Jennifer Aniston Blasted For Using “Offensive And Inappropriate” R-Word. Jennifer Aniston is under fire for referring herself as a “retard” during an appearance on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” Her comment caused outrage from different social groups, saying it was “extraordinarily offensive and inappropriate.” Aniston was discussing recently dressing up as Barbra Streisand of Harper’s Bazaar in the show when she referred to herself as a retard. She replied to Regis, “Yes, I play dress up! I do it for a living, like a retard!” Although the studio audience laughed at the 41-year-old actress’ self-deprecating thought, Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc, a non-profit advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, wasn’t laughing with her. He told our source, “Frankly, someone in her position ought to know better. She is using language that is offensive to a large segment of the population in this country.” “Every time folks hear that word, it kind of reminds them of all the discrimination and oppression they’ve experienced in their lives. Even if it wasn’t intended to insult them, that is the effect of it.” Special Olympics spokeswoman Kirsten Seckler also told our source, “Sadly, people use the word pervasively even if they don’t realize it. People with intellectual disabilities have fought their whole lives for understanding and recognition. When people continue to use the R word, it’s hurtful.” She added that stars should use the word “ridiculous” instead, “Think before you speak especially when you’re making fun of yourself or others.” Aniston isn’t the only celeb blasted for using the offensive word. Howard Stern, Lindsay Lohan, and Rush Limbaugh also took heat for using the term
Oprah Winfrey Reclaims Most Powerful Celebrity Throne. Oprah Winfrey is once again the queen of celebrities. The media mogul has reclaimed her throne as the most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, knocking over last year’s number 1 Angelina Jolie. Forbes tallied the names in the Celebrity 100 based on fame and money. Their earnings estimates and their Web hits, including press mentions. For this year, their social standing was also calculated using social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Winfrey was ousted from her comfortable top position last year by Jolie, but quickly regained footing this year. The magazine cited her eponymous talk show, as well as other media. Lady Gaga debuts in the list at 4th place, while America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock sits pretty at 8th place. She was 92nd last year. Beyonce Knowles (2nd), Britney Spears (6th), Madonna (10th), and U2 (7th) make up the music stars included in the first 10 rank. James Cameron (3rd), Johnny Depp (9th), and Tiger Woods (5th) round up the Top 10. Jolie and partner Brad Pitt also make the list at 18th and 30th place respectively, while “Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson join the power list for the first time at 66th and 50th.
Top 50 of Forbes’ Most Powerful List:
16.Black Eyed Peas
21.Dr. Phil McGraw
The tabloids have long pitted Brad Pitt’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston against his current lover Angelina Jolie, with everything from their fashion sense to their eating habits up for comparison and debate. But when it comes to a tangible measure of Hollywood success — money — the glossies steer clear. And on that score, Jolie’s the winner — by US$2 million. Thanks to successful box office runs for “Wanted” and “Kung Fu Panda” as well as her upcoming CIA thriller “Salt,” Jolie raked in an estimated $27 million over the last year. (The impressive haul coupled with her media ubiquity catapulted her to the top of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.) Depth: As for Aniston, this year’s hits “Marley & Me” and “He’s Just Not That Into Continue reading →