands, and extinguished from the celebrity ether,” Morgan added. “They’ve become a pitiful parody of stinking, sobbing hypocrisy that should no longer be encouraged or tolerated in civilized society.”

And we were thinking the same thing about you ... 

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›  Sir David Attenborough Struggles With Memory Loss And Boomers Start To Worry

In between discussing how to save the planet, Sir David Attenborough recently mentioned something that tapped directly into the fears of the world’s older residents: He’s having trouble remembering names. In his case, plant names.

Aging’s biggest bugaboo is memory loss, and the worry that someday we won’t recognize our loved ones strikes fear in the heart of even the most laid-back boomer. 

So when the famed naturalist, who turns 91 in May, sat down with The Telegraph less than 24 hours after a trip to the Jura Mountains in Switzerland and noted that he hadn’t remembered the name of a searing yellow plant in front of him (it was oilseed rape), some panic alarms went off. Attenborough told the Telegraph that he was “coming to terms” with the idea that when finding the right words takes longer, you can “run into problems.” (He couldn’t be reached for comment by HuffPost.)

The question is how big a problem does Attenborough actually have. Is he struggling with some memory loss as most people his age will? Or is he experiencing excessive cognitive decline? And, of course, are the rest of us suddenly drawing parallels with our last “senior moment”?

How much forgetfulness is normal?

Forgetfulness is a normal part of growing older, according to the National Institute on Aging. With advancing years, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. People may notice they don’t remember information as well as they once did, or they misplace things more often. The NIA says these are usually just the signs of mild forgetfulness, not serious memory problems.

Some difficulties with memory are related to health issues that may be treatable. Medication side effects, vitamin B12 deficiency, tumors or infections in the brain, and blood clots in the brain can cause memory loss. So can some thyroid, kidney and liver disorders. So check with your doctor.

Stress, anxiety and depression can also be contributing factors. Someone who has recently retired or who is coping with the death of a spouse may feel sad, lonely, worried or bored. Dealing with major life changes renders some people forgetful, the NIA says. The confusion and forgetfulness tied to  emotions is usually temporary and goes away when the feelings fade. 

Fear of Alzheimer’s may be overblown

Yes, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s is on the rise. The latest reports say it afflicts 1 in 10 people who are older than 65.

But a great many more than that worry about receiving the diagnosis. Alzheimer’s is the second-most feared disease among people age 55 and older, according to a 2010 survey by the MetLife Foundation. (Cancer is the first.)

Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia ? between 60 and 80 percent of all cases of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Still, it doesn’t account for all dementia. Early signs of Alzheimer’s include memory loss, confusion, difficulty communicating and anxiousness.  

Attenborough, a legendary TV host, told the Telegraph that writing scripts for his next nature series, “Blue Planet II,” has become more of a struggle as he can’t so easily recall the names of his beloved plants.

That said, the nonagenarian is traveling around the globe to film the follow-up to his famous “Blue Planet” series. And he confessed to his memory lapse during a major newspaper interview just hours after returning from an international trip. That’s not exactly cause for concern. 

The Telegraph also reported that Attenborough shuns the internet and social media, which is perhaps a good thing: He isn’t worriedly searching his symptoms on WebMD. 

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›  The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week

The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ? but succinct ? wisdom. Each week, HuffPost Women rounds up hilarious 140-character musings. For this week’s great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.

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›  Scarlett Johansson Wants To Party With Granny Who Looked JUST Like Her


Last week, Denver Dodd, a 25-year-old from Fort Smith, Arkansas, posted a picture of his 72-year-old grandma, Geraldine, to Reddit.


Because she looked exactly like actress Scarlett Johansson back in 1967.

Dodd explained to HuffPost that his grandpa (who was the man with his grandma in the picture) died last January. “So we pulled out old photos just looking through them. You know, just being all sappy and stuff. And we happened to see that picture from a scrapbook,” Dodd told HuffPost.

When Dodd found the photo, Geraldine laughed and told him, “I was drunk as a skunk in that photo.”

