On Friday, author/fatwa target Salman Rushdie was repeatedly stabbed by 24-year-old Hadi Matar, who rushed the stage right before Salman was about to give a talk at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The discussion was supposed to be about how the U.S. is a safe haven for exiled writers. Huh. Yesterday Salman’s son, Zafar Rushdie, told NBC News that, while his 75-year-old father “remains in critical condition,” he has been taken off the ventilator and was “able to say a few words.” After this positive update, People reports that Rushdie Ex-Wife #4, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, tweeted that she’s relieved her ex is “pulling through.”
Earlier this month, the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott signed the Texas Heartbeat Act, a ban on abortion after the six-week mark. The THA makes it possible for any regular person to snitch on and sue anyone performing or facilitating these illegal abortions. To put it mildly, it’s all kinds of fucked up. And so because of this some Hollywood productions have decided not to put money into the state and have refused to film there. This happened to Georgia in 2019 when the state banned most abortions after six weeks, and several productions pulled filming and moved to other states, with others saying they wouldn’t begin shooting in Georgia until that law was changed. Now it’s Texas’ turn for a little boycott, but not everyone is interested in moving elsewhere. Top Chef recently announced that their upcoming 19th season will be filmed in Houston, Texas. Naturally, some people really weren’t feeling that. But Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi piped up and explained that everyone should chill because what they’re doing at Top Chef is good, not bad.
Gene Weingarten is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist. On Friday, the Post published 69-year-old Gene’s attempt at comedy, a piece entitled, “You Can’t Make Me Eat These Foods,” in which Gene writes about the kinds of food he simply won’t eat (“this is a matter of mature, informed discrimination, not childish biases”). These foods include balsamic vinegar, sweet pickles, anchovies, and Indian food. Like, all of Indian food. Gene writes that Indian food is “the only ethnic cuisine in the world insanely based on one spice” (curry) and he doesn’t get it “as a culinary principle.” Gene received a ton of blowback, including accusations of racism. And Indian-born Padma Lakshmi, food author and host of my beloved Top Chef, was one of them. She tweeted, “On behalf of 1.3 billion people, kindly f**k off.” The 1.3 billion people added, “Yep, what she said!”
Padma Lakshmi has spent a lot of time on lockdown doing cooking segments on Instagram. Well, during a recent Instagram cooking session, people hated on her for reasons beyond, “Why are you using garlic when I can’t find that shit anywhere.” Some commentators on her page were outraged that she would go on her own Instagram page sans bra! They said, “There will be no nipples in Padma’s Lakshmi’s house!” Continue reading
Hasn’t La Lucci been through enough?!!?!
The universe can go tongue fuck a sloppy ass, because it has not been good to flawless human diamond Susan Lucci lately. First, we were at risk of the sun never coming out again, because the sun only comes out to gaze upon La Lucci and she almost died last year! Second, she graciously volunteered her precious time by walking in a fashion show for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women charity, which she’s a spokesperson for, and La Lucci nearly broke her La Cucci when she went BOOM on the catwalk. The universe must be a Days of Our Lives fan.
The Billboard Music Awards were last night and if the red carpet is any indication, it lived up to it’s name because most stars looked as bored as can be. With very few exceptions, most of the night’s looks were uninspired and devoid of whimsy. Nick Jonas (above) looks like he just showed up for his shift at Applebees and still needs to go get his flair from his locker and take a quick shot at the bar before getting started. He’ll be with you in a minute, ok?