Debra Messing directly addressed first daughter Ivanka Trump on Saturday night while being honored at the 2017 GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.
The “Will & Grace” star spoke as “one Jewish mother to another” while delivering her acceptance speech, which was at turns hilarious and biting.
After thanking the LGBTQ advocacy organization for her Excellence in Media Award, Messing noted that unless you’re an “unenlightened straight, cisgender, white man, you are a target.” She then slammed President Donald Trump, calling him the “very bad and very orange man in our White House.”
But the actress and activist reserved the brunt of her scorn for Ivanka Trump, who operates in an official capacity as an unpaid assistant to the president. Messing told the audience full of advocates, journalists and celebrities that she wanted to make a “direct appeal” to the first daughter, whom she referred to as “the secretary of state.”
“It’s not enough to simply say that women’s issues are important to you,” she said. “It’s time to do something. You can change the lives of millions of women and children just by telling your dad stories about real people who are suffering.”
Messing challenged Ivanka to not let the president “separate immigrant mothers from their American-born children” or “take health care away from women who need it.” She also asked her to convince her father not to make trans kids like Gavin Grimm “fight in court for their basic human dignity.” Grimm, who was in attendance at the awards gala, is currently challenging his school for the right to use the restroom that corresponds with his gender identity.
Messing said she wanted Ivanka to “stop blindly defending” her father and start “defending what you say you believe in.”
“You can’t just write ‘#womenwhowork’ and think you’re advancing feminism,” Messing added. “You need to be a woman who does good work #saywhatyoumeanandmeanwhatyousay.”
“Imagine how you’ll feel, sitting at Passover seder, if you can tell your children that you fought for justice and freedom,” said the actress, who is set to reprise her role as Grace Adler this fall in a 10-episode run of the beloved and groundbreaking show “Will & Grace.”
Messing has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community and has been especially vocal in challenging Donald Trump since he began running for president, often using her Twitter account as a platform to speak out against him and his administration.
Abdul Hasib until now, was not able to be confirmed killed in the raid where two U.S. Army Rangers were killed
U.S. and Afghan officials revealed Sunday that the head of ISIS in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib has been confirmed dead as a result of a joint U.S. and Afghan operation carried out on April 27th. The raid was carried out by 50 U.S. Army Rangers which are part of Army Special Operations and 40 Afghan commandos.
A Pentagon spokesperson previously said that Hasib was most likely killed but there has been no confirmation until now.
Hasib’s predecessor, Hafiz Saeed Khan was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
The 90 troops were dropped by helicopter into Nangarhar Province, close to where the U.S. MOAB, or “mother of all bombs,” was dropped on April 13. Upon landing the Rangers were met with heavy fire and called in air support from drones, Apache helicopters, F-16s and an AC-130. Gen. John Nicholson said in a statement that “This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K in 2017,” and continued, ‘This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters.”
The statement said that 35 ISIS fighters and high ranking commanders were also killed in the raid.
It was previously reported that two Rangers, Sgt. Josh Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron Thomas were killed during the raid and the Pentagon is investigating whether they were killed by friendly fire or not.
Man Utd news is dominated by the fixture vs Arsenal and the result makes Jose Mourinho’s transfer plans more interesting.
Tuanzebe proves his point
After he was ignored at Burnley and against Swansea Axel Tuanzebe was pitted against the world-class ability of Alexis Sanchez in a potentially corrosive acid test.
What’s more, Tuanzebe was started out of position at right-back. How admirable that he emerged as United’s most impressive defender from a back four which included Premier League champions and an Italy international.
Tuanzebe’s calmness was patent at reserve level yet it was all the more impressive that he transmitted it to a testing fixture against Sanchez. He showed awareness and adventure in a full debut which was overdue and ended the game as United’s only outstanding outfield performer.
United supporters should not be surprised if he lines up in north London again on Sunday at Tottenham.
