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'Vanderpump Rules' Star Stassi Schroeder Apologizes for Controversial '#MeToo' Remarks: 'It Was Irresponsible'

'Vanderpump Rules' Star Stassi Schroeder Apologizes for Controversial '#MeToo' Remarks: 'It Was Irresponsible'
Stassi Schroeder has had a "sobering" few days after facing backlash following a recent episode of her Straight Up with Stassi podcast.

An episode titled "Are We on a Male Witch Hunt?" aired on Friday, in which the 29-year-old Vanderpump Rules star reportedly made several controversial comments about sexual abuse victims who have come forward as a result of the empowering #MeToo campaign.

The episode, which included Schroeder's friend and Pucker & Pout co-founder Jennifer Hoffner, was quickly deleted, though the outspoken star did defend her comments by tweeting a Vanderpump Rules Gif and stated she would be "recording a follow-up episode."

She then quickly changed her tune with a heartfelt apology after fans voiced their disdain, writing that her comments mocked both the victims and the #MeToo campaign.

"My podcast is an outlet for me to share my unfiltered opinion with my listeners; but on my latest episode I crossed a line," she posted in a Twitter
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Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder Apologizes for #MeToo Comments

Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder Apologizes for #MeToo Comments
Stassi Schroeder says she "crossed a line" with her controversial comments about sexual assault on her Straight Up with Stassi podcast. On an episode titled "Are We on a Male Witch Hunt?" she referenced people who have accused men of misconduct in a way that angered many listeners. Many felt her remarks mocked victims and the #MeToo campaign. The podcast was later deleted, but two companies, Rent the Runway and Simple Contacts, announced Friday that they'd cut ties with the Vanderpump Rules star over the reported comments. "My podcast is an outlet for me to share my unfiltered opinion with my listeners," Schroeder...
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Some Recommended Reading About Hollywood’s Sexual Harassment Problem

Rachel McAdams (seen here in “Spotlight”) is one of the 200+ women to accuse James Toback of harassment

In the three weeks since The New York Times published an exposé about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and assault, the floodgates seem to have opened. The #MeToo movement has taken off on Twitter. Women are publicly sharing their harassment stories about other Hollywood power players, actors, industry insiders, journalists, businessmen, and former U.S. presidents. The filmmakers behind sexual assault docs “The Hunting Ground” and “The Invisible War” will turn the camera on Hollywood itself for their next project.

As these revelations keep surfacing, dozens of pieces about the rampant sexual harassment in Hollywood and elsewhere have been published. Here are just a few of those stories.

“A TV Executive Sexually Assaulted Me: A Critic’s Personal Story” and “Can We End the Myth That You Have to Be a Bully to Make It in Hollywood?” (Maureen Ryan, Variety)

From “A Critic’s Personal Story”: “We may not be able to rid the world of sociopaths, but we can surely do something about the culture of complicity. We have to take real action, unless you want survivors like me driven out of the industry for good (which has been the case with so many men and women who came forward recently). When it comes to abusers, assaulters, and harassers, a system of meaningful consequences must be enforced (or constructed, in some cases). I have my doubts about whether the industry has the stomach for that. What we did see this month, finally, was a mass of survivors coming forward, which is laudable and understandable: There is strength in numbers.”

From “Can We End the Myth?”: “Hollywood is very good at selling stories, and what it values, celebrates, and spreads around has an outsized effect on audiences everywhere. If it constantly rewards and commissions tales of men who should be excused for their screaming, shouting, abuse, and cruelty, it helps normalize the very behaviors and patterns that millions of people across the country — and the world — are trying hard to change.”

Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams Share Their Stories of James Toback’s Sexual Harassment” (Krista Smith with Julie Miller, Vanity Fair)

“The consistent themes in the stories of Blair, McAdams, and the hundreds of actresses who have come forward with their own tales of harassment hint at some of the reasons charges of sexual misconduct have plagued Hollywood since its inception. Actors and actresses, newcomers especially, essentially are always auditioning — any encounter, especially in a company town such as Los Angeles, could lead to a big break. The situation is compounded by the fact that many acting courses teach students to use, explore, and expose their vulnerabilities. So when a threatening individual manipulates a performer’s insecurities in a meeting purportedly related to an acting role, the experience can be confusing … Perhaps Weinstein knew this when he reportedly asked to massage and be massaged by women. Perhaps Toback knew this when he allegedly asked young women, after rattling off his film credits and famous friends, to trust him and disrobe so that he could help them become better actresses.”

