Cardi B Hit Back at Someone Who Said We Need Less of Her and More Women Like Melania Trump

Cardi B is something of a political junkie—and if you didn’t know that, you really haven’t been paying attention. So it’s not surprising the rapper had her eye on last night’s (August 25) Republican National Convention, where First Lady Melania Trump spoke about her husband and why he should be reelected president. 

While Cardi didn’t comment directly on the speech, she definitely didn’t hold back when DeAnna Lorraine—a former Republican congressional candidate—tweeted, “America needs far more women like Melania Trump and far less like Cardi B.”

Cardi‘s response included a reference to her new hit song. “Didn’t she used to sell that Wap?” the rapper wrote. 

She then shared an old, nude photo of Trump, writing, “This pic giving me ‘yea you fuckin wit some wet ass pussy’ vibes …just sayin.” (Hopefully, Cardi B didn’t intend for her comments about Melania Trump to be slut-shamey in any way.) 

Lorraine, of course, hit back at Cardi B with this problematic tweet: 

“Cardi B: 

-drugged & robbed men during her time as a ‘stripper’. 

-raps songs about her genitalia, corrupting our youth. 

-her husband cheated on her and she told the youth of America that it’s okay to stay with a cheating man. 

…and Joe Biden & Kamala Harris campaign with her!”

Cardi B hasn’t responded to this most recent tweet—but she does have some thoughts for those who find “WAP” too vulgar, as Lorraine apparently does. “The people that the song bothers are usually conservatives or really religious people, but my thing is I grew up listening to this type of music,” she said on an Australian radio show. “Other people might think it’s strange and vulgar, but to me it’s almost like really normal, you know what I’m saying?”

“You wanna know something? It’s what people wanna hear,” she continued. “If people didn’t wanna hear it, if they were so afraid to hear it, it wouldn’t be doing as good.” 

The Britney Spears Conservatorship Situation, Fully Explained

Britney Spears’s private life has been on display ever since she burst on the scene back in the late ’90s with “…Baby One More Time.” It seems that every few months, new questions arise about the conservatorship the pop icon has been under since 2008 (initially with her father, Jamie Spears, in charge), with some fans even starting a #FreeBritney campaign. 

But what, exactly, does a conservatorship mean, and what does the Spears family have to say about it? Let’s break it all down. 

What is a conservatorship? 

According to the Judicial Branch of California’s official website, a conservatorship is “a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the ‘conservator’) to care for another adult (called the ‘conservatee’) who cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her own finances.”

In February 2008, Britney Spears was put under a temporary psychiatric hold in Los Angeles, where she was treated at a UCLA facility. Following those measures, her father and an attorney were granted a temporarythen permanent (in October 2008)conservatorship over her assets, estate, and business affairs. 

The order has been in place ever since, though Jamie stepped down as a conservator in September 2019 due to “personal health reasons,” with Britney’s longtime “care manager,” Jodi Montgomery, taking his place.  

In August 2020, People obtained new court documents that show Britney is “strongly opposed” to Jamie returning as conservator and instead “strongly prefers” Montgomery continue in the role. “We are now at a point where the conservatorship must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes,” Britney’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, says in the filing, according to the outlet.

There is a certain segment of the internet that’s become convinced Britney is sending secret messages to fans asking for help. It really gained steam back in 2019 but seems to pop back up again every few months, especially when Brit is active on social media. The gist is that fans think Britney wants out of the conservatorship, and they’ve started a movement, #FreeBritney, to support her. For a really deep dive on the movement, click here.

She even responded to fans concerned about her well-being with an Instagram post in April 2019. 

What does her family say about all of this? 

In July 2020, Jamie Lynn Spears shut down someone on social media who was questioning her older sister’s mental health. “You have no right to assume anything about my sister. And I have no right to speak about HER health and personal matters,” she wrote to the commenter. “She is a strong, badass, unstoppable woman, and that’s the only thing that is OBVIOUS.”

In August 2020, Jamie Spears finally spoke out about the #FreeBritney movement

“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue,” he told Page Six. “It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business. I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year. How the hell would I steal something?”

Jamie Spears also spoke out about the aggressive behavior of some fans. “People are being stalked and targeted with death threats,” he said. “It’s horrible. We don’t want those kinds of fans. I love my daughter. I love all my kids. But this is our business. It’s private.”

In late August 2020, news came to light that Jamie Lynn Spears had been appointed trustee of Britney’s SJB Revocable Trust, which means she’s responsible for making sure Britney’s fortune is placed in a trust that will benefit her children in the event of her death. The appointment happened in 2018, according to Entertainment Tonight. 

This post may be updated as new information becomes available. 

