Wendy Williams & R. Kelly Hot Topic Hot Mess

So much going on about Wendy Williams and R. Kelly in the media right now. The rumors have been going on for a long time. Sometimes it takes a while – years in some cases for the dirt to cause an avalanche. It seems that both Wendy Williams and R. Kelly are about to face some hard facts and consequences…

Grandstanding Meryl Streep Causing Further Division?

No doubt Meryl Streep is a talented actress. She has the right to her opinion and we as an audience have the right to voice our opinion that is how an open forum of communication works. There were many hurt feelings beyond Donald Trump’s after Streep received her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Golden Globes on Sunday. A little back story, many times artists are told ahead of time that they will be receiving an award in order to get them to appear on a show. Therefore, it is likely to assume that Meryl Streep was aptly prepared with a memorized speech in her head or helped remembered by the monitors. Although I agree with what she said in regards to Trump, I didn’t agree with what she said about the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) not being an art. One can like a whole pizza except for soggy crust.
Meryl Streep’s speech and the aftermath brought up some interesting points about whether or not she should have spoke out and up during her acceptance speech and who has the “right” to speak up and out about certain topics at all. After some heated twitter trolling, another photographer (Skittles) and I talked about Meryl Streep’s diss moment regarding Elitism and communication.

Happy Birthday Billy Bush

exclusive-kat-billy-bush-3aAlthough you may be celebrating your birthday under unusual circumstances with the Trump Access Hollywood video backlash, please enjoy your day with your friends & family. Especially your family that includes 3 daughters that someday will have to navigate the dangerous waters of sexual harassment, objectification, power games by superiors and sexual assault. Your daughters will have to someday learn how to {not} expect colleagues to have their back especially when co-workers are trying to be liked by bosses or big wigs.

Your daughters will also have to learn that many men act and think the way their father did in that video. Some men “act” one way in public and another in private. Your children will also learn how challenging it is for women to work in a field where men dominate often with brute force and the difficulty of getting ahead just based on merit and not by looks or giving out sexual favors. Your girls will also find out that some men/women will punish them for speaking up and speaking out. In the coming years, your daughters will learn that some bosses will attempt to fire them for not having sex or for becoming pregnant.

In the Access Hollywood hot mic video, you also demonstrate how manipulative a person can be when they are “coaching” a person to “be nice” to a superior. You enabled a man who just bragged about being able to do whatever he wanted because he was rich. This is what your daughters will have to look forward to – a world where the rich, entitled & powerful get away with being a sexual predator because people like you laugh it off and encourage it.

So happy birthday Billy Bush. Thank you for being a pawn in the game and bringing work place ethics and “locker room talk” to the forefront. Thank you for triggering the pain and the anguish of so many (not just) women who have had to put up with sexual harassment, intimidation, unwanted advances and the good old boy type of Neanderthal actions that so many still think are harmless. Trump’s talk – bragging about assaulting women, forcibly kissing them is not normal or harmless. It is sick. Your encouragement is shameful.

Your daughters [and not to forget your wife] like all of us deserve better. So please enjoy your birthday. May it bring you more wisdom and grace. Don’t worry about losing your position at NBC & The Today Show. I’m certain you can get a new job at FOX.
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