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Sugar Bits - Gwen Stefani Donates to Fire Victims

  • Gwen Stefani, a Southern California native, has announced that she is donating the profits of her upcoming San Diego concert to a fire relief charity. It's always nice to hear when celebs don't forget where they came from. — E! Online
  • Kid Rock will not be charged following his VMA fight with Tommy Lee, after Tommy asked the police not to prosecute. Maybe he realized that fighting over newlywed Pamela Anderson is a lost cause. — Extra
  • In response to Eva Mendes saying Joaquin Phoenix acted like a "puppy dog or a 2-year-old" on the set of We Own the Night, Joaquin Phoenix told Playboy magazine, "my apologies, Eva, but I had a few other scenes that you weren't in." Sounds like some friendly co-star banter may be getting out of hand. — Page Six
  • After the lukewarm debut of Brave, Jennifer Lopez's record label is upset that the costs to promote her exceeds what she makes in record sales. From now on she may be stuck releasing greatest hits albums, which will certainly leave her more time to spend with her growing family. — The Scoop
  • Brody Jenner apparently has his mother making phone calls to help him get in to parties. Sounds like he may be a little lonely without his wingman and publicity whore Spencer. — Page Six

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PAULAYOST PAULAYOST 9 years
Ok I have to speak up for Gwen. First she loves Jamaica because Ska music(which is what genera NO Doubtis)is a blend of reggae music that comes from Jamaica, She recorded Rock Steady in Jamaica. Her and Gavin loved Jamaica when they visited then that they decided that Kingston would be a great name for there child. On the donation thing, she was going to cancel the concert at first figuring that most people may not be able to make it since they had lost EVERYTHING. But instead she donated all the proceeds. They even made Oct 30th Gwen Stefani Day in her honor. They asked her about all this cause she is from Californina and I am sure she did not do all the press on her donation. It all got linked to her and spoken about because she is a Orange County Native. On the Harjuku girls. She is very facinated by Japan Fashion and culture and most of her album Love.Angle.Music.Baby is inspired by that and she just wanted to show others how beautiful japanese women are. Margaret Choo even said bad stuff about Gwen in regards to the Haraujuku Girls until Gwen spoke out and explained herself and now Choo has retracted her statement.
ThatsBloo2You ThatsBloo2You 9 years
obviously J.Lo has lost some of her staying power.
ThatsBloo2You ThatsBloo2You 9 years
gotta watch that "banter"
ThatsBloo2You ThatsBloo2You 9 years
tommy lee and kid rock are both losers
ThatsBloo2You ThatsBloo2You 9 years
that was nice of gwen
roor roor 9 years
:rotfl: Joaquin phoenix - so i'm guessing all those rumours about them dating on the set of their movie were false!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
Go Gwen! That's awesome she's donating the money.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Eva Mendes thinks she's so much better than everyone when she isn't even that good an actress.
carolx15 carolx15 9 years
I've never liked Eva Mendes and I never really find her beautiful like everyone else and I think she was just really stupid with that "joke". Joaquin's awesome. I love him.
girlfriday girlfriday 9 years
I think it's a really interesting question to raise about Gwen. I was uncomfortable with the Harajuku girls too. I don't think there's anything wrong, per se, with cultural appropriation. For instance, I knew a girl in college - protestant, white, from new england - that married a Pakistani guy. She converted to Islam, wore the hijab, starting eating halal food, and learning urdu. Is that cultural appropriation too? She did it for love, no doubt, but she wasn't the type of person who would convert to a religion without really believing in it as well. When Madonna calls herself Jewish and uses a cantor singing one of the most holy Jewish prayers in her song Issac, is that racist? Or how about when she went through her whole "Latina" phase? I don't know. The point is, there's such a thin line between admiring a culture - like loving Rasta music and educating yourself in the music by working with Rasta artists and learning about the culture and the history - to using your interest in a way that is base and degrading.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
go gwen!