The Hills: Every Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag Fight, Ranked by Ridiculousness

What happens: Lauren tells Heidi she doesn’t think Spencer is a good person and that she’ll “be there for her when he screws her over—’cause he will.” Very harsh. (Also, knowing what I know about hangovers, I’m 83 percent sure they’re hungover in this scene.) 

Ridiculous factor: 7

Rationale: This was, essentially, the inciting incident that led to Lauren and Heidi’s falling out. Was it a bit preemptive? Could Lauren have maybe let her 21-year-old friend date a douche in peace like I did with my idiot friends at that age? Yes. 

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What happens: Heidi feels Lauren is making her choose between keeping her best friend and keeping her boyfriend. Lauren says Heidi doesn’t have to choose…but “she’s chosen.” 

Ridiculous factor: 7.9  

Rationale: Lauren had some legitimate grounds to be upset here: Her best friend was straight-up ignoring her. To me, this signaled the true end of their friendship. There was no coming back from this stage, which begs the question…who got the cats?

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What happens: Heidi (freakin’) IMs Lauren and asks if they can get together to talk. 

Ridiculous factor: 9

Rationale: I mean, this was logistical. They needed to make plans to yell at each other, and Heidi kickstarted those plans. Via (freakin’) IM.

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What happens: Lauren and Heidi’s first encounter post-sex tape rumors. Lauren yells, “You know what you did!” to Heidi. It’s since become reality TV canon. 

Ridiculous factor: 9.8 

Rationale: A messy first confrontation was inevitable. Lauren was livid. Heidi was confused. Audrina was…there. Just like most things need to get worse before they get better, this was things getting worse (though, unfortunately, they never got better). 

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What happens: This was the meet-up they scheduled via IM. (See how important that was now?) Heidi makes one final plea to Lauren for forgiveness. She agrees to forgive her—but also to forget her (classic!). Heidi leaves, wistfully, one eye completely covered by her platinum blond hair. 

Ridiculous factor: 10 

Rationale: Reality TV fights don’t get any better than this. It’s the final nail in the coffin that was Lauren and Heidi’s friendship. The bouquet of thorny roses! The tears! Lauren’s truly unfortunate dress! For sheer iconography alone, this is the most essential Lauren-Heidi spat on The Hills. It’s also their most painfully real (or seemingly real, at least). I can’t forgive this one—or forget it. 

Melania Trump Delivered an Unexpectedly Personal Speech at the RNC—and People Have Thoughts

During her speech at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump spoke about her path to citizenship, acknowledged the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and said she would be proud to cast her vote for President Trump this November. In touting her #BeBest campaign, she called out how “mean and manipulative” social media can be—prompting people on social media to note how her husband has used it to target opponents and bash critics. 

The First Lady, who grew up in Slovenia, spoke about coming to the United States at the age of 26, telling the (mask-less) crowd at the White House that she studied for a decade before becoming a citizen. “As an immigrant and a very independent woman, I understand what a privilege it is to live here and to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities we have,” she said. Trump has typically refrained from discussing her personal life, or delivering long public speeches throughout her time in the White House and during her husband’s first presidential run—making her appearance tonight a notable exception. 

Later, Trump said: “Our diverse and storied history is what makes our country strong. And yet, we have so much to learn from one another.”

During Melania Trump’s speech, she also addressed the coronavirus pandemic—not just to praise her husband’s response to it (the United States continues to suffer one of the worst and least controlled outbreaks in the world, with around 1,000 deaths each day), but to acknowledge the toll it has taken on people. “My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one,” she said. “My prayers are with those who are ill or suffering. I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you are not alone.”

Towards the end of the speech, Trump—who previously spoke in support of her husband’s racist “birther” conspiracy theory against Barack Obama—referenced racial violence and called for protestors to remain peaceful. “Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country.… We are not proud of parts of our history.” She added: “I urge people to come together. Stop the violence and looting, though done in the name of justice. Never judge anyone based on the color of their skin.”

Rounding out the speech, she also discussed the opioid epidemic and heightened suicide rates, asking legislators to pass laws that will support individuals and families struggling with addiction. “Lives will be saved,” she said. “If you are struggling with addiction, please seek help. Your life is worth it.” 

On Twitter, some noted that the First Lady expressed more compassion for suffering Americans during the pandemic than most other speakers at the Republican National Convention thus far. Other called out the fact that much of what Trump said did not seem to align with either the messages or the policies that her husband—whose most consistent re-election tactic is stoking division in the country—has relied on since he announced his initial run. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Dogs Just Made the Cutest Appearance in a New Video

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have two dogs named Guy and Pula, according to People. But like most things related to the Sussexes, we don’t see much of them on social media. The duke and duchess like to keep things private for the most part—especially as they reportedly settle into their new home in Montecito, California. 

