Whoopi Goldberg returned to The View today from “Hotlanta” where she has been shooting a movie. Glad to have her back! Whoopi wasted no time getting the gang started on today’s Hot Topics. First to the fire? Chris Brown, who gave a gut-wrenching performance this weekend at the BET Awards. Chris sang a tribute to Michael Jackson and broke down while singing. Elisabeth made the good point that maybe Chris broke down more due to the lyrics (“The Man in the Mirror) rather than missing Michael. Of course, she is referencing Chris Brown’s assault charge last year with his girlfriend Rhianna. Sherri’s point that “actions speak louder than words” is so true. I like Chris Brown’s music, but am tempted not to financially contribute to his sales if he can’t turn around his reputation as a physical abuser. Do y’all feel the same way? Does reputation sway your decision to purchase from an artist?
Next up: Michael Douglas, who is no stranger to controversy, is battling it out with ex-wife over the spinoff/sequel to his Wall Street movie. Yikes! Seems in the divorce settlement she is entitled to half of any of his future earnings for “spinoffs” he makes based on movies he made while they were married. According to Joy, she is already got “something like $45 Million in the original divorce.” HOLY SMOKES!
On the same note as “Celebrity Perks” it seems there were some people squawking this weekend because Jason Bateman cut in line to get his new iPhone 4. In his defense, he started out standing in line but then was escorted in by the people at Apple. I must say that I got used to the Celebrity treatment very quickly when Bridgette and a few other fantastic bloggers hit the Disney Lottery back in February. But every carriage must turn into a pumpkin eventually, right? Sigh. I’m glad Jason got his phone.
More Hot Topics today included gross Airline food, more sex abuse scandal in the church, and Sarah Palin. Like her or not, she is very disrespected by the media and it’s a shame. Can’t we all just get along? This discussion was a good reminder that if you have a microphone on, watch. every. word.
Next discussion: Jake and Vienna. Ugh. If you don’t know who they are, consider yourself lucky. I am a huge “The Bachelor” fan but I was never a fan of Jake…or Vienna. I am really tired of them re-cycling contestants, although if they had recycled Reid from Jillian’s season you would have gotten NO complaints from me! As vomit-worthy as Jake and Vienna are, I was glad for this brief discussion though because I was able to get a really good look at Elisabeth’s cute dress (I am a sucker for eyelet). In my opinion, Elisabeth is adorable. Hard to believe she got her start on Survivor eating bugs! So if you are DYING to know the “dramatic” truth regarding Jake and Vienna’s breakup, you will get all the answers you need on the July 5th episode of “The Bachelor.”
A guest on The View today that I really wanted to see was Nikki Blonsky. I have seen a few print ads for her new show on ABC Family called “Huge” and I was wondering what it was all about. One of my favorite movies ever is Hairspray and I have adored Nikki ever since. “Huge” takes place at a weight-loss camp. Nikki plays Will, who is an offbeat teen who cannot stand the thought of being at camp. The clip they showed really sparked my interest and I immediately added Huge to the Tivo line up. It will be interesting to see how Huge tackles the body-image issues so prevalent in society along with being conscious to promote good health. Do y’all plan on watching?
Last up was self-proclaimed Osama Bin Laden hunter Gary Brooks Faulkner. Wow. Gary is a construction worker who has traveled to the Middle East to try and find Bin Laden. I am not sure if this guy is the bravest man I ever saw…..or the craziest. I hope for his family’s sake he stays safe!
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