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#1 Tory Lanez

? @ToryLanez just dropped his response diss "Don Queen". Did Tory just body @DonQHBTL?!? ?? - #DonQ #HipHopBeef #Bars #ToryLanez #Drake #HipHopNews #HipHopCulture #RapCulture #WSHH #DJAkademiks #HipHopMedia #Bx #HBTL #ABoogie #Drake

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Don Q “This Is Your King”: Listen to Rapper’s Vicious New Tory Lanez Diss

Brad Barket / Alberto E. Rodrigurez, Getty Images (2)
Brad Barket / Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images (2)

Don Q isn’t holding back any punches on his second Tory Lanez diss track. Last night (Jan. 29), the Highbridge spitta fired back at Lanez over Mobb Deep’s “The Learning (Burn)” after the Canadian singer and rapper dissed him with “Don Queen.” I

In his new diss track “This Is Your King”, Don Q puts Tory on blast for not responding sooner and tells him to come to his block after Lanez brought up A Boogie in last song.

“Told this nigga ‘Put on some boots’/I got my foot on his stoop, Look how long this nigga to recoup/I can tell I got you shook by the look, it’s the proof/They got studios in Dubai, nigga what’s your excuse?/You let him talk ’til I put him on mute,” Don Q raps.

After Don Q dropped “I’m Not Joyner” last week (Jan. 26), Tory Lanez shot back with his Don Q diss track “Don Queen” on Monday (Jan. 28). Rapping over the beat from Drake’s Pusha-T diss “Duppy Freestyle,” Tory runs down the list of reasons why the Bronx rapper is no match for him. Lanez also suggests that Q rides the coattails of his friend and fellow Highbridge MC, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

“Uh, live from the DM, I’m hollerin’ at your BM/We discussin’ which color casket you ’bout to leave in/I did this shit for no reason, I’m lettin’ rookies battle/But how did I get in this battle with A Boogie’s shadow?/Big Apple, New York City, more to pity/How could I beef with a dude who only poppin’ in four cities?/I made Forbes with Diddys and sat top floors with 50s,” Tory spits on the track.

Did Don Q win round two? Check his response to Tory Lanez below.

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#2 Ariel Winter


8,751 Likes, 112 Comments - Ariel Winter (@arielwinterh) on Instagram: "?#arielwinter"

Ariel Winter Claps Back Against a Fan Who Claims She Had Plastic Surgery

Listen! Up!



The other day, Ariel Winter was minding her own damn business online, and decided to post this cute pic to Instagram:

And that's it, there was literally no drama! Kidding: a random person decided to hop into Ariel's comments and accuse her of getting plastic surgery. Or, more specifically, of "chopping up her body,"

"Nothing wrong with being honest and telling her we liked her better before 'the change,'" the "fan" wrote. "She was so beautiful before she started chopping up her body and if me saying so helps one gurl out there to feel beautiful who’s thinking of PS its worth it."


Naturally, Ariel wasn't about to let that comment go, and she politely fired back "I appreciate you wanting to help girls love themselves the way they are, but you are also kind of cutting someone (me) down which isn’t what I think you were trying to do? I also didn’t get plastic surgery. That is also not supportive of women if you’re just assuming about the way they look."

Say it with me: YUP.

Ariel Winter Really Isn't Here For Your Critique Of Her Body, But It Poses An Interesting Point About Diet Culture

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Can we just take a good long minute to remember that a woman's body is really her own to do with what she wills?

As Modern Family's Ariel Winter deals with yet another barrage of trolls, shaming her for whatever shape her body happens to be in currently, we're reminded that diet culture is a very disagreeable beast. And mostly, a lose-lose situation, designed to pit women against each other.

The 21-year-old, L.A. based actress took to Instagram this weekend, to lambast everyone giving her a hard time for her slimmed down shape.

Ariel Winter at HBO golden globes after party january 2019
Ariel arriving for HBO’s Golden Globes after party in January 2019


Posting to her IG account, Winter shared a picture to celebrate her friend's 21st birthday. While many of the comments were positive, certain Instagram users went in on the actress, criticising her for losing weight.

