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The Conversation About Jessica Simpson’s Boobs Should Not Be Happening In 2020

Not today, Satan!

If you’ve been in reach of a WIFI connection this week, chances are you’ve heard about the controversy surrounding Jessica Simpson’s mention in Vogue’s oral history of the Met Gala.

Just in case you’ve had some reception issues though, we’ll give you a quick recap. Jessica Simpson shared a fiery post to Instagram this week after noticing that her name appeared in Vogue’s article ‘Only at the Met: An Oral History of the World’s Most Glamorous Gala’.

The article was divided up into chapters where assorted contributors reminisced over different parts of the gala. Chapter nine is titled “Never a dull moment!” It saw most folks talk about their wardrobe malfunctions or spontaneous performances by guests… Anna Wintour wrote about a peahen breaking free and flying around the museum.

Sally Singer (the former Vogue creative digital director), however, chose to write about Jessica Simpson. Her words were:

“One year Jessica Simpson was there with John Mayer. She was wearing Roberto Cavalli and her breasts maybe fell out of her dress on the red carpet…and then at dinner it was suddenly like, whoa, Jessica Simpson’s breasts are across from me at the dinner table and they are on a platter and I’m looking at them. And John Mayer was putting his hands on them at the dinner table. He kind of reached down and I just remember thinking, Oh, celebrities, feel free to play here. That’s what’s going on.”

The controversial gown. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Never mind the fact that a woman wearing a dress that shows cleavage is hardly interesting, it seems insulting that Simpson was reduced to a ditzy celebrity because her boyfriend at the time allegedly groped her.

The singer responded to the comments by sharing the famous photo of Sofia Coppola side-eyeing Jayne Mansfield’s cleavage to Instagram. In her caption she wrote:

“Feeling a little like Jayne Mansfield after reading this (inaccurate!) oral history of the #MetBall where I am body shamed by #SallySinger…

“But in all seriousness I have persevered through shaming my own body and internalizing the world’s opinions about it for my entire adult life. To read this much anticipated article about the classiest fashion event there is and have to be shamed by another woman for having boobs in 2020 is nauseating.”

Since Simpson wore that dress in 2007, there have been countless examples of Met Gala attendees who have chosen to wear risqué outfits. The likes of Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and even Beyoncé have worn gowns that are particularly low-cut. (Remember the year of the naked dress?!) Power to them! It’s a fashion event; you’re allowed to be extra.  

It’s interesting though, that Jessica Simpson – a bigger-busted woman – was singled out in the Vogue article. Having boobs does not make her worthy of a paragraph in chapter nine – especially today.

As Simpson implied in her post, there is no room in 2020 for folks to be shaming a woman for daring to be proud of her body… and definitely not at an event that literally asks its attendees to make bold fashion choices.

Since this post went live, Vogue issued an apology to Jessica Simpson via a statement shared with CNN. They wrote:

“We are sorry that Jessica felt body-shamed by the anecdote in our Met piece. That was never our intent, but we understand her reaction and we apologize for including it.”

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Little Richard Was Not Just A Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend, He Was An LGBT+ Pioneer

"I was wearing makeup and eyelashes when no men were wearing that."

On the morning of Saturday, May 9th (local time) Little Richard died of bone cancer. He was 87 years old.

The musician, who gave us tunes like ‘Good Molly Miss Molly’ and ‘Tutti Frutti’, is quoted referring to himself as the “king and queen” of Rock n’ Roll. He once told Rolling Stone:

“I think my legacy should be that when I started in show business, there wasn’t no such thing as rock & roll.

“It was ‘swing and sway with Sammy Kaye.’ It was John Lee Hooker, Elmore James -and then after a while, here comes Chuck Berry. And when I started with ‘Tutti Frutti,’ that’s when rock really started rocking, with wop-bob-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom, you know?” 

Whether or not you believe he started Rock n’ Roll is one thing (he is widely known as the architect of the music genre). But what’s certain is that this musician had a powerful impact on the music industry and queer representation.

In the New York Times profile on Little Richard, they report that his flamboyant style began well before he was entertaining screaming audiences. As a teen, Little Richard performed in drag, and that gender-bending flair became an iconic part of his personality as a musician.

At a time where socially accepted ‘norms’ on gender were wildly different from where they are today, Little Richard was stepping on stage wearing make-up, big hair and loud outfits. His look, and his sound (equally as influential), inspired the likes of Prince, Elton John and James Brown.

Little Richard performs at London Rock’n’Roll show, Wembley Stadium, London, 5th August 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

But more than that, he boldly, and publicly, questioned our definitions of gender. Little Richard’s androgynous approach to fashion and his flamboyant performance style paved the way for many artists, and fans, for years to come.

Rolling Stone states that he was quoted by filmmaker John Waters, speaking openly about sexuality and acceptance in the late ‘80s.

“I love gay people. I believe I was the founder of gay,” he was quoted saying.

“I’m the one who started to be so bold tellin’ the world! You got to remember my dad put me out of the house because of that. I used to take my mother’s curtains and put them on my shoulders. And I used to call myself at the time the Magnificent One. I was wearing makeup and eyelashes when no men were wearing that. I was very beautiful; I had hair hanging everywhere. If you let anybody know you was gay, you was in trouble; so when I came out I didn’t care what nobody thought. A lot of people were scared to be with me.”

Later in his life, Little Richard is known to have moved away from Rock n’ Roll and towards religion – even going so far as to denounce the LGBT community.

Despite this movement away from his trailblazing ways, however, there’s no denying that his career as an artist transformed the way we experience music and gender, alike.

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Yes, Roy Horn Was The One Attacked By A Tiger During A Siegfried And Roy Show

He was 75.

News has come in this weekend that Roy Horn has died from complications caused by Covid-19.

The 75-year-old entertainer, who was famously known as one half of the Siegfried and Roy duo, was being treated at Mountain View Hospital after being diagnosed with the virus about a month ago.

Roy Horn in 2014. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)

According to reports from the Sydney Morning Herald, Roy Horn was initially “responding well to treatment” after his Covid-19 diagnosis. He died on Friday.

His long-time performance partner Siegfried Fischbacher released a statement on Roy Horn’s battle with Covid-19, SMH shared:

“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” he wrote.

“From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried.

“Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days. I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life.”

As CNN has shared, Horn was famously attacked by a white tiger named Mantecore during a performance on his 59th birthday. His spine was severed and he suffered a stroke. Horn had to learn to walk again.

Both Horn and Fischbacher were born in Germany and began performing in Las Vegas in the late 1960s. At the height of their careers, they gave six performances per week for 44 weeks of the year.

The duo gave their final show for a benefit in 2010.

CNN stated that a public memorial would be held for the entertainer at some stage in the future.

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