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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Amy Schumer's Husband: Autistic Diagnosis - Netflix Show 'Growing'

Amy Schumer told Seth Meyers on his show 'Late Night' the reason she revealed her husband Chris Fischer's autism diagnosis, as seen in Amy's new Netflix comedy special 'Growing'.

"We both wanted to talk about it because it's been totally positive," Amy said, who is pregnant with her first child with Chris.

"I think some people resist getting diagnosed… because of the stigma that comes along with it," she said. "But the tools we've been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life so much more manageable."

In 'Growing', Amy talks about her marriage and her pregnancy, the fact that Fischer recently found out he has high-functioning autism, aka Asperger's syndrome.

"I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma," Amy told Meyers. "I think a lot of people with autism who go undiagnosed when I think their life could be better if they got those tools."

Amy also added the same sentiments she shared in her stand-up special when she said it was because of Chris's personality quirks possibly stemming from him being autistic, that she fell in love with him in the first place.

"And I wouldn't trade him in for anybody," Amy said, with a heartfelt smile.

Here is a clip with Seth:

Josie's Juice has just finished watching the Netflix special and we highly recommend it!

Plus: we love people with autism, young and old.

Watch 'Growing' now on Netflix.

Trailer below:

Monday, 4 March 2019

The Prodigy's Keith Flint dies, aged 49

Keith Flint, frontman of the 1990s electronic band The Prodigy, has died aged 49 at his home.

Police were called to the singer's home in Dunmow, Essex at around 8am this morning (UK time) following what they called 'concerns for his welfare'.

Flint was found dead inside the property and police say they are not treating the death as suspicious.
Flint became one of the faces of the Britpop genre in the 1990s with his full on style and punk hair.
The band's hit 'Breathe' is STILL one of the best songs - huge fan here.
RIP Keith.

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4. You will be required to provide proof of identity (driver’s license or passport or extract of birth certificate).

5. Please be honest with your answers and complete the form to the best of your ability.

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Saturday, 2 March 2019


Forgive me if I took my time in writing this piece while I brought myself up to speed on this whole Jordyn Woods / Khloe Kardashian / Tristan Thompson saga... I am usually up on the whole Kardash / Jenner situazione but this one threw me because 1) I have other things happening in my life, and 2) I was researching that whole Momo Challenge thing... (you can read about that HERE).

ICYMI, Kylie Jenner’s former BFF Jordyn Woods (yes, that's right - try to keep up here) finally shared her side of the story - that is, that she moved in on her BFF's sister's partner (have I lost you yet?).

Sitting down with Jada Pinkett-Smith on her show Red Table Talk, Jordyn broke her silence on the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal. That hyper link right there is the WHOLE interview in case you want to watch it.

Approx, oh, 28 minutes after it aired, Khloe Kardashian hit Twitter, smashing Jordyn’s story to smithereens.
Here is that Tweet:
Khloe went hard, accusing Jordyn of “lying” and berated her for going public as a way to “save yourself”.
Despite Khloe’s insistence that Jordyn hadn’t reached out privately to apologise to her, Jordyn told Jada the two actually had spoken.
“I did as much apologising as I could do over the phone, over text. Until I get the opportunity to apologise face-to-face,” she said.
Khloe disagreed: “You’re the reason my family broke up!”
But the model is adamant that’s not the case.
“I know I’m not the reason Tristan and Khloe are not together,” she told Jada during the Facebook Watch show. “This situation may have made it harder for her to want to be with him, and I understand that, but I know I’m not the reason.”
Khloe HAD been keeping quiet on social media since the scandal broke, but she quickly posted a second Tweet after fans questioned why she wasn’t savaging her partner and father of her child — Tristan Thomspon — on social media too. Then, she said:
In case you wanna know the details, Jordyn claims Thompson kissed her as she was leaving his house, but there was “no passion” and “no tongue” involved. She also denies spending the night with Thompson.
Adding to all the drama, makeup mogul and YouTube star Jeffree Star Tweeted his reaction to the interview with a video about “these idiots”, alleging that Jordyn and Tristan have been together for months.
Jeffree Star said: “Now what Khloe and Tristan need to do is shut the f*ck up, turn your iPhones off, and focus on coparenting.”
And then:

Friday, 1 March 2019

Momo Challenge: what's it all about?

What THE HELL is this Momo Challenge?

I first heard about it, like many, about 48 hours ago. Since then, the headlines on this ridiculousness have escalated, and have now reached fever pitch.