Some people expressed fairly innocuous surprise: 'Whoa you slimmed down hella. Where are thr curves?!'

While others had more overtly negative things to say:

'Too skinny now..where's the curves go????its a sad day.'

'I don’t get why Ariel got all skinny, she looked way better in like season 4 of modern family'

'I'm sorry you felt the need to so dramatically change your appearance. I liked you just as you were'

'She lost everything ?? not hot anymore'

'Omg you lost yur butt ?'

Offended by the remarks, Winter felt the need to reply, commenting:

I appreciate you wanting to help girls love themselves the way they are, but you are also kinda cutting someone (me) down, which isn't what I think you were trying to do? I also didn't get plastic surgery. That is also not being supportive of women if you're just assuming something about the way they look.

The fact that Winter felt obliged to address her weight loss is certainly disheartening (really, in a post about somebody's birthday, she wasn't trying to make her body the focus), but the whole exchange serves to highlight one of the key problems with diet culture, as it evolves into 2019.

And that's the fact that we still have a culture around dieting at all.

Ariel Winter fights off bodyshamers after Instagram post

Where once the predominant beauty standard was to be thin - with every magazine and website peddling get-skinny-quick fixes - now as we continue through the movement of plus size models and body positivity, it seems that the paradigm (the model of perfection) hasn't disappeared, but morphed and multiplied.

Body positivity has had the rewarding effect of inviting more women to the table, with a range of different shapes and sizes finally being celebrated, but it hasn't done very much to discourage the public's entitlement to pass remark on a woman's physicality. Or to discount the idea that looks are the predominant female currency.

Ariel Winter on Modern Family


Instead, one might argue that we've encouraged even more ferocious scrutiny than ever before.


The effect of this on those in the public eye is that, often, celebrities and influencers feel the need to actually embody a particular stance, becoming a champion of a body type, or a particular way of discussing dieting. For example, being 'plus size' becomes your USP and indivisible from your personality.

And, frequently, it follows that the people taking up these positions then attract a following of other people who support their views.

Sadly, the pitfalls of this morphed diet culture are just as severe as they ever were. Armies from different movements take up arms against each other, fighting over which is the new body ideal.

And as an archetype for one of these newly celebrated forms of beauty, you're open to criticism if you deviate from your position.

In other words, once you've been labelled an ambassador of 'plus size', 'curves' or 'strong is the new skinny'-esque movements, there's no freedom to just be human.

Ariel Winter weightloss 2019

This is, of course, the problem for Ariel Winter. As an adolescent, she spoke up about her body, and inadvertently became a poster girl for young women with curves:

'Dear sorry body-shamers, I looked HOT in that dress. And if you hate it, don't buy it. But please get a hobby. XOXO Ariel #EmbraceYourBody' - Ariel Winter on Instagram.

So when her curves were perceived to have disappeared, she was targeted for letting the side down.

Realistically, Ariel Winter is just a 21-year-old human girl, whose body will fluctuate as much as her political or cultural positions. She doesn't need to be the poster girl for anything, if she doesn't want to be - it's not the foundation on which she's built her career - and so it is unfair for us to put her on that pedestal.

It's unclear where we should go from here. Broadening the horizon for beautiful bodies and inviting more and more women to conversations about things like physical wellbeing and self-confidence ought to be a very good thing, but somehow we have to find a way to reduce the vitriol.

Body positivity should spell out broader acceptance, rather than giving us new positions from which to throw our spears. And, arguably, the ideal diet culture is no diet culture at all, because a woman's value system will be something other than the thickness of her thighs.

#3 Bryce Harper


Phillies-themed bats for Bryce Harper surface on social media; here's what to make of the leaked photos

January is winding down, and free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still haven't signed. However, there is enough speculation about where they're going to go around. Harper's preferred bat company, Victus, may have fueled a little bit more when photos surfaced of a pair of customized Harper bats in Philadelphia Phillies colors. The photo appeared on Reddit in an unsent screenshot, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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Victus, of course, denied that this was any type of leak, saying that the bats weren't a special order. They were made as a precaution, in case Harper ends up signing with the Phillies, per Jack Fritz.