Mourinho’s transfer plans clearer
United supporters should expect a significant transfer window after Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney ended the game in central midfield. Looking at the United XI on the pitch at the conclusion of their unbeaten run, as many as six could be jettisoned in the summer and some took the fixture too frivolously.
Mourinho had downplayed the occasion before kick-off and that was reiterated by the late introduction of 20-year-old Lancastrian Scott McTominay while Paul Pogba settled back into his substitute seat. Mourinho was also testing certain seniors’ desire to stay at the club and none of the outfield players responded resoundingly.
It is near-impossible to justify keeping Chris Smalling when he regresses constantly. Phil Jones was frightened to play a forward pass, Matteo Darmian lacked balance, Carrick was nondescript and Rooney resembled a poorly pup wheezing towards the knackers’ yard.
United need a centre half, a full-back, two central midfielders, a forward and a striker.
Herrera’s hangover continues
Ander Herrera received the United Player of the Month award for April when Eric Bailly was the best performer by a considerable distance as he started all nine matches.
Herrera was the beneficiary of the viral age. His magnificent performance against Chelsea sparked a multitude of memes online and he has dined off it for weeks, producing busy but underwhelming performances.
The hangover continued when he turned his back on Xhaka’s shot to galvanise Arsenal. The goal was fortuitous but easily avoidable and he will think twice about not facing up a shot next time.
Darmian needs to stay on the leash
Mourinho explained in January he retained Darmian at left-back since he required three defenders while Antonio Valencia foraged forward to offer United another attacking outlet. At Arsenal, Darmian was granted that license and completely abandoned his defensive duties.
Time and again, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was reduced to an auxiliary wing-back with United’s Italian barely visible. That exacerbated Jones’ jitters on his first appearance in seven weeks and Arsenal repeatedly sought the marauding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right, giving the rookie Tuanzebe a calmer ride on the opposite flank.
Darmian is perhaps the only starter who will keep his place against Celta Vigo on Thursday and the leash will have to be reined in.
Rooney warming up for Carrick’s testimonial
The atmosphere was so apathetic at The Emirates the biggest cheer that emerged from the natives before Xhaka’s strike came from the concourse before the game had started. Fraser Forster’s penalty save at Anfield gave Arsenal and United added incentives to win despite the inevitability both will finish outside the top four safety net.
Arsene Wenger shouldn’t go on at Arsenal and neither should Rooney at United. It wasn’t just the harmless effort he attempted when one-on-one with Petr Cech but his startling lethargy on and off the ball. For someone who played the second fewest minutes of any United player last month, he appeared weary again and his presence in a game Mourinho had attempted to extract any significance from continued Rooney’s malaise.
He should at least be in fine fettle for Carrick’s testimonial.
Collingwood legend and media personality Lou Richards has died at the age of 94.
Richards passed away peacefully on Monday in his nursing home.
He was Collingwood captain from 1952 to 1955, leading the side to a premiership in 1953 and was the leading goalkicker in 1944, 1948 and 1950.
Richards was one of the original inductees into the AFL Hall of Fame in 1996, but was disappointed at never being upgraded to official legend status, a situation that caused a good deal of controversy in football circles.
The former champion cashed in a 250-game career to become a newspaper columnist and radio and television personality like no other.
He was renowned for his witty observations and quick retorts, and in turn had to cop plenty of good-natured ribbing from his media colleagues, who were aware that his confident, even brash “on air” persona belied a vulnerable streak of self-doubt.
Collingwood Football Club has paid tribute, saying Richards and his family would “forever be a part of the Collingwood story”.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said what Richards lacked in height, he made up for in fight.
“Farewell to a legend named Lou,” he tweeted. “A Victorian icon.”
Richards was born in tough surrounds and circumstances in Collingwood.
He played for Collingwood for 15 years, kicking 423 goals. He also wore the Big V in 1947 and 1948.
He broke into the media in 1955 with a job as an expert comments scribe with the now defunct Argus newspaper, and radio commentator with radio 3XY.