Despite his granny’s state of mind, Dodd was so taken aback by Geraldine’s resemblance to Johansson in the photo, he took a picture of it.

Last week, he decided to post the photo to the popular content-sharing site. The post quickly went viral, receiving over 2 million views. In the comments, Dodd also mentioned Geraldine’s quote about being drunk.

Due to the popularity of the photo, Johansson caught wind of it and checked the picture out.

The actress was stunned, and recorded her thoughts on a video she sent to Dodd.

“Holy crap,” Johansson says in the video, right before she invites Geraldine to the premiere of her upcoming comedy, “Rough Night,” so the two can party together.

“I saw that you were, quote, ‘drunk as a skunk’ when taking that photo. And I would like to see your drunk face, I want to share a drunk face with you,” Johansson said.

In the video, Johansson also offers to pay for all Geraldine’s expenses in order to get her to the premiere.

Dodd told HuffPost that he told Geraldine the good news via text and his grandma accepted the actress’ offer. Geraldine also added in the text: “I’m going to drink with her and see if I can drink her under the table.”

Aw, Geraldine, never change.

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›  Walt Disney's Last Words Were 'Kurt Russell,' According To Kurt Russell

When it comes to the legend of Walt Disney’s final statement, Kurt Russell has the last word.

Disney Studios has always been a huge part of the actor’s career. He signed a 10-year contract with the studio early on and now Russell is starring as Star-Lord’s dad, Ego, in Disney and Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Still, his connection to the company goes well beyond business. 

As a kid, Russell had a close, personal relationship with Walt Disney. The industry pioneer thought so highly of the young actor that a legend surfaced claiming Disney’s last words were actually “Kurt Russell.”

In fact, it’s more than legend, according to Russell. It’s true. 

Disney died in 1966 when Russell was still a teen. The actor says he learned about Disney’s last words a couple of years later.

In a recent interview, Russell told HuffPost, “They pulled me into the office a couple years after he died, and this woman — who I don’t believe it was his secretary, but it might’ve been, I don’t know ? pointed to [something he wrote] and she said, ‘Do you know what that’s about?’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t.’[She said], ‘Because he wrote something after it. But then he went back up and he wrote your name. That was the last thing he wrote.’ And I said, ‘Oh gee. I don’t know what it’s connected to.’”

Was it because Disney considered Russell a friend? Was it for a movie role? Who knows?

Russell said he’s been asked about it for years, but he doesn’t know any more than that. “She was pointing out that that’s the last thing he wrote. That’s the only thing I know.”

The actor said Disney was very important in his life and he learned a “tremendous amount” from him. Russell’s stories are even more unbelievable than learning Disney’s last words.

“We did have a personal relationship. We played Ping-Pong at lunch sometimes. He’d come down to set. We’d go watch movies that the studio was making, and he’d come down and ask if I wanted to go see them. He’d took me around and introduced me to all the different departments at Disney, and at one point gave me a bunch of original photo cells that they make the backdrop drawings of the characters and stuff like that,” said Russell.

“There were many, many things that I connected with him [on],” he continued. “He reminded me a lot of my own grandfather. My grandfather was a creative and sort of inventive man, and they were not dissimilar in their demeanor, too.”

Apparently, Disney even liked to give Russell career advice. The actor’s family has a deep connection to professional baseball; his dad, Bing Russell, ended up owning a minor league baseball team — a “unique” minor league baseball team (which is the subject of the documentary “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”). Kurt played pro baseball himself for a while, too. Disney told him early on that he didn’t think it was for him.

“I was very comfortable around him, and I had a great time with him, great relationship, and it was very important. He said to me, ‘Baseball might not be something that you end up doing as a career.’ He said, ‘I think you might want to look at things in this business because I think you’re going to have a long career.’ So he did have a strong effect on me,” recalled Russell.

After an injury reportedly slowed his baseball dreams, Russell became an actor again, and Disney’s prediction of a long career came true. 

