A TV meteorologist in the upstate New York city of Rochester has had no shortage of defenders after he was fired for apparently uttering a racial slur on air. WHEC fired Jeremy Kappell after he was accused of referring to a park in his weather report as "Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park." Rochester's mayor, who is black, called the words hurtful. Kappell, who is white, said it was a mispronunciation.NBC weatherman and personality Al Roker has tweeted in defense of Kappell. An online "I Stand Behind Jeremy Kappell" petition seeking his reinstatement had more than 46,000 supporters as of Thursday morning.Roker, who is black, said on Twitter on Wednesday that Kappell flubbed a line and should be given the chance to apologize on WHEC. "Anyone who has done live tv and screwed up (google any number of ones I've done) understands," he tweeted.Kappell has apologized and explained himself multiple times this week, most expansively during a four-minute video on Facebook in which he speaks to the … [Read more...] about No shortage of defenders for TV meteorologist fired over racial slur
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The famous Polar Vortex has come and gone in North America. Then, it came back. What a jerk. As I write this the outside temperature is 13 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, and tomorrow morning’s Bus Stop Temperature promises to be about –25F windchill here in central Minnesota. Meanwhile my Twitter stream is polluted with climate science denialist tweets pointing out that it is too cold outside to believe in global warming, even though the entire land area of the United States, where this cold is being experienced as a cultural and physical phenomenon, is about one and half percent of the planet Earth, and the Northern Hemisphere has just experienced its fourth warmest January during the period known as “Since Records Began” which in this case is about 1880 to the present. Releasing the Carbon Kraken There are multiple dimensions along which denialists either get it wrong (because they are not paying attention or don’t understand the data) or making it … [Read more...] about Denying Climate Science in Multiple Dimensions But Galileo!
Getty Ah, the celebrity transformation. Some happen suddenly, like Tom Hardy's recent head-shave. Others happen more gradually, like Chris Pratt's evolution from Parks and Rec goofball to Marvel superhero. As the years go by, many celebrities' personal images undergo some dramatic changes — and the results can be quite surprising. Here are some of the most significant celebrity transformations throughout the years. And hey, maybe they'll inspire you to switch up your look! View Gallery 30 Photos 1 of 30 Here's Chris Evans in 2005... Before he wielded the Captain America shield, Evans starred in a bunch of non-Marvel flicks like Not Another Teen Movie. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 2 of 30 ...and here's Chris Evans in 2014. The actor transformed his body when he packed on a ton of muscle to play Captain America. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 3 of 30 Here's Jonah Hill in 2006... The actor became a household name after his turn … [Read more...] about 15 Celebrity Transformations That Are Almost Unbelievable
The Associated Press Updated 9:59 am PDT, Monday, August 13, 2018 Photo: Richard Shotwell, Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at Jingle Ball at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Lovato has canceled the rest of her fall tour to focus on her recovery. Over the weekend Lovato checked out of the hospital she was rushed to on July 24 for a reported overdose. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Demi Lovato arrives at Jingle Ball at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Lovato has canceled the rest of her fall tour to focus on her recovery. Over the weekend Lovato ... more Photo: Richard Shotwell, Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 19-25 1 / 1 Back to … [Read more...] about Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 19-25
By Tony Wong Television Critic Sat., April 7, 2018 “I have chairs. Do you want some chairs?” Rick Mercer points to the studio floor, then looks at me expectantly with that famously arched eyebrow. We are seated at his anchor desk in the 10th-floor studio at CBC’s Toronto headquarters. “I can sell you them for $20 each. After this week, they have to go.” On Tuesday, after 15 seasons and 277 episodes, the perma-smirking host of the Rick Mercer Report will give his final, indignant rant before signing off. It’s strange interviewing Mercer at the pulpit from which he addresses a still-healthy average of 971,000 viewers every week. Especially since Mercer, 48, is the one normally asking the questions. On this day, he’s not wearing his usual host outfit, a black suit, but his writer’s room garb of argyle sweater and jeans. Article Continued Below “It’s like being on a talk show!” he exclaims, … [Read more...] about Rick Mercer’s last rant