Youth protection charities have slammed blockbuster author John Grisham for his "irresponsible", "inaccurate" and "dangerous" comments about child pornography. The veteran writer behind The Firm and A Time to Kill has caused controversy by discussing the sensitive subject in an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Grisham spoke about a friend who was jailed on child porn charges, and claimed some offenders are judged too harshly for looking up explicit images of youngsters online, saying, "We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who have never harmed anybody, would never touch a child. But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn."
The writer insisted he was not supporting paedophilia, adding, "I have no sympathy for real paedophiles. God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that's what they're getting."
His comments have sparked outrage among child protection charities. Jon Brown from the U.K.'s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), tells WENN, "There is no excuse for viewing images of child abuse. Is it ok to beat someone up and say it was a one-off or that you were drunk? No. Sex offenders will often use the 'I was drunk' excuse but alcohol is simply revealing their true nature... Mr Grisham's comments send a dangerous message that 'just looking' at images online causes no harm. In fact, every image is a real child who has suffered and every time these images are clicked on or downloaded it creates demand that ultimately fuels more child abuse."
Child protection charity ECPAT UK's spokesman, Bharti Patel, adds to WENN, "John Grisham's statements are entirely irresponsible. With the rise in abusive images of children across the globe, there is a need to strengthen laws and to criminalise those that access abusive images of children... There can be no excuse or leniency in this. His statement clearly sends out the wrong signal... Viewing abusive images of children is child abuse and a violation of the rights of children... His statement is also inaccurate as there is evidence which shows that those who access abusive images of children frequently go on to groom children online through social media and chat rooms, as well as initiate contact abuse."
Singer/rapper Cee Lo Green has been handed three years of probation and a community service sentence after striking a plea deal relating to an ecstasy charge.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy before having sex with her following a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012. He pleaded not guilty to the claim at the time of his booking, but subsequently agreed to plead no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy in a deal which allows him to maintain his innocence.
He entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday (29Aug14), when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Young ordered the star to serve probation.
The 39 year old must also complete 360 hours of community work at the MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy, which provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times. He must also attend 52 private alcohol counselling sessions, reports TMZ.com.
Prosecutors had previously dropped a charge of sexual assault against Green on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The plaintiff, whose identity has not been revealed, alleged Green spiked her drink during a date in November, 2012, and she later woke up naked in a bed with him in the room.
I think we can all agree that Dr. Mindy Lahiri is one of the best characters on TV right now — all of us save the Emmy voters, that is (man, does that double Emmy snub sting). Whining aside, the Mindys have gifted us with the boon of countless quotable soundbytes: almost everything out of her mouth is totally .GIF-worthy. So, with that in mind, we've compiled some of her very best quotes: some of them offer sage life advice, some of them voice opinions that we all secretly have but would never have the courage to voice (*cough* Michael Fassbender *cough*), and some of them are just flat-out hilarious.
1. On girlcrushes:
2. On being single:
3. On wicked burns:
4. On what to look for in a mate:
5. On her metabolism:
...the doctor was her.
6. On her butt:
7. On overindulgence:
8. On Lincoln Center (and why she's not allowed there):
9. On her weight:
10. And her body type:
11. On the very real hazards of drunk shaving:
12. On sex ed:
13. On how to do the club right:
14. On her fundamental rights:
15. And finally, on online dating:
"There is an intimate sex scene, where I wear an astronaut suit and Ashley wears a furry outfit. In real life I would say it's very possible you might asphyxiate yourself if you do that. I wouldn't recommend it... It turns out having sex in an astronaut suit is not as easy or as enticing as it sounds." Frozen star Josh Gad did not enjoy pretending to have sex onscreen with his movie lover Ashley Greene for their new film Wish I Was Here.
Actor Kal Penn is set to produce and host a show on America's National Geographic Channel about how maps, statistics and data provide information about the world. Mapology, which will premiere next spring (15), will examine how "money, sex, food, sports, crime, weather and even animal migrations influence (people's) daily lives".
The Superman Returns star says, "National Geographic has a legacy of transporting people to amazing places and with Mapology, we're going to establish connections made through statistics and data, and reveal how the bigger picture affects the real world, throughout history, across societies and into our hearts and brains."
