Bella Thorne tearfully hit back at Whoopi Goldberg for claiming that she “shouldn’t have taken nude photos of herself”.Thorne posted the images on social media last weekend, alongside a statement revealing she was being targeted by a hacker threatening to leak her shots and wanted to “take the power back”. Her actions have been the talk of several panel shows in the US, but it was Goldberg’s comments on The View that caused Thorne to bite back after the actress suggested the hack was all Thorne’s fault for “taking the photos and putting them in the cloud”. “I’m not gonna lie, I want to say I feel pretty disgusting, ya know… I feel pretty disgusting, Whoopi,” Thorne said on her Instagram story. “Knowing everyone seen my s***. And I just want to say that me watching this interview made me feel bad about myself. And I hope you’re happy. I hope you’re so f***** happy. I can only imagine all the kids who have their s*** released and then they commit suicide ya know… you’re so crazy for thinking such terrible things on such an awful situation.”The 21-year-old model then said that she didn’t want to go on The View anymore because she “didn’t want to be beaten down by older women for her sexuality” and that she was going to cancel an upcoming interview.> BELLA THORNE POSTS NUDE PICS TO THWART HACKER: Actress Bella Thorne said she took her “power back” by sharing nude photos of herself after blackmailers threatened to leak them – the co-hosts discuss if this was the right move. https://t.co/1091s9Fn2d pic.twitter.com/VqFXmggPle> > — The View (@TheView) > > 17 June 2019“Saying if you take a sexy photo then basically it deserves to be leaked like… don’t be surprised at all and don’t feel sorry for yourself,” she continued. “So if I go out to a party drinking and I want to go dancing on the dance floor… do I deserve to be raped too?”Thorne heaped “shame” on Goldberg for airing her views to young women, saying she “wouldn’t want her daughter” to hold an opinion like hers that it is “disgusting” to even take a photo like that. As well as her videos, Thorne also made her points in a written statement, saying she was “saddened and displeased” by Goldberg’s response to her leak. On Saturday, Thorne decided to “take the power back” by sharing her topless shots that were being sent to her by an unknown number. The former Disney star said that she “felt watched” but has decided to “put them out there” because it was her decision, warning the hacker that they “couldn’t control her life”.
Once upon a time, in the early Nineties, little girls were taught to be sugar and spice and all things nice. “Be quiet and polite,” they were told. “Acquiesce, and don’t take up too much space.” The magazines they were bought explained their value and importance would be related to their relationships, especially with boyfriends, and how pretty they looked. The pop charts were dominated by men, and the protagonists of TV shows and books were mainly boys. There was no Buffy, no Xena: Warrior Princess, even Powerpuff Girls weren’t a thing yet. Deep down, little girls knew boys were better and cleverer, and therefore allowed to do more stuff. Then, along came a girl group of five women, called the Spice Girls, who were quickly top of the pops and everywhere. Each one was different – Baby, Scary, Ginger, Posh and Sporty – but they all spoke their minds, and sang about what they wanted, what they really, really wanted.The Spice Girls might have been manufactured by record label suits behind the scenes, but their energy, music and chemistry took on a life of its own. Soon, they were the biggest band in the world, travelling in private jets from country to country, with multiple suitcases to fit their Buffalo platforms. It only lasted a few years before one – Ginger – left, but during that time, they lit a cultural wildfire with their central message of “Girl Power”.In their heyday, writer and punk poet Kathy Acker interviewed the Spice Girls for The Guardian. “They both are and represent a voice that has too long been repressed,” she wrote. “The voices – not really the voice – of young women and, just as important, of women not from the educated classes.” And that was the thing about the Spice Girls: each one of the five had their own character and vibe, unlike previous girl groups whose members could be interchangeable – which is why it doesn’t really matter that Posh Spice won’t be joining the reunion, despite Mel B’s hopeful quip Victoria will join the Wembley date. It’s her choice and it’s in the Spice Girls mentality to respect that and let her get on with her life.It’s strange, more than 20 years on, and with their UK reunion tour underway, to think back to the time the Spice Girls came out, and see, actually, how little has changed. The clothes and hairstyles and footwear and colours look dated but, in terms of women and confidence, the simple, basic message of saying what you want, doing what you want, and having the guts and spirit to be loud – or quiet, if that’s your thing – is more relevant than ever. The problem has not been solved.The phenomenon of the Spice Girls, and how it practically affected the lives of the group’s fans, is hard to measure. But we know music and pop culture in both pre-adolescence and the teen years can provide an important symbolic backdrop and framework to try out identities, express