“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” is now set to be one of the biggest box-office successes of the actor’s career, and it’s coming on the heels of another one of the his movies, “Fate of the Furious,” which is soon passing $1 billion worldwide

Russell said, “It’s just serendipitous the fact that they’re coming out literally back-to-back, so that’s kind of [an] amazing event.”

Or perhaps it’s just a bit of Disney magic.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hits theaters in May. 


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›  Salma Hayek's Dogs Crashed A Wedding Over Cake And The Story Is Hilarious

Salma Hayek’s dogs won’t let anything get between them and their cake, not even a bride and groom.

The star stopped by “The Ellen Show” on Wednesday to discuss her new movie “How to Be a Latin Lover” and ended up revealing how her dogs’ love of cake has gotten her into trouble. 

Hayek told host Ellen DeGeneres that one of the “worst” incidents took place at a very luxurious hotel in the Bahamas that didn’t want her to bring her dogs. The actress eventually convinced them to let her and two of her rescued dogs stay, but one night 17-year-old Lupe and her sister weren’t where she expected them to be.

“One day, I arrive and they’re not there,” Hayek said, referencing her dogs. “And then I hear this screaming and big commotion. And I have to tell you that Lupe loves cake more than anything in the world. You don’t know how many birthday parties were ruined ... and I was like, ‘Oh, my god, this sounds like a cake.’” 

After following the screams, Hayek found her dogs crashing a “beautiful wedding” and feasting on the cake. 

“I see the beautiful wedding cake in a little table with two chairs for the bride and the groom,” she said. “Instead of the bride and the groom, there is Lupe and Angie sitting perfectly.”

Watch Hayek describe the scene and how she got her cake-loving dogs to behave in the clip above. 

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›  This Kindergarten Teacher's Students Can Dance Bachata Better Than Us

One Washington, D.C., teacher is passing on his love for salsa, bachata and more to his kindergarteners ? one dance step at a time. 

KIPP DC Promise Academy teacher Edwin Sorto, who is an experienced salsa dancer, and his classroom of “dancing minis” are viral sensations thanks to the videos he uploads to the Mr. Sorto’s Class Facebook page.

“They work incredibly hard at both academics and dance and they absolutely deserve the recognition,” Sorto told USA Today in an article published Wednesday. “They’re proud of what they do and love to see people’s reactions, comments, and likes on their videos. Their parents are also incredibly supportive. My kids are great, and this is just one more thing that keeps them engaged in school.”

There’s almost no musical genre too difficult for these kiddos, thanks to Sorto. They’ve mastered bachata ...

salsa .... 

and merengue.

“It’s amazing the way they learn,” Sorto told Telemundo’s “¡Qué Noche! con Angélica y Raúl” last year. “The way they enjoy the music, just like we Latinos do.” 

As if that weren’t enough, Sorto is also teaching his students how to read in Spanish. “They’re only 5 but reading with confidence,” he wrote in the caption of a video of two students reading out loud. 

But these students’ claim to internet fame is certainly their sweet moves ? which go far beyond Latin genres.

“[I’m] now focused on building the next generation of dancers through my own students,” Sorto told USA Today.

Can we join in on these lessons? 

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›  This Teen Made His Little Sister?s Disney Princess Dreams Come True

You don’t need a fairy godmother to make your dreams come true ? just a brother as cool as 13-year-old Anthony Angel. 

In Facebook post shared on the page Love What Matters on Wednesday, Anthony’s mom Christina said that the preteen asked her to purchase a Prince Charming costume so that he could surprise his sister Anabel, 5, with a princess photo shoot.

The photos, taken by Christina, are Disney-level magical

Big brother of the year award status right here:

In an interview with HuffPost, Christina said her little girl was over-the-moon happy when Anthony came out in his Prince Charming outfit, which they found on Amazon. 

“Anabel was elated. She giggled the whole time,” said Christina, who lives in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area with her kids. “She loved every second and you could see it written all over her face.”

Anthony and Anabel are going to have some sweet #throwbackthursday posts one day. 

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›  Michael Mantenuto, Star Of Disney's 'Miracle,' Dead At 35

Actor and hockey player Michael Mantenuto, best known for his role in Disney’s 2004 sports drama “Miracle,” has died. He was 35. 