Later, he moved to The Sun and radio 3DB, and much later to the Sunday Age; he was part of the Channel Seven team that launched World of Sport in 1958, and League Teams, which became Melbourne sporting institutions for more than two decades.
Richards then moved to Channel Nine and Wide World of Sports and Sports Sunday.
His last regular television spot was handling the somewhat chaotic handball segment on the Sunday Footy Show, from which he retired at the end of 2008.
On each show, his mischievous humour was pivotal to the informed coverage/hilarity/nonsense that perennially rated highly.
On the newspaper side, Richards and his cohorts dreamt up all manner of publicity stunts to keep “Loui the Lip” in the news.
Richards entered the business world early in his media career when he bought the Town Hall pub in North Melbourne.
Later, he took the lease on another watering hole, the Phoenix, which he ran with his wife, Edna.
He never won Collingwood’s best and fairest (Copeland Trophy) award, but several community awards awaited him.
In 1975 he was named Football Personality of the Year; in 1981 he was crowned King of Moomba; and in 1982 the National Trust classified him a living treasure to be protected against demolition. With typical humour, Richards said that when he received the call, he feared he was going to be “certified”.
He was awarded life membership of the VFL but at the end, elevation to football’s Hall of Fame eluded him. Perhaps now that honour will be posthumous.
Edna, Richards’ beloved, devoted and understanding wife of 60 years, who was happy to be the butt of some of his jokes, died in March 2008. He is survived by his daughters Nicole and Kim, five grandchildren, and his brother, Ron.
So much more than a Collingwood champion. A brilliant entertainer who re-defined the way we watch our game. Vale Lou.
On top of the world! Couple spend three WEEKS trekking through the snow to tie the knot on Mount Everest (and the bride STILL wears a wedding dress) James Sissom, 35, and Ashley Schmieder, 32, from California, tied the knot at Mount Everest Base Camp
Couple faced difficult terrain, altitude sickness and sub-zero temperatures on the gruelling three-week trip
Every moment was captured by a specialist wedding photographer who achieved breathtaking results
Every couple wants their wedding day to be one to remember, but this couple went above and beyond to make sure theirs was unlike any other.
James Sissom, 35, and Ashley Schmieder, 32, from California, travelled thousands of miles and spent days trekking through the snow to tie the knot on Mount Everest.
The adventurous newlyweds, who spent a year planning the trip, braved freezing temperatures, gruelling terrain and altitude sickness on their way to Everest Base Camp, where they exchanged vows at 17,000ft above sea level.
On top of the world: James Sissom and Ashley Schmeider travelled thousands of miles to tie the knot on Mount Everest
Gruelling: The adventurous couple, pictured, spent months training for the three-week trek to Everest Base Camp
Touch of tradition: Ashley slipped into her breathtaking strapless wedding gown inside the team’s tent, pictured
Ashley said: ‘After much deliberation, we decided a traditional wedding was not the right fit for us. As much as we would have loved to share our special day with our family and friends, we were both drawn to the idea of eloping during an incredible vacation.
‘We both are avid lovers of the outdoors and had experience at altitude up to 14,000 feet, but we knew the three week Everest Base Camp trek would be far more physically and mentally demanding than anything we’ve experienced.
While the ceremony was certainly unconventional, the couple brought a touch of tradition to the occasion with their outfits. Ashley looked radiant in a figure-hugging embellished gown while James looked dashing in a suit.
Unforgettable: The couple were snapped by specialist adventure wedding photographer Charleton Churchill
Sensible shoes: While many brides splash out on heels for their wedding day, Ashley opted for a pair of practical hiking boots
ramatic: The newlyweds were captured in their wedding finery against the breathtaking backdrop of the mountain range
Man and wife: The intrepid couple exchanged vows – and rings – at Everest Base Camp, some 17,000ft above sea level
Sealed with a kiss: The couple hold each other in a loving embrace as they celebrate their marriage in the clouds
Natural beauty: The snow-capped peaks of the mountain range provided a spectacular backdrop for the wedding photos
View from the top: Arms wrapped around each other, the newlyweds gaze towards the world’s highest peak
The day was documented by specialist adventure wedding photographer Charleton Churchill, from California, who accompanied the couple to document the incredible journey.