“The Motion Picture Academy Is Establishing a ‘Code of Conduct’ Because Apparently Men Need One” (Rachel Withers, Slate)

“Here’s a suggested code of conduct for all members of the human race: Don’t be a dick.”

“The dark history behind letting male ‘geniuses’ get away with bad behavior” (Tara Isabella Burton, Vox)

“Part of this is the way these industries are structured; often the arts lack the more obvious hierarchical nature that come with corporate America, like Hr departments and formal codes of conduct, making it potentially difficult for bad behavior to simply slip through the cracks. But part of the problem, too, is cultural. All too often, artistic expression — and artistic freedom — has doubled as a kind of smokescreen for self-indulgent behavior: The erotic feelings art and artistic collaboration evokes in (usually) men is so deep-seated, so powerful that they cannot help (they say) but succumb to their urges.”

“Yes, This Is a Witch Hunt. I’m a Witch and I’m Hunting You.” (Lindy West, New York Times)

“I keep thinking about what #MeToo would look like if it wasn’t a roll call of people who’ve experienced sexual predation, but a roll call of those who’ve experienced sexual predation and actually seen their perpetrator brought to justice, whether professionally, legally or even personally. The number would be minuscule. Facebook’s algorithm would bury it … The witches are coming, but not for your life. We’re coming for your legacy. The cost of being Harvey Weinstein is not getting to be Harvey Weinstein anymore. We don’t have the justice system on our side; we don’t have institutional power; we don’t have millions of dollars or the presidency; but we have our stories, and we’re going to keep telling them. Happy Halloween.”

“#YouToo: We Need To Talk About Loophole Women” (Andi Zeisler, Bitch)

Ariel Levy, in 2005’s ‘Female Chauvinist Pigs,’ called this person the ‘loophole woman,’ noting that such a figure is ‘the exception that proves the rule, and the rule is that women are inferior.’ Gillian Flynn, in an indelible passage from ‘Gone Girl,’ called her the ‘cool girl’ and ran down her attributes (never complains, loves chili dogs, etc.) with forensic accuracy. In a 2015 piece for Matter, Alana Massey identified the emotional asceticism demanded in an age of online dating as ‘chill,’ naming the highly prized trait as ‘a sinister refashioning of Calm down! from an enraging and highly gendered command into an admirable attitude.’ And anyone who read or watched ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ can identify a Serena Joy, exalted as she does the patriarchy’s work of shrinking and silencing others, only realizing too late that her own shrinking and silencing is required as well. As high-profile revelations about predatory men tumble out onto our timelines like clown-car passengers, the role of such women has come into focus. They are the collateral damage of a long-brewing disaster, a crucial bit of circuitry in a dangerous system. We can’t blame them, but we have to reckon with them.”

Some Recommended Reading About Hollywood’s Sexual Harassment Problem was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Woody Allen Clarifies Statement Defending Harvey Weinstein, Warns Against A “Witch Hunt”

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Woody Allen appeared to have defended Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul accused of decades’ worth of sexual assaults. Woody Allen Clarifies Comments On Harvey Weinstein The director and producer have worked together on multiple projects, and Allen at first warned against a “witch hunt atmosphere” brewing. “No one ever came to me or told me horror […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Book, CNN, the Oscars and 61 Other Things Donald Trump Has Called ‘Sad’

Hillary Clinton’s Book, CNN, the Oscars and 61 Other Things Donald Trump Has Called ‘Sad’
President Donald Trump isn’t just known for his tweets, but also, his manner of tweeting. He’s got a distinct voice, and favorite words that he loves to sprinkle throughout his 140 characters. The word that’s most synonymous with Trump? The label that’s become his go-to insult?

Sad.