I, in a ROUNDABOUT way, tried to ask my 11 year old daughter if she'd heard about... but didn't want to tell her TOO much.

And just tonight she said:

"Mum, I want to warn you about something... but it's something you probably want to warn ME about it..."

Immediately, I knew she was referring to the Momo Challenge.

I swiftly proceeded to tell her how crazy and stupid the whole thing is (natural protective defence mechanism in play), and told her the original photos came from random posts about a weird cartoonish but scary figure developed by a Japanese special effects company, and in its full length version it's a half bulging eye woman, half chicken feet arty thing.

And then... news that our beloved Peppa Pig was also implicated in this madness? YES!

Plus, suddenly: children watching Peppa Pig at risk of self harm? How can this be so?

Earlier this week a Twitter user warned parents around the world that “a thing called ‘Momo’” was instructing children to kill themselves and others.
In a tweet shared on Wednesday, claims were made that the scary figure appearing during kid’s videos was inciting kids them to self harm or commit violence against their family.
It alleged games and Youtube videos were being hacked and harmful messages transmitted to kids.
However, experts are arguing the Momo Challenge is nothing but a viral hoax perpetuated by frightened parents AND news outlets.
As news of the Momo Challenge spreads, parents have actually shared videos of their terrified children and called into radio stations, claiming the videos are real and the Momo figure is causing some real issues right inside their homes.
“Parents please be aware and very cautious of what your child watches on YouTube and KIDS YOUTUBE,” the tweet warned.
“There is a thing called ‘Momo’ that’s instructing kids to kill themselves, turn on stoves while everyone is sleep (sic) and even threatening to tell their parents.
“It doesn’t come on instantly so it’s almost as if it waits for you to leave the room then comes on in mid show.
But, what's actually happening is...
The Momo Challenge is a cyberbullying trend prevalent on platforms like WhatsApp, through which children receive anonymous threatening messages tied to pictures of Momo.
But there is no evidence to suggest the phenomenon actually exists.
Even mental health groups in the UK are labelling it as "fake news" with a "moral panic" actually spread by adults.
Police in Northern Ireland have even suggested the challenge could be part of a wider phishing scam "by hackers who are looking for personal info".
There is in fact very little evidence to suggest the viral trend is anything more than unsubstantiated rumours fuelled by media coverage. Yep, like this. But we hope THIS story instead dispels the myths.
Even reports the Momo thing was embedding itself into YouTube videos on Fortnite and Peppa Pig are unfounded.
The claim (which originated on Facebook) was picked up super quick by social media users, with Kim Kardashian even picking it up, warning parents of the threat on Instagram.
YouTube was forced to respond to these controversial claims, noting it had been paying "close attention to these reports".
"Despite press reports of this challenge surfacing, we haven't had any recent links flagged or shared with us from YouTube."
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner believes parents should be keeping tabs on their child's viewing habits all the same.
"Active parental engagement and oversight of a child's online activities is critical from the start, to help ensure they are prepared for what they may encounter," it said.
Here is a Tweet warning parents:

We actually starting hearing about it two days ago on the Kyle and Jackie O show.
One mum claimed her six-year-old daughter was convinced to turn on the stove in her home by the 'online monster'.
Another mother said her child could no longer sleep in her own bed without crying.
“It got to the point that she couldn’t be at home, in her own home, to feel safe,” said another.
The numerous stories led to Kyle and Jackie O to deem this a “sick maniac” behind the challenge, and to be locked up.
Despite the news of “child suicide” and “self-harm”, actual verified incidences of self harm are yet to be confirmed.
“Contrary to press reports, we have not received any evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube,” a spokesperson said.
“Content of this kind would be in violation of our policies and removed immediately.”
The Momo Challenge actually started to get attention in August 2018 but has suddenly regained its popularity after being posted online.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Support services are available for children and teens at Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Cardinal George Pell: found guilty of child sexual assault

Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of child sexual abuse after a trial in Melbourne.

He was once the third most powerful man in the Vatican and Australia’s most senior Catholic.

A jury delivered the unanimous verdict on 11 December in Melbourne’s county court, however the result was subject to a suppression order and could not be reported until now.
A previous trial on the same five charges, which began in August, resulted in a hung jury, leading to a retrial.