Jack Fritz@JackFritzWIP

So, from sources at Victus, the bats were made a week and a half ago and were not made as a special order.

Were made just in case it happens.

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Right now, the White Sox and the Phillies are thought to be in good shape with the superstar, but there's been minimal information about where Harper is leaning. The Nationals are also very much in the mix, should Harper want to stay where he started his baseball career.

Companies follow contingencies like this all the time, so the bats could well mean nothing. However, with the baseball world starved for information regarding MLB's two biggest free agents, it's understandable that people want to read into something like this.

#4 Jussie Smollett

PLEASE PRAY FOR MY BROTHA AND HIS FAMILY ! I love you man @jussiesmollett ? #jussiesmollett

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Empire' star Jussie Smollett assaulted in possible racist, homophobic attack


"Empire" star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized after a possible homophobic and "racially-charged assault and battery," Chief Anthony Guglielmi of the Chicago Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.

The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, according to a press release sent to USA TODAY.

"Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline," the press release stated. "The victim is fully cooperating with investigators and we ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382 or report it anonymously to"

According to police, Smollett was walking on Tuesday when two unknown offenders approached him and started yelling "racial and homophobic slurs." The offenders then used their hands to batter the victim and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. One of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim's neck.

Smollett then transported himself to Northwestern Hospital, according to police. He is in good condition.

USA TODAY has reached out to Smollett's rep for comment.

Smollett, who plays gay character Jamal Lyon on "Empire," joined the hit Fox show in 2015. He also starred in the 2017 film "Marshall."

During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in March 2015, Smollett came out as gay himself. He expanded upon his sexuality in an interview with Out Magazine in 2016.

"I am a gay man with an extremely open heart... If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man," he told the magazine at the time. "If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I'm going to love that woman."

Support for Smollett following the attack began pouring in through social media Tuesday, including a tweet from his co-star Vivica A. Fox.

"I'm just now hearing the news about the senseless hate attack on my #EMPiRE Nephew @JussieSmollett IM SO ANGRY AND HURT ABOUT THIS! THIS MUST STOP!! SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE! PRAYERS UP TO U NEPHEW!" she tweeted.

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Vivica A. Fox


I'm just now hearing the news about the senseless hate attack on my Nephew @JussieSmollett IM SO ANGRY AND HURT ABOUT THIS! THIS MUST STOP!! SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE! PRAYERS UP TO U NEPHEW! ????‍♀️??‍♀️

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"Sending love to Jussie and the Smollett family after this horrific attack," John Legend said in a tweet. "We support you and pray that you find peace and justice."

John Legend


Sending love to Jussie and the Smollett family after this horrific attack. We support you and pray that you find peace and justice.

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Zendaya also sent her love to Smollett.

"This is heartbreaking and terrifying...please pay attention to what’s happening here. Sending all my love to @JussieSmollett," she tweeted.



This is heartbreaking and terrifying...please pay attention to what’s happening here. Sending all my love to @JussieSmollett

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Chicago Police Department just sent out this statement re:
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Wanda Sykes also tweeted, writing, "I’m pissed. Love you @JussieSmollett and your family."

Wanda Sykes


I’m pissed. Love you @JussieSmollett and your family.

Chad Griffin


I am sick to my stomach over the news of a violent attack on @JussieSmollett. I'm so glad you are safe, my friend. All of us at @HRC wish you a quick recovery. Law enforcement MUST act quickly & thoroughly given the horrific racist/homophobic details described in news reports.

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Kerry Washington sent prayers for Smollett.

"DEAR GOD! Prayers and justice for Jussie Smollett," she tweeted.

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DEAR GOD! Prayers and justice for Jussie Smollett.

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Margaret Cho also sent her love.

"No words. Love to you @JussieSmollett," she tweeted with several heart emojis.

Margaret Cho


No words. Love to you @JussieSmollett ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Entertainment Tonight


BREAKING: Jussie Smollett has been hospitalized in Chicago after a possible homophobic and racially charged attack. 