Which is why the dogs popping up in this new video is so exciting. Markle sat down for a “backyard chat” with Gloria Steinem to discuss representation and voting, and at one point Guy and Pula make an appearance. 

“[They] wants to be on camera,” Steinem jokes as Markle bends down to pet the two dogs. It’s all very cute. Check it out for yourself, below. 

Of course, the interview (which debuts in full on August 26) is much more important than this adorable pooch moment. “People forget how hard women like you and so many others before you fought for us to just be where we are right now,” Markle says to Steinem during the chat to which she replies, “If you don’t vote, you don’t exist. It is the only place we’re all equal, the voting booth.”

Later, Steinem says, “What worries me the most are young people, who I understand are the least likely to vote and I can understand the feeling that they don’t think they have an impact. Yet, it’s more important for them to vote than anyone else because they’re going to be alive long after I am, and they’re going to be suffering the consequences.”

Voting is a topic Meghan Markle is passionate about. She spoke at the The 19th* virtual summit last week about it, noting how Prince Harry’s had to stay politically neutral his whole life (in keeping with royal protocol).

“When I have these conversations about encouraging people to go out and vote, I think it’s often challenging for men and women alike and certainly for people to remember just how hard it was to get the right to vote. And to be really aware and not taking that for granted,” she said. “My husband for example—he’s never been able to vote.”

Cardi B Has This to Say to Anyone Who Thinks ‘WAP’ Is Too ‘Vulgar’

Cardi B is currently at the top of the charts—again—with her and Megan Thee Stallion’s hit collaboration, “WAP.” Translation? “Wet ass p—y.” The song is all about female sexual liberation—and, yes, it includes some lyrics that may be NSFW. But Cardi B has a message for anyone who’s calling it too “vulgar.” 

“The people that the song bothers are usually conservatives or really religious people, but my thing is I grew up listening to this type of music,” she said on the Australian radio show The Kyle and Jackie O Show. “Other people might think it’s strange and vulgar, but to me it’s almost like really normal, you know what I’m saying?”

She continued, “You wanna know something? It’s what people wanna hear. If people didn’t wanna hear it, if they were so afraid to hear it, it wouldn’t be doing as good.” 

Cardi B has a point. The song’s astronomical success speaks to people’s desire for this type of content. Obviously, though, she’s aware the song is for adults and noted in the interview, “Of course I don’t want my child to listen to this song.” 

“WAP” may have some over-the-top lyrics, but it firmly gives women their own sexual agency—that’s what makes it so great. Madonna did a similar thing in the nineties with her Erotica period, an era in her career that was also viewed as lewd or inappropriate. But it was all about shifting power from men to women, just like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are doing now. 

“My music is always going to make a woman feel like a bad bitch,” Cardi B told ELLE earlier this year. “When you make a woman feel like she’s the baddest bitch in the room, to me, that’s female empowerment.” 

Very happy to see Cardi B is shaking off the haters—not that there are many of them. Need I remind you, again, that “WAP” is the number one song in the country. 

The ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ Isn’t Dead—She Has Just Evolved

They were not wrong—to an extent. As more and more women filmmakers have been producing works from their lens, and male filmmakers have actively fought against the trope, the amount of blatant Manic Pixie Dream Girls have drastically decreased into the 2010s. Still, when I tuned into Chemical Hearts on Amazon, I began to question whether the MPDG had simply found a loophole: the tragic backstory.

In Chemical Hearts, we meet Henry Page (Euphoria’s Austin Abrams), a dull senior in high school whose most significant accomplishment is his spot as editor of the school newspaper. He has a couple of close friends, his parents are still together, and he has nothing to write for his college essay. His favorite hobby is smashing perfectly good vases to perform Kintsugi—the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold to create something even more beautiful. A perfect metaphor, it would just so happen, for his attempts to woo transfer student Grace Town (Lili Reinhart).

She has all the makings of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl—her disinterest in being Henry’s co-editor rattles him out of his ennui, as does her nonchalant attitude, mysterious injury, and affinity for poetry. “I think you’re the most confusing human being I have ever met,” he tells her at one point, to which she replies, “I think I’m just the most confused human being you’ve ever met and that confuses you.” Deep. 

I don’t mean to be cynical—and I should clarify that I haven’t read the book written by Krystal Sutherland, which possibly lends much more nuance to Grace. However, in this adaptation by screenwriter and director Richard Tenne, she simply feels like another piece of clay Henry fails to mend. 