Mantenuto was found in his car by police after reportedly sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday afternoon in Des Moines, Washington, according to TMZ. Seattle’s King County medical examiner’s office told People that Mantenuto took his own life. 

Mantenuto, a former University of Maine hockey player, got his big break playing the real-life figure Jack O’Callahan in “Miracle,” which depicts the events surrounding 1980 Winter Olympics. O’Callahan was part of the winning American hockey team that unexpectedly bested the Soviet Union in a game that became known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

After the sports drama hit theaters, Mantenuto went on to appear in the 2006 TV movie “Dirtbags” and 2008’s “Surfer, Dude.” However, he later left Hollywood to enlist in the Army. 

Col. Guillaume “Will” Beaurpere of the U.S. Army’s 1st Special Forces Group announced Mantenuto’s death in a news release.

“Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force,” he said. 

Mantenuto is survived by his wife and his two children, as well as his father and three sisters. 

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›  John Legend Adorably Gushes Over Fatherhood

John Legend is loving fatherhood.

Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday, the singer gushed over his 1-year-old daughter, Luna.

“It’s a different kind of love. It’s very pure. It’s unconditional,” he said. “But they haven’t earned it yet. They didn’t do anything. They just exist,” he joked.

When Colbert asked Legend about the the first time he held Luna, the artist got sentimental.

“It’s beautiful, it’s very emotional, and it brings you and your wife closer together,” he said. “It’s a very powerful feeling to see the product of your love right there in front of you.”

Happy birthday, Luna Simone!

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Since becoming parents last April, Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, have been very open about their wild ride.

During his “Late Show” appearance, the dad spoke about how having a child changed their perspective on their own parents and how much they loved them. 

“Chrissy says, ‘If (our children) don’t want to come have dinner with us when we’re old and they don’t want to hang out or call us, I’m gonna be so sad,’” he said. “We put so much love into this.”

During the show, Legend also did a segment called “John Legend Makes Mundane Things Sound Sexy,” in which he sang about everyday tasks that parents know all too well ? like doing laundry and going to Costco. And of course, made them sound sexy.

John Legend is totally ... legendary. 

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›  You Need To Watch This Toddler Reenact 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Intro

A Georgia photographer made her 2-year-old son’s birthday memorable by turning him into a mini “Fresh Prince.”

On April 14, Neshaszda Wright of Neshaszda Z Photography filmed a video of her son, Princeton Wright, dressed as Will Smith’s character from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and helped him reenact the show’s intro. She shared the video on Facebook on April 15, which was Princeton’s second birthday. 

In his reenactment, little Princeton channels Smith by getting into trouble with some spray paint, shooting some hoops (with a toddler-sized basketball) and catching a cab after his mom, adorably played by Wright’s niece, sends him away.

Wright told HuffPost she came up with the idea six months before Princeton’s birthday. 

“As I was approaching his big day I wanted to think of something fun and unique to do that matched his name and bingo!” she said. “A light bulb went off and I said, ‘Let’s do ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!’”

To make sure Princeton looked like (fresh) royalty, she mimicked Smith’s outfit from the show’s intro and bought a green striped T-shirt and blue shorts from Walmart and a yellow hat from Michael’s.

Wright said that during the video shoot, Princeton was having “the time of his life.”

“He loves taking pictures and videos so he was in his element,” she said. “In the first scene when he was spinning in the chair he was having a blast spinning around in the sun. In the second scene when he was spray painting the paper, he really enjoyed that because he really enjoys drawing.”

He especially enjoyed riding in the taxi for the end of the video. 

Wright said she would love for the video, which has been viewed more than 1 million times on Wright’s Facebook profile, to make it to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She also has one other person in mind whom she hopes will see the video. 

“Hopefully one day Will Smith will see this video and know that his legacy still lives on,” she said. 

The HuffPost Parents newsletter, So You Want To Raise A Feminist, offers the latest stories and news in progressive parenting. 