Trump doesn’t hesitate to label something sad. In fact, he says it rather often, in both a serious way (when something actually brings him sorrow) or as an insult (when it’s a synonym for pathetic). By our count, he’s said it 64 times on Twitter alone. These are the people,
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‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Convicted of Securities Fraud

‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Convicted of Securities Fraud
Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical CEO who shot to notoriety after hiking the price of a lifesaving AIDS drug by 5,000 percent overnight, was convicted Friday on federal charges that he deceived investors. A Brooklyn, New York, jury found Shkreli guilty on three of eight counts after being charged with securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison but will likely receive a lesser punishment, given his lack of a criminal record. Also Read: Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Calls Securities Fraud Case 'Silly Witch Hunt' According to the Washington Post,
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Trump Offers 11-Year-Old Son Barron to Senate Investigators During Tweet Storm

Trump Offers 11-Year-Old Son Barron to Senate Investigators During Tweet Storm
President Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning for a lengthy rant of 10 messages. In one, he mocked Senate investigators by offering 11-year-old-son, Barron, to speak now that son-in-law Jared Kushner is finished. “Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians,” Trump wrote. “Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!” Kushner spoke to Senate investigators on Monday and it appears Trump is pleased with the outcome. Also Read: Jared Kushner Compared to George Michael Bluth, Kenneth From '30 Rock' After Rare Public Statement Trump started his Twitter rant by claiming there were “Ukrainian.
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Celebrity Reactions: Donald Trump Slams Republicans Who Don’t “Protect President”

President Donald Trump accused some Republicans of doing “very little to protect” him in a tweet on Sunday. Celebrities are now reacting to the president slamming members of his own party. See Hollywood stars’ tweets below. Prior to criticizing his party on Sunday, Trump had written, “As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups […]
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Inside President Trump’s Relationship with Eldest Son and ‘High-Quality Person’ Donald Jr. Amid Whispers of Treason

Inside President Trump’s Relationship with Eldest Son and ‘High-Quality Person’ Donald Jr. Amid Whispers of Treason
In the months since President Donald Trump took office, his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has become one of his father’s most vocal supporters — and Twitter defenders.

The president returned the favor on Tuesday and Wednesday, coming to his son’s defense after his namesake seemingly embroiled himself more deeply in the ongoing Russian collusion investigation by releasing emails detailing how he eagerly set up a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who allegedly promised damaging information on his father’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

“My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency,” the president said in
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Donald Trump Jr’s ‘Hannity’ Interview Delivers Big Ratings for Fox News

Donald Trump Jr’s ‘Hannity’ Interview Delivers Big Ratings for Fox News
Donald Trump Jr.’s appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” scored strong ratings for the cable news network on Tuesday night.

2.9 million viewers tuned in to watch Trump Jr. discuss his meeting with a Russian lawyer last year, with 664,000 of those falling in the key adults 25-54 demographic, making it the most-watched cable news show of the night in total viewers. “Hannity” also topped the 10 p.m. timeslot in both measures, beating out both MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” (2.34 million, 576,000) and CNN’s “CNN Tonight” (1.13 million, 369,000). Additionally, the program was up 20% in total viewers and up 41% in the 25-54 demographic versus the same time last year.

On Tuesday, Trump Jr. tweeted out a series of emails from Trump associate Rob Goldstone setting up a meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who claimed to have information that would be damaging to then-Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton that was “part of Russia and its
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Is Mike Pence Hedging Bets The Russia Scandal Will Make Him President?

Is Mike Pence Hedging Bets The Russia Scandal Will Make Him President?
Vice President Mike Pence‘s hands-off response to the new scandal surrounding the president’s eldest son has stirred speculation that he’s laying political groundwork to step into the role of Commander in Chief.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Pence’s spokesman Marc Lotter said, “The vice president is working every day to advance the president’s agenda, which is what the American people sent us here to do.”

“The vice president was not aware of the meeting. He is not focused on stories about the campaign, particularly stories about the time before he joined the ticket,” the statement concluded,
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Trump Reacts to Son’s ‘Hannity’ Appearance: ‘He Was Open, Transparent and Innocent’

Trump Reacts to Son’s ‘Hannity’ Appearance: ‘He Was Open, Transparent and Innocent’
President Donald Trump tweeted in response to an interview his son, Donald Trump Jr., gave to ardent Trump supporter Sean Hannity on Tuesday night. On the Fox News show “Hannity,” Trump Jr. addressed the recent scandal surrounding a meeting he took with a Russian lawyer during his father’s campaign to become president.

“My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent,” the president wrote. “This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!”

Trump Sr.’s reference to a “witch hunt” has become his label for the ongoing investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump Sr. then, once again, took aim at the media in another tweet. “Remember, when you hear the words ‘sources say’ from the Fake Media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist,” the president wrote.