He said: ‘I wanted to document a real couple getting married, the journey along the way, the pain, the happiness, the tiredness, the struggles, as well as the romantic chemistry of the couple.
‘More than that, I wanted to portray the contrast that exists between the intimidatingly majestic mountains and the small, fragile love between two humans.’
On their way: After a year of planning, James and Ashley set off from their home in California to start their trek in Nepal
LAS VEGAS — Police in Las Vegas have arrested a 27-year-old man they suspect of striking and killing a 45-year-old California man with a single punch during a brief confrontation last month on a downtown entertainment district sidewalk.
The Metropolitan Police Department says James Beach, also known as James Michael Garcia, faces a charge of murder after he was arrested on Sunday. Police say he’s being held in the Clark County Detention Center.
Luis Campos of La Puente, California, died May 4 at a Las Vegas hospital.
Campos’ brother, Drake Garibay, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal they were standing in line April 30 outside a club when the attacker stopped while walking past on the sidewalk, asked what Campos was looking at, and punched him.
Garibay said his brother never regained consciousness.
Ariel Winter has got it and she isn’t afraid to flaunt it. She also isn’t afraid to call out her haters.
The Modern Family actress attended an event for the ABC series Wednesday night, embracing the cold-shoulder trend in a gilded, embellished minidress. Mesh panels showed off her cleavage as well as the tops of her thighs. She paired the look with fire engine red nail polish and matching gold pumps.
And, yes, compared to her co-stars she was dressed the snazziest. Most of the men opted for casual slacks or jeans and neither of her female counterparts pictured opted for cocktail attire. But we’re still at a loss in trying to find what gave people the right to make some of the remarks tweeted in response to a cast photo. Though in all honesty, we didn’t search too hard.
(Left to right) Nolan Gould, Steven Levitan, Ariel Winter, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell attend the ‘Modern Family’ ATAS event at Saban Media Center on May 3, 2017 in North Hollywood. (Photo: Jason LaVeris, FilmMagic)
Some commenters implied she was overdressed. But some tweets were incredibly offensive. “Ariel is def trying too hard to look slutty,” one user wrote. “That girl @arielwinter1 oozes insecurity and is 2 minutes away from being like or worse than Lindsay Lohan. Sad,” another tweeted.
Winter chose to clapback on Instagram Thursday evening, telling haters to mind their business.
“Why TF does anyone care that I didn’t dress casual like everyone else for the panel?” she asked in the shared screenshot, captioned with just an emoji. “Why do I have to be like everyone else? Why can’t people just let other people feel good about themselves and do what they want?”
“I believe that dialogue is, like other non-violent expression, the best way to combat evil.”
Girl Scouts are taught to be courageous, confident, and resourceful, even in the face of the fiercest of opponents.
The photo below, which has been liked more than 6,800 times and shared nearly 2,000 times on Facebook, depicts a Scout coming face-to-face with a far-right protester at a May Day protest in the city of Brno in the Czech Republic.
According to BuzzFeed News, the poignant picture was taken by a photographer named Vladimír Čičmanec. The girl, who was later identified as 16-year-old Lucie “Lala” Myslíková, appears to be speaking calmly and rationally to a protester donning a Thor Steinar sweatshirt — a piece of apparel Buzzfeed News says is often worn by neo-Nazis in Europe.
Other attendees captured the unlikely duo’s interaction as well. In the brief clip below, the protester (who has not been identified) takes a step towards Myslíková and gets in her face, but she holds her sign and remains unfazed.
This interaction is almost identical to another face-off that took place in Birmingham, England last month. In that instance, when a member of a local alt-right group began attacking a Muslim counter-protester wearing a hijab, a woman named Saffiyah Khan literally stepped in between the two and calmly smiled in the protester’s face.