Pell is on leave from his role in Rome as Vatican treasurer, was found guilty of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 16 as well as four charges of an indecent act with a child under the age of 16. The offences occurred in December 1996 and early 1997 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, months after Pell was inaugurated as archbishop of Melbourne.
He will be sentenced on Wednesday (tomorrow), having been out on bail since the verdict and recovering from knee surgery.
Pope Francis, who has previously praised Pell for his honesty and response to child sexual abuse, has yet to publicly react.
However, just two days after the unreported verdict in December the Vatican announced that Pell and two other cardinals had been removed from the pontiff's council of advisers.
All along, it has been indicated that Pell’s conviction would result in a likely imprisonment.
The case against Pell centred around events of more than 22 years ago.
Says this article in The Guardian:
The jury found that in the second half of December 1996, while he was archbishop of Melbourne, Pell walked in on two 13 year old choirboys after Sunday mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral and sexually assaulted them.
The complainant, who is now aged 35 and cannot be named, said he and the other choirboy had separated from the choir procession as it exited the church building. The prosecution’s case hinged on his evidence, as the other victim died in 2014 after a heroin overdose. Neither victim told anyone about the offending at the time.
After leaving the procession, the complainant said, he and the other boy snuck back into the church corridors and entered the priest’s sacristy, a place they knew they should not be. There they found some sacramental wine and began to drink. The complainant alleged that Pell had walked in on them and told them something to the effect of they were in trouble.
Pell manoeuvred his robes to expose his penis. He stepped forward, grabbed the other boy by the back of his head, and forced the boy’s head on to his penis, the complainant told the court.
Pell then did the same thing to the complainant, orally raping him. Once he had finished, he ordered the complainant to remove his pants, before fondling the complainant’s penis and masturbating himself. The complainant said the attack only lasted a few minutes, and the boys left the room afterwards, hung up their choir robes and went home.
Being in the choir was a condition of the complainant’s scholarship to attend St Kevin’s College, an elite independent school in the affluent inner-Melbourne suburb of Toorak, the court heard.
The article continues:
“I knew a scholarship could be given or taken away even at that age,” the complainant told the court. “And I didn’t want to lose that. It meant so much to me. And what would I do if I said such a thing about an archbishop? It’s something I carried with me the whole of my life.”
The complainant alleged that either later that year in 1996, or in early 1997, Pell attacked him again. He said he was walking down a hallway to the choristers’ change room, again after singing at Sunday solemn mass at the cathedral, when Pell allegedly pushed him against the wall and squeezed his genitals hard through his choir robes, before walking off.
The complainant told the court that after the attacks he could not fathom what had happened to him and that he dealt with it by pushing it to the “darkest corners and recesses” of his mind.
In his police statement, the complainant said he remembered Pell “being a big force in the place”.
“He emanated an air of being a powerful person,” he said. “I’ve been struggling with this a long time … and my ability to be here. Cos I think Pell has terrified me my whole life … he was [later] in the Vatican. He was an extremely, presidentially powerful guy who had a lot of connections.”
In his closing address, the crown prosecutor Mark Gibson told the jury their verdict would come down to whether they believed the complainant beyond reasonable doubt. They should find the complainant an honest witness, Gibson said.
Pell pleaded not guilty from the beginning. He was interviewed by a Victorian detective, Christopher Reed, in Rome in October 2016, and the video of that interview was played to the court. In that interview Pell described the allegations as “a load of garbage and falsehood”.
When Reed said the attacks were alleged to have occurred after Sunday mass, Pell responded: “That’s good for me as it makes it even more fantastically impossible.” 
Pell’s defence team told the jury there were so many improbabilities in the prosecution’s case that they should conclude the abuse could not have happened. Richter said it was unlikely that two boys could leave the choir procession after mass unnoticed or that the sacristy would be unattended or left unlocked, or that Pell would be able to manoeuvre his robes to show his penis in the way described by the complainant. The robes were brought into the court for jurors to view.
Richter used a PowerPoint presentation in the retrial during his closing address to the jurors, something he did not do in the first. One of the slides read: “Only a madman would attempt to rape two boys in the priests’ sacristy immediately after Sunday solemn mass.” 
In his directions to the jury, the judge, Peter Kidd, told them that the trial was not an opportunity to make Pell a scapegoat for the failures of the Catholic church.
The jury took less than four days to reach their unanimous verdict.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Mel Schilling: "I'm always going to call out that behaviour." Response to Bronson's use of 'c' word

Mel Schilling, the psychologist on 'Married At First Sight' who called show participant Bronson out for the use of his word c*nt on TV, stands by her words.

Mel Schilling on 'Talking Married'

On 'Talking Married', the weekly show which features interviews with 'married' couples from current and past #MAFS seasons, as well as the resident TV experts, Mel joined relationships expert John Aiken for a prerecorded interview where the elephant in the room was tackled head on.

