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Katy Perry Down on Rihanna for Dating Chris Brown.
Katy Perry and Rihanna were once BFFs, but now, a man reportedly has come between them: Chris Brown.
Us Weekly reported that because of Rihanna’s rekindled romance with Chris, their friendship isn’t what it used to be.“They aren’t tight anymore because Katy doesn’t approve of Rihanna dating Chris,” an insider told the magazine.
At the Grammy Awards last Sunday, Perry, 28, and boyfriend John Mayer, 35, were sitting in the front row, while Rihanna and Brown were sitting in another part of the audience. At past Grammys, the two girls had sat right next to one another.It was also recently reported that Rihanna had fallen out with Perry because she didn’t approve of Perry dating known womanizer Mayer. When asked about this by Rolling Stone magazine, Rihanna dismissed the report, and laughed, “Katy Perry can date anyone she wants. Besides, who the f*** am I to say anything? I could never given relationship advice to anybody!”
One of the most talked about moments of this year’s Grammys was when Brown, 23, and Rihanna, 24, were spotted smiling and cuddling. The two walked the red carpet separately but once inside the Staples Center, they got cozy, when Rihanna, decked out in a red dress, photographed leaning her head on Brown’s shoulder with a huge smile. The two lovebirds have come a long way in just four years.
On the eve of the 2009 Grammys, Brown assaulted Rihanna, whose bruised face became a tabloid fixture. Brown showed up to a court appearance Feb. 6 in Los Angeles on issues related to his probation with Rihanna by his side.In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Rihanna said public opinion doesn’t matter.
“I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake,” Rihanna told the magazine, out Friday. “After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.“When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world,” she says. “But it’s different now.”
The Scary, Online Dating Life of Tweens.
My daughter told me she was hanging out with a boy on Saturday. They went to the park and he asked her to the prom. This came as a surprise to me since I spent most of Saturday with both of my daughters. Also, she is 10. Going to the prom is about 7 years away, and boys are still “others,” usually only talked about when a male classmate did something particularly gross or incomprehensible in school one day.
When I asked her what she was talking about she told me not to worry, this all happened in a virtual world called Fantage, not in real life. And she informed me it’s all moderated — so not to worry.
So, naturally, I did.
Role-playing is the crux of virtual worlds. While everyone knows the stereotype of the geeky guy who creates a super macho avatar and lives out his fantasies in these online universes, kids are drawn to them for the very same reasons. You can be anything and anyone -– you can shop, decorate, socialize, dress and try on different personas, even push boundaries you wouldn’t normally try in real life. In many ways this can be incredibly positive for kids. After all, creating and exploring identity is a natural part of growing up and maturing for tweens and teens, and the best of these virtual worlds can provide opportunities to do that in a safe environment without real life repercussions. Nancy Friedman, in her blog FromHiptoHousewife, detailed her 12-year-old daughter’s first experience of getting hit on by an older man in a nightclub -– all virtually, of course — and how it completely freaked her out. Maybe it will translate into more careful behavior in real life when she gets older, and maybe not. But, it certainly opened the door to a discussion about being in places and dressing in ways that are appropriate for your age.
My daughter was not fazed by her online dating at all. Much like real life, having someone ask you to prom translates into social currency and ups your overall popularity. She even told me that sometimes she prefers the online social world because you can just have fun and relax, move in and out of situations easily and change who you are in an instant.
That appeal doesn’t surprise me, but it does worry me. As much as I think having these virtual experiences can help a kid test out ways of interacting that they can’t in real life, they also can lead to similar disappointments, hurt feelings and in the worst scenario predatory and unwanted behavior.
In the kid-focused worlds this is less of a risk, but many kids are now playing SIM apps that are meant for adults and allow marriage, and for characters to have sex, even though the graphics don’t allow detailed nudity.
So is this any different than kids playing doctor in real life? Is a child pretending to be more mature than their years online really that different from kids playing house, or playing out these scenarios with dolls or Legos? It’s a tricky question, and the fact that when they are online they are interacting with strangers who could be anyone, anywhere of any age, makes it much scarier. But these new playgrounds really are an extension of modern childhood and today’s digital kids are going to use them in much the same way that kids have always used kid spaces to create their own realities and figure out their world. The key for parents is to know what their kids are doing, pay attention to the ratings on websites and apps -– Common Sense Media is a great place to start as are the reviews on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store –- and keep the dialog going between you and your child.
In the meantime, I’m helping my daughter shop for a prom dress in the online boutique, weighing in on the pink hair versus the blue, and being a little bit thankful that this is all pretend for now.