“Sometimes it’s more important to smile than to shout,” Khan said at the time.
Myslíková has a like-minded approach. After her photo began making the rounds on Facebook, the teenager commented on the original post and wrote, “Thank you all for your support! I believe that dialogue is, like other non-violent expression, the best way to combat evil.”
And it sounds like she was at least able to start a conversation. Myslíková later told Czech radio that she and the demonstrator discussed immigration, though we doubt any minds were changed.
Per the Czech news outlet Romea, the far-right demonstrators were vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters, whose apt slogan was: “You can’t salute the Nazis if you’re having a good time.” In that vein, the counter-protesters were encouraged to sing, dance, and play music in an effort to drown out the hate that was being spewed around them. Similar tactics were used in California last year when a Muslim crowd used song and dance to combat anti-Muslim protesters, and in 2015 when the Foo Fighters epically Rickrolled members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
As for why she took part in the counter-protest? Myslíková explained in her radio interview, “It makes sense. It makes sense to be seen and heard and stand up against what we do not like.”
What more evidence do they need? What more proof do the Labour leadership and its supporters require? This was not an opinion poll. This was not a judgment delivered by the hated mainstream media. This was the verdict of the electorate, expressed through the ballot box, and it could scarcely have been clearer – or more damning.
Last night was a Tory landslide – 8 June could be even worse for Labour
The headline figure is a projected national share of 27%, the worst recorded by an opposition since the BBC started making such calculations in 1981. The Tory lead of 11 percentage points is larger than the one Margaret Thatcher enjoyed as she headed into the elections of 1983 or 1987, when she won triple-figure landslides.
The one-time Labour citadels that fell are jaw-dropping. Labour lost control of Glasgow, which it had ruled for most of the past 70 years. It lost the new mayoralty of Tees Valley – which covers Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland – to the Conservatives. Just imagine those towns preferring the Tories over Labour: even two years ago the very idea would have been unthinkable. Labour lost in Merthyr, Derbyshire and the West Midlands – the last a region that in 2015 voted Labour over the Tories by 42% to 33%. Tories picked up seats in some of the most deprived parts of the country, including Shettleston in Glasgow and Ferguslie Park in Paisley.
Sure, Labour won mayoral races in Doncaster, North Tyneside, the Liverpool metro region and Greater Manchester. But those should be givens for a Labour opposition facing a Tory party seven years in office. This is when the party should be expanding, not clinging to its foundations. When the best that shadow chancellor John McDonnell can offer is that the party has not been completely wiped out, you glimpse the scale of the disaster.
Why has this happened? The big shift is the collapse of Ukip – its programme swallowed whole by the Conservatives, thereby rendering the party redundant. Ukip voters transferred en masse to the Tories, reassured that Theresa May will give them the hard Brexit they want. Some of those Ukippers had once been Labour voters, with Ukip serving as the gateway to Conservatism.
But that’s not the whole story. There are, to be sure, some long-term, structural factors at work. Social democratic parties are struggling across Europe and beyond; Brexit has upended everything, so that many working-class anti-EU voters feel better represented by May than by Labour. But there is also a simpler, more glaring factor that cannot be wished away.
Listen to how Dave Wilcox, the Derbyshire Labour group leader, explains the defeat he and his colleagues have just endured. He heard it again and again on the doorstep: “Genuine Labour supporters said we are not voting for you while you have Jeremy Corbyn as leader.”
He will be howled down, of course, by the online Corbynista army who will tell Wilcox that what he heard with his own ears never happened, that it’s an invention of the media, that it’s really the fault of the media and plotting Labour MPs. But, as it happens, I spent the night before the elections hearing exactly what Wilcox heard – albeit through a two-way mirror, as I watched two consecutive focus groups overwhelmingly made up of Labour voters, convened by the Edelman communications agency, meet in a conference room on the outskirts of Birmingham.