With a gazillion comments written on myriad social media posts, as well as articles deconstructing what happened during last Sunday's commitment ceremony, even a petition to have Mel sacked (at least count with over 61,000 signatures), Mel and John answered questions from the wonderful show hosts Shelly Horton and Jayne Azzopardi, with the line of questioning centring on Mel confrontation of Bronson for his choice of language directed to his TV bride Ines.

But the psychologist stands by her words, despite massive public backlash against her.

"It's actually never excusable to use that language toward anyone," she told the panel on Wednesday night's episode of 'Talking Married'.

"It's disrespectful, and it cuts down someone's self esteem and it can have lasting effects. So, I'm always going to call out that behaviour."

Missed the 'Talking Married' ep? Here it is in full, and the Mel and John interview is in segment two of this episode:


Mel took Bronson to task about a derogatory term he used to describe his wife Ines, where he said about her during the commitment ceremony:

"When we did the questionnaire thing, Ines was amazing that night," he began.
"Like really amazing, I loved her to pieces that night. The next morning, the hulk come out. Straight back to BEEP.
"I'm not calling her a BEEP, I'm just saying she acts like a BEEP."
And then Mel started with her advice to Bronson.
"When you use language like that in relation to a woman, how do you expect her to respond to you? A tip from me to you: Don't use language like that if you want any chance of a relationship," she told Bronson.

This week, speaking on 'Talking Married' about the now controversial comment, Mel also made a point of making it clear that gender has nothing to do with the advice she gives participants.

"If you looked around the room and saw all of the brides and grooms, their reaction was the same. Using that language is inappropriate and in any setting toward any person, I'm going to call that out whether it's a man or a woman."

Mel also let viewers know that future drama is to happen further into the experiment, in which "the women are called to account on a number of occasions, so there really is quite a balanced approach."

Both John and Mel addressed the public backlash surrounding the commitment ceremony, and John Aiken put it all into perspective.

"My thoughts are that people are absolutely invested in this show and in the couples, and they were really outraged by some of the behaviours that they've seen."

And the biggest reveal of all?

The expert reminded viewers that during filming, the experts aren't privy to the footage that viewers see on TV, "So we're dealing with what's in front of us."

What? Wow!

So, while many are defending Bronson in line with the context of Innes's behaviour, Mel and all the experts are not seeing what we're seeing! Now that's a revelation for sure.

For those playing at home, Bronson and Ines have had a fiery start to their TV marriage right from the get go.

On first sight, Ines walked up the aisle to lay eyes for the first time on her new groom and what he got was: "Can you take your eyebrow ring out please?"

On learning Bronson was a stripper (he actually still owns a stripper hire company), Ines was not impressed with his past profession. It all went downhill from there.

On their honeymoon, while the pair were on a boat en route to a parasailing adventure, Ines is visibly shaken and Bronson is seen asking the boat skipper questions about the expedition, seemingly distressing Ines further. She tells Bronson to "shut the fuck up."

During the exchange, Ines says:
"The less talking you do, it’s going to be better for me, I’m trying to compose myself,” she tells Bronson.
"Just breathe deeply," Bronson, her new husband offers.
"Shut the fu** up. When I say don’t speak shut the fu** up. Get me off the boat," she yells.
At this stage, Bronson stops playing the nice guy and admits: "As a human, you are a horrible person."

He then looks at the cameraman and asks, "Ah, too late to get a divorce?"
Bronson goes on to defend himself in front of the camera. "If I’m in the wrong... but trying to talk to someone and getting shut down and told to shut up, no I don’t think anyone deserves that."
Missed the drama?
Here is that clip for reference:
Back to the 'Talking Married' ep. John adds during the interview, the derogatory word said by Bronson's was a shock to all, "not only us, but everyone in the room… That sort of language is totally inappropriate, and we'll call it every time."

Following the controversial commitment ceremony, John acknowledged Bronson was sorry and aware "he overstepped the mark with that language."

"You saw a very marked difference in reactions between Bronson and Ines during that debrief," he added.

On the 'Talking Married' desk that night was also season five groom Ryan Gallagher, who came out in full support of Mel, asserting that the backlash against the expert was "very unfair".

"Mel backed me from the start… she called Davina out and everything she did to me. She's not biased at all… she's fantastic."


'Married At First Sight' Season 6 airs Sunday at 7pm and Monday to Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine. For more on MAFS, including past episodes and behind-the-scenes clips, head to the MAFS official site.