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Taylor Swift Didn’t Show Up To The VMAs But She Did Show Up At Jury Duty

Taylor Swift Didn't Show Up To The VMAs But She Did Show Up At Jury Duty

WTF, is Taylor Swift really just like us?!?!

Last night, celebrities gathered in NYC for MTVs Video Music Awards and it was certainly a night to remember.

Everyone from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian toRihannaand Beyonc was there, so you know it was a wild night.

However, there was one big star who decided to skip the show. Yup, Taylor Swift sat this year out and didnt show up to the VMAs.

Even though she wasnt physically at Madison Square Garden, she was still the star of the show.

Kanye West called her out in his speech and fans trolled her on Twitter. Sounds like a great night, right??

Well, according to Twitter, it looks like Taylor missed the VMAs because she had to go to juryduty!

LOL YEAH. The 1989 singer appeared in court on Monday morning in Nashville. Imagine what it was like for some of these people to show up and see Taylor Swift sitting there, ready to go.

I would have 100 percent peed my pants.


I dont even believe what I see.

Did she even watch the VMAs? Or was she in bed by 8 pm for this?

My mind is blown.

Im not the only one who thinks this is crazy. Twitter is laughing about it, too.

Well, thanks for doing your part, Taylor! What a great citizen. Now, uhhh, can I get an autograph too?!

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Iranian Media Accuse Detained Washington Post Journalist Of Spying And Following The Wrong People On Twitter

Iranian Media Accuse Detained Washington Post Journalist Of Spying And Following The Wrong People On Twitter

Iran has detained three journalists — two of them U.S. citizens — without charge since July 22.

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Since he was detained by Iranian security services late last month, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been the subject of a sustained campaign in the conservative Iranian media, which has accused him of spying, following improper Twitter accounts and directing a controversial video, Al-Monitor reported Wednesday.

Iranian security officials arrested Rezaian and three other journalists, including Rezaian’s wife and The National correspondent Yeganeh Salehi, from their homes in Tehran on July 22. Iran has since released one of the detained. Rezaian is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, as were two of the other journalists. Salehi is an Iranian citizen and is in the process of applying for permanent U.S. residency. Iran does not recognize dual citizenship.

Iranian officials confirmed the journalists’ detention three days later on July 25. The journalists have yet to be formally charged with a crime. The U.S. State Department denounced the detentions, but has no formal diplomatic relations with Iran. On Tuesday, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told The Washington Post that the U.S. had no new news on the jailed journalists.

The latest allegations, published in recent days in Iran’s conservative-aligned media, accuse Rezaian of a slew of spurious charges, including having relationships with Washington-based organizations that Iranian officials dislike.

One article accused Rezaian of directing the Pharrell-inspired “Happy” video that went viral and led to the arrest of six youths in May, Al Monitor reported. Another article denounced Rezaian’s Twitter use and raised suspicion that he was following “the members of the neoliberal media lobby in BBC, CNN, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Al-Monitor, NIAC and Aslan Media.” The articles also cited outcry in the U.S. over the detentions as further proof of sedition.

The National, a Dubai-based newspaper, has been comparatively silent on their correspondent’s detention. On Wednesday, the newspaper published what appeared to be the paper’s first report on Yeganeh’s ordeal.

“We don’t believe they could in any way be construed as anti-Iranian, nor have they dealt with sensitive security matters,” The National’s editor-in-chief Mohammed Al Otaiba told the paper. “We sincerely hope that Yeganeh is being well-treated and that she is released soon. We want her back doing what she does so well: reporting on a country that she loves.”

Many have criticized Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — who cast himself as a pragmatic moderate in support of loosening Iran’s media controls — for remaining silent on the detentions. Other analysts have argued that these arrests reflect a tense standoff between Rouhani and Iran’s hardline conservative who control much of the judiciary and police and oppose Rouhani’s relative openness with the West.