One could argue that Grace is not a Manic Pixie Dream Girl because she has her own history: Before joining Henry’s class, she was—spoiler—in an accident that took the life of her longterm boyfriend and left her with a severe injury. I’m sure many would point out the story is a warning against Henry’s mounting obsession with a girl who has her own life and trauma to work through. The problem is that we never get to see the world through her eyes.

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The ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ Isn’t Dead—She’s Just Evolved

They were not wrong—to an extent. As more and more women filmmakers have been producing works from their lens, and male filmmakers have actively fought against the trope, the amount of blatant Manic Pixie Dream Girls have drastically decreased into the 2010s. Still, when I tuned into Chemical Hearts on Amazon, I began to question whether the MPDG had simply found a loophole: the tragic backstory.

In Chemical Hearts, we meet Henry Page (Euphoria’s Austin Abrams), a dull senior in high school whose most significant accomplishment is his spot as editor of the school newspaper. He has a couple of close friends, his parents are still together, and he has nothing to write for his college essay. His favorite hobby is smashing perfectly good vases to perform Kintsugi—the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold to create something even more beautiful. A perfect metaphor, it would just so happen, for his attempts to woo transfer student Grace Town (Lili Reinhart).

She has all the makings of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl—her disinterest in being Henry’s co-editor rattles him out of his ennui, as does her nonchalant attitude, mysterious injury, and affinity for poetry. “I think you’re the most confusing human being I have ever met,” he tells her at one point, to which she replies, “I think I’m just the most confused human being you’ve ever met and that confuses you.” Deep. 

I don’t mean to be cynical—and I should clarify that I haven’t read the book written by Krystal Sutherland, which possibly lends much more nuance to Grace. However, in this adaptation by screenwriter and director Richard Tenne, she simply feels like another piece of clay Henry fails to mend. 

One could argue that Grace is not a Manic Pixie Dream Girl because she has her own history: Before joining Henry’s class, she was—spoiler—in an accident that took the life of her longterm boyfriend and left her with a severe injury. I’m sure many would point out the story is a warning against Henry’s mounting obsession with a girl who has her own life and trauma to work through. The problem is that we never get to see the world through her eyes.

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Ellen Pompeo Says Grey’s Anatomy Made Her Feel Like She Was ‘No Good’ Without Patrick Dempsey

Ellen Pompeo has opened up in the past about how the people who decided salaries on Grey’s Anatomy would often use Patrick Dempsey as “leverage” against her. “[They’d say] ‘We don’t need you; we have Patrick’—which they did for years,” she told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2018. “I don’t know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals. There were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that.”

But it turns out the McDreamy-related friction extended past salary negotiations. In a new interview on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Pompeo says she was made to feel like she was “no good” after Dempsey departed the show. “They had put that in my head for so long, that I was no good without him,” she recalls. “I had to rewrite the ending of that story and, say, well, ‘Who’s right? Am I actually good without him?’ I had to take over that script and rewrite that story and prove to myself that they were wrong.”

She continues, “I was just so beat down and meant to feel like they could do the show without me. Patrick Dempsey leaving the show was that for me. I was like, ‘Oh, I have a window here, now how are they going to tell me they don’t need me?’ You don’t have him, so you can’t use him against me.”

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Can I just say it’s beyond messed up Pompeo was fed this narrative, especially considering she is Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy. Not to quote Lady Bird but: 

This, unfortunately, is a tactic we’ve seen used against women in Hollywood for years—they’re given the horrific impression that they’re replaceable. But thankfully, Ellen Pompeo had the last laugh. She is now the undisputed anchor of Grey’s Anatomy who inked a historic $20 million deal to stay on the show. That, my friends, is karma.

The Best Home Exercise Equipment, According to Professional Trainers

Treadmills, weight racks, and row machines are all mainstays at the gym, but the best home exercise equipment is often small, inexpensive, and straightforward to use. Let’s be real, being active can be a huge mood boost when you’re cooped up all day, but keeping up a daily workout routine with limited space and gear is hard. And if you’ve ever tried to replicate a Barry’s Bootcamp class in your living room, you’ll know that weight lifting soup cans and water bottles just isn’t going to cut it. 

Unless you workout for a living, knowing your kettlebells from your dumbbells can feel foreign—so we did the (ahem) legwork for you and reached out to four professional trainers to find out what home workout essentials they swear by. 

From Bosu balls to resistance bands, their picks hit on five types of popular workouts—balance, flexibility, cardio, resistance, and bodyweight training—that you can use now and once you reinstate your gym membership. So download a kickass Spotify playlist, slip into some bike shorts, and get ready to upgrade your bedroom-slash-workout-studio with the best home exercise equipment.

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