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Craig Ferguson seen defending Britney Spears amid doc drama



Craig Ferguson seen defending Britney Spears amid doc drama

Craig Ferguson hits back at comics who punch down.

A resurfaced 2007 clip of the former “The Late Late Show” host refusing to roast Britney Spears has gone viral on social media amid buzz about a new documentary chronicling the pop star’s tumultuous life. At the time, the embattled “Baby One More Time” singer infamously attacked paparazzi with an umbrella while sporting a shaved head.

However, while many comics put Britney on blast, the 58-year-old Scottish comedian refused to follow suit.

“Tonight — no Britney Spears jokes,” said Ferguson, 58 during the opening monologue. “This woman has two kids, she’s 25 years old, she’s a baby herself. She’s a baby.”

In the stirring speech, he added that he had begun to “feel uncomfortable about making fun of” celebrities at rockbottom and that comedy should be about “attacking the powerful people, the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards.”

“We shouldn’t be attacking the vulnerable people,” lamented the comedian, who now hosts the new game show “The Huslter” on ABC.

Ferguson expressed that he himself had been guilty of hitting celebs when they’re down: “This is totally a mea culpa, this is just for me,” he said. “I think my aim has been off a bit recently and I want to change it a bit.”

His emotional words are now being praised more than a decade later on social media.

“Craig totally went against the grain of late night comics here,” tweeted one fan alongside a clip of the monologue.

“Comedians should remember that when you make fun of a young celebrity with substance abuse and/or emotional problems, no matter how wealthy and famous they are, you are punching down,” the fan continued.

“Yet another reason why I miss seeing Craig Ferguson every day… He was very decent,” posted another.

The documentary, entitled “Framing Britney Spears” chronicles Spears’, 39, ongoing conservatorship battle with her father, Jamie Spears, as well as the singer’s portrayal in the media during both her ups and downs in the “Toxic” spotlight.

Spears herself, although rumored to be “fed up with conservatorship,” has reportedly not seen the doc.

Ferguson was ahead of his time, as many celebrities have watched the doc — and are now joining the hashtag movement on social media in support of the “Work B*tch” singer.

Celebs such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Courtney Love and Andy Cohen have all tweeted #FreeBritney, #JusticeForBritney and #WeAreSorryBritney. Khloé Kardashian also tweeted her support, labeling the situation, “so so sad,” while saying she was “praying” for “queen Britney.”

Actress and Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli declared the doc a “gut punch,” noting “so many horrible men/leeches in her life,” including her father and Justin Timberlake.

“Finally watched the “Framing of Britney Spears” on Hulu. It’s an understatement to call it heartbreaking,” talk-show host Tamron Hall tweeted, also adding the hashtag #FreeBritney.

However, the idea of “only punching up” has been a point of contention in comedy circles with some comedians praising the practice and others viewing it as selling out.

“Comedy is subjective, and it’s offensive, it really is,” said “Saturday Night Alive” alum Colin Quinn in a 2015 interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “And people are making these imaginary rules, like, ‘Comedy can punch up, but it can’t punch down.’ No, comedy punches down, too, sometimes, sorry.”

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Senior citizen ‘Granfluencers’ are making it rain on Instagram




Senior citizen 'Granfluencers' are making it rain on Instagram

They’re Instagrannies.

Shilling on social media is no longer just a young person’s game.

Web-savvy seniors called granfluencers are racking up thousands, even millions, of Instagram followers — along with mountains of money — by posting pics of themselves in scintillating outfits and other celeb-worthy snaps.


“Been stealing your man since 1928,” reads the tag line for the Instagram page of 92-year-old Helen Ruth Elam of Knoxville, Kentucky — known as baddiewinkle on the platform. In lieu of the usual knit sweaters and drab white Skechers, this glamorous grandma rocks an arsenal of flamboyant feather boas, bombastic sunglasses and other couture too colorful for an Andy Warhol painting.

First hitting the internet’s radar at the ripe old age of 85, the mother of one currently boasts 3.6 million Instagram followers and sponsorships that net her up to $9,815 per promo, the Daily Front Row reported.

Elam’s past sponsorships have included Amazon Echo Show 8, Svedka Vodka, LG, Canada Dry, Aussie, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Jack in the Box, Fashion Nova, Lisa Frank, INC.redible Cosmetics and many more, Daily Mail reported.