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‘Great job being total d**ks’: Seth Rogen not happy with United Airlines

‘Great job being total d**ks': Seth Rogen not happy with United Airlines!/Sethrogen/status/392401912298889217

Just two days ago it was “Vampire Diaries” actor Ian Somerhalder who was making accusations of racism against American Airlines. We still don’t know what happened there. What we do know is this: if you have a bad experience on a flight, Twitter can be a great tool to get the airline’s attention — if you’re a celebrity like Seth Rogen with 1.3 million followers.!/united/status/392404374447980544

Rogen also retweeted others’ complaints against the airline to his followers.!/sarahdonzy/status/392403300202446848!/kellyoxford/status/392405224205189120!/Keeeeeley/status/392405058627055617

Isn’t there a day that goes by without a celeb being hassled by an airline? Well, Sunday was pretty quiet, except for David Alan Grier’s rant at American Airlines.!/davidalangrier/status/392110207309840384

Protip: use the airline’s Twitter address and not the hashtag for quicker results.!/AmericanAir/status/392128589270757376

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Hip Hop Duo Releases Song In Support Of Marriage Equality

Hip Hop Duo Releases Song In Support Of Marriage Equality

The song was written in direct response to what the Macklemore observed over the years.

“I wrote from my own perspective growing up in a culture where ‘that’s gay’ was commonplace, with a huge stigma on those who identified and were perceived as gay,” explains Macklemore, aka Ben Haggerty (pictured above – right).

“More than anything, I am aware how comfortable I (and most other straight people) have become staying silent on this issue. If we choose not to speak on an issue of injustice out of fear, or how our peers might perceive us, we’re part of the problem.”

In fact, Macklemore’s uncles (pictured below) served as inspiration for the song. He credits the pair for being a model of a committed and loving relationship.

Music for Marriage Equality’s Kerri Harrop immediately recognized something unprecedented in the song.

“What we are seeing is a cultural shift, and that shift is certainly reflected in the music world,” says Harrop. “Artists and bands have a long history of supporting and spearheading change.”

Though the track was written in April, it’s release comes in the wake of Frank Ocean’s coming out, which proved to be a huge milestone in the world of hip hop. The genre has been slow to come to terms with homosexuality over the years. But recently, major rap artists have publicly embraced marriage equality and openly celebrated Frank Ocean’s decision to publicly address his sexuality. And this song is the first to tackle gay issues in such an open matter.

(Read more about Music for Marriage Equality and it’s effort to have “Washington state become the first state in the nation to defend marriage equality by a public vote.”)

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Sub Pop will release the track digitally on July 24th with a limited run on 7” starting July 31st. All proceeds will benefit the Music for Marriage Equality campaign. The song will also appear on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ debut LP, The Heist, which will be independently released on October 9th.

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On Being A Journalist And A Sexual Assault Survivor

On Being A Journalist And A Sexual Assault Survivor

Watching the disintegration of Rolling Stone’s story has been a brutal reminder of the enormous chasm of understanding that too often stands between journalists and survivors.

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Despair sank in as I scrolled obsessively through my Twitter feed yesterday afternoon. It seemed like everyone I followed — activists, Baltimore residents, and journalists alike — were obsessively watching the public flogging of Rolling Stone‘s blockbuster piece “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA.” The piece had been an enormous hit when it was published three weeks ago, but yesterday it seemed to be falling apart.

First there was the Washington Post‘s brutal hit piece, calling the details of the alleged perpetrator’s identity into question. Then Rolling Stone‘s Managing Editor Will Dana published a note “to our readers,” saying that “there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.” And then, on Twitter, journalists were declaring Jackie’s story entirely false and making glib remarks — while activists defended Jackie and anguished over the fact that Rolling Stone‘s reporting could now potentially set back the work to fight sexual assault on college campuses.

Even when I walked away from my desk to talk to my (almost exclusively male) co-workers in my newspaper office, other staffers were talking about how unbelievable Jackie’s story was. One staffer hinted that perhaps another rape story our paper had covered was a false report. I walked away from him and back to my desk where I sat for hours with my hands shaking — from rage, from the awful weight of acknowledging how much journalism was failing sexual assault survivors, was failing me.

Being a sexual assault survivor and being a journalist are inextricably intertwined for me. When I escaped from an abusive relationship in college, my school newspaper became my saving grace, the one thing that I could cling to as I struggled to process the fact that someone I loved so much had stripped me of my sense of self-worth, my dignity, my safety. I never reported my abuser to the university, even though he was also a student there — my abuse did not leave the physical evidence that seems to be required for any hope of justice — and so, feeling unable to tell my own story, I focused my efforts into telling the stories of others. I wrote long news stories about sexual assault on my college campus, using reporting as a way to assure myself that I wasn’t alone, that my abuse wasn’t my fault. Along the way, I fell in love with journalism’s power to comfort the afflicted and broadcast the truth, something that I thought I would never be able to do in my case of abuse.

