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Nation Anthem protestor Marshawn Lynch to get new reality show on Facebook

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Marshawn Lynch enjoying a banana during the National Anthem/AP Photo

Marshawn Lynch is a NFL player who plays for the Oakland Raiders. I reported back in August that at the Oakland Raiders’ pre-season opener in Arizona, Marshawn Lynch didn’t stand during the National Anthem. He sat on a cooler eating a banana.

From my post:

Lynch previously backed Kaepernick, telling comedian Conan O’Brien in September 2016, “I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up and get murdered.”

“If you’re really not racist then you won’t see what he done, what he’s doing, as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have,” Lynch said at the time.”

Facebook is rewarding him for his antics. Another show I won’t be watching.

From Seattle Times: Can’t get enough of Marshawn Lynch, the former Seattle Seahawks running back who now plays for some team in California? Well, you can soon watch him in a new reality show that will reportedly debut on Facebook’s recently launched Watch platformaccording to Reuters.

The news service reported that the social-media giant — which launched its new platform for U.S. users in August — is paying Time Warner’s Bleacher Report millions of dollars for the reality show featuring the Skittles-loving NFL player known as Beast Mode. The show, called “No Script,” consists of eight 10- to 15-minute mini-episodes featuring Lynch involved in various hijinks. The first episode will reportedly feature Lynch taking race-car driving lessons “until he ruins the tires of the car.”

Facebook’s purchase of the show, which will reportedly start streaming this month, underscores the intense battle among web-based media companies for original content and for viewers, Reuters reported.

“We think we have a big hit on our hands,” Rory Brown, president of Bleacher Report, told Reuters. “People are going to spend more time on Facebook because of it.”

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KKK Members Claim They Were Paid To Fabricate Scenes For Now Cancelled A&E Show

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I wonder what could have been the production company’s motivation (obvious sarc)…

From HuffPo: Members of the Ku Klux Klan who were participating in a now-canceled documentary series for A&E are claiming producers paid them to fabricate scenes for the show.

The show, “Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America,” was scheduled to premiere Jan. 10. A&E canceled the series after learning cash payments were made “to facilitate access” to the film’s subjects by the production company, This Is Just a Test (TIJAT).

The show was initially titled “Generation KKK,” but A&E changed it to make it clear the film is a work of documentary journalism rather than reality-TV entertainment.

However, KKK leaders tell Variety that they each were paid hundreds of dollars in cash a day during filming to participate in fabricated scenes designed to fit a predetermined narrative of tension between Klan members and relatives who wanted to get out.

KKK leaders also say they were presented with scripted scenarios, encouraged not to file taxes on the cash payments, instructed about what to say on camera and directed to re-enact camera shoots until the production team got what it needed. Multiple sources told Variety the production team even paid for material and equipment to make Nazi swastikas and to construct and burn wooden crosses.

One of the featured subjects, Richard Nichols, the grand dragon of a KKK cell known as the Tennessee White Knights of the Invisible Empire, said producers encouraged him to use the word “n****r” when being interviewed. “We were betrayed by the producers and A&E,” Nichols said. “It was all made up ― pretty much everything we said and did was fake and because that is what the film people told us to do and say.”

The Huffington Post reached out to TIJAT but has received no response. The company had issued a statement to TheWrap.com.

“We take these allegations very seriously and in partnership with A&E we will be looking into them fully,” the statement said. “We fully expected opposition from hate organizations who wish to disparage this series. We have been told that participants in the series have received threats and coerced into speaking out against the authenticity of the show.”

The company also addressed A&E’s decision to cancel the series before the airdate:

“We had many many long conversations about how to tackle this subject matter, and we are proud of the program we made. We feel the backlash over the announcement of this series has led to a shoot the messenger mentality.”

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More garbage from MTV: “I had my cousin’s baby”

Because #loveislove, or something like that.

are you serious

MTV has a “documentary” TV series called “True Life.” It’s been around since 1998 and covers topics from drug use, money issues, and sexual topics to simple social behavior. Their latest offering? “I’m in love with my cousin and I’m having his baby.”

Thursday’s episode featured two women who are in romantic relationships with their cousins, and who decide to have children with them.

As The NY Post describes:

“Alexis, 20, of Charleston, SC, is engaged to her cousin Andrew and six months pregnant with his baby (she also has a 2-year-old from another father). He’s been in jail for the past five months for burglary, and she is trying to raise enough money to bail him out. But their family, who disapproves of their relationship, is reluctant to help.

Her relationship is dealt another blow when she finds out Andrew may have cheated on her. “Even if we do break up, I’m still going to see this man everywhere I go, at every family event,” she says. “I didn’t think I’d be going through this with somebody in my own family.” Adding insult to injury, the judge denies Andrew’s bail bond and sentences him to a six-year term — meaning he misses the birth of their daughter.

Meanwhile, Grace, 23, is married to her cousin Dylan, 24, and they have two daughters (ages 3 and 18 months) together. Though they didn’t know each other growing up, they have been outcasts from their family since getting married (her mom and stepdad were the only two people to attend the wedding from her side). Grace’s brother has disowned her, and when they show up to her niece’s 3rd birthday party uninvited, they aren’t let in. “It was definitely a slap in the face, and one that I won’t forget, ever,” she says.

Tired of being ostracized, the couple decides to move across the country from Cedar Hill, Tenn., to LA, where they hope their unconventional relationship will be accepted. After an eventful drive west (their car breaks down outside of Phoenix and they’re forced to pawn their TV to pay for a motel), their new California life proves to be short-lived — they run out of money after just two weeks and are forced to return to Tennessee, where they are still trying to make amends with their family.”

messed up

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Octomom Now “Hates” Her Children

Suleman looking pleased with herself while leaving a studio in Manhattan

Didn’t we see this coming, way back?

Octomom Nadya Suleman, who infamously gave birth to octuplets in January 2009 when she — a single mother on welfare — already had six other children, now says she “hates” her babies.

As recounted by the UK’s Daily Mail, June 30, 2011, Suleman, 36, told InTouch magazine: “I hate the babies, they disgust me. My older six are animals, getting more and more out of control, because I have no time to properly discipline them.”

Suleman says that her dream of having a big family has now turned into her worst nightmare as she struggles to take care of her huge family. “The only way I can cope is to lock myself in the bathroom and cry. Sometimes I sit there for hours and even eat my lunch sitting on the toilet floor. Anything to get peace and quiet.”

She has even considered suicide: “Some days I have thought about killing myself. I cannot cope.” But in another breath, Suleman insists that she still has love for her children, but says in hindsight she wishes that she never gave birth to any of them. “Obviously I love them – but I absolutely wish I had not had them.”

Currently on unemployment and public assistance programs, Suleman is also in financial hot water. She says she has not a penny to her name; is facing foreclosure of her home in La Hambra, California, after failing to meet monthly payments; and cannot even afford to put food on the table. “My bank account is overdrawn by $300 and I have no money to pay for the children’s school, food or the mortgage.”

In a picture taken by InTouch magazine, one child is seen eating dry-wall in her run-down home.

Ever the narcissist, Suleman, who will be in a reality dating TV show, Celebridate, is confident of her ability to attract men. “Ever since I was little, I was aware that men wanted me and the hardest thing was keeping them away,” she said.

~Eowyn