The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been phenomenally successful, both in raising awareness about the disease and raising funds for continued research to combat and defeat it.
But of course, there have to be party poopers.
First up, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati officially discouraged Catholics from participating, because some of the money donated to the ALS Association funds embryonic stem cell research, and that goes against the church’s teaching.
Then, the US State Department weighed in, banning ambassadors and high-profile foreign service workers from participating, as the charitable fundraising caused “concerns about preference and favoritism.”
Someone needs to throw buckets of ice water on the people imposing these bans.
Sarah Jessica Parker wrapped herself in a towel and stepped out onto a balcony in Houston, Texas yesterday to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She did it on Instagram, so it had to be in three parts.
The first part was accepting the challenge.
The second part featured her nominees for getting iced – Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian and Billy Eichner.
And the third part was the dousing – but whoever tossed the water on her didn’t do such a good job. Check that out too.
Cosmetic giant Elizabeth Arden announced some dismal financial news this week concerning its fiscal fourth quarter results. Net sales are down 30 percent, resulting in a staggering loss of close to $150 million.
And here’s part of the explanation, directly from their report to shareholders:
“While the Company had expected weaker sales comparisons due to the lower level of fragrance launch activity in fiscal 2014 versus fiscal 2013, the decline in sales of celebrity fragrances, particularly the Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift fragrances, was steeper than anticipated.”
In other words, The Biebs and Taylor stink – at least, for Elizabeth Arden.
And they’ve got to be pretty bad to be singled out, especially since the company also carries other celebrity fragrances from Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey.
Check out this commercial for Justin’s fragrance, Girlfriend. I think I see the problem…
Columbus Short has been arrested! He was taken into custody yesterday after being a wanted man since last month. He didn't show up for his criminal domestic violence case. After that, he skipped ANOTHER hearing because he was on vacation. Finally Columbus Short showed up to face the music and was arrested right way. Bail has been set at $500,000.
Looks like it's not a rumor! Yesterday I reported that I was hearing that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage was OVER! Well, it's true and this time we know because I'm hearing it straight from the source! Yesterday, Nick Cannon confirmed that he and Mariah Carey have pretty much split after six years of marriage. He told "Yahoo's Insider" that "there is trouble in paradise" and that they "have been living in separate houses for a few months" and that his "main focus is his kids." But Nick Cannon is also denying reports that it was his infidelity that caused the split! How sad!
Congratulations to Pete Wentz! He's a daddy again! Pete Wentz and his girlfriend Meagan Camper welcomed their first child together, a baby boy! His rep said, "Mom and baby are happy and healthy. They are thrilled at the addition to the family and Bronx is over the moon to be a big brother." Pete Wentz was married to Ashlee Simpson for three years and had their 5 year old son Bronx together. Congratulations to Pete Wentz on the expansion of his family!
Ariana Grande should be pretty proud of herself today! She's done the impossible, matched Adele's US chart record! Ariana Grande has gotten three Top 10 placings as a lead artist on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Adele was the last female artist to have three Top 10s simultaneously on the Hot 100 back in March 2012! Iggy Azalea is right on Ariana Grande's tail! Love the woman power!
Chris Pratt is the man! He paid a visit to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Wednesday and he cheered up young patients with a special screening of Guardians Of The Galaxy. The hospital tweeted a photo of Chris Pratt dressed as his action alter ego, Peter Quill, laughing with a boy wearing his character's signature leather jacket! Chris Pratt knows all about spending time in the hospital. He own son was born nine weeks premature in August 2012 and was in intensive care for a month. He said it restored his faith. What a great dad!
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still on fire! More celebrities are still doing it this week like Kelly Clarkson and Will Smith! But Pamela Anderson and Carey Hart took to their social media pages to criticize the viral campaign! Pamela Anderson wrote, "Sorry, I can't bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge. I enjoy a good dare, It's always good to bring awareness - in fun, creative ways, I don't want to take away from that. I thought instead, I'd challenge ALS to stop animal testing." She then goes on to describe how animals are mistreated during their medial experiments, like how mice had holes drilled into their skulls and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion! She finished by saying, "find and support charities that never harm animals." Pink's hubbie refused to do the challenge too, writing, "I went the contribution route. I figure ALS would rather have my money than see me wet. I'll put the water towards washing my bike later!!"
It's nice to have money! When Ryan Seacrest needs to workout, he doesn't need a gym! He just has to do some laps on the deck… of his boat! Ryan Seacrest and his model girlfriend Shayna Taylor were getting their morning run in yesterday and didn't have to leave their multi-million dollar sea-castle! Hey, when they're done, they can just jump into the ocean! Good to see that American Idol money is paying off!
The 43rd president of the United States – some know him as George W. Bush, others simply as W – took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. First, he tried to write a check, as getting a bucket of ice water dumped on one’s head isn’t very “presidential.”
Thank goodness his wife was on hand. Great job, former First Lady! And lucky for her the Secret Service was taking a coffee break.
To W’s credit, he challenged his predecessor – Bill Clinton, aka #42 – to take the challenge. W noted that August 19 was Bill’s birthday, and “my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”