He was *thrilled*, I'm sure
Yesterday we learned that actress Angelina Jolie and hubby Brad Pitt were planning to meet with Pope Francis at a VIP meet-and-greet opportunity at the Vatican. Today we learn that that meet-and-greet took place sooner than expected as the first photos of Angelina and Pope Francis have been released. The pontiff and director were brought together after Jolie‘s film Unbroken was screened at the Vatican (even tho the pope was unable to attend the screening because he had some pope work to do). She asked for a photo, he asked for an autograph — I’m guessing — and two of the world’s most famous people came face to face at last. More »
His prayers have been answered
It would appear that Pope Francis‘s position as God’s representative on earth has finally paid off because according to a new report, he is FINALLY going to get to meet Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. An “insider” claims that Brangelina will make their way to the Vatican at some point soon to participate in a VIP meet and greet with the pontiff. It’s unclear why exactly this meeting will take place but sources maintain that the “nonreligious” Brangelina are fans of the message that Francis has presented to the world in his short time as pope. And I’m sure the pope is just dying to be able to say that he had an audience with Santa Angelina. It sounds like a win/win situation all around. More »
She has since removed the photo from Instagram
Selena Gomez and a bunch of friends made their way to Abu Dhabi to celebrate the arrival of 2015 and she managed to cause a major controversy in the process. Selena and co. paid a visit to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and she very disrespectfully exposed her ankles inside the mosque for a photo opp that she shared on her official Instagram profile. While an exposed ankle may sound like a non-issue to us in the Western World, it is a major offense in the Muslim World. Click below to see the photo that caused this controversy in Abu Dhabi (which Selena originally shared on Instagram then removed after it was deemed offensive by Muslims) and learn more about this, IMHO, disrespectful and childish incident. More »
No Booze, No Weed, No Friends
Remember back in June when we learned that Justin Bieber decided to get baptized in a bathtub in NYC in order to wash away his sins? Well, since that time homeboy has been doing a great job of sinning some more but, apparently, he is ready to clean up his act FOR GOOD and walk the straight and narrow … or something. TMZ is reporting that JB is currently on retreat right now with Pastor Carl Lentz (the guy who baptized him in the bathtub last summer) in order to learn how to spread the word of God. That’s right … The Biebs has forsaken alcohol, marijuana and his bad influence friends in order to become a pop star of God, like, for real. More »
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""God is not a divine being or a magician"
After Pope Francis publicly voiced his support of gay priests and he suggested that the Catholic Church focus on other more important issues than contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage, he went on to suggest that the Church soften its stance on divorcées as well as couples (gay or straight) who live together romantically out of wedlock. Today, we learn that Pope Francis as also publicly declared his belief in evolution and the big bang theory, saying that God is not a “magician with a magic wand”. In terms of the revolutionary things said by popes, Francis now has a very impressive record of voicing his extremely enlightened beliefs. More »
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"Work in progress"
In September of last year, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church to focus on other, more important, things than abortion, contraception and gay marriage. Today we learn that Pope Francis is now urging the Church to show more acceptance and tolerance toward couples in same-sex marriages, couples who live together romantically but aren’t married and people who are divorced. In terms of a sitting pope advocating such socially liberal ideals, this is revolutionary. But, then again, I guess it’s what we can expect from a pope who managed to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. More »
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Sigh. I guess the on-again/off-again relationship betwixt Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez is on again because the couple were spotted getting close (again) at a Bible study meeting this week. Additionally, the pair were also spied acting very “tactile” together at the movies recently so it does sound like Jelena are back together again … at least for now. The photo of Selena kissing Justin‘s cheek was posted to his official Instagram profile this week but has since been deleted, the caption read “Right now everything else is a blur“. HMMMM. I guess, here we go again. More »
REPEAT: This Is A Documentary. As In, A TRUE STORY.
Watching this horrifying trailer, I was reminded of my interview with Natasha Lyonne. I got to chat with her at an Orange Is The New Black press day, and I brought up her 1999 movie But I’m A Cheerleader. One thing she said was that it’s absolutely insane that she made that movie so long ago and we’re still, basically, having the same discussion about homosexuality. She went on a great rant, and I was thinking of it while watching this. So, there’s a Christian behavioral modification program called Escuela Carib that sends unknowing kids to the Dominican Republic to… what? Kidnap the gay out of them? This is a true story. ‘N Sync‘s Lance Bass, and The Real World star Mike C. Manning executive produced Kidnapped For Christ, and you won’t believe what you see. Also great to know this is a billion dollar industry. Jesus, Yeezus, somebody take the wheel.
The documentary won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at Slamdance Film Festival this year. It premieres on Showtime July 10th.
And this: “We’re in the business of trying to save prodigals.” Dude, this is sooo not what that scripture means. Literally, “prodigal son” means someone who willingly comes home… Grrr…. step up your Bible game before you come at me!
No, She Doesn't Think God Punished Her With An Autistic Child
There’s been a story going around for the past few days that really bothered me, and I’m glad I did a little research before writing about this. So, do you guys remembered when I partied with the Braxton sisters earlier in the year, and interviewed them (and it was all awesome and fancy)? Yes, me too. Well, one thing Toni Braxton told me was that her first reaction to her son’s autisim diagnosis had a sort of “juicy” story behind it. And she was right. Now that her memoir is out (Unbreak My Heart), everyone’s up in arms about some statements she made about her prior abortion, her God, and her son. But the story is being mis-reported and it’s pissing me off. Click inside for more!