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As did Billy Eichner, tweeting, "This is so awful. Sending love to @JussieSmollett."

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This is so awful. Sending love to @JussieSmollett. ??

Hollywood Reporter


#Empire star Jussie Smollett attacked in possible hate crime 

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Jenny Han called the incident "beyond horrifying."

"My heart goes out to @JussieSmollett," her tweet continued.

Jenny Han


This is beyond horrifying. My heart goes out to @JussieSmollett.

philip lewis


Chicago Police Department just sent out this statement re:
Jussie Smollett

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Josh Gad also tweeted his support for Smollett.

"This makes me sick. @JussieSmollett we are all with you today my friend. Sending unlimited love your way," he said. "My heart breaks for you and a country where this kind of this can still happen on a regular basis."

Josh Gad


This makes me sick. @JussieSmollett we are all with you today my friend. Sending unlimited love your way. My heart breaks for you and a country where this kind of this can still happen on a regular basis.

Hollywood Reporter


In a statement, @glaad said it reached out to Fox and Jussie Smollett's team to offer any help needed: "Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world" 

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College Basketball Rankings: Zion Williamson leads Duke to an easy win at Notre Dame and has the Blue Devils No. 4

There are a bunch of things that make Zion Williamson amazing -- most notably his ability to do things at his size and weight nobody else in the world can do at his size and weight. But the fact that he's so incredibly efficient on the offensive end of the court has to be pretty high on the list.

Monday night was a reminder.

Williamson took 12 shots, made 10 and finished with 26 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks in Duke's 83-61 win at Notre Dame. Game before that, he was 9-of-12 from the field. Game before that, he was 11-of-13 from the field. He's the biggest reason Duke is 18-2. His PER is a ridiculous 43.4 -- which is more than six points higher than any other player in the nation.

The Blue Devils remain No. 4 in Tuesday morning's Top 25 And 1.

Duke will take a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game with St. John's.

Tuesday's Top 25 And 1



The Vols' 18-1 record includes 10 wins over top-100 KenPom teams -- most notably victories over Gonzaga and Louisville. Tennessee's lone loss is a neutral-court loss in overtime to Kansas. -- 18-1


The Cavaliers beat Notre Dame by 27 on Saturday to record their 11th victory by at least 20 points. Virginia is 8-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with the lone loss coming by a bucket at Duke. -- 18-1


The Zags have won 10 straight since losing consecutive games to Tennessee and North Carolina. Gonzaga's resume features five wins over top-55 KenPom teams - most notably a neutral-court win over Duke at the Maui Invitational. -- 19-2


Duke improved to 11-2 vs. top-100 KenPom teams via Monday's win at Notre Dame. The Blue Devils will take a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game with St. John's. -- 18-2


The Wolverines extended Indiana's losing streak to six games on Friday after holding the Hoosiers to just 18 first-half points. Michigan's resume features 10 wins over top-100 KenPom teams and zero sub-10 losses. -- 19-1

Michigan St.

The Spartans' 13-game winning streak was snapped Sunday at Purdue. Michigan State is 12-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-15 losses. -- 18-3


The Wildcats' six-game winning streak includes victories over Kansas, Mississippi State and Auburn. Kentucky is 7-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams heading into Tuesday's game with Vanderbilt. -- 16-3


Nevada's resume features seven wins over top-100 KenPom teams with the lone loss coming at New Mexico. The Wolf Pack will take a five-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at UNLV. -- 19-1

N. Carolina

The Tar Heels are 7-1 in their past eight games with wins over Virginia Tech and NC State. UNC is 9-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-30 losses. -- 15-4


The Jayhawks lost at Kentucky on Saturday and are just 4-3 since losing Udoka Azubuike to season-ending hand surgery. Twelve of KU's 16 wins are wins over top-100 KenPom teams. -- 16-4


The Golden Eagles extended their winning streak to seven games with Saturday's victory at Xavier. Marquette's resume features nine wins over top-100 KenPom teams and zero sub-50 losses. -- 18-3

Va. Tech

The Hokies beat Syracuse on Saturday to improve to 5-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams. Two of Virginia Tech's three losses are to schools ranked in the top 10 of the Top 25 And 1. -- 16-3