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They wanted to vote Labour, they really did. It was how they had always voted. Two men felt they would be betraying their fathers by voting any other way. They weren’t overly impressed by May, though several volunteered that she seemed “strong” (even if all but two of them said they’d never heard the slogan “strong and stable leadership” – a phrase repeated ad nauseam by the Conservative campaign). But they just couldn’t bring themselves to vote Labour.
With no steer from the moderator, who remained studiedly neutral, they described Jeremy Corbyn as a “dope”, “living in the past”, “a joke”, as “looking as if he knows less about it than I do”. One woman admired Corbyn’s sincerity; one man thought his intentions were good. But she reckoned he lacked “the qualities to be our leader”; and he believed Corbyn was simply too “soft”.
Remember, these aren’t metropolitan pundits who the Corbynistas can slam as red Tories. These were hard-pressed Labour voters on middling to modest incomes, explaining why – with very heavy hearts – they were about to break the habit of a lifetime, even of many generations, and vote Conservative.
Corbyn’s defenders will blame the media, but what was striking about these groups was that few of the participants ever bought a paper and they seldom watched a TV bulletin. Corbynites may try to blame disloyal MPs, but, whatever its impact elsewhere, none of that Westminster stuff had impinged on either of these two groups, who couldn’t name a single politician besides May, Corbyn and Boris Johnson. They had formed their own, perhaps instinctive, view.
Blaming others won’t do. Instead, how refreshing it would be, just this once, if Corbyn and McDonnell put their hands up and took even a small measure of responsibility for this calamitous result. Instead of always playing the besieged victim, they could accept that, as Enoch Powell once observed, a politician complaining about the press is as absurd as a sailor complaining about the sea. Navigating a way through is simply what they have to do.
Why are Corbyn and McDonnell so stubborn? It can’t be a tenacious commitment to socialism
It would mean admitting that they have failed to deliver what they promised. They said they would win back Scotland, energise the Labour base, galvanise non-voters, lure back Ukip defectors and pull in Greens – and not one of those things has happened. Yet in the face of all this, they dig in and cling on, refusing to budge.
Why are they so stubborn? It can’t be a tenacious commitment to socialism. Corbyn and McDonnell’s programme includes nothing remotely as leftwing as, say, the £5bn windfall tax on the utilities promised, and implemented, 20 years ago by the supposed evil neoliberal Tony Blair.
Having finally won control of the Labour party after three decades of Stakhanovite effort, what radical programme have these great revolutionaries pledged to the nation? Four extra bank holidays.
The good news for Labour is that what I saw in the focus groups were people unimpressed by the Tories, desperate for an opposition and itching to vote Labour again if only Corbyn would get out of the way. It suggests a new leader could take the fight to Theresa May very rapidly. The bad news is that once people have broken a lifelong Labour habit – and shattered a taboo by voting Tory – they may never come back.
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Choosing the perfect prom dress can be a stressful affair – unless, of course, your mom has a rocking one stashed away in her closet. More and more teens these days are donning their moms’ old frocks to the big night, and you know what? They look absolutely bomb.
We can’t even blame them for wanting to borrow. According to PromGirl, the leading online Prom dress retailer in the US, a prom night in 2017 can cost over $2000 in total! Mind you, this is only if you completely blow out on limo rentals, fancy dinner, and a professional photoshoot. But most prom tickets alone cost over $100, and a trendy dress can run up to 4 times as much. By reaching for your mom’s vintage vestments, you’re not only bringing chic retro styles back to life, but you’re saving yourself loads of money and hassle (and you just might overfill your mom’s heart with pride).
Most recently, a high school senior named Ally Johnson from Hilliard, Ohio, decided to sport her mom’s sumptuous gown from 1995 to her own prom. “People were shocked, they didn’t think that could have been my mom’s senior prom dress,” she told TODAY Style. “It’s a vintage, old Hollywood look.” Scroll down to see more beauties who looked picture perfect for prom in their moms’ old threads! (h/t)
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