- - Sunday, August 7, 2011

Roseanne Barr says she’s running for president

Roseanne Barr threw her hat into the presidential ring Thursday night, announcing during an appearance on “The Tonight Show” that she would be running in the 2012 presidential election.

“I am running for president of the United States,” the former “Roseanne” star said as she was showered by confetti. “I’m totally serious, ‘cause I want to be part of the debates, because, you know, I want to represent the taxpayers.” Barr said she would be forming a political party, the American Green Tea Party, to support her campaign, explaining that she is “not for either party because they both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals.” The comedienne also announced that she would be selecting the American taxpayers as her running mate, explaining, “I want to put the questions to the panel about like where the hell did our money go. That’s No. 1.” Among her other platform issues are the elimination of taxes, which could create difficulties for her campaign if she is aiming to have American taxpayers as her vice president.

“I’ll forgive all student loans, all debts,” Miss Barr said. “There’ll be no more money, no more money systems. Everything will be based on barter and growing and eating vegetables. … People can’t eat money.” She also said she doesn’t believe in marriage and that “the legalization of marijuana is No. 1” among her priorities, along with an “end to all drug wars.” Miss Barr was equally direct when it comes to foreign policy. “I think we should invade Mexico because they’ve got oil,” the actress said. “And then we just annex them and then we don’t have people sneaking over here anymore.” In response to her announcement, host Jay Leno introduced a variety of “Barr 2012? paraphernalia, including a bumper sticker reading “Roseanne For President - Isn’t It Time We Had a President With Some Nuts” with a picture from Miss Barr’s recent Lifetime reality show, “Roseanne’s Nuts,” which follows Miss Barr’s life with her boyfriend and son as they run her macadamia nut farm in Hawaii.

Miss Barr’s announcement is likely geared toward fostering interest in her latest series, but in response to queries from her Twitter followers, Miss Barr tweeted early Friday that she was serious in her desire to run.

“For those who ask: yes I’m serious about running 4 pres. so I can speak on behalf of the taxpayers of this country who r dissed 2 the max,” she tweeted.

On “The Tonight Show,” Miss Barr explained that she was inspired by Sarah Palin to create her own reality show and, consequently, to enter the presidential race.

“That’s kind of what got me to thinking that I, too, should run for president, if she can,” Miss Barr explained, before Mr. Leno pointed out that Mrs. Palin has not announced a 2012 run.

Vogue Paris raises eyebrows with risque pictorial of 10-year-old

French model Thylane Loubry Blondeau’s recent photo shoot for Vogue Paris has many fashion watchers asking the same question: Did the magazine just enter creepy territory? The magazine, which shows pictures of the 10-year-old French model-to-be firing seductive looks at the camera, placed in sexually charged poses, and sporting high heels, has fueled the evergreen debate about the oversexualization of girls.

In the magazine, little Thylane can be seen sprawled on top of tiger fur, applying lipstick and staring off suggestively into the distance. Other snapshots of the child are enough to make onlookers feel uncomfortable.

Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, told the Daily Caller that Thylane’s parents should be punished for allowing their child to partake in such a shoot.

“This is clearly child exploitation and her parents should be legally charged,” Ms. Nance told the Caller.

Thylane, the daughter of soccer star Patrick Blondeau and reporter turned fashion designer Veronika Loubry, participated in the publication alongside several other young models, but appeared racier than the others and rubbed many media outlets the wrong way as such.

Koa Beck, deputy editor of Mommyish.com, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that these pictures encourage readers to view Thylane in a sexual manner.

“I think that I’m seeing a very young girl being sexualized, being gazed at in a very adult way,” Ms. Beck said on the show.

Shari Miles-Cohen, senior director of women’s programs at the American Psychological Association, told ABC that it’s detrimental for children to rush into adulthood.

“We don’t want kids to grow up too fast,” Ms. Miles-Cohen explained to the network. “We want them to be able to develop physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially at appropriate rates for their age.” It’s also unlikely that Thylane understands that her modeling could be perceived and looked upon in a sexual way.

Jenna Sauers of Jezebel.com addressed this in a Tuesday blog post: “Is she aware that, to people older and more familiar with the commonplaces of fashion photography than she is, the way she is being portrayed reads as somewhat adult, somewhat sexualized?”

Sean Kingston alive and well after emergency heart surgery

Sean Kingston has had a rough couple of months. Almost immediately after a jet-ski accident that left him in serious condition, the “Beautiful Girls” singer recently faced emergency open-heart surgery to repair a torn aorta.

Mr. Kingston, 21, was treated for injuries related to his May jet-ski crash, and felt a stabbing pain in his chest prior to his expected hospital discharge. He recoveredafter undergoing several serious surgeries.

In an interview with MTV,the “Eenie Meenie” singer spoke about how his injuries and recovery had affected him.

“What the accident basically taught me is, in life, you have to count your blessings,” he said. “You just got to keep God present at all times and think about the consequences.” The rapper turned singer/songwriter, born Kisean Anderson, is no stranger to hardship. Born in Miami but raised in Kingston, Jamaica (the inspiration for his stage name), the “Fire Burning” singer was jailed for breaking and entering at the age of 11. He lived in a car while his mother was incarcerated for identity fraud.

Mr. Kingston was discovered on MySpace and released his first album in 2007. His songs have enjoyed chart-topping success; he has collaborated with Justin Bieber, Fergie and othermusic superstars. Now recovering, the “Face Drop” singer reportedly is taking more initiative to stay healthy, through better eating habits and exercising regularly. Readying to make another album, Mr. Kingston said he is feeling pretty good.

“It’s a blessing. … There was definitely trauma, and for me to still be here, it’s only God’s work,” Mr. Kingston said on NBC’s “Today” show. “I think my work isn’t done. It wasn’t my time yet.”

• Compiled by Laura Donovan and Ameena Schelling 2011 the Daily Caller.

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