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›  Cynthia Nixon Clarifies Why She Once Said Her Sexuality Was A 'Choice'

Cynthia Nixon is super busy. She’s starring on Broadway, alternating lead roles with Laura Linney in Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play “The Little Foxes,” for which she’s getting a torrent of rave reviews. She’s on movie screens across the country, too, as the 19th century poet Emily Dickinson in Terrence Davies’ brilliant biopic, “A Quiet Passion,” which is also earning her stunning accolades

And Nixon has plunged herself full force into the resistance movement against President Donald Trump, speaking at the Women’s March in New York in January and lending her voice whenever she can. She’s striking an empowering and hopeful note for those who were shocked and horrified by Trump’s election.

“It’s very daunting, but I think it’s really important to be in full possession of what victories we’ve had, because we’ve had quite a few,” she told me in an interview on SiriusXM Progress this week. “And certainly the triumph of our judicial system, and blocking the Muslim ban. And it’s not just our judicial system. It’s also people all over this country standing up and saying, ‘Absolutely not. This goes against everything we believe in this country. No! Not here! Not here!’ I think standing up and rejecting the repeal of Obamacare. That has to do with the people in our Senate and our Congress but that mostly has to do with people all over the country and screaming, ‘No!’”

Nixon, who said she was raised with politically-conscious parents and has been political since she was a child actor, became even more active after becoming involved with her wife of four years, Christine Marinoni, an education reformer. And she looks to the past for inspiration.

“I think what’s happening in these town halls is extraordinary,” she explained. “We look back on something like the 1960s and we say, ‘Wow, wasn’t it great?’ People were all so involved.’ Well, I was only two in 1968, but I’m sure it didn’t feel like that. I’m sure it felt like: Our world is ending. But look at all the movements. Look at the women’s rights movement. Look at the black power movement. Look at the queer movement, the LGBT movement, that came out of that...You think, ‘This is the worst thing possible,’ but you can turn the boat around. You really can.”

Nixon, who was in a long-term relationship with schoolteacher Danny Moses until 2003, caused a bit of a kerfuffle in the queer world a few years back. In explaining her new, intimate relationship with a woman after having lived with a man for many years, she stated that her sexual orientation is “a choice.” LGBTQ activists criticized her for what they saw as right-wing framing of sexual orientation and kept the controversy going. She finally identified as “bisexual.” 

“I didn’t really identify as bisexual,” she said, “but people were so insistent that I pick a ? you know, it caused a huge controversy and everyone wanted to graft on to me this narrative ? [that] I felt that I had just simply been mistaken about myself for all these years and finally the veil was lifted and I was a lesbian. And that was not true.”

She believes the same thing about Emily Dickinson, whom she embodies in “A Quiet Passion.” Responding to a question about the long-time speculation that the acclaimed poet was either lesbian or bisexual, Nixon responded, “I do think she was [bisexual.] It’s so hard for us 150 years later to really get tone right.”

She explained that she’d read the letters between Dickinson and Dickinson’s sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert (whom Dickinson knew before Gilbert married her brother, Austin), long before the film.

“It seemed like there was a love affair there,” she explained. “And way before I did this film, I read the letters between them, ‘Open Me Carefully,’ which are really erotic, some of them, and are really hard to read as anything other than a female romance. But again, it’s hard for us to know and people were so full of adoration for friends back then, that it’s really hard to tell. But it seems to me there was tremendous fighting and jealousy and seems to me Emily had a plan, a hope at least, that she and Susan would live together and spend their lives together. And then it all broke up.”

It was, however, even more complicated than that, Nixon said.

“I do think it seems very clear that whatever the nature of that relationship was, that Emily had passionate love affairs with men as well, and again whether those had a physical component or they were a love from afar, it’s very hard for us to to know,” she said. “But certainly I think the ardor was there with Susan and with certainly one other man, probably three men she was in love with.”

Nixon said she was taken with how Dickinson would wrap her poems in very ornate gift boxes with dried flowers when presenting them to people. But the poet apparently refused to put her own sexuality in a box. Just like Cynthia Nixon.

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