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders are 8-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-45 losses. Texas Tech will take a two-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Kansas. -- 17-4


The Cougars have won five straight games since losing at Temple. Houston is 6-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams heading into Thursday's game with Temple. -- 20-1


The Cardinals beat Pitt on Saturday to extend their winning streak to five games and improve to 9-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams. Three of Louisville's five losses are to teams ranked in the top 15 of the Top 25 And 1. -- 15-5


The Terrapins have dropped two straight games, most recently Saturday's game with Illinois, since starting 7-1 in the Big Ten. Maryland is 7-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with two sub-50 losses. -- 16-5


Villanova's eight-game winning streak has allowed Jay Wright's team to start 7-0 in the Big East for the first time since 2016. The Wildcats are 10-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-100 loss. -- 16-4

Iowa St.

The Cyclones own wins over Kansas, Texas Tech and Ole Miss since Lindell Wiggington returned to the lineup. Two of Iowa State's five losses came in games in which Wiggington did not play. -- 15-5


The Tigers won at Missouri on Saturday to extend their winning streak to nine games. LSU is 9-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-80 losses. -- 16-3

NC State

Braxton Beverly's buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the Wolfpack to a win over Clemson on Saturday. NC State is 6-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-150 loss. -- 16-4


The Bulls bounced back from their first league loss by winning at Kent State on Friday. Buffalo is 4-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with victories over Syracuse and San Francisco. -- 18-2


The Boilermakers are 8-1 in their past nine games with wins over Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin. Five of Purdue's six losses are to top-35 KenPom teams. -- 14-6

Kansas St.

The Wildcats' five-game winning streak was snapped Saturday by a Texas A&M team that's 1-5 in the SEC. KSU is 11-3 in games in which Dean Wade plays heading into its weekend game at Oklahoma State. -- 15-5

Miss. State

The Bulldogs beat Auburn on Saturday to improve to 3-3 in the SEC. Mississippi State is 8-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-100 loss. -- 15-4


The Hawkeyes have dropped two straight games - most recently Sunday's game at Minnesota. Iowa is 9-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-60 losses 1 16-5


The Badgers are 9-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-100 loss. Four of Wisconsin's six losses are to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1. NR 14-6

#6 Caelynn Miller-Keyes, When you know you’re about to fall face first in a mud pit and you’re not sure how to react – thanks for holding our team together @katieemo#thebachelor

Are selfies still a thing?

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'Bachelor' recap: Colton gets serious about sexual assault during chat with Caelynn

Here's something I never thought I'd say: Colton Underwood had a powerful conversation on "The Bachelor."

The guy has a tendency to repeat the same adjective twice in one breath. ("You guys look amazing; Singapore's been amazing."). And, like many Bachelors before, his chats with the ladies tend to be about assessing how comfortable he is with them, and how great the date activity is. But this week, Colton also had something real: A meaningful conversation with Caelynn (a Miss USA runner-up, clearly a frontrunner here) about sexual assault.

After the two go on a shopping date – they're all in Singapore, "A 'Bachelor' first," says host Chris Harrison – where Colton (ABC?) buys her dresses with feathers and fringe, Caelynn opens up about her assault story.

Things get real

"This is a conversation that I have to have," Caelynn says. "Four years ago, I was a sophomore in college (and I was) sexually assaulted." She gives details about what men did to her while she was incapacitated, how she had to go to two hospitals for a rape kit, how she waited to tell her mother and how, for a long time, a gentle touch on the shoulder would trigger her. It's a moving moment, even for a reality-TV cynic.

He goes on to imply that intimacy issues with his "first love" have something to do with his decision to remain a virgin. "Everyone asks me why (I'm a virgin). They want a reason. And my reason is complicated."

She doesn't press him for explanation, but the two kiss. ABC then shows a RAINN PSA and a number to call if you or someone else has experienced sexual assault.

