Katy Perry Faces Backlash for Comparing Her Old Hair Color to President Barack Obama

Katy Perry is catching fire from social media users for a joke in which she compares backlash to her shorter, blonde hairstyle to those who prefer former President Barack Obama over President Donald Trump.

“Aww, someone says, ‘I miss your old, black hair,’ ” the singer said during an Instagram Live session. “Oh, do you miss Barack Obama as well? Okay, times change. Bye.”

Perry, 32, giggled as she looked around to others in the car before announcing, “I should leave now,” before someone off-camera pal responds, “Okay, you’re cut off.”

Perry has been vocal about her support for Obama, even performing at a rally for the president during the 2012 campaign and at a White House reception for the Special Olympics in 2016. She has also been a vocal anti-Trump critic, supporting marches and fundraisers ever since his election in November. But her comment sparked negative feedback on Twitter from users who felt she was mocking people who did actually miss Obama.

“Wow Katy Perry,” one critic wrote. “The reference to former Pres. Obama was offensive & a poor, tasteless attempt at humor. Your privilege is showing.”

Another said, “What does black hair have to do with Barack Obama? You’re cancelled @katyperry.”

Perry faced similar backlash in 2013 after performing in a geisha-inspired outfit during the American Music Awards, where she was accused of cultural appropriation.

In the most recent election, Perry was an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton, even designing a pair of pumps in honor of the Democratic presidential nominee. The duo also appeared together at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball three weeks after falling short in the election.

“I’ve always had a voice – a singing voice – but I’ve never had a voice like I’ve had before,” Perry said at the event. “Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter. Thank you, Hillary. You motivate me and so many millions of people.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/music/katy-perry-causes-controversy-comparing-her-old-hair-color-missing-president-barack-obama/

Ciara Shares Video Filmed Before Daughter’s Arrival: ‘You Bring Us Peace’

Ciara and Russell Wilson‘s baby daughter Sienna Princess was born on Friday, and on Sunday the singer has posted a gorgeous black-and-white video she had filmed prior to her arrival.

The 31-year-old singer shared the intimate clip on Instagram, writing “You Bring Us Peace ❤️.”

The video featured Ciara and Wilson, 28, swinging on the beach, walking hand-in-hand and Wilson posing his still-pregnant wife for photos. The pair are dressed in breezy clothing, and Wilson is seen putting his hand on her tummy.

When announcing their baby’s birth, Ciara and Wilson had both posted a touching photo, which appears to be from this video’s session, dedicated to Sienna.

They wrote, “Dear Sienna Princess Wilson, No matter how big the wave, we will always be your calm in the storm. We Love You. Love, Mommy & Daddy. 7:03 pm 7 lbs 13 oz. 4.28.2017 Photo By Daddy ❤️.”

Throughout her pregnancy, Ciara has been sharing snaps of her growing baby bump in everything from little black dresses to nothing but her Calvins. On April 20, she posed outdoors on a court in a form-fitting black dress and platform sneakers.

RELATED VIDEO: Ciara and Russell Wilson Welcome Daughter Sienna Princess

 

“Mamma Can Still Drop It Low,” she captioned one snap of herself crouching down.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/babies/ciara-shares-video-filmed-before-daughters-arrival/

‘We’re Going to Need a Bigger Mug!’ Kelly Ripa Will Announce Her New Live Co-Host on Monday

The search is finally over.

Kelly Ripa tweeted on Sunday that she’ll announce her new Live! co-host on Monday following nearly a year of speculation after Michael Strahan‘s spring 2016 departure.

The host teased the announcement on Twitter on Saturday, sharing a video of herself sipping from a Live with Kelly mug with a question mark drawn on it.

“Tune in tomorrow,” Ripa says after taking a sip. “Trust me!”

A slew of celebrities have joined Ripa on the daytime talk series, with some of the top contenders including Jerry O’Connell and Fred Savage.

Last April, Strahan announced that he’d be leaving Live! for the Good Morning America after four years – news that surprised viewers and Ripa.

Before Strahan’s final show in May, sources told PEOPLE that co-hosts would be brought in and out before a final decision was made. “They’ll do the same thing they did when they found Michael … they’ll rotate a bunch of people in,” the insider explained.

Other repeat guest hosts have included Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper.

Opening up to PEOPLE last year about finding the right match, Ripa explained, “You want somebody working there who’s comfortable working there. That’s how you figure it’s like a puzzle. It’s very much like an equation, an algorithm. Let’s see, if we put somebody here and somebody there, and, ‘Oh, this guy really likes to talk about this,’ or, ‘This guy’s really good here,’ or, ‘This lady is amazing,’ or, ‘She was great last time, let’s give her another shot.’ ”
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Addressing the prolonged search in December during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Ripa further explained, “We really didn’t set a timeframe for ourselves, we just wanted to wait until we found the right person.”

She continued, “What we didn’t anticipate was that we would have such an outpouring of interest, so our list got very long very quickly. So we’ve been trying to keep it as narrow as possible, but then people pop up.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/tv/kelly-ripa-announcing-co-host-monday/

Mark Zuckerberg Dropped in on an Ohio Family That Voted for Trump for Dinner

An Ohio family hosted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for dinner — just 20 minutes after learning who their “mystery guest” would be.

The Vindicator of Youngstown reports Zuckerberg dined with the Moore family on Friday in Newton Falls, about 55 miles southeast of Cleveland after asking his staff to find Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump in the November election.

Zuckerberg’s staff found Daniel Moore, who previously voted for President Barack Obama twice before supporting Trump in November’s election, and quoted in an article on the election on Cleveland.com.