Trump Jr.’s television appearance came after the New York Times broke several stories
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‘Morning Joe': Mika Brzezinski Rips Trump’s ‘Buffoon-Like’ Tweet: ‘The Source Is Your Son’ (Video)

‘Morning Joe': Mika Brzezinski Rips Trump’s ‘Buffoon-Like’ Tweet: ‘The Source Is Your Son’ (Video)
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” responded to Donald Trump’s tweets in real time Wednesday morning, telling him that “the source is your son” immediately after the president accused the media of making up sources. “That’s kind of a buffoon-like statement at this point,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend his “innocent” eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who appeared on “Hannity” on Tuesday night to discuss his previously undisclosed meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. The president also accused the “fake news” media of making up sources. Also Read: Trump Backs 'Innocent' Son
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Watch Donald Trump’s Music Video Cameo for Emin, Russian Pop Star at Heart of Donald Jr’s Legal Trouble

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Watch Donald Trump’s Music Video Cameo for Emin, Russian Pop Star at Heart of Donald Jr’s Legal Trouble
President Donald Trump has long denied links the Russia government – but a 2013 music video shows he has ties to at least one wealthy Russian, one whose family features prominently in Donald Trump, Jr.‘s controversial meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The president appeared in a music video for Emin Agalarov, an Azerbaijani-Russian pop star whose publicist, nm4327117 autoRob Goldstone[/link], arranged the June 2016 meeting. Goldstone’s PR firm, Oui 2 PR, says on its website that it has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Betty White, U2 and Poison.

Goldstone told The Washington Post in a story published Sunday
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Trump Backs ‘Innocent’ Son After ‘Hannity’ Interview: ‘Greatest Witch Hunt in Political History’

Trump Backs ‘Innocent’ Son After ‘Hannity’ Interview: ‘Greatest Witch Hunt in Political History’
President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend his “innocent” eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who appeared on “Hannity” to discuss his previously undisclosed meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer. “My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history,” Trump tweeted. “Sad!” The president wasn’t finished and sent another tweet accusing the media of making up sources. “Remember, when you hear the words ‘sources say’ from the Fake Media, often times those sources are made up and do not exist,” Trump wrote.
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President Trump Defends Donald Jr. over Russia Meeting: 'The Greatest Witch Hunt in Political History'

President Trump Defends Donald Jr. over Russia Meeting: 'The Greatest Witch Hunt in Political History'
President Donald Trump has defended his son Donald Trump, Jr. over the rising din of criticism over his controversial meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The president took to Twitter early Wednesday morning to declare Donald Jr. “innocent” and praise his son’s interview with Fox NewsSean Hannity, his first major televised appearance since the scandal broke.

“My son Donald did a good job last night,” President Trump tweeted. “He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!”

He followed up by writing, “Remember, when you hear the
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Donald Trump Praises Son’s Appearance On ‘Hannity’: “Open, Transparent And Innocent”

President Donald Trump, who has been unusually quiet since his oldest son tweeted out an email chain with a Kremlin intermediary that occurred during his campaign, weighed in Wednesday morning about Don Jr.’s appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program Tuesday night: My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12…
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Trump Admits: ‘I Am Being Investigated’

Trump Admits: ‘I Am Being Investigated’
President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to confirm that he is under investigation — or as he likes to call it, a “witch hunt.” “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” the president wrote. Trump hadn’t publicly admitted he was personally under investigation until now. A recent Washington Post report said Trump is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Also Read: Jeff Zucker Calls Trump Out for Avoiding CNN: 'He Knows He Would Be Held to
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Donald Trump Tweets Confirmation Of WashPost Report He’s Under Investigation

In the latest stunning tweet, Donald Trump confirmed Friday morning he is under investigation, and appears to be pointing the finger at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch HuntDonald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017 Depending on your cable news outlet, this signals: a) Trump’s lawyer cannot control his client. b) President Trump is asserting…
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Trump Blasts Russia Probe as ‘Witch Hunt,’ Suggests Robert Mueller ‘Very Bad and Conflicted’

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Trump Blasts Russia Probe as ‘Witch Hunt,’ Suggests Robert Mueller ‘Very Bad and Conflicted’
President Donald Trump again decried the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” in a Thursday morning tweet. It comes a day after a new report indicated that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. “You are witnessing the single greatest Witch Hunt in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #Maga,” Trump tweeted. On Wednesday, The Washington Post published a report claiming the FBI’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, is looking into whether the president tried to interfere with the bureau’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. Also Read: Trump Investigated by
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