The Bachelor


Thank you for your strength and your courage. ❤️

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Then the episode is catty again

Once the 10 minutes of authenticity are done, it's back to your previously scheduled dating show. Which is to say there's a predictable spat between someone upset she doesn't have enough alone time with Colton (Courtney, who thinks she's wiser than her 23 years) versus someone else who goes back for seconds with him (Demi, who later calls Courtney the "cancer of the house").

There's also the cliched clash between two former friends (Caelynn and Hannah B., who both competed in Miss USA) who don't like each other. Though here's a twist: They kind of resolve things. OK? Also: Harrison flubs Hannah's name. Oops.

A look at the crazy dates

And, of course, there are unbelievable dates. Tayshia and Colton go bungee jumping. They are scared, they are happy to have each other, there is plenty of ominous music, they look down a lot, they do the jump, they congratulate each other and have a makeout session in the ocean. Tayshia reveals that she was married. More dramatic music. Colton says his parents are divorced. He doesn't judge. They share a kiss on the Singapore Flyer. She gets a rose.

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.@colton takes falling in love literally ?

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Colton goes on a group date on the streets of Singapore, where he and the gals see a fortune teller, get treatment from a leech lady and eat a bunch of food. The women show Colton how adventurous they are by eating fish eyes, bullfrogs and pig feet. Of note, Demi jumps on Colton whenever possible. Later she reveals that her mom spent time in federal prison. "She might be really messed up, but that woman loves me so much (and) I love her unconditionally," she says wiping a place that could have a tear. Colton says it "takes a special person" to be so supportive of family. They kiss and she gets a rose.

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The Bachelor


*Hasn’t seen @colton in 30 seconds*

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I already mentioned the Caelynn shopping date. They went to Singaporean boutiques and then had a romantic dinner. She gets a rose.

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Work it, girl! ?

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Who was sent home?

It's time to bid adieu to "calm and concise" Courtney (that's how she describes herself) and 31-year-old Tracy, whose age is only notable because almost everyone left is 23. Her stanky-face reaction shots will be missed.

‘The Bachelor’ turns serious, as a contestant reveals she was raped in college

Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Colton Underwood in an earlier episode of "The Bachelor." (Rick Rowell)

January 28 at 11:53 PM

“The Bachelor” was more serious than usual Monday night. Caelynn Miller-Keyes, a 23-year-old from North Carolina, told Colton on a one-on-one date that she was drugged and raped during her sophomore year in college.

Traditionally, one-on-one dates require a contestant to open up about the biggest obstacle or trauma she’s faced. That might be a sibling’s or parent’s death or divorce, a difficult breakup or a past abusive relationship. But Monday’s episode was the first time a contestant has opened up about being a sexual assault survivor.

“It’s not a conversation that I enjoy having with anyone,” Caelynn said. “But it’s something that’s really important, especially in relationships, because it’s something that … has come in between intimacy and just a lot of different things in my life.”

The next day, she recalled, she went to the police and tried to get a rape kit but was turned away by a hospital, so she went to another one, but the results were inconclusive “because so much time had passed." One of the men got expelled but the others “got away with it,” Caelynn said.

Caelynn went on to describe how that incident has affected her since: “It’s something that will always be a part of me and will always come up in relationships, and that’s why I wanted to bring it up to you,” she said, adding that for months afterward she felt triggered whenever a man would touch her. She also said felt a lot of shame and guilt over what she’s experienced.

On Twitter, Colton posted a message about how “there are moments that are bigger than the show itself,” Monday night’s episode being one of them.

Colton Underwood


There are moments that are bigger than the show itself... tonight’s episode has one of those moments. Please to be kind, respectful, and understanding to everyone involved. ❤️

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“Bachelor” viewers often snark on the show’s portrayal of the petty drama that can erupt between contestants, but tonight there was a lot of praise for how it handled a difficult and important subject.

Brett S. Vergara


In general, I think has a lot of room to grow, but I respect how they handled Caelynn’s story

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Sophie Vershbow@svershbow

This is an honest conversation about sex and trauma and relationships and trust and vulnerabinlity and I for one am thrilled to see it airing on national network television.