My decision a year ago to join Know Your IX, an activist group committed to ending gender-based violence on college campuses, was borne out of the same urge to instigate change and reveal the truth of that violence. And that, too, has become thoroughly entwined in my identity as a journalist. I profile journalists and activists for Know Your IX and write guides for journalists on how to ethically report on gender-based violence; I write about sexual assault for the alt-weekly I now work for. For me, journalism and activism are two sides of the same (perhaps foolish) ideal: bringing the truth to light so that it may help others.

And yet, watching the disintegration of Rolling Stone‘s story has been a brutal reminder of the enormous chasm of understanding that too often stands between journalists and survivors. How could reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely be so insensitive as to refuse when Jackie asked to be taken out of the article? How can Rolling Stone be so cruel as to say Jackie was a liar, rather than own up to the numerous holes in its reporting? How could Richard Bradley, the editor-in-chief of Worth magazine, be so dismissive as to reduce the account to “apocryphal tropes”? How can journalism, the profession that I so deeply love and the field that saved me, be failing me as a survivor of the trauma that has so shaped the journalist I am?

Journalists calling for higher level of scrutiny in sexual assault stories, or suggesting that more cases be treated as potential false reports, are not improving journalism. They are falling back on rape-culture tropes and weighing survivors down with an even heavier burden of proof than the one we must already carry. Instead, they should be educating themselves on the realities of trauma and focusing on how to improve their reporting on sexual violence. The burden of this journalistic failure should be one for reporters to bear, not survivors.

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15 Reasons Scott Disick Would Actually Be The Perfect Boyfriend

15 Reasons Scott Disick Would Actually Be The Perfect Boyfriend

Ladies, ladies, please grab a number. Scott Disick is single and there’s plenty of him to go around.

I know this bachelor is at the top of everyone’s man candy list right now. I mean, who wouldn’t want to date him after everything he’s been through with Kourtney? (Lol)

Scott’s name has appeared in more headlines this year than I can count — from when he had his nasty split with Kourtney in July, to when he was apparently dating a high school model.

Keeping things classy and cute, Scott, like always.

Because Scott is so desirable right now, let’s check out 15 reasons this royal highness would be the perfect boyfriend.

1. Hes never actually around, so you’ll have more time for you and your friends.

2. You dont have to worry about him being too clingy because he always hangs out with other girls.

3. He spends all his money on cars and houses, so you have a great backdrop for your Instagrams.

4. He is always doing club appearances, so you and your girls can get in for free.

5. He calls himself a lord because his self-esteem is so high, so yours will probably be, too.

6. He’ll help you point out your flaws so you can work on them.

7. He’s sober now, so he can always be DD.

8. He’s always thinking about money, so on the rare occasions he thinks about you, it’ll really mean something.

9. He’s flaky AF soyou canuse him as an excuse to get out of an awkward party or situation. “Sorry guys, gotta go find Scott, haha!”

10. You’ll never accidentally find out about the gifts he buys for you because he’s so amazing at keeping secrets.

11. He treats you and your family members like sh*t, so you will have something to bond over with them.

12. His clothes are sonice and expensive, they will make you feel cheap and push you to work harder.

13. He shoves money into the mouths of waiters (and who wouldn’t love that?) so you’ll probably get great service.

14. Having threekids is already too much for him, so you won’t feel pressured to have any more.

15. Plain and simple, he’s just perfect, OK??? Date us, Scott, please!!!!

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White House ‘tight-lipped’: Will President Obama frown upon Syria?

White House ‘tight-lipped': Will President Obama frown upon Syria?!/gdthomp01/status/370664545385476096

While Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest was preparing a statement expressing the White House’s “deep concern” over reports of a gas attack in Syria that killed as many as 1,300, the president was making a stop on his bus tour to do this:!/petesouza/status/370657845437403136

NBC’s Chuck Todd noted that aside from that statement of concern, the White House has been tight-lipped on its options, although CNN’s Jim Acosta is reporting that the Defense Department is refining its options should President Obama request action somewhere down the line. For now, though, the administration has ruled out ground troops and a no-fly zone.!/ExJon/status/370662324245237760!/Falvitus/status/370672301966360576!/bekusun/status/370664842686132224!/mikemerc57/status/370665291950223360!/kesgardner/status/370668489251368960!/BonHagar/status/370673138947719169

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