Archives for August, 2009

Celebrities

Joey Pants And "No Kidding, Me Too!" Head To Iraq


I’ve mentioned Joey Pants a couple of times here at Celebrity Psychings, but in case you need brought up to speed: In addition to being a pretty well-known face on the big screen, Joey Pants – along with a slew of other celebs – is on a mission to stomp out the stigma of mental illness with his organization No Kidding, Me Too! (NKM2).

To help spread the word about NKM2’s mission, the importance of mental health awareness, and how his own experiences with mental illness led to his involvement with mental health advocacy, Pants has spent this year touring the country with his new documentary (also titled “No Kidding, Me Too!”) and sitting for question and answer sessions with viewers.

However, today Pants is taking the tour international and spending 12 days in Iraq with America’s troops, and this past Saturday he hosted a live broadcast on Ustream to discuss the event. (If you didn’t see the broadcast, you can watch the recording from NKM2’s front page.) Over the next 12 days, Pants will basically live in our troops’ barracks when he’s not traveling via Black Hawk to host twice-a-day viewings of the documentary and hold discussion sessions with the soldiers about his experiences, their experiences, and coping mechanisms.

I watched the broadcast Saturday and, simply put, was so amazed and impressed with Pants’ raw candor. From his morning bathroom habits (and I’m putting that lightly) to his daily antidepressants, there was very little Pants didn’t address.

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Joey Pants Talks Stigma and Upcoming Iraq Trip Live on Ustream


If you're looking for something to do this Saturday (that's today!), Joey Pantoliano will be live on Ustream at 2 EST, the first live web broadcast for the Stomp the Stigma Tour when Joey will talk about the upcoming trip to Iraq.

Visit the No Kidding, Me Too! website or Ustream's NKM2 page for details.

Plus, don't forget to follow NKM2 on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!

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Athletes

Is Michael Vick Positioned To Be A "Role Model"?



A couple of years ago, I decided I wasn’t going to eat meat anymore. I also decided I wasn’t going to buy anything tested on animals, wear anything made from an animal, or buy anything that contained animal by-products.

If you’ve ever gone vegan or vegetarian, you know it’s a pretty big lifestyle change. It doesn’t happen over night. Generally, you need some help, and for that I turned to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – or, PETA. For a long time the organization was my one-stop shop for everything from information about cruelty-free companies to vegetarian recipes to petitions to stop animal abuse.

Given all that, one might think it was difficult for me to turn my back on PETA.

It wasn’t.

Back in January, I very quickly made the decision to stop all association with the animal rights group. In addition to being an animal rights advocate, I am also a mental health advocate, and was outraged when I discovered PETA Founder and President Ingrid Newkirk was using the stigma of mental illness – the stigma I’ve spent nearly half a decade trying to combat – to scare and manipulate NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell into refusing to allow a "psychopath" to resume his position as a role model.

Fast forward more than half a year: Vick is out of prison, has been signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, and seems to be on the path to getting his life back together.

“Good for him,” I said.

“Oh, hell no,” many others said.

It wasn’t really until numerous “Do you approve or disapprove of the Philadelphia Eagles signing Michael Vick?” poll started showing up in my Facebook stream did I really start paying attention to the number of folks on the “Oh, hell no” side.

After talking with several of my friends, the main reason seems to be: “He’s supposed to be a role model for kids.”

"Role model." Hmm. There was that label again, and there I was disagreeing again, which led me to think maybe I needed to spend a little more time evaluating what I thought about Michael Vick and what it means to be a role model.

My conclusion?

I think - if he continues on the path he's on and the things he says and does are sincere - Michael Vick is in a perfect position to be a role model.

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Celebrities

Spears & Lohan Reunion: Good? Bad? Meh, Let's Wait



Growing up, you probably had That Friend (or, several of Those Friends) your parents warned you to stay away from. Reasons varied - they were wild, smoked, drank, used drugs, had no curfews, cussed, whatever - but Reasons were there and you were to Stay Away.

Maybe you listened, maybe you didn't. Maybe you hung out with That Friend and life was fine, or maybe you ignored That Friend and, in retrospect, wish you hadn't. Whatever the case, at the time, your parents felt they new what was best for you. Maybe now you're a parent who feels the same way.

Apparently, the general public feels it knows what's best, too, and has decided to take on some less caring, more snarky parental roles with Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.

At the risk of sounding tabloidish (*cough*), Spears and Lohan were photographed together at the Grand Star Jazz Club a couple of weekends ago and, given the ladies' history together and their own personal battles, the overall consensus is that nothing good can come of the rekindled friendship (BlackBook actually titled their article about the two "Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan Make Poor Life Choice Together").

The reality is that yes, sometimes two people with issues (mental illness, drug abuse - whatever those issues might be) don't do so well hanging out together - even if both people seem to be on the mend.

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Celebrities

Hugh Grant Supports New UK Social Media Health Site



According to , Hugh Grant is one of several celebrities endorsing healthtalkonline, a new social media health site set up by Dr. Ann McPherson and geared toward providing people with patient advice, information about numerous health conditions, and a large forum where people can gather to discuss their experiences with illnesses.

In addition to sections for cancer, heart disease, pregnancy and children, chronic health...
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Celebrities

Not Everyone Hates Miley Cyrus



Jamie Foxx might not care too much for her (I know, I know - he apologized), but 53-year-old Mark McLeod believes he and Miley Cyrus are destined to be together.

On July 29, 2009, TMZ reported McLeod was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction on June 23 in Tybee Island, GA (the area’s local news source, The Coastal...
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