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Former contestant Ashley Spivey, who’s routinely critiqued “The Bachelor,” said on Twitter that she had a “very similar situation” happen to her during her freshman year of college.

Ashley Spivey@AshleySpivey

I had a very similar situation happen to me my freshman year too and the lengths at which the school, his friends, and the Greek community went about to protect him and not me was devastating. I cannot reiterate enough how important is.

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Another former contestant, Jacqueline Trumbull, responded to Caelynn’s comment that the men she’s told about her experience often haven’t known how to handle it.

Jacqueline Trumbull@trumbullina

Caelynn mentioned that many men don't know how to handle her story and clam up or shut down. Men, you don't need to know how to handle it. Learn to sit with fear and guilt and helplessness. She has. ps- thank you Caelynn, you're so brave.

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During the 2018 Miss USA pageant, Caelynn’s platform was sexual assault prevention — particularly in regard to Title IX rules for sexual assault survivors on college campuses — and was open about her own experience.

Colton handled Caelynn’s disclosure with compassion and empathy, telling her how strong she is and thanking her for opening up. After their conversation, a phone number and website for RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) flashed across the screen, in case viewers had their own incident to report.

Shortly after, production company Warner Bros. announced its investigators found no misconduct had taken place; Olympios also confirmed her team’s own investigation was completed to her satisfaction. “Paradise” resumed production, and when it returned, everyone discussed the controversy at length. This included a lecture from host Chris Harrison on sexual consent, as well as in-depth interviews with Olympios, who said the “unfortunate, annoying situation” was no one’s fault, and Jackson, who said the accusations nearly ruined his life.

Contestants also reported that producers tightened the rules on the show, which had suddenly come under increased scrutiny. For example, you were only allowed two alcoholic drinks per hour, and if you wanted to spend the night with someone, you had to give verbal consent on camera.

When a Washington Post reporter asked former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman in 2017 how “The Bachelor" might adapt in the #MeToo era, she noted that though viewers watch the show for entertainment, not public service announcements about sexual assault, the contestants have an opportunity to spark change. “I do think there are women who can come out on the show who can talk about it,” Dorfman said, “just like there’s women right now coming from Hollywood talking about it.”

However, viewers at home should also know that no one is required to disclose their deepest trauma, sexual or otherwise. Because sexual assault takes away someone’s agency and ability to make decisions, Jess Davidson, interim director of End Rape on Campus, has told The Post that it’s important for survivors to have control over how and when they decide to talk about what they’ve been through. “Survivors should never feel guilty about centering their own needs, whether that means sharing with your partner or not sharing with your partner,” Davidson said.

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If anyone is interested I am Top40 online. In the real world my name is David Russell Ellenberger. I am a SWM 57 and live in Louisville, Ky. I started about 4 years ago. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted the website to be about but I liked the idea of people voting on items in ranked lists. The voting on these ranked lists will move the items up or down in the rankings you vote by clicking the + or - buttons below or next to the item in a list, refresh the page and the item will then appear in it's new ranking. IMHO voting really is one of the most important things you can do. Your vote is literally worth millions of dollars and that's one thing the politicians want you to do but don't want you to think about in that way. In other words vote for me I'm the best and I'm for this I'm for that I am for all the things that you want and that's why should vote for me. In reality what its about is control over you and money. So next time you vote you should demand to get paid. But I digress that's voting on items is just one of the reasons I started I also wanted to get my point out to the people and hopefully other people will want to use my website to get their point out or at least create their own lists. I had hoped for this to be another social media website. That hasn't really happened and I have been online for almost 5 years now. More about that later.


Everyone thinks just put your website up and they will come but that's not really the case. Part of the problem is search engines like Google have almost complete control of the web and all the traffic on it and they want you to pay. They also don't like other social media sites or search engine type sites they are what's known in the business as viral sites or sites that mostly contain links and not much original content which is exactly what Google is. But I maintain that links are part of the branding and the way you show your links to the world is an original aspect of any website and part of the branding and is orginal content in and of itself. But Google doesn't think so, Because that's what they are and they of course want complete control and they have it and no one seems to care. I didn't care until I started this website. But again I digress.


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