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Reader Response: The Different Story of Celebrity Overdoses

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Some of you will remember, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a heroin overdose in February 2014.

I wrote about his death, expressing my sorrow (especially because he’d been doing so well, or seemed to be, last year), and it sparked an interesting conversation about how we react to celebrity drug overdoses compared to how we react to “Regular Joe” overdoses.

(By “we,” I mean the public — not the media.)


Sharon Stone On Confidence, Aging Gracefully, and Today’s Beauty Standards

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Basic Instinct put her on the map, and 20+ years later her attitude toward confidence, aging gracefully, and society’s standards of beauty have kept her there.


Aerie Launches Spring 2014 Campaign: Unretouched Models

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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Copyright American Eagle/Aerie

Aerie has launched its Spring 2014 campaign and guess what’s grabbing the spotlight?

I mean, besides the cheeky panties and push-up bras, that is.

Photos of unretouched models.


Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46; Police Suspect Drug Overdose

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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(UPDATE 2/5/14: Four individuals have been arrested in relation to Hoffman’s drug overdose, according to The New York Daily News and CNN. Authorities found more than 350 bags of heroin in three different apartments. (Upon further investigation, 70 bags of heroin were found in Hoffman’s apartment. Currently, police aren’t certain whether those four individuals sold the heroin to Hoffman or if they’re part of a larger drug ring.)

(UPDATE 2/3/14: CNN reports Hoffman failed to pick up his children Sunday, as was scheduled, and law enforcement found Hoffman surrounded by eight empty bags, the type of which generally contain heroin. The bags were labeled “Ace of Spades” and “Ace of Hearts.” Both are known street names for heroin.)

Celebrity Psychings has sad news to report today: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died.

The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor, famous for his roles as Truman Capote in Capote and Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, was found dead in his New York City apartment at noon (February 2, 2014).

At the time of this post, a cause of death is unknown or has not been released; however, police do suspect a drug overdose due to a needle in his arm:

The official cause of death is still unknown at this point, however, the police confirm to “The Insider With Yahoo” that he may have died of a suspected overdose, as he was found with a needle in his arm.

Hearing about Seymour’s death is especially tragic because — less than one year ago — the actor had completed rehab and was on a seemingly strong road to recovery. He’d wrapped up his role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and, at the time, was working on indie film God’s Pocket.

I’ll update as news becomes available.

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to Hoffman’s three children Tallulah Hoffman, Cooper Alexander Hoffman, and Willa Hoffman, and his partner Mimi O’Donnell.


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Bears Fan Reacts to Brandon Marshall’s Green Cleats, Character, and Fortitude

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Brandon Marshall of the Bears shows off his green shoes to teammate Jay Cutler before last week's game against the Giants. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / October 10, 2013)

Brandon Marshall of the Bears shows off his green shoes to teammate Jay Cutler before last week’s game against the Giants. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune / October 10, 2013)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a guest post by Michael Corbin, hardcore Bears fan and mental health advocate. Corbin is the creator of everyminute.org, a grassroots campaign uniting advocates, mental health professionals and organizations into a single coalition creating a public forum advancing the need and benefit of increased mental health research.)

I grew up in a rural town south of Chicago, and I have been a Bears fan my entire life, and as we Bears fans know, there’s a certain dominant, smash-mouth style of play we expect on the field and in fashion.

This week wide receiver Brandon Marshall took a tough stance in a different fashion than most fans are used to:

He announced he would be wearing lime green cleats in his October 10th game against the New York Giants as a way to attract attention to Mental Health Awareness Week.


The Face of Mental Illness: Celebrity Edition

Monday, August 5th, 2013

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Ooooh, I woudn’t want to be in Brian Williams’s shoes right now.

Of course, there’d be a lot of room, given he seems to have shoved BOTH his feet in his mouth last Thursday.

During what’s probably been the most stigmatizing statement I’ve heard all year, Williams announced that Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who held three women captive for a decade, was “arguably the face of mental illness.”

Let’s paint that picture again, just for good measure:

Brian Williams told America that Ariel Castro, a man who kidnapped three women and held them captive, raped them, and beat them for 10 years, was “arguably the face of mental illness.”

Not just the fact, but arguably the face.

I mean, wow.


Drug Abuse and Alcoholism: Painting the Face of Addiction

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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(UPDATE July 16, 2013: Cory Monteith’s official cause of death was a drug overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.)

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Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the Emmy award-winning musical comedy-drama Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room over the weekend.

Some news sources have reported drug overdose as the suspected cause of death, but thus far police have confirmed only that they don’t believe foul play was involved.

An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday, July 15, 2013), after which the coroner will be closer to establishing an official cause of death.


Why Using Bert & Ernie to Celebrate Marriage Equality Doesn’t Make Sense

Friday, June 28th, 2013

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DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a post about anyone’s beliefs, opinions, ideas, thoughts, or otherwise on homosexuality or same-sex marriage. This is a post about how some media outlets–in this specific case, The New Yorker–are celebrating marriage equality. Understand upfront that comments that are hateful and offensive to anyone will not be published.

So, The New Yorker released its July 8-15, 2013 cover this morning, “Moment of Joy.”

“Moment of Joy” depicts Bert and Ernie, two Sesame Street characters who also are longtime friends and roommates, snuggling together on a couch as they look at the United States Supreme Court Justices on a television screen.

It’d probably be a heartwarming picture, if, you know, Bert and Ernie were actually gay.


 

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