2012 Olympics: Australia, Japan Criticized For Olympian Gender Discrimination
Australia — Men up front, women in the back.
Not so fast, Olympians.Sports governing bodies from Japan and Australia are being skewered following complaints that male Olympic athletes flew business class to the London Games, while the women sat in the cheap seats.
Japan’s world champion women’s football team took exception to flying economy while their male counterparts sat in business en route to the games.
“It should have been the other way around,” Japanese soccer star Homare Sawa, the 2011 FIFA women’s world player of the year, said after arriving in Paris after the 13-hour flight, with just the short hop to London left. “Even just in terms of age we are senior.”
The Japan Football Association said the men’s under-23 Olympic team members flew in business class because they are professionals. The women, however, are likely be the bigger draw at the games. Only months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last year, they brought a sliver of joy to their country by winning their first World Cup title.
The Australian women’s basketball team has also been more successful than the men, earning the silver medal at each of the last three Olympics.
On Friday, Basketball Australia said it would make sure the flight flap doesn’t happen again.”(We will) review our Olympic travel policy with the goal of ensuring there is equity between travel arrangements for the men’s and women’s teams attending future Olympics,” the basketball governing body said in a statement.
Rice sizzles to book berth for London.
SHE was Australia’s shining star on the opening night of competition in Beijing four years ago, and now Stephanie Rice will have the opportunity to again ignite the nation’s Olympic campaign, having qualified last night to defend her 400 metres individual medley crown in London.
Rice was superb last night, leading early in the butterfly, holding on to her advantage in the backstroke, then breaking the race open in the breaststroke leg, by taking a five second lead into the final freestyle leg. She crusied home for an effortless win to be the first picked on the Australian Olympic team for London.
Joining her on the team is West Australian Blair Evans, who charged home to grab second spot.
While her time of four minutes, 33.45 seconds (Evans swam 4.37.80) was well adrift of her world record, Rice considered just making the team the significant point, having battled a nagging shoulder injury since undergoing surgery in December, and she even admitted recently she was unsure exactly how it would stand up through her preparation for the trials.
Rice’s coach Michael Bohl also made it clear the aim was making the team for London, and now there is time to improve.
”She’s still a fair way from that [her 2008 level] at the moment, but there’s still another 14 or 15 weeks to prepare,” Bohl said. ”The mission of this was just to qualify whether that was first or second.”
In China in 2008, Rice began her Olympic career with a stunning victory in the 400m individual medley, breaking the world record along the way, a mark which survived the supersuit era and still stands today at 4.29.45.
She then went on win more gold in the 200m individual medley and as a member of the 4x200m freestyle relay. With her three gold in Beijing, Rice joined Jodie Henry (2004), Petria Thomas (2004), Ian Thorpe (2000), Shane Gould (1972), Betty Cuthbert (1956) and Murray Rose (1956), as the most successful Australians at a single Olympic Games.
Rice now has the opportunity to join Ukrainian swimmer Yana Klochkova (2000 and 2004) as only other woman to defend the arduous Olympic 400m individual medley title.
Comeback queen Libby Trickett has given herself a shot at defending the 100m butterfly title she won in Beijing in 2008, by advancing out of the semi-finals last night into tonight’s decider.
Trickett clocked the fastest time she has swum in her comeback during the heats yesterday, then usurped that last night with a handy 59.67s performance to secure sixth fastest place in the semi-finals.
”I’m excited to go faster than I did this morning to be honest,” Trickett said. ”This morning was a real surprise for me, and the confidence I now take out of both those races is huge.
”It’s going to be a fun race tomorrow night. The [leading] girls are racing really quickly, but for me it’s just such a thrill, I’m buzzing at the moment.
”At the end of the day it’s just a thrill be racing at this level again and making the final after having a year out of the water. It’s pretty rewarding. It’s like, ‘I am still good enough to be at that level.”’
While Trickett has made the final, it’s going to be a lot harder for her to snare one of those two spots on offer tonight. The two leading qualifiers – Jessicah Schipper and Alicia Coutts – were well ahead of their opponents and look set to fight out the final.
Schipper just touched out Coutts, winning the second semi-final in 58.26s, just 0.04s ahead of Coutts, the world championships silver medallist from last year.
While many expected Schipper would be more dominant in the 200m butterfly, she has shown she certainly has the speed and will be hard to beat tonight.
Among the others making it through to the final are Brittany Elmslie, who clocked 59.01s in winning the other semi-final, Alice Tait (nee Mills) who clocked 59.24s, Yolane Kukla who swam 59.65s, Marieke Guehrer who posted a time of 59.70s, and Brianna Throssell (1.00.09).