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Summer is finally here, which means the mosquitoes will inherit the earth for three sweltering months and our only retreat is the freon blasted confines of your local movie theater. Luckily, there are a ton of comedy movies heading our way this summer, and there's certainly a little something for everyone on the calendar. Whether you enjoy the meta-absurdity of 22 Jump Street, the talky romance of Woody Allen's latest, or the costume hijinks of Let's Be Cops, we've created a handy guide to help you determine which of this year's summer comedies is best for you.
22 Jump Street
Release Date: June 13What's It About: In this sequel to 21 Jump Street, Detectives Schmidt and Jenko go undercover once again. This time, a new, hip drug is making its way through a college campus. Time to do the same thing all over again.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were seriously hyper, jumping from one activity to another so quickly, it drove your parents bonkers. Besides having way too much energy, you were also pretty quick witted and funny. Jokes were falling from your mouth every second, and as a result, you spent many school days hanging out in the principal's office. He's actually was a pretty swell guy once you got to know him.What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: A stand-up comic. A career that could take all that jubilant energy and turn it into some it some crushing self-deprecating comedy. If not that, then perhaps a screenwriter.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Catching up on classic Mel Brooks and Monty Python flicks at your local movie theater's special midnight showings. You have to keep in touch with the greats if you want to become the best comedian you can.
Release Date: July 2What's It About: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, Tammy hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother in order to see Niagara Falls.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were a wild child. If you're a guy, you probably had the finest pre-school mullet in the Tri-State area. It was a real work of art. You were that kid that people mostly got along with, but everyone was still slightly afraid of, and for good reason.What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: Is being a professional robber a thing? If it is, then definitely that. If that didn't work out, you wanted to be a professional wrestler.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Wearing sleeveless T-shirts, because sleeves in the summertime are for fancy people and democrats.
Release Date: July 18What's It About: After 10 years of a so-so marriage, Jay and Annie try to spice up their routine by making a sex tape, but the recording gets shared to that mysterious cloud thing all the young people are talking about, and the couple struggles to get it back.What Were You Like as a Kid: Even as a child, you yearned for the comforting ease of domestic life. While everyone else couldn't wait to get wild and crazy at college, you just wanted to settle down, have 2.5 kids, and live in a quiet suburb where nothing really happens. You wanted to get married to you middle-age sweetheart that you only met two weeks prior, because true love isn't bound by silly adult things like logic.What You Wanted to Be when You Grew Up: A lawyer or a doctor. Something that looks really good on a business card.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Hitting the local country club for a couple swings of golf, praying that no one else realizes you have no idea what you're doing. What the hell is a bogey anyway?
Magic in the Moonlight
Release Date: July 25What’s It About: In the 1920s, skeptic and stage musician Stanley tries to debunk a young woman named Sophie, who claims to be a spiritualist.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were a romantic. While the other kids lived in constant fear of a class 5 cooties outbreak, you spent your formative years working on your game. You saw yourself as a young ladykiller or dudeslayer, and hoped to grow up into a player. You listened to jazz, read F. Scott Fitzgerald, asked your grandpa for style advice. Most teachers said you had an “old soul.”What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: You were saddened to learn that “professional fancy person” wasn’t really a feasible career choice, but you’d settle with museum curator.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Sitting on a deserted beach and reading a nice jazz-age novel.
Let's Be Cops
Release Date: August 13What's It About: Best Friends Ryan and Justin go to a costume party dressed up as cops, but when everyone at the shindig actually believes that they're real officers of the law, they let the new found power go to their heads and they get wrapped up with actual mobsters.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were a control freak. You were most likely a hall monitor in elementary school and wore that plastic badge like it was the real deal. You tormented your classmates with detention slips and everything was in your jurisdiction, even the water fountains. You walked down the halls like the big man on campus and flexed what little bit of power so hard for all its worth. You liked to think of yourself as tough, but the second a big kid real threatened you, you went straight to a teacher to tattle. Hey, this cheap orange sash and badge is cool, but it ain't that cool.What You Wanted to Be When You Grew Up: A cop, obviously, but you'll probably end up a mid-level manager at your local Applebees, using your those same hall monitor scare tactics on your new 16-year-old wait staff.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Lifeguarding. What other summer activity allows you to exact dominion over people for 15 dollars an hour?