Model teacher

Not to be outdone, 67-year-old Lyn Slater boasts almost 800,000 gawkers on the ‘Gram. The associate law professor at New York’s Fordham University achieved internet fame accidentally (hence her ‘Gram handle “accidental icon”) when photographers mistook her for a fashionista at a fashion event, AARP Disrupt Aging reported.

Today, Slater’s sponsored posts rake in almost $3K each, proving that while age is just a number, cash most certainly is not.

The sartorially minded sexagenarian has also been featured in countless international fashion magazines and even landed a contract with Elite Models London. Not bad along with reportedly holding a master’s in criminal justice and PhD in social welfare.

Most importantly, however, the inadvertent Insta-influencer wanted to become an example of aging gracefully.

“I think that as women get older, there is a difference in the kind of attention that you may receive,” Slater told AARP Disrupt Aging. “So I started paying more attention to the kinds of clothes I was wearing.

The Granfluencer concluded, “I always had a good personal style, but I began to use my clothes as more of a creative act as a way to express myself creatively in the world. I am in my 60s, and I am the most visible I have ever been in my entire life.”


Not all the golden girls of Instagram flaunt glitz and glamour. Swoll senior Joan MacDonald, 74, amassed 1.1. million Instagram followers — as well as oodles of workout gear and supplement sponsorships — by documenting her active lifestyle.

The inspiring content includes a clip of the the geriatric gym shark dead-lifting 175 pounds. Meanwhile, a mind-boggling before-and-after pic showcases how the fitness freak went from overweight to boasting the same weight and muscular physique as her daughter, who is a fitfluencer herself.

Many might be surprised that MacDonald never picked up a weight until a few years ago — which the Granfluencer credits to the fact that married women were discouraged from pumping iron until fairly recently.

“People think, ‘Oh, Grandma, what does she know?’” MacDonald told Glamour. “But you’d be amazed at what Grandma can do.”

Mr. Steal Your Grandma

Not one to let the ladies hog the social media spotlight, 59-year-old educator Irvin Randle generates upward of $1,000 for his swagtastic ‘Gram promos. Randle — aka Mr. Steal Your Grandma — was even featured on “The Wendy Williams Show.”

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Ronald Pickup, ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ star, dead at 80




Ronald Pickup, 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' star, dead at 80

Ronald Pickup, a UK actor best known for his roles in “The Crown” and “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” died Wednesday. He was 80.

Pickup’s agent told the BBC that the thespian “passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family. He will be deeply missed.”

The Chester native’s big break occurred in 1964 when he played an unnamed physician in “Doctor Who” episode “The Tyrant Of France.”

From there, Pickup went on to appear in a smorgasbord of films, including “The Day of the Jackal” (1973), the Bond flick “Never Say Never Again” (1982), and “The Mission” (1986). The Sony Award winner most notably played Neville Chamberlain in Winston Churchill biopic “Darkest Hour (2017)” and bachelor Norman Cousins in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012),” alongside dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench. He reprised the role for the 2015 sequel.

On TV, Pickup memorably portrayed George Orwell in “Orwell On Jura” — his favorite part — and Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher in the acclaimed Netflix drama “The Crown.”

Pickup’s performances weren’t relegated to the big screen. The Shakespearean dramatist trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), of which he later became an associate member, and worked with Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre for seven years.

Pickup is survived by his wife Lans Traverse, whom he first met at RADA, as well as his daughter, Rachel, and son, Simon.

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‘Rugrats’ revival to include original voice actors




'Rugrats' revival to include original voice actors

Nickelodeon’s hit children’s show “Rugrats” is making a comeback — this time on Paramount’s new streaming service, the studio announced Wednesday.

The show — which previously ran for nine seasons over 13 years on Nickelodeon before being canceled in 2004 — will reprise its original cast in their roles, according to a report in Variety.

“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” President of Nickelodeon Animation Ramsey Naito said at Investor’s Day.

“Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”

Paramount Plus tweeted a sneak-peek for the show featuring Chuckie being antagonized by Angelica.

The trailer also revealed a new style of animation for the revival — which is slated to be a centerpiece of Paramount Plus’ (formally CBS All Access) launch later in 2021.

“Rugrats” won four daytime Emmy awards and six Kids Choice Awards during its original run, which began in 1991.

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