beliefs and perceptions, and try out different values and preferences.I was 11 when debut single “Wannabe” was released. At that point, I wasn’t exactly au fait with second or third-wave feminism and I’d not read Germaine Greer, Naomi Wolf or Simone De Beauvoir. I wasn’t aware of the academic criticism about the Spice Girls repackaging capitalist power, or corrupting feminism with consumerism, or concerns about raunch culture. All I saw was something unusual and atypical: five women, in charge, having the time of their lives. Really, it came down to a feeling: the spirit, the clothes, the forthright footsteps down the stairs and Mel B’s gleeful cackle, the chaotic ebullience, the adrenaline, the thrill.Before the Spice Girls gatecrashed the Britpop party, conforming to gender stereotypes for pre-teens in the Nineties who hadn’t heard of Riot grrrl or ladette culture meant being a ‘good girl’, which translated as being polite, nurturing, caring and pretty. The Spice Girls resisted feminine stereotypes. They were the older sisters who showed you how to be brave and bold, how to construct your own identity, how you could say what you wanted and wear what you wanted and that was more than fine. You could be girly, if you wanted to, and wear short skirts and bunches. Or you could be a tomboy and eschew heels. The lyrics were active rather than passive: taking, grabbing, laying it down – all the things little girls were taught never to do. “Stop right now, thank you very much”. “Who do you think you are?” “I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want”.In interviews, they expounded their concept of Girl Power with a passion and intelligence often perceived as brash, gobby or “outspoken” – the revealing words we use to describe women who talk with confidence. “When you go and see a careers officer,” said Mel C in 1997, “and you sit down and say, ‘I want to be a spaceman’, instead of responding ‘Go study astrophysics’, they go, ‘Yeah, but what do you really want to do?’ That is so wrong. I think there should be a class in – what do you call it? – self-motivation. Self-motivation classes, self-esteem classes.”Compared with the male-led Britpop of Oasis, Blur, Pulp and Suede, the Spice Girls felt truly radical. For myself, and I’m sure many others, the idea was planted for the first time that, even though we were girls, we didn’t have to be supporting characters.Millions of people who bought the records 20 years ago are now in their late 20s and early 30s. What does Girl Power mean to us now? Do phenomena last after the fact? Does the message still have any power? While I won’t be desperately queueing for tickets, watching the videos and remembering the feeling of hearing and seeing the Spice Girls for first time has a power in itself, for me. It reminds me of a time I felt I could be what I wanted to be, with, in some strange way, “Say You’ll Be There” giving me permission to speak up and occupy a space. Two decades on, I could still do with remembering that sometimes.In 1997, Acker ended her Spice Girls profile thus: “It is up to feminism to grow, to take on what the Spice Girls, and women like them, are saying, and to do what feminism has always done in England, to keep on transforming society as society is best transformed, with lightness and in joy.”It is transforming, but it is happening too slowly. At a time when girls as young as seven believe their appearance is more important than character, or that brilliance is a male trait, an injection of Girl Power is more necessary than ever.
Lily Allen has said the derogatory way her actor father spoke about women when she was a child made her not want to be one. The singer said she tried to “avoid” being a woman because of the way Keith Allen talked about them with his friends. It was only after having her own daughters that she began to feel differently, Lily said as she opened up about her “fragmented relationship” with her dad.
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Rita Ora has joined Prince Harry at a concert to raise funds for the duke's charity supporting children living with Aids. The Duke of Sussex and the singer were pictured hugging at a reception ahead of the glamorous event, which was hosted by the royal’s charity Sentebale. Pop sensation Ora topped the bill at the Sentebale Audi Concert at Hampton Court Palace, south-west London, on Tuesday night.
The photo shows the little girl without clothes, perched on the side of a swimming pool, just before jumping off, and her famous father waiting to catch her.
Kim Kardashian has treated fans to the first close-up of her son, Psalm – and everyone thinks she has revealed his middle name. Kardashian welcomed her fourth child with Kanye West, via a surrogate, last month.
Jacqueline Jossa was praised for her “inspirational” body positivity post as she called for Love Island to feature “more curvy girls”. The former EastEnders actress, who is married to Dan Osborne, celebrated her own body as she urged people to “love themselves” and paid tribute to her own “lumps and bumps” after having two children. “If anyone is feeling a little gutted that they don’t look exactly like the Insta models or love island ladies,” Jossa wrote.
The singer used a cake emblazoned with the words 'Abortion is Healthcare' to promote her partnership with Planned Parenthood.