Life of CrimeRelease Date: August 29What's it About: Loving wife Margaret Dawson is kidnapped by a couple of career criminals and held for ransom, but her husband has no intention of paying to get her back.What Were You Like as a Kid: You were a hustler. You were always scheming to make more cash, whether it be selling candy out of your backpack or doing homework for the dumb kids. Eventually you refined you hustle into something more lucrative, but everyone has to start somewhere.What You Wanted to Be When You Grew up: Sawyer from Lost.Your Favorite Summer Activity: Extreme Couponing. Being an actual con man is quite dangerous, but you can still get that same adrenaline rush from scoring 300 tubes of toothpaste for 50 cents. Ah, the thrill of the chase.
It's easy to get caught up in the world of Orange is the New Black. The grittiness and emotional rawness of the show can lead you to believe that you are seeing prison life as it really is. Luckily, real former prisoners have spoken up about the show. Though there's a lot OITNB gets right about life behind bars, there's definitely some deviation from reality. Here are some of the real prisoners' best quotes, though we also recommend reading their full stories.
On racism:"The show is racist. Yes, I said it. That’s because the entire prison apparatus is racist, thus any show based on it, rooted in it, must also be racist." – Bruce Reilly for RIfuture.org
On ingenuity: "From Sophia’s stylish silver shower shoes made from duct tape and Morello’s Kool-Aid as mascara/lip gloss to the hooch at Tricia’s Irish wake, prisoners learn to make do with less. This echoes my experience. I saw inmates cut hair with toenail clippers (no pimped-out full-service salons like Sophia’s!), cook grilled cheese with a laundry room iron, and fashion free weights from massive boulders in laundry bags and tied around a bar." – Jeff Smith in Buzzfeed
On suffering: "[On the show] you don't see someone sitting in the corner crying, and someone sitting at the other end of the table crying." – Diana Delgado in the Chicago Tribune
On segregation: “If you’re a drug offender, you hang out with drug offenders. If you’re in for a money crime, people think you’re intelligent. Then you have the sex offenders that you really don’t mess with at all.” – Michelle Vaughn in New York Magazine
"In Orange, the races eat together, which was exceptionally rare at the Kentucky prison where I spent 2010. I did it my first week when I was the only white guy in my cell block and didn’t know any other whites; an Aryan Brotherhood member pulled me aside later that day and advised me not to do so again." – Jeff Smith
On showering: "The shower itself is disgusting. There was different types of molds and funguses growing on the shower — out and around the shower." – Jason Porter, a former inmate at the prison where some of Orange is the New Black is shot
On visits: “Your hair looks like a mess, and you’re wearing that awful gray potato sack, and then you wait so long just for a one-hour visit.” – Laura in New York Magazine
"It was so much fun. Everyone was freaked out because I'm nude, but in real life, when I have sex, I'm naked. I don't have a bra on, and I don't usually have panties on. So let's make a real movie! Let's bring truth to the scene! I didn't want to be exploited, but this girl (her character) - like most girls when they first have sex - doesn't know what she's doing." Actress Shailene Woodley had no problem getting naked for sex scenes in her upcoming movie White Bird in a Blizzard.
"He is the star of the show but I don't have any scenes with him... I'm just in a few episodes." Comedian Sarah Silverman won't get to share any scenes opposite real-life boyfriend Michael Sheen when she joins the cast of his TV drama Masters of Sex.
Bachman Turner Overdrive founder Tim Bachman has been charged with sexual assault. Canadian police have charged the guitarist with several sexual offences, including sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching, following an investigation into incidents that took place two decades ago, according to CBC News.
Bachman is currently free under the provision he must avoid contact with anyone under the age of 16.
Additionally, he has been ordered to stay away from public parks, schoolyards, swimming pools and other areas where minors are present, reports RollingStone.com.
Last year (13), an unidentified woman claimed Bachman had groped her while she was living with him as a foster child. He was found not guilty of the charges.
Bachman co-founded BTO with his brothers Robbie and Randy in 1973. He was a member of the rock group for six years, and rejoined in the early 1980s.
After turning his back on music in the early 1990s, Bachman became a real estate agent in Abbotsford, Canada.
Edition of the HBO documentary magazine for adults. Includes segments on a sex-oriented "lifestyle convention," the Miss Black Nude Contest and a French chain of sex supermarkets, where ordinary people buy sex paraphernalia and clothing.