Padraigin Padraigin 9 years
Eva Mendez annoys the piss out of me. She's not that great an actor and has been a wee bit full of herself lately. Go Joaquin!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
It may be that all some people see about the Harajuku girls is that they're Japanese. Japanese, thanks. Asian is a pretty big term. But, that's a little silly IMO. She doesn't drag just any old random Asian or even any old random Japanese person on stage with her. What you're saying is a little like saying that someone who isn't white can't dig on country music and Wranglers because that would be racist against white people. :? She specifically digs on the Harajuku style. Last I checked, every Asian in the world wasn't cruising Shibuya or wearing wacky clothes. I don't get this whole "stick to your own kind" mentality anyway. On another note, I think it's great that she's passing those profits on. You never know how the backroom deals work. It may be that she agreed to publicize it because the charity asked her to. Regardless, it may spur other people to donate and that's a good thing.
steen steen 9 years
Gwen creeps me out for the most part and I really can't stand her but kudos for doing a charitable thing, especially considering how much she must rake in with all her ventures.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
No one cares about Jennifer Lopez anymore, and hearing that her new album is fizzling and the record company is flipping out about the cost of promoting her is no surprise. I saw a commercial for the single, and i laughed out loud at the horrible choreography and her sorry excuse for singing.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
:oy: Obsess much Alisha?
VaneM77 VaneM77 9 years
Good for Gwen on giving back!! I feel for all those people who lost so much! I just saw that pic of Brody from that article...he has such pretty eyes and eyelashes...seriously Im jealous :rotfl:
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
i didnt know culture was a commodity that could be stolen- wow i guess she should just flip her hair around and say "like oh my god i am not a hollerback girl" since she is from orange county and must play into the white girl stereotype for fear offending anyone. greggie-so now she is a half ass giver?
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"isnt giving and letting people know you gave a heck of alot better than not giving at all?" Yes, that would be why I said it negates PART of giving. Not negates the giving entirely.
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
Perhaps the 'ladies' here should take a couple of moments to actually educate themselves as to what cultural appropriation is. Perhaps we should be taking into account that there are MANY Asian people out there who are deeply offended by her taking their culture in efforts to make it trendy. And Gwen dismissises these expressions of disapproval - that is the first reaction of the Racist. Denial and Dismissal. If we look at her video "Hollaback Girl" - we see the Harajuku girls depicted as Cholas. Which 1: reinforces negative stereotypes of Chicana women in the area (yes, they exist, but why promote it?) 2: Takes from a culture of which she is not part of. Again. I could care less if it was depicting part of an area where she is from, doesnt make it any more appropriate. "Fascination" with another culture? I can understand appreciation, deep interest - but out and out stealing it? Inappropriate. Offensive. Look at history people, if you dont know it - learn it. Oh, and calling someone Ignorant? = Denial and Dismissal.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
isnt giving and letting people know you gave a heck of alot better than not giving at all? not only that, gwen has a pr firm working for her, if she so much has laughs at a joke, its their job to alert the media.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I don't think it's "savvy" to get PR for it, I think it's incredibly self-serving. Like I said, yes it's great that she gave. But there's absolutely no reason to announce it other than to make herself look better, which negates a part of "being giving," IMO. I say the same about anyone who announces it, celebrity, noncelebrity, church organization, etc. The point is giving, not making sure people know you gave.
pinkberry pinkberry 9 years
creepupmytee - ermm.. "if it came from angelina.. i would snort".. huh?? i'm sorry, i dont get it.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Yeah, it's nice that Gwen is donating money. Let's face it, she didn't have to do it, and she's savvy for getting some good PR for it. Plus, as someone else said, she's a SoCal girl — this is her part of the country, after all. But I have to agree with Alisha_Stiletto on the Harajuku Girls. The "human as accessory" weirds me out. I like a lot of Gwen's music and can see that she's influenced by a lot of cultures... but there's something "off" about hiring those girls to dance with her, giggle a lot, and literally bow down to her. It just feeds a lot of stereotypes. Plus, and this might just drive me bonkers, Gwen keeps mispronouncing Harajuku! yargh! I don't think Gwen is actively trying to offend anybody at all — but I do think the Harajuku Girls period of her career was weird and uncomfortable for me.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 9 years
Calling Gwen a racists makes as much sense as calling Brittney Spear's a virgin and her children products of immaculate conception. Do some research on Gwen. Where she grew up.. who the members of No Doubt were.. the original memebers and the ones who signed. Who she dated. Gwen a racist! That the most ignorant thing I have ever heard about a celebrity!
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