However, the dinner talk was not entirely political. The family told the Vindicator that they discussed their work with the Kisiizi Good Shepherd Orphanage in Uganda, which the 32-year-old billionaire said he would plan a benefit fundraiser for.

“He cares very much about family and about community,” Moore said. “And he’s taking steps to do a lot of very positive things with his money.”

RELATED VIDEO: Watch: Natasha Stoynoff Breaks Silence, Accuses Donald Trump of Sexual Attack

He added, “We got to know a very cool guy,” Moore said. “Just down-to-earth and real easy to talk to.”

RELATED VIDEO: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Expecting Second Daughter

Zuckerberg, who is expecting his second child with wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, shared a photo of the gathering on his own Facebook page.

“Just got into Ohio,” he captioned the snap. “Thanks to Dan and Lisa Moore for welcoming me into your home for a wonderful dinner!”

Zuckerberg made the trip as part of a nationwide tour announced in January to visit people in all 50 states. On Saturday, he ate ribs with the Elkhart Fire Department in Indiana after meeting with people recovering from opioid addiction in Dayton, Ohio.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/politics/mark-zuckerberg-surprise-visit-ohio-family-dinner-voted-for-trump/

American Housewife’s Diedrich Bader’s Daughter Says ‘He’s a Great Role Model’

American Housewife star Diedrich Bader plays a doting father-of-three on his ABC sitcom, and it turns out his art imitates real life.

Bader, 50, brought daughter Ondine Caolilia, 12, as his date for the Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, and he said Hollywood red carpets aren’t the only activity the father-daughter duo enjoy.

“We like to go hiking together,” Bader told PEOPLE at the event. “Then we go to museums. We do lots of different activities. Archaeological seminars. It sounds like it’s not true, but it’s actually true,” he explains.

“He’s a cool dad,” Ondine chimed in. And it seems like the two share more than the same interest in extracurricular activities. Ondine has been bitten by the acting bug, just like her dear ol’ dad.

“I really like acting,” she shared. “I do a lot of Shakespeare plays.” As for her father’s influence, she ways he helps her with her acting goals: “He helps me a lot. He’s a great role model.”

“What a sweet thing to say. This is a good day for me,” Bader beamed.

As for what their family will do during dad’s hiatus this summer, Bader said his clan will be continuing to pursue their same interests abroad.

“We’re going to Austria to go hiking. We’re going to find out if the hills really are alive,” he joked.

RELATED VIDEO: Kelsea Ballerini, Marc Cuban and Jiff the Pomeranian Hit the Radio Disney Music Awards Red Carpet

 

Nick Jonas, Britney Spears and Hailee Steinfeld also attended the event.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/celebrity/diedrich-baders-daughter-hes-a-great-role-model/

Pet Loving Celebrities Who Chose ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’

There was an era in which many celebrities made headlines for paying big money for exotic or purebred pets.

But now, more stars are choosing to adopt their pets instead of buying them — and they aren’t being quiet about it.

From Nina Dobrev to Chris Pine, A-listers are signing on to their social networks to brag about the adorable rescue animals they’ve welcomed into their lives. And this is a trend we can get behind!

When these celebs adopt they aren’t just saving one adorable animal, they are rescuing two: the one they are giving a forever home to and the homeless pet that is taking that animal’s place in the shelter.

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, we’ve rounded up just a few of the famous and proud pet papas and mamas who have recently brought furry friends into their lives. Don’t be afraid to follow this trend after you finish reading.

Chris Pine 

Margot Robbie

Nina Dobrev

Liam Hemsworth 

Hunter Hayes

Kristin Chenoweth 

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady

Aly Raisman 

Sophia Bush 

Visit your local shelter to see the lovable dogs and cats that could make a difference in your life this Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/pets/celebrities-who-adopt-pets/

Ja Rule Says He’s ‘Relieved’ Attendees Are Safely Back Home After Fyre Festival Debacle

Ja Rule announced that attendees of the first-ever Fyre Festival in the Bahamas have safely returned home after the event was postponed indefinitely when guests arrived to chaotic conditions.

“Relieved to share that all guest are safe, and have been sent the form to apply for a refund,” the co-creator of music festival that was billed as the next Coachella wrote. “Our deepest apologies…”

The inaugural event, which the rapper co-created with business partner Billy McFarland, was touted as a unique, multi-day luxury music and arts festival with celebrity chef-catered meals and impressive accommodations. Tickets ranged from $1,500 to $12,000, with those who bought VIP passes getting access to a yacht.

In reality, however, the festival appeared to be half-finished when attendees started arriving on Friday and many bands — including headliner Blink 182 — had dropped out of the lineup. Festival-goers shared images on social media of their disappointing meals — cheese splayed on bread with a small salad for dinner — and their accommodations, which were little more than relief tents and mattresses. Attendees also complained about the lack of services and overall chaos involved in trying to get to the actual festival.

Ja Rule previously insisted the “luxury concert” was not a scam despite the sub-par accommodations.

“We are working right now on getting everyone of  the island SAFE that is my immediate concern,” he wrote in a tweet on Friday. “I will make a statement soon I’m heartbroken at this moment my partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event it was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded.”

He continued: “I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT… but I’m taking responsibility I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this…”

This isn’t the first poorly executed business venture from Ja Rule and his business partner, McFarland. The pair previously founded Magnises, an “elite credit” card that had a $250 annual fee for discounted access to exclusive events — but customers claim that the card never delivered on the perks it was advertising.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/music/ja-rule-says-hes-relieved-attendees-are-safely-back-home-after